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UD Flyers basketball team on European Tour; wins first game over Dutch U-23

 

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The University of Dayton men’s basketball team is on a four-game, 11-day European exhibition tour.

It is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for nearly all of the members of the team with the obvious exception of freshman Alex Gavrilovic, who will play his first games as a Flyer just hours away from his hometown of Strasbourg, France.

Before traveling to Paris, UD visited the France and the Normandy Beaches and Normandy Caen War Memorial.

The sightseeing itinerary will also include the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, a visit with soldiers and U.S. military families at an Army base and sightseeing tours in Paris of the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Seine.

The Flyers will return home on Thursday, August 18, six days before classes begin for the 2011-2012 school year on Wednesday, August 24.

The Flyers men’s basketball team overcame a five-point halftime deficit on Wednesday, August 10, to win their opening game of Dayton’s four-game European tour 70-66 against the Netherlands U-23 National Team.

Dayton trailed 37-32 at halftime, but outscored the Dutch 15-8 in the third quarter to turned the momentum of the game.

Kevin Dillard leads Flyers to win (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

Kevin Dillard led the Flyers with 18 points, followed by Luke Fabrizius with 13, Chris Johnson scored 11 and Josh Parker chipped in with 10. Matt Kavanaugh and Josh Benson were UD’s top rebounders with eight apiece.

Dayton will play the Rotterdam Challenger professional team on Thursday, August 11.

Netherlands map (by classical geographer via wikipedia commons)

 

 

 

 

 

Li Na’s win at French Open historic for country of China

 

Li Na (file photo)

Li Na became the first chinese tennis player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam singles title. She beat defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 7-6 (0) at Roland Garros home of the French Open in Paris.

The sixth-seeded Li Na used her powerful groundstrokes game to score a 31-12 advantage in winners and won the last nine points of the match, all after fifth-seeded Schiavone got upset over a line call and never recovered.

With the win Li Na has risen to #4 in the world of women’s tennis.

Li Na is the first woman from China, a nation of more than 1 billion people, to win a WTA singles title, the first to enter the top 10 and the first to make it to a Grand Slam final; she lost to Kim Clijsters at the Australian Open in January.

Li Na was given the freedom by the Chinese government’s sports system over three years ago to choose her own coach and schedule. She also was allowed to keep most of her earnings from playing tennis. Before 2008, she had to turn over 65 percent to the government and now she gives up just around 12 percent.

In China, tennis is an elite sport eventhough it trails basketball, soccer and table tennis in popularity.

 

compiled from staff, Radio, TV, WTA Tour & tennis publications news

Djokovic wins but streak stays at 43

 

Novak Djokovic at 2011 Australian Open (By Christopher Johnson of Globalite via wikipedia commons)

Number 2 seeded Novak Djokovic likes to win playing tennis matches, but he likes to earn it on the court.

His quarterfinal opponent, Fabio Fognini of Italy had to pull out of the French Open in Paris on Monday due to a left leg muscle injury suffered during his five-set win a day earlier.

His win will not count as a true victory for Djokovic. His phenomenal winning streak will stay at 43 matches overall. He’s 41-0 in 2011, heading into the semifinal round.

 

Info courtesy of ATP Tour

Djokovic streak reaches 38 in Paris

 

Novak Djokovic at 2007 U.S. Open (photo by Edwin Martinez1 via wikipedia commons)

The beat rolls on for Novak Djokovic as he extended his perfect season into the French Open, beating Thiemo de Bakker 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 Monday in the first round in Paris.

Novak, #2 in the world improved his record this season to 38-0, and stretched his overall winning streak to 40, on the second day of the tournament at Roland Garros.

He broke his Dutch opponent six times.

 

Info courtesy of the ATP Tour

France selected as site of 2018 Ryder Cup

 

Flag of France (courtesy of wikipedia commons)

Spain was the sentimental choice by everybody to host the 2018 Ryder Cup due to the recent death of Seve Ballesteros, but it has gone to France, who’ll be hosting its first Cup.

The European Ryder Cup committee voted overwhelmingly for France’s bid, which centered on the Le Golf National course near Paris. It is the headquarters of the French federation and the venue of all but two French Opens in the past 20 years.

 

compiled from staff, golf news & Ryder Cup news

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