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Sharapova beats Li Na in wild match lasting almost three hours


Maria Sharapova getting ready to serve ( photo)

It took 2 hours, 52 minutes but Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova defended her Italian Open title in Rome, beating Li Na 4-6,6-4, 7-6 (5) in a wild match where play was twice interrupted by rain and the red clay turned to mud.

Li Na took a 6-4, 4-0 lead, but 24 unforced errors allowed Sharapova to win the next six games.


Info compiled from WTA Tour news

2012 NASCAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: Richie Evans, National NASCAR modified champion


Richard Ernest Evans, known to his racing counterparts and friends as Richie Evans. He was an American race car driver who won nine NASCAR National Modified Championships, including eight in a row from 1978 to 1985. The International Motorsports Hall of Fame lists this achievement as “one of the supreme accomplishments in motorsports”. Evans won virtually every major race for asphalt modifieds, most of them more than once, including winning the Race of Champions three times.. Evans was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on June 14, 2011. As one of the Class of 2012, Richie will be one of the Hall’s first 15 inductees, and is the first Hall of Famer from outside NASCAR’s premier series.

Evans left his family’s farm at age 16 to work at a local garage in Rome, New York. After he found early success in street racing, then became a winner in drag racing, an associate suggested he try building a car to race at the nearby Utica-Rome Speedway. He ran his first oval-track car, a 1954 Ford Hobby Stock numbered PT-109 (after John F. Kennedy’s torpedo boat in World War II, in 1962. He advanced to the Modifieds, the premier division, in 1965, winning his first feature in the season’s final night.


In 1973, Evans became the NASCAR National Modified Champion. In 1978, the “Rapid Roman” won a second title and did not relinquish his crown during the next seven years. Evans took over four hundred feature race wins at racetracks from Quebec to Florida before he was killed in a crash at Martinsville Speedway in 1985 while practicing for the Winn-Dixie 500 tripleheader in late 1985 (three races in one day — a 200-lap Modified race, a 200-lap Busch Series race, and a 100-lap Late Model race). Before his fatal crash, Evans had clinched NASCAR’s inaugural Winston Modified Tour (now known as Whelen Modified Tour championship.


In 1982, NASCAR created the Whelen All-American Series, then known as the Winston Racing Series, to reward successful short-track racers and to provide incentives for them to support their local weekly short tracks, known now as NASCAR Home Tracks. A region-based series when Evans competed (now an international series, based on individual state and provincial champions), Evans won the Northeast Region championship all four years that he competed in it, from 1982 through 1985, but did not win the national championship.


Richie Evans won 28 championships at 11 different tracks in 4 states.


Evans was born July 23, 1941 and died October 24, 1985.

Richie Evans at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida in 1985 (photo by Kenny via wikipedia commons)




Info compiled from NASCAR, Radio, TV & Wikipedia

Streak runs to 37 matches for Djokovic


Novak Djokovic extended his recent streak over top-ranked Rafael Nadal with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the Italian Open final in Rome that stretched the Serbian’s unbeaten start in 2011 to 37 matches.

Djokovic, #2 in the world, has beaten Nadal in all four finals they’ve played this year. He beat the Spaniard for the first time on clay in last week’s Madrid Open final.

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

Djokovic has now become the first tennis player to beat Nadal on clay twice in the same year.



Info courtesy of the ATP Tour

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 7, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Thursday, October 7, the 280th day of 2010. There are 85 days left in the year.


* In 1777, the second Battle of Saratoga began during the American Revolution. British forces surrendered 10 days later.

* In 1949, the Republic of East Germany was formed.

* In 1959, singer-actor Mario Lanza died in Rome at age 38.

* In 1991, University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriate comments when she worked for him. Thomas denied the allegations.


68 Joy Behar, comedian and one of the co-hosts of The View TV show.

59 John “Cougar” Mellencamp, singer and native of Indiana and  Indiana Hoosiers fan.

57 Tico Torres, drummer of the group, Bon Jovi.

53 Michael W. Smith, gospel singing great.

51 Simon Cowell, music executive and one of the creator’s of American Idol.

34 Taylor Hicks, singer from American Idol.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR AUGUST 24, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Tuesday August 24, the 236th day of 2010. There are 129 days left before the year 2011 comes along.


On this date in 1814, the White House was set on fire by British forces who invaded Washington as part of the War of 1812 (file)

* On August 24, A.D. 410, Rome was overrun by the Visigoths, a major event in the fall of the Roman Empire.

* In 1572, the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre of French Protestants at the hands of Roman Catholics began in Paris.

* In 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces invaded Washington, setting fire to the Capitol and the White House.

* In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party.

* In 1992, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida. 43 United States deaths were blamed on the storm.


76 Kenny Baker, actor from Star Wars.

72 Mason Williams, composer and musician of the song Classical Gas.

Cal Ripken, Jr. turns 50 today (MLB)

50 Cal Ripken, Jr., baseball Hall of Fame shortstop/third baseman of the Baltimore Orioles.

45 Marlee Matlin, actress.

37 Dave Chappelle, comedian, actor and resident of nearby Yellow Springs, Ohio which is located between Springfield and Jamestown.

22 Rupert Grint, actor from the Harry Potter.

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