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China’s men wins world gymnastics title

The Chinese men looked shaky in qualifying for the world championships, but they came on with a roar to win their fifth straight men’s title in world gymnastics in Tokyo.

The Chinese finished with 275.161 points, more than two ahead of Japan and the United States.

By finishing third, the Americans earned their first medal at the worlds since winning a silver in 2003.

The Chinese men are strong in gymnastics and have won every world title since 2003, as well as two of the past three Olympic gold medals.

Info compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

American women win third world title in gymnastics

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Losing captain Alicia Sacramone, who had surgery on Monday to repair a torn Achilles tendon did not deter the United States’ women’s team won its third title at the world championships in Tokyo.

The Americans scored 179.411 points, finishing four points ahead of Russia.

The gold is the 10th medal at the world championships as a captain for Sacramone, breaking the U.S. record shared with Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin.

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

IndyCar Series will not return to Motegi in 2012

Twin Ring Motegi (file photo)

The IZOD IndyCar Series recently announced that it will not return to Twin Ring Motegi in 2012.

The series will hold its final event at the 1.5-mile egg-shaped oval located north of Tokyo on September 18, 2011.

Scott Sharp won the inaugural IZOD IndyCar Series race at Twin Ring Motegi in 2003. The racetrack also was the site of Danica Patrick’s historic win in 2007. Helio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon are two-time winners of the 200-lap race, while Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan also have recorded wins. Castroneves has started from the pole four times, including in September 2010 when he went on to lead 153 laps and claim the victory.

It was the first international event added to the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.

Twin Ring Motegi, which opened in 1997 and is owned by Mobilityland Corporation, played host to Champ Car events from 1998 to 2002.

Info courtesy of IndyCar news



Today is Thursday, December 23, the 357th day of 2010. There are eight days left in the year.



* In 1783, George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Continental Army and retired to Mount Vernon, his home in Virginia.

* In 1928, the National Broadcasting Company, set up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network.

* In 1941, during the World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese.

* In 1948, former Japanese premier Hidecki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders were executed in Tokyo.

* In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson held an unprecedented meeting with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in Italy.

* In 1975, Richard S. Welch, the Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Athens, Georgia, was shot and killed by the militant group November 17.


89 GERALD S. O’LOUGHLIN, actor who played Lt. Ed Ryker on the TV police show, “The Rookies” with Georg Stanford Brown and Kate Jackson.

75 PAUL HORNUNG, pro football Hall of Fame running back.

64 SUSAN LUCCI, actress who is known as Erica Kane of All My Children, one of the original cast members of the show.

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Injuries force Dementieva to retire from tennis

Elena Dementieva in a tearful ceremony retired from tennis at the recently-completed WTA Championships in Doha, Qatar. She played on the WTA Tour for 13-years.

The 29-year-old Russian told the media that she had made up her mind at the beginning of the 2010 season that she was going to retire. Her family wanted her to play two more years.

Dementieva is ranked Number 9 in 2010 after reaching a career-high Number 3 last season.  She said that it was time to retire with a high ranking instead of slowly declining like past stars who have stayed too long and saw their ranking fall into the 100′s.

Elena Dementieva (courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

Dementieva battled ankle, calf and shoulder problems to qualify for the WTA Championships for the 10th time in her career. Even with those injuries, she still won two tournaments. She announced her retirement following a losing match to French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, 6-4, 6-2. She was surrounded by her mother Vera and fellow WTA players at courtside.

Her biggest achievement  was winning the Beijing title where she she beat Serena Williams, Vera Zvonareva and Dinara Safina on the way to winning the gold medal.

In 2004, Dementieva was part of the first all-Russian Grand Slam final, losing the French Title to Anastasia Myskina. Later in the year she reached her only other Grand Slam final, which featured another all-Russian affair, the U.S. Open with Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The Russian turned pro in 1998, and in that time has won 16 titles, including Sydney back in January of this year with a win over Serena Williams, and the Paris Indoors in February. She was in two other final rounds at Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo. She finishes her career with a record of 576-273 and ranked in the year-end top 10 for the seventh time in eight years. She has been ranked in the top 20 since April 2003 and was a top-five player in doubles.

Dementieva played 18 series in the Federation Cup, leading Russia to the 2005 title with all three points coming in the final.

compiled from staff, WTA Tour & Elena Dementieva website

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