Last Week In Sports (November 10-November 16)

GOLF

Despite most of the attention of Mexico being centered on what happened abroad with their soccer national team, both the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) and the Ladies Professional Golfers Association (LPGA) tours made stops in Mexico. The men played in Playa del Carmen Mexico at the Mayakoba Classic. There after three days of action Charley Hoffmann took first place with a scorecard of -17. Followed by Shawn Stefani just one stroke behind. Representing the host country at “El Camaleon Golf Club” were Carlos Ortiz, Oscar Fraustro, Roberto Díaz, Rodolfo Cazaubón and José de Jesús Rodriguez. The first two finished in the ninth spot with eleven strokes under par. Cazaubón along with Díaz and Rodriguez did not make the cut after the second round. Meanwhile in Mexico City at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Christina Kim claimed her first LPGA Tour win in nine years even after losing a five stroke lead which decided the winner between Kim and Shanshan Feng in a playoff hole. Coming in at the 19th spot was Alejandra Llaneza, the best mexican in the tournament.

SOCCER

Most national leagues were in a break this past week due to the international matches that were played around the world. Probably one of the most attractive matches on paper was the Netherlands vs Mexico game which was considered by many a rematch from the past World Cup game in Brazil where Mexico lost in the last minute. This time, at the Amsterdam Arena Mexico found in the return of forward Carlos Vela, its best weapon to seek revenge. Vela scored the first two goals for “El Tri” while Javier Hernández sealed the deal for the visiting squad. Wesley Sneijder and Daley Blind tried to make a push to tie the game but this time it did not work out. 3-2 was the final score. One of the few leagues that dares to stop when there is international action going on is the MLS. They had their Conference Semifinals where Landon Donovan and the L.A. Galaxy advanced to the final after defeating Real Salt Lake 5-0 after two games. FC Dallas tied 1-1 with Seattle Sounders but the result benefited Seattle who will play L.A. in the next round. On the Eastern Conference Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls will punched their ticket to play New England Revolution in the Conference Finals.

Formula 1

Abu Dhabi is the last stop for the 2014 Formula 1 Season which even though failed to deliver in engine sound, is really putting up a show when it comes to how competitive it has been. Even though the Constructors Championship was decided back in Russia for Mercedes, its two drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are fighting for the Drivers Championship. Rosberg from Germany is 17 points behind Hamilton but new this year is a double-points system where a first place would give him 50 points instead of the 25 a win gives away. That being said Rosberg needs to win and Lewis can’t come in second if the German wants to take home the glory. Important to mention that in 11 races this season Mercedes has been 1-2. While many other teams look to improve their constructors rankings for the money they get, Caterham will be back on the grid after missing the last two races due to economic problems. Most of the money raised to come back was donated by fans of the team. Marussia is definitely out and will hardly be seen taking the grid next year.

UFC 

The show had to go on despite its main attraction being ruled out due to an injury. Cain Velasquez, who was in attendance had to watch how Fabricio Werdum, who would have been his opponent took the UFC Interim Heavyweight Title by knocking out Mark Hunt in the first round. Besides being a special night for UFC, since it was the first time the world-leading martial arts organization stopped in Mexico it was also the final of the Ultimate Fighter: Latin America. Alejandro Perez beat José Quinonez by split decision after a three rounds. His victory meant he now has a contract to fight with the UFC. 21,000 fans in attendance, a record for the “Arena Ciudad de México” who had just days earlier hosted an NBA regular season game between the Rockets and the Timberwolves.

NFL

After winning their game in London where the beat the Jaguars, the Dallas Cowboys had their bye week this past week and if they performed any strange kind of voodoo to affect the teams in their division, it worked. The New York Giants (their next rival) lost 17-10 against the San Francisco 49’ers. The Green Bay Packers showed no mercy on the Eagles, probably a top contender on the NFC East by 53-20. Also the Redskins have not won a game after beating the Cowboys on the road. This time the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came out on top by 27-7. Another surprising victory was presented to us by the Rams who were untamable against the Denver Broncos by 22-7. Peyton Manning was unable to extend his streak to 16 of games where he has thrown at least two touchdown passes.

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic probably has never won a final game as easy as it came this past weekend in London. It was a much anticipated final of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals between the number one and two in the world, Roger Federer. One of the most decorated tennis players of all times hurt his back in the semifinal match against his countryman Stanislas Wawrinka. With just a day to recover it was impossible for the 33 year old swiss to recover and play against Djokovic. That way, Federer withdrew from the final game just two hours before the finalists were supposed to take the court. Andy Murray stepped up to the plate to play some exhibition games in front of the fans who had already paid a ticket for the show. The fans will receive a partial refund according to organizers.

MISCELLANEOUS

The Central American and Caribbean Games “Veracruz 2014” started last week with 31 countries not including the United States. So far Mexico has the lead in the medal count with a total of 47 including 23 gold medals. Followed by Cuba with 27 (12 gold). Due to the dangerous conditions in the Gulf of Mexico, the triathlon was changed to a duathlon last saturday. Also the host country added three gold medals to its count in Tae-Kwon Do. A weird fact happened when a table tennis player from Cuba instead of flying to Veracruz, took off to the United States. This event which lasts from November 14 to the 28 can be used to qualify for the Olympic Games in “Rio de Janeiro 2016”

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