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Brandon Roy à la retraite ?

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Bien triste du nouvelle pour les amoureux de basket, puisque Chris Broussard et Chad Ford annoncent tous les deux que Brandon Roy pourrait être contraint de prendre sa retraite.

 

Toujours handicapé par ses problèmes de genoux, celui que Kobe Bryant et Ron Artest décrivaient comme étant le joueur le plus difficile sur lequel défendre serait donc prêt à jeter l’éponge.

Sa performance fantastique en playoffs contre Dallas restera donc sans doute la dernière image qu’il laissera derrière lui. Triste…

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The Guardian | Rugby World Cup 2011 final: France lose but gain the respect of the world

The Guardian | Rugby World Cup 2011 final: France lose but gain the respect of the world | Get into the Stadium | Scoop.it

They say that France lost the final of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, but we don't have to believe it if we don't want to. With everything stacked against them, they produced the performance that gave the tournament a most memorable climax. All New Zealand did was win, which was presumably all they wanted to do in order to end their famous 24-year drought. They had hosted the tournament beautifully but when it came to the showdown they derived disproportionate benefit from home advantage, including a few free gifts from a referee who spent the first half infuriating even neutrals by giving virtually every decision to the men in black.

France's fans were unable to make themselves heard in a stadium draped in black but their team's display was full of spirit, generosity, creativity and adventure. Perhaps this was not the best France squad of all time, or anything like it, but they did full honour to the memory and traditions of their forebears and were hugely unfortunate not to become the first side from their nation to capture the Webb Ellis Cup.

The All Blacks were grim, pragmatic and joyless: a caricature of a stereotype. Nothing they did in the 80 minutes truly illuminated the game. Their try was a gimme, tinged with a hint of obstruction, and they never came close to scoring another. Their defence was impressive enough as France grew in self-belief during the second period but it would have been welcome, given the circumstances, had they felt able to take on France at a game of rugby involving more than the arts of attrition.

They could point out that they lost Dan Carter, their principal source of invention, before the tournament had got properly under way. But this is a nation of 4.3 million people obsessed by the game, and the absence of one player should not have caused them to go quite so resolutely into their shells on the big night. They appeared to be paralysed by fear of the consequences of another 1999 or 2007.

One or two first-half flashes apart, there was virtually nothing of the piercing movement that tore Australia apart in the opening phase of the semi-final. Perhaps Australia were not as good as we might reasonably expect the current Tri-Nations champions to be; perhaps, too, France were not nearly as bad as their earlier performances in the tournament had led us to believe.

Some Welshmen will no doubt suggest that last night's defeat by a single point represented a form of justice after France had reached the final via a similarly narrow victory a week earlier over a side controversially reduced to 14 men. But there can have been few among them who were not so seduced by this display into ending the evening nursing a sense of disappointment that, with 30 minutes to go after cutting the margin to that single, lonely point, the white shirts had failed to find the decisive touch.

If New Zealand won the right to call themselves world champions for the next four years, France resurrected a reputation grievously – but not, as it turned out, irreparably – damaged by the events of recent weeks. With four minutes left, Marc Lièvremont gave us one last bizarre decision by which to remember him: the replacement of Dimitri Yachvili, a normally dead-eyed kicker, by a player with zero caps at a time when a drop goal would have won the World Cup and changed rugby history. Yachvili was tiring, but still looked exasperated as he left the pitch.

On balance, however, Lièvremont's players assembled a performance that ensured they will be able to hold their heads up on their return home. This was not to be compared with the limp effort of Jacques Fouroux's side – including Serge Blanco, Philippe Sella, Pierre Berbizier, Daniel Dubroca and Pascal Ondarts – while losing 29-9 against the same opposition in the 1987 final. There was nothing anticlimactic about this return to Eden Park. At the end of a campaign in which he was endlessly ridiculed and vilified, Lièvremont could say that he had taken his squad closer to the title than any of his his predecessors.

"I'm tremendously sad but tremendously proud, too," he said during a dignified post-match press conference. He made no reference to the collision between Richie McCaw's knee and the temple of Morgan Parra in the 11th minute, which forced the early removal of France's own influential fly-half.

In many ways, even in defeat, this was the French at their best, slowly swelling in confidence through the first half and practically bursting with defiance in the later stages as they refused to accept the general assumption of their opponents' superiority.

The way they responded to the haka, with a novel formula devised in their hotel yesterday morning, provided the night's first drama. Forming up in an arrowhead inside their own half, with their captain at the tip, they waited until Piri Weepu was halfway through leading the All Blacks' performance before beginning a slow advance towards the halfway line and eventually, in contravention of the established protocol, a few yards across it. In everything they subsequently did they were bold, they were brave, and they were nobody's idea of losers, even when the winners were queueing up to receive their medals. They were France, recalled to life, and you had to love them for it.

 

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F.Y.R. of Macedonia's Olympic moment

The final moments of F.Y.R. of Macedonia's shock win over EuroBasket hots Lithuania as Vlado ILIEVSKI makes a three-pointer in the dying seconds.
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Kevin Durant: Drops 66 points at Rucker Park!

In his first ever appearance at the legendary Rucker Park Kevin Durant did not disappoint. Durant scored 66 points like it was nothing and electrified the crowd in the final quarter.

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Urban Backstage - Red Bull BC One Barcelone 2011 - CANAL STREET, le site des cultures urbaines.

Urban Backstage - Red Bull BC One Barcelone 2011 - CANAL STREET, le site des cultures urbaines. | Get into the Stadium | Scoop.it
Découvrez en exclusivité les coulisses des qualifications européennes du Red Bull BC One, la compétition la plus prestigieuse de danse hip hop !
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Bolt : "Devenir une légende" - Eurosport.com FR

Bolt : "Devenir une légende" - Eurosport.com FR | Get into the Stadium | Scoop.it
Eurosport.com FRBolt : "Devenir une légende"Eurosport.com FRPeu d'athlètes peuvent se vanter d'avoir gagné deux titres olympiques de suite. Certains l'ont fait aux Mondiaux, mais aux JO, c'est rare.
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Le football espagnol au bord de l'abîme - « Les footballeurs doivent redescendre de leur nuage. »

Le football espagnol au bord de l'abîme - « Les footballeurs doivent redescendre de leur nuage. » | Get into the Stadium | Scoop.it

La bulle du foot éclate en Espagne, où les clubs sont lourdement endettés. Dès la saison prochaine, les mauvais gestionnaires ne pourront plus échapper aux sanctions sportives.

 

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Euro 2011 : Quart de finale - France 64 - 56 Grèce

Euro 2011 :  Quart de finale  - France  64 - 56  Grèce | Get into the Stadium | Scoop.it

Au terme d'un match hautement défensif, l'Equipe de France de Basket se qualifie face à une Grèce hargneuse qui ne cédera que dans les dernières minutes après avoir mener la France 17 à 3 dans le premier quart-temps. Demain, Vendredi 16 Septembre à 21:00, les Bleus de Vincent Collet affronteront en demi-finales le vainqueur de la rencontre entre la Russie et la Serbie. Retrouvez les résumés vidéo des principaux matchs de l'Euro 2011 de basket en Lituanie sur www.canalplus.fr 

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Dennis Rodman Hall of Fame Speech

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Dennis Rodman took to the stage as one of the most recent inductees into the NBA Hall of Fame. The defensive powerhouse was an entertaining presence over the course of a career that spanned over 900 games. The brash, out-spoken and controversial figure had a knack for showmanship which including celebrity relationships, stints in professional wrestling and above all else an outlandish fashion sense. In a twelve minute speech, Dennis Rodman offers an emotional speech discussing his difficulties growing up and the important personalities that have influenced his life on and off the court.

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ALWAYS ON: TEAM NIKE

Team Nike served as the inspiration for Vado's summer anthem "Always On," and this video shows members of the squad practicing what the lyrics preach. We see how Adris "2 Hard 2 Guard" DeLeon and Quinton "T2" Hosley hold it down in the streets of New York City: they ride the subway, spend time with their families and, of course, get shots up in practice. "You gotta be dedicated everyday," says T2, a Harlem native, describing his focused mentality. "Always be ready to perform." At the end, we see the pair joining their teammates under the lights at Dyckman Park, the Uptown hoops mecca where Team Nike has been crushing opponents all summer. Check it out here.
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Djokovic enlève tout

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Novak Djokovic a fêté sa première place mondiale de la meilleure des manières en remportant son premier Wimbledon face à Rafael Nadal, tenant du titre (6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3). Le Serbe, qui a battu le futur ex-N.1 pour la 5e fois de suite en finale, remporte son troisième titre majeur.
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Basket : les Bleues médaillées de bronze à l'Euro - LeMonde.fr

Basket : les Bleues médaillées de bronze à l'Euro - LeMonde.fr | Get into the Stadium | Scoop.it
Le Monde.fr - La France monte sur le podium en battant la République tchèque 63 à 56 dans le match pour la 3e place de l'Euro-2011 dames de basket-ball, dimanche à Lodz.
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