Team USA down Argentina, faces Spain in final tune-up

Team USA

From the opening-tip it looked like we were in for a blow-out. Team USA got off to a hot start, opening the game on a 14-1 run thanks to Kevin Durant draining threes like they were free-throws. Of course, the scrappiness of the Argentines kept them in the game until the final buzzer.

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BBC Announcer attributes Spain Euro 2012 win to “unbelievable amounts of sex: (video)

It was a weekend of Freudian slips for sports casters. ESPN’s Andy Katz first tried to describe the “bulging discs” in the back of Jared Sullinger with an omission of the letter s. And told us in NSFW language about Sullinger’s sexual arousal.

Then yesterday Alan Shearer was trying to articulate the team’s success in the Euro 2012 Final; right after Spain crushed Italy in the final. Not a surprise with how well these fellows are doing in the female department. (h/t The Big Lead)

UEFA Euro 2012: Spain vs. Italy final preview

After 30 games played and 72 goals scored, just one match remains in the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament.  In a rematch from the group stage, reigning World Cup champion Spain will attempt to defend its Euro crown against an Italian team that appears to be peaking just at the right time.  Can La Furia Roja take home yet another major tournament title?  Or will Mario Balotelli and the Azzurri claim Italy’s second European Championship?  With the title match kicking off Sunday afternoon, here’s what you can expect to see from these European powers. [Read more…]

Euro 2012 knockout stage: Ronaldo chokes, Balotelli shines

After several excellent goals, a few thrilling penalty kick endings and the toppling of another tournament favorite, Euro 2012 is nearing its finale.  With Italy and Spain on their way to the Euro Final, let’s look back at the defining moments of the knockout stage.

England stays true to its ways

After yet another valiant attempt to stave off elimination by hanging on to a tie game, England continued an age-old tradition of cracking under pressure as they fell on penalties to Italy.

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UEFA EURO 2012: Knockout stages preview

Just 12 days removed from the opening match in Poland, Euro 2012 has been as good as advertised and more, with 60 goals scored and not a single 0-0 draw in 24 group stage matches.  Host countries Poland and Ukraine each treated their fans to close and controversial thrillers before narrowly missing the knockout stage, while four teams that won their opening match (including Ukraine) somehow failed to escape the group stage.  As the quarterfinals kick off this afternoon, here are some keys to look for throughout the knockout rounds.

How far can Cristiano Ronaldo carry Portugal?

After wasting two golden opportunities against Denmark, Cristiano Ronaldo came alive against the Dutch in his final group stage match, scoring the equalizer and game-winner to send Portugal through to the quarterfinals.  [Read more…]

EURO 2012 Preview: Can Spain win it all again?

With a stacked 16-team field featuring seven of the world’s top 10 squads and 13 of its top 18, the 2012 European Championships should provide thrilling games throughout, starting Friday morning and running through the final match on July 1.  As we near the opening kickoff in Warsaw, here’s a close look at what you need to know for Euro 2012. [Read more…]