The two pieces about individual players were retirement parties to athletes saying goodbye to their craft. This will not be a goodbye. It will not be a happy send-off. It will not be a final salute.
Instead, it will be a rant. A rant about, next to LeBron, the most athletic player in the NBA. Over the past three years, Dwight Howard have become a pariah in the eyes of both the casual and devote fans. He has become the Justin Bieber of basketball- The player who is popular to hate.
People no longer look at Dwight Howard as the smiling man-child who went into a payphone booth and put on the superman cape. Instead, they remember his breakup in Orlando, the calling for the firing of his coach, Stan Van Gundy. The two off-seasons of playing the bachelor for NBA teams.
By Farhan Daw: World No.2 Novak Djokovic has retained his ATP World Tour Finals Championship with a straight sets victory over Rafael Nadal. The Serb took the London Championship in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 in a very convincing and dominating display. He continues his impressive unbeaten streak, having now won 22 consecutive games and claiming his third successive ATP World Tour title. Since the US Open Final, Djokovic has won each competition he has competed in claiming the Beijing, Shanghai and Paris Championships.
It was the 39th time the two superstars have clashed racquets, with Nadal leading the scoreboard 22-17. Nadal has enjoyed a sensational year following seven months on the sidelines with injury. Since returning in February, Nadal has won 10 titles from the 17 tournaments he has competed in.
In June, he won the French Open (Roland Garros) for an unprecedented eighth time and won his second US Open Championship in September. However, having lost the US Open Final to Nadal and subsequently his World No.1 ranking, Djokovic was determined to be victorious over his long time rival.
By Dale Money: When it looked as though Carl Edwards was going to pick up back to back Phoenix wins this year it all ended up going wrong for the 99 as he ran out of fuel coming towards the white flag, allowing Harvick to capitalize on the misfortune,taking the lead and winning his fourth race of the season,Edwards ended up coasting to a 21st place finish.
“There’s no better way to go out than to do what we’ve done this year,” said Harvick, who has finished a career-best third in points twice (2010-11). “We went to Martinsville, and I said things that I shouldn’t have said and put everybody in a position that was not good, but we had conversations that probably made us closer as people and probably make us closer as friends.”
Harvick is still a long-shot title hopeful entering the last Chase race next Sunday,trailing by 34 points,he is only six behind Matt Kenseth for second. Although at this point both Harvick and Kenseth are going to need a miracle, Johnson has been incredibly consistent through the first nine of ten Chase races.