Sport Sunday:   

August is August. The Doldrums. Pro Soccer will star up in Europe later this 
month, Track and FieldChampionships are in their preliminaries. We here hope 
you are enjoying the beach and/or pool, or for those in theSouthern hemisphere, 
mebbe a ski trip.  

Aussie Rules Football today features an arch rivalry, like no other, Adelaidev 
Port Adelaide at, where else, the Adelaide Oval.  South Australia'smost 
important game on the footy calendar takes on extra significance for twoof the 
premiership contenders.  TheAdelaide Crows currently are in 1st place in the 
standings, and the PortAdelaide Power at 5th place.   The 43rd edition of the 
Showdown promises tobe a beauty, with the Crows and the Power coming off 
amazing results lastweekend. The Crows showed tremendous fight to rally from 50 
points down earlyin the third quarter to secure a draw against Collingwood at 
the MelbourneCricket Grounds, while a bit of Patrick Ryder and Robbie Gray 
brilliancedelivered the Power a thrilling two-point win over St Kilda. 
Thetop-of-the-table Crows will be slight favourites to win their fifth 
straightShowdown, they have certainly dominated the series in recent years.  
The fifth-placed Power need a victory to keeptheir founded hopes of finishing 
in the top four alive. This will be a contestbetween two of the top three 
scoring teams in the competition. The Crows areranked first with 111 points per 
game, while the Power are third with 99. Butthe Power are the best defensive 
team in the League, conceding just 76 pointsper game, while the Crows are 
fourth (81).  This promises to be a very close game, too close to call.   

Spanishsoccer has been thrown into some chaos this weekend, with top players 
movingout of the country, or threatening to do so. Former top Barcelona player 
and  Brazilianforward Neymar Jr received a hero's welcome from Paris 
Saint-Germain fans attheir Parc des Princes home on Saturday as he vowed to win 
"lots oftrophies" following his world record transfer.  Neymar, 25, was 
presented to fans on thepitch ahead of their opening Ligue 1 match of the 
season at home to Amiens,telling fans: "Thank you! I'm very happy, I'm 
delighted to be here forthis new challenge."  The Brazilian,who cost a world 
record €222 million in the contract which precipitated histransfer, then 
delighted fans by running over to the end where PSG's mosthardcore supporters 
converge and launched his jersey into the throng ofdelirious 'Ultras'.  
Meanwhile, Coach ZinedineZidane of Real Madrid appears to want to pour kerosene 
on the flames of histeam's self destruction.  Coach Zidaneessentially called 
for the transfer of top player Gareth Bale, well known toreaders of this space, 
and a popular player among fans. The peaceful Welshmanis not given to 
egotistical rants, which apparently makes him unsuitable toFrench Zidane.  Real 
Madrid has donenothing, apparently, to calm their temperamental but magisterial 
playerCristiano Ronaldo, who again is saying he wants to move back to England.  
Ronaldo has scored more than 400 goals forPrimera Liga champions Real since 
arriving in 2009 and he won three PremierLeague titles and the Uefa Champions 
League with Manchester United.  He has become so miserable under thepersecution 
and prosecution of a judge who represents an overreaching and moneygrubbing 
legal system (well known for its maverick judges who try to make namesfor 
themselves by prosecuting stars, athletes, cyclists, politicians).  
Neglected as he has been by his teamadministration, Ronaldo is ready to move 
out of this Iberian country.  While early on  he said he wanted a return to 
ManchesterUnited, now he is so frustrated, it seems anywhere in "England" 
willdo.  Hard to see a country's soccerexpertise self destruct.   

Meanwhile,Rafael Nadal is poised to return to the number one ranking in 
worldwide men'stennis.  Andy Murray has suffered frominjuries, and is at the 
point of losing his top spot.  Also, Men's Shot put finals today in 
theInternational Track and Field Championships in London.   

Posted By Rex to SR at 8/06/2017 01:58:00 AM

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