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World cup semi-final preview — uruguay vs

World Cup Semi-Final Preview — Uruguay vs. Netherlands

And then there were four…the World Cup tournament is down to the last few games, with the big ones, the Semi-Finals, kicking off on Tuesday.

It has been a thrilling tournament thus far, with plenty of drama, upsets and controversy.

Tuesday, July 6th
Uruguay vs. Netherlands

Uruguay is looking to score their second World Cup championship…a scant 80 years after booking their first. Uruguay actually won the first-ever World Cup when they hosted the inaugural tournament some eight decades ago, but they are longshots out of the four remaining teams. Online sportsbooks have them listed at +1100 to be crowned champs.

Their path to the 2010 World Cup title game wasn’t going to be easy no matter what happened in the quarter final between Brazil and the Netherlands. But the men in Orange pulled off an upset to send Brazil home and move through to play Uruguay.

This is a very tough task for the South American side. Sportsbooks have the Dutch as the odds on favorite at +160 to take the title.

World Cup Betting Odds:

Going into their semifinal matchup, the Uruguayans are seeing the odds stacked against them, listed as +400 underdogs; they are 3-2-0 through the tournament.

Thus far, Uruguay has scored seven goals with both Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez leading the team with three goals apiece.

The Dutch are riding high after that big win over Brazil and are also big faves going into the semifinal against the Uruguyans, listed at -303.

The Netherlands have netted eight goals this World Cup and are a little more balanced offensively than their opponents; they are also perfect at 5-0-0 in South Africa 2010.

While Midfielder Wesley Sneijder leads the team with 4 goals, the Dutch have spread the rest of the scoring out with five players – Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt, Robin Van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – tied with one goal each.

SPORTSBETTING.com manager Brian Taylor reported that «68% of all the betting volume on this match has come in on the Netherlands.»

You can watch the game live at 2:30 PM ET on Tuesday.

We’ll have a full breakdown of the Germany vs. Spain match Tuesday evening.

Wta tennis – serena williams will undergo surgery for injured foot

WTA Tennis – Serena Williams will undergo surgery for injured foot

I don’t know how many costumers have cut their feet at a restaurant because of a broken glass. You also wonder what kind of footwear could somebody be wearing to cut their feet so badly in a restaurant to actually need surgery. Strangely enough, this is exactly what happened to Serena Williams a couple of days ago. Rumor has it, she might be out for the rest of the season.

Serena Williams started strong in 2010 and had managed to keep up her momentum. She was dominant at the Australian Open. This was Serena’s 15th Grand Slam final. She defeated Justine Henin and took home her 12th Grand Slam title. She suffered a leg injury in training afterwards and missed on five consecutive tournaments including the Dubai Tennis Championship and the Premiere Mandatory Sony Ericsson Open.

She had made it back to the top of the sport in 2009 after dealing with many injuries. And Serena had been able to stay there ever since, but after missing this tournaments, many fans and tennis enthusiast alike were wondering if once again injuries would bring Serena down of the WTA podium.

When the clay season started, she had quite a debacle in the Mutua Madrile?a Madrid Open, on the third round. It was not a good omen for what might come at the French Open. Samanta Stosur put an end to her dominance at Roland Garros in the quarterfinals. Serena made 46 unforced errors and missed a match-set point in the final set. Still, Serena has always had some trouble at Roland Garros. She has yet to pass the quarterfinals in this tournament since 2003.

Still, Serena kept up her optimism and regained her confidence after defeating Russian Vera Zvonareva on the Wimbledon Final game less then a month ago. She did not drop a set on any of the previous seven matches she played on the tournament. It looked as if Serena was back in top-shape. That’s 13 Grand Slam titles. And at 28-years-old she could still win a couple more.

And then she cut her right foot with a broken glass on a restaurant. Not a small cut either. But a big enough cut to have to undergo surgery and miss from 3-5 tournaments leading the US Open. It is still uncertain how the injured happen. It is certainly a very misfortune event for Serena.

«I’m so upset I won’t be able to play in the upcoming events because of this foot surgery,» Williams said on a press release. It is a shame we are to miss one of the best players because of such an unnecessary incident.

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