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|Santiago Giraldo isn't from Chile, Carolin Panthers #1 but his Colombia is not far away. And playing in a town that bears his name, I imagine the crowds were on his side at the Movistar Open. South Americans dominated the draw in Santiago with three Argentines and a Brazilian making the quarters along with Giraldo. But the twenty-three year old from Bogota pulled off upsets over Juan Ignacio Chela and Potito Starace to make his first ever championship match.There he met Spain's Tommy Robredo, Carolin Panthers #59 a man who'd racked up nine titles in his career but lost their only previous meeting at the Australian Open just last month. Robredo's been in something of a slump recently, so it wasn't out of the question to see the technical upset, but after he got off to a set lead in the match I began to lose hope. ZRNLNA0721
Giraldo came back to even the score and even got a break lead in the decider, but when he failed to serve it out Robredo didn't look back. He converted his second match point in the tiebreak, Carolin Panthers #89 denying the ultimate championship to the Colombian, but at least giving him hope for his next attempt.The South Africa Open in Johannesburg saw more than a few of its own stars pull off upsets. Wildcard Rik de Voest made the quarters while Izak Van Der Merwe won his first Tour level matches on his way to the semis. But it was fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson who ultimately made the biggest impression. I've often wondered why the strong server hasn't made Chicago Bears #6 more of a dent in the pros -- currently ranked at #59, he's hovered in the low double-digits for about a year. He gave Sam Querrey a run for the money in Los Angeles last summer and took revenge on him two weeks later in Toronto. Yet he hadn't really broken through main draws.
That is, until this week.
The six-foot-eight former star at the University of Illinois rattled off fifty-three aces on his way to his final where he met Somdev Devvarman. After losing the first set to his college rival, Chicago Bears #1 Anderson rebounded to win the next two in about an hour more. The title was the first won by a South African since Wesley Moodie took Tokyo in 2005 and should push Kevin to a career-high ranking. Having now improved to a 8-3 record on the year, it could be his turn to crack into the top tiers of the sport.A little further north in Croatia, many of the locals were stopped right out of the gate. Still the top two seeds reflected how strong the country has been in recent Chicago Bears #11 months -- two-time defending champ Marin Cilic and world #16 Ivan Ljubicic lead the pack, but were both defeated in the quarters. Instead compatriot Ivan Dodig, who broke into the top hundred at the end of last year, came out firing. The only man to take a set from Australian Open champ Novak Djokovic in Melbourne beat one seed after another in the city where he lives.For his efforts, Dodig earned the right to meet world #61 Michael Berrer in his first Tour final.
They'd never played each other before, Chicago Bears #22 but with five more years in the pros and a couple big wins of his own under his belt, the German was probably still the favorite. But Ivan was unstoppable from the start. At just six-feet tall, he was the shorter of the two, but fired off sixteen aces and won more than eighty percent of his first serves. He denied Berrer seven break chances and eventually won the match in straight sets, taking just over ninety minutes to capture his maiden trophy.The Dolphins had a disastrous offseason where they found themselves unable to secure any of the three QBs they pursued (Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn, Alex Smith). Chicago Bears #23 Though Matt Moore is competent no one thinks of him as the QB of the future. Tannehill however could come in, probably best to sit for a season or two, and develop along with his former college head coach Mike Sherman who is now the offensive coordinator in Miami. Wide receiver or defensive end would be other considerations.To many this would be a reach but the Jags have desperately need a prototypical #1 receiver for too long and Floyd could be that guy. If not, addressing the pass rush or going with a corner would make sense.
The team hasn’t shied away from taking their guy regardless of what the experts have suggested they should do and putting up some offensive numbers may be deemed most necessary in drawing fans. Chicago Bears #34 Having addressed the issue of pass rush by signing Mario Williams and Mark Anderson the Bills can look to other needs. Losing Demetress Bell opened up a hole on the o-line so taking Riley Reiff would make a lot of sense. If not they could look at receiver or corner upgrades.The Cardinals have an obvious need at offensive tackle and could also look to find a receiver to pair with Larry Fitzgerald. Even with ILB being devalued as of late Kuechly could be considered the best player available and be plugged in right away to improve a defense that is already fairly strongon the line and in the defensive backfield. Chicago Bears #54 Pass rush is a priority for the team and that means Quinton Coples will get a look as the top pure defensive end but his inconsistency and effort is a concern. Courtney Upshaw, though seen as unconventional, would be well utilized by Pete Carroll in the defensive scheme but Melvin Ingram might be a more natural fit. Wouldn’t be surprising to see either one go off the board here.The Titans are in good shape need wise having signed Kamerion Wimbley and Steve Hutchinson, though the latter is a short term solution for a weak interior offensive line.
With the 27th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Chicago Bears #90 the Baltimore Ravens have taken Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith. And the rich Ravens defense just got that much richer.Smith is regarded as one of the better cover corners in this NFL Draft class. He wasn't much more than a standout on a bad team with Colorado, but he has good size for a cornerback to go with highly regarded coverage skills. And he could make an impact early on for a deep Baltimore defense if any of the older members of Baltimore's secondary are hampered by injury.The Ravens likely would have grabbed Smith with their original pick, the 26th, had they gotten their selection in by the time limit. Alas, Cincinnati Bengals #14 that didn't happen, giving the Chiefs a chance to snake Smith; they chose Jonathan Baldwin instead.With the 24th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints finally ended Cameron Jordan's wait. Jordan, a physical specimen at defensive end, was powerless to watch as team after team passed him over during Thursday's first round.Cameron Jordan's chances of being a game-changing NFL defender depend on a lot of things, but his physical makeup gives him a good shot.