Spain


Vasek-Pospisil-and-Milos-Raonic-of-Canada-pose-for-photographers-with-Novak-Djokovic-and-Rafa-Nadal-rafael-nadal-14620911-1024-768An old shot of the main man, Novak Djokovic (still in Tacchini), with Canadians Vasek Pospisil (l.) and Milos Raonic (still with Lacoste)–future main man–and former King of Clay Rafael Nadal.

Anybody catch the beat down Rafael Nadal caught at the hands of the real king, Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo on Sunday?  Good of Nole to give Rafa a sorry little game in that first set, wethinks, prior to taking the 2nd set breaker with ease, on his way to his first ever Rolex MMC shield, and doling out Rafa’s first loss there since Guillermo Coria got him in 2003.  Now we had our concerns about Djokovic.  Not about his tennis, and not about dirt, but rather, about the ankle, which he seemed to roll very badly against Sam Q in DC, but of course, not badly enough.  For Querrey.  Or Nadal.

Such a treat to see a guy mature mentally from quitter to hitter, which is what Djokovic has done.  Bravo.  And like a smart athlete, this week he rests.  Then there’s Nadal.  Couldn’t play for so so long, and now, he’s back to playing more meaningless 500’s, and one sandwiched between the MMC and the Italian Championships.  Can’t teach a dumb dog…um, old dog, sorry, new tricks.  Since Nadal jumped back to the scene, it would seem he has played more matches than anyone else in the game, and almost leads the game in match play, despite missing the Aussie swing.  Interesting indeed.  But not curious.

Anyways, that he plays this week has given us a matchup to salivate over, which is as much must see TV as you get at the 500 level on red clay.  Versus Canadian ball crusher and serve machine Milos Raonic.  Odds here:

BARCELONA OPEN BANC SABADELL (Barcelona, Spain) — 2nd Semi-Final

Milos Raonic:  + 800

Rafael Nadal:  – 1500

…..

Nadal leads the h2h 2 love and Raonic has yet to take a set.  But but but.  I think a lot of people (or maybe it’s just Patrick Edwards, LOL, can’t say as too many people other than our good friend PE actually care) may confuse our picks for who we think is going to win, when what we are doing is discussing good bets.  Like in Miami, we told you that Murray was a bad bet against Ferrer, and if you had plunked down 400 units to win 100 on Murray, you must have been dying at match point Ferrer, no?

Murray is a pick em over Ferrer, even on hards where Murray makes his home base.  This isn’t football.  Murray is not good enough to give a touchdown, or rather, in football terms, 8.5 points to Ferrer.  Nadal is a bad bet today by those terms.  And he’ll probably win, but would you like to lay 100 units to win 6.67 units?  That is just insane.  Then there’s the matter of Raonic being a lot better on clay than people think, the bit about him having Spaniard clay court specialist Galo Blanco as his coach, and that his home base is also the dirt yards of Spain.  Raonic is 6’6.  He can dunk basketballs like JR Smith at TD Gardens!!!  High bounces do not bother him, which are Nadal’s bread and butter.

We’d take a flyer on Raonic here, laying 100 units to recoup 900 should the wunderkind come through.  Now if only the rain stops so we can see the show.

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Defending Tour de France Champion Alberto Contador (above).

While 3 time Tour De France Champion and reigning defending champion Alberto Contador clings to a “food contamination” fantasy excuse for flunking a random drug test for the banned substance Clenbuterol late in this past summer’s Tour de France, the facts are these: Contador tested positive for Clenbuterol the day before the Tour’s all important mountain stage, and faces a possible two year ban and forfeiture of his 2010 Tour de France title.

Alberto Contador, a three-time winner of the Tour de France, tested positive for a banned substance on the final rest day of the Tour in July, according to a statement sent Wednesday by his spokesman, Jacinto Vidarte.

Contador, a Spaniard formerly on the Astana team, could lose the title he won this year and face a two-year suspension.

He learned about the positive test for the banned drug clenbuterol, a weight-loss and muscle-building drug, on Aug. 24, nearly a month after winning the Tour, the statement said. He had tested positive for the substance on July 21, one day before the race’s decisive mountain stage.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/30/sports/cycling/30cycling.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=contador&st=cse

Since Clenbuterol, or “Clen”, as it is referred to in short, is used for agricultural purposes–as a steroid fed to livestock to ensure leanness, Contador may feel he has a winning explanation for his positive test result.  But Clenbuterol is much more widely used in athletic circles, because it has been the long established drug of choice for athletes and celebrities looking to burn fat.  Clenbuterol is also used by humans as a bronchial dilator.

While Contador has known of his positive test result for over a month, his team chose today to inform the media.  Contador, dogged by steroid allegations that date back to prior to the Tour de France in 2006, is preparing to fight the dirty fight, and cling to denial and ignorance in order to keep his 2010 TDF championship, the scientific community remains unfooled.  Before it’s all said and done, Contador may have to look hard at other excuses, as the scientific community comes with allegations from all corners.

Take a look at the following snippet, and note the date:

July 31, 2007 – 6:57AM
A leading German expert in the fight against doping claimed on Monday to have evidence indicating that Tour de France winner Alberto Contador had used drugs.

Twenty-four hours after the Spaniard donned the winner’s yellow jersey on the Champs Elysees, the expert, Werner Franke, described the 24-year-old’s victory as “the greatest swindle in sporting history”.

Franke bases his claim on documents he says are in his possession from the Spanish police’s Operation Puerto inquiry into Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor said to have masterminded doping programs for athletes.

“The name of this Mr Contador appears on several occasions on the court and police documents,” Franke told German television station ZDF.

“All of this has been simply concealed and hidden under the carpet whilst the name Contador was erased from the list of suspicious riders,” added Franke.

He says he has a detailed list of banned products used by Contador which appear in sworn statements following the raid on Fuentes’ medical practice.

“He took insulin, HMG-Lepori, a hormone to stimulate the secretion of testosterone and also a product for asthma called TGN – in brief I have before my eyes a protocol for doping,” he told ZDF.

“All of this has been covered up, at least in Spain,” added Franke.

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So German expert Werner Franke has a “detailed list of banned substances used by Contador”?  No way, right?  I mean, how much chicken is this guy Contador eating?  Speaking of practiced liars, Lance Armstrong supporter Stephanie McIlvain testified last week for over 7 hours in one day to the grand jury convened in the Lance Armstrong probe.  Usually, the prosecution would subject a witness to never ending testimony in the hopes of catching that witness in a lie.

McIlvain was kept on the stand for 4 plus hours longer than was Barry Bonds during BALCO grand jury testimony in San Francisco once upon a time.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-littman/lance-armstrong-witnesses_b_742705.html

The above article is a good one, and echoes this page’s sentiments.  We also think that Armstrong’s conspirators will not hold up so well with perjury charges and real jail time hanging in the balance.  McIlvain, if you will remember, has contradicted the story of Frank and Betsey Andreu, who claimed to be in Armstrong’s hospital room in 1996 when Lance was being diagnosed with cancer.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/frank-and-betsey-andreu-cooperating-against-lance-armstrong/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/ny-daily-news-novitsky-fed-probe-of-armstrong-was-well-under-way-prior-to-landis-emails/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/armstrong-hires-top-white-collar-defense-attorney-for-grand-jury-probe/

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/team-radioshack-reveal-further-emails-from-landis

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/widened-probe-could-mean-conspiracy-fraud-charges-for-armstrong/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/lemond-backs-landis-doping-admissions/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/espns-ford-quinn-on-landis-interview-see-clips/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/landis-armstrong-definitely-doped/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/lance-armstrong-a-ketamine-chronicle/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/feds-appoint-balco-prosecutor-to-landiscycling-case-see-landis-emails/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/clemens-indicted-for-lying-to-federal-grand-jury/

The Andreu’s say that they were prepared to leave the room when doctors came in to question Armstrong, but that Armstrong insisted they stay.  The Andreus claim that Armstrong was asked by doctors whether he had used PED’s while in their presence, and that Armstrong replied in the affirmative.

And we believe them.

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