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ALL YOU CAN DO IS TO BEAR AND WAIT

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

New York Yankees had come back. 2004 AL East Champion claimed to top of the AL wild card standing and approached to AL East first place, Boston, to 0.5 games behind on 20 July. I watched the four-game series of NY against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on NHK BS1 on 21-24 July.

Through the series, AL West leader Angels made big-innings and aimed to protect the leads by relief pitchers. Especially Scot Shields claimed the hill to cancell out Yankees turnaround in winning-games before closer Francisco Rodriguez ended the game with win.

Yankees have only two starters, Randy Johnson and Mike Mussina, on active to have kept the rotation from start of season. In addition, there're not another pinstripe reliever to shorten the burden of reliever Tom Gordon and closer Mariano Rivera. Anyway it may be time for Yankees fans to bear pitching problems and to wait for starters in disabled list.

Bronx Bobmers lost 3 games of the series to drop the third place behind 0.5 games from top, Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics( ! ) in AL wild card standing.

Hideki Matsui collected 4 hits of 16 at-bats with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs to enter all of series for Yankees.

match results:

New York 5-6 Anaheim (21 Jul)
W:Colon(12-6)
S:Rodriguez(22)
L:Gordon(3-4)

New York 3-6 Anaheim (22 Jul)
W:Lackey(8-4)
S:Rodriguez(23)
L:Leiter(4-8)

New York 6-8 Anaheim (23 Jul)
W:Santana(5-4)
S:Rodriguez(24)
L:Brown(4-7)

New York 4-1 Anaheim (24 Jul)
W:Mussina(10-5)
S:Rivera(25)
L:Washburn(6-6)

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SET-UPPERS' EFFORTS

BASEBALL

Last month, putting up with the sleepiness, I enjoyed Japan's football games in Germany and Netherlands, however, in my country, I have to say that there were exciting games of baseball, which were ties of Hanshin Tigers and Chunichi Dragons that ended that Tigers win the three-game series, 4-3, 4-2, 3-9. This time I got a chance to watch Friday's game between two top-teams again, but couldn't see rest of series because of NHK-BS's not broadcasting.

Each team has wonderful set-up pitchers of both right and left before superb closers come in, right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa and left-hander Jef Williams for Hanshin, and righty Shinya Okamoto and lefty Akifumi Takahashi for Chunichi.

Three consecutive hittings in 4th led Tigers to a win of series-opener over Dragons. Akinobu Okada's bullpen helped starter Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi to earn no-run to Chunichi's line-up. Fujikawa entered most of any other pitchers in the league to drop ERA to 0.99, and Williams followed to drop ERA to 2.55, and closer Tomoyuki Kubota saved the game to drop ERA to 2.06. Despite two-run deficit, manager Hiromitsu Ochiai sent in Okamoto for starter Masa Yamamoto to set up the game(ERA 3.07), but Takahashi, who replace Masafumi Hirai, the 3rd pitcher this night, allowed Takashi Toritani to add a non-earned run(ERA 2.52).

Central League doesn't have play-off games. Both managers will send the relievers to hold games to get the pennant. It seems to be a key for championship how managers are well excuse from them after All-Star games.

match result:

Hanshin 3-0 Chunichi (8 Jul)
W:Shimoyanagi(7-1)
S:Kubota(14)
L:Yamamoto(5-4)

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NAKAZAWA'S HEAD STOPS KASHIMA

J-LEAGUE

Yokohama's international Yuji Nakazawa came out of the group struggling the ball in the area where Yokohama's defence-man touched the ball faster than Kashima's goalkeeper Hitoshi Sogahata when Dutra kicked from the corner for Yokohama at the second half. That was the moment Yokohama beat Kashima, 2-1, in Yokohama's Nissan Stadium on Wednesday, 14th Day of J-League. Despite this second lost, Kashima had stood at the top of the table yet by seven point from 2nd place Gamba Osaka.

F. Marinos performed greatly against leader Antlers. Kashima's international Mitsuo Ogasawara was limited game-making by blue defences but showed his existence in the field when he found Daiki Iwamasa's head from the corner at the first half. Takeshi Okada's men didn't become upset and supplied the ball to wings at the sides. Toninho Cerezo's men couldn't react the attacks well, and at last, allowed a diving-head of equaliser Hideo Oshima from superb Masahiro Ohashi's pass.

Into the second half, Yokohama dominated the game as same to make Nakazawa's jump. Toninho Cerezo sent substitutes off the bench after the behind, and Takuya Nozawa of Kashima recieved the ball a few times but was cancelled out by firm Yokohama's defences.

I watched Antlers' game first time this year, felt little of the strength demonstrated so far. Because it might be away-game for Kashima? Next Time I want to watch the game in Kashima, who was fallen down from the top of the table at that time, I don't know.

match result:

Kashima 1-2 Yokohama (6 Jul)
(1-0)04' IWAMASA
(1-1)29' OSHIMA
(1-2)63' NAKAZAWA

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道草(ネタバレありません)Vol.01

「父、帰る」ВОЗВРАЩЕНИЕ

監督:アンドレイ・ズビャギンツェフ

外国映画ベストテン 第3位(キネ旬 2004年)

観終わってよかったとかいう前に、「ほんとうにこの終わり方でよかったのか」という思いが駆け巡った。それだけ父と子のドラマがラストまで上手く運んでいたから。私のなかでは2つあって、ひとつは島での場面。もうひとつはエンディング。とにかく観たヒトの感じ方次第という作りになっています。

父とその息子兄弟のロードムービー。ロードムービーは基本的に面白い。昔のソビエト映画「誓いの休暇」(タイトルが思い出せず、キネ旬全史を繰る)を思い出す。ロシア映画でクルマが出てくるなんて前にあった!?切り取られるロシアの自然にも意外。ジャケットとのギャップが楽しめます。キネ旬によるとヴェネチアで賞をとったらしいけど、先物買いのヴェネチアだから・・・

最後に5段階で星を付しておきます。これは「わたしの貴重な時間を邪魔しなかった」たぶん皆さんの貴重な時間も邪魔しないだろう、をテーマにつけました。
ということで・・・

DVD鑑賞
☆☆☆――

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THREE-PEAT WIMBLEDON TITLES

TENNIS

Roger Federer of number 1 seed had achieved third consecutive win in Men's Singles at Wimbledon where he sweeped second-seeded Andy Roddick Sunday, 3 July.

Almost perfect. Federer advanced the game as secure as he had turned it down in this tournament. He never become upset to break it back and lead tie-break-win after he allowed the American to break down a game in the second set.

There is nobody over the Swiss on grass, so far. I want to watch the games on defference surfaces against the man like Hewitt, Roddick and Nadal.

match results:

The Championships Wimbledon 2005 (Grand Slam)
Men's Singles Semi-Final (1 Jul)
Roger Federer def. Lleyton Hewitt
6-3,6-4,7-6

Men's Singles Final (3 Jul)
Roger Federer def. Andy Roddick
6-2,7-6,6-4

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6月観戦記

ハイライトはサッカー日本代表、中でもコンフェデ杯ギリシア戦を挙げます。
短いボール回しを繰り返す日本に対し、ボールを持ったらすぐゴール前に放り込み高さで勝負するギリシア。両国のキャラが存分に出ていて非常に面白く観れました。

1(水)
ソフトバンク@阪神(NPB)
2(木)
マイアミ@デトロイト(NBA プレイオフ game4)
ソフトバンク@阪神(NPB)
4(土)
日本@バーレーン(FIFA W杯予選)
R.フェデラー vs R.ナダル(ATP 全仏オープン単SF)
M.ピエルス vs J.エナン-アーデン(WTA 全仏オープン単決勝)
8(水)
朝鮮民主主義人民共和国 vs 日本(FIFA W杯予選)
10(金)
デトロイト@サンアントニオ(NBA ファイナル)
11(土)
オランダ vs 日本(FIFA Wユース)
13(月)
カナダGP(F1 第8戦)
デトロイト@サンアントニオ(NBA ファイナル)
15(水)
サンアントニオ@デトロイト(NBA ファイナル)
17(金)
日本 vs メキシコ(FIFA コンフェデレーションズ杯)
サンアントニオ@デトロイト(NBA ファイナル)
18(土)
日本 vs オーストラリア(FIFA Wユース)
20(月)
ギリシア vs 日本(FIFA コンフェデレーションズ杯)
アメリカGP(F1 第9戦)
サンアントニオ@デトロイト(NBA ファイナル)
21(火)
中日@阪神(NPB)
22(水)
モロッコ vs 日本(FIFA Wユース R16)
デトロイト@サンアントニオ(NBA ファイナル)
中日@阪神(NPB)
23(木)
日本 vs ブラジル(FIFA コンフェデレーションズ杯)
中日@阪神(NPB)
24(金)
デトロイト@サンアントニオ(NBA ファイナル)
26(日)
ドイツ vs ブラジル(FIFA コンフェデレーションズ杯SF)
27(月)
メキシコ vs アルゼンチン(FIFA コンフェデレーションズ杯SF)
28(火)
N.ペトロワ vs M.シャラポワ(WTA ウィンブルドン単QF)
L.ダベンポート vs S.クズネツォワ(WTA ウィンブルドン単QF)
A.モレスモ vs A.ミスキナ(WTA ウィンブルドン単QF)
30(木)
ブラジル vs アルゼンチン(FIFA コンフェデレーションズ杯決勝)

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