Agüero Leads Manchester City to English Premier League Title

Call it “The Miracle in Manchester” as Sergio Agüero helps propel Manchester City to its first English Premier League title in nearly 45 years.

In one of the most exciting game endings in soccer history, the 23-year-old Argentine soccer star on Sunday scored late in stoppage time to lead his team to victory over the Queens Park Rangers.

Sergio Aguero

With Manchester United beating Sunderland 1-0, Manchester City needed a win over Queens Park to win the team’s first title since 1968.

Manchester City trailed the Rangers 2-1 after 90 minutes and needed two goals in stoppage time to win the title that had slipped from their grasp.

Edin Dzeko helped Manchester City even the game at 2-2 with a header off a corner kick in the 92nd minute. Then, in the 94th minute, Agüero and Mario Balotelli combined at the edge of the box. Agüero latched onto Balotelli’s ball, dribbled around a defender, and fired a shot to the left of Paddy Kenny that hit the back of the net.

Sergio Aguero

That remarkable goal by Agüero the son-in-law of the great Diego Maradona, completed a remarkable comeback to give Manchester City the title.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a finale like this,” City manager Roberto Mancini said. “We didn’t deserve to lose. We had a lot of chances and we deserved to win the game and championship. It’s fantastic for the club and the supporters after 44 years. It’s been a crazy season and a crazy last minute.”

Verdasco Upsets Nadal at the Madrid Open

Fernando Verdasco has scored a massive upset at the Madrid Open

The 28-year-old tennis star—currently ranked No. 19 in the world—defeated his fellow countryman and the world’s No. 2 player Rafael Nadal, considered the King of Clay, 6-3, 3-6. 7-5.

Fernando Verdasco

After overcoming a first-set loss on the Open’s controversial blue-clay court, Nadal evened the score and appeared set to move on to the quarterfinals. But Verdasco took charge of the match to notch his first win over Nadal in 14 tries and handing his Davis Cup teammate his first defeat on clay in 23 matches.

“After losing so many times against honestly the best player on clay ever, to beat him on clay is the maximum,” an emotional Verdasco said after his exhausting match. “I don’t have words.”

Fernando Verdasco

Nadal—who notched his seventh consecutive title at the Barcelona Open last weekend—didn’t hide his dislike of the new blue clay at the Madrid Open this week, calling it soft and slippery.

Verdasco moves on to next play Tomas Berdych after the Czech beat Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-1.

del Potro Claims Second Consecutive Estoril Open Title

It’s Lucky No. 11 for Juan Martin del Potro

The 23-year-old Argentinian tenista claimed his eleventh title of his professional tennis career on Sunday by beating France’s Richard Gasquet to win the Estoril Open title.

Juan del Potro

del Potro, who was seeded first in the tournament, used a strong serve to beat Gasquet in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.

“I felt it was my best match of the week,” del Potro said. “I felt really confident on my forehand and I grew in confidence every game.”

Juan del Potro

Along with earning his eleventh career title, the victory gives del Potro his second consecutive Estoril Open title and his second title of the year.

Del Potro, currently ranked No. 12 in the world, didn’t give up a break chance and had six aces in the match to improve his record against Gasquet to 4-1.

“He’s very tall and has a good second serve and was hitting the ball very well,” Gasquet said. “He was the better player today.”

Mexican Swimmer Vaca Recognized for Her 40-Year Career

Laura Vaca Hernandez is being recognized for her acclaimed international swimming career, which spans more than four decades.

The 59-year-old Mexican swimmer has been awarded the Jean Borotra World Fair Play trophy from the International Fair Play Committee in recognition of her more than 40-year career.

Laura Vaca Hernandez

Vaca, who competed in the 1968 Mexico City and 1972 Munich Olympics, is the first Mexican woman to win the honor.

She shares the award, named for the French tennis great, with German table tennis player Walter Kilger.

Vaca was a world masters champion and broke two world records, one in the 400 meters in 2008 and the other as part of a relay team that crossed the English Channel in August 2007.

But Vaca wasn’t the only Hispanic athlete to be touted during the special ceremony, which was held outside of Budapest.

Venezuelan fencer Antonio J. Leal Pina was awarded an Act of Fair Play diploma, Argentinian climbers Damien Benegas, Guillermo Benegas and Matias Erroz received an Act of Fair Play letter of congratulations and Argentinian boxer received an Act of Fair Play letter of congratulations.

The mission of the Paris-based International Fair Play Committee, which was founded by UNESCO in 1963, is to promote fair play around the world.

Nadal Wins Seventh Consecutive Barcelona Open Title…

It’s no wonder Rafael Nadal is considered the player to beat on clay…

The 25-year-old Spanish tennis superstar—currently ranked No. 2 in the world—defeated countryman David Ferrer 7-6 (1), 7-5 in the Barcelona Open final on Sunday to claim his seventh consecutive title at the tournament.

Rafael Nadal

“It’s almost unimaginable to win here seven times,” said Nadal. “It’s a special tournament for me, at home in my club. To win at home in front of the people you know is always more special.”

Nadal needed two hours and 40 minutes to beat Ferrer, who is ranked No. 6 in the world.

“David pushed me to the physical limit and today, from a tennis standpoint, I did not play a brilliant match,” Nadal said.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal has not lost in Barcelona since the second round in 2003, when countryman Alex Corretja beat him.

“David deserves (to win) this tournament more than anybody,” said Nadal. “I hope he wins it some day.”

Ferrer has now lost four Barcelona Open finals to Nadal in the past five years. The two also played in the final here in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

“I tried everything, like always, but Rafa is Rafa, and we all already know how good he is. I’ve lost four times, but I’ve lost to one of the greats,” Ferrer said.

Nadal, who has won 10 Grand Slam championships, is considered the “king of clay,” having won six French Open titles.

The Barcelona Open is one of the biggest clay-court events on the ATP calendar and a key tune-up for the French Open, which gets underway in late May.

Orantes Elected to International Tennis Hall of Fame

Rafael Nadal won his first and only U.S. Open title in 2010… But fellow Spaniard Manuel Orantes claimed the U.S. Open crown some 35 years before. And, now he’ll be forever immortalized in Newport, Rhode Island.

The 63-year-old Spanish tennis legend has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the master player category.

Manuel Orantes

Along with winning the 1975 U.S. Open by beating Jimmy Connors in straight sets in the final, Orantes was the runner-up to Bjorn Borg at the 1974 French Open.

Orantes reached No. 2 in the rankings in 1973, and he was in the year-ending top 10 for five consecutive years.

Along with Orantes, this year’s inductees will include former world No. 1 Jennifer Capriati and former French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten.

The induction ceremony will be held on July 14, 2012 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.

Nadal & Djokovic Aiming to Break Another World Record…

Move over Cristiano Ronaldo! Rafael Nadal is headed to Real Madrid’s soccer stadium… But don’t worry; he’s not planning to bend it like Beckham!

The 25-year-old Spanish tennis star, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, will go head-to-head against World No. 1 player Novak Djokovic in an exhibition match at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium on July 14. The Spanish football club’s pitch will be transformed into a tennis court, with the event taking place in the gap between Wimbledon and the London Olympics.

Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic

The reason: Well, Nadal and Djokovic—who currently have the record for the longest final in grand slam history—are hoping to attract 80,000 attendees in their ambitious quest to rewrite another record.

The showdown is the result of a partnership between two charities, the Real Madrid Foundation and the Rafa Nadal Foundation, and aims to raise money for disadvantaged children.

Djokovic and Spaniard Nadal made history at the Australian Open in January, when the Serb won his fifth grand slam title in a five-set epic match lasting almost six hours.

Now they hope to shatter the record for the largest turnout at an exhibition match — set in July 2010 when 35,681 people watched Kim Clijsters beat fellow former world No. 1 Serena Williams in Brussels.

Nadal, a Real Madrid supporter who tries to attend as many matches as possible, said he was thrilled to be taking part in the historic event.

“Back to practicing, very happy because the Rafa Nadal Foundation’s event has been confirmed at Bernabeu!” he announced on his Facebook page.

Nadal and Djokovic have won a combined 15 majors and have had one of the sport’s top rivalries of late. Djokovic has defeated Nadal in the last seven finals they’ve played, including in the last three Grand Slam tournaments—Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open.

Romo: First-Time Father

There’s a new(born) Cowboy in Dallas…

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and his wife Candice Crawford welcomed their first child on Monday, according to People.

Tony Romo and Candice Crawford Expecting First Child

“Hawkins Crawford Romo is now a part of the Dallas Cowboys family,” a Cowboys spokesperson said in a statement. “All is well with mom.”

Hawkins weighed in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces.

The 31-year-old Mexican American football star and Crawford—the 25-year-old younger sister of Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford married last May after dating for nearly a year and a half.

Romo was previously linked to Jessica Simpson and Carrie Underwood.

Ferrer Leads Spain into the Davis Cup Semifinals

He’s one of the most improved players on the ATP Tour… And, now tennis star David Ferrer has secured defending champion Spain a place in the Davis Cup semifinals.

The 30-year-old Spanish tenista beat Austria‘s Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 in Sunday’s reverse singles to give his team an insuperable 3-1 lead.

David Ferrer

Despite his unsteady serve and gusting winds, Ferrer—the fifth-ranked player in the world—had little trouble remaining perfect in 14 matches on home clay en route to recording Spain’s first win over Austria in 33 years.

Ferrer broke Melzer in the last game of an even first set and didn’t let up to claim Spain’s 23rd straight home win, moving it into second place all-time for consecutive wins behind Italy’s record of 28.

Meantime, Spain’s Nicolas Almagro beat Alexander Peya to complete a 4-1 victory for the Spanish.

The five-time Davis Cup champions will face the United States in the semifinals.

del Potro Leads Argentina into Davis Cup Semifinals

He’s one of Argentina’s all-time greatest tennis stars… And, now Juan Martin del Potro is leading his country back to the Davis Cup semifinals…

The 23-year-old tenista, who is currently ranked No. 10 in the world, put Argentina into its third straight Davis Cup semifinal with his three-set victory over Croatia’s Marin Cilic.

Juan Martin del Potro

Del Potro won 6-1, 6-2, 6-1, to give Argentina an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five quarterfinal.

Meanwhile, del Potro’s countryman Juan Monaco defeated Antonio Veic 6-1, 6-1 to wrap up the 4-1 victory.

Argentina will now face the Czech Republic in Buenos Aires in the semifinal on September 14-16.

Argentina, which lost last year’s final against Spain, and has been in the Davis Cup finals four times without winning.