Weekly Rewind 7/5/09

The Weekly Rewind is our recap of the most captivating stories of the previous week.

Gone too soon-Former NFL QB Steve McNair died after suffering four gun shot wounds at a condo in downtown Nashville on Saturday July 4. McNair and his “girlfriend” 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi were both killed in an assumed murder-suicide, but investigators have yet to announce the perpetrator. McNair, a 13-year vet, was a 4-time Pro-Bowler and Co-MVP in 2003. He leaves behind a wife and 4 sons.

15 and counting?- After defeating Andy Roddick in Wimbledon’s Men’s Final in a 5 set thriller, Roger Federer is now the greatest tennis champion of all-time. With the win Federer surpassed Pete Sampras total of 14 Grand Slam victories and, at least for the next few years, is the most decorated champ of the courts.

Williams sister sweep– Venus and Serena were the only women, singles or doubles, that took home major hardware at Wimbledon this year. After a dueling it out in the Women’s singles Final, Serena won in straight sets, the sisters went on to win their 4th Wimbledon doubles title. 8 out of the last 10 Wimbledon singles titles has been won by either Venus or Serena, now that’s true family dominance.

Artest to Hollywood– Ron Artest, one of the most controversial athletes in NBA history, is now a member of the L.A. Lakers. The Lakers traded Trevor Ariza to the Rockets for the veteran forward in hopes of bringing some toughness to the team. Along with the intimidation factor, Artest is a versatile player on both ends and will definitely improve the team’s defensive effort.

He’s back– The enigmatic Manny Ramirez returned to the Dodgers lineup on July 3 after serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for PED’s. The Dodgers managed to stay on top of the NL West and now are 52-30. Manny homered in an Independence Day 7-4 loss against the Padres, but it still was a welcomed sight for Dodger fans.

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