The Rudy Report's recent issues have been so smoking hot, affecting air travel across the globe for quite some time, but today let's focus on "International Hug An Australian Day." When people go out to lunch, they usually learn about daily specials, but most of the time, they are not really that special. However, this special right here sounds quite interesting...
Manchester City has offered $77 million for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. NASCAR fans rejoiced when Kevin Harvick won the race in Talladega. In the English Premier League, Chelsea crushed Stoke 7-0 to stay on top. ManU and Liverpool won their games, while Arsenal had a draw against Manchester City. In the NHL playoffs, Phoenix beat Detroit to force a Game 7. Pittsburgh and San Jose advanced to the next round. In baseball, the Yankees lost against the Angels, the Mets game got delayed. And, in the NBA playoffs, Boston, Cleveland, and San Antonio are one win away from winning their respective series.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Kosuke Fukudome, Mike Scott, and Joe Crede (yeah, I know, no real blockbuster birthdays today). On this day in 1991, 70 tornadoes broke out in the United States. Have a great day, there is still the new Dear Rudy about volcanoes, and learn something you didn't know about cranberries in the Random Fact section!
May Day - Despite some delays, Mikhail Prokhorov is set to take over the New Jersey Nets in May, planning some drastic changes for next season. Read here.
Salary Crap - A Rugby League club from Melbourne has lost sponsors after it admitted that the team circumvented salary cap rules for years. Read here.
Rights Share - CBS and Turner have agreed to share television rights for the NCAA men's basketball tournament, paying $10.8 billion for a 14-year deal. Read here.
Next Up - Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber is confident that Montreal will get one of the next franchise licenses as the league continues to expand. Read here.
Better, But Not Perfect - A new article finds that the salary cap has made the National Hockey League more competitive, but big-spending teams still dominate. Read here.
The Rudy Report is here with the world-famous weekend edition, which has been hailed all over the world and beyond, today on "International Sing Out Day." It is truly amazing how far we've come in terms of technology in the past 20 years. Rudy looks forward to the next 10 years, when, for instance, reception won't be an issue anymore. Companies keep coming out with new products, like these right here...
A physicist has calculated that Germany will win the World Cup this year. The Rudy Report has come to exactly the same results! Can this be a coincidence? There were not many surprises in the NFL Draft. Sam Bradford was the first pick by the St. Louis Rams. In the Europa League, Hamburg had a 0-0 draw against Fulham, and Atletico Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0. In the NBA, the Bulls beat Cleveland to get their first win in Game 3 of the series. In baseball, the Yankees lost against Oakland, while the Mets beat the Cubs. And, in the NHL playoffs, the Philadelphia Flyers eliminated New Jersey, winning the series 4-1.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Andruw Jones, John Cena, Magnus Ver Magnusson, and Dutch speed skating star Sven Kramer (that's the guy who lost the gold medal, because his coach directed him to the wrong lane). On this day in 1962, the New York Mets won their first game ever. They still remember it, because there haven't been that many victories... Have a great weekend, there is a brand-new Dear Rudy about Earth Day and the volcano, and check out something about rats in the Random Fact section!
Still At The Top - Manchester United is still the most valuable soccer team in the world, according to Forbes, which values the club at $1.8 billion. Read here.
Taking Charge - Major League Baseball officials have now taken control over the sale of the Texas Rangers, which is being delayed due to various reasons. Read here.
Expensive Shirts - The German Bundesliga is the leading soccer league in Europe when it comes to securing team shirt sponsorships. Read here.
Becoming A Predator - There are rumors that Canadian billionaire Brett Wilson is interested in becoming a minority partner in the Nashville Predators. Read here.
Continuing Process - Sources report that the sale of British soccer club Crystal Palace is proceeding, but some issues still need to be resolved. Read here.
Still Concerned - National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell is still worried about the funding for a new Los Angeles NFL stadium by Ed Roski's group. Read here.
The Rudy Report is here to promise you that no volcano will ever be able to stop us from getting the report out on time, which is a promise that nobody else dares to make, today on "National Keep Your Country Beautiful Day." Some people are celebrating "Earth Day" today (whatever that means), but it's really no big deal. Nevertheless, the Rudy Report has compiled an interesting statistic for this day to show you how great Earth really is...
Today, the NFL Draft will take place in New York City. Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger has been suspended by the NFL for 4 to 6 games. In the second Champions League semifinal, Bayern Munich beat Lyon 1-0 in a controversial game. The Italian referee seemed to have a French passport as well... In the NHL playoffs, Rudy-favorite Washington beat Montreal to take a 3-1 series lead. In baseball, the Mets lost against the Cubs, and the Yankees probably beat Oakland again. And, in the NBA playoffs, Orlando had their second win against Charlotte.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Marshawn Lynch, Kaka, Zarley Zalapski, and French soccer player with a name that describes the whole nation Nicolas Douchez. On this day in 1969, British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completed the first solo non-stop circumnavigation around the world. Not really a great achievement considering that 16-year old girls are doing that now... Have a great day, there is no new Dear Rudy, but check out something you need to know for your own safety in the Random Fact section!
Value Investing - Some investors in the Indian Premier League have started to sell their stakes in clubs mainly due to the recent increase in franchise values. Read here.
Rumors Denied - Stan Kroenke is upset about rumors that suggest he could potentially move the St. Louis Rams to another city if his acquisition is successful. Read here.
A Little Off - Portsmouth FC has released horrendous financial statements, finding that the current debt load is 50% higher than expected. Read here.
Realistic Mark - With lots of interest from wealthy investors in the Golden State Warriors, the price tag of $400 million dollars seems to be feasible now more than ever. Read here.
Good Effort - In anticipation of the World Cup this summer, South Africa has unveiled $2.5 billion in infrastructure upgrades throughout the country. Read here.
The Rudy Report is proud to announce that we are now more popular than Lloyd Blankfein, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Tiger Woods combined, today on "National Woodworking Day." When it comes to parking in crowded cities, the main premise for you should be: Choose your parking spot wisely. Some people are lucky and never get a ticket, some people can be quite unlucky...
By the way, economic recovery is a global phenomenon. Vietnam will build more golf courses this year than the United States. In the Champions League, Inter Milan dominated and beat favorite Barcelona 3-1 in the first game of the semifinals. In the NHL playoffs, Philadelphia had an important win against New Jersey to take a 3-1 series lead. In the NBA playoffs, both Atlanta and Boston took 2-0 series leads respectively. And, in baseball, the Mets beat the Cubs again. The Yankees probably won, but who knows...
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Carnell Williams, Ed Belfour, and Belgian hurdles legend Jonathan Nsenga. On this day in 753 BC, Romulus and Remus founded Rome. Have a great day, there is still no new Dear Rudy, but check out something about life in the Random Fact section!
Ash In The Engine - Formula One racing was forced to cancel the scheduled race in Japan due to continuing travel difficulties caused by volcanic activity. Read here.
Big Plans - The Edmonton Oilers have unveiled plans for a new arena, but the owner also wants to build an entire entertainment development around it. Read here.
Cost Of Insurance - Barcelona is considered to be the best soccer club in the world right now, which forces the club to increase salaries and pay more for player insurance. Read here.
Trouble In India - The Indian Premier League is facing its first scandal over the government questioning the league's sources of funding. Read here.
The Rudy Report is proud to announce that several leading literature experts have called the report "better than Shakespeare" and "the Goethe of the 21st Century", which is nice to hear, today on "National Look Alike Day." As you know, a lot of people and reports overpromise and then underdeliver. Rudy generally hyperdelivers on an overpromise. This can't be said for everyone...
There are rumors that Jose Mourinho will become the next coach of Manchester United, succeeding Alex Ferguson. Today, Mourinho's Inter Milan will face Barcelona in the first semi-final in the Champions League. In baseball, the Mets beat the Cubs. In the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Chicago to take a commanding 2-0 lead. And, in the NHL playoffs, the Washington Capitals took a 2-1 series lead over Montreal after a 5-1 victory.
The Rudy Report says Happy Birthday to Allan Houston, Don Mattingly, Viacheslav Fetisov, Steve Spurrier, and Dutch darts legend Raymond "Barney - The Man" van Barneveld. On this day in 1986, Michael Jordan set an all-time record for points in an NBA playoff game with 63 against the Boston Celtics. Have a great day, there is still no new Dear Rudy, but check out an interesting comment on soccer player transfers in the Funny Sports Quote section!
Doing Okay - An executive has ensured fans that Liverpool FC is stable financially, despite recent news of a sale and ongoing refinancing discussions. Read here.
Roof Over Your Head - The newest proposal for a National Football League stadium in Los Angeles includes a roof, which could make the venue more versatile. Read here.
Questionable Deal - A new article questions the involvement of the city in the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes, arguing that the same lease offer today would have prevented bankruptcy back then. Read here.
Tricky Stan - In order to circumvent NFL ownership rules, Stan Kroenke might sell some of his sports interests to his wife, before buying the St. Louis Rams. Read here.
No Takeover - Birmingham City has stated that the club owners intend to fight for control, challenging a court order that could give ownership to an investment bank. Read here.