There are a couple of new posts at Life 2000 in the past few days. Otherwise, things have been quiet. Congratulations to Alabama on winning its first-ever Women’s College World Series last week. Congratulations also to Kent State and to the State University of New York at Stony Brook on qualifying for next week’s College World Series. Shanshan Feng became the first Chinese golfer to win a major tournament when she won the LPGA Championship yesterday.
Rafael Nadal upended Novak Djokovic today to win his seventh French Open crown. Bjorn Borg won six French Open singles championships. The last came in 1981. His record stood among men until Monday. Chris Evert won seven ladies’ titles at Roland Garros. Djokovic tried to become the first men since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously but fell in four sets.
Spanish banks requested a bailout Sunday. The banks will get up to 100 million Euros. The cash infusion will help stabilize Spain’s financial institutions. The Spanish government claimed it was solvent. Only the banks need help, the prime minister, not the country itself. I think the Spanish government will eventually need help from the European Union.
In the meantime, I look forward to Greece’s second parliamentary election in two months. No party could form a coalition government after last month’s balloting. The nation is still too fragmented to suddenly choose leaders who will be able to work together. The question remains how to reconcile Greece’s desire to stay in the EU and its abhorrence to austerity.