Cause there aint no doubt I love this land

Cause there aint no doubt I love this land

In true celebration of Americana on the 4th of July, Kobayashi won the Nathan's hot dog eating competition in Brooklyn by eating 53 3/4 dogs in 12 minutes.  You can watch the competition over at ESPN.  Kobayashi trailed Joey Chestnut, the winner of this years Wing Bowl 14; the same guy who drank a gallon of milk in about 40 seconds, for the majority of the competition.  The commentary done on this video is simply poetic, metaphoric bliss.  Give it a go.
-Wiener-eater wins 6th straight [Boston]
-Where will A.I. end up? [Philly]
-Italians are better than Germans.  It's true. [FIFA]
-Have a little bit of trouble capturing those fireworks last night on the Parkway with your digital camera?  Alas, the Geeks Guide to Fireworks. [Wired]
-I would just like to note that Philly.com sucks.  I go to Philly.com in search of some photos of last night's show on the Parkway, some fireworks, etc. and all I get are photos of a parade in Lansdowne.  In contrast, when I go to The NY Times website, the first thing I see is a photo of Fireworks over NYC.  Maybe the new owners of the Inquirer will hire someone with some design skills.
-A little Trey on Watchtower in Camden, some burgers on the grill, some sun on the beach in Jersey, a guy in a blue suit with a red cape who saves the world, a Phillies walk off win, a little Lionel Richie , even sans All Night Long, topped off with some wet fireworks and some funnel cake make for a happy ending to a stellar holiday weekend.

Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

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Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

EASTON, Pa. -- Tanoh Kpassagnon returned a fumble 25 yards on the first offensive play of the game and Jeff Steeb returned an interception 45 yards to close the scoring and Villanova defeated Lafayette 31-14 on Saturday night.

Aaron Forbes, who ran for 111 yards on 11 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to put the Wildcats (3-1) up 24-14 after the Leopards (1-3) had rallied after falling behind 17-0.

Javon White's 1-yard plunge made it 17-0 for Villanova but Lafayette's Drew Reed hit Yasir Thomas for a 14-yard score just before halftime. Reed connected with Tim Vangelas on a 19-yard score early in the third quarter.

Lafayette finished with four turnovers with Rob Rolle picking off two passes, including one he returned 100 yards for a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty.

Villanova had 378 yards of offense, 238 on the ground while Lafayette had 342, 272 through the air.

Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.