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Posted Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 1:30pm

Are you sick of hearing about Tiger Woods yet? I know I am. It seems everywhere you turn lately, there is something about him on the news. That's why I'm calling this the Tiger-free zone. There will be no mention of him, or his "transgressions" here. And now, on to my column for the week.

It's January, and not only a new year, but a new decade is upon us. As sports fans, we have many things to look forward to; the Winter Olympics, the Lebron James sweepstakes and the FIFA World Cup are a few things we have to look forward to in 2010.

The first event that the sporting world has to look forward to in 2010 is the NFL Super Bowl, which will take place on February 7 in Miami Flo. The playoffs began, with the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles all making the playoffs. The Pakcers and Eagles were knocked out in the wild card round. The Vikings, and Colts are favorites to make a deep run in this year's playoffs.

Next on the sporting calendar are the Olympics. The 21st Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Olympics will be held from Feb. 12-18. The games are always exciting to watch and you can count on an entertaining week with the world tuning in to watch the festivities.

Another interesting story to watch this summer will be the competition to sign Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James. At the end of this season, James's contract expires, and there is a lot of gossip that he will leave his hometown of Cleveland. The New York Knicks have been linked to signing James for over a year now. Other teams that have expressed interest in him are the New Jersey Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers, but the Knicks have the best chance of signing him. Or he could surprise everyone and stay in Cleveland. As his contract gets closer to expiring, there is sure to be more and more speculation about his future.

Possibly the biggest event in world sports will take place this summer, when the soccer World Cup is held in South Africa. In most of the world where soccer is the most popular sport, the World Cup is something that captivates the world every four years, with people traveling thousands of miles across the globe to cheer on their nation. Even non-soccer fans tune in, and follow the world's biggest sports party.

The United States which usually struggles in the World Cup is sending a strong team and has high expectations after an impressive season last year. Last year saw the USA shock the soccer world, by defeating powerhouse Spain in a tournament. There has been lots of hype for the US for this years tournament. The team has their work cut out for them, their first match is against always tough England.

The new decade is starting out with a bang, and will only get better as time goes on. I look forward to the New Year, and the new decade in anticipation.

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