“Our Auburn Family is so blessed to have an Auburn man like Charles Barkley in the public eye representing us. A statue and a symbol like this serves to bring attention to that and will stand the test of time,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said in the statement.
ABU DHABI — For all the headlines screaming ‘anarchy’, Lewis Hamilton’s public act of defiance against Mercedes in Formula One’s title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix could ultimately make racing even more exciting in 2017.
While Mercedes boss Toto Wolff refused to rule out punishment after Hamilton did everything he could to scupper team mate Nico Rosberg’s championship chances in Sunday’s showdown, he recognized he was in two minds about what to do.
The Austrian said he would sleep on the controversy but he also wondered whether there might be a case for giving the drivers more freedom to race rather than seeking to control them.
That, after a 21-round season in which Mercedes were more dominant than ever with 19 wins and 20 poles and won both titles for the third year in a row, could prove a more popular outcome.
While some condemned Hamilton’s strategy in slowing the race, in a failed bid to help others catch and pass Rosberg who needed to finish on the podium to become champion, others applauded him for transforming what could have been a processional one-two into a tense spectacle.
“Well done to @LewisHamilton for a relentless pursuit of the title, keeping us on the edge of our flaming pants right up to the last lap,” declared 1996 world champion Damon Hill on Twitter.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who rarely misses a chance to undermine Wolff, said he would have expected nothing less and accused Mercedes of being ‘naive’ in asking Hamilton to speed up, instructions the driver ignored.
“I think Lewis was trying to back us up and I probably would have done the same,” agreed Horner’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen. “You have to try these things to win a championship.”
Rosberg, championship secured, could also see both sides of the argument.
“It’s really easy to understand the team’s side. But at the same time of course you can understand Lewis because this is the world championship,” he said.
From outside Formula One, former England soccer striker Gary Lineker added his support: “Don’t get @LewisHamilton criticism. Why wouldn’t he give himself the best chance to succeed?”, he asked on Twitter.
“Attempting to win is the very essence of sport. All leading sports persons ignore advice from the sidelines on occasions. To be the best you have to think you know best.”
From Hamilton’s perspective he had merely done what he had to do.
“I don’t feel I did anything unfair. We’re fighting for a championship, I was in the lead, I control the pace. That’s the rules,” said the winner of 10 races this season.
JIM THORPE, 19 PROFESSIONAL WINNER ON THE PGA/PGA CHAMPIONS TOUR, GIVES BACK AS THE “Ambassador to the Tobago Junior Golf Academy”, AND MORE.
Born on February 1, 1949 in Roxboro, North Carolina, Jimmy Lee Thorpe, who is affectionately called “Thorpie” by his family, friends and fans, is an American professional golfer, currently playing on the PGA Champions Tour.
The ninth of twelve children and the son of a golf course greenskeeper and fairway superintendent (Elbert Baxter Thorpe, Sr.), Thorpe attended Morgan State University before turning pro in 1972. It would be more than 10 years before he won on the PGA Tour, though he did so in style, beating Jack Nicklaus by three strokes at the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1985.
Two more victories, both at the Seiko-Tucson Match Play Championship, would follow within little more than a year. He ended 1985 fourth on the PGA Tour’s money list, and showed the world that he was destined for greatness at golf’s highest levels. Thorpe has won 13 times on the Champions Tour and three times on the PGA Tour. Jim Thorpe is many things to many people…world famous golfer, prominent advertising spokesman, devoted husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend. Growing up in the Baptist
church, Jim was taught to respect his elders. Before his parents passed away, Jim strived to get his father’s approval and worked hard to make sure that his mother was happy. When he met his wife Carol, the task of keeping his “main girl” happy seemed to take on a new meaning. After 35 years of marriage, Jim says that Carol still has a way of making his heart skip a beat now and again. A jokester, Thorpe has a way about him that automatically draws people to him, which is one of the qualities that sold Carol. His down-to-earth common touch has made him one of the more popular, accessible and sought after public figures in the world of golf.
In addition to his magnetic personality and unfailing sense of kindness, Thorpe has a passion for educating inner city youth. He has raised money for and assisted organizations like First Tee, Boys and Girls Club, Birdies 4Braves, UNCF, Boy Scouts of America, YMCA, Golf4Youth, Special Olympics, Teen Challenge, The Urban League, David Maus Foundation, Cigar Aficionado Honduran Hurricane Relief Fund, Inner City Youth Golf Program and the Native American Golf Classic, to name a few. Jim mentors youth who participate in International golf programs in the US. In January of 2012, Jim was named the Ambassador to the Tobago Junior.
While spending time on the golf course tends to be Jim’s favorite past time, he also enjoys deer hunting, shooting pool and watching horse racing. Jim and his family attend Crossing Community Church (Sanford, Florida).
Jim has four girls – Monica Thorpe, Darlene Thorpe, Sheronne Emira Thorpe Gilchrist and Charae Jihan Thorpe.
- He has finished 1st on the Champions Tour 13 times.
- 1982 Canadian PGA Championship
- 1982 Canadian PGA Championship
- 1982 Canadian PGA Championship
- He serves as the Ambassador to Tobago’s Junior Golf Academy in Trinidad.
- He enjoys mentoring youth who have an interest in pursuing the game of golf.
- One of his favorite cigars is the Don Pepin Garcia Invictos.
- PGA Tour Wins- 3
- PGA Tour Champions- 13
- Golf Tour Wins (other)- 3
- Total Professional Wins- 16
PGA Champion Jim Thorpe to Co-Chair 9th Annual Golf Classic in Greensboro, NC
International Civil Rights Center & Museum Raises Awareness.
Is the ninth of 12 children. Grew up next to eighth fairway at Roxboro (NC) CC, where father, Elbert Sr., was the superintendent.
One of his brothers, Chuck, played for a period on the PGA TOUR and in several events on the Champions Tour in 1998, while another brother, Bill, went through the National Qualifying Tournament several times. Earned a football scholarship to Morgan State as a running back.
A GREAT KID HAS HIS DREAMS FULFILLED, Once Sidelined By A Rare Disorder, Isaiah Austin Gets A New Shot At His NBA Dreams.
Isaiah Charles Austin (born October 25, 1993) is an American basketball player who played two years of college basketball for Baylor University. He had been considered a first-round prospect in the 2014 NBA draft until he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome.
Austin attended Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington, Texas. As a senior in 2011–12, he averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks per game, earning back-to-back Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super TeamPlayer of the Year honors. Austin participated in the 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game, 2012 Adidas Nations and the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic. He was named to the ESPNHS All-American Elite second team and was the nation’s no. 3 recruit according to ESPN.
As a freshman at Baylor in 2012–13, Austin earned third-team All-Big 12 and Big 12 All-Rookie Team honors. On April 4, 2013, he recorded 15 points, nine rebounds, five blocks, four assists and two steals in the NIT championship game in which Baylor defeated Iowa 74–54. In 35 games (all starts), he averaged 13.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.7 blocks in 29.9 minutes per game.
In April 2013, Austin declared for the 2013 NBA draft, but later returned to Baylor due to a shoulder injury.
As a sophomore in 2013–14, Austin earned Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors. In 38 games, he averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 3.1 blocks in 28.0 minutes per game.
On April 22, 2014, Austin declared for the 2014 NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility.
On June 22, 2014, Austin learned that he had been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. In an emotional interview with ESPN‘s Holly Rowe, Austin said that he could no longer play basketball at a competitive level since the arteries in his heart were abnormally large, and there was too much risk of his heart rupturing if he continued to play. In response, NBA commissioner Adam Silver invited Austin to attend the draft as his guest. Shortly after Austin’s diagnosis was made public, his agent revealed that Austin had taken out an insurance policy against career-ending disability through a special NCAA program, which was worth at least $1 million. The policy would not have paid out if Austin’s career ended due to his eyesight or his shoulder, but was expected to pay out due to his Marfan diagnosis.
On June 26, 2014, between the 15th and 16th picks of the 2014 NBA draft, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made Austin a ceremonial pick, which fulfilled his dream of getting drafted. The crowd gave him a standing ovation as he walked up to the podium. He was offered a job in the NBA by Adam Silver, with the stipulation that he finishes his degree at Baylor University.
On November 30, 2016, Austin was medically cleared to play basketball and began considering offers from overseas.
THE MYBOYSAY GLOBAL NATION OF BASKETBALL ENTHUSIASTS WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE MR. ISAIAH CHARLES AUSTIN ON HIS RECOVERY, AND WE AS A NATION WISHES HIM WELL IN HIS QUEST TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER THAT ENTERS THE NBA RANKS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
JAMEIS L. WINSTON, THE NO.1 PICK OF THE 2015 NFL DRAFT, THE FIRST QUARTERBACK PICKED IN THE 2015 NFL DRAFT, THE STARTING QUARTERBACK AND WINNER OF THE 2014 BCS National Championship Game, THE YOUNGEST PLAYER TO WIN THE HEISMAN, AND THE TRUE PROTOTYPE NFL QUARTERBACK OF THE FUTURE.
Jameis Winston signed a 4 year, $25,351,277 contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including a $16,697,292 signing bonus, $25,351,277 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6,337,819. In 2016, Winston will earn a base salary of $525,000, a signing bonus of $5,844,052 and a roster bonus of $1,062,331. Winston has a cap hit of $5,761,654 while his dead money value is $15,430,300. NFL BARGAIN OF THE CENTURY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Winston set franchise rookie records in pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns. Winston finished his rookie season with 4,042 passing yards, finishing 23 yards short of the franchise record set by Josh Freeman in 2012. Winston also became the third rookie quarterback to pass over 4,000 yards in a season.
Jameis Winston was selected to his first Pro Bowl game in the 2016, making him the first rookie QB in Buccaneers’ history to be selected.
- Most passing touchdowns in a single game by a rookie quarterback: 5 (tied with Ray Buivid and Matthew Stafford)
- Most passing touchdowns, rookie, one half: 4 (tied with Marcus Mariota) Nov 22, 2015
- Youngest player, 3000 yards passing: (21 years, 342 days) Dec 13, 2015
- Youngest player, 4000 yards passing: (21 years, 362 days) Jan 3, 2016
- Youngest player to pass for 40 touchdowns: (22 years, 312 days) Nov 13,
Buccaneers franchise records
- Most passing touchdowns in a game – 5 (tied) (November 22, 2015 vs. Philadelphia Eagles)
- Most passing touchdowns by a rookie – 22
- Most passing yards by a rookie – 4,042
- Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season – 6
- Highest single-season completion percentage by a rookie (minimum 16 games) – 58.3
ABOUT THE MAN:
Jameis L. Winston (/ˈdʒeɪməs/, JAY-miss, born January 6, 1994) is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). Born and raised in Alabama, he was a highly regarded quarterback in high school, and led his team to the state championship as a junior. Winston played college football for the Florida State Seminoles and as a Redshirt freshman became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy and helped lead the Seminoles to a victory in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game. In his sophomore and final year, the Seminoles advanced to the Rose Bowl, part of the college football playoff. Winston also played on Florida State’s baseball team. Winston was drafted as the first overall pick by the Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Winston was born in Bessemer, Alabama on January 6, 1994. He attended Hueytown High School, where he played both football and baseball. Winston was considered the best dual-threat quarterback recruit in the nation by Rivals.com, the best overall QB recruit by ESPN. Winston was also named the MVP of the ESPN RISE Elite 11 quarterback camp. Additionally, Winston earned the Gatorade Player of the Year recognition, for the state of Alabama. He led Hueytown to a state championship during his junior year.
Winston committed to attend Florida State University on February 3, 2012. The Texas Rangers selected Winston in the 15th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft out of high school. Though the Rangers proposed allowing him to play for the Florida State Seminoles football team while working out with their baseball organization, Winston decided not to sign.
Prior to the 2013 season, Winston was named Florida State’s starting quarterback. In his college debut, he completed 25 of 27 passes with four passing touchdowns along with a rushing touchdown against the University of Pittsburgh.
Winston won the Heisman Trophy on December 14, 2013, beating out quarterbacks AJ McCarron, Jordan Lynch, and Johnny Manziel, the previous winner, as well as running backs Tre Mason and Andre Williams. He became the second freshman to win the award, after Manziel won the previous year. He also became the youngest to win the award, at 19 years and 342 days.
On January 6, 2014, Winston’s 20th birthday, Florida State defeated Auburn 34–31 in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game. Winston was named the Offensive MVP of the game after passing for 235 yards with two touchdowns.
Winston started 13 games his redshirt sophomore season. He did not play in one game due to suspension. After a 13–0 regular season, the Seminoles were selected to play in the 2015 Rose Bowl, a semifinal game in the College Football Playoff, against Oregon. Oregon would win the game 59–20, giving Winston his only loss as a starter during his college career. Winston finished the season with 3,907 passing yards and 25 touchdowns.
After the season, Winston entered the 2015 NFL Draft. He finished his career 26–1 as a starter and completed 562 of 851 passes for 7,964 yards, 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.
Winston chose Florida State in part because he was allowed to play for the Florida State Seminoles baseball team in addition to football. A switch-hitting batter and a right-handed thrower, he played as an outfielder and a pitcher as a freshman in 2013. He batted .235 with a .723 on-base plus slugging in 119 at-bats and had a 3.00 earned run average in 27 innings pitched. Prior to the 2014 season, Winston was named a preseason All-American by Baseball America as a 3rd team utility player.
- Heisman Trophy (2013)
- Walter Camp Award (2013)
- Manning Award (2013)
- Archie Griffin Award (2013)
- AP Player of the Year (2013)
- Sporting News Player of the Year (2013)
- BCS National Championship (2014)
- BCS National Championship Offensive MVP (2014)
- Orange Bowl champion (2013)
- Consensus All-American (2013)
- 2× First-team All-ACC (2013,2014)
- ACC Player of the Year (2013)
- ACC Offensive Player of the Year (2013)
- ACC Rookie of the Year (2013)
- ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year (2013)
- ACC Athlete of the Year (2014)
- College Football Performance National Freshman of the Year (2013)
- ACC Championship Game MVP (2013)
- 3× ACC Championship (2012, 2013, 2014)
- USA Today High School All-American (2011)
Bruce Arena, National Soccer Hall of Famer, Returns as Head Coach of the United States national team for the second time, Replacing Jurgen Klinsmann
Bruce Arena was a decade removed from the U.S. national team when he received a telephone call from U.S. Soccer Federation Secretary General Dan Flynn on Sunday asking him to meet with USSF President Sunil Gulati the following day.
By midday Tuesday, the winningest coach in the team’s history regained the job he had not wanted to give up.
“I never expected to be back in this role the way it came about over the last 48 hours,” Arena explained. “I hate to say this now to Sunil: I would’ve done this for free.”
Bruce Arena (born September 21, 1951) an American soccer coach currently serving as head coach of the United States men’s national soccer team.
He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Arena has had a long and distinguished coaching career and is considered to be one of the most successful coaches in North American soccer history, having won five College Cup titles and five MLS Cup titles. He was head coach of the U.S. at the 1996 Summer Olympics, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, head coach of the New York Red Bulls, D.C. United, and LA Galaxy inMajor League Soccer, and coached the University of Virginia to several college soccer championships.
Arena was born in Brooklyn, New York to Italian immigrant parents, and grew up in the Long Island town ofFranklin Square, New York, where he attended Carey High School. While he excelled at several sports, he was too small for American football, so he joined the school’s soccer team as a defender. He moved into the goal when the starting goalkeeper was suspended after hitting another school’s player during a game. While in high school, he also played a single season with local club Hota S.C. of New York City’s Cosmopolitan Soccer League.
After graduation, he began his collegiate athletic career playing both lacrosse and soccer at Nassau Community College, a two-year college near his home. Arena was a 1970 and 1971 Honorable Mention All-American lacrosse player and an All-American soccer player. He was inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame in 2008. While at Nassau, he played soccer for head coach Bill Stevenson and goalkeeper coach Shep Messing, a futureNew York Cosmos goalkeeper. At the end of his two years with Nassau, Arena transferred to Cornell University in upstate New York where he was a 1972 Honorable Mention All American and a 1973 Second Team All American in lacrosse. He did not originally intend to play soccer, but injuries to the school’s first and second string goalkeepers led to the men’s soccer coach, Dan Wood, to recruit Arena into the team as its goalkeeper. Arena backstopped the Cornell Big Red soccer team to the 1972 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Final Four and earned Most Valuable Defensive Player honors for the tournament.
After graduating from Cornell, New York Cosmos drafted Arena in the fifth round of the North American Soccer League college draft. The Cosmos released him before the season. Arena then signed to play professional lacrosse for the Montreal Quebecois, spending a single season with the team in 1975. The National Lacrosse League folded at the end of the 1975 season, leaving Arena unemployed. At the same time, Dan Wood, who had recruited Arena to play for the Cornell soccer team, had been named the new head coach of the expansion Tacoma Tides which played in the American Soccer League. Wood contacted Arena and convinced him to move to the Pacific Northwest to play for him. While Arena was the second string goalkeeper behind starter Jamil Canal, the move to Tacoma was significant in that it introduced Arena to coaching. That year, in addition to playing for the Tides, Arena coached the men’s soccer team at the University of Puget Sound.
In 1973, he earned his only national team cap as a second-half substitute for Bob Rigby in a 2–0 loss to Israel. National team coach, Gordon Bradley, had called Arena into the national team for an earlier game against Haiti, but Arena could not get time off from his job teaching at a local junior high school. In addition to his single cap with the U.S. soccer team, Arena also played for the national lacrosse team which won the 1974 World Lacrosse Championship and finished runner up in 1978.
In 1977, Arena moved back to teach at Cornell and act as the school’s assistant lacrosse coach. While he was there, the University of Virginia (UVA) advertised for two open coaching positions – head soccer coach and assistant lacrosse coach beginning the 1978 season. Arena took that opportunity and would go on to coach both the UVA lacrosse and soccer teams for seven years, before becoming the school’s dedicated soccer coach in 1985. Arena was the head coach of the Virginia program for eighteen years, during which he won five national championships (including 4 straight from 1991–94) and amassed a 295–58–32 record. Additionally, he coached and developed many players at Virginia who would go on to play significant roles in the United States national team, including Claudio Reyna, Jeff Agoos,Ben Olsen, John Harkes and Tony Meola. In addition to coaching, Arena served as the ACC soccer coaches chairman as well as two three-year terms on the NCAA Division I soccer committee from 1989 to 1995.
On January 3, 1996, Arena left UVA to become the coach of D.C. United of Major League Soccer. The 1996 season would be both the team’s and the league’s inaugural season, so Arena needed to build a team from scratch just like the other 9 MLS club managers. To make his position even more difficult, he had agreed to coach the U.S. U-23 national team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where it went a disappointing 1-1-1. Despite the distraction of the Olympics, Arena managed to form his team and lead United to an improbable comeback victory in the first MLS Cup at Foxboro Stadium. In addition to the MLS title, Arena also took United to the 1996 U.S. Open Cup championship. Arena and United continued to experience success in 1997. The heavily favored team won its second MLS Cup atRFK Stadium defeating the surprise Western Conference champion Colorado Rapids 2-1. Arena’s success led to his selection as the 1997 MLS Coach of the Year. This year, Arena took United to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. In 1998, Arena took United to its third consecutive MLS Cup only to see his team fall to the expansion Chicago Fire led by his protégé Bob Bradley. However, while Arena failed to add another MLS championship to his resume, he guided United to the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Toluca on August 16, 1998. He followed that with a defeat of Brazilian club Vasco da Gama to take theInteramerican Cup title. Arena was also the 1997 and 1998 MLS All-Star head coach.
Arena was hired by the U.S. national team to replace Steve Sampson as head coach in October 1998 following the team’s disastrous showing in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. His first game in charge was a friendly against Australia in San Jose, California on November 6, 1998. He then forged the team into a successful international side, and is undisputedly the most successful coach in United States history: most international wins; longest home shut-out; best World Cup showing since 1930, reaching the quarterfinals at the 2002 World Cup, before a controversial defeat against Germany; and all-time best international FIFA Ranking (4th place, April 2006). Arena also won two Gold Cup championships in 2002 and 2005, with a third-place finish in 2003.
The 2002 World Cup was the high point of Arena’s career as the U.S. coach. Heavy underdogs coming into the tournament, they stunned the world by beating a respected Portuguese team 3–2 in their opening game. Arena was lauded afterwards for instilling in his players the confidence to play aggressively against an international powerhouse. A hard-fought draw against host nation South Korea was enough to qualify for the second round, despite a poor loss against Poland in the final group game. Arena and the U.S. met old nemesis Mexico in the Round of 16, and Arena adapted his tactics to secure a 2–0 victory and a quarterfinal berth. The U.S. switched from their usual 4–4–2 to a 3–5–2, and it paid dividends almost immediately when Josh Wolff, who Arena had brought in to fill out the formation, set upBrian McBride for the winning goal early in the first half. Arena switched the team back to a 4–4–2 for their quarterfinal against Germany, and the team continued to surprise many by dominating stretches of the game. However, they went on to lose 1–0 on a Michael Ballack header.
The U.S. national squad fell short of expectations at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, finishing last in Group E with losses to the Czech Republic and Ghana. The United States scored only twice in its three games, a draw against eventual champion Italy on an own goal by Italian Cristian Zaccardo and a goal from Clint Dempseyagainst Ghana. Some, including former team member and ESPN analyst Eric Wynalda, have blamed the poor performance on questionable coaching decisions by Arena, including not playing Clint Dempsey and putting DaMarcus Beasley on the right wing instead of his favored left against the Czechs, and using a defensive 4–5–1 in the must-win match vs. Ghana which the U.S. eventually lost. Another questionable decision was made when Claudio Reyna became injured after the first goal when Arena subbed in defensive midfielder Ben Olsen to replace Reyna. As demonstrated during the 2006 World Cup, Arena is prone to questionable coaching decisions.
During his time as national team head coach, the United States rose in the FIFA world rankings from nineteenth to fourth, to the surprise, even, of U.S. players. Arena’s 71 wins from 1998 to 2006 are by far the most in U.S. history. Nevertheless, three weeks after the Americans’ disappointing first-round exit from the World Cup in Germany, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced that Arena’s contract would not be renewed when it expired at the end of 2006. U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati explained Arena’s dismissal, stating that the U.S. was seeking a “fresh approach.”
On August 18, 2008, Los Angeles Galaxy hired Arena to replace Ruud Gullit as head coach and Alexi Lalas as general manager. He inherited a team which had failed to make the playoffs since 2005 and would go on to finish the 2008 season at 8–13–9. The team finished thirteen out of fourteen teams and let in a league high 62 goals to 55 scored. During the off-season, Arena reshaped the defense, drafting Omar Gonzalez and A. J. DeLaGarza who became fixtures on the back line, and bringing in Donovan Ricketts as goalkeeper. While the team scored only 36 goals in 2009, they also let in only 31. This led to a 12–6–12 record and second-place finish in the league standings. The Galaxy went to the playoffs and Arena was selected as the MLS Coach of the Year Award.
The 2011 Major League Soccer season went extremely well for Bruce’s Galaxy. His club won the Supporters’ Shield for the second straight season, became only the third team in league history to reach the 60 point plateau, and won the 2011 MLS Cup in a 1–0 victory over the Houston Dynamo. Los Angeles also advanced to the elimination round of the CONCACAF Champions League. The Galaxy were however eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup in the quarterfinal stage. The club was undefeated in competitive matches at the Home Depot Center in 2011.
On 22 November 2016, Arena was appointed as coach of the United States national team for the second time.
Bruce Arena is of Italian descent. Arena’s son, Kenny Arena, spent time with the U.S. youth national teams as well as in Major League Soccer and serves as an assistant coach on his father’s Galaxy staff.
After two red-flag stoppages and several safety-car periods, it was Lewis Hamilton who rode out the Sao Paulo storm to win Sunday’s Formula 1 Grande Premio do Brasil 2016 from Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, thus taking their championship battle down to the wire in Abu Dhabi in two weeks’ time. The other star was Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, whose stunning late-race charge hauled him onto the Interlagos podium in the dying laps.
Evidence of the poor conditions came early as Romain Grosjean spun his Haas into retirement en route to the grid. After a ten-minute delay to the start, the first seven laps were run under the safety car and when it pulled in at the start of Lap 8 it was Verstappen who made an immediate impression, diving down the inside of Raikkonen at Turn 1 to seize third place, as polesitter Hamilton led from Rosberg.Force India’s Sergio Perez took fourth place ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz equalling his career-best finish in sixth. Nico Hulkenberg was seventh in the second Force India, followed by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Felipe Nasr finished ninth for Sauber’s first points of the year, lifting them above Manor at the bottom of the table, while Fernando Alonso completed the top ten for McLaren.
While Hamilton had to fight only the conditions for the bulk of the race, points leader Rosberg was at one stage overtaken by Verstappen, survived a near-spin in the very slippery final corner and his distant second place was enough to take him to the showdown in Abu Dhabi with a 12-point lead and the need if necessary just to follow Hamilton home again if the Silver Arrows continue their one-two domination.
Besides Hamilton, Rosberg was upstaged by superb fighting performances by Verstappen, Nasr, Alonso and Manor’s Esteban Ocon.
The race finally began 10 minutes late and, against all expectations, behind the safety car, thanks to the rain that had been falling all morning. Even before Bernd Maylander had let the field away, it was depleted by one car after Romain Grosjean had crashed his Haas on his initial out-lap to the grid.
For the first seven laps Maylander led the field, before racing finally began on the eighth. Hamilton immediately began to open a gap over Rosberg, and Verstappen pounced on Raikkonen in Turn 1 and took away third place.
Ferrari’s race got worse when Vettel spun on the exit to the last corner on lap 10, before joining Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, McLaren’s Jenson Button and Alonso, Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Massa, Renault’s Jolyon Palmer, Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Ericsson in switching from full wet to intermediate tyres.
By the 13th lap Hamilton was 5.8s ahead of Rosberg, but then Ericsson lost his Sauber in the run to the pits, removing the left front wheel and then finishing up in the pit entry. Red Bull smartly brought Verstappen straight in, but then the entry was closed so the Sauber could be removed. Ricciardo had also followed Verstappen in, but was investigated for coming in when the pit lane had just been closed. He was given a five-second time penalty.
Massa was also investigated for overtaking prior to the safety-car line at the start, and the Brazilian too was handed a five-second time penalty.
Maylander went back to work while the Sauber was cleared away, but no sooner had the safety car entered the pits for racing to commence on the 20th lap than Raikkonen lost his Ferrari on the main straight, spinning and triggering some phenomenal avoidances, most notably from Hulkenberg who was running fifth for Force India. His car sustained some debris damage as he dodged the red car which was by then facing the oncoming traffic from its resting place by the pit wall. Ocon, running a superb 10th, was also very lucky not to hit the Ferrari.
Out came the safety car for the third time, and then the race was immediately red flagged at 14.46. Eventually, after a chivalrous Hamilton had given his jacket to a shivering grid girl, the race was restarted at 15.21, again behind the safety car. Everyone was required to restart on full wets, throwing a lifeline to those whose earlier gambles on intermediates had been doomed as the rain increased.
This time the ‘race’ lasted another eight laps behind the safety car, with 50 minutes of heavy rain forecast within the next 20 minutes. Then race director Charlie Whiting had it red flagged again.
The new restart came at 16.02, again behind the safety car, with full expectation now that the race would be time limited. It would go to 52 minutes of racing, with a two-hour limit on that, but it had taken two hours and two minutes of time to get that far, and there was a four-hour limit on that.
This time, the race ran until the 48th lap before the safety car was yet again required after Massa repeated Ericsson’s shunt, even down to blocking the pit lane.
Up to that point, Hamilton had again led easily, even after Verstappen had immediately jumped Rosberg in the first corner. But then Red Bull chose to bring the Dutchman in for intermediate tyres on the 43rd lap, soon after he’d brilliantly caught a big sideways moment up the hill on the 38th lap, even though more rain was predicted.
After the Massa shunt the safety car stayed out until the 55th lap; on the 54th Red Bull had thrown in the intermediate towel and brought Verstappen in for full wets. That dropped him down to 14th, but a fabulous recovery drive would ultimately take him past team mate Ricciardo, who had stopped for intermediates on lap 40 and ditched them for wets on the 52nd.
And Verstappen just kept going. He was 12th after 57 laps as it became clear that, barring any further incidents the race would just go the full distance. Then he passed Ricciardo, and set his sights on Kvyat, Ocon, Hulkenberg, Nasr, Vettel and Perez. One by one he got them all, with some fabulous driving and ingenious use of the race track. By the flag, which a delighted Hamilton took 11.4s ahead of his team mate, Verstappen was only 10s behind Rosberg after a stunning performance.
Poor Perez lost his Force India podium three laps from home, and just held off Vettel who was angry that Verstappen had left him little room on the exit to the curve in which he overtook the Ferrari. But fifth place was still some salvage job after the Scuderia’s earlier problems.
Sainz was running fourth for Toro Rosso with five laps to go, but fell to a still respectable sixth, six-tenths behind Vettel and six ahead of Hulkenberg, who recovered well from a rear tyre puncture earlier in the race. He kept Ricciardo trapped behind him to the flag.
Another drive of the race came from Sauber’s Nasr, who gave his chances of staying with the team a major boost by hanging on to a points-scoring position at last for the team; his ninth gave them two points which, crucially, lifted them ahead of Manor into the final money-paying position in the constructors’ stakes.
That fight was nip-and-tuck for much of the race thanks to the excellent run by Ocon, who seemed set to score as well. But right at the end he fell prey to Alonso, who recovered superbly from a 360 degree spin up the hill as the final safety-car period finished. The Spaniard dropped to last place but battled back to take a point for McLaren.
Bottas took 11th for Williams ahead of the disappointed Ocon, with Kvyat next ahead of Magnussen. The Dane’s Renault partner Palmer was one of the non-finishers after hitting Kvyat just prior to Raikkonen’s shunt.
Pascal Wehrlein was 15th in the second Manor from an unhappy Jenson Button in the second McLaren, which simply didn’t work for him on intermediates. The other non-finisher was an angry Gutierrez, with mechanical trouble on his Haas.
Hamilton’s victory, the 52nd of his F1 career, moves him ahead of Alain Prost in the all-time stakes, but also makes him the only man in history to win on 24 different tracks.
He still needs to win and for Rosberg to finish fourth or lower in Abu Dhabi if he is to take a fourth title, but he described his success as “easy” despite the conditions, and added: “I’m in hunting mode.”
Formula One records:
Most career points– 2,222
Most consecutive podium finishes from debut– 9 podium finishes
Youngest driver to lead the World Championship- 22 years, 4 months, 6 days
Most wins in a debut season– 4 wins
Most pole positions in a debut season-6 pole positions
Pole positions at most different Grands Prix-22 Grands Prix
Most wins in one calendar month– 4 wins (July 2016)
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“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor — it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better,” President Obama said in a White House news release Wednesday. “From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”
By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Although, a summary of his basketball career and influence on the game inevitably fails to do it justice, as a phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of fundamental soundness, grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire, Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar.
Even contemporaneous superstars recognized the unparalleled position of Jordan. Magic Johnson said, “There’s Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us.” Larry Bird, following a playoff game where Jordan dropped 63 points on the Boston Celtics in just his second season, appraisal of the young player was: “God disguised as Michael Jordan.
A brief listing of his top accomplishments would include the following: Rookie of the Year; Five-time NBA MVP; Six-time NBA champion; Six-time NBA Finals MVP; Ten-time All-NBA First Team; Nine time NBA All-Defensive First Team; Defensive Player of the Year; 14-time NBA All-Star; Three-time NBA All-Star MVP; 50th Anniversary All-Time Team; Ten scoring titles — an NBA record and seven consecutive matching Wilt Chamberlain; Retired with the NBA’s highest scoring average of 30.1ppg.
However, his impact is far greater than awards and championships. He burst into the league as a rookie sensation scoring in droves with an unmatchable first step and acrobatic drives and dunks and concluded his career as a cultural icon. Along the way, he became a true champion who spearheaded the globalization of the NBA with his dynamic on court abilities and personal sense of style that was marketed to the masses.
The Jordan brand remains a cash cow for its owner Nike NKE -0.95% and its namesake MJ. The overall U.S. basketball shoe market was up 3.7% in 2015, while the Jordan brand’s growth was almost four times that at 14% according to research firm SportsOneSource. The Jordan business is split almost evenly between the retro product and new releases. Total Jordan U.S. retail shoe sales hit $3 billion last year with a market share of 64% in basketball compared to 29% for Nike-proper, 3.6% for Under Armour UA -4.21% and 2.3% for Adidas per SportsOneSource. His Nike deal was worth $100 million for MJ last year, by our count, or more than the $94 million in total playing salary he made during 15 NBA seasons.
“The Jordan brand is always pushing the envelope,” says SportsOneSource analyst Andy Annunziata. “Jordan is the pinnacle product for the consumer who wants the best athletic footwear.”
Nike has big plans for Jordan with the goal of doubling the brand’s annual revenue to $4.5 billion by 2020 in the company’s push to $50 billion in overall sales ($4.5 billion marks wholesale revenue and includes apparel and international markets). Nike will target women and categories beyond basketball like running in its push to double the brand’s size.
Nike has already started the process with the Jordan Eclipse lifestyle running shoe, which has sold well according to NPD Group analyst Matt Powell. “The landscape is completely open to them,” says Powell. “If they can keep product innovation going, they can succeed in other categories.” A bigger business means more royalties for MJ, whose Nike check could reach $200 million in 2020.
Michael Jordan still maintains other endorsement relationships beyond just his lucrative Nike pact. Partners include Gatorade , 2K Sports and Five Star Fragrances. He signed a long-term extension with memorabilia firm Upper Deck last year. The relationship dates back to 1992. Jordan also owns seven restaurants and a car dealership, which add to his annual haul.
Jordan reached billionaire status in 2014 thanks to years of Nike checks and his ownership stake in the Hornets, which he acquired majority control of in 2010. It was a shrewd move. “Jordan used his name more than his money to acquire his hometown basketball team and has now been part of the greatest rise in franchise values in NBA history,” says Marc Ganis, president of Chicago-based sports consultancy Sportscorp.
We value the Hornets at $750 million plus, with Jordan’s stake worth $540 million net of debt. The team is on the rise with a strong young core of players and one of the NBA’s best coaches in Steve Clifford. The team is almost a lock for the playoffs in April for only the third time in the past dozen years.
CONGRATS TO MR. MICHAEL JEFFREY JORDAN, THE GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER AND FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTOR TO THE NBA, IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPORT.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? THE GREAT WILLIAM QUINN BUCKNER, AN AMAZING COLLEGE AND NBA PLAYER THAT EXCELLED AT BOTH LEVELS IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE GAME
William Quinn Buckner (born August 20, 1954) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played collegiate basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers, and was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 7th pick of the 1976 NBA draft. He had a ten-year NBA career for three different teams (the Bucks, the Boston Celtics, and the Indiana Pacers). In 1984, he won an NBA title with the Celtics.
Buckner is one of only seven players in history to win an NCAA Championship, an NBA Championship, and an Olympic Gold Medal. He also was a State Champion while playing high school basketball in Illinois.
In addition to his playing career, Buckner was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks for one year, from 1993 to 1994. Currently, Buckner is a color analyst & barker for the Indiana Pacers television broadcast team on Fox Sports Indiana. Buckner also was the play-by-play announcer on 989 Sports line of college basketball games for several years. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Born in 1954 in Phoenix, Illinois, Buckner played basketball at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois. His Falcons lost only one game during his junior and senior seasons and won back-to-back state titles. The 1972 team was undefeated, with no team coming within 14 points of it, and is often cited as the greatest team in the history of Illinois high school basketball. Buckner was also an excellent football player, making all-state in high school. He is the only person ever named Chicago area Player of the Year for both football and basketball.
In 2006, Buckner was voted as one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament, a group of former players and coaches in honor of the 100 anniversary of the IHSA boys basketball tournament.
Buckner elected to play college basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers under Coach Bob Knight. He ended his college career as a four-year starter and three-year captain at Indiana, and also played football for one year. He seemed to get along with volatile Coach Knight better than any other player in the Hoosiers’ history. “The one thing that I learned early was to respect authority figures, right or wrong”, Buckner told the Dallas Morning News concerning his relationship with Knight.
In Buckner’s freshman season, 1972–73, Indiana reached the Final Four, losing to UCLA. He played for the United States men’s national basketball team in the 1974 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal. In two consecutive seasons, 1974–75 and 1975–76, the Hoosiers were undefeated in the regular season and won 37-consecutive Big Ten games. The 1974–75 Hoosiers swept the entire Big Ten by an average of 22.8 points per game. However, in an 83–82 win against Purdue they lost consensus All-American forward Scott May to a broken left arm. With May’s injury keeping him to 7 minutes of play, the No. 1 Hoosiers lost to Kentucky 92–90 in the Mideast Regional. Buckner, along with three of his teammates, would make the five-man All-Big Ten team.
The following season, 1975–76, Buckner served as a co-captain and the Hoosiers went the entire season and 1976 NCAA tournament without a single loss, beating Michigan 86–68 in the title game. Indiana remains the last school to accomplish this feat.
In Buckner’s 10-year NBA career he was a tough defender, a solid playmaker, and a stabilizing force in any lineup. At various stages he filled the role of team leader and trusty reserve.
Although he scored only 10.0 points per game during his college career, Buckner was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 1976 NBA draft, the seventh pick overall. He was also selected by the Washington Redskins in the 1976 NFL Draft. (Buckner had played free safety on the Hoosiers’ football team for two years.)
Before he joined the Bucks, Buckner played on the gold medal–winning 1976 U.S. Olympic basketball team alongside Adrian Dantley, Mitch Kupchak, and Scott May. But nothing could have prepared him for the NBA experience. Buckner’s teams had suffered only 25 defeats in his eight years of high school and college basketball, and he had never been on a team that lost more than seven games in a season. But Milwaukee lost 52 times in 1976–77, finishing last in the Midwest Division.
Individually, Buckner proved to be a competent NBA player. He was unspectacular offensively, averaging 8.6 points while shooting .434 from the field, but he excelled on defense, ranking fourth in the league with 2.43 steals per game.
The next year Buckner raised his scoring slightly, to 9.3 points per game, and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. After a similar season in 1978–79, Buckner had his three best years. In 1979–80 he averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 assists, made the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the second time, and helped the Bucks to the Midwest Division title. Under Coach Don Nelson, Milwaukee had assembled a solid lineup that included forward Marques Johnson, behemoth centerBob Lanier, and guards Brian Winters, Sidney Moncrief, and Junior Bridgeman.
The 1980–81 campaign saw Buckner play in all 82 games and notch career highs in scoring (13.3 ppg), field-goal percentage (.493), free-throw percentage (.734), and steals (197, third in the league). He repeated on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. The Bucks were outstanding, finishing 60–22 with a balanced offense that saw seven players average in double figures. Milwaukee had high hopes for the postseason, but Julius Erving‘s Philadelphia 76ers derailed the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Buckner had established a reputation as a solid, dependable player with impeccable fundamentals. He was never going to be a flashy player or a big scorer; in fact, his low-trajectory shot was jokingly said to have been responsible for more bent rims than Darryl Dawkins‘s dunks.
“My strength is defense,” he said in the Boston Globe. “Another is my overall knowledge of the game and being able to get everybody involved in the game. I’ve never had an illusion that shooting is one of my strengths. In fact, it was a very known weakness that I had.…You play with a lot of pride and work hard every night out.”
Milwaukee was trying to add a few essential parts that would turn the team into a championship contender, and the bottleneck at guard made Buckner expendable.
Before the 1982–83 season he was traded to the Boston Celtics for center Dave Cowens. When Boston signed Buckner, Red Auerbach told the Boston Globe, “He’s a winner, a leader. He rises to the occasion. He has a good personality, he’s team oriented, and he’s disciplined.” Buckner, who couldn’t have said it better himself added, “I’ve always admired the Boston style of play, and I feel I can play it.”
Milwaukee never did win the title. Boston, however, won a championship in 1984, with Buckner coming off the bench to spell Dennis Johnson and Gerald Henderson. The Celtics went 62–20 during the regular season and then nudged the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game NBA Finals. With the NBA championship ring, Buckner completed an impressive résumé.
In three seasons with Boston, Buckner made small but regular contributions for a powerful Celtics team. The club returned to the Finals in 1985, but the Lakers exacted their revenge, winning in six games.
Following the season, Boston traded Buckner to the Indiana Pacers for guard Jerry Sichting. He opened the 1985–86 season with the Pacers but was waived after 32 games, and subsequently retired, ending his 10-year career.
With the Indiana Pacers, Buckner is the color commentator for television broadcasts (on Fox Sports Indiana alongside Chris Denari). Buckner participates in community relations efforts and contributes to Pacers TipOff, a game preview newsletter distributed via e-mail for every home Pacers game.
He was named head coach of the Dallas Mavericks for 1993–94. The club had gone 11–71 the previous season, and the franchise was in disarray. Although Buckner had no NBA coaching experience, Mavericks owner Donald Carter hoped Buckner’s charismatic personality and lifelong knack for winning would rub off on the young team.
In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Buckner repeated his success formula: “Dedication, commitment, extreme concentration, discipline, realizing it can’t be done alone, it has to be done through the team.” Believing that his young charges needed more discipline, Buckner determined from the start to be a stern taskmaster in Knight’s mold, but his wish to turn the team around was given only one year and the Dallas Mavericks young talent at that time needed more time with this great mind.
In July 2004, Buckner was named the Vice President of Communications for Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PS&E), which owns and operates the Indiana Pacers, the WNBA‘s Indiana Fever and the Pacers Foundation, Inc.
CONGRATS ON A GREAT NBA PLAYING AND COACHING CAREER.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER TO EVER STEP ON THE COURT OF AUBURN UNIVERSITY, MR. CHARLES WADE BARKLEY. Auburn announces plans for Charles Barkley statue.
Auburn announced Saturday night that it will build a statue of Charles Barkley outside Auburn Arena.
Barkley’s statue will be the first on campus to immortalize a former athlete who didn’t play football. The school has erected statues for its three Heisman Trophy winners: Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
Bo Jackson, who is friends with Barkley, made the announcement about the statue plans in a video that was played on the video screen to fans attending Auburn’s victory over Arkansas on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Auburn retired Barkley’s jersey in 2001.