Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, THE GREATEST FUTBOL PLAYER OF HIS ERA, AND THAT’S A FACT!!!!

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Ronaldo played for Brazil in 98 matches, scoring 62 goals, and is the second-highest goalscorer for his national team. Aged 17, he was a part of the Brazilian squad that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup. At the 1998 World Cup, he received the Golden Ball for player of the tournament in helping Brazil reach the final where he suffered a convulsive fit hours before the defeat to France. He won a second World Cup in 2002 where he scored twice in the final, and received theGolden Boot as top goalscorer. During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo scored his 15th World Cup goal, which was a World Cup record at the time.

Having suffered a string of serious injuries throughout his career, Ronaldo retired from professional football in 2011, concluding an 18-year career. Post-retirement, he has continued his work as a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, a position to which he was appointed in 2000. He served as an ambassador of the2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

 Soccer player Ronaldo starred for the Brazilian national team and several European clubs over the course of a career that spanned nearly two decades.
Born on September 18, 1976, in Itaguaí, Brazil, Ronaldo established himself as an unstoppable scorer for European soccer teams in the mid-1990s. He bounced back from a disappointing finish to the 1998 World Cup and a series of knee injuries to lead Brazil to victory in the 2002 World Cup, and retired in 2011 as one of the game’s all-time greats.
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima was born on September 18, 1976, in Itaguaí, Brazil. His parents, Nélio Nazário de Lima and Sônia dos Santos Barata, separated when he was 11, and Ronaldo dropped out of school shortly afterward to pursue a soccer career.

Ronaldo joined the Social Ramos indoor soccer team at the age of 12 before moving on to São Cristóvão, where he was discovered by his future agents, Reinaldo Pitta and Alexandre Martins. The two arranged for the sale of their new client’s contract to Cruzeiro, a professional club in the city of Belo Horizonte.

Ronaldo showcased his impressive goal-scoring ability for Cruzeiro, helping the club to its first Brazil Cup championship in 1993. The talented 17-year-old was named to the Brazilian national team for the 1994 World Cup in the United States, though he watched from the bench as his countrymen won the Cup.

Ronaldo hit the ground running when his contract was sold to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands in 1994, averaging nearly a goal per game against top-notch European competition. Two years with PSV Eindhoven were followed by one with FC Barcelona and then a move to Inter Milan, a four-year period in which Ronaldo twice won FIFA World Player of the Year and carried his teams to victory in the Dutch and Spanish Super Cups.

During his peak, Ronaldo possessed an unstoppable combination of speed and power, equally capable of plowing through defenders as he was of nimbly sidestepping their attacks and accelerating away. Adding to his aura was an aversion to practicing and training hard, an attitude that did little to stem his dominance.

Big things were expected from Ronaldo and Brazil in the 1998 World Cup in France, but while he was named the Golden Ball winner as the Cup’s best player, the tournament ended on a sour note when Ronaldo suffered a convulsive fit before the final and was ineffective in a 3-0 loss to the host country. Bigger setbacks followed when Ronaldo ruptured a knee tendon in November 1999 and reinjured the knee five months later, knocking him out of action for almost two years.

Ronaldo made a triumphant return in time for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, netting eight goals to win the Golden Boot Award as the Cup’s top scorer while leading Brazil its fifth world championship. Ronaldo transferred to Real Madrid that fall, winning the FIFA World Player of the Year Award a third time before leading his new club to La Liga and Spanish Super Cup championships in 2003.

Ronaldo appeared in one final World Cup for Brazil in 2006. Although Brazil was bounced in the quarterfinals by France, Ronaldo scored three times to set a record with 15 career goals in World Cup play.

Ronaldo transferred to AC Milan in 2007, but in 2008 he sustained another serious knee injury and his contract was not renewed after the season. The Brazilian legend returned to his home country in 2009 to play for Corinthians, helping them to victories in the Campeonato Paulista league and Brazil Cup that year, before announcing his retirement in February 2011.
Ronaldo is recognized as one of the best soccer players in history. In 2004, he was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest living players compiled by the legendary Pelé, and in 2010, he was deemed Goal.com’s “Player of the Decade.”

Ronaldo set himself up for an active post-playing career by founding 9ine, a sports marketing agency. He also joined the organizing committees for the Brazil-based 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, ensuring that he would remain an influential figure in Brazilian sports and international affairs for years to come.Ronaldo was the co-owner of A1 Team Brazil, along with motorsport legend Emerson Fittipaldi. Ronaldo co-owns the sports marketing company 9INE, with his friend, mixed martial artist Anderson Silva, one of his clients. A keen poker player, in April 2013 Ronaldo became a member of PokerStars SportStar, and in December 2013 he played a charity poker tournament against tennis star Rafael Nadal. On 11 December 2014, Ronaldo became a minority owner of the Fort Lauderdale Strikersof the North American Soccer League.Ronaldo has been sponsored by sportswear company Nike since the early part of his career. In 1996, Nike signed Ronaldo to a 10-year contract and to a lifetime endorsement deal worth over $180 million. He is closely associated with the original Nike Mercurial R9 that was designed for him for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. To celebrate 15 years of the iconic boot, Nike created a Mercurial Vapor IX inspired by the 1998 design, with Phil McCartney, VP of Football Footwear for Nike, stating; “Ronaldo’s impact on the game 15 years ago was immense, and in the run up to 2014, we wanted to celebrate that boot and the man himself. We thought a modern construction of his 1998 boot would be a great commemoration of that moment.”Ronaldo has appeared in a series of Nike commercials. He starred in the 1996 Nike commercial titled “Good vs Evil” in a gladiatorial game set in a Roman amphitheatre. Appearing alongside football players from around the world, including Paolo Maldini, Eric Cantona, Luís Figo, Patrick Kluivert and Jorge Campos, they defend “the beautiful game” against a team of demonic warriors, destroying evil by winning the match. In 1998, he featured in a Nike commercial set in an airport with a number of stars from the Brazil national team, including Romário and Roberto Carlos. In a Nike advertising campaign in the run-up to the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, he starred in a “Secret Tournament” commercial (branded “Scopion KO”) directed by Terry Gilliam, appearing alongside football players such asThierry Henry, Fabio Cannavaro, Francesco Totti, Ronaldinho, Luís Figo and Hidetoshi Nakata, with former player Cantona the tournament “referee”.

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THERE IS “MAGIC” IN THE AIR, AS Denver Council Advances DIA Terminal Project Bid After Hearing From “CORPORATE INVESTMENT” Business Man, Mr. Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr.

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Denver, CO - August 17, 2016: The City Council's Business, Arts, Workforce and Aeronautical Services Committee are considering initial contracts related to the Great Hall Project at DIA. Magic Johnson, the retired NBA player, helps make the pitch to a City Council committee. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

 

 

 

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Bid team seeking long-term partnership, which includes ex-basketball star EARVIN “MAGIC” JOHNSON JR. as investor, speaks to committee.

A committee’s vote Wednesday to advance a proposal that would green-light negotiations with the preferred bid team for Denver International Airport’s terminal renovation came after members asked questions about the arrangement.

And after they were charmed, at least a little bit, by Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr.

“I’ve been coming to Denver for over 30 years,” Johnson said at the start of his remarks. “You know, in those little hot pants that we used to wear and the purple uniform for the Lakers. But now, with a suit and tie, and I’m doing business in this great city.”

The retired 6-foot-9 NBA star, who posed for photos with some City Council members after the meeting, was there because his Magic Johnson Enterprises is an equity partner in the project consortium led by Madrid, Spain-based Ferrovial Airports.

The team also is led by Centennial-based Saunders Construction, which was among the managers of the airport’s hotel and transit center project. The bid team was selected by DIA officials over two others in June.

It’s seeking a long-term public-private partnership — potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars — to renovate much of the 1.5 million-square-foot terminal. It would then oversee commercial operations in that part of the airport. Several council members cited 24 years as the potential term.

The arrangement would include the sharing of future revenues with the airport, from concessions and other sources. So far, DIA hasn’t released the conceptual financial details of Ferrovial’s bid or any of the three teams’ final proposals.

But a losing bidder, Westfield Airports, revealed in a recent filing that its team had proposed a $385 million project.

For now, DIA is asking the council to approve a “pre-development” agreement that sets in motion six months of formal negotiations for a partnership agreement, which the council would consider next spring. That initial contract is worth $9 million, but only if the airport decides not to move forward with Ferrovial.

The council also is reviewing a $600,000 contract with Los Angeles-based law firm Nossaman LLP to serve as DIA’s special counsel in negotiations.

The Business, Arts, Workforce and Aeronautical Services Committee advanced both contracts unanimously, except for the abstention of its chair, Stacie Gilmore. She recused herself from participating in discussions and voting because her brother-in-law’s company, Gilmore Construction, is on Ferrovial’s bid.

The full council could approve the contracts later this month.

In the presentation Wednesday, DIA CEO Kim Day said the major components of the project include moving the main security checkpoints from the open areas on the terminal’s main floor to the north end of Level 6, where some ticket counters are now, to effectively modernize screening for the post-9/11 era.

That would free up much of the lower level for an entry plaza from the new hotel and new Colorado-centric attractions. Among potential options: ziplines or a climbing wall.

The renovation, of course, also would create more space for shops, restaurants and other income-generating concessions. And it would mean changes to the baggage system, including some geared toward increasing capacity.

“We have a transformational project to undertake here,” said Chris Butler, whom Ferrovial has tapped as the executive director to oversee the project. Later, he referred to the iconic, striking tented roof structure of the terminal and said the goal was “to make sure that the interior of that building is reflective of the quality of the exterior.”

“We’re absolutely determined to do that,” Butler said.

The partnership would be the first at a U.S. airport for Ferrovial. It operates four airports in the United Kingdom, among other ventures.

Ferrovial’s company history has come under scrutiny from Unite Here, a union that is concerned about job retention for the DIA concession workers it represents. The union has pointed a bribery scandal in Spain, the involvement of a subsidiary in U.S. toll road projects whose operators filed for bankruptcy and problems on its projects.

The security of concession workers’ jobs, the long duration of the prospective partnership deal and the use of privatization for the project all came up in committee members’ questions Wednesday.

Several, including Kendra Black and Chris Herndon, said the public-private partnership model made sense for the terminal project. But Jolon Clark said he wasn’t sold on it and would scrutinize the arrangement more if a final agreement gets sent to the council next year.

Still others probed the team about the expected extent of meaningful contract participation by minority- and women-owned firms.

During his introduction, Johnson preemptively said he would play a role in ensuring the team meets such goals.

“I’m going to be a special adviser to the project,” Johnson said. “And what we want to do is really work with a lot of the minority firms. We want to make sure they participate here locally in this project, as well as women-owned businesses. We want to not only make sure that they have a piece of this project but also want to make sure that we mentor some of these great organizations as well and help them grow.”

Johnson said he has been involved in opening five Starbucks franchises in the Denver area. He’s also part of a concessions partnership at Los Angeles International Airport, among other ventures.

 Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 13 seasons. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draftby the Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s. Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. After protests from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996, at age 36, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time. Mr. Earvin’s wealth has rumored estimates of, and or, in between, OR FROM  $600,000,000.00 MILLION to $990,000,000.00 Million Dollars and on the vertical climb!!!

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Magic Johnson Enterprises is a company owned by retired NBA Hall of Fame legend Magic Johnson. After some criticism that he only invested with other people’s money, in 1995 Johnson took an equity stake along with what was then the Loews chain in the 12-screen movie theater in Baldwin Hills. The Beverly Hills-based Magic Johnson Enterprises formerly owned Magic Johnson Theatres in four cities, 31 Burger King restaurants in the Southeast, and 13 24-Hour Fitness/Magic Johnson Sport health clubs. Over the years, Magic Johnson Enterprises has continually invested ownership in many lucrative businesses including the Los Angeles Lakers, movie theaters and restaurants in the United States, including T.G.I. Friday’s, Sodexo, and Burger King locations.

Johnson’s urban investments were formed in 2001 as the Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund, an alliance with Canyon Capital. The alliance has financed 31 real estate developments in 13 states and Washington. The first Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund  raised $600 million while the third and biggest investment fund was started in April 2008 and drew $1 billion from pension funds and other investors. The Canyon-Johnson fund was involved in the $100-million purchase of the 32-story former Transamerica Center complex in downtown Los Angeles that subsequently was renovated and sold for $205 million. The fund also had a stake in Sunset+Vine in Hollywood, which was built for $125 million and sold for $160 million.

In the summer of 2006, the company made headlines for concluding a deal with Sodexo, one of the largest food services and facilities management companies in the world. The initiative includes a marketing agreement and the formation of SodexoMAGIC, LLC, a new joint venture that is 51 percent owned by Johnson.

Magic Johnson Enterprises has also invested in Jopwell.  Jopwell is a diversity hiring startup that helps companies connect with and recruit underrepresented ethnic minority candidates for jobs and internships. Magic Johnson Enterprises’ investment was part of a $3.25 million seed round that included Andreessen Horowitz,Kapor Capital, Omidyar Network and Valar Ventures.

In January 2012, Johnson joined with Guggenheim Partners and Stan Kasten in a bid for ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. In March 2012, Johnson’s ownership group was announced as the winner of the proceedings to buy the Dodgers. The Johnson-led group, which also includes movie executivePeter Guber, paid $2 billion for the Dodgers, the largest amount paid for a professional sports team. While Magic Johnson is considered the leader of the ownership group, the controlling owner is Mark Walter, chief executive officer for Guggenheim Partners. Peter Guber, who is co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, owns a small stake in the Dodgers along with Johnson. Johnson and Guber are also partners in the Dayton Dragons, a minor league baseball team that has sold out 844 consecutive games, a record for professional sports.

Together with Guggenheim, Johnson was also involved in the February 2014 purchase of the Los Angeles Sparks team in the WNBA. As such, in 2014 Johnson was named one of ESPNW’s Impact 25.

Johnson announced his co-ownership of a future Major League Soccer expansion franchise based in Los Angeles on October 30, 2014. The temporary name isLos Angeles Football Club while the ownership group explores a permanent name.

New owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers, from left, Robert Patton, Stan Kasten, Mark Walter, Earvin "Magic' Johnson," Peter Guber, and Todd Boehly pose for a photo at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The $2 billion sale of the team to Guggenheim Baseball Management was finalized Tuesday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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Kobe Bryant and Jeff Stibel Unveil $100 Million Venture Capital Fund. To celebrate, KOBE BRYANT, the retired basketball star, helped ring the opening bell on Wall street.

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The retired NBA star and his partner today unveil their vehicle for investing in technology, media and data companies.

 

 

Pictured above, Retired NBA player Kobe Bryant rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange Monday after unveiling his venture-capital fund with partner Jeff Stibel.

 

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NATALIE HINDS, MULTI-TIME ALL AMERICAN SWIMMER, SPECIALIZNG IN THE 100 FREESTYLE

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Natalie Hinds is a Midland, Texas native, and a multi-time All-American sprinter for the University of Florida. Hinds, with well over 15 All-America honors, specializes in both sprint free and fly, with a strong focus on her favorite event, the 100-yard fly. The Olympic Trials qualifier is probably best known for her 1-2-3 finish in the 100-yard free at the 2015 NCAA Championships with Simone Manuel and Lia Neal. The finish was the first time that African American athletes swept the event.

Prior to joining the University of Florida, Hinds was a high school student at Midland High. She was the no. 13 recruit in the class of 2012, and was the top recruit out of Texas. She was named the Female Swimmer of the UIL Class 5A 2011 meet and was a district record holder in the 100-yard back and 100-yard fly.

As a freshman Hinds earned seven All-America honors, tying for the most honors on Florida’s team. At the NCAA Championships Hinds finished 3rd in the 100-yard free, and won the consolation final in both the 100-yard fly and the 50-yard free. She was also named the SEC Female Freshman of the Year after finishing in the top eight in all her events, and took the title in the 100 fly.

Hinds had another successful season as a sophomore — she had three individual All-America honors and three relay All-America honors. Hinds set a Florida Record in the 100-yard free (47.40) and 50-yard free (21.66), but was also a member of the 200-yard medley relay that won a bronze, the 400-yard medley that took 4th and swam on the 9th place 200-yard freestyle relay.

Hinds made history as a junior as she and Neal and Manuel became the first African-American swimmers to go 1-2-3 in a single event. Besides her bronze medal finish in the 100-yard free, Hinds also took 5th in the 100-yard fly.

At the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships Hinds competed in five individual events, and went best times in three. A year later she swam the 2015 Championships, but failed to advance to the championship finals in her individual events.

IT WAS A GREAT OUTING, CONGRATULATIONS TO NATALIE HINDS.

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Simone Manuel, A TWO TIME 2016 OLMYPIC GOLD MEDAL SWIMMING CHAMPION, A SILVER MEDAL WINNER IN THE 50 METER FREESTYLE RELAY, GOLD IN THE 4X100 METER WOMEN’S RELAY, AND A WORLD RECORD WIN IN THE 100 METER FREESTYLE IN RIO.

Kazan_2015_-_Simone_ManuelSimone Ashley Manuel (born August 2, 1996) is an American competition swimmer specializing in sprint freestyle. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won two gold and two silver medals: gold in the 100-meter freestyle and the 4×100-meter medley, and silver in the 50-meter freestyle and the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. In winning the 100-meter freestyle, a tie with Penny Oleksiak of Canada, Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming and set an Olympic record and an American record.

Manuel also holds three world records as a member of a relay team, and she is a two-time individual National Collegiate Athletic Association champion, becoming one of the first three African American women to place in the top three spots in the 100-yard freestyle event in any Division I NCAA Swimming Championship. Since 2014, she has attended Stanford University where she swims for Stanford Cardinal.

Simone Manuel was born in Sugar Land, Texas on August 2, 1996. She has two older brothers, one of whom played basketball for Southern Methodist University. Her parents encouraged competitive sports in the three children, and Manuel was introduced to swimming through her brothers, who swam summer league competition. She asked to join the swimming team at four, and she was enrolled in swimming lessons. She was swimming with her local club, First Colony Swim Team, by eleven, and there she swam under head coach Alison Beebe, whom Manuel cited as a significant teacher. She graduated from Fort Bend Austin High School in 2014 and started attending Stanford University the same year.

Manuel swam at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, placing 20th in the 50-meter freestyle and 17th in the 100-meter freestyle events.

After entering Stanford in 2014, she is a member of the Stanford Cardinal women’s swimming team. She broke the school records in the 50-, 100-, and 200-yard freestyle in the same year, and in 2014, her freshman year, she also broke the American and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) records for 100-yard freestyle. Manuel is a two-time individual NCAA champion: winning the 50- and 100-yard freestyle in 2015.

She competed at the 2013 US National Championships, where she finished third in the 100-meter freestyle and second in the 50-meter freestyle events. She qualified for the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, and she won a gold medal in the preliminary for the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. She also competed in the 2013 Duel in the Pool, where she won first in the 100-meter freestyle, third in the 50-meter freestyle, second in the 400-meter freestyle relay, and first in the 200-meter mixed medley relay.

She competed at the 2013 US National Championships, where she finished third in the 100-meter freestyle and second in the 50-meter freestyle events. She qualified for the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, and she won a gold medal in the preliminary for the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. She also competed in the 2013 Duel in the Pool, where she won first in the 100-meter freestyle, third in the 50-meter freestyle, second in the 400-meter freestyle relay, and first in the 200-meter mixed medley relay.

In 2015, Manuel became a two-time individual NCAA champion, winning the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, setting an NCAA, American, U.S. Open, Championship, and Pool record in 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.09. She also placed second in the 200-yard freestyle event. She became one of the first three African American women to place in the top three spots in the 100-yard freestyle event in any Division I NCAA Swimming Championship. She competed in the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, placing fourth in the 4×100 medley relay, sixth in the 100-meter freestyle, and eighth in the 50-meter freestyle.

Manuel swam in the 2016 United States Olympic Trials, placing second in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and seventh in the 200-meter freestyle. Her position in the 50- and 100-meter events qualified her to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

She won a silver medal as part of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay along with Abbey Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer, and Katie Ledecky. She tied with Penny Oleksiak of Canada for the gold medal in the 100 m freestyle, both setting an Olympic record of 52.70. Manuel is the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in an individual swimming event and also the first black woman to achieve this. She later won silver in the 50-meter freestyle event and gold in the 4×100-meter medley relay.

WORLD RECORDS:

Distance Event Time Location Date  
4 x 50 m Medley relay (Mixed) 1:37.17 Glasgow, Scotland December 21, 2013  
4 × 100 m Medley relay (Mixed) 3:23.05 Kazan, Russia August 8, 2015  
4 x 100 m Medley relay (Women) 3:45.20 Indianapolis, Indiana December 11, 2015  

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NATIONAL RECORDS: NR

OLYMPIC RECORDS: OR

Long course (50 m pool)
Event Time City Date Notes  
50 m freestyle 24.08 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 13, 2016    
100 m freestyle 52.70 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 11, 2016 NR, OR  

 

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USA’s Claressa Shields Wins Gold, Makes History In U.S. Boxing, Is Now A Multiple Womens Back To Back Olympic Boxing Medal Winner, One Of The Greatest

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RIO DE JANEIRO —Claressa Shields brought to Rio De Janeiro what everyone forgot about, her 1st Boxing Gold Medal, as The surprise was hidden in her pocket, something great, wonderful, and historic.

Claressa Shields stood on the podium on Sunday afternoon with the Olympic gold medal hanging around her neck that she had just won in women’s boxing. She reached into her pocket and pulled out her other gold medal, the one she won in London at the 2012 Games.

She slipped it over her head, looked down at both medals at her chest and let out a huge smile. It was historic on so many levels, something never seen before. Shields became the first U.S. boxer to win two gold medals.

“I’m the two-time Olympic champion!” Shields said, defeating the Netherland’s Nouchka Fontijn in the women’s middleweight (75-kilogram) division in a unanimous decision. “Oh my God, I feel like I’m dreaming. I don’t want to wake up right now.  Please tell me I’m not dreaming.”

Shields talked to reporters still wearing tape on her hands, still covered in sweat. An American flag was draped around her neck. After the win, she did a cartwheel in the ring and ran around the arena with the flag. She let all her emotions show, something she didn’t do in 2012 and she has always regretted it. But not this time. She let it all out, pure unbridled joy and surprise.

“I worked so hard to be here,” she said. “Oh my god, this is crazy.”

This is a gold medal that represents survival. She escaped from poverty and a difficult childhood, bouncing between 11 homes by the time she was 12, turning all of that pain into a champion boxer.

“I want to inspire people,” she said, at a press conference where she was named the tournament’s most outstanding boxer. “I want to help people. I want to give people just a little bit of hope.”

After winning the gold in London, Shields did not get the money or fame or endorsements that she expected. She was perceived to be too strong, too tough and too fierce to be marketable and didn’t have a strong, experienced team behind her. After winning the gold medal, life didn’t get easier. When everybody thought Shields had become rich, there she was, going to a collection agency to pay her mother’s past-due water bill.

But she is older now, more mature and has control of her life. She split from her longtime coach, Jason Crutchfield, who had coached her when she started boxing at 11 and had been a father figure. She moved to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., staying in a dorm. The move was to simplify her life, trying to avoid the distractions in Flint, Mich.

“The difference is, now that I’m grown, I make a lot of decisions in my life,” Shields said, earlier this week. “I kind of protect myself. When I was 17, my coach would turn off my phone for me. He would ask me was I OK all the time. He would check on me constantly. He would see me on Twitter at 1 o’clock in the morning and he’d be like, ‘What are you doing? Go to bed.’

“Now, it’s like, I have to tell myself to do those things. Go to bed. Drink right. Eat right. Don’t stay up too late. Don’t stay in the shower for 20 minutes because it’s like a steam room. Get in there for 5 minutes and get out. I have to keep reminding myself these things.  I’m telling myself to focus.”

With this win, Shields becomes the most successful U.S. Olympic boxer in history — the only one to win two gold medals. That should be applauded.

But she is not — not yet, at least — the most accomplished boxer in Olympic history. A pair of Cubans have won three golds each: Teofilo Stevenson dominated the men’s heavyweight from 1972 to 1980 and  Felix Savon won three in a row from 1992 to 2000.

Shields is not the most accomplished female boxer in Olympic history, either. Here in Rio, Nicola Adams, who is called the “smiling Yorkshire assassin,” won the flyweight boxing division for Britain for the second straight Olympic Games.

Before the match, Shields came to a conclusion: there was no way Fontijn was going to win. Shields had beaten her two months ago for the world championship, and at that time, Shields had an injured hand and shoulder.

“She can’t outbox me,” Shields said. “She can’t out fight me. She can’t out think me, so how is she going to win? She will have to knock me out. But I knew she couldn’t do that.”

Late in the fight, Shields acted like she was begging Fontijn to fight. “I was like, ‘Hey, we are here to fight,’” Shields said. “‘If you think you can bet me, let’s go. I hit you with a hard shot, hit me back. I want to see if you can hit me.’”

“I’m a two-time Olympic gold medalist!” Shield said, gasping for air, trying to make it seem real. “I can’t believe I just said that.”

USA's Claressa Maria Shields reacts after winning against Netherlands' Nouchka Fontijn during the Women's Middle (69-75kg) Final Bout at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro - Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. USA's Claressa Maria Shields won the match. / AFP / Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS GREAT 21YR OLD PHENOMENOM, CLARESSA SHIELDS.

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JAMAICA HAS THE FASTEST MAN IN THE WORLD, AND ALSO, THE FASTEST TEAM OF MEN IN THE WORLD, ANCHORED BY MR. USAIN BOLT

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Usain Bolt kneeled down and gave the track one final kiss, then flattened his hand, reached down and slapped the white number “3” painted at the starting line.

Three Olympics, three races at each, three gold medals every time.

He could have just as easily slapped the number “1.” That would need no explanation.

The man who transcended track and became a world-class celebrity bid a blazing-fast farewell to the Rio de Janeiro Games — and likely the Olympics altogether — Friday night with yet another anchor leg for the ages. He turned a close 4×100 relay race against Japan and the United States into a typical, Bolt-like runaway, helping Jamaica cross the line in 37.27.

Along for his final trip down the track were Nickel Ashmeade, training partner Yohan Blake and the Jamaican elder statesman, former world-record holder Asafa Powell.

When Bolt received the yellow baton from Ashmeade for his final run down the straightaway, he was even, or maybe a step behind Aska Cambridge of Japan and Trayvon Bromell of the United States.

With 70 meters to go, it was over. Bolt looked at the clock — same as he did when he won the 200 the night before. No world record, but he still has a piece of that one, too — it’s 36.84 seconds, set four years ago at the London Games. He also owns the records in the 100 (9.58) and 200 (19.19).

“I am just relieved. It’s happened. I am just happy, proud of myself. It’s come true,” said Bolt, who overcame a hamstring injury earlier in the summer, then shined throughout a seven-day, seven-race stint in Rio, counting all the heats. “The pressure is real. I look at it as an accomplishment.”

With most of the other debates over about greatest this, greatest that, a new one might be whether Bolt has surpassed Marley as the most famous person from the country known for sea, sun and sprints.

Counting all the preliminaries, finals and his approximately nine-second blast down the stretch in Friday’s final race, Bolt has spent 325 seconds — a tad less than 5 1/2 minutes — running on the track at the Olympics since he made his debut in Beijing eight years ago.

Every tick of the clock has been a treasure. And while he may not close things out with 23 golds, the number Michael Phelps left Rio with earlier this week, it’s hard to argue there is anybody more successful or electric — or important to his sport, and the Olympics themselves.

The anchor sport of the Olympics has been mired for decades, but especially over the past year, in a cesspool of doping, cheating and bad characters.

“A great sprinter,” said Gay who, once upon a time, was Bolt’s biggest challenger. “Nine gold medals, words can’t even describe what he’s done for the sport.”

After crossing the line for the last time, Bolt pumped his fist in the air, slowed down and took off those famous gold spikes. He huddled with his teammates and they prayed. Then, a final, luxurious lap around the track.

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2016 OLYMPIC UPDATE FOR THE USA TRACK AND FIELD, AND ALSO, WOMENS BASKETBALL RESULTS

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RIO DE JANEIRO — American women closed a strong Olympics performance in track and field, as Courtney Okolo, Natasha Hastings, Phyllis Francis and Allyson Felix cruised to victory in the 4×400-meter relay. 

It’s the sixth consecutive gold medal for the USA in this event.

It’s the ninth total medal, and sixth gold (five in relays), for Felix, the most decorated U.S. female track and field Olympian and tied with Merlene Ottey for most overall.

“This one wasn’t an individual medal, and the great thing is I get to share it with these great friends,” Felix said. “I am so blessed.

“Track and field is such a big part of my life. In track and field, there are always bumps in the road and each one of us had a unique journey to get here, but we pushed through.”

Felix got the baton with a slight lead on Jamaica, but stretched it to about 10 meters in the final straight to finish in 3:20.04.

Jamaica took silver, and Great Britain bronze.

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 RIO DE JANEIRO — LaShawn Merritt anchored the USA to victory in the men’s 4×400-meter relay on Saturday at Olympic Stadium, four years after Bahamas came from behind to knock the Americans down to silver.

 Arman Hall, Tony McQuay, Gil Roberts and Merritt returned the Olympic title to American hands. Merritt split 43.9 as the USA finished 2:57.30. Jamaica was second in 2:58.16, and Bahamas was third in 2:58.49

Before the 2012 Games, the USA had won the previous two gold medals, and six of seven.

Merritt, who was injured in London in 2012 and was not part of that team, adds the relay gold to the bronze he won in the open 400.

For the U.S. track team this win closes out a strong performance on the Olympic track in Rio: 31 medals.
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The dominant U.S. women’s basketball team did what was expected, winning a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal and doing it in impressive fashion. In yet another rout, the U.S. dismantled Spain 101-72 on Saturday.

The U.S., which beat Spain by 40 in a preliminary round game, got off to a slow start and only led 21-17 after the first quarter. The Americans were up 27-24 in the second quarter before getting going.

The UConn coach put his five former Huskie players on the court at the same time for the first time in the Olympics and that group started the 16-3 run that blew it open. Breanna Stewart got the spurt started with two free throws. Taurasi then hit consecutive 3-pointers — her first points of the game — as the Americans scored 10 straight.

Spain never threatened in the second half. Auriemma started the fourth quarter with Bird, Taurasi and Catchings on the court and the game in hand. The three four-time Olympians have had a tremendous impact on USA Basketball over the past 12 years. He took the trio out together for one final time with 5:44 left in the game.

No American team has been deeper with Catchings as its 12th player. They trailed for just over 11 minutes in the entire Olympics and the biggest deficit was just four points — 6-2 to France. They never were down after the first quarter and with the exception of the semifinal win over France all the games were pretty much after 20 minutes.

 

 

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MICHAEL JEFFREY JORDAN IS A FORBES SPORTS BILLIONAIRE OWNER, AND ALSO THE FIRST BASKETBALL PLAYER TO BECOME THE OWNER OF AN NBA FRANCHISE

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  • FORBES #1577th RICHEST PERSON IN THE WORLD IS Michael Jordan, AND HIS Real Time Net Worth As of 8/7/16 IS $1.14 BILLION DOLLARS AND COUNTING……..

A well-timed investment in the Charlotte Hornets basketball team lifted star athlete Michael Jordan into the billionaire ranks in 2015, and is keeping him there this year. He acquired a majority stake in the Hornets in 2010 for $175 million. He increased his ownership to 90% in 2013. In 2014 NBA franchise values shot up, thanks largely to racist comments by Donald Sterling that got him banned from the league and led to a bidding war for his Los Angeles Clippers, which was sold to Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion. The deal helped boost the value of Jordan’s Hornets stake to $500 million. MJ is widely acknowledged as the greatest basketball player of all-time, but his salary rarely matched his stature. He was the NBA’s highest-paid player only twice during his 15-year career. His total career playing salary was $90 million, but Jordan has earned another $1.2 billion (pre-tax) from corporate partners since he left North Carolina in 1984. His biggest backer has always been Nike, which generates $2 billion in revenue annually from the Jordan Brand. Nike commands 90% of the U.S. basketball shoe market, with the Jordan Brand representing more than half of that. MJ maintains his longtime endorsement relationships with Gatorade, Hanes and Upper Deck. He also owns seven restaurants and a car dealership.

A BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF MICHAEL JORDAN’S ELEVATION IN LIFE:

Michael Jordan is a former American basketball player who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships and won the Most Valuable Player Award five times.American basketball star Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. Jordan left college after his junior year to join the NBA. Drafted by the Chicago Bulls, he helped the team make it to the playoffs. For his efforts there, Jordan received the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. With five regular-season MVPs and three All-Star MVPs, Jordan became the most decorated player in the NBA.Professional basketball player, Olympic athlete, businessperson, actor. Born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York.

Considered one of the best basketball players ever, Michael Jordan dominated the sport from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. He led the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association championships, and earned the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award five times.

Growing up in Wilmington, North Carolina, Jordan developed a competitive edge at an early age. He wanted to win every game he played. As his father James later noted, “What he does have is a competition problem. He was born with that … the person he tries to outdo most of the time is himself.”Jordan enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981 and soon became an important member of the school’s basketball team. His team won the NCAA Division I championships in 1982 with Jordan scoring the final basket needed to defeat Georgetown University. He was also singled out as the NCAA College Player of the Year in 1983 and in 1984.

During the summer of 1984, Jordan made his first appearance at the Olympic Games as a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team. The team won the gold at the games that year, which were held in Los Angeles. Jordan later helped the American team bring home the gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games, held in Barcelona, Spain.

Jordan left college after his junior year to join the NBA. Drafted by the Chicago Bulls, he soon proved himself on the court. He helped the team make it to the playoffs and scored an average of 28.2 points per game that season. For his efforts, Jordan received the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and was selected for the All-Star Game.

In 1985, he finished his bachelor’s degree in geography and continued to play basketball professionally. While his second season was marred by injury, Jordan was breaking new ground on the court during the 1986-1987 season. He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlin to score more than 3,000 points in a single season. The following season, Jordan received his first Most Valuable Player Award from NBA—an honor he would earn four more times in 1991, 1992, 1996, and 1998.

By the late 1980s, the Chicago Bulls was quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, and Jordan was an instrumental part of the team’s success. The Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1990 and won their first NBA championship the following year by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers. A rising NBA superstar, Jordan became known for his power and agility on the court as well as for his leadership abilities. He eventually landed several endorsement deals with such companies as Nike, which further pushed him into the spotlight.

In 1992, the Chicago Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers to win their second NBA championship. The team took their third championship the following year, dominating in the basketball world. Jordan, however, had other things on his mind. He lost his father, James, to an act of violence after the end of the 1992-93 season. Two teenagers shot James Jordan during an apparent robbery and were later convicted of the crime. In a move that shocked many, Michael Jordan decided to retire from basketball to pursue baseball. He played for a minor league team, the Birmingham Barons, as an outfielder for a year.

In March 1995, however, Jordan returned to the basketball court. He rejoined the Chicago Bulls and eventually helped them win the championship against the Seattle Sonics in the 1995-96 season. That same year, Jordan made a big splash in another arena—film—as the star of Space Jam (1996). The film mixed live action and animation and paired Jordan with cartoon legends Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck on screen.

The following season Jordan came back even stronger, averaging 30.4 points per game. Starting all 82 games that season, he helped the team finish the regular season with 72 wins and clinch a win in the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. The two teams faced each other again for the championships in 1998, and Jordan helped the Bulls beat them for the second year in a row.

Retiring after the 1997-98 season, Jordan did not stray from the sport for too long. He joined the Washington Wizards as a part owner and as president of basketball operations. In the fall of 2001, Jordan relinquished these roles to return the court once more. He played for the Wizards for two seasons before hanging up his jersey for good in 2003.

In 2006, Jordan bought a share of the Charlotte Bobcats and joined the team’s executive ranks as its managing member of basketball operations. He experienced some personal changes that same year, ending his 17-year marriage to wife Juanita Vanoy. The couple divorced in December 2006. They had three children together during the course of their marriage: Jeffrey, Marcus and Jasmine.

The following year, Michael Jordan made news—this time as the father of an up-and-coming college basketball player. His eldest son, Jeffrey Jordan, made the team at the University of Illinois. Both Michael Jordan and his ex-wife Juanita have supported their son and tried to help him deal with playing in the shadow of a NBA legend. “He wants to be a basketball player, but he wants to do it on his own terms …The thing that we have tried to tell Jeff is that you set your own expectations. By no means in this world can you ever live up someone else’s expectations of who you are,” Michael Jordan said during an appearance on the Today show.

In April 2009, Jordan received one of basketball’s greatest honors: He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Attending the induction ceremony was a bittersweet affair for Jordan because being at the event meant “your basketball career is completely over,” he explained.

While he may not be playing on the court, Jordan remains active in his sport. He became the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010 and serves as the team’s chairman. And improving the team’s less-than-stellar record seems to be Jordan’s number one priority these days. He told ESPN in November 2012 that “I don’t anticipate getting out of this business. My competitive nature is I want to succeed. It’s always been said that when I can’t find a way to do anything, I will find a way to do it.”

Outside of his work with the Charlotte Bobcats, Jordan is involved in a number of business ventures, including several restaurants. He also does a lot for charity, including hosting the annual golf event known as the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational.

Jordan married 35-year-old Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto on April 27, 2013, in Palm Beach, Florida. Tiger Woods, Spike Lee and Patrick Ewing, among other celebrities, reportedly attended the wedding ceremony. In November 2013, Jordan’s rep announced that the NBA star and Prieto were expecting their first child together—and Jordan’s fourth—in April 2014.

THE MYBOYSAY NATION OF BILLIONAIRE BUSINESSMAN AND SPORTMANS GROUP WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE MR. MICHAEL JEFFREY JORDAN ON HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS THUS FAR,  AND WE ALL FEEL THAT THIS GREAT  BUSINESSMAN WILL SOME DAY BE A  FORBES SPORTS $100,000,000,000.00 BILLION DOLLAR, BILLIONAIRE OWNER.

 

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