Roger Federer tops Stan Wawrinka in all-Swiss BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden FINAL

Roger Federer (SUI) celebrates at match point as he defeated Stan Wawrinka (not pictured) 7-6, 6-4 in the men’s final in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. 

A revived Roger Federer beat fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday to earn a record-tying fifth Indian Wells title and distinction as the tournament’s oldest winner.The win by the 35-year-old Swiss master, who made a stunning return from a six-month layoff by winning the Australian Open in January, capped an impressive run in the California desert in which he did not lose a set the entire way.

The rematch of the Australian Open semi-final saw the close friends hold serve until the 10th game of the opening set when Federer, ahead 5-4, outlasted Wawrinka in a thrilling 21-shot rally for the service break.

Wawrinka, who was making his first appearance in an Indian Wells final, broke right back and held serve to move ahead 2-0 in the ensuing set but Federer never wavered.

Federer now joins Novak Djokovic a five-time winner at the event and becomes the oldest champion in the tournament’s history, surpassing Jimmy Connors who was 31 when he triumphed in 1984.

Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 10 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Many players and analysts have called him the greatest tennis player of all time. Federer turned professional in 1998 and was continuously ranked in the top 10 from October 2002 to November 2016.

Federer has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history for a male tennis player, and held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 302 weeks. In majors, Federer has won seven Wimbledon titles, five Australian Opentitles, five US Open titles and one French Open title. He is among the eight men to capture a career Grand Slam. He has reached a record 28 men’s singles Grand Slam finals, including 10 in a row from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships to the 2007 US Open.

Federer’s ATP tournament records include winning a record six ATP World Tour Finals and playing in the finals at all nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments. He also won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic silver medal in singles at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Representing Switzerland, he was a part of the 2014 winning Davis Cup team. He was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record four consecutive years from 2005 to 2008.

Federer played in the Hopman Cup and Australian Open in January 2017. At the Australian Open, he beat top-10 players Tomáš Berdych and Nishikori to reach the quarterfinals, where he beat Mischa Zverev, making Federer the oldest man to compete in a grand slam semi-final since Jimmy Connors in 1991. In the semi-finals, he defeated Wawrinka in five sets, making him the oldest player to compete in a Grand Slam final since Ken Rosewall in 1974. Coming back from a break down in the fifth set, Federer defeated Nadal to win the Australian Open, which also marked Federer’s 100th match at the Australian Open; it was the first time Federer had won a match against Nadal in a Grand Slam event since the 2007 Wimbledon final. His victory against Nadal moved Federer to number ten in the ATP rankings,  and made him the oldest player to win a Grand Slam tournament since Rosewall in 1972.



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simoneSimone Arianne Biles (born March 14, 1997) is an American artistic gymnast. Biles is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist. She was part of the gold medal-winning team dubbed the “Final Five” at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She also won the bronze medal for the balance beam during the Olympics. Biles is a three-time world all-around champion (2013–15), three-time world floor champion (2013–15), two-time world balance beam champion (2014, 2015), four-time United States national all-around champion (2013–16), and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014 and 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

Having won a combined total of nineteen Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast, taking over from Shannon Miller, who had held this record since 1996. With her win in Rio, Biles became the sixth woman to have won an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games. With four Olympic gold medals, Biles set an American record for most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Games.

Simone Arianne Biles was born on March 14, 1997, in Columbus, Ohio, the third of four siblings. Her birth mother, Shanon Biles, was unable to care for Simone or her other children – Ashley, Tevin, and Adria – due to her drug and alcohol addiction, and the children were in and out of foster care. Simone’s birth father, Kelvin Clemons, abandoned his family, struggled with addictions, and was never present in his daughter’s life.  Shanon’s father, Ron (Simone’s grandfather), and his second wife,  Nellie Cayetano Biles, who had two nearly-adult sons, Ron Jr. and Adam, began temporarily caring for Shanon’s children in 2000, in the north Houston suburb of Spring, Texas and later in 2003 the couple officially adopted the two youngest children, Simone and Adria, and Ron’s sister adopted the two oldest. Ron, Simone’s father, is originally from Cleveland, and is a former air traffic controller, who served in the military with the U.S. Air Force at San Antonio’s Randolph Air Force Base and later with the Federal Aviation Administration.  Nellie, Simone’s mother, emigrated from Belize, is a nurse and the former co-owner of a chain of fourteen Texas-based nursing homes.

Simone Biles spent all her secondary education as a homeschooler and graduated in summer 2015. She verbally committed to UCLA on August 4, 2014, announcing her decision on Twitter. She planned to defer enrollment until after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  On July 29, 2015, she announced that she would turn professional, forfeiting her NCAA eligibility.

simone-bilesBiles is Catholic,  and also holds Belizean citizenship through her mother. She refers to Belize as being her second home. Her sister Adria is also a gymnast.

Biles first tried gymnastics at 6 years old as part of a day-care field trip. The instructors suggested she continue with gymnastics. Biles soon enrolled in an optional training program at Bannon’s Gymnastix.  She began training with coach Aimee Boorman at age 8.

Biles began her career on July 1, 2011, at the 2011 American Classic in Houston. She placed third all-around, first on vault and balance beam, fourth on floor exercise, and eighth on uneven bars. Later that month, Biles competed at the 2011 U.S. Classic in Chicago, Illinois, where she placed twentieth all-around, fifth on balance beam and floor exercise.

In 2012, Biles switched from public school to home schooling. The change allowed her to increase her training from approximately 20 hours a week to 32. Biles credited the increased training time with her improved success during the 2012 season.

Biles’ first meet of 2012 was again the American Classic in Huntsville, Texas, where she placed first all-around and on vault, tied for second on floor exercise, placed third on balance beam and fourth on uneven bars.  Biles’ placement in the American Classic secured her spot to compete at the 2012 USA Gymnastics National Championships.  She later competed at the 2012 U.S. Classic in Chicago. She finished first all-around and on vault, second on floor exercise, and sixth on balance beam. In June, she made her second appearance at the USA Gymnastics National Championships, this time in St. Louis, Missouri. She finished third all-around, first on vault, and sixth on uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise.  After this performance, Biles was named to the United States Junior National Team.

Biles’ senior international debut was in March at the 2013 American Cup, a FIG World Cup event. She and Katelyn Ohashi were named as replacements for Elizabeth Price and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross, both of whom withdrew from the competition because of injuries.  Biles led for two rotations but finished second behind her teammate, Ohashi, after a fall off the beam.

Biles immediately went on to compete at the 2013 City of Jesolo Trophy in Jesolo, Italy, where she took the all-around, vault, balance beam, and floor exercise titles in addition to contributing to the United States’ team gold medal. She and the U.S. delegation then competed at an international tri-meet in Chemnitz, Germany, against teams from Germany and Romania. The U.S. again won the team gold. In addition, Biles won the vault, balance beam, and floor titles, but tied for second in the all-around behind Ross after a fall on the uneven bars.

In July, Biles competed at the 2013 U.S. Classic. She performed poorly, falling several times, and did not compete vault after tweaking her ankle on the floor exercise. Afterward, she was invited to a private camp with the national team coordinator, Marta Karolyi, and consulted a sports psychologist.  Biles went on to compete at the 2013 USA Gymnastics National Championships in August, where she was crowned the national all-around champion ahead of Ross. Biles also won silver on all four individual events.  After the USA Gymnastics National Championships, she was named to the Senior National Team and was invited to the qualifying camp for the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Texas, where she was named to the World Championships team.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's Floor on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

In October, Biles competed at the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. She qualified first in the all-around, second to the vault final, sixth to the uneven bars final, fifth to the balance beam final, and first to the floor final, making her the first American gymnast to qualify to the all-around and all four event finals since Shannon Miller in 1991. Biles competed cleanly during the women’s individual all-around and won the competition with a score of 60.216, almost a point ahead of silver medalist Ross and almost a point and a half better than the bronze medalist, 2010 world all-around champion Aliya Mustafina.  Biles became the seventh American woman and the first African-American to win the world all-around title. In event finals, she won silver on the vault, behind defending world champion and Olympic silver medalist McKayla Maroney and ahead of 2008 Olympic gold medalist Hong Un Jong of North Korea; bronze on balance beam, behind Mustafina and Ross; and gold on the floor exercise, ahead of Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari and Romania’s Larisa Iordache. She finished fourth in the uneven bars final, behind China’s Huang Huidan, Ross, and Mustafina.

Biles missed the start of season due to an aggravated shoulder injury, sitting out the 2014 AT&T American Cup and the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships.  Biles 2014 debut came at the U.S. Classic in Chicago. She won the all-around by a wide margin and also took first place on vault, beam (tied with Ross), and floor.  At the 2014 USA Gymnastics National Championships, Biles repeated as national all-around champion after two days of competition, finishing more than four points ahead of silver medalist Ross, despite a fall from the balance beam during her final routine of the meet. She won the gold on vault and floor, tied for the silver on balance beam with Alyssa Baumann, and finished fourth on the uneven bars.  She was once again named to the Senior National Team.

On September 17, Biles was selected to compete at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China.  She dominated the preliminary round despite a major error on the uneven bars, qualifying in first place to the all-around, vault, beam, and floor finals, in addition to contributing to the U.S. team’s first-place qualification into the team final. During the team final, Biles led the United States to its second consecutive world team championship, which they won over the second-place Chinese team by nearly seven points. In the all-around, Biles performed cleanly on all four events, bettering her bars score from qualifications by over a point, and won her second consecutive world all-around title ahead of two good friends, Ross and Iordache. Biles became the second American woman to repeat as world all-around champion, following Miller (1993 and 1994), and the first woman of any nationality to do so since Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina (2001 and 2003).  She also received extra press when a video of her fleeing from a bee on the podium during the all-around award ceremony went viral.  Biles finished behind North Korea’s Hong Un Jong in the vault competition, taking her second consecutive silver medal in that event, but went on to win the gold in the balance beam final ahead of China’s Bai Yawen and the gold in the floor exercise final, again, ahead of Iordache. This brought her total of World Championship gold medals to six, the most ever by an American gymnast, surpassing Miller’s five.  After the world championships, she was named one of ESPNW’s Impact 25 and chosen as Sportswoman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Biles competed at the 2015 AT&T American Cup at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on March 7. She placed first with a score of 62.299, 4.467 points ahead of second-place finisher U.S. teammate Mykayla Skinner. Later that month, Biles was nominated for the James E. Sullivan Award.  She ended the month at the 2015 City of Jesolo Trophy, winning the all-around title with 62.100.

On July 25, she competed at the U.S. Classic and finished first in the all-around, ahead of 2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas and Maggie Nichols, with a score of 62.400. On the beam, she scored a 15.250 and took first at the event, ahead of Douglas and 2012 Olympic beam bronze medalist Aly Raisman. She scored a 16.050 on the floor and claimed first on the event, 1.050 points ahead of Douglas and also ahead of Nichols and Bailie Key. She had a small hop on her Amanar vault and scored a 16.000. She then scored 15.150 on her second vault, to score an average of 15.575 and place first in the event, ahead of 2014 Worlds vault bronze medalist and teammate MyKayla Skinner, who averaged 14.950. Biles ended on bars and scored a 15.100 to claim the all-around title. She placed fourth in the event behind 2014 Worlds teammate Madison Kocian, Douglas, and Key.635817456803411649-bilesap

On July 29, shortly after her performance at the U.S. Classic, Biles announced that she would be turning pro, thus forfeiting her chance to compete for the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team. She signed with Octagon, who also supports fellow American gymnast Aly Raisman and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. At the 2015 U.S. National Championships, Biles secured her third all-around national title, becoming only the second woman to ever do so, 23 years after Kim Zmeskal (1990, 1991, 1992).

As of November 11, 2015, she was a Nike-sponsored athlete – announcing this news through Twitter.

Biles was named Team USA Female Olympic Athlete of the Year in December 2015, making her the fourth gymnast to win the honor.

Biles went into the 2016 season as a fourth-year senior and the reigning National champion. On December 17, 2015, USA Gymnastics announced that she would compete at the 2016 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, in April 2016 in Everett, Washington.

At her first competition of the year, the Pacific Rim Championships, Biles came home with the all-around title and had the highest score on vault (where she debuted a more difficult second vault), floor exercise (where she debuted a new floor routine), and balance beam. Additionally, the US came home with the team title by a wide margin. Biles did not compete in the event finals.

On June 4, Biles competed at the Secret US Classic, on the uneven bars and beam. She did not compete vault or floor exercise. She achieved the highest score on beam, a 15.650, and also received a 15.1 on bars, good enough for 5th in the event.

In the following weeks, Biles competed at the 2016 USA Gymnastics National Championships. Her vault and floor routines all received marks of at least sixteen all four times, and she received the national titles of both, respectively. On bars, she scored 14.750 and an average of 14.925, just shy of a 15 average, and a bronze for the event. On beam she again did very well, with very minor struggles on Day 2, again winning another medal. She won the all-around title by a wide margin of 3.9 points over Aly Raisman. Her two-day total was 125 points even, with an all-around average of 62.5 points.

On July 10, Biles was named to the team for the 2016 Olympics, alongside Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman.

In September 2016, Biles’s medical information was released following the Russian cyber espionage group Fancy Bear‘s hack into the World Anti Doping Agency. Biles then disclosed on Twitter that she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and was permitted to take medication for it, having applied for and received a Therapeutic Use Exemption.

In 2016 she was chosen as one of BBC’s 100 Women, and as the 2016 espnW IMPACT25 Woman of the Year.  She was also one of the finalists for Time magazines 2016 Person of the Year. Biles was also nominated for a 2016 ESPY award for Best Female Athlete along with Elena Delle Donne, Katie Ledecky, and Breanna Stewart; Stewart won the award.

Biles appeared with gymnasts Dominique Dawes and Nadia Comăneci in a commercial for Tide called “The Evolution of Power” prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

On August 7, Biles competed in the Women’s Qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She scored a 16.050 on the vault, a 15.000 on the uneven bars, a 15.633 on the balance beam, and a 15.733 on the floor exercise. Along with the team final, she individually qualified into the all-around, vault, balance beam, and floor exercise finals. On August 9, Biles won her first Olympic gold medal in the gymnastics team event.[citation needed] She also won the gold medal individual all-around on August 11, with teammate Aly Raisman winning the silver and Russia’s Aliya Mustafina claiming the bronze. Biles had a total score of 62.198 with 15.866 on the vault, 14.966 on the uneven bars, 15.433 on the balance beam, and 15.933 on the floor. Biles had the highest scores on vault, balance beam, and floor; she had the only score over 15 on balance beam in the finals. In the women’s vault, she won her second individual gold medal with a score of 15.966, more than 0.7 points ahead of second-place finisher Maria Paseka of Russia and third-place finisher Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland. In the women’s balance beam final, she grabbed the beam, scoring a 14.733. Despite her mistake, wobbly routines from France’s Marine Boyer, Brazil’s Flavia Saraiva, China’s Fan Yilin, Romania’s Catalina Ponor, and Canadian Isabela Onyshko allowed her to grab bronze behind teammate Laurie Hernandez who won silver and Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands. In the women’s floor exercise final, she won gold with a score of 15.966. Teammate Aly Raisman won silver with a score of 15.500 and Amy Tinkler of Great Britain won bronze. She contributed to an historic feat for the gymnastics team, with USA claiming a medal on every event for the first time since 1984.

Gold medalist Simone Biles of the U.S poses with her medal after the women's all-round final at the World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble

With four Olympic gold medals, Biles set a new American record for most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Games, and equalled a number of other records with her medals won in Rio. Biles’ win of four gold medals was the first instance of a quadruple gold medallist in women’s gymnastics at a single Games since Ecaterina Szabo (Romania) in 1984, and the fifth overall, after Larisa Latynina (USSR, 1956), Agnes Keleti ( HUN, 1956), Věra Čáslavská (CZE, 1968) and Szabo. Biles became the sixth female gymnast to have won an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games; the others being Larisa Latynina, Věra Čáslavská, Ludmilla Tourischeva, Elena Shushunova and Lilia Podkopayeva. Biles is the first female gymnast since Lilia Podkopayeva (UKR) in 1996 to win the all around gold as well as an event final gold, and the first female gymnast since Podkopayeva to win the Olympic all around title while holding the World and European/American individual all around titles. Biles joins Latynina (1956–1960), Čáslavská (1964–1968) and Tourischeva (1968–1972), as the fourth female gymnast to win every major all-around title in an Olympic cycle.

Biles now joins Mary Lou Retton in 1984, Shannon Miller in 1992 and Nastia Liukin in 2008 in winning five medals at a single Olympic Games, along with Szabo (ROM, 1984), Nadia Comaneci (ROM, 1976) and Karin Janz (East Germany, 1972). Olga Mostepanova (USSR) also won five gold medals at the Alternate Olympics in 1984. The overall record for most women’s Olympic gymnastics medals at a single games (majority gold), remains six medals (Latynina, 1956, 1960 and 1964, Keleti, 1956, Caslavska, 1968, Daniela Silivas, 1988).

Biles and her teammate Gabby Douglas are the only American female gymnasts to win both the individual all-around gold and team gold at the same Olympic games. Douglas won both in the 2012 London games.

She was chosen by Team USA to be the flag bearer for the closing ceremonies. She was the first American female gymnast to be given the honor.

On March 1, 2017, Biles was revealed as one of the contestants who would compete on season 24 of Dancing with the Stars. She is paired with professional dancer Sasha Farber.740full-simone-biles

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From Baltimore, to Super Bowl X, To Wall Street And Paris, And Home Again

d79aaffdf02fa366da0ef3b23eea68eeJean Schloss Fugett Jr. Esq.; athlete, journalist, speaker, attorney, and businessman; was born in Baltimore, MD. After graduating from Cardinal Gibbons High School, where he was the first African American to win Baltimore Catholic Athlete of the Year, Fugett attended Amherst College. At Amherst, Fugett was a star on and off the field. He was a two sport All-American athlete who was coached by College Football Hall of Famer Jim Ostendarp.

Off the field, Fugett was Executive Editor of the Amherst Student weekly newspaper. After graduating from Amherst with honors, Fugett was admitted to Columbia Law School. Fugett was also on the waiting list at Harvard Law School where his brother, Reginald F. Lewis, had attended. While Lewis worked to get his brother off the waiting list, Fugett went to training camp with the World Champion Dallas Cowboys.Fugett_500x330

Fugett, having been drafted with the last pick of the 13th round, learned the playbook in two days, and to his own surprise, made the team. Fugett would be coached by NFL Hall of Famer Tom Landry who believed that if you were an athlete and knew where to line up, he could teach you how to play football. At the end of his fourth and final season with the Cowboys, Fugett started in Super bowl X. Still wanting to become a lawyer, and with limited options for night school in Dallas, Fugett signed with the Washington Redskins as one of the first modern day free agents.43272JeanS.FugettJr

Fugett went from being the lowest paid starting tight end to the highest paid. Fugett was also able to be a reporter for The Washington Post in the off season. Later, Fugett would appear on CBS affiliate Ch. 9 as a weekend anchor and with Frank Herzog on the show Redskins Sidelines. Fugett would complete law school by attending George Washington Univ. at night. His playing days complete, Fugett would continue to work for The Washington Post and eventually would end up in the television booth as a color commentator with Dan Dierdorf for the NFL on CBS.p-341942-jean-fugett-autographed-hand-signed-dallas-cowboys-8x10-photo-csa-fb7290

Fugett also helped his brother Reginald F. Lewis found TLC Group in 1983.

There first major deal was the purchase of the McCall Pattern Company, a home sewing pattern business for $22.5 million. Lewis had learned from a Fortune magazine article that the Esmark holding company, which had recently purchased Norton Simon, planned to divest from the McCall Pattern Company, a maker of home sewing patterns founded in 1870. With fewer and fewer people sewing at home, McCall was seemingly on the decline—though it had posted profits of $6 million in 1983 on sales of $51.9 million. At the time, McCall was number two in its industry, holding 29.7 percent of the market, compared to industry leader Simplicity Patterns with 39.4 percent.

They managed to negotiate the price down and then raised $1 million himself from family and friends and borrowed the rest from institutional investors and investment banking firm First Boston Corp.

Within one year, he turned the company around by freeing up capital tied in fixed assets such as building and machinery, finding a new use for machinery during downtime by manufacturing greeting cards, and he then started to recruit managers from rival companies. He further strengthened McCall by containing costs, improving quality, beginning to export to China, and emphasizing new product introductions. This new combination led to the company’s most profitable year in its history. With the addition of McCall real estate worth an estimated $6 million that the company retained ownership of, he later sold McCall at a 90-1 return, resulting in a tremendous profit for investors. Lewis’s share was 81.7 percent of the $90 million.Photo of Reginal Lewis

Jean Fugett served as Director and Vice-Chair of the McCall Pattern Company Management Committee, as founding partner of a Baltimore law firm, and as a partner with Fanfone in Europe. After the death of his brother in 1993, Fugett took over TLC Beatrice International Foods, the largest black-owned and black managed business in the world at the time. At its peak, TLC Beatrice had $2.2 billion in sales and was number 512 on Fortune magazine’s list of 1,000 largest.


A sought after motivational speaker, who is also diabetic,  Fugett has served as President of the Retired Players Steering Committee of the NFL Players Association, as legal counsel and advisor to a variety of businesses and not for profits, and on the Leadership Council for the American Diabetes Association Maryland Chapter. Fugett serves as Chancellor for the Maryland Chapter of the Son’s of the American Revolution. Fugett also recently launched his national law practice Fugett & Associates headquartered in Baltimore, MD. The firm has associated Attorney’s in DC, Atlanta, Texas, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Fugett currently is a Managing Director of Axum Capital Partners, a Charlotte, NC based Private Equity firm. He is also working on his memoirs, appearing as a regular guest on The Jerry Coleman Show on Baltimore Fox Sports 1370AM and working with his son as a founding member of TLC JR, LLC and The Athlete Sports Network.2f11dbd62f82e1b9621a0c112889df14

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Dawn Michelle Staley To Be The Head Coach Of The U.S. Women’s National Basketball Team Through 2020 Tokyo Olympics

staleysecposeHead coach Dawn Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks will coach the US women’s national basketball team into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 46-year-old former guard, who spent 11 seasons in the Women’s NBA, has coached the University of South Carolina women’s team since 2008 after eight seasons guiding Temple.

“Being named head coach of the USA national team is a tremendous honor,” Staley said. “As a player, I was humbled each time I wore the uniform and this feels no different. I will do my very best to uphold the standards and winning tradition of the national team.”

US women have won the past six Olympic crowns without a loss, their 49-game Olympic win streak dating to the bronze medal contest in 1992 after losing in the Barcelona semi-finals to the Commonwealth of Independent States.

In all, US women have won eight Olympic basketball crowns and nine World Championship titles, including six of the past eight and the past two in a row. They will defend the crown at what is now called the Basketball World Cup next year in Spain.

Geno Auriemma, who guided the US women to Rio gold, called Staley “an obvious choice with all of the experience that she has had as part of the Olympic program” and added, “She’s going to be really, really good, because she understands the way the whole system works. It’s a great choice.”

Staley vows no change in US trademarks of fast-paced attack and pressuring defense.

“Historically, the USA national team has the best talent in the world,” she said. “I know we’ll run and will be defensive oriented, but the actual system will be based on the players selected.”


untitled 2Dawn Michelle Staley (born May 4, 1970) is an American basketball hall of fame player and coach. Staley is a three-time Olympian and was elected to carry the United States flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics. After playing point guard for the University of Virginia under Debbie Ryan, and winning the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, she went to play professionally in the American Basketball League and the WNBA. In 2011, Staley was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history. She was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

While still a WNBA player, she started coaching the Temple University Owls women’s basketball team in 2000. In six years at Temple, she led the program to six NCAA tournaments, three regular season conference championships, and four conference tournament titles.

On May 7, 2008, she was named the University of South Carolina women’s head basketball coach. Over the following six seasons, she improved her program’s record every year, up to winning the SEC in 2013-2014. In late 2014 her team achieved the program’s first #1 ranking, making her only the second individual to both play on and coach a #1 ranked team.

Staley was named the national high school player of the year during her final season at Murrell Dobbins Tech High School in Philadelphia.

Staley attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. During her four seasons in college, she led her team to four NCAA Tournaments, three Final Fours and one National Championship game. She was named the ACC female athlete of the year and the national player of the year in 1991 and 1992. Staley finished her college career with 2,135 points and holds the NCAA record for career steals with 454. She finished her career at Virginia as the school’s all-time scoring leader and as the ACC’s all-time leader in assists at 729, but those records have since been broken by former UVA stars Monica Wright and Sharnee Zoll, respectively. Her number 24 is retired at UVA.

In 1994-1995, after graduation, Staley played professional basketball in France in Tarbes, Italy, Brazil, and Spain before joining the ABL and then the WNBA.

In 1996, she joined the Richmond Rage of the American Basketball League (ABL) and led the team to the ABL finals in 1997. The following season, the team moved to Staley’s hometown of Philadelphia.

In the 1999 WNBA Draft, Staley was selected with the ninth overall pick by the Charlotte Sting. In 2001, she led the Sting to the Championship game of the WNBA playoffs.

On August 1, 2005, Staley was traded to the Houston Comets. Staley announced before the start of the WNBA season that she would be retiring after the Comets season was over. The Comets made the playoffs and faced the Sacramento Monarchs in the first round. The Monarchs swept the Comets and won the series 2–0, ending Staley’s career. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in the fifteen-year history of the WNBA.

iOn August 1, 2005, Staley was traded to the Houston Comets. Staley announced before the start of the WNBA season that she would be retiring after the Comets season was over. The Comets made the playoffs and faced the Sacramento Monarchs in the first round. The Monarchs swept the Comets and won the series 2–0, ending Staley’s career. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in the fifteen-year history of the WNBA.

Staley was named to the team representing the USA at the World University Games held during July 1991 in Sheffield, England. While the USA team had won gold in 1983, they finished with the silver in 1985, in fifth place in 1987, and did not field a team in 1989. The team was coached by Tara VanDerveer of Stanford. After winning opening games easily, the USA faced China in the medal round. The USA shot only 36% from the field, but limited the team from China to 35%, and won 79–76 to advance to the gold medal game. There they faced 7–0 Spain, but won 88–62 to claim the gold medal. Staley averaged 4.9 points per game.

Staley competed with USA Basketball as a member of the 1992 Jones Cup Team that won the Gold in Taipei.

Staley played for Team USA throughout her career. In 1994 she competed in the World Championships and was named the USA basketball Female Athlete of the Year. She led the 1996 team to an undefeated record of 60–0 and the gold medal at the Olympic games in Atlanta. She was also a member of the 2000 Olympic team that defended the gold medal.

Staley was selected to represent the USA at the 1995 USA Women’s Pan American Games, however, only four teams committed to participate, so the event was cancelled.

ncw_a_dawnstaley_ms_800x450Staley was named to the USA national team in 1998. The national team traveled to Berlin, Germany in July and August 1998 for the FIBA World Championships. The USA team won a close opening game against Japan 95–89, then won their next six games easily. In the semifinal game against Brazil, the USA team was behind as much as ten points in the first half, but the USA went on to win 93–79. The gold medal game was a rematch against Russia. In the first game, the USA team dominated almost from the beginning, but in the rematch, the team from Russia took the early lead and led much of the way. With under two minutes remaining, the USA was down by two points but the USA responded, then held on to win the gold medal 71–65. Staley hit two free throws with ten seconds left to extend a three-point lead to five points, then hit another free throw with three seconds left in the game to “seal the 71-65 victory”. Staley averaged 7.0 points per game and made a record 52 assists.

In 2002, Staley was named to the national team which competed in the World Championships in Zhangjiagang, Changzhou and Nanjing, China. The team was coached by Van Chancellor. Staley scored 4.9 points per game, and recorded a team-high 24 assists. The USA team won all nine games, including a close title game against Russia, which was a one-point game late in the game.

She won a third gold medal with Team USA at the 2004 Games in Athens. Her Olympic performance lead to her being named 2004 USA Basketball Female Athlete Of The Year at the end of the year. Before the Games, she was selected to carry the flag of the United States during the parade of nations at the opening ceremony.

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry Is Josh Kroenke’s Preferred Candidate To Replace Arsene Wenger

200px-Thierry_Henry_control_croppedThierry Henry is the favoured candidate of the son and heir to Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke to replace Arsene Wenger if the Frenchman leaves the club at the end of the season.

The Kroenke camp are big fans of Henry and Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer is particularly close to the influential Josh, who was appointed to the club’s board as a non-executive director in 2013. Henry is currently working as assistant to Belgium national team manager Roberto Martinez and has helped reinvigorate the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard.

The 39-year-old will pass his Uefa Pro Licence in time for the start of next season and has made it clear that his dream job would be to manage Arsenal.

Other than having played at the highest level for Arsenal, Barcelona and France, Henry worked under managers such as Wenger, Pep Guardiola and Aime Jacquet.

His France World Cup winning team-mate Zinedine Zidane is now manager of Real Madrid, while Guardiola took over at Barcelona in 2008 having never managed a senior team.

Kroenke Jr sees no reason why Henry could not take a similar route straight to the top and will make sure the former striker is among the candidates to replace Wenger if Arsenal are forced into a change.

During lengthy discussions, Kroenke Jr is believed to have already picked the brains of Henry on a range of subjects – including his plans to move into management.

Henry worked at Arsenal coaching the youth players as part of gaining his Uefa A licence and was offered a job with the Under-18s by the club until Wenger decided he could not combine the role with his work as a Sky Television pundit.Thierry_Henry_signing_autographs

Wenger’s current contract expires at the end of the season and he is yet to sign a new deal with fears mounting, following the latest dismal defeat to Liverpool, that he will step down in the summer.

Thierry Daniel Henry is a retired French professional footballer who played as a forward, and the current second assistant manager of the Belgium national team. He played for Monaco, Juventus, Barcelona, New York Red Bulls and spent eight years at Arsenal where he is the club’s all-time record goalscorer. At international level he represented France and is his country’s record goal scorer.

Henry made his professional debut with Monaco in 1994. Good form led to an international call-up in 1998, after which he signed for the Serie A defending champions Juventus. A year later he signed for Premier League club Arsenal for £11 million. It was at Arsenal that Henry made his name as a world-class player. Under long-time mentor and coach Arsène Wenger, Henry became a prolific striker and Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 228 goals in all competitions. He won two league titles and three FA Cups at the club. In 2003 and 2004 Henry was runner-up for the FIFA World Player of the Year. He was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year twice, and the FWA Footballer of the Year three times. Henry spent his final two seasons with Arsenal as club captain, leading them to the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final.

In June 2007, after eight years with Arsenal, he transferred to Barcelona for a fee of €24 million. In 2009, he was an integral part of the club’s historic treble when they won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League. He went on to achieve an unprecedented sextuple by also winning the Supercopa de España, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. In total, Henry has been named in the UEFA Team of the Year five times. In 2010, he joined the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, winning the Eastern Conference title with the team in 2010. He returned to Arsenal on loan for two months in 2012. In 2013, Henry with the New York Red Bulls won the MLS Supporters’ Shield.

Henry enjoyed success with the French national team, winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2000 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup. In October 2007, he surpassed Michel Platini‘s record to become France’s top goalscorer. After amassing 123 appearances and 51 goals, Henry retired from international football after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Henry was also one of the top commercially marketed footballers; he was ranked ninth in the world in 2006. In August 2016 he was appointed as the second assistant manager of Belgium’s national team, alongside head coach Roberto Martínez and fellow assistant Graeme Jones.

Henry is of Antillean heritage:  his father, Antoine, is from Guadeloupe (La Désirade island), and his mother, Maryse, is from Martinique. He was born and raised in Les Ulis suburb of Paris which, despite sometimes being seen as a tough neighbourhood, provided good footballing facilities.  As a seven-year-old, Henry showed great potential, prompting Claude Chezelle to recruit him to the local club CO Les Ulis. His father pressured him to attend training, although the youngster was not particularly drawn to football.  He joined US Palaiseau in 1989, but after a year his father fell out with the club, so Henry moved to ES Viry-Châtillon and played there for two years.  US Palaiseau coach Jean-Marie Panza, Henry’s future mentor, followed him there.190px-Thierry_Henry_Rubin_Kazan 170px-Thierry_Henry_2008

In 1990, Monaco sent scout Arnold Catalano to watch Henry, then at the age of 13 in a match.  Henry scored all six goals as his side won 6–0. Catalano asked him to join Monaco without even attending a trial first. Catalano requested that Henry complete a course at the elite Clairefontaine academy, and despite the director’s reluctance to admit Henry due to his poor school results, he was allowed to complete the course and joined Arsène Wenger‘s Monaco as a youth player.  Subsequently, Henry signed professional forms with Monaco, and made his professional debut on 31 August 1994, in a 2–0 loss against Nice.  Although Wenger suspected that Henry should be deployed as a striker, he put Henry on the left wing because he believed that his pace, natural ball control and skill would be more effective against full-backs than centre-backs.

Henry was named the French Young Footballer of the Year in 1996, and in the 1996–97 season, his solid performances helped the club win the Ligue 1 title.  During the 1997–98 season, he was instrumental in leading his club to the UEFA Champions League semi-final, setting a French record by scoring seven goals in the competition.  By his third season, he had received his first cap for the national team, and was part of the winning team in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He continued to impress at his tenure with Monaco, and in his five seasons with the French club, the young winger scored 20 league goals in 105 appearances.

Henry left Monaco in January 1999, one year before his intimate and closest teammate David Trezeguet, and moved to Italian Serie A club Juventus for £10.5 million.  He played on the wing, but he was ineffective against the Serie A defensive discipline in a position uncharacteristic for him, and scored just three goals in 16 appearances.

Unsettled in Italy, Henry transferred from Juventus on 3 August 1999 to Arsenal for an estimated fee of £11 million, reuniting with his former manager Arsène Wenger.  It was at Arsenal that Henry made his name as a world-class footballer, and although his transfer was not without controversy, Wenger was convinced he was worth the transfer fee. Brought in as a replacement for fellow French forward Nicolas Anelka, Henry was immediately moulded into a striker by Wenger, a move that would pay rich dividends in years to come. However, doubts were raised about his ability to adapt to the quick and physical English game when he failed to score in his first eight games. After several difficult months in England, Henry even conceded that he had to “be re-taught everything about the art of striking.” These doubts were dispelled when he ended his first season at Arsenal with an impressive goal tally of 26.  Arsenal finished second in the Premier League behind Manchester United, and lost in the UEFA Cup Final against Turkish club Galatasaray.220px-Van_persie_henry

Coming off the back of a victorious UEFA Euro 2000 campaign with the national team, Henry was ready to make an impact in the 2000–01 season. Despite recording fewer goals and assists than his first season, Henry’s second season with Arsenal proved to be a breakthrough, as he became the club’s top goalscorer.  Armed with one of the league’s best attacks, Arsenal finished runner-up to perennial rivals Manchester United in the Premier League. The team also reached the final of the FA Cup, losing 2–1 to Liverpool. Henry remained frustrated, however, by the fact that he had yet to help the club win honours, and frequently expressed his desire to establish Arsenal as a powerhouse.

Success finally arrived during the 2001–02 season. Arsenal finished seven points above Liverpool to win the Premier League title, and defeated Chelsea 2–0 in the FA Cup Final. Henry became the league’s top goalscorer and netted 32 goals in all competitions as he led Arsenal to a double and his first silverware with the club.  There was much expectation that Henry would replicate his club form for France during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but the defending champions suffered a shock exit at the group stage.

2002–03 proved to be another productive season for Henry, as he scored 32 goals in all competitions while contributing 23 assists—remarkable returns for a striker.  In doing so, he led Arsenal to another FA Cup triumph (where he was man-of-the-match in the Final),  although Arsenal failed to retain their Premier League title. Throughout the season, he competed with Manchester United’s Ruud van Nistelrooy for the league scoring title, but the Dutchman edged Henry to the Golden Boot by a single goal.  Nonetheless, Henry was named both the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year.  His rising status as one of the world’s best footballers was affirmed when he emerged runner-up for the 2003 FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Entering the 2003–04 season, Arsenal were determined to reclaim the Premier League crown. Henry was again instrumental in Arsenal’s exceptionally successful campaign; together with the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pirès, Henry ensured that the Gunners became the first team in more than a century to go through the entire domestic league season unbeaten, claiming the league title in the process.  Apart from being named for the second year running as the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, Henry emerged once again as the runner-up for 2004 FIFA World Player of the Year award.  With 39 goals scored in all competitions, the Frenchman led the league in goals scored and won the European Golden Boot.  However, as was the case in 2002, Henry was unable to lead the national side to honours during UEFA Euro 2004.170px-Thierry_Henry_Charlton

This dip in success was compounded when Arsenal failed again to secure back-to-back league titles when they lost out to Chelsea in the 2004–05 season, although Arsenal did win the FA Cup (the Final of which Henry missed through injury).  Henry maintained his reputation as one of Europe’s most feared strikers as he led the league in scoring,  and with 31 goals in all competitions,  he was the co-recipient (with Diego Forlán) of the European Golden Boot, and is currently the only player to have officially won the award twice in a row (Ally McCoist also had two Golden Boots in a row, but both were deemed unofficial).  The unexpected departure of Arsenal’s captain Patrick Vieira in the 2005 close season led to Henry being awarded club captaincy, a role which many felt was not naturally suited for him; the captaincy is more commonly given to defenders or midfielders, who are better-placed on the pitch to read the game. Along with being chief goalscorer, he was responsible for leading a very young team which had yet to gel fully.

The 2005–06 season proved to be one of remarkable personal achievements for Henry. On 17 October 2005, Henry became the club’s top goalscorer of all time;  two goals against Sparta Prague in the Champions League meant he broke Ian Wright‘s record of 185 goals.  On 1 February 2006, he scored a goal against West Ham United, bringing his league goal tally up to 151, breaking Arsenal legend Cliff Bastin‘s league goals record.  Henry scored his 100th league goal at Highbury, a feat unparalleled in the history of the club, and a unique achievement in the Premier League.  On the final day of the Premier League season, Henry scored a hat-trick against Wigan Athletic in the last ever match played at Highbury. He completed the season as the league’s top goal scorer,  was voted the FWA Footballer of the Year for the third time in his career, and was selected in the FIFA World XI.

Nevertheless, Arsenal failed to win the Premier League title again, but hopes of a trophy were revived when Arsenal reached the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. The Gunners eventually lost 2–1 to Barcelona, and Arsenal’s inability to win the league title for two consecutive seasons combined with the relative inexperience of the Arsenal squad caused much speculation that Henry would leave for another club. However, he declared his love for the club and accepted a four-year contract, and said he would stay at Arsenal for life.  Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein later claimed the club had turned down two bids of £50 million from Spanish clubs for Henry before the signing of the new contract.  Had the transfer materialised, it would have surpassed the then-world record £47 million paid for Zinedine Zidane.150px-Thierry_Henry

On 25 June 2007, in an unexpected turn of events, Henry was transferred to Barcelona for €24 million. He signed a four-year deal for a reported €6.8 (£4.6) million per season.  It was revealed that the contract included a release clause of €125 (£84.9) million.  Henry cited the departure of Dein and continued uncertainty over Wenger’s future as reasons for leaving, and maintained that “I always said that if I ever left Arsenal it would be to play for Barcelona.”  Despite their captain’s departure, Arsenal got off to an impressive start for the 2007–08 campaign, and Henry admitted that his presence in the team might have been more of a hindrance than a help. He stated, “Because of my seniority, the fact that I was captain and my habit of screaming for the ball, they would sometimes give it to me even when I was not in the best position. So in that sense it was good for the team that I moved on.” Henry left Arsenal as the club’s leading all-time league goalscorer with 174 goals and leading all-time goalscorer in European competitions with 42 goals;  in July 2008, Arsenal fans voted him as Arsenal’s greatest player ever in’s Gunners’ Greatest 50 Players poll.

At Barcelona, Henry was given the number 14 jersey, the same as he had worn at Arsenal. He scored his first goal for his new club on 19 September 2007 in a 3–0 Champions League group stage win over Lyon, and he recorded his first hat-trick for Barça in a Primera División match against Levante ten days later.  But with Henry mostly deployed on the wing throughout the season, he was unable to reproduce the goal-scoring form he achieved with Arsenal. He expressed dissatisfaction with the move to Barcelona in the initial year, amidst widespread speculation of a return to the Premier League. In an interview with Garth Crooks on BBC Football Focus, Henry described missing life “back home” and even “the English press.” However, Henry concluded his debut season as the club’s top scorer with 19 goals in addition to nine league assists, second behind Lionel Messi‘s ten.269064.bin

The golfer, tennis champion and former Premiership football star lined up for the Gillette Razor Commercial in 2008. Roger Federer, Tiger Woods and Thierry Henry  in 2008 were three of the world’s most famous sports stars.

Henry went on to surpass this tally in a more integrated 2008–09 campaign, winning the first trophy of his Barcelona career on 13 May 2009 when Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final. Barcelona won the Primera División and UEFA Champions League soon after, completing a treble for the Frenchman, who had combined with Messi and Samuel Eto’o to score 100 goals between them that season.  The trio was also the most prolific trio in Spanish league history, scoring 72 goals and surpassing the 66 goals of Real Madrid‘s Ferenc Puskás, Alfredo Di Stéfano and Luis del Sol of the 1960–61 season (this was later surpassed by Real Madrid trio Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuaín who scored 89 goals in 2011–12).  Later in 2009, Henry helped Barcelona win an unprecedented sextuple, consisting of the aforementioned treble, the Supercopa de España, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

After training with Arsenal during the MLS off-season, Henry re-signed for the club on a two-month loan deal on 6 January 2012. This was to provide cover for Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh, who were unavailable due to their participation in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.  Henry made his second Arsenal debut as a substitute against Leeds United in the FA Cup third round and scored the only goal.  In his last league game on loan, he scored the winning goal in stoppage time in a 2–1 win against Sunderland.220px-Thierry_Henry_MLS_All_Star_2013

On 17 February 2012, Henry returned to Red Bulls to prepare for the 2012 season. His base salary of $5 million ($5.6 million guaranteed) made him the highest-paid player in the MLS—surpassing David Beckham, who had taken a salary cut for his last year with the Los Angeles Galaxy.  In 2013, Henry’s base salary dropped to $3.75 million setting him behind Robbie Keane‘s $4 million base salary. With bonuses, however, Henry remained the highest-paid player with $4.35 million compared to Keane’s $4.33 million.

On 31 March 2012, Henry scored his first MLS hat-trick in a 5–2 Red Bulls win over the Montreal Impact. He was named MLS Player of the Month that same month. On 27 October 2013, Henry scored once and provided two assists in the last game of the season against the Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena to help his team win 5–2 and become champions of the regular season. It was the club’s first major trophy in their 17-year history.

On 12 July 2014, Henry provided a goal and three assists in a 4–1 Red Bulls win over the Columbus Crew. With that effort he became the all-time assist leader for the New York Red Bulls with 37, surpassing Amado Guevara and Tab Ramos.

On 1 December 2014, it was announced that Henry had left the Red Bulls after four-and-a-half years at the club.  On 16 December, he announced his retirement as a player and stated that he would begin working for Sky Sports as a pundit.

Although Henry played up front as a striker during his youth,  he spent his time at Monaco and Juventus playing on the wing. When Henry joined Arsenal in 1999, Wenger immediately changed this, switching Henry to his childhood position, often pairing him with Dutch veteran Dennis Bergkamp.  During the 2004–05 season, Wenger switched Arsenal’s formation to 4–5–1.  This change forced Henry to adapt again to fit into the Arsenal team, and he played many games as a lone striker.  Still, Henry remained Arsenal’s main offensive threat, on many occasions conjuring spectacular goals. Wenger said of his fellow Frenchman: “Thierry Henry could take the ball in the middle of the park and score a goal that no one else in the world could score”.

One of the reasons cited for Henry’s impressive play up front is his ability to calmly score from one-on-ones.  According to his father Antoine, Henry picked up his precision shooting from watching his idol Marco van Basten.  He was also influenced by Romário, Ronaldo and African star George Weah, a new breed of strikers in the 1990s who would also operate outside the penalty area before running with the ball towards goal.  At his physical peak from the late 1990s to the mid 2000s, Henry’s ability to dribble past opponents with exceptional pace, skill and composure, meant that he could get in behind defenders regularly enough to score.  In 2004, former Arsenal striker Alan Smith commented on Henry: “I have to say I haven’t seen a player like him. He’s an athlete with great technical ability and a tremendous desire to be the best.”

One of the reasons cited for Henry’s impressive play up front is his ability to calmly score from one-on-ones.  According to his father Antoine, Henry picked up his precision shooting from watching his idol Marco van Basten.  He was also influenced by Romário, Ronaldo and African star George Weah, a new breed of strikers in the 1990s who would also operate outside the penalty area before running with the ball towards goal.  At his physical peak from the late 1990s to the mid 2000s, Henry’s ability to dribble past opponents with exceptional pace, skill and composure, meant that he could get in behind defenders regularly enough to score.  In 2004, former Arsenal striker Alan Smith commented on Henry: “I have to say I haven’t seen a player like him. He’s an athlete with great technical ability and a tremendous desire to be the best.”

When up front, Henry is occasionally known to move out wide to the left wing position,  something which enables him to contribute heavily in assists: between 2002–03 and 2004–05, the striker managed almost 50 assists in total and this was attributed to his unselfish play and creativity.  Henry would also drift offside to fool the defence then run back onside before the ball is played and beat the offside trap, although he never provided Arsenal a distinct aerial threat. Given his versatility in being able to operate as both a winger and a striker, the Frenchman is not a prototypical “out-and-out striker“, but he has emerged consistently as one of Europe’s most prolific strikers.  In set pieces, Henry was the first-choice penalty and free kick taker for Arsenal, having scored regularly from those positions.

In August 2016, Henry became second assistant manager of the Belgium national team, working alongside head coach Roberto Martínez and fellow assistant Graeme Jones.

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streambe_47208a09-62d0-3559-919f-806ca1cb74a7-1233461267 AMERICAS TEAM, The Dallas Cowboys, with owner Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson reunited Saturday night to celebrate their first Super Bowl-winning team on the 28th anniversary of the day Jones bought the team, fired Tom Landry and hired his former Arkansas teammate as coach.

The reunion of the 1992 team, pitched as a 25th anniversary celebration, was engineered by quarterback Troy Aikman, who was joined by all-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith and receiver Michael Irvin. The so-called “Triplets” won three titles in four years on their way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Jones and Johnson shrugged off their bitter split after winning a second consecutive Super Bowl following the 1993 season, exchanging compliments in interviews and warm handshakes before festivities at a nightclub near downtown Dallas.

Five Dallas Hall of Famers — Aikman, Smith, Irvin, quarterback Roger Staubach and running back Tony Dorsett — presented Jones with a painting depicting him in the hall’s bright yellow jacket. Jones was elected this month and will be inducted in August.

Jerral Wayne “Jerry” Jones Sr. (born October 13, 1942) is an American businessman, best known for being the owner, president, and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys American football team, which plays in the National Football League (NFL).1702100038-Jerry-Jones-And-Family-React-To-Hall-Of

Jones was born in Los Angeles, California. His family moved to North Little Rock, Arkansas and Jones was a running back at North Little Rock High School. He attended college at the University of Arkansas where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was also a co-captain of the 1964 National Championship football team. He was an all-Southwest Conference offensive lineman for Hall of Fame coach Frank Broyles and a teammate of Jimmy Johnson. Other notable teammates were Glen Ray Hines, a consensus All-American offensive tackle, Ken Hatfield, Jim Lindsey, and future Outland Trophy winner Loyd Phillips. Several future head coaches were assistant coaches for Frank Broyles and the Razorbacks during his college career in Fayetteville including Hayden Fry, future head coach at the University of Iowa, Johnny Majors, future head coach at Iowa State University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Tennessee, and most notably Barry Switzer, Hall of Fame coach of the University of Oklahoma. Jones is one of a very small number of NFL owners who had a significant level of success as a football player (Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers being another).

According to an interview with Jones on HBO, after graduating from college in 1965, he borrowed a million dollars from Jimmy Hoffa’s Teamsters union to open up a string of Shakey’s Pizza Parlor restaurants in Missouri. When that venture failed, Jones was given a job at his father’s insurance company Modern Security Life of Springfield, Missouri. He received his master’s degree in business in 1970. After several other unsuccessful business ventures (including an attempt, again using Teamsters money, to purchase the American Football League‘s San Diego Chargers in 1967), he began an oil and gas exploration business in Arkansas, Jones Oil and Land Lease, which became successful. His privately held company currently does natural resource prospecting.920x1240

On February 25, 1989, Jones purchased the Cowboys from H.R. “Bum” Bright for $140 million. Soon after the purchase, he fired longtime coach Tom Landry, to that point the only coach in the team’s history, in favor of his old teammate at Arkansas, Jimmy Johnson. A few months later, he fired longtime general manager Tex Schramm, and assumed complete control over football matters.

The Cowboys won the Super Bowl at the close of two seasons in 1992 and 1993. Johnson then departed and was replaced by Barry Switzer. During Switzer’s tenure, the Cowboys also won the Super Bowl in the 1995 season.

At the time of the sale, the financially troubled Bright claimed to be losing $1 million per month on the franchise. During Jones’ tenure, the Cowboys have appreciated in value to an estimated $4.2 billion, turning their owner into a billionaire in the process. Much of the league’s financial success since 1989 has been credited to Jones himself. In particular, he was decisive in securing Fox as the NFC’s primary broadcaster at a time when the traditional “Big Three” networks were trying to coerce the league into accepting a rollback in TV rights fees. Increased television revenues have played a decisive role in securing the NFL’s place as the world’s richest sports league, with revenues of well over $10 billion per season.

In an online poll from October 8, 2003, Jones was named the least favorite sports personality by Sports Illustrated, in three states (Virginia, Delaware and Texas). He is often vilified by fans who remain bitter at Jones’ unceremonious firing of fan-favorite Landry. It would later emerge that Jones’ predecessor Bright had been dissatisfied with Landry for years and had even offered to relieve Jones of the inevitable criticism by dismissing the longtime coach himself prior to selling the team.

Some of the fan criticism is due to Jones’ high visibility and involvement as the “face of the team” which is in stark contrast to original owner Clint Murchison, Jr.. Jones’ prominent role has led to fans have expressing their displeasure with Jones and the lack of success in the franchise, with particular criticism focusing their owner’s insistence on retaining the role of general manager for himself. Jones is currently one of two owners in the league (the other being Cincinnati’s Mike Brown) that handle GM duties for their respective franchises. Over the years of Jones’ tenure, Cowboys fans have organized a number of grassroots efforts aimed at displacing Jones from his position.

Jones is the subject of the 2008 book Playing to Win by David Magee. In the book, Jones admitted he handled the firing of Tom Landry poorly and accepted some blame for the disintegration of his relationship with Landry’s successor, Jimmy Johnson.streambe_e13bd7b6-fb41-3f0e-9f0a-974fd679707f--1209987167

Jerry Jones became involved in the St. Louis Rams move back to Los Angeles with Stan Kroenke in 2016. He was instrumental in brokering a deal between Kroenke, San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos, and Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis to ensure that Kroenke’s Inglewood Stadium plan passed, which it did, via a 30-2 owners vote in favor. Jones’ support and role in the negotiations has been criticized by some fans and sports media in St. Louis.

During the early years of Jones’ tenure as owner, the Cowboys had one of the highest payrolls in the NFL, and his critics frequently charged that the team’s success was not due to Jones’ football managerial skills but rather the result of his willingness and ability to outspend other teams. The NFL’s implementation of a hard salary cap in 1994, combined with the implementation of a hard salary floor and consistently increasing television revenues (ironically, a development largely attributed to Jones personally, nevertheless the NFL shares broadcast revenues equally between all teams) have eliminated the ability of any NFL team to significantly outspend its rivals. In recent seasons, the Cowboys went 8-8 from 2011–13, losing the NFC East title in Week 17 of the season each year to three different divisional opponents.

In recent seasons, Jones’ managerial ways appear to have adapted to a more conventional NFL salary cap-era style, which has earned complimentary coverage from some NFL pundits.  In 2014 the Cowboys won the NFC East for the first time in 5 years after key drafts and free agent signings.  However, the Cowboys slumped to a 4-12 record in 2015 with Quarterback Tony Romo missing most of the season with a broken collarbone. Following the replacement of the then-injured Romo as starter with unheralded rookie backup Dak Prescott, the Cowboys have been surprisingly successful in 2016, winning a franchise record eleven consecutive games after losing their season opener. The Cowboys ultimately finished 13-3 and first overall in the NFC, only to lose on the last play in the divisional round to the Green Bay Packers.

Jones was the inspiration for the character Baxter Cain (Robert Vaughn), owner of the Dallas Felons, in the 1998 film BASEketball. He had a brief cameo appearance as himself in the 1998 made-for-television reunion movie Dallas: War of the Ewings. Jones also appeared as himself in a 1996 episode of the TV show Coach and in a 2007 television commercial for Diet Pepsi MAX, which also featured then Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips and quarterback Tony Romo. Jones most recently starred in a commercial for Papa John’s in which a stunt man performs a dance act. Jones appeared as himself in the seventh season of the HBO series Entourage in 2010, in an episode of the TNT incarnation of Dallas titled “Truth and Consequences”, which aired on July 4, 2012, in a series of commercials for the 2012 season of ESPN’s Monday Night Football, and in the season 4 premiere of The League. In 2013, Jones narrated a documentary film on former teammate and business partner Jim Lindsey. Jones also appears in a 2013 Pepsi commercial, walking into an elevator filled with three men wearing New York Giants apparel, who look at him with discontent.  Jones also appears on the first episode “Go Fund Yourself” of the eighteenth season of South Park, along with several other NFL team owners. In one scene, Jones is depicted as having huge, bulging chameleon-like eyes, as a young woman’s head pops up from his lap.ap_17023116945102.vadapt.767.high.0

Jones is the son of J.W. “Pat” Jones and Arminta Jones. He is married to Eugenia “Gene” Jones, and they have three children: Stephen, Charlotte, and Jerry, Jr. Stephen (born June 21, 1964) serves as the Cowboys’ chief operating officer/executive vice president/director of player personnel. Charlotte (born July 26, 1966) serves as the Cowboys’ executive vice president and chief brand officer. Jerry, Jr (born September 27, 1969) is the Cowboys’ chief sales and marketing officer/vice president. He owns a home in Destin, Florida.

Jerry revealed in July 2015 at press conference before Cowboys training camp that he had a surgery to replace his hip, to which Jones joked that he wouldn’t start the season on the PUP list.

As of September 2015, Jones’ net worth is reported by Forbes magazine to be $5 billion, the majority of which can be accounted for as being his ownership stake in the Cowboys who are currently valued by the same publication to be the world’s most valuable sports team at $4 billion.The Cowboys are the NFL’s most valuable team for the tenth straight year and the world’s most valuable franchise as of last year. Credit NFL-record revenue of $700 million, $177 million more than any other football team. Owner Jerry Jones is the NFL’ ultimate power broker, pulling the strings behind the NFL’s Los Angeles relocation that eventually placed the Rams in the second biggest U.S. market. The Cowboys’ latest foray is their new $1.5 billion team headquarters and practice facility in Frisco, Tex. that opened in 2016. The Star will eventually be a 91-acre retail and entertainment complex with a 16-story Omni hotel, convention space and medical center. The site has a 12,000-seat indoor stadium to be shared with eight local high schools. The team sold out 800 memberships to the Cowboys Club at The Star. The $4,500 initiation fee plus $350 a month gives members a chance to watch practice for the Cowboys. The city of Frisco is contributing $261.6 million to the project with the Cowboys and investors covering the balance.


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9c11fbc81230ce1e0d8650c614940ec5Mr. Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player and current President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by 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’s career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations. He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA’s all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2.  Johnson was a member of the 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball team (“The Dream Team”), which won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. After leaving the NBA in 1992, Johnson formed the Magic Johnson All-Stars, a barnstorming team that travelled around the world playing exhibition games.  Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

In 905 NBA games, Johnson tallied 17,707 points, 6,559 rebounds, and 10,141 assists, translating to career averages of 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 11.2 assists per game, the highest assists per game average in NBA history.  Johnson shares the single-game playoff record for assists (24),  holds the Finals record for assists in a game (21),  and has the most playoff assists (2,346).  He is the only player to average 12 assists in an NBA Finals series, achieving it six times.  He holds the All-Star Game single-game record for assists (22), and the All-Star Game record for career assists (127).

Johnson became a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame—being enshrined in 2002 for his individual career, and again in 2010 as a member of the “Dream Team”. He was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007.  His friendship and rivalry with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, whom he faced in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA championship series, are well documented.

Earvin Magic Johnson has numerous business interests, and was a part-owner of the Lakers for several years and the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014. In February 2017 he became President of Basketball Operations for the Lakers.

tumblr_me3c2vEOAp1qd75zjo1_500In 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 executive Peter 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 were also partners in the Dayton Dragons, a minor league baseball team that has sold out 844 consecutive games, a record for professional sports.  Johnson and Guber sold their stake in the team in 2014.

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.  He won the WNBA championship as the owner in 2016.

141031114813-football-los-angeles-football-club-story-topJohnson announced his co-ownership of a future Major League Soccer expansion franchise based in Los Angeles on October 30, 2014.  The temporary name is Los Angeles Football Club while the ownership group explores a permanent name.



From the moment he came into the NBA as a point guard in a power forward’s body, Magic Johnson was a transformative figure. If he can build the Lakers into champions again, the way he did as a player, he will become the league’s ultimate Renaissance man.

Few athletes have re-invented themselves in as many ways as Johnson, who has treated each life moment as another no-look pass on a fast-break dunk. In the four decades since he and Larry Bird forever changed college basketball with their 1979 NCAA championship game, he has led the Lakers to five titles as a player, become a face for millions living with HIV, built a lucrative business empire and turned himself into a professional sports owner, even if he only bought a 2.3% share of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

By pushing his way into the Lakers while helping Jeanie Buss shove her brother Jim out of his role as president and firing general manager Mitch Kupchak, he has taken on the reconstruction of the NBA’s most glamorous franchise. This won’t be an easy task. The Lakers have tumbled from dynasty to disaster as Kobe Bryant’s career wound down. The current team has the league’s third worst record and a roster filled with young but flawed players.

Making the Lakers great again could be Magic’s greatest trick ever. It would create a legacy even bigger than the one LeBron James is making on and off the court as a superstar player, community builder and political activist. Johnson has a chance to be remembered not just as great player and businessman – but as the man who turned the Lakers back into the Lakers. He can write a résumé of lifetime accomplishments that no one may ever match.

But there is a risk in what Magic is attempting. Few superstar players have the patience to run sports teams. His model should be Jerry West, the Lakers’ Hall of Fame guard and silhouette of the league’s logo who built much of Johnson’s Showtime teams in the 1980s and put the pieces in place for the team’s later title runs under Phil Jackson.

West, though, built the Lakers through hard work, trading the star athlete’s cool for the grinder’s life of a basketball scout. West stumbled through the snow for February games in woebegone Midwest college towns two hours from the closest big airport. Most great players are not West. Most great players are not grinders. They rely too much on hunches gleaned from watching a workout or drawn through slipshod research. They guess on brilliance and usually miss.

Magic is clever enough to know he is too distracted to be a scout. He won’t be working the prospect circuit. On Tuesday evening the Vertical reported that Johnson hired as general manger, Rob Pelinka, the former Michigan star and agent to Kobe Bryant, James Harden and several other top NBA players. While the move raised eyebrows, remember that the Warriors have won one title and narrowly missed another with Bob Myers, also a former agent, as their general manager. Pelinka’s presence also guarantees Bryant’s return as a quasi-coach and adviser. It also means the man in charge of transactions will be someone familiar with the unique intricacies of the Lakers operation.Magic-Johnson-5

Yes, Magic is naive in thinking he can remake the Lakers by the sheer force of being Magic. His tweets over the years about the team and other NBA players are agonizing to read, both in their misjudgments of talent and overly simplistic platitudes. He will not be a master of the salary cap. He likely won’t be breaking down film. He’s never seemed interested in the less glamorous aspect of team management. As the team’s coach in 1993-94, he lasted just 16 games, growing bored of a team that wallowed their way to a 5-11 record under his management.

And yet do not dismiss Magic as a wealthy fool with a healthy ego and little sense. He has always had outstanding instincts both as a player and a businessman. Early in his career he was blasted for his role in ousting the team’s coach, Paul Westhead, though obviously he was right in championing Pat Riley for the job. Johnson brilliantly handled the announcement of his HIV infection in 1991 and taught the world to not fear a virus many did not understand. He invested in African American communities at a time when capitalists still stayed away, helping struggling neighborhoods to thrive. He even chose the right group to join in helping to buy the Dodgers.

The Lakers had grown stale under Kupchak and Jim Buss. Their frantic, last-second attempt to trade for DeMarcus Cousins over the weekend spoke to the chaos of their tenure’s final years. Buss’s obsession with center Andrew Bynum – the center who never seemed in love with the game – cost the franchise a shot at still being relevant. It was time for them to go.

Now the show is Magic’s again, as if this is 1984 once more and the Lakers are a flash of gold racing down the court with their leader flinging passes to open team-mates without even glancing their way. Back then, he didn’t need to see to be right. This won’t be like Showtime. The Lakers have long since moved from Inglewood to downtown. The Forum, the center of his power, will soon be the dot on the exclamation point of Stan Kroenke’s new football palace. It takes more than a good guess to win in the front office. He will have to know when to stop being Magic and let his basketball minds do their best work.

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)

But like the guard in the big man’s body, Magic has always found greatness in ways others miss. He has a force of will like few humans alive. He is not afraid to take the chances others would never attempt. And if he does indeed lead the Lakers from their current darkness, he will have added another line of genius to a most remarkable body of life’s work.

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Beaumont Central High School Basketball Team 52-40 Win Over Beaumont Clifton Ozen High School, Clinched A Share Of The 22-5A Title

landscape_3The Central boys basketball team clinched a share of the District 22-5A title Tuesday with a 52-40 win over Ozen at Ford Arena.

The win completes a season-sweep over the Panthers as Central finished district play with a 13-1 record, tied with Port Arthur Memorial, who defeated Livingston on Tuesday.

Following the game, Central coach Franklin Paul was undecided on whether to flip a coin or play a game against the Titans to determine playoff seeding later this week.

“My coaches and I are going to talk about that and figure out what the next step is going to be,” Paul said. “It doesn’t matter to me. We’ll have to play basketball at some point either way.”

The loss for Ozen drops them into a third-place tie with Nederland, who moved their district record to 9-5 with a 51-41 win over Vidor on Tuesday.

Nederland coach Brian English said he planned to flip a coin with Ozen for district seeding, although nothing was decided Tuesday evening.

“No matter what happens in our district, whether you are the first or the fourth seed, you are going to run into one of those Fort Bend schools in the second round,” Ozen coach Michael Thomas said.

Ozen was led by senior Derrion Jones, who scored 12 of his team-high 16 points in the first half as the Panthers took a 23-19 lead, holding Central to 2-of-8 shooting in the second quarter.920x920

Led by Byron Arceneaux‘s 3-point shooting, Central took the lead back momentarily in the third quarter before

Ozen took a 31-28 lead on a shot from Treyvonte Reed. An Arceneaux 3-point shot tied the game at 31 heading into the fourth.

Central slowed the game down in the fourth quarter, holding the ball for most of it as time ticked off the clock. Ozen was held to only eight shots in the quarter and was forced to foul after Jaylon Williams gave Central a four-point lead on a dunk with 1:58 left in the game.

“I just saw an opening, and I took it,” Williams said.

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Marcus James Jordan Opened His Shoe Store “Trophy Room” On May 23, 2016. The Chosen Date Pays Reverence To Him And His Father’s Jersey Numbers. The Store Is Located In Orlando, Florida At Disney World In The Disney Springs Retail Location.

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Is an elevated retail boutique expression, inspired by the trophy room within the Jordan family residence. The room’s central location within the estate attracted family, friends & visitors to congregate within the space. Casual gatherings and holiday celebrations, such as Christmas, routinely took place within the trophy room. The trophy room at the Jordan estate was more than a museum showcasing past victories of an icon. It was a point of inspiration, from a father to his children. An invitation for them to excel, and include their victories among their father’s.eeeeee


Seeks to replicate the warmth & inspiration the Jordan family trophy room exuded. TROPHY ROOM showcases a unique perspective into vintage Jordan family home videos & photos within the store’s decor. TROPHY ROOM simultaneously pays homage to Michael Jordan’s NBA career via Upper Deck Authenticated memorabilia. Through relationships with Jordan Brand, Nike Inc, & Upper Deck Authenticated; TROPHY ROOM aspires to offer footwear, apparel, & memorabilia that will serve as trophies to its loyal & dedicated consumers.

Marcus James Jordan is an American former college basketball player who played for the UCF Knights men’s basketball team of Conference USA.  He is the son of Hall of Fame NBA player Michael Jordan.

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Jordan was born December 24, 1990, to Hall of Fame National Basketball Association player Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy. He has an older brother, Jeffrey. His older brother Jeffrey also attended Loyola Academy (graduated in 2007), and transferred from Illinois to UCF to play his final season of college basketball with Marcus. However, Jeffrey left UCF in January 2012.

Marcus Jordan originally played high school basketball with his older brother Jeffrey Jordan at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. In Marcus’ sophomore year, the pair led the school to the conference championships and the best season in school history. Marcus then transferred to Whitney Young High School in Chicago for his junior and senior seasons.

On March 22, 2009, he led the Whitney Young Dolphins to the Illinois State 4A Championship title. Jordan scored a game-high 19 points leading Whitney Young to a 69–66 victory over Waukegan.

Jordan was rated as the 60th-best shooting guard in the country as a high school senior by ESPNU, averaging 10.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, and earning state tournament MVP honors.mj2

Marcus Jordan played college basketball at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.  During his freshman year, UCF was in the final year of a five-year contract with Adidas, but Jordan insisted on wearing Nike Air Jordan shoes out of loyalty to his father, Michael Jordan. This eventually prompted Adidas to terminate its sponsorship deal with UCF.

Jordan scored 8.0 points per game in his true freshman year in 2009–10, including 10.3 points and 3 assists per game in conference play. On November 12, 2010, the opening game of the 2010–11 season, Jordan led UCF to victory against University of West Florida scoring a career high 28 points on 8–11 field-goal shooting and 5–7 from the 3-point line. He also had a team-high 18 points in upsetting number-16 ranked Florida on December 1, 2010.

In August 2012, Jordan decided to leave the UCF basketball team, but he would continue to take classes at the school.thRF3T4J5Egoidrtiwlicyms4vqouy

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