’S New Champions And Hat-Trick Heroes

In’s latest stats review, landmark trebles for Nikola Kalinic and Alexis Sanchez jostle for position alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s scoring streak, Malaga’s goal drought and a historic title in Liberia.

82 years after the last Fiorentina hat-trick at Inter Milan, Nikola Kalinic stunned the San Siro and ended I Nerazzurri’s unblemished start to the season. As well as becoming the first Viola player to score a treble away to Inter since Vinicio Viani in 1933, Kalinic became the first Croatian to achieve the feat in any Italian Serie A match since Alen Boksic for Lazio in January 1995. His goals propelled Fiorentina to a 4-1 win and elevated them to the top of Serie A for the first time since February 1999 – 503 matchdays ago. And while the big guns continue to falter, with Inter, AC Milan and Juventus all losing in the same round of fixtures for the first time in 21 years, the only team still to taste defeat are little Sassuolo. The Modena outfit are unbeaten in six league matches this season and boast a run of 12 games without a loss in all competitions.  

59 years of the Liberian National League produced a first on Sunday: a champion from outside Monrovia. Nimba United are the team that succeeded in wresting the title away from the capital, beating LISCR 3-2 on penalties after the two-legged championship play-off failed to produce a single goal in 210 minutes of football. The Sanniquellie outfit, nicknamed ‘the Mountaineers’, are now the toast of a nation that had previously crowned nine different champions – all from Monrovia. As for the national FA Cup, it went to the reserve team of dethroned champions Barrack Young Controllers – the second time this second string side have won the trophy in the past three years.

7 Borussia Dortmund league matches this season have all had one feature in common: at least one Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal. In finding the net in each one of his team’s German Bundesliga matches thus far, the Gabonese striker has set a new record in Germany’s top flight, with no-one having previously maintained a scoring streak beyond the fifth game of a new campaign. Aubameyang’s total haul from those games stands at nine and, in the history of the Bundesliga, only two players have scored more at this stage of a season, with Gerd Muller having done it twice (1968/69 and 1977/78). The other man in question is Robert Lewandowski, who has managed to outscore his Dortmund successor by finding the net ten times in his first seven appearances this season. After his five-goal flurry last Tuesday, the Polish striker claimed his 100th and 101st Bundesliga strikes in Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win at Mainz on Saturday, and has reached this century in just 168 appearances – a record tally for a non-German. 

6 games played, zero goals scored is the statistic that has earned Malaga a new and undesirable Spanish La Liga record. In failing to find the net in 540 minutes of action since the start of the season, Javi Gracia’s side have eclipsed the previous benchmark of 497 minutes set by Xerez in 2009/10. They are also the only side in the top five European leagues still to get off the mark this season. If there is one crumb of comfort for Malaga, it is that their defence is functioning a great deal more successfully than their attack. Indeed, their six matches have produced a meagre three goals in total, with Real Madrid the latest opponents kept out. Emerging from the Bernabeu with a clean sheet was particularly impressive as Madrid had scored in every one of their previous 56 matches there. The result knocked Los Merengues off the top of the table, where they were replaced by a Villarreal side scaling the summit for the first time in the club’s 92-year history. 

3 goals against Leicester City on Saturday saw Alexis Sanchez become the first player to score hat-tricks in the English, Spanish and Italian top flights. Having already claimed trebles for Barcelona and Udinese, Sanchez added the first of his Arsenal career and became the first Chilean and eighth South American hat-trick scorer in Premier League history. It also ended a frustrating wait for the 26-year-old, who was without a goal in 2015/16, having failed to score with any of his previous 53 shots in league action. Another drought was cut short across north London, where Harry Kane ended a run of 12 hours and 28 minutes without a Tottenham Hotspur goal by finding the net in the 4-1 win over Manchester City. That shock result ranked as City’s heaviest defeat in the Premier League since Sheikh Mansour bought the club seven years ago.

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The 2000 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament: A LOOK BACK AT OLYMPIC HISTORY

Lauren on Cameroon’s Olympic triumph:

Lauren: What we did was remarkable

It showed African teams were not just there to appear. It helped people respect us more.

Coincidence has a way of rearing its head in football. For Lauren, the 2000 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament was full of chance occurrences and twists of fate. A redemptive semi-final spot-kick, a final against the country where he was raised, which ended in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw – all moments packed with personal significance.

Combined, they saw Lauren and his team-mates become the first Cameroonians to win Olympic gold, in any discipline, the importance of which was not lost on him. “It was not only for me as an individual, but also for the country,” Lauren said in an exclusive interview with “The people were suffering a lot. The happiness it brought the population made me proud.”

A promising if unspectacular opening 3-2 victory against Kuwait, in which Lauren scored the crucial third, was followed by 1-1 draws against USA and the Czech Republic, with the Arsenal man scoring his side’s only goal against the Europeans. The Africans progressed to play some unforgettable knockout matches.

In the quarter-finals, they faced Brazil. “In any tournament they are going to be one of the favourites,” Lauren said. “You meet some players who really assume their role and duties and Patrick Mboma is the kind of guy who enjoys taking charge of the situation. When he saw the free-kick he went straight away to pick up the ball and scored a brilliant goal.”

Ronaldinho equalised deep into stoppage time to send a thrilling game, in which Geremi and Aaron Nguimbat received their marching orders, into extra time. “The kind of spirit we showed is why Cameroon are known as the [Indomitable] Lions,” Lauren said. “We just didn’t give up.”

Substitute Modeste Mbami embodied that spirit, thumping home a golden goal to send the nine men through. That meant a semi-final against Chile, against whom Lauren had history. Six minutes into his FIFA World Cup™ debut in 1998, he had been sent off against La Roja.

With the score level at 1-1 in the Sydney 2000 semi-final, and a minute left on the clock, Cameroon were awarded a penalty kick. There was only going to be one man to take it. “I felt that it was my moment, for me to reverse the situation,” Lauren recalled. “I went straight to the ball. I didn’t think about anything else at all, just scoring. It was firstly for myself, secondly for the fans and thirdly for the whole of Cameroon.”

Born in Cameroon after his family fled former Spanish colony Equatorial Guinea, Lauren was raised in Spain having moved to Seville aged three. That made the final against his adopted homeland an emotional experience. “I had some quite conflicting feelings,” Lauren recalled. “I feel Spanish but Cameroonian as well. To see people who I had played with at the youth academy in Sevilla like Jose Mari or [Carlos] Marchena, it was a strange feeling.”

It was an inauspicious start for Les Lions Indomptables, a 20-year-old Xavi scored a wonderfully-placed free-kick after just 75 seconds. Then the Spaniards were awarded a penalty in the fourth minute. It was Angulo versus 16-year-old goalkeeper Idriss Kameni.

“He was so young but he had so much confidence,” Lauren remembered. “He also had a legend there coaching him in [former Cameroon goalkeeper] Thomas Nkono. Kameni became the extension of Nkono on the pitch.”

Kameni saved. The European side eventually doubled their advantage moments before the interval. A fortuitous Amaya own goal saw Cameroon back into the finale, with Samuel Eto’o firing the Africans level just before the hour-mark. 2-2 after 90 minutes, as it had been in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations final against Nigeria six months previously. As in Lagos in February, it was to be penalties after a scoreless extra time.

“There were a lot of fans who had spent all their savings to see this game, so we could not disappoint them,” Lauren said. “What we did was remarkable. There was no fear that we couldn’t win at half-time, even at 2-0 down.”

Three perfect penalties by Mboma, Eto’o and Geremi were followed by a miss for the luckless Spaniard Amaya. Cameroon’s No12 was next. “The pressure is always there, but it’s about confidence,” Lauren said. “If I had any doubts that I might have missed I wouldn’t have stepped forward for the penalty.”

He scored, placing his penalty in the same spot he had against Chile. David Albelda responded in kind but Pierre Wome’s decisive kick secured gold. Nearly 105,000 inside Stadium Australia in Sydney had witnessed history.

What next? Four of that Spanish squad – Carles Puyol, Xavi, Carlos Marchena and Joan Capdevilla – would lift the World Cup, in Cameroon’s continent, in 2010. Cameroon retained their Cup of Nations crown in 2002, on penalties, with Lauren again scoring in the shootout. Half of the Cameroonian Sydney 2000 squad would also head to the 2002 World Cup, where the Lions lost their indomitability, exiting at the group stage. But, for Lauren, the Sydney victory displayed African presence in the latter stages of major tournaments is far from coincidental.

“It showed African teams were not just there to appear,” Lauren concluded. “It helped people respect us more, just like Cameroon did [at the World Cup] in 1990. Slowly, we see African teams gaining more respect, like with Ghana reaching the [World Cup] quarter-final [in 2010].”

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MYBOYSAY REPORTING FROM THE LOS ANGELES TRAINING CAMP ON THE ISLAND OF HONOLULU — For Kobe Bryant, the early-morning hours of his first day of the 2015-16 campaign reflected the industrious reputation that he earned in each of his previous 19 NBA seasons.

Bryant, who had been awake since 6 a.m. HST, showed up to the Lakers’ first training camp session an hour earlier than the majority of his teammates. As the rest of the purple and gold filed into the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Stan Sheriff Center, Bryant was already working on his shot, sweeping into the past the right rotator-cuff tear that cost him the final three months of last season.

“That’s Kobe,” second-overall draft pick D’Angelo Russell said after his first NBA practice. “That’s where the tough fourth-quarter, overtime buckets that he makes come from. He’s the first one here. He might be fooling us all with the (ice-pack) sling on his shoulder. As soon as we all leave he might get some more (baskets).”

Bryant — who emphasized the importance of getting in “competition reps” against teammates and working on defensive moment — led the group of 19 Lakers in some of the morning’s conditioning drills, according to head coach Byron Scott.

The 17-time all-star has played just 47 of L.A.’s last 170 games due to three consecutive season-ending injuries. However, Bryant says that this recovery isn’t as daunting as his paths back from an torn Achilles tendon (2013) and knee injury (2014).

“It’s a little easier to get through, honestly,” the 37-year-old said. “The truth is, even with a completely torn shoulder, I was shooting and playing and felt strong. Now that it’s fixed up, it should be fine. Legs are different. Everything you do on the court centers around the legs. You can’t hide that. It’s a lot easier than dealing with a lower-leg injury.”

Bryant anticipates that he won’t play “a whole heck of a lot” during the Lakers’ eight game preseason. Still, Scott noted the five-time NBA champion’s physical preparation and tendency to take Russell aside for advice during drills.

Bryant did sit out for a few rounds of conditioning, but he remained largely active in Scott’s training camp, which is notorious for pushing NBA players to their physical limits.

“You do enough running to get a sweat in and get a nice push, get your legs back in a little bit,” Bryant said. “Truthfully, my conditioning’s at a high level already. So there’s no reason to push that. You don’t want to beat up your joints and beat up your ligaments any more than you have to. It’s more so getting some game activation, some contact drills, timing (and) things like that.”

Along with Bryant, First Team All-Rookie honoree Jordan Clarkson stood out to Scott in terms of physical condition. The head coach also left impressed with the physique of the team as a whole. One of the conditioning drills was expected to go for 15 minutes, but Scott added five more without issue.

Still, for Scott — who plans on ramping up the physical intensity as training camp rolls on — the truly shining sign was the emptiness of the strategically placed trash cans at the end of practice.

“There was not one person that I said didn’t come ready for camp, which is a good thing,” Scott said. “Usually I have a couple guys that are throwing up and falling out.”


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Isiah Lord Thomas III, (born April 30, 1961) is a retired American basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 12-time NBA All-Star was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Thomas has also been a professional and collegiate head coach, a basketball executive, and a broadcaster.

Thomas played collegiately for the Indiana Hoosiers and won a NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMIONSHIP. He went on to play professionally as point guard for the Pistons from 1981 until 1994 and led the “Bad Boys” to NBA championships in the 1988–89 and 1989–90 seasons. After his playing career, he was an executive with the Toronto Raptors, a television commentator, an executive with the Continental Basketball Association, head coach of the Indiana Pacers, and an executive and head coach for the New York Knicks. He was later the men’s basketball coach for the Florida International University (FIU) Golden Panthers for three seasons from 2009 to 2012. In early May of 2015, amidst controversy, Isiah was named president and part owner of the Knicks’ WNBA sister team, the New York Liberty, subsequent to the re-hiring of Thomas’s former Pistons teammate, Bill Laimbeer, as the team’s coach.

Thomas played collegiately for the Indiana Hoosiers. He went on to play professionally as point guard for the Pistons from 1981 until 1994 and led the “Bad Boys” to NBA championships in the 1988–89 and 1989–90 seasons. After his playing career, he was an executive with the Toronto Raptors, a television commentator, an executive with the Continental Basketball Association, head coach of the Indiana Pacers, and an executive and head coach for the New York Knicks. He was later the men’s basketball coach for the Florida International University (FIU) Golden Panthers for three seasons from 2009 to 2012. In early May of 2015, amidst controversy, Isiah was named president and part owner of the Knicks’ WNBA sister team, the New York Liberty, subsequent to the re-hiring of Thomas’s former Pistons teammate, Bill Laimbeer, as the team’s coach.

In addition to these business ventures, Thomas is involved in real estate projects in Chicago and the surrounding region as the owner of Isiah Real Estate. Thomas said he is putting money in distressed areas and reinvesting, “I’m hoping I can be a catalyst for change in those areas, to get the population back into those communities and be a catalyst to make a difference.” Thomas is also involved in a $300 million development deal for a mixed-use complex at the Illinois Medical District Commission. Isiah Real Estate partnered with Higgins Development Partners, Thomas Samuels Enterprises, and East Lake Management & Development to develop a 9.5 acres of land that would include retail space, a hotel, apartments and parking areas.

Thomas’ business career began during his career with the Pistons. Planning for life after the NBA, Thomas invested in a host of ventures through his private investment company out of Michigan, Isiah Investments, LLC. His primary investment was a large chain of printing franchises, American Speedy Printing Centers Inc. Thomas took a very hands-on approach at American Speedy. He helped lead the company out of bankruptcy to become profitable and one of the largest printing franchises in the world.

Isiah Thomas was elected to be the first African American to sit on the Board of Governors of the Chicago Stock Exchange in April 1999 and served until 2002.

In 2000, Thomas was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.


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Congratulations Serena Williams On Your Third French Open Title!!!!!  Serena Won Her French Open Title in 3 sets 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 over Lucie Safarova.

This is Serena’s 20th Major Grand Slam Title, she is only 2 wins away from Steffi Graf. Steffi Graf holds the record with 22 Major Grand Slam Titles.

Serena won the last 3 Grand Slam Titles, The US OPEN, The AUSTRALIAN OPEN, and The FRENCH OPEN.  The next Grand Slam is Wimbledon, this years Wimbledon will be held June 29th – July 12th.   Serena will have the opportunity to win her Grand Slam #21 Title and her 6th Wimbledon Title.  Good Luck Serena!!!

2015 French Open Champion

2015 French Open Champion

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The Splash Brothers are a duo of basketball players consisting of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The two guards both play professionally for the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Each an excellent long-range shooter, they have combined to set various NBA records for three-point field goals by a pair of teammates. In 2014–15, Curry and Thompson became the first teammates in the league to be the starting guards in the same NBA All-Star Game since 1975, and they were the Warriors’ first pair of All-Stars since 1993. They also became the first guard combo to be named to the All-NBA Team in the same season since 1979–80. Additionally, they were teammates on the United States national team in 2014, winning the gold medal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were both born into athletic families. Their fathers, Dell Curry and Mychal Thompson, each had productive NBA careers, while mothers Julie Thompson and Sonya Curry both were volleyball players in college. Their brothers, Seth Curry and Mychel Thompson, also became basketball players.  Neither Stephen Curry nor Klay Thompson were highly recruited by college basketball programs.

Curry did not receive athletic scholarship offers from any major universities, and his parents’ alma mater, Virginia Tech, asked him to be a walk-on. He landed at a mid-major basketball program in Davidson College, a small private school in North Carolina.[2][3] As a sophomore, Curry’s scoring and three-point shooting developed a national following as he led the Wildcats within a game of the Final Four in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The following season, he was a consensus first-team All-American and led the nation in scoring with an average of 28.6 points per game.

Thompson played at Washington State University, which was not considered a basketball powerhouse.[1] He was only lightly recruited by the other Pacific-10 (now Pacific-12) schools, prompting him to move from California to Washington.  Thompson became a two-time, first-team All-Pac-10 player, and led the conference in scoring with 21.6 points per game in 2010–11.

He finished his Cougars career holding the school record for most career three-pointers (242).

Golden State selected the 6-foot-3-inch (1.91 m) Curry in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft with the seventh overall pick.  Although the Warriors already had another lean, 6-foot-3, offensive-minded guard in Monta Ellis, Coach Don Nelson had a penchant for using small lineups in his Nellie Ball system, and had warmed to the idea of selecting Curry. However, Ellis announced at a media session that he and Curry were too small to play together.  Two years later, while Curry and Ellis were still adjusting to each other, the Warriors added another scoring guard in the 6-foot-7-inch (2.01 m) Thompson, who they drafted in the first round with the 11th overall pick in 2011. Curry and Thompson had limited time together in their first year as teammates; the 2011–12 season was shortened to 66 games because of the NBA lockout, and Curry missed 40 games due to injuries. Towards the end of the season, Golden State traded the fan-favorite Ellis in a deal for center Andrew Bogut, leaving Curry to lead the team and opening the shooting guard position to Thompson, who provided needed size to their backcourt.

In 2012–13, Curry and Thompson combined to make 483 three-pointers, the most ever by an NBA duo. Curry set an NBA record with 272 made three-pointers, while Thompson added 211, at the time the 22nd best season in league history. Warriors coach Mark Jackson opined that the tandem was “the greatest shooting backcourt of all time.” Golden State advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs before losing to the eventual Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs.  Curry and Thompson in 2013–14 became the first teammates to finish first and second in three-pointers, making 261 and 223, respectively. They also extended their combined three-pointer record by one (484), and together averaged 42.4 points per game. With Curry making 42.4 percent of his three-point attempts and Thompson converting 41.7 percent, wrote that “no backcourt in history has rivaled the Splash Brothers in both categories of 3-point volume and efficiency.” During the offseason, they were both members of the 2014 U.S. national team that won the gold at FIBA World Cup. The two combined to make more three-pointers than any other duo in the tournament, accounting for 43 of Team USA’s 77 threes in 13 games. Thompson established himself as a star in the international competition, and emerged more as Curry’s peer rather than his sidekick.  He was the second-leading scorer for Team USA, averaging 12.7 points, while Curry added 10.7.

Prior to the 2014–15 season, the Warriors considered breaking up the pair and trading Thompson for Kevin Love, but ultimately kept their starting backcourt intact and signed Thompson to a four-year, $70 million contract extension. That season, Curry and Thompson each scored 50 points in a game, just the seventh time it had occurred on the same team in an NBA season, and the first time since 1994–95.[c] They both started in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, becoming the first teammates to be the starting guards in an All-Star Game since 1975.  Curry received the most All-Star fan votes of any player for his second straight All-Star start. Coming off NBA single-quarter records of 37 points and nine three-pointers during his 52-point game in January, Thompson was making his All-Star debut. He was voted onto the team as a reserve by Western Conference coaches before being named as a replacement starter that season. The Splash Brothers were the Warriors’ first All-Star duo since Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin in 1993, and the franchise’s first pair of starters in the All-Star game since Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond in 1967. During All-Star Weekend, Curry and Thompson also competed in the Three-Point Contest, which was widely considered to have the greatest field of contestants in the event’s history. They both advanced to the three-man final round before Curry won the contest. The Warriors finished Kerr’s first season with a league-best 67–15 record, the most wins ever by an NBA rookie coach, and Curry captured the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Kerr had Curry guard opposing point guards, which Curry credited with keeping him more focused; Jackson had previously assigned that defensive responsibility to the longer Thompson.  Additionally, Curry broke his own record for three-pointers (286), and Thompson again finished second in the league (239) as the two combined to make 525 threes, surpassing their previous record by 41 while converting an impressive 44 percent of their shots. They were both named to the All-NBA Team, with Curry being named to the first team, and Thompson earning third-team honors. It was the first time Warriors teammates were named All-NBA in the same season since Mullin (first team) and Hardaway (second) were recognized in 1991–92. Curry and Thompson were the first backcourt mates to be selected All-NBA since 1979–80, when Gus Williams and Dennis Johnson of Seattle were both named to the second team.

The Splash Brothers nickname refers to the duo’s ability to “splash” the net with the ball, particularly on three-point shots. The term began in 2012 in a tweet from Brian Witt, a writer for the Warriors website. On December 12 against the Charlotte Bobcats, Curry and Thompson had combined for 25 points and seven 3-pointers by halftime, when Witt posted an update of their performance with a #SplashBrothers hashtag; Golden State would win the game 115–100. The name was a play off an older nickname for another pair of San Francisco Bay Area teammates, baseball players Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, who were known as the Bash Brothers when they played for the Oakland Athletics. The Warriors liked the nickname, and encouraged Witt to continue tweeting it.

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Serena Williams “GET’S THE JOB DONE” vs. Sloane Stephens at French Open!!!!!!

PARIS — For the second time in three days, Serena Williams came back from the brink at the French Open.

Less than 48 hours after the world No. 1 and two-time champion here had rallied from a set and 4-2 deficit against rival Victoria Azarenka on Court Philippe Chatrier, Williams did much the same against countrywoman Sloane Stephens, winning to advance to the quarterfinals, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Williams was three points from defeat against Stephens, serving at 4-5 down in the second and love-15. But she’d win the next four points in that game, and then another two games in a row to secure the second set and send the match into a third.

The win moves Williams, a 19-time major winner at age 33, to 5-1 head-to-head against her compatriot.

What it means: Williams becomes an even bigger favorite than she had been to start this tournament after Maria Sharapova, the No. 2 seed, fell victim earlier in the day. No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova (still in the fourth round) and No. 7 Ana Ivanovic (quarterfinals) are the only other women remaining who have won a Grand Slam.

It’s the third time in as many matches this week that Williams has come from a set down, needing to do so in a second-round clash with Anna-Lena Friedsam. She’ll face 2012 finalist Sara Errani, the No. 17 seed, in the quarterfinals.

It was the sixth installment of this head-to-head matchup, with Williams’ only loss coming in the 2013 Australian Open quarterfinals to a then-teenaged Stephens.

Their friendship turned frosty thereafter, Stephens airing grievances in a magazine article. Earlier this year, the 22-year-old described Williams as a “colleague.”

How it happened: Williams began flat and unsure, hitting 15 unforced errors to just two from Stephens to give the younger American the first set, 6-1 in just 23 minutes.

Down 4-5 in the second set, Williams held her serve, then cruised to the second 7-5 to even the match. In the third, it was Williams’ experience that won out, with the veteran putting her foot on the gas as Stephens tried to keep up. The world No. 1 forced a backhand error into the net from Stephens to end the match, raising her arms above her head in triumph.

Williams continues to chase Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 majors and – having won the Australian Open earlier this year – is still on course for a calendar-year Slam in 2015, something she has never achieved in her career.

Key stat: Williams cleaned up the unforced errors down the stretch, her aggression eventually paying off as she cracked 25 winners – the same tally as Stephens. Williams went 13 for 20 at the net and also won more of the longer points, going 13 for 21 in rallies that lasted longer than nine shots.

What they said:”I feel like I’m living on the edge,” Williams said of the win. It was the third straight come-from-behind three-set victory for Williams this tournament, marking the first time she’s done that at a major since the U.S. Open in 1999.

“But, you know, I’ve got to get off the edge. I don’t like to take chances, but at the same time this is also helping me, I guess, in terms of knowing that, ‘Oh, I know can I play a two-hour match, I can do that.'”

Williams moves to 29-1 in 2015 and 10-0 in three-set matches.

“There’s a reason why she’s the No. 1 player in the world,” added Stephens. “I played a good first set. I hung in there tough, but obviously things change and whatever. But I was happy that I was able to, you know, hang tough the whole time.”

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and regained this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013, becoming the oldest world no. 1 player in WTA’s history. Williams is also regarded by some experts and former tennis players to be the greatest female tennis player in history. She is the only female player to have won over $60 million in prize money,  and is the reigning Australian Open, US Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic ladies singles champion.

Frequently hailed as the Queen of the Court by the general media, Williams holds the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined amongst active players, male or female. Her record of 34 Grand Slam titles puts her seventh on the all-time list: 19 in singles, 13 in women’s doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles. She is the most recent player, male or female, to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously (2002–03), and the fifth woman ever to do so. She is also the most recent player together with her sister Venus Williams to have held all four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles simultaneously (2009–10). Her total of 19 Grand Slam singles titles is tied for third on the all-time list with Helen Wills Moody behind Margaret Court (24 titles) and Steffi Graf (22 titles),  and second in the Open Era, behind only Gra.  She has won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles with her sister Venus and the pair are unbeaten in Grand Slam finals.  Serena Williams is also a five-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships.  The arrival of Venus and Serena Williams has been credited with launching a new era of power in women’s tennis.  Williams has won four Olympic gold medals, one in women’s singles and three in women’s doubles, an all-time record shared with her sister Venus Williams.



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Bernie Williams Day at New York Yankees’ Stadium, Wow Bernie was a Big Contributor to the Glory Days!!!!!

Bernabé Williams Figueroa Jr. (born September 13, 1968) is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball player and musician. He played his entire 16-year career in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the New York Yankees from 1991 through 2006.

A center fielder, Williams was a member of four World Series championship teams with the Yankees. He ended his career with a .297 batting average, 287 home runs, 1,257 runs batted in (RBI), 1,366 runs scored, and 449 doubles. He was a five-time MLB All-Star and won four Gold Glove Awards. He also won the Silver Slugger Award and American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award. Known for his consistency and post-season heroics, Williams is one of the most beloved Yankees of all time and his number, 51, was retired by the Yankees in May 2015.

Williams is also a classically trained guitarist. Following his absence from baseball, he has released two jazz albums. He was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2009.

As of 2013, he holds the career postseason record for runs batted in (80). He is also second all-time for postseason home runs (22), doubles (29), total hits (128), total bases (223), and runs scored (83), and third in post-season games played (121).

Standing on Yankee all-time lists as of the beginning of the 2008 season:

  • 2nd all-time in doubles
  • 4th all-time in walks
  • 5th all-time in hits
  • 5th all-time in extra-base hits
  • 6th all-time in home runs
  • 6th all-time in RBI. 
  • Williams appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2012. He received 55 votes for 9.6%. The next year, Williams received 19 votes (3.3%). Since he received votes on fewer than 5% of ballots, Williams will not be eligible to appear on future ballots.The Yankees announced in May 2014 that they would honor Williams with a plaque in Monument Park during the 2015 season.  On February 16, 2015, the Yankees also announced that they would be retiring Williams’ number 51.  On May 24, the Yankees unveiled Williams’s plaque and retired his number in a ceremony at Yankee Stadium.
  • Bernie’s love of music shines through in his philanthropy efforts with Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit organization that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. Little Kids Rock honored the New York Yankees icon with the 2010 “Big Man of the Year” award at the annual Right to Rock celebration. Williams performed onstage with students and signed some guitars to be auctioned. With the money he helped raise, Williams delivered instruments to a school in the Bronx and gave the students a lesson in music and life.Bernie married wife Waleska on February 23, 1990. They live in Armonk, New York[35] and have three children: Bernie Jr., Beatriz, and Bianca. One song on Bernie’s 2009 release “Moving Forward” is named after Beatriz (Lullaby for Beatriz). This song is performed by Bernie Williams and his brother, Hiram Williams on the cello. This song was recorded in Puerto Rico at the Alpha Recording Studios.


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James DeGale Beats Andre Dirrell On Points To Make Briton History

James DeGale beat Andre Dirrell on points to claim the vacant IBF super-middleweight belt in Boston and become the first Briton to win Olympic gold and a professional world title. Londoner DeGale, Olympic champion in 2008, put Dirrell on the canvas in the second round with a devastating left. American Dirrell, 31, made a remarkable recovery and landed shots on a tiring DeGale as the match went on. But a late flurry by DeGale, 29, secured a unanimous decision. American judge Daniel Fitzgerald and British judge Howard Foster both scored the fight 114-112, while Canadian Alan Davis scored it 117-109. “It’s an unbelievable feeling, I’m world champ – I made history,” said DeGale, who improves to 21 wins (14 KOs) and one defeat in the paid ranks. “I will take on any super-middleweight in the world. There’s no other super-middleweight that would beat me on my day.” DeGale’s victory could lead to a rematch with bitter domestic rival George Groves, who is set to fight Sweden’s Badou Jack for the WBC title later this year. Groves, who was knocked out by Nottingham’s former world champion Carl Froch in 2013 and again in 2014, beat DeGale on points in 2011. Many good judges predicted a dull fight for the belt vacated by Froch earlier this year, what with both men being southpaws and back-foot boxers. And the pre-fight omens were not good, with the fight taking place at 4:30pm local time for the benefit of American television and in front of a sparse crowd at the Agganis Arena. And the pre-fight omens were not good, with the fight taking place at 4:30pm local time for the benefit of American television and in front of a sparse crowd at the Agganis Arena. With a 10-7 round in the bag, DeGale looked to press home his advantage in the third. But Dirrell, whose heart was questioned by Froch during the build-up, stayed largely out of range and managed to clear his head. Thereafter Dirrell appeared to take control of the fight as DeGale seemed content to protect his lead, staying on the outside and throwing punches sparingly. However, many of the rounds were difficult to score, meaning neither man would have felt secure heading down the stretch. But it was DeGale who finished with the greater urgency, upping his work-rate in the final two rounds and doing enough to earn his place in the history books.

DeGale becomes the sixth current world champion from the United Kingdom, which could become eight when lightweight Kevin Mitchell and featherweight Lee Selby fight for world titles in London next Saturday.

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