TYRONN LUE, THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 1ST NBA CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING HEAD COACH HAS SIGNED A 5YR $35,000,000.00 CONTRACT WITH THE ORGANIZATION

TYRONN LUETyronn Jamar Lue (born May 3, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball player and current head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 175 lb (79 kg) point guard was selected out of the University of Nebraska by the Denver Nuggets with the 23rd overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and was traded shortly thereafter to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won two NBA Championships in his first three seasons.

After his playing career ended in 2009, Lue became Director of Basketball Development for the Boston Celtics.  In 2014, he was hired by the Cavaliers as associate head coach and was promoted to head coach midseason in 2015-16, replacing the fired David Blatt.  That same season, Lue led the Cavaliers to their first NBA championship and became one of the few rookie coaches in the NBA to ever lead his team to a title.

Lue opted for early entry into the 1998 NBA Draft. He was selected 23rd overall by the Denver Nuggets but was traded on draft night to the Los Angeles Lakers with Tony Battie in exchange for Nick Van Exel. His first three years with the Lakers were disappointing. His playing time was limited and he suffered from injuries in 2000. However, Lue excelled in the 2001 playoffs. Due to his quickness, he was specifically used to guard Allen Iverson during Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Lakers would lose Game 1, but would sweep the next four games and go on to get a 4–1 series victory over Iverson’s 76ers, giving them the second of three consecutive titles.

On October 23, 2009, Boston named Lue director of basketball development, under the Great Doc Rivers, Then, Head Coach Of The Boston Celtics. In July 2013, he was re-hired by the President and Head Coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers, joining the Los Angeles Clippers‘ coaching staff.

On June 23, 2014, Lue joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as their new associate head coach, making him the highest paid assistant coach in the NBA in the process. Lue had been a top candidate for the Cavs’ head coaching job, which eventually went to David Blatt.

On January 22, 2016, Lue was named head coach of the Cavaliers immediately following the mid-season firing of Blatt. The contract was for three years.

On May 19, 2016, the Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, continuing their unbeaten streak in the 2016 playoffs and making Lue the first coach in NBA history to win his first 10 postseason games. Eight days later, Lue would end up making it to the NBA Finals in his first year of coaching, thus being one of the few coaches to ever make it to the NBA Finals after replacing a head coach during the regular season. On June 19, 2016, the Cavaliers won their first NBA Championship with Lue becoming the second rookie coach for consecutive seasons to win it all, as well as the first to do it while replacing someone else in the middle of the season. He became the 14th person to win an NBA championship as a head coach and player.

 

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Budapest Stats – Hamilton takes Historic Fifth Win In Hungary.

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BUDAPEST WINNERSHungary has always been a happy hunting ground for Lewis Hamilton, and so it proved again on Sunday. We take a look at some of the need-to-know statistics, Lewis Hamilton has now won more Hungarian Grands Prix than any other driver.

  • Lewis Hamilton’s victory was his fifth of the season and his fifth in Budapest. That means Hamilton now has sole possession of the record for the most wins in Hungary, moving ahead of Michael Schumacher.
  • The Mercedes man is the only current driver (and just the fourth driver in history after Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna) to have scored five or more wins at two different circuits. Montreal is the other circuit Hamilton has won at five times.
  • Hamilton now has 48 career victories, and that moves him just three wins shy of equalling Alain Prost for second on the all-time list.
  • Hamilton now leads the world championship by six points from team mate Nico Rosberg – the first time he has led the drivers’ standings this year. The question is, will he become the first driver since Michael Schumacher in 2004 to win the Hungarian Grand Prix and the title in the same season?
  • At his eleventh attempt, Nico Rosberg scored his first podium in Hungary. It’s the 22nd different circuit at which the German has finished on the rostrum.
  • For the third year in a row, Daniel Ricciardo finished on the podium. That means a quarter of his 12 F1 rostrums have been scored on Hungarian soil.
  • Max Verstappen’s fifth place helped Red Bull collect 25 points to Ferrari’s 20. That’s the third race in a row – and fifth race this season – that Red Bull have outscored their Italian rivals.
  • Ferrari meanwhile missed the podium for the second race in a row and third time this season.
  • Kimi Raikkonen did however score the fastest lap for 43rd time in his career, and first time since last year’s Canadian Grand Prix. The Finn is second on the all-time list for fastest laps, but he’s still some 34 behind Michael Schumacher…
  • McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was easily the most consistent driver in Hungary. The Spaniard finished seventh in the race, having finished seventh in all three practice sessions and in qualifying. It was Alonso’s third points finish of the season.
  • Fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz moved up to P10 in the drivers’ standings with his third eighth place finish in a row.
  • Nico Hulkenberg scored Force India’s first point in Hungary since 2011 with tenth place.
  • With Jenson Button as the only retirement, the Hungary race had the second highest number of finishers this year with 21 drivers making it to the flag. All 22 finished in China, but how many will make it home next week in Germany?

 

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DENNIS GREEN, ONE OF THE GREATEST NFL HEAD COACHES IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME HAS PASSED AWAY AT THE TENDER AGE OF 67YRS OLD. WOW, WHAT A LOST FOR SPORTS. MANKIND, AND THE HUMAN RACE.

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Dennis Green head coach for the Arizona Cardinals gets a pat on the back from Marty Schottenheimer after a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California on December 31, 2006. The Chargers won 27 to 20. (Photo by Peter Brouillet/NFLPhotoLibrary)

Dennis “Denny” Green (February 17, 1949 – July 22, 2016) was an American football coach. During his National Football League (NFL) career, Green coached the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals.

Green’s best season in Minnesota was in 1998, when the record-setting Vikings finished 15–1 and set the NFL record for most points in a season (since broken by the 2007 New England Patriots and the 2013 Denver Broncos). However, the Vikings lost in the NFC Championship Game, 30–27 to the Atlanta Falcons in overtime. Prior to Tony Dungy‘s victory in Super Bowl XLI, Green’s 1998 season was the most successful season ever recorded by an African-American coach in the NFL. He compiled a record of 97–62 in the regular season with the Vikings.

Green grew up in a working class household in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His father was a postal worker and his mother a beautician. His father died when Green was 11 and his mother died when he was 13. Green has said that he was in attendance at the March 2, 1962 NBA game in Hershey, Pennsylvania where Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points.

Green attended John Harris High School (now Harrisburg High School) in Harrisburg, and graduated cum laude from the University of Iowa with a BA in finance.  According to Green, he was planning to be a high school teacher if his football career didn’t pan out. In college he started as halfback in each of his three seasons with the Iowa Hawkeyes.Green played briefly for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1971, then worked as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton, University of Iowa and Stanford University, initially under Bill Walsh.

In 1981, Green was named the head coach of Northwestern University, a school that had gone 1-31-1 in its last 33 games. In 1981, he was only the second African American head coach in Division I-A history (the previous coach, Willie Jeffries, coached at Wichita State, which no longer has a football team).  Green was named the Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year, as chosen by writers and broadcasters, in 1982 at Northwestern. He left Northwestern in 1985, doing a stint as receivers coach for the San Francisco 49ers under his former boss at Stanford, Bill Walsh.

In 1989, Green took the head coaching position at Stanford University, inheriting a team that had graduated 17 of its 21 starters from 1988. Green led the Cardinal from 1989 to 1991. During that time, his teams finished with an overall record of 16–18, a .471 winning percentage, going 3–0 in the Big Game against the California Golden Bears. In 1990, his Stanford team defeated the top-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. His tenure culminated with an 8–3 record (Stanford’s best since 1986). A loss to Washington in the opening game of the season was the deciding factor for the Pac-10 championship. The Cardinal made an appearance in the 1991 Aloha Bowl, where his team lost to Georgia Tech on a last-minute touchdown.

Green was a disciple of Bill Walsh’s West Coast offense and was touted by Walsh and other NFL pundits as a likely candidate to be the second African-American head coach in the NFL. On January 10, 1992, Green was named 5th head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, replacing the retiring Jerry Burns. The day he was introduced as the Vikings’ head coach, he announced that there was a “new sheriff in town”. He would be only the second African American head coach after Art Shell in the modern NFL era, and only the third of all time after Fritz Pollard and Shell.

Through his first six years with the team, Green never posted a losing record and the team failed to qualify for the playoffs only once. Initially, Green earned widespread praise for turning around a what had recently been a lackluster franchise. However, as the team’s fan-base grew accustomed to regular season success, Green came under criticism for failing to advance the team deeper into the playoffs.

In 1996, two members of the Vikings’ ownership board, Wheelock Whitney and Jane Dyer, reportedly contacted Lou Holtz, who was the coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team and former coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. They wanted to bring Holtz in to replace Green. Holtz abruptly announced his retirement in 1996, and rumors surrounded the reasons, one of which was the possible Vikings head coaching position. 

In 1997, Green published his autobiography No Room For Crybabies, in which he responded to the criticism and perceived personal vendettas by Twin Cities sports writers Bob Sansevere, Dan Barreiro, and Patrick Reusse. He threatened to sue the team as his response to the Lou Holtz rumors.

The high point of Green’s Vikings career was the 1998 season, when the team went 15–1 and set the NFL record for the most points scored in a season (the 2013 Denver Broncos under John Fox currently hold this record). The Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship game, losing to the Atlanta Falcons after Atlanta’s Morten Andersen made a field goal in overtime.

In 2001, the Vikings finished with a losing record for the first time in Green’s decade with the team. The Vikings bought out Green’s contract on January 4, 2002. Assistant coach Mike Tice led the team in their final regular season game against the Baltimore Ravens, and was eventually hired as the head coach.

After spending two seasons as an analyst for ESPN, Green was hired as head coach by the Arizona Cardinals on January 7, 2004. Through his first two years with the team, Green totaled 11 wins with the Cardinals and finishing 3rd and 2nd in the NFC West, an improvement over predecessor Dave McGinnis. Unlike his previous two seasons, the 2006 season began with great expectations for the Cardinals with the opening of a new stadium, sellout crowds, the drafting of quarterback Matt Leinart, and the signing of Pro Bowl running back Edgerrin James. After a solid start, the Cardinals suffered some tough early losses.

The worst of these came in a Monday Night Football game on October 16, 2006. After losing a 20-point lead to the Chicago Bears in less than twenty minutes, the generally soft-spoken Green threw a tirade during a post-game media conference. In that conference, Green lashed out in response to questions about Arizona’s tenacious defense that forced six turnovers and for most of the game shut down the Chicago offense:

The Bears are what we thought they were. They’re what we thought they were. We played them in preseason — who the hell takes a third game of the preseason like it’s bullshit? Bullshit! We played them in the third game — everybody played three quarters — the Bears are who we THOUGHT they were! That’s why we took the damn field! Now if you want to crown them, then crown their ass! But they are who we thought they were! And we let ’em off the hook! The Bears are what we thought they were.

The Bears are what we thought they were. They’re what we thought they were. We played them in preseason — who the hell takes a third game of the preseason like it’s bullshit? Bullshit! We played them in the third game — everybody played three quarters — the Bears are who we THOUGHT they were! That’s why we took the damn field! Now if you want to crown them, then crown their ass! But they are who we thought they were! And we let ’em off the hook!

Green’s tirade is still used heavily in NFL media coverage today, often comically, to describe the obvious flaws of an opponent and the failure to capitalize on that knowledge. It was mocked in a Coors TV advertisement.

Green’s legacy at Arizona is mixed. When he arrived, the team had high expectations, and under Green the Cardinals failed to make a playoff appearance. However, he is credited with drafting and acquiring many of the players that formed the nucleus of the Cardinals’ 2008 NFC championship team.

On July 22, 2016, Green died of sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 67.  He is survived by his wife, Marie, and children Patti, Jeremy, Zach and Vanessa.

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Russian Federation assailed in report for doping program beyond Sochi, Hockey and Paralympians were also cited, although no athletes are named in the report.

Olympic-Rings-Sochi-AAron-OInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach described the findings of the report as showing a “shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games”. The IOC executive board will meet Tuesday to begin sorting through options.

These may include sanctions regarding the Rio Olympic Games. Bach has frequently spoken of the fine line between “collective responsibility and individual justice”.

“The right to participate at the games can not be stolen from an athlete, who has duly qualified and has not be found guilty of doping”, said Bruno Grandi, president of gymnastics’ global federation. “Blanket bans have never been and will never be just”, Grandi said.

The samples from pre-selected athletes at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, had positive tests discarded through an elaborate system the report calls Disappearing Positive Methodology (DPM).

In Sochi itself, where global observers were scrutinising the drug tests, positive results could not simply be brushed away, so a system of sample-swapping was put in place with the help of the FSB intelligence service, the report said.

But McLaren, whose report went public Monday, said Russia’s cheating also included the 2013 track world championships in Moscow and the 2015 swimming world championships in Kazan.

It also called for Russian officials implicated in the scandal to be sacked and for “Russian government officials to be denied access to worldwide competitions, including Rio 2016”.

In short, Russia’s deputy minister of sports, who was also part of Russia’s Olympic Committee, would direct workers at Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory of which positive samples to send through and which to hold back.

The FSB is Russia’s federal security service while the CSP is involved in the training of Russian athletes. Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Nagornykh to his post in 2010. “I was anticipating the worst”, Paul Media, the top anti-doping official in Canada, said.

McLaren said out of 577 positive sample screenings, 312 positive results were held back – or labeled “Save’” by the lab workers – but that was only a “small slice” of the data that could have been examined.

However, Russian track and field athletes have appealed against their ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which is due to rule by Thursday.

The World Anti-Doping Agency investigator, Richard McLaren, says scratches on the bottles were noted by a trained expert’s eye and using a microscope.

The ROC explained that only a majority of votes at the IOC Executive Committee could ban Russian Federation from participation in the Olympics.

International Volleyball Federation president Ary Graca says there are no “major issues” with Russian national teams scheduled to compete in Rio de Janeiro next month.

Several athlete and anti-doping groups were gearing up over the weekend to send letters to the International Olympic Committee urging that Russia’s entire delegation be banned from the Rio Games.

There will no be mounting pressure for that to be extended even though Bach and some worldwide federations have called for a way for athletes proved to be clean to compete in Rio.

He said: “The McLaren Report confirms that, at a minimum, RUSADA’s return to compliance can not be considered until all persons from the Russian Ministry of Sport and other Government Departments and Agencies that are implicated by the Report, including RUSADA, are dismissed from their roles”.

 

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“This one’s for Sweden”, SAYS THE WINNER OF THE 2016 BRITISH OPEN (THE OPEN), HENRIK STENSON

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With one of the most stunning performances in the history of The Open, Henrik Stenson claimed the Claret Jug for his own at Royal Troon today and then declared, “This one’s for Sweden.”

It has been a long time coming for Stenson and the country of his birth, but in the end the wait to win The Open was more than worthwhile. Jesper Parnevik, his countryman, had twice come close, but this time there was to be no faltering over the finishing stretch.

Anybody who witnessed Stenson’s battle royale with Phil Mickelson – who threw everything he had at the 40-year-old Swede – will ever forget what unfolded on the famous Ayrshire links. Put simply, it defied belief. Stenson played 36 holes with Mickelson over the weekend and likened it to a prize fight. They traded shot for shot, blow for blow, and pulled away from the rest of the field as if they weren’t there. The winning margin was three strokes, which is something in itself, but the gap between Stenson and JB Holmes, in third, was an incredible 14.

If Mickelson, who started the day one stroke behind, had been offered the 65 he scored before setting off in the final round, he would almost certainly have taken it. No one could have predicted that Stenson would better it by two and claim victory by three, setting a record-breaking score for the Championship of 264.

Parnevik, who led by two heading into the final round at Troon in 1997, but lost out to Justin Leonard, was watching from afar and rooting for his countryman. “Good luck this weekend Henrik Stenson,” he tweeted. “Finish off what I never did. Sweden has waited long enough.” He need not have worried.

“I felt like this was going to be my turn,” said Stenson, who had previously had three second place finishes and six thirds in Major Championships.

“Right now I’m running on adrenalin. It makes it even more special to beat a competitor like Phil. He’s been one of the best to play the game. So to come out on top after such a fight with him over these four days makes it even more special.”

Needless to say, Stenson felt intense pride at becoming the first Swede to become Champion Golfer of the Year. “I feel very privileged to be the one to hold this trophy,” he said.

“There have been many great players from my country who have tried and there have been a couple of really close calls. This is going to be massive for golf in Sweden.”

One of the most popular and humorous players on tour, Stenson never wastes the chance for a joke. Asked to place his win in the context of other life experiences, he compared it to passing his driving test. “Given that I failed my driving test probably as many times as I was second or third at Major Championships, that one has to be higher than this,” he joked.

More seriously, he added: “No. I think the birth of my three children and then winning The Open.” To which a voice called out: “Good answer.” It was his wife Emma. Not for the first time, his timing had been immaculate.

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THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION LOSES ONE OF IT’S 50 GREATEST PLAYERS OF ALL TIME, MR. NATHANIEL “NATE THE GREAT” THURMOND

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Nathaniel “Nate” Thurmond (July 25, 1941 – July 16, 2016) was an American basketball player who spent most of his career with the Golden State Warriors. He played the center and power forward positions. Thurmond was a seven-time All-Star and the first player in NBA history to record an official quadruple-double. In 1965, he grabbed 42 rebounds in a game; only Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell recorded more rebounds in an NBA game. Thurmond was named both a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Known to fans as “Nate the Great”, Thurmond has had his #42 jersey retired by both the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers franchises.

He played in high school with another future NBA star, Gus Johnson, at Akron Central. Their powerful team went undefeated before losing to Middletown, led by Jerry Lucas, in the Ohio state high school playoffs.

Passing up a scholarship offer to Ohio State to avoid becoming Lucas’s backup there, the 6’11” Thurmond chose Bowling Green. He was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News in 1963, and was drafted by the San Francisco Warriors later that year.

In 1963, he was drafted by the San Francisco Warriors later that year. With the Warriors, Thurmond was an aggressive rebounder-defender who played at the forward position opposite superstar Wilt Chamberlain or was his backup at center. Despite playing on the same team as the dominant Chamberlain, Thurmond made an impact and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1964.

When Chamberlain was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, Thurmond became the All-Star starting center Chamberlain said he could be. Among his many accomplishments, Thurmond still holds the regular season record for rebounds in a quarter with 18. He averaged 21.3 and 22.0 rebounds per game in the 1966–67 and1967–68 seasons — season averages exceeded by only Bill Russell and Chamberlain in NBA history. Thurmond placed second to Chamberlain in the MVP balloting in the 1966–67 season, and averaged over 20 points per game each season from 1967–68 through 1971–72, and played in seven NBA All-Star Games while with the Warriors. However, while star players like Rick Barry and Jerry Lucas came and went, the Warriors were unable to win a championship with Thurmond at center, often failing to get past the star studded Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Division playoffs. Thurmond was an excellent passing center and was well known as the best screen setter in the league for many years.

He was traded to the Chicago Bulls for Clifford Ray prior to the 1974–75 season. On October 18, 1974 against the Atlanta Hawks, in his debut as a Bull, he recorded 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots, becoming the first player in NBA history to officially record a quadruple-double (blocked shots were not counted before 1973–74).

He was then traded to Cleveland Cavaliers 13 games into the following season. In Cleveland, the now 35-year-old Thurmond came off the bench for the injured Jim Chones to lead Cleveland to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals before the Cavaliers lost to the star-studded Boston Celtics in 1976.

After retirement, Thurmond returned to San Francisco and opened a restaurant, Big Nate’s BBQ, after a brief attempt at broadcasting. He sold the restaurant after 20 years, while living in San Francisco with his wife, Marci. He was given the title “Warriors Legend & Ambassador” by the Warriors organization.

Thurmond died at the age of 74 on July 16, 2016 after a short battle with leukemia.

THE MYBOYSAY GLOBAL NATION OF BASKETBALL ENTHUSIASTS WOULD LIKE TO WISH NATE THE GREAT’S FAMILY A WONDERFUL LIFE, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT UP UNTIL NATE’S DEATH, THEY HAD THE BEST IN LIFE WITH THEIR WONDERFUL HUSBAND, FATHER, AND SIMPLY A GREAT INDIVIDUAL, NATHANIEL “NATE THE GREAT” THURMOND.

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Von Miller, Broncos Agree On Six-Year Contract

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On July 15, Miller signed a 6-year, 114.5 million dollar contract, ($70,000,000.00 MILLION DOLLARS GUARANTEED)with the Broncos, becoming the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.

The Denver Broncos have signed Von Miller to a long-term contract to keep the four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP in orange and blue through the 2021 season.

Miller’s new contract was set up by a fantastic playoff run in which he racked up five sacks in three games, along with two forced fumbles, an interception and two deflected passes. The Super Bowl was his crowning moment, as Miller tore through the Carolina Panthers’ protection for 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles that each led to Broncos touchdowns that either gave the Broncos the lead or ensured they would keep it in the championship game.

With 11 sacks in the 2015 regular season and 14 in 2014, Miller’s returned to an early career form that was only momentarily derailed in 2013 when he tore his ACL on Dec. 22 against the Texans before the Broncos went on a postseason run to Super Bowl XLVIII.

Vonnie B’Vsean Miller Jr.  (born March 26, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Miller played college football at Texas A&M, where he earned consensus All-American honors and was awarded the Butkus Award as the most outstanding college linebacker in the nation. He was drafted by the Broncos second overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. He is a four-time Pro Bowl selection, receiving second-team All-Pro honors as a rookie and first-team All-Pro in his second season. At the conclusion of the 2015 NFL season, Miller was named Super Bowl MVP after the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

Miller attended DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas, where he played for the DeSoto Eagles high school football team and ran track. In his junior year he recorded 37 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 7 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. As a senior, he was named the District 8-5A Defensive MVP after making 76 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. He played with future Aggie teammate Cyrus Gray.

In track & field, Miller competed in events such as the 110m hurdles (PR of 14.38 s), triple jump (top-jump of 12.65 m) or even javelin throw (top-throw of 37.24 m).

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Miller was listed as the No. 15 weakside defensive end in the nation in 2007.  He chose Texas A&M over offers from Florida, Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

Miller attended Texas A&M University, where he played for the Texas A&M Aggies football team from 2007 to 2010. As a freshman at defensive end in 2007, he was named Freshman All-Big 12 by The Sporting News after posting 22 tackles, including 10 solo stops. He recorded two sacks, four tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. He played in a 4-2-5 defense. He weighed 220 pounds during his freshman year.

As a junior in 2009, Miller adopted the role of the jack position, a defensive end/linebacker hybrid, which allowed him to utilize his pass rushing abilities. He enjoyed a breakout season for the Aggies, leading the nation in sacks with 17 and ranking fourth in the nation with 21 tackles for loss.  For his efforts, Von Miller was named first team All Big-12 at defensive end and was named a first-team All-American by Sporting News and Sports Illustrated. He became the first Aggie to be named a first team All-American since Jason Webster in 1999. Then-Aggies defensive coordinator Joe Kines compared Miller to the late Derrick Thomas.  Miller then studied and watched film of Thomas to familiarize himself with his game.

In 2010, Miller switched to playing as a 3–4 outside linebacker under Tim DeRuyter‘s defense. Early in the season, Miller suffered a high ankle sprain that held him back for the first six games. He posted 10.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss. Again he made first-team All-Big 12 honors and won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker. He was also named a consensus first-team All-American. He received first team All-American honors from Walter Camp, Scout.com, Pro Football Weekly, ESPN.com and the Associated Press.

Miller was drafted by the Denver Broncos second overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was the highest selected linebacker since LaVar Arrington went No. 2 to the Washington Redskins in 2000. He also become the Aggies’ highest draft pick since Quentin Coryatt, who was selected second overall in 1992. The selection of Miller surprised certain experts. Denver was switching from a 3–4 defense to a 4–3, a defense which seemed counter-intuitive to Miller’s strengths. Former Broncos quarterback John Elway, who is also the executive vice president of the franchise, said Miller is “a type of guy that comes around every 10 years”.

CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW CONTRACT, MR. VON MILLER.

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GRANT HILL, THE ATHLETE, THE EMERGING CORPORATE TYCOON, THE MAN

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Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972) is an American retired basketball player. Hill played for four teams in his professional career in the National Basketball Association (NBA); the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Hill’s parents are retired NFL Pro Bowl running back Calvin Hill and Janet Hill. He and his father were Rookies of the Year in their respective sports; Hill in the NBA in 1995, and his father in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys in 1969.

While playing college basketball at Duke, he was the 1994 ACC Player of the Year, a two-time NCAA All-American, and a two-time NCAA champion. As a professional he was the 1995 NBA co-Rookie of the Year, and was a seven-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA selection, and three-time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award.

Throughout his college career and early in his years with the Detroit Pistons, Hill was widely considered to be one of the best all-around players in the game, often leading his team in points, rebounds and assists. Touted as one of the best players in Duke history, many went as far as to say that he was one of the greatest collegiate basketball players in NCAA history.  After his first six seasons with the Pistons, in which he averaged 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists, his next twelve seasons were mostly injury plagued, as he averaged just 13.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. On June 1, 2013, after 19 years in the league, Hill announced his retirement from the NBA. Hill and Tony Ressler officially purchased the Atlanta Hawks on June 24, 2015 for estimated estimated $730 million – $850 million.

Grant Hill founded a private equity firm (Penta Mezzanine Fund) and leads a real estate investment (Hill Ventures) in addition to his broadcast career.

Penta Mezzanine Fund:

Penta Mezzanine Fund is a private investment firm providing $2 to $15 million customized growth capital solutions to profitable, lower-middle-market companies nationwide. We look to invest our funds in established companies operated by experienced and proven management teams with a history of building enterprise value. Penta Mezzanine Fund was created by former industry executives and experienced investors who place a high value on their relationships with management teams.

HILL VENTURES:

Hill Ventures, Inc. is the marketing and management company Grant Hill established shortly after he entered the NBA in 1994 to provide oversight of his unique business activities and marketing relationships. Hill Ventures, Inc. is responsible for managing and maintaining Hill’s marketing and promotional activities, community investment and foundation initiatives, web site content and design, real estate portfolio, personal art collection tour, and other off-the-court activities and initiatives.

 

ATLANTA HAWKS NEW OWNERSHIP FORMATION:

It was Grant Hill that first made the call to Tony Ressler, floating the idea of purchasing the Atlanta Hawks. The two men, the former a retired seven-time NBA All-Star and the latter one of the nation’s most successful investors, met a few years prior to the call after exploring past business ventures, but this would be the start of a more lasting professional relationship.

Grant Hill extended the pursuit of one of his off the court interests by forming a production company and has co-produced two documentary films, “Starting at the Finish Line,” chronicling the life of influential and inspirational Duke Track coach and Professor Al Buehler, and “Duke 91 & 92: Back to Back” about the 1991 and 1992 back to back Duke national championship teams. Duke 91 & 92 aired on Turner Sports’ truTV in advance of Turner Sports’ and CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, which aired exclusively on TBS, CBS, TNT, and truTV.

“‘I think there might be some interest. The process might be worth looking into,'” Ressler said Hill told him over the phone. “I asked him why, we spent some time on it and we jumped right in.”

The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the Hawks sale to the Ressler-led ownership group on Wednesday afternoon, turning the page on a tumultuous, albeit wildly successful, chapter in franchise history. It also completed lengthy personal journeys for both Ressler and Hill, who were formally introduced at a news conference on Thursday, to join an exclusive group of NBA executives.

“Regardless of where things were, and there may have been some tough years and some lean years, I think the momentum that Coach Bud and Steve have generated in this past year is really impressive. You talk about timing. For us, the timing is hugely essential for us moving forward,” said Hill, who founded a private equity firm (Penta Mezzanine Fund) and leads a real estate investment (Hill Ventures) in addition to his broadcast career. “I’ve always felt that there’s tremendous upside with this franchise, a tremendous opportunity to really resonate with the community and fan base here. I think that’s starting now.

“Our job is to continue supporting these guys as they continue to lead this team into the future.”

Hill’s connection to Atlanta stretches into his childhood. He is close family friends with the city’s former mayor Andrew Young. While starring for Duke basketball, Hill said he made the drive down to the old Omni Coliseum to watch Dominique Wilkins play. He’s worked in Atlanta as a part of his broadcasting career with Turner Broadcasting. It seems like a natural fit.

Ressler went out of his way to underline the importance of heading into this process with Hill, a veteran of the NBA landscape, in the fold.

“When you have a partner like Grant Hill … and we have a bunch of high-quality partners and investors in the team, but please appreciate you have a group of us that might play on Sundays, which by the way a bunch of us do, then you have someone that’s played for 20 years at an extraordinary level, understands basketball, understands the business of basketball and understands business,” Ressler said. “I’m going to argue that’s a pretty darn good partner.”

As the principal owner, Ressler,  will serve as Chair of the Hawks’ Board of Directors with final say in all decisions. Grant Hill will serve as Vice Chair.

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Eder’s Extra-Time Winner Puts Portugal In Confederations Cup

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France v Portugal - EURO 2016 - Final - Stade de France, Paris - Saint Denis, France - 10/7/16 - Portugal's Renato Sanches and team mates celebrate the goal by Eder REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Substitute Eder played the role of hero in lieu of an injured Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portugal No9 scored in the 109th minute to send Fernando Santos’ side past UEFA EURO 2016 hosts France and into the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.

A tense, scoreless 90 minutes went without much fanfare, apart from Ronaldo’s unexpected early exit from the tournament finale at the Stade de France. Dimitri Payet collided with Ronaldo in the early moments and the Portuguese captain went down clutching his knee. Ronaldo left the field twice for treatment in the following ten minutes and despite returning both times the Real Madrid man was ultimately substituted in the 25th minute.

There were few chances throughout the match, though Antoine Griezmann’s flashing header from the edge of the area nearly caught Rui Patricio out but the Portugal goalkeeper did well to tip his effort over the crossbar. Moussa Sissoko also looked dangerous on several occasion for Les Bleus, forcing a handful of saves from Rui Patricio.

Griezmann once again came close with another snapping header shortly after the break, but this time the No7’s effort sailed just over bar without troubling Rui Patricio. Later in the second half, Hugo Lloris mishandled Nani’s cross to cause a moment of concern, but the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper recovered to deny Ricardo Quaresma’s overhead kick to keep the scoreline even. In the final seconds Andre Pierre-Gignac hit the post, which nearly won it for France, but instead extra time was needed to separate the sides.

At the start of the second period of extra time, Raphael Guerreiro’s free-kick fired off the crossbar, nearly putting Portugal in the lead. Minutes later, though, Eder was up to the task and put the Portuguese ahead with a fine individual effort. Beating Laurent Koscielny on the dribble, Eder took a touch into space and fired a shot from 25 yards that beat Lloris to the near post, silencing most of the Stade de France but sending Portugal’s supporters into delirium.

The last ten minutes of the match saw France desperately move forward for an equaliser, but it never came. With Ronaldo back on the bench following his treatment in the dressing room and a bandage wrapped around his left knee, at the final whistle Portugal stormed the pitch in celebration, which culminated in the three-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner lifting the UEFA EURO trophy.

Ronaldo and Co will now shift their focus to Russia 2017 where they will have another chance at silverware at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

CONGRATS TO PORTUGAL

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