Pair of Converse Michael-Jordan-worn shoes auctions for $33k, These Michael Jordan shoes sold for $33,000. (Grey Flannel Auctions)

Grey Flannel auctions, known for game-worn and autographed memorabilia, put up a pair of autographed Pro Leathers that were worn by Jordan during his freshman year. If you’re up on your basketball history, he wore the white pair of the Pro Leather model during the 1982 NCAA Championship game when he hit the game-winner against Georgetown.

Jordan signed with Nike before his rookie season in the NBA. He actually had to be convinced because he was ready to go ahead and sign with behemoth Converse at the time. In fact, in the David Halberstam book on Jordan, “Playing for Keeps,” it was revealed that Jordan wasn’t even planning on taking the meeting with Nike, and that his mom had to berate him into getting out of the house to make it to the airport in time for his flight to meet with executives.

The legend of Michael Jordan jump started as a Freshman at the University of North Carolina. With the 1982 NCAA Championship on the line, Jordan hit a mid-range jumper with 15 seconds remaining to secure the national championship for the Tar Heels. The clutch jumper was a preview into the career of what would be the best basketball player ever to step on the hardwood. On the tongue of each sneaker is a “CONVERSE ALL STAR” manufacturer’s tag. The baby blue sneakers have a white Converse logo on each side of the sneaker. On the back of each sneaker reads, “CONVERSE” in white with the logo above. Jordan signed the right-footed sneaker in pen with the added inscription, “Best Wishes”, and in our opinion rates a 5 overall as the signature is faded. Original lacing included. The sneakers show great signs of use with creasing throughout and signs of wear towards the front of the sneakers and near the ankle area. These sneakers are properly tagged, were presented to us as game-used during Jordan’s freshman year at UNC and in our opinion show excellent use. Our consignor was a high school teammate of Jordan and visited Jordan during his freshman year at UNC. There is a newspaper article documenting the event. These sneakers were personally signed and gifted to our consignor from Jordan after a postseason workout in Chapel Hill. They are a much more rare version of North Carolina University’s “Converse” pro leather sneakers because of their Tar Heel blue color. Accompanied by photos of the two as teenagers in Jordan’s dorm room, along with a Christmas card Jordan sent to our consignor and his family. This is the earliest known, fully documented pair of Jordan sneakers that exist. Accompanied by a full JSA LOA as well as a detailed letter from our consignor.

WOW, MICHAEL JORDAN IS STILL THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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OLYMPIC CHAMPION CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN SETS NEW RECORD AT OLYMPIA.

Charlotte Dujardin OBE (born 13 July 1985) is an elite British dressage rider. Riding Valegro, Dujardin currently holds the complete set of the available individual elite dressage titles; the individual Olympic freestyle, World freestyle and Grand Prix Special, and European freestyle and Grand Prix Special titles. Dujardin is the first, and to date only, rider to hold this complete set of titles at the same time.

In addition, she forms part of the current Great Britain team for Team Dressage; as such she is also the current Olympic, and a former European, Team Dressage champion.

Born in Enfield, Dujardin was brought up in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire where she attended Vandyke Upper School.  She started riding as a two-year old, returning her elder sisters’ horses from the show jumping ring to the horse box. Aged three, she achieved second place at her first Pony Club show jumping competition outing. To finance their hobby, their mother Jane Dujardin bought and sold ponies for her daughters to ride to enable them to continue riding.

Leaving school aged 16,  Dujardin won the Horse of the Year Show competition four times and was a winner at Hickstead on three occasions.

After encouragement from her trainer, Debbie Thomas,  Dujardin took up dressage with a horse bought from her grandmother’s inheritance.  In February 2007, after seeking employment with Carl Hester,  he gave her some coaching and spotting her talent he offered her a job as a groom at his yard in Newent, Gloucestershire, where she has since remained. Dujardin’s owned-horse is Fernandez.

In 2011, Dujardin was asked to develop the novice Dutch Warmblood gelding Valegro by Hester and co-owner Roly Luar with the intention of that horse being ridden by Hester.  However, after competing in their first dressage Grand Prix event in 2011,  the combination became part of the successful team which won gold in a European Dressage Championship event at Rotterdam. The pair then won the FEI World Cup Grand Prix at London Olympia in 2011, setting a new World Record for the Olympic Grand Prix special discipline point-scoring at 88.022%, in April 2012.  In December 2012 Dujardin, again riding Valegro, won the 2012 World Cup freestyle event held at Olympia with a score of 87.875%.

Dujardin and Valegro were selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics,  and in the first round the team set a new Olympic Record of 83.784%. On 7 August 2012 the pair were members of the team which won the gold medal in the team dressage event. Two days later, in a routine accompanied by music which included Land of Hope and Glory, The Great Escape and the chimes of Big Ben;  the pair won the gold medal in the individual dressage event with a score of 90.089%.

She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism.

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LEWIS HAMILTON, 2014 WORLD DRIVERS CHAMPION AND BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR, SYAS HE IS GRATEFUL AND HAPPY WITH HIS YEAR

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the 2014 World Drivers’ Championship with 384 points and eleven victories, ahead of his team-mate, Nico Rosberg who won the 2014 inaugural Pole Trophy.  Mercedes secured their first Constructors’ Championship in Russia, and finished the season with 701 points, 296 points ahead of Red Bull Racing.

Mercedes won their first World Constructors’ Championship after taking a 1–2 finish in Russia. Lewis Hamilton won his second World Drivers’ Championship after a season-long battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg. Rosberg won the Australian and Monaco Grands Prix, and Hamilton the races in Malaysia, Bahrain, China and Spain after retiring in Australia. Mercedes team’s run of victories ended in Canada where Rosberg and Hamilton were simultaneously hit with a power unit failure that put additional strain on their brakes. Hamilton was forced out of the race and while Rosberg was able to continue, his performance deteriorated and he ultimately finished second. Mercedes returned to the top of the podium in Austria, with Rosberg leading Hamilton across the finish line for his third victory of the season. Hamilton reclaimed ground in the championship standings in Britain winning after Rosberg was forced out with gearbox issues. Rosberg claimed the win in Germany, while Hamilton recovered to third after an accident in qualifying saw him start from twentieth place. Hamilton finished third in Hungary after starting from pit lane, ahead of Rosberg. Rosberg had to settle for second place in Belgium after contact with Hamilton early in the race, which ultimately prompted Mercedes to retire Hamilton’s car. Hamilton went on to claim his sixth win of the season in Italy, ahead of Rosberg. Hamilton reclaimed the championship lead with a win in Singapore, while Rosberg was retired with a broken wiring loom. Hamilton claimed the win in rain- and accident-shortened Japan, ahead of Rosberg. Hamilton won the inaugural race in Russia, once again ahead of Rosberg. The result was enough for Mercedes to secure their first World Constructors’ Championship. Hamilton took his first fifth consecutive win in the United States, again ahead of Rosberg. Rosberg took his fifth win of the season in Brazil, with Hamilton finishing in second. Hamilton carried a seventeen-point advantage into the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and went on to win the race while Rosberg struggled with electrical problems and finished outside the points. With eleven pole positions to his name, Rosberg won the inaugural FIA Pole Trophy.

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said that he has been able to get past setbacks quickly, admitting that he is aiming for another championship title.

Hamilton, who was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year, stated that the big thing this year was the fact that he had been able to get past things quickly, adding that though it hurt him for a short period, he was able to switch it real quick, the Independent reported.

Crediting Mercedes for his head-to-head rivalry with Rosberg, he said that no other team would have allowed them to race in terms of balancing both drivers with the same car and helped them both win, adding that their success was the true testament to it.

Admitting that he was aiming for another championship , he said that he was not going to be greedy about it and was grateful for what he had.

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Prakash Nanjappa Crowned Champion Of Champions At shooting Nationals

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Prakash Nanjappa emerged victorious to be crowned the Champion of Champions at the ongoing 58th National Shooting Championships here on Thursday.

The Karnataka shooter was awarded with a cash prize of Rs 50,000 by the National Rifles Association of India (NRAI). Maharshtra’s Shital Shivaji Thorat became the new national champion in the 10-metre women’s pistol category with a total of 199. Punjab’s Harveen Sarao won the silver medal with a total of 197.3, while Prerna Gupta of Uttarakhand settled for the bronze, shooting a total of 173.9.

In the team event, the CRPF trio of Pushpanjali Rana, Rachna Devi and Sakshi Dagar finished at the top with a total of 1122. Maharashtra closely followed for the silver with a total of 1117, while Haryana won the bronze with a total of 1113.

Haryana’s Yashashwini Deswal became the new national champion in the 10-metre women junior category, shooting a total of 384. Uttarakhand shooters Prerna Gupta and Mamta Kedia settled for the silver and bronze with a total of 378 and 377, respectively.

In the team event of 10-metre pistol junior women, Haryana again walked away with the gold medal with a total of 1106. Maharashtra, with a total of 1093, finished second, while Madhya Pradesh settled for the bronze medal with 1088.

Haryana shooters stole the show in the 10-metre pistol youth women category as the state’s youth brigade bagged both the gold and silver. While Yashashwini again dominated the category to finally emerge as the national champion with a total of 384, her state mate Nayani Bharadwaj won the silver medal with a total of 374. Fateema Deesawala of Andhra Pradesh settled for the bronze medal with a total of 372.

In the team category of the event, Haryana walked away with the gold with a total of 1106, while Madhya Pradesh won the silver, shooting a total of 1089, and Maharashtra finished third to bag the bronze with a total of 1079.

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Novak Djokovic And Serena Williams Have Been Named 2014 World Champions By The International Tennis Federation

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named 2014 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The annual award takes in performances on the regular Tour and grand slams.

Wimbledon champion Djokovic takes the men`s prize for the fourth time having won seven titles this season and the year-end top ranking for the third time in four years.

Williams wins the award for the fifth time in a career which has brought her 18 grand slam singles titles — the most recent at this year`s U.S. Open.

“I`m so honored to be named ITF World Champion for the fifth time. This was a year of challenges and triumphs, so to win another Grand Slam and retain my year-end No. 1 ranking is an accomplishment I`m very proud of,” she said.

“I`m grateful to have the support of the tennis community in every way possible. I can`t wait for 2015.”

Americans Bob and Mike Bryan were named ITF men`s doubles champions while Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy won the women`s honour.

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Tiger’s first golf course design opens, El Cardonal at Diamante Cabo San Lucas is the first completed project from Tiger Woods Design

After many months of work, imagination and anticipation, Tiger Woods’ first golf course design — El Cardonal at Diamante Cabo San Lucas — will officially open Tuesday, Dec. 16.

“I’m very excited about the opening of El Cardonal,” Woods said. “This is a culmination of a dream for me and my team. I’ve always wanted to be involved in golf course design, and now my first course is ready to open.”

The course, which features dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Sierra de la Laguna mountains and the El Faro lighthouse, is the first completed project from Tiger Woods Design and has created a buzz within the industry as the 14-time major champion unveils his first finished venture into course architecture.

Woods will be on site at Diamante for the opening, when El Cardonal joins the highly regarded Dunes Course designed by Davis Love III within the community on Mexico’s Baja peninsula.

El Cardonal, named for the ranch that previously occupied the site, features wide landing areas, open entrances to green complexes and strategic choices. Woods has taken from some of his favorite old-style courses in California. The idea was to create a course that is challenging to better players while remaining enjoyable and playable for golfers of all skill levels. There are five sets of tees available to play.

The course will play 7,363 yards from the back tees and features flash-faced bunkers similar to those Woods became familiar with playing golf as a youngster in southern California.

“I designed El Cardonal at Diamante to make you think,” Woods said. “You must be willing to weigh risks and make smart choices. Proper strategy will provide the best opportunity to score. The biggest compliment I can receive after you play my course is that you want to play it again.”

The community features a 1.5-mile white sand beach, a 10-acre saltwater lagoon and various other amenities including the new Woods-designed golf course.

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Tiger Woods Design to create golf course for AKOYA Oxygen

Trump World Golf Club, Dubai, an 18-hole championship course, will be designed by Tiger Woods. Site preparation work on the Trump World Golf Club, Dubai is already underway, with the course due to open by the end of 2017.

Golfing superstar Tiger Woods will design the new 18-hole championship golf course in Dubai to be built by luxury real estate developers, DAMAC Properties and operated by The Trump Organization.

Set within the 55 million square-foot master community of AKOYA Oxygen, the Trump World Golf Club, Dubai will include a state-of-the-art clubhouse, world-class restaurant and pro shop. The course will be situated at the heart of the development, with some of the highest premium, residential developments in Dubai overlooking the course.

“Tiger Woods is one of the most famous and iconic sportsmen in the world who will bring his design expertise and worldwide playing experience to this amazing development,” said Ziad El Chaar, Managing Director, DAMAC Properties. “Add to that the golfing prowess and skills of The Trump Organization, our leadership position in luxury real estate development, with the global appeal of Dubai, we believe the Trump World Golf Club Dubai, designed by Tiger Woods, will be a market leader, judged against the best golf courses in the world.

“Bringing Tiger Woods to Dubai is a testament to the luxury and quality that can be anticipated at AKOYA Oxygen — where fashion meets the outdoors, and green really is the new black.”

Woods has already gained a strong reputation for golf course design, with projects underway in Mexico and the United States. His first course to open for play will be El Cardonal in Mexico, which is scheduled to open before the end of the year.

In reference to the style of course that he is creating, Woods said, “I’ve been fortunate to play great golf courses all over the globe, from the original links courses in Scotland to the famous parkland courses in America and the distinctive layouts of the sandbelt of Australia. I hope to bring elements of those great courses and others to the Trump World Golf Club, Dubai with the end result being a course that golfers will want to play again and again.”

Woods has won 14 Majors in golf, second only to Jack Nicklaus, and is one of the most iconic sportsmen ever to grace the game. The two-time winner of the Dubai Desert Classic (2006, 2008), who had previously looked at the opportunity to design a course in Dubai, is now returning to realize that dream.

He has won a total of 105 tournaments, 79 of those on the PGA TOUR, including four Masters Tournaments, four PGA Championships, three U.S. Open championships and three British Open championships. With his second Masters victory in 2001, Woods became the first player ever to hold all four professional major championships at the same time.

“I can’t wait to see this stunning project come to life,” Woods said. “Dubai is fast becoming one of the most influential golfing destinations in the world, both for the professional game and for amateurs looking to enjoy the great weather, great courses and amazing lifestyle.”

 

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THE SPLASH BROTHERS OF DIFFERENT MOTHERS, THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS TOP SCORERS, Klay Alexander Thompson AND Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry II.

Klay Alexander Thompson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is the son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson. Thompson played college basketball for three seasons at Washington State University before being selected by Golden State with the 11th pick of the 2011 NBA draft. In 2014, he and teammate Stephen Curry set an NBA record with 484 combined three-pointers in a season as the pair were given the nickname the “Splash Brothers”.

Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry  is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Listed at 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and 190 lb (86 kg), Curry plays mostly at point guard. He is the son of former NBA player, Dell Curry.

Curry played college basketball for Davidson College. There, he was twice named Southern Conference Player of the Year and set the all-time scoring record for both Davidson and the Southern Conference. During his sophomore year, Curry also set the single-season NCAA record for three-pointers made.

Curry was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.  During the 2012–13 season, he set the NBA record for three-pointers made in a regular season with 272. The next season, Curry and teammate Klay Thompson set an NBA record for combined threes in a season with 484 as the pair were given the nickname the “Splash Brothers”.

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Athlete Of The Year Renaud Lavillenie Will Compete In Berlin at the ISTAF Indoor Meeting On 14TH OF February.

Renaud Lavillenie, the 2014 World Athlete of the Year and pole vault world record-holder, will compete at the ISTAF Indoor meeting on 14 February.

The Olympic champion and three-time European champion will be cheered on by none other than former world record-holder Sergey Bubka. The last time Bubka watched Lavillenie compete indoors, the Frenchman ended up breaking his world record with his 6.16m clearance in Donetsk.

“We are very pleased with the commitment of Renaud Lavillenie,” said meeting director Martin Seeber. “Cooperation with Sergey Bubka will also help us in conversations with other world-class pole vaulters. Of course, it also remains our goal for the best Germans to compete against the best athletes from around the world.”

Lavillenie has only competed in Berlin once before, and that was at the 2009 IAAF World Championships, where he took the bronze medal.

Other events set to feature in Berlin include the 60m, 60m hurdles, shot put and long jump, but one of the highlights will be the discus, rarely staged indoors and with hopes high that the world indoor best could be broken.

MORE ABOUT RENAUD LAVILLENIE:

Renaud Lavillenie (was born 18 September 1986) is a French pole vaulter. He is the current world-record holder, with a height of 6.16 metres (20 ft 2 12 in) set indoors on 15 February 2014.

Lavillenie won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. Apart from his Olympic victory, he has won one World Indoor Championships gold medal, three European Championships gold medals and three European Indoor Championships gold medals. He has also won one silver medal and two bronze medals at the World Championships.  As of 15 February 2014, he holds the French national records for the highest pole vault clearance both outdoors (6.02 m) and indoors (6.16 m). He has been the pole vault overall winner of the IAAF Diamond League in four consecutive years, from 2010 to 2013.

Outside pole vaulting, Lavillenie is a keen motorcyclist, and raced in the 2013 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours for motorcycles, finishing 25th. Lavillenie subsequently entered the 2014 race, aiming for a top 20 finish.

Lavillenie’s younger brother Valentin Lavillenie is also a pole vaulter.

 

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