Category: Sports Written by Aubrey Bruce
If God permits it, I will cross the sixty-year old threshold sometimes during the middle of March. Am I looking forward to it? Hell yeah. Am I going to be confused? Hell yeah.
Last Updated on Sunday, 03 March 2013 19:59
Category: Sports Written by Associated Press
Chamique Holdsclaw and Jennifer Lacy
ATLANTA (AP) — Former WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw is being indicted in a November 2012 shooting in Atlanta, prosecutors said Wednesday.
A six-count indictment charges Holdsclaw, 35, with aggravated assault, criminal damage and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones said Wednesday.
Holdsclaw was arrested after an argument with Tulsa Shock player Jennifer Lacy, 29, who told police she was Holdsclaw's ex-girlfriend. The two were also Atlanta Dream teammates in 2009. Holdsclaw broke the windows to Lacy's car and shot at it Nov. 13, 2012, police said. No one was injured.
After a late-November court appearance, one of Holdsclaw's attorneys said he talked with Lacy and they were trying to resolve the case.
"They are still friends and we expect the alleged victim to support a proper resolution of this," said Edward Garland, an attorney representing Holdsclaw. "In no way did she use the gun to threaten or assault the alleged victim, or do so with a baseball bat."
He acknowledged that Holdsclaw caused damage to Lacy's car, but said his client never intended to hurt her.
"Sometimes charges get made that exceed the scope of the actual events," Garland said, adding that he and his client plan to resolve the case without it going to trial.
Holdsclaw is out on $100,000 bond and a court date has not been scheduled.
Holdsclaw led the University of Tennessee to three consecutive national championships from 1996-98 before beginning a pro career that included six WNBA All-Star selections.
She also played on the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in the 2000 Games. She had 3,025 career points at Tennessee and remains the Southeastern Conference's career scoring leader.
In September, Holdsclaw returned to her alma mater to discuss her fight with clinical depression, which included a suicide attempt during her pro career.
Holdsclaw recounted how she attempted suicide in 2006 as a member of the Los Angeles Sparks by overdosing on the medication she was taking for clinical depression. She also wouldn't leave her Washington home for a few days in 2004, two years after the death of the grandmother who raised her.
The retired WNBA player could face 65 years in prison if found guilty on all six counts.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 00:04
Category: Sports Written by Associated Press
MILESTONE--Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer celebrates with her players on Feb. 26, in Piscataway, N.J., after defeating South Florida 68-56 for Stringer's 900th win. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
by Doug Feinberg
AP Basketball Writer
Not much has come easily for C. Vivian Stringer during her Hall of Fame coaching career.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 18:06
Category: Sports Written by Bill Neal
:10 Top 10 Greatest Black Americans: 1. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2. President Barack Obama 3. Malcolm X 4. Frederick Douglass 5. Thurgood Marshall 6. Harriet Tubman 7. Rosa Parks 8. Jackie Robinson 9. George Washington Carver 10. Paul Robeson
:09 Top 10 Greatest Black Athletes: 1. Jackie Robinson 2. Muhammad Ali 3. Jessie Owens 4. Bill Russell 5. Hank Aaron/Barry Bonds 6. Jim Brown 7. Tiger Woods 8. Wilma Rudolph 9. Chuck Cooper 10. Arthur Ashe/Althea Gibson
:08 Top 10 Greatest Sports Events In Black History: 1. Jackie Robinson drafted into major league baseball. 2. Chuck Cooper drafted into the National Basketball Association. 3. The Life and Times of Muhammad Ali “The Greatest.” 4. Jessie Owens’ domination over Hitler and the Germans in the Olympics./ Hank Aaron hits 715 to become baseball’s homerun king. 5. Wilma Rudolph becomes the first American woman/African-American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics (1960). 6. Jack Johnson/Joe Louis—both dominate the world heavyweight boxing crown during America’s most racist times. 7. Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a single game. 8. Bill Russell wins 11th NBA Basketball Championship. 9. Doug Williams becomes first African- American to win NFL Super Bowl. 10. John Thompson becomes first African-American to win NCAA Basketball Tournament/Tony Dungy becomes first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl
:07 Top 10 Honorable Mention Great Black Athletes: 1. Michael Jordan 2. Josh Gibson/Willie Mays 3. Magic Johnson 4. Carl Lewis 5. Pele 6. Satchel Paige 7. Serena and Venus Williams 8. Jerry Rice/Randy Moss 9. John Carlos/Tommie Smith 10. Mike Tyson
:06 Speaking of historical greatness, a big congrats goes out to Westinghouse High School for pulling off a back to back this past weekend winning the boys and girls City League basketball titles and a big “way to go man!” to my long time partners, Frank Duck and “Reggie” for keeping the Bulldog’s history alive and for printing the t-shirts and “giving” them away…that’s right, I said giving!!! Ruff Ruff!
:05 Oh yeah, you know I was gonna do this list. Here’s the biggest fools in Black sports history: 1. Rae Carruth 2. O.J. Simpson 3. “Tiger” and all them women 4. Oscar Pistorius (Mother Land connection) 5. Lance Armstrong (special write-in vote) 6. Plaxico Burress 7. All the Baseball druggies (Too many to mention) 8. Adam “Pac-Man” Jones 9. Ron Artest (not Metta “World” Peace) 10. Mike Tyson (makes both lists) 11. Jayson Williams 12. Michael Vick 13. Hector “Macho” Camacho 14. Riddick Bowe 15. Larry Bethea
:04 Here’s some Black History for ya. Kevin Cameron lasted one week with his predictions. And that one has not happened yet. Not as easy as it looks huh Kev?
:03 Champion Enterprises, Rayco “War” Promotions and Five Starr Corporation still making history…“Harlem Nights” opening night a huge success. Coming at ya again Friday, March 29. Dress it up!!
:02 My No. 1 greatest ever Black sports event…Ali vs. Frazier—“The Thriller in Manilla”
:01 In closing out this special edition, remember, we, as a people, are special and our sports achievements are historical and unprecedented. “We are people, mighty people, mighty people of the sun. In our hearts lie all the answers of the truth we can’t run from.”—Earth, Wind & Fire
~ GAME OVER ~
Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 09:49
Category: Sports Written by Smokin' Jim Frazier
2013 CITY CHAMPS—The Westinghouse Girls celebrate their City League Championship after Dr. Linda Lane, Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools presented them the Championship trophy.
The Westinghouse Lady Bulldogs have a reputation of being able to run and play pressure defense from the beginning of the game until the end. They believe that your body is only limited by where your mind is willing to take you and that if you can conceive it and believe it, you can achieve it.
The physically fit and mentally tough Bulldogs got their revenge against the defending champion Allderdice Lady Dragons last Saturday at Obama Academy, 54-42. This was Westinghouse’s 26th consecutive City title game appearance and 24th under Coach Phyllis Jones. It was also their 10th championship during that period, the first since 2009.
Allderdice’s swagger comes from having the top offense in the City League (58.3 points per game). High on Westinghouse’s agenda was to keep tabs on Allderdice leading scorers junior guard Sierra Fordham (21.5ppg) and senior guard Sydnee Albernathy (19.4ppg).
Westinghouse put the freeze on Fordham and Abernathy. The Lady Bulldogs held the dynamic duo to only 18 points through three quarters.
Phyllis Jones is committed to the Bulldogs and believes in excellence on and off the court. Jones and her husband, a professor who also works with athletes at West Virginia University, put a lot of focus on the classroom.
“My husband is in Indy at the NFL combine this weekend with his West Virginia University football players,” said Coach Jones. “Our team is involved in a study after school program, because we pride ourselves in excellence on the court and in the classroom.”
Brittany Jackson is probably a good classroom student, because she “schooled” Allderdice for 18 points.
Coach Jones is truly an artist. But instead of working her magic, with a brush and paint, she does it with a clipboard, knowledge of the game and a charismatic charm with a hardnosed attitude.
Many of the Westinghouse players went down briefly with injuries during the championship game. Does Coach Jones expect any players to miss any PIAA tournament games.
“The injuries were melodramatic. I expect everybody to play,” says Jones. “We work very hard and believe in playing defense. We are small but quick.”
Jasmine Myers, one of the top junior players in the area, scored 23 points against the Lady Dragons. Her ability to create a positive play out of a negative situation has given Myers an advantage over her opponents. She would look good in a Pitt Uniform.
“I haven’t heard from Pitt, but I have received offers from some smaller schools,” said Myers. “But my dream is to play for UConn.”
Abernathy had 13 points and Fordham led the Lady Dragons in scoring with 16 points.
If defense wins championships, we might as well skip the whole PIAA Tournament and give the gold medal to the Lady Bulldogs.
Westinghouse relied on its defense to carry them and the way they played Saturday afternoon it doesn’t look like anyone can run with the Lady Bulldogs right now.
Westinghouse has a great football tradition that dates back to the 1960s with coach Pete Dimperio. If Phyllis Jones and the Lady Bulldogs are able to win a state championship then perhaps their basketball legacy will rank right up there with football.
As a gladiator centuries ago once said, “What we do in life echoes in eternity.” Dreams don’t end on the court, it’s where they begin.
The Bulldogs were heading into a PIAA Class AAA preliminary round Tuesday against Johnstown at Central Cambria High School.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:48
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