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July 2013 Vol. 7
Travis Grant
Hall of Famer
David Beckham
Watkins Award
Mayweather, Jr.
Best Pound-for-Pound
Boxer in the World
Men’s Handball
China’s World
Table Tennis
In Memory of
Deacon Jones
Photo Gallery
Softball Sluggers
Jackie Robinson
Ice Hockey
Sports Greats
“Fearsome Foursome”
Track & Field
St. Aug’s National Champions
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.: Best Pound-for-Pound Boxer in the World
Notre Dame Snubs Watkins Award
The Amazing Jackie Robinson: The Greatest American Sportsman
David Beckham Retires: Soccer 20-year Career Ends
China’s 2013 World Table Tennis Champions: Zhang Jike &
Li Xiaoxia
The 2013 World Men’s Handball Championship
Softball Sluggers
The “Fearsome Foursome”
The 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World
In Memory of Deacon Jones: The “Secretary of Defense” - “Most Valuable
Ram of All-Time” - The “Greatest Defensive End of Modern Football”
NAIA Hall of Famer Travis Grant = Incredible Story
St. Augustine’s University Wins D-ll National Men’s Track & Field Title
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association [CIAA]
Southwestern Athletic Conference [SWAC]
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association [SIAC]
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference [MEAC]
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference [GCAC]
Other HBCUs
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Notre Dame
Snubs Watkins Award
By Reginald “Reggie” Grant - Author, English Teacher, former New York Jet, NFL
The Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award is
presented each year to the nation’s top
African-American male high school scholar
athlete since 1992. Finalists are chosen
based on their un-weighted grade point
average, their personal statements,
extracurricular activities, community service,
and letters of recommendation. For the past
eight years, each finalist has been recognized
in Los Angeles, received an award, ring, and
dinner in their hometown. All of the finalists are outstanding
students, involved in their communities and exceptional, highly
recruited athletes. This will be the only award these highly
decorated student-athletes are recognized for what they have to
work for off the field by completing a personal statement, getting
letters of recommendation and submitting official transcripts.
They put in a lot of work to just be considered for the award. Well,
Notre Dame doesn’t care!
The goal of the organization is to provide a positive nurturing
environment, and to honor all of the hard work and dedication
that these young people have had to put in to become high
achieving scholar-athletes. The Alliance Alumni are highly
accomplished academicians and athletes, who in essence
become mentors for these young men. The finalists become a
part of the Watkins Award family, which boasts a collegiate
graduation rate of 98%. The Watkins Award Alumni include
Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle, Justin Blalock of the Atlanta
Falcons, Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arrelious
Benn of the Philadelphia Eagles, Ben Tate and DeVier Posey of
the Houston Texans, Ted Ginn Jr., of the San Francisco 49ers,
All-Pro Lorenzo Alexander of the Arizona Cardinals, Mohammed
Massaquoi of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Darnell Dinkins of the
New Orleans Saints, LaVarr Arrington of the Washington
Redskins, Joseph Barksdale & Matt Daniels of the St. Louis
Rams, Grant Irons and Ronald Curry formerly of the Oakland
Raiders , and All-Pro Marcedes Lewis of the Jacksonville Jaguars
to name a few.
But, Notre Dame seems to disregard ways to help AfricanAmerican young men be more than athletes. Just ask Corey
Robinson, incoming freshman at Notre Dame. Corey Robinson
competed for and was selected for this year’s Watkins Award
Class. He worked hard to submit a great package, and he
personally called the Executive Director of the organization to
express his excitement about becoming a Watkins Man. Corey’s
local paper wrote an article on his achievement as finalist, and
he and his family were so very proud of his accomplishment.
Corey is the son of NBA Hall of Fame player and Annapolis (Navy)
graduate David Robinson. The travel arrangements were made,
schedules were shuffled and he was all set to participate in the
weekend’s activities, including opportunities for the finalist to
meet and develop relationships with the Watkins Alumni, many
of who attend each year’s event, to work with under privileged
youth at our Annual Free Academic Success Symposium and
FREE Football camp for two-hundred plus youth. The weekend
culminates with the Black Tie Awards Banquet, where each youth
is honored and the eventual winner is named.
The organization was stunned when informed that Notre Dame
would not let Corey attend the event. You see, Corey had chosen
Notre Dame after being recruited by nearly every powerhouse
program in the nation, had graduated high school early and
enrolled at Notre Dame. Three (3) Watkins alumni have attended
Notre Dame; Darius Walker, former NFL player and announcer
for the team’s games, Grant Irons former Oakland Raider and
Raki Nelson former Philadelphia Eagle. The Executive Director
of the Alliance reached out to the University and was given the
run around from the football offices to Compliance, to the Athletic
Director’s office with invalid and weak excuses as to why he
could not attend. What a disgrace and slap in the face to every
African-American student athlete past, present and future. Again,
Corey had completed the requirements and had earned the right
to participate. He missed it all, including the dinner held in each
finalist city for family and friends. Notre Dame displayed outright
disdain for the African-American community and the student
athletes that make it millions of dollars annually. This is a
continuing pattern of disrespect to African-Americans and our
positive organizations.
Notre Dame is a school who boasts of its commitment to the
Student Athlete. What university with an emphasis on studentathletes would NOT allow its player to attend the Watkins Award?
I now understand that the football program and its participants
are total hypocrites when they say they are looking out for student
athletes. Moving forward, I’m sure the Watkins Award Committee
will inform all Watkins nominees that if they are considering
Notre Dame, what they did to Corey and the position they put him
and his family in. Regardless of what they say, it’s all about
athletics and the football program.
Let’s look at the Watkins Award class of 2013, in alphabetical
Kendell Beckwith, comes from Clinton, Louisiana. A member of
the National Honor Society, Honor Roll of America, Beta Club,
Member of Future Farmers of America and a volunteer with the
Clinton Community Football League. An ESPN Radio Player of
the Year, Times Picayune of New Orleans Defensive Player of
the Year, All-District, All-State Defensive MVP, All Metro Defensive
MVP, and Under Armour All-American. All while maintaining a 3.4
GPA at East Feliciana High School.
Jordan Cunningham hails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is a
member of the National Honor Society, Florida Social Studies
Award, President of the Diversity Club, and volunteer for the
Invisible Children Organization. He was the Florida Scholar
Athlete of the Year, 1st-Team All-County, Miami Herald All-State,
Florida Super 11, Miami Dolphins Super 24, ESPN Top 150, and
Under Armour All-American. He maintained a 3.8 GPA at University
School High School.
“Mr. Everything” Joshua Dobbs is a native of Atlanta, GA. He is a
July 2013
Photo courtesy of Reginald “Reggie” Grant
member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, National
Society of High School Scholars, Student Ambassador, AP Scholar
with Honor, Leadership Committee Chairman, and Philanthropy
Committee Chairman. A member of the Atlanta 5A All-State, AHS
Raider Offensive Player of the Year, Atlanta QB MVP, and Nike
National Elite 11 Top 6 . He earned a 4.0 GPA at Alpharetta High
School, and has never missed a day of school.
Leon McQuay III, Tampa, FL, is an Academic All-American,
Armwood Academic Letterman, Mu Alpha Theta Academic Award
recipient, and Temple Terrace Youth Volunteer. A USA Today 1stTeam member, Max Prep Sports 1st-Team, Sporting News 10th
Ranked Player, Rivals Top 100, ESPN rated as the #32 Best
Player Nationwide, and Under Armour All-American. While
attending Millbrook High School, he has maintained a 4.7 GPA.
Last, but not least, is Corey Robinson of San Antonio, TX. He is
a member of the National Honor Society, National Merit Scholar,
Academic All-State Team, Texas ACT Council Achievement Award
recipient, and a National Latin Honor Society member, as well
as a Harvard Book Award recipient, 1st-Team All-State, and Army
All-American, while maintaining a 4.4 GPA at San Antonio
Christian High School. By the way, Corey had a great spring and
should be an impact player for Notre Dame this fall, no surprise.
For twenty-three years, the Watkins Award has challenged its
awardees to be better off the field. It’s clear that Notre Dame is
only interested in how athletes can compete on the
field. Congratulations to Notre Dame, Coach Chip Kelley, its
athletic department and its football program for showing AfricanAmerican males that they care nothing about them being true
student-athletes and well-rounded people. I guess they live by
the old Al Davis mantra “Just Win, Baby”… regardless of the
cost. I would never consider sending one of my kids to Notre
Dame…. what about you? Let me and Notre Dame know what
you think.
Notre Dame University contact information, President Rev. John
I. Jenkins, C.S.C., [email protected], Jack Swarbrick, University
Vice President/Director of Athletics, (574) 631-6107, Brian Kelly,
Head Football Coach, (564) 631-7475.
July 2013
The Amazing
Jackie Robinson
The Greatest American Sportsman
By Robert E. Lewis
Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson
integrated modern Major League
Baseball, and became the inaugural
Major League Baseball (MLB) Rookie of
the Year in 1947. He was selected the
National League’s Most Valuable Player
of the Year 1949. He led the Brooklyn
Dodgers to 6 National League Pennants
and the World Series Championship in
1955. He is a sports figure who led by
Robert E. Lewis
example, became a civil rights leader,
goodwill ambassador, the first Black television analyst in MLB,
and the first African-American vice-president of a major American
company. Robinson succeeded on the baseball field, in the
business arena, and in academia.
If the measure of a great individual and great athlete is their
ability to work with others, be courageous under fire, articulate
various situations, discuss issues in a professional manner,
play a professional sport under tremendous pressure, then
Jackie Robinson not only was an amazing athlete, he was an
amazing leader.
America has been blessed with great athletes. Jim Brown,
Walter Payton, Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Jesse Owens, Carl
Lewis, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams,
Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Muhammad Ali, Sandy Koufax,
Michael Jordan, and Joe Louis dominated their sports in their
time. But Robinson shines above the rest, because of his ability
to take the pressure, excel under extreme pressure and the glare
of the big stage. He was not just playing for himself or his team,
he was playing for all African-Americans, and all Americans of
color. As the first Black man to play in the major leagues since
the 1880s, he was instrumental in bringing an end to racial
segregation in professional sports.
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia, in 1919,
to a family of sharecroppers. His mother, Mallie, single-handedly
raised him and her four other children. He was the youngest of
the five children, after Edgar, Frank, Matthew, and Willa Mae.
Growing up in a large, single-parent family, he excelled early at
all sports, and learned to make his way in life. In high school,
Robinson played several sports at the varsity level, and lettered
in four of them: football, basketball, track, and baseball. He played
shortstop and catcher on the baseball team, quarterback on the
football team and guard on the basketball team.
After high school, he attended Pasadena Junior College, where
he played basketball, football, baseball, and ran track. On the
football team, he played quarterback and safety. He was shortstop
and leadoff hitter for the baseball team, and he broke the school
long jump record held by his brother Matthew “Mack” Robinson.
In 1938, he was elected to the All-Southland Junior College Team
for baseball and selected as the region’s Most Valuable Player.
After graduating from Junior College, Robinson transferred to
UCLA, where he became the school’s first athlete to win varsity
letters in four sports: baseball, basketball, football, and track. In
track and field, he won the 1940 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field
Championship in the long jump. In 1941, he was named to the
All-American football team. While a senior at UCLA, he met his
future wife, Rachel Isum, a UCLA freshman. In the spring of
1941, he left college just shy of graduation, due to financial issues
and the cost of college.
In 1942 he was drafted and assigned to a segregated army
cavalry unit in Fort Riley, Kansas. Robinson had this can do
spirit, the fight for justice, the ability to articulate a situation and
find solutions. Having the requisite qualifications, he applied for
Office Candidate School (OCS) then located at Fort Riley. Although
the army’s initial July 1941 guidelines for OCS had been drafted
as race-neutral, practically speaking, few Black applicants were
admitted in OCS. After protests by heavyweight boxing champion
Joe Louis, also stationed at Fort Riley, and civilian aides to the
Secretary of War, he and other Blacks were accepted to OCS.
Robinson was commissioned as a second lieutenant in January
1943. Jackie Robinson and Rachel Isum became formally
In July 1944, he boarded an army bus, and was asked to move
to the back of the bus. He refused, the bus driver had him
arrested. When Robinson confronted the investigating officer
about racist questioning, the officer recommended he be courtmartialed. By the time of the court-martial in August 1944, the
charges against him had been reduced. He was acquitted by an
all-white panel of nine officers.
After his honorable discharge, Robinson returned to his football
club, the Los Angeles Bulldogs. Later, he accepted an offer to be
Athletic Director at Sam Huston College (renamed: HustonTillotson University) in Texas. In early 1945, while he was at Sam
Huston, the Kansas City Monarchs sent him a written offer to
play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues. Because of
his great play with the Monarchs, he was chosen to play in the
1945 Negro League All-Star Game.
Jackie Robinson had this amazing leadership ability, which he
developed in junior high school. Because he was such a great
athlete and leader, he seemed to work well with others. Moving
from the segregated south to the more liberal, wide open west
seemed to benefit Robinson. He never seemed to develop the
fear many Blacks had of White people, and the White power
structure. In fact, Jackie Robinson attacked institutionalized
racism in a way few people of color dared to in the late 1930s,
1940s, and 1950s. He was a leader of his sports teams at
Washington Junior High School, John Muir High School,
Pasadena Junior College and UCLA. Most of his teammates
were White. His older brother’s drive and encouragement must
have been instrumental in getting him to see what a great
July 2013
individual and athlete he was. He seemed to take on all
challenges. This seems to be part of why he was so remarkable
and amazing.
His brother, Mack, was an Olympic track star, and this seems to
have inspired him even more. But, he was also aware of the fact
that although his brother had been a track star, Mack struggled
to earn a living. Which might explain why he was always looking
for opportunities, many times working at more than one place, in
different cities within the same year. Robinson was always able
to spot opportunities, whether it was playing football for an
integrated semi-pro team in Honolulu or Los Angeles. When he
did play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues, he was
one of the best paid players.
He had many benefactors. Black leaders,
African-American newspaper writers,
Jewish leaders, and liberal White
leaders were demanding that the major
leagues be integrated in the early 1940s.
Wendell Smith, a top Black sportswriter
and editor of the Pittsburgh Courier, an
African-American weekly, had often
written articles and spoke in the late
1930s and early 1940s about why Major
League Baseball should be integrated.
When a powerful Boston City
Councilman, Isadore Muchnick, agitated
for integration of Major League Baseball,
Robinson pursued this opportunity. A
child of Russian Jewish immigrants,
Muchnick grew up in Boston’s old West
End. He graduated from Harvard in 1928,
and Harvard Law School in 1932. Elected
to the Boston City Council in 1941,
Muchnick rapidly developed a reputation
as a progressive, with a sense of justice.
Muchnick arranged for a tryout for Negro
players on April 16, 1945. For years, the
African-American press had called for the
integration of baseball and touted the
accomplishment of Black athletes. The National Negro
Newspaper All-American Association of Sports Editors (NNNAA)
touted Robinson more than any other athlete. Members knew
that the first player to break the color line needed to be more than
just a great athlete. In order to succeed, he also needed the
social, emotional and intellectual skills to survive the scrutiny of
a nation (Stout “Tryout and Fallout” Massachusetts Historical
Review, 2004).
Branch Rickey, Club President and General Manager of the
Brooklyn Dodgers, began to scout the Negro Leagues for
possible Dodgers players in the mid-1940s. Rickey selected
Robinson from his list of promising Black players. On October
23, 1945, it was publicly announced that Robinson had been
signed to play with Brooklyn’s International League Farm Cub,
the Montreal Royals. On February 10, 1946, Jackie and Rachel
were married.
In the spring of 1946, Robinson arrived in Florida to train with the
Montreal Royals Team. He was met with bigoted acts and racist
attitudes. But, he endured because he was on a mission to do
well with the Montreal team and eventually play for the Brooklyn
Dodgers. He led the International League in batting, and was
named league Most Valuable Player (MVP). The Montreal
(Canadian) fans treated him very well, he was their hero, and
really helped the International League’s attendance.
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first Black man
to play in a modern Major League Baseball game. He was derided
by opposing teams. Some, notably the St. Louis Cardinals,
threatened to strike if Robinson played. After the threat, National
League President Ford Frick and Baseball Commissioner Happy
Chandler let it be known that any striking players would be
suspended. Robinson had to deal with threats to his life, rough
physical play by opponents, name calling, serious injuries
caused by other players trying to spike him, or pitchers sending
pitches near his head.
Sixty years after the 1887 banishing of Moses “Fleetwood” Walker,
a Black player from the International
League, Robinson was chosen the
inaugural MLB Rookie of the year in
1947. Sixty years since a long accepted
“gentlemen’s agreement” among
baseball owners and officials kept
organized baseball White, Robinson
was a star. In the 1947 season, he had a
.297 batting average, on-base
percentage of .383 and a .427 slugging
percentage. He also led the league in
sacrifice hits and in stolen bases
(Baseball Almanac 2010, The World
Almanac and book of facts 2010). The
Brooklyn Dodgers also won the 1947
National League Pennant. Robinson
brought excitement to Major League
Baseball. He brought new fans to the
game and a renewed interest.
In 1949, Robinson had a .342 batting
average, 124 runs batted in (RBI) and
122 runs scored, 37 stolen bases,
second place in the league for both
doubles and triples (Baseball Almanac
2010, New York Times Almanac 2010,
The World Almanac and book of facts
2010). He was popular with many
baseball fans. They voted him starting second baseman for the
1949 Major League All-Star game, the first All-Star game to include
Black players. He was chosen the NL’s MVP for 1949.The
Dodgers also won the 1949 NL Pennant. Robinson became the
highest paid Dodger in 1950. He had a batting average of .328
and 99 runs in 1950 (New York Times, New York Times Almanac,
World Almanac). He also led the league in double plays.
He won his only championship when the Dodgers beat the New
York Yankees in the 1955 World Series. Although the Dodgers
won the World Series in 1955, this was Robinson’s worst year
from an individual statistical measure. He had been diagnosed
with diabetes, and began to show the effects of diabetes with
his play. After the 1956 season, he was traded to the New York
Giants. The trade was never completed. He had already agreed
to become vice-president of personnel for Chock full o’Nuts.
Robinson retired from baseball on January 5, 1957.
Robinson exhibited the combination of hitting ability and speed.
He scored more than 100 runs in six of his ten seasons, had a
.311 career batting average, a .409 career on-base percentage,
a .474 slugging percentage (New York Times, New York Times
Almanac, World Almanac). He was also an outstanding fielder.
He played first base his rookie season, second baseman most
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The Amazing Jackie Robinson - Contiune from page XX Series. Jackie Robinson died October 24, 1972,
of a heart attack at home in Stamford,
Connecticut, he was 53.
of his career, but he also played third base and
outfield. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of
Fame in 1962, on the first ballot. He was the
first Black player inducted into the Baseball Hall
of Fame.
From 1957 to 1964, Robinson was a vice
president at Chock full o’Nuts, the first Black
person to serve as vice president for a major
American corporation. He always hoped that
his business career would encourage other
Blacks to become business leaders. Robinson
also helped found Freedom National Bank in
1964, a Black-owned and operated commercial
bank based in Harlem. He served as the banks
first Chairman of the Board. He also started a
construction company in 1970.
In 1965, Robinson served as an analyst for ABC’s Major League
Baseball Game of the Week telecasts, the first African-American
to do so. In 1966, he became General Manager for a Brooklyn
football franchise, the new Continental Football League did not
last long.
On June 4, 1972, the Dodgers retired his uniform number 42.
He made his final public appearance on October 15, 1972,
throwing the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the World
In honor of Robinson’s accomplishments and
celebrating his baseball career, Major League
Baseball retired his uniform number 42, on April
15, 1997. This was 50 years after Robinson
broke the color line. Jackie Robinson was the
first and only player whose uniform number was
retired by Major League Baseball (Baseball
Almanac). It must be noted that the only active
player to still retain the number 42 is Mariana
Rivera of the New York Yankees. Mariana will be
allowed to use the number until his retirement.
Jackie Robinson was an amazing athlete, businessman, and
entrepreneur. He was truly gifted, and led an extraordinary life.
He was a pioneer and role model. It is largely because of Jackie
Robinson’s hard work and sacrifice that we have African-American
executives in major sports leagues (baseball, basketball, and
football). Jackie Robinson opened the door of opportunity for
African-American managers, coaches, and players by setting
an example and agitating for more opportunities for athletes of
color. We can all learn from his courage and determination.
Robinson once stated “I’m not concerned with your liking or
disliking me….all I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”
July 2013
The Best Season
The First Ninety Games
Author – Bob May
[email protected]
About the Book: Historical Fiction
How would twenty-one stars of the Black Ball (BB) era (Negro
Leagues and Independent Black Teams) like to be honored? I
believe they would like to be honored in action on the playing
There are a significant number of great historical books
published on the Negro League and its players. However, most
of the evidence of their exploits on the field is anecdotal. Their
play against the White ball players in the Major Leagues is
against post-season barnstorming teams, not in-season battles
for first place! These twenty-one BB Stars (team name in book)
deserve the opportunity to play the great Major League teams/
players in organized competition.
For fifty-seven years (since I was a teenager), my hobby has
been to play sophisticated baseball board games that simulate
the play of Major League Baseball accurately. In 1993, while I
was the President of Pursue the Pennant Baseball Game
Company, we created a 416 player card set (included 21 stars
of the Negro Leagues). In this set was every player currently
in the National Baseball Hall of Fame (nearly 200 players).
There was nearly another 100 players who had great careers
(potential Hall of Famers). We also made the decision to include
about 100 players who had that one great year. These players
covered the period from 1881 through 1987, but it excluded
active players as of 1992. For these 416 players, we created a
card that would reflect their statistics for their “Best Season”
in the Major Leagues.
In 2011, I finally did my research, which I believe will honor
these 21 Black Ball stars and all the players of the Black Ball
era. These 21 Black Ball stars and four “free agent” Black
pitchers (Newcombe - 1956 Dodgers; Tiant – 1968 Indians; J
R Richard – 1979 Astros; and Donnie Moore – 1985 Angels)
will face the sixteen original post-1900 franchises in fifteen
nine game series (the Braves and Pirates franchises have been
combined). In addition to these 135 games, there will be two
fifteen game All-Star competitions (fifteen games with 21 man
rosters/six pitchers and fifteen games with 25 man rosters).
This “Best Season” competition will total 165 games plus a
six team playoff. The BB Stars are an automatic seed in the
playoffs. Remember these BB Stars will be playing the Best
(season) of the Best (players). It is an exciting full season of
This two book series will be written as a baseball reporter
would write up yesterday’s ball game in today’s paper. There
will be all sorts of great action, statistics and highlights. Doing
this research (playing nearly 200 games) gave me an
appreciation of how good these players were. I believe the
reader will enjoy these games as if he/she had box seats
behind the BB Stars dugout.
During the last twelve months, in addition to writing the first
book, I attended my first Negro League Baseball Conference.
I have had the honor of meeting four former Negro League
players. In addition, I have read many books on the Negro
Leagues. It was an honor for me to bring to life (on the field)
the talents of these great stars even if it is Historical Fiction.
Bob May
Spring 2012
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China’s 2013
World Table Tennis Champions
Zhang Jike & Li Xiaoxia
The 2013 World Table
Tennis (International
F e d e r a t i o n )
Championships were
held at the Palais
Omnisports de ParisBercy in Paris, France
during May 2013. The
Championships were
the 52nd edition of the
World Table Tennis
These were the first
Championships since
2003, in which China
did not win all five
competitions and the
first since 1993, in
which they won fewer
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
than four Gold Medals.
tenChampionships long streak of men’s doubles titles came to an third-seed Wang Hao triumphed four sets to two (11–9, 11–7,
end as Chuang Chih-yuan and Chen Chien-an of Chinese Taipei 11–3, 7–11, 12–14, 11–3) over the second-ranked Ma Long.
(Taiwan) beat a Chinese duo for their nation’s first-ever Gold
Medal. China’s eleven-Championships long streak of mixed In the men’s singles final, Zhang Jike beat his countryman Wang
doubles titles (since 1989) came to an end as Kim Hyok-Bong Hao 4–2 to claim his fourth straight major title. Zhang won the
and Kim Jong of North Korea beat a South Korean team in the first set 11–7 and the second 11–8. Wang bounced back to take
finals. However, China did have the top four finishers in both the the third set 11–6. He continued his surge in the fourth set,
men’s and women’s singles and won 14 of 20 medals overall. taking an early lead. However, Zhang maintained his composure,
and took the hard fought set 14–12. Wang took the fifth set 11–5
Zhang Jike took the men’s title, marking his fourth consecutive to stay alive in the best of seven match, before Zhang finished
World or Olympic first place finish, while Li Xiaoxia won her first the match with a 11–7 fifth set. The victorious Zhang threw his
World title in the women’s singles. Li also teamed up with Guo shirt into the crowd, and ran into the stands to celebrate with his
Yue to win the women’s doubles title for China.
parents, who had never attended a world competition event
before. “My parents had always wanted to watch me play during
Doha, Qatar, one of the only two candidate cities, withdrew its major world competitions, but I refused. This time I asked them
bid, after the Qatar Table Tennis Association was made aware to come here,” he explained.
that Paris wanted to mark the 10-year anniversary of the 2003
World Table Tennis Championships. As a result, Paris was Zhang had previously won the 2011 World Cup and 2012 Olympic
selected as the host city. The decision was announced by The Games, both also over Wang, as well as the 2011 World
International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) in May 2010. The Championships. He has never lost to Wang in international
Tournament was held at the 12,000 seat Palais Omnisports de competition. After the match, Wang announced it was his last
World Championships, as he plans to retire in the near future.
Entering the 2013 World Table Tennis Championship, China
had not lost a single event since 2003, when Werner Schlager of
Austria won the men’s singles.
Both men’s semi-finals featured a matchup of two highly ranked
Chinese players. In the first, the fourth-seed Zhang Jike
dominated the world number-one Xu Xin in a victory of four sets
to none (11–8, 11–2, 11–9, 12–10). In the other semi-final, the
In men’s doubles, Chuang Chih-yuan and Chen Chien-an
captured Chinese Taipei’s (Taiwan) first ever Gold Medal. The
duo topped Ma Lin and Hao Shuai of China four sets to two. Ma
and Hao won the first set 11–9, before dropping three in a row to
Chuang and Chen (12–10, 11–6, 13–11). After Ma and Hao won
the fifth set 11–9, Ma and Hao finished off the match with a 11–8
sixth set. The Secretary General of the Chinese Taipei Table
Tennis Association called the victory “an important milestone in
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The day after Li won the single’s title, she joined with Guo Yue to
add the women’s double Gold to her medal haul. Ding Ning and
Liu Shiwen, also from China, took the first set 11–5, but it was all
Li and Guo from there. Li and Guo, who are close friends, won
the second set 11–5, and then the next three sets 11–7, 11–5,
and 11–7, for a four set to one victory. Singapore’s Feng Tianwei
and Yu Mengyu took one of Bronzes, with the other going to Chen
Meng and Zhu Yuling of China.
Entering the World Championships, China had won eleven
straight mixed doubles titles (since 1989). However, no Chinese
team made the finals in 2013. Instead, Kim Hyok-Bong and Kim
Jong of North Korea beat Lee Sang-Su and Park Young-Sook of
South Korea 4–2. The North Korean team won the first three
sets, before dropping two straight. They recovered from their
slide, and won the match in the sixth set. It was the first-ever
mixed doubles title for the nation and the first world title of any
kind in 36 years.
our table tennis history,” and the Taipei government awarded
Chaung and Chen $30,033 each for their accomplishment.
Taiwanese President, Ma Ying-jeou, remarked “It’s a hard-won
achievement that highlights the Taiwan spirit of perseverance
and fortitude.” Chinese Taipei had been competing in world
championships since 1985. The country’s previous best finish
was second place in women’s single by Chen Jing twenty years
prior. China had won the men’s doubles in the last ten World
In women’s singles, Li Xiaoxia of China claimed her first World
Championships with a four set to two victory over compatriot Liu
Shiwen. Li won the first set 11–8, but Liu bounced back with an
easy 11–4 second set victory. Li captured the third set 11–7 and
fourth 12–10. Liu stayed alive with a 11–6 fifth set, and fended off
two match point in the sixth before falling 13–11.
Li had previously finished second at the World Championships
in 2011 and 2007. Her victory allowed her to complete a career
glad slam (World Cup, Olympic Title, and World
Championships). For Liu, it was her first World Championship
final appearance. Ding Ning and rising star Zhu Yuling, both
also from China, took the Bronze Medals.
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Li Xiaoxia
NAIA Hall of Famer
Travis Grant = Incredible Story
By John McCarthy, Collegiate Basketball Historian
The National Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics (NAIA) was excited to induct a very
prestigious Hall of Fame Class at the 2011
Buffalo Funds-NAIA National Championship
in Kansas City. The class consists of Terry
Porter (Wisconsin-Stevens Point), Scottie
Pippen (Central Arkansas), Travis Grant
(Kentucky State) and Bill Odell (Azusa Pacific).
Let me take a little time to write about Travis
Grant and his incredible accomplishments!
Sometimes we get wrapped up in the hype or try to generate
hype…..and then there are times when the facts just speak for
themselves. What’s great about Travis is that he has all of the
statistics, awards, facts, etc., yet is just a genuinely humble and
all around good guy.
He was raised in Alabama by his mother and as he describes it
poor. He literally nailed the milk carton to the barn so that he
could shoot (basketball). The court was the dirt. That’s how he
honed a jump shot that would become one of the very best in the
game, at any level, at any time.
After high school in Alabama, he followed Coach Lucius Mitchell
to Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky. As a freshman,
he averaged an astounding 26.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.6
assists, while shooting an astounding 61.9% from the field.
You read those numbers correctly: 26.6 points, while shooting
61.9% from the field – as a freshman. Incredible!
During his sophomore year, the Thorobreds went 29-3, and won
the NAIA National Championship. Travis averaged 35.4 points
and 9.0 rebounds, while shooting an astounding 70% from the
field. During the NAIA Tournament in Kansas City, he averaged
27.4 points. How about this fact: during his sophomore year, he
dropped 75 points in one regular season game. Incredible!
During his junior year, he led his team to a 31-2 record and a
second straight NAIA National Championship appearance. For
the season, he averaged 31.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and shot
64.8% from the field. During the NAIA Tournament, he averaged
33.6 points and was named Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player.
His senior year was memorable in so many ways. In an epic
showdown against Eastern Michigan and their star George “The
Iceman” Gervin. Travis help drop Eastern from the ranks of the
unbeatens with a blowout victory, while Travis scored 68 points
on Gervin. To hear Gervin tell the story is great. They heard
Kentucky State was good, but they had no idea. Gervin mentioned
that they “held” Travis to about 18 at the half, and then he exploded
for 50 in the second half alone, while the Thorobreds ran away
with the game “by about 50,” according to “The Iceman.”
By the time his senior year was complete, Travis led his team to
a third-straight NAIA National Championship, this time with overall
Travis Grant
28-5 record, a season average of 39.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and
shooting 62% from the field. Again, he was named Most Valuable
Player (MVP), while averaging 42.6 points per game, a
tournament record that still stands today. He set the scoring
record for a single game with 60 points against Minot State (SD),
while also setting the record for the most points in the tournament
and the aforementioned tournament scoring average, all records
that still stand today. Incredible!
When it was all said and done for his senior year, Travis won
three consecutive National Championships and scored 4,045
points in his college career. As he walked off the court at
Municipal Auditorium for the last time in 1972, no player in college
basketball history had scored more points than Travis. None.
He was given the Lapchick Award for the top player in all of
college basketball, at any level. This was the first time that the
Award was ever given to a small college player.
Travis is a member of the Kentucky State University Hall of Fame,
July 2013
Travis Grant accepting the Lapchick Award
the Kentucky Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball
Hall of Fame.
The numbers, awards and honors are staggering, yet deserved.
Travis will tell you that it’s the National Championships that are
important to him, not the individual awards and numbers. It’s
about the degree that he received from Kentucky State University.
It’s about the Master’s degree he earned from West Georgia
University. It’s his wife, Sharon and it’s his children and
That’s what he wants to talk
about….championships, degrees and family.
Okay, maybe we should toss golf in there, too. After his
professional basketball career (he was a first round NBA draft
choice of the Los Angeles Lakers), Travis worked in education
for 29 years, as a teacher, coach and administrator, before retiring
following the 2009-10 school year. So now he enjoys golf and
some well-deserved free-time.
Around Kentucky State, and for those that know the history of the
game, they refer to Travis Grant as a “legend.” But now that
“legend” just wants to do in golf as he did in basketball so well:
And one more really cool thing…when Travis got his first check
from the Los Angeles Lakers, he took that money back to
Alabama, picked up his mother and bought her a house. His
mother sacrificed and loved him, and the kid from Alabama
returned home to take care of his mom. Today, almost 39 years
later, she stills lives in that house that her son bought for her.
Thanks Travis for all that you do on and off the court.
On Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at the Grand Ballroom in the Kansas
City Convention Center, Travis Grant was inducted into the NAIA
Hall of Fame.
July 2013
The 2013 World Men’s
Handball Championship
Handball (also known as team handball, Olympic handball,
European team handball, European handball, or Borden ball) is
a team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six
outfield players and a goalkeeper on each team) pass a ball to
throw it into the goal of the other team. A standard match consists
of two periods of 30 minutes, and the team with more goals
scored wins.
After receiving the ball, players can pass, keep possession, or
shoot the ball. If possessing the ball, players must dribble
(similar to a basketball dribble), or can take up to three steps for
up to three seconds at a time without dribbling. No attacking or
defending players other than the defending goalkeeper are
allowed to touch the floor of the goal area (within 6 meters of the
goal). A shot or pass in the goal area is valid if completed before
touching the floor. Goalkeepers are allowed outside the goal
area, but are not allowed to possess the ball across the goal
area boundary. The ball may not be passed back to the
goalkeeper when he is positioned in the goal area.
Notable scoring opportunities can occur when attacking players
jump into the goal area. For example, an attacking player may
catch a pass while launching inside the goal area, and then
shoot or pass before touching the floor. Doubling occurs when a
diving attacking player passes to another diving team-mate.
Modern handball is usually played indoors, but outdoor variants
exist in the forms of field handball and Czech handball (which
were more common in the past) and beach handball (also called
The game is quite fast and includes body contact, as the
defenders try to stop the attackers from approaching the goal.
Contact is allowed only when the defensive player is completely
in front of the offensive player (i.e., between the offensive player
and the goal). Any contact from the side or especially from behind
is considered dangerous and is usually met with penalties. When
a defender successfully stops an attacking player (who loses
the ball over a line), the play is stopped and restarted by the
attacking team from the spot of the infraction or on the 9-meter
line. Unlike in basketball, where players are allowed to commit
only 5 fouls in a game, handball players are allowed an unlimited
number of faults, which are considered good defense and
disruptive to the attacking team’s rhythm. Certain elements of
the game are reminiscent of rugby (for instance, the degree of
force that defense may use to stop the attacker with the ball,
together with the lack of protections and helmets).
Goals are scored quite frequently. Usually, both teams score at
least 20 goals each, and it is not uncommon for both teams to
score more than 30 goals. This was not true in the earliest
history of the game, when the scores were lower. But, as offensive
play has improved since the late 1980s, particularly the use of
counter-attacks (fast breaks) after a failed attack from the other
team, goal-scoring has increased.
The rules are laid out in the International Handball Federation’s
(IHF) Set of Rules.
The 2013 World Men’s Handball Championship was the 23rd
Championship, an international handball tournament that took
place in Spain in January 2013. This was the first time Spain
hosted the World Men’s Handball Championship, becoming the
twelfth country to host the competition. Spain won the title, beating
Denmark in the final 35–19.
The Games were played in six locations in Spain.
Madrid Zaragoza
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Mediterranean Sea
The qualification for the 2013 World Handball Championship took place in the calendar years of 2011 and 2012. As the host nation,
Spain and as defending champions, France, were automatically qualified for the tournament. Other qualifying nations included
Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Denmark, Serbia, Croatia, South Korea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Hungary,
Macedonia, Iceland, Germany, Belarus, Poland, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.
These participating teams/countries were placed in four groups, with each group’s winner advancing to the semi-finals. In the
semi-finals, Spain defeated Slovenia 26-22 and Denmark defeated Croatia 30-24.
The final match, watched by 14,000 people, was played at the Palau Sant Jordi stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Denmark entered the
final as the only unbeaten team during the tournament, having won all eight matches they previously played. Host nation Spain won
seven of their eight matches before the final, losing only to Croatia in the final match in the group phase.
Spain won its second World Men’s Handball Championship, beating Denmark 35–19. While in the early minutes of the game the
teams were closely matched, Spain played tough defense, limited Denmark’s scoring chances and went on a scoring run to end
the first half leading 18–10. The Spanish team then increased their lead in the second half, outscoring Denmark 17–9 to close out
the game. It was the third World Championship final that Denmark lost, having also been defeated in 1967 and 2011.
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Sports Greats
The “Fearsome Foursome”
The “Fearsome Foursome” was a title first used in reporting
professional football, when referring to the dominating defensive
lines of the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League
in the early 1960s, the New York Giants, and most widely, the
Los Angeles Rams of the 1960s and 1970s.
Los Angeles Rams
Rosey Grier was acquired from the New York Giants in 1963, to
join Lamar Lundy, Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones as the Los
Angeles Rams starting defensive line. They became known as
the Fearsome Foursome, and the greater publicity garnered by
the NFL leads many to assume they were the originals. Dick
Butkus called them “the most dominant line in football history.”
They gained fame as the Rams went from a perennial second
division, under .500 team, to a National Football League (NFL)
powerhouse under head coach George Allen. Roger Brown
replaced Grier in 1967, and Diron Talbert replaced Brown in
1970. Also, in 1970, Coy Bacon replaced Lamar Lundy.
The line was ultimately broken up when George Allen became
coach of the Washington Redskins in 1971; Talbert and Jones
left in 1972, with Talbert following Allen to the Redskins, and
Jones going to the Chargers for 2 years before eventually
reuniting with Allen himself on the Redskins in 1974. Bacon left
in 1973.
Lamar J. Lundy, Jr., was a defensive end with the Los Angeles
Rams for 13 seasons, from 1957 to 1969. Along with Deacon
Jones, Merlin Olsen, and Rosey Grier, Lundy was a member of
the Fearsome Foursome, often considered one of the best
defensive lines in NFL history. All four also did some acting.
Lundy portrayed the boulder-hurling cyclops in the unaired pilot
of Lost in Space (this pilot was later made into episode 4 of the
series, entitled “There Were Giants in the Earth”).
Lundy was born April 17, 1935, in Richmond, Indiana. He attended
Purdue University, where he was the first Black student to receive
a football scholarship, and where he was named Most Value
Player (MVP) of both the football and basketball teams in his
senior year. The 6' 7" Lundy was drafted by both the NFL and the
National Basketball Association (NBA), but he opted for a career
in football.
Early in his professional career, Lundy (#85) was occasionally
used as an offensive receiver, catching 35 passes for 584 yards
and 6 touchdowns. He scored an additional 3 touchdowns on
interception returns (coincidentally, the only 3 interceptions of
his NFL career). When he retired as a player, Lundy became an
assistant coach for the San Diego Chargers, but was forced by
illness to cease coaching.
Lundy died at age 71 on February 24, 2007.
Merlin Jay Olsen was an NFL player, commentator and actor.
He played his entire 15-year career with the Los Angeles Rams,
and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 14 of those seasons, a
current record shared with Bruce Matthews. He is a member of
the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of
As an actor he portrayed the farmer Jonathan Garvey on Little
House on the Prairie. After leaving that series, he starred in his
own NBC drama, Father Murphy, playing the title role of a foster
dad posing as a traveling priest.
Olsen was born on September 15, 1940, in Logan, Utah.
He attended Utah State University, where he was a three-year
letterman in football as a defensive tackle. He graduated from
the College of Business and Social Sciences at USU with a
Bachelor’s Degree in Finance in 1962 and a Master’s Degree in
Economics in 1971. He later received an honorary Doctorate
Degree in Business from the Huntsman School. In football, as a
senior, he was a consensus All-American selection (making the
vast majority of All-America teams), and was the winner of the
Outland Trophy. After Olsen’s junior year of 1960, he was also
named All-American by the Football Writers Association of
America and Newspaper Enterprise Association. He was also
All-Conference in both 1960 and 1961. Olsen and Utah State
were in the 1960 Sun Bowl, losing to New Mexico State, 20–13.
Coming out of college, Olsen had offers from both Los Angeles
of the NFL and the Denver Broncos of the rival American Football
League (AFL). He chose the security of the NFL, and signed with
the Rams. He was the first Utah Aggie to be drafted in the 1st
round of the NFL draft.
Olsen played professionally from 1962 to 1976 for the Los
Angeles Rams. A leading defensive star of his era, he missed
only two games in his 15-season NFL career. He was named
the NFL’s Rookie of the Year in 1962, and was First-Team All-Pro
in 1964, and 1966 through 1970.
He died on March 11, 2010.
Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier is an American actor, singer, Christian
minister, and former professional football player. He was a
notable college football player for The Pennsylvania State
University, who earned a retrospective place in the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 100th anniversary list of
100 most influential student athletes.
Grier was born July 14, 1932.
After his professional sports career, he worked as a bodyguard
for Robert Kennedy during the 1968 presidential campaign, and
was guarding the senator’s wife, Ethel Kennedy, during the
Robert F. Kennedy assassination. Although unable to prevent
that killing, Grier took control of the gun and subdued the shooter,
Sirhan Sirhan.
His other activities have been colorful and varied. He hosted his
own Los Angeles television show, and made approximately 70
guest appearances on various shows during the 1960s and
As a singer, Grier first released singles on the A label in 1960,
and over the following twenty-five years, he continued to record
on various labels including Liberty, Ric, MGM and A&M. His
recording of a tribute to Robert Kennedy, “People Make The
World” (written by Bobby Womack) was his only chart single,
peaking at #128 in 1968.
Grier is known for his serious pursuit of hobbies not traditionally
associated with men such as macrame and needlepoint. He
has authored several books, including Rosey Grier’s Needlepoint
for Men in 1973. He became an ordained Christian minister in
1983, and travels as an inspirational speaker. He founded
July 2013
American Neighborhood Enterprises, a nonprofit organization
that serves inner city youth.
He was born on July 14, 1932, in Cuthbert, Georgia. He played
high school football at Abraham Clark High School in Roselle,
New Jersey.
After playing on the defensive line on the Penn State University
football team, Grier was drafted as the 31st overall pick in the
third round of the 1955 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He
played with the Giants from 1955 to 1962, during which he led
the team to a NFL Championship in 1956 and the Eastern
Conference Championship in 1958, 1959, 1961 and 1962. He
was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1956 and 1960, and was named
All-Pro at the defensive tackle position in 1956 and 1958–1962.
Jones was drafted in the 14th round of the 1961 NFL Draft by the
Los Angeles Rams. He then earned a starting role as a defensive
end, and teamed with tackle Merlin Olsen to give Los Angeles a
perennial All-Pro left side of the defensive line.
Jones won consensus All-Pro honors five straight years from
1965 through 1969 and was Second-team All-Pro in 1964, 1970,
and 1972. He was also in seven straight Pro Bowls, from 1964
to 1970, and was selected to an eighth after the 1972 season
with the San Diego Chargers. He was voted the team’s
Outstanding Defensive Lineman by the Los Angeles Rams
Alumni in 1962, 64, 65, and 66. In 1971, Jones suffered a severely
sprained arch, which caused him to miss four starts and he
ended the season with 4½ sacks, his career-low to that point.
In 1972, Jones was included in a multi-player trade with the San
Grier was then traded in July 1963 to the Los Angeles Rams. He
Diego Chargers, where he was an instant success. He was
was part of the “Fearsome Foursome,” often considered one of
D i e g o ’ s
defensive lines in
The “Fearsome Foursome”
d e f e n s i v e
football history,
captain and led
along with the
all Chargers’
Purple People
d e f e n s i v e
Eaters of the
M i n n e s o t a
tackles and won
Vikings, the Steel
a berth on the
Curtain of the
AFC Pro Bowl
Steelers, and the
concluded his
Dallas Cowboys’
career with the
D o o m s d a y
career ended in
1967 due to a torn
Achilles tendon.
An extremely
durable player,
Jones missed
“Deacon” Jones
only six games of
was a former
a possible 196
football defensive
end for the Los
encounters in his
Angeles Rams,
Football League
Chargers, and
the Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the Pro Football
Hall of Fame in 1980. Jones specialized in quarterback sacks, a Jones was considered by many to revolutionize the position of
term attributed to him. Nicknamed the “Secretary of Defense,” defensive end. Jones was noted for coining the term “sack.”
he is considered one of the greatest defensive players ever. The What separated Jones from every other defensive end was his
Los Angeles Times called Jones “Most Valuable Ram of All Time,” blinding speed and his ability to make tackles from sideline to
and former Rams head coach George Allen called him the sideline, which was unheard of in his time. He also was the first
“Greatest Defensive End of Modern Football”.
pass rusher to utilize the head slap, a move that he said “To give
myself an initial headstart on the pass rush, in other words a
Jones was born December 9, 1938, in Eatonville, Florida. He
extra step. Because anytime you go upside a man’s head ...;
attended Hungerford High School, where he played football,
they may have a tendency to blink they eyes or close they eyes.
baseball, and basketball.
And that’s all I needed. [sic]”
Jones’ college football career consisted of a year at South Pro Football Weekly reported he accumulated 194½ sacks over
Carolina State University in 1957, followed by a year of inactivity his career, which would be third on the all-time sack list. (Jones
in 1958, and a final season at Mississippi Vocational College would have ranked first all-time at the time of his retirement, and
(since re-named Mississippi Valley State University) in 1960. since has been surpassed by two fellow Hall of Famer’s Bruce
South Carolina State revoked Jones’ scholarship after they Smith and Reggie White.)
learned that he was a part of a civil rights movement. However,
one of the assistant football coaches at South Carolina State In 1967, Jones had 26 sacks in only 14 games, which (if official)
was leaving to coach at Mississippi Vocational, and told Jones would be the single season record. (The term “sack” had not yet
and some of the other Black players that he could get them been coined at the time, and official sack statistics were not
scholarships at the new school. While he was playing at recorded by the NFL until 1982.) Then in 1968 Jones had 24
Mississippi Vocational, he and his teammates had to sleep in sacks in 14 games, also more than the current NFL record. The
cots in the opposing team’s gym because motels wouldn’t take sum total of these two seasons would give him 50 sacks in 2
them on numerous occasions.
seasons, far more than anyone else has achieved.
July 2013
The 2013
International Ice Hockey
Federation World Championship
The 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World
Championship (IIHF) was the 77th event hosted by the IIHF, held
in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland, in May 2013.
The host team, Sweden, won the team’s ninth title in history by
defeating Switzerland in the final 5–1, and became the first host
team to win the Tournament since the Soviet Union team won
the 1986 World Championship in Moscow, Soviet Union. The
Swedish team started the Tournament with quite a poor
performance but managed to get a collective boost when the
Sedin brothers joined the team after the Vancouver Canucks
had been defeated in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Switzerland sent
a clear message about their recently improved hockey program
by going undefeated through the Tournament before the final;
finishing first in their pool (ahead of Canada and Sweden); and
earning their second Silver Medal in history, as well as the team’s
first medal since 1953.
At the semi-annual congress in Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada in September 2007, Sweden (70 votes) was voted the
host of the 2013 Tournament, defeating the runner-up Belarus
by 55 votes. Other countries in the running were Hungary (8
votes), Czech Republic (3 votes) and Latvia (which withdrew
from the race and endorsed the Swedish bid). At the congress in
Bern, Switzerland, in 2009, it was announced that Finland (the
host for the 2012 World Championship) and Sweden would co-
host both the 2012 and 2013 Tournaments.
The host arenas were the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm (12,500
permitted seats) and Hartwall Areena in Helsinki (13,506
permitted seats). Capacity was limited to these numbers
because of modern health and safety rules. Malmö Arena was
originally planned to co-host according to the Swedish bid, but
the Swedish Hockey Federation decided to drop Malmö as a
host city when they decided to collaborate with Finland before
the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, which took place in that arena.
Tampere was also a candidate to be the Finnish venue, but due
to a delay in construction of the new Tampereen Keskusareena,
Helsinki was named as co-host. Tele2 Arena, a new retractableroof multi-purpose stadium seating 30,000 spectators, was
planned to host at least one game, but due to construction delays,
it would not be finished until July 2013, two months after the
World Championship.
The format of the Tournament was the same as in 2012, which
was also co-hosted by Helsinki and Stockholm. Sixteen teams
were divided into two groups of eight, who played a seven-game
round-robin within their groups. The top four teams in each group
advanced to a three-round single-knockout playoff.
The only difference from 2012, was that the semi-finals and
medal games were played in Stockholm instead of Helsinki.
Participating nations of 2013 IIHF World Championship.
Blue = hosts. Green = top 14 nation from WC 2012. Yellow = promoted from Division 1.
Participating Nations:
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
o Austria^
o Russia*
o Belarus*
o Slovakia*
o Czech Republic*
o Slovenia^
o Denmark*
o Sweden †
o Finland
o Switzerland*
o France*
o Germany*
North America
o Latvia*
o Canada*
o Norway*
o United States*
* = Automatic qualifier after a top 14 placement at the
2012 IIHF World Championship
^ = Qualified through winning a promotion at the 2012
IIHF World Championship Division I
= Qualified as hosts (and as automatic qualifier)
Each team’s roster consisted of at least 15 skaters (forwards and defensemen) and two goaltenders, and at most 22 skaters and
three goaltenders. All sixteen participating nations, through the confirmation of their respective national associations, had to submit
a roster by the first IIHF Directorate meeting.
The IIHF selected 16 referees and 16 linesmen to work the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
The seeding in the preliminary round was based on the 2012 IIHF World Ranking, which ended at the conclusion of the 2012 IIHF
World Championship. The teams were grouped according to seeding (in parenthesis is the corresponding world ranking). However,
Russia and the Czech Republic swapped their slots between their groups to optimize the seeding for the Finnish-Swedish
Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Group S
o Czech Republic (3)
o Sweden (4)
o Canada (5)
o Norway (8)
o Switzerland (9)
o Denmark (12)
o Belarus (13)
o Slovenia (18)
Group H
o Russia (1)
o Finland (2)
o Slovakia (6)
o United States (7)
o Germany (10)
o Latvia (11)
o France (14)
o Austria (15)
*Teams in bold advanced to the quarter-finals.
Quarter-final Scores
United States
Hartwall Areena, Helsinki - Attendance: 5,506
Czech Republic
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm - Attendance: 2,237
Hartwall Areena, Helsinki - Attendance: 9,520
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm - Attendance: 11,153
United States
United States
Semi-final Scores
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm - Attendance: 11,674
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm - Attendance: 7,136
Bronze Medal game
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm - Attendance: 6,836
Gold Medal game
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm - Attendance: 12,500
July 2013
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Best Pound-for-Pound Boxer in the World
Floyd Mayweather, Jr., is an undefeated
professional boxer. He is a five-division world
champion, who has won eight world titles and
the Lineal championship in three different
weight classes. Mayweather is a two-time Ring
Fighter of the Year (winning the Award in 1998
and 2007). He also won the Boxing Writers
Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the
Year Award in 2007, and the Best Fighter ESPY
Award in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Mayweather is the WBC Welterweight
Champion, WBA Super Welterweight
Champion, recipient of the WBC Diamond
Super Welterweight Belt, current Ring #1
ranked Welterweight, and Ring #1 ranked
Junior Middleweight. He is also rated as the
best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by
many sporting news and boxing websites,
including Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN,
BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports.
Mayweather topped the Forbes and Sports
Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes
of 2012.
Mayweather, Jr.
Mayweather was born February 24, 1977, in
Grand Rapids, Michigan, into a family of
boxers. His father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., was
a former welterweight contender who fought
Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard. His uncles
(Jeff Mayweather and Roger Mayweather) were
professional boxers, with Roger –
Mayweather’s current trainer – winning two
World Championships. Boxing has been a part of Mayweather’s
life since his childhood, and he never seriously considered any
other profession. “I think my grandmother saw my potential first,”
Mayweather said. “When I was young, I told her ‘I think I should
get a job.’ She said, ‘No, just keep boxing.’”
Boxing became Mayweather’s outlet. As with speed and an
uncanny ring sense – he put all his energies into boxing. “I knew
that I was going to have to try to take care of my mom, and I made
the decision that I was going to have to box to earn a living,”
Mayweather says.
He had an amateur record of 84–6, and won National Golden
Gloves Championships in 1993 (at 106 lbs.), 1994 (at 114 lbs.)
and 1996 (at 125 lbs.). He was nicknamed “Pretty Boy” by his
amateur teammates because he had relatively few scars, a result
of the defensive techniques that his father and uncle (Roger
Mayweather) had taught him.
In his orthodox defensive stance, Mayweather often utilizes the
“shoulder roll,” an old-school boxing technique in which the right
hand is held normally (or slightly higher than normal), the left
hand is down around the midsection and the lead shoulder is
raised high on the cheek in order to cover the chin and block
punches. The right hand (as in the orthodox stance) is used as
it normally would be, to block punches coming from the other
side, such as left hooks. From this stance, Mayweather blocks,
slips and deflects most of his opponents’ punches (even when
cornered) by twisting left and right to the rhythm of their punches.
At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, he won a Bronze Medal
by reaching the semi-finals of the featherweight division.
Mayweather fought his first professional bout on October 11,
1996, against fellow newcomer Roberto Apodaca, whom he
knocked out in round two. From 1996 to early 1998, Mayweather
won most of his fights by knockout or technical knockout (TKO).
Early in his pro-career, he received praise from all corners of the
boxing world, and was touted as a pugilistic prodigy. During his
fight with Tony Duran, IBHOF & WBHF trainer, Emmanuel Steward,
was quoted as saying, “there have been very few who have been
more talented than this kid. He will probably win two or three
world championships. I think he will go on to be the best ever.”
IBHOF trainer and commentator, Gil Clancy, commented before
Mayweather’s ninth professional fight (against Jesus Chavez),
“I thought that Floyd Mayweather was the outstanding pro
prospect in the entire Olympic Games.”
July 2013
Mayweather, Jr.
In 1998, within two years of entering professional boxing,
Mayweather decisively won his first world title (the WBC Super
Featherweight (130 lbs.) Championship) with an eighth-round
technical knockout of The Ring world #1-ranked super
featherweight, Genaro Hernández, after his opponent’s
cornerman stopped the fight. It was Hernández’ first defeat in
that weight class. He said after the fight, “He defeated me, he is
quick, smart, and I always knew he had the speed. I give him
respect. He is a true champ.”
In his first fight as a lightweight, Mayweather took on World Boxing
Council (WBC) Champion and The Ring #1-ranked lightweight,
José Luis Castillo. Despite both fighters officially meeting the
135-lbs. lightweight limit, Mayweather came to the ring weighing
unofficially 138½ lbs. to Castillo’s 147½ lbs. He defeated Castillo,
winning the WBC and vacant Ring Lightweight Titles with a 12round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena
before a crowd of 6,920. With his win, he became the first Ring
Lightweight Champion since Pernell Whitaker.
At the age of 27, Mayweather made his 140-pound debut by
defeating former titlist DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, knocking
July 2013
him down twice officially in rounds eight and ten and scoring a
decision of 119–108 (twice) and 119–107. The fight was billed
as a WBC elimination bout, with the winner earning a shot at
140-pound champion Arturo Gatti. “Mayweather can flat-out fight,”
Corley’s trainer Don Turner said. “He’s like magic. He makes
you move into the punches.” Shortly after this fight, Mayweather
would reach #1 on the USA TODAY pound-for-pound rankings,
with Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins at #2.
The pay-per-view fight
between Mayweather and
Ring #1-ranked contender
Arturo Gatti took place June
25, 2005, in Atlantic City, New
Jersey, where fans heavily
supported Gatti. Gatti’s corner
stopped the fight after round
six, giving Mayweather his third
World Title.
Mayweather’s fight with Gatti
would be his last in the lightwelterweight division. He
would leave as Ring #1ranked contender, with Ricky
Hatton as Light-Welterweight
After his fight with Gatti,
Mayweather moved up to the
Welterweight Division. On
November 19, 2005, he fought
a non-title bout at 147 lbs.
Sharmba Mitchell. In round
three, Mayweather knocked
Mitchell down with a straight
right hand to the head. In round
six, another straight right
hand—this one to Mitchell’s
again, ending the fight.
Mayweather, Jr.
On April 8, 2006, he defeated
Zab Judah for the IBF
Welterweight Title in a
unanimous decision. Mayweather won by official scores of 116–
112, 117–111 and 119–109. Compubox statistics showed him
landing 188 punches, compared with 82 for Judah.
His next match was the long-anticipated fight against six-division
champion and WBC Light-Middleweight titleholder Oscar De La
Hoya on May 5, 2007. De La Hoya’s belt was on the line, which
required Mayweather to move up in weight from 147 pounds to
154. However, he was outweighed by more than 10 pounds the
night of the fight, coming in at only 150 pounds. Despite De La
Hoya’s insistence that money was not a factor, the MayweatherDe La Hoya bout set the record for most pay-per-view (PPV)
buys for a boxing match with 2.7 million households, breaking
the previous record of 1.95 million for Evander Holyfield-Mike
Tyson II. About $120 million in revenue was generated by the
PPV, another record. Including percentages, De La Hoya earned
$58 million for the bout, the highest purse ever for a fighter. The
previous record was $35 million, held by Tyson and Holyfield.
Mayweather earned about $25 million for the fight.
Mayweather won the fight by a split decision in 12 rounds,
capturing the WBC Title. However, many analysts and ringside
observers felt he should have received a unanimous decision.
After the bout, Mayweather contemplated retirement, saying he
had nothing left to prove in the boxing world.
After his fight with De La Hoya, Mayweather decided to relinquish
his WBC Light-Middleweight Championship, retaining his
Welterweight Title. On July 28, 2007, it was announced that he
would come out of his brief retirement to fight Ring Light
Welterweight Champion Ricky
Hatton. He controlled the fight
from the beginning, knocking
Hatton out in the 10th round to
retain the Welterweight
On May 2, 2009, it was
confirmed that Mayweather
was coming out of a 21-month
retirement to fight Ring
Lightweight Champion and #2
Manuel Márquez at a catch
weight of 144 lbs. on July 18th
at the MGM Grand in Las
Vegas on HBO PPV. The fight
was postponed due to a rib
injury Mayweather received
during training. The fight took
place on September 19 th in
conjunction with Mexican
traditionally a big boxing
weekend. During the official
weigh-in for their 144 lbs.
bout, Mayweather failed to
meet the weight limit at
146 lbs. and was fined as a
result. However, it was later
revealed that the contract was
changed so that Mayweather
could make weight within the
welterweight limit of 140–
147 lbs. as long as Marquez
received a large guarantee.
Mayweather won a unanimous decision after 12 rounds in a
lopsided fight. Scorecards read 120–107, 119–108 and 118–
109. Marquez landed 12 percent of his total 583 punches, while
Mayweather landed 59 percent of his 490 total punches. This
fight marked only the fifth time in boxing history that a nonheavyweight fight sold more than 1 million pay-per-view
households, with HBO generating revenue of approximately
$52 million.
Seven-division World Champion Manny Pacquiao reportedly
agreed to fight Mayweather on March 13, 2010, for a split of
$50 million. However, the fight was canceled due to
disagreements about Olympic-style drug tests. Mayweather’s
camp wanted blood tests by the United States Anti-Doping Agency,
which would conduct random tests from training until the fight
date. The Pacquiao camp refused to provide samples, only
willing to allow blood to be taken if the test were scheduled. On
January 7, 2010, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum declared that
the fight was canceled, offering a chance to fight Pacquiao to
Joshua Clottey instead. Mayweather accepted an offer to fight
Shane Mosley.
July 2013
On June 7, 2011, Mayweather announced via Twitter that he was
set to fight WBC Welterweight Champion and Ring #2-ranked
welterweight Victor Ortiz on September 17 th . Ortiz was
Mayweather’s first challenger in 16 months. The fight took place
at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. From round one, Mayweather
used his speed, skills and accurate right hand to tag Ortiz
repeatedly. Although Mayweather seemed in control through the
first three rounds (judges’ scores 30–27, 30–27 and 29–28 for
Mayweather), in the fourth round Ortiz had some success, landing
a few shots and stinging Mayweather before bulling him into the
corner. He then rammed Mayweather in the face with an
intentional head-butt, opening a cut on the inside and outside of
Mayweather’s mouth. Referee Joe Cortez immediately called
time out, and docked Ortiz a point for the blatant foul. Ortiz,
apparently acknowledging his wrongdoing, hugged Mayweather
in the corner and even appeared to kiss him.
2012, it was confirmed that he would be moving up in weight to
fight WBA Super Welterweight Champion and Ring #1-ranked
light middleweight Miguel Cotto.
On the evening of Saturday, May 5th, Mayweather defeated Cotto
in 12 rounds by a unanimous decision, improving his record to
43–0. He used movement and out-boxed Cotto in the middle of
the ring for the first few rounds. Beginning in rounds three and
four, Cotto cut the ring off from Mayweather, forcing the latter to
fight from the ropes. However, Mayweather seemed to outfight
Cotto from the ropes with his combinations and by rolling with
most of Cotto’s punches. Cotto had more success in the middle
rounds, landing his jab and body shots on Mayweather and
effectively trapping him on the ropes. The later rounds were
controlled by Mayweather, who boxed more in the center of the
ring late in the fight. In the 12th round, Mayweather’s uppercut
stunned and hurt Cotto, but Cotto was able to fight until the end.
Cortez motioned the fighters
back together to resume the
fight, without putting them in
a neutral corner. Both fighters
touched gloves, and Ortiz
gave Mayweather another
hug. At that moment, Cortez
was not looking at the
fighters. As Ortiz let go,
Mayweather took advantage
of Ortiz not having his hands
up and unloaded a left hook
which wobbled Ortiz. Ortiz
then looked at the referee,
and Mayweather connected
with a flush right hand to
Ortiz’s face. Ortiz dropped,
and was unable to beat
Cortez’s count as the crowd
of 14,687 jeered Mayweather.
Although his controversial
victory was legal, it was
deemed unsportsmanlike
since it was obtained with a
sucker punch.
The judges scored the fight a
unanimous decision for
Mayweather by scores of
118–110, 117–111 and 117–
111. After the fight, Mayweather
said Cotto was the toughest
fighter he ever faced.
After the fight, Ortiz claimed
that he was merely obeying
the referee’s instructions
when he was “blindsided” by
Mayweather, who defended
his actions by saying that “In
the ring, you have to protect
yourself at all times.”
Mayweather, Jr.
Mayweather vs. Ortiz was
purchased by 1.25 million
homes with a value of $78 million in pay-per-view revenue. These
numbers make the event the second-highest-grossing nonheavyweight pay-per-view event of all time. Mayweather has
appeared in the three biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view
events in the sport’s history: Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya
($136 million), Mayweather vs. Ortiz ($78 million) and Mayweather
vs. Shane Mosley ($78 million).
Mayweather ’s adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, announced on
November 2, 2011, that Mayweather would return to the ring on
May 5, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. After
negotiations with Manny Pacquiao failed again, on February 1,
CompuBox had Mayweather
out-landing and outworking
Cotto in the fight by a
significant margin. He landed
26 percent of his total
punches (179 out of 687),
compared with 21 percent
(105 out of 506) for Cotto. In
power punches, he landed
128 of 382 (34 percent),
compared with 75 of 329 (23
Mayweather earned the
biggest guaranteed purse in
boxing history ($32 million)
when he fought Cotto,
according to contracts filed
with the Nevada State Athletic
generated $94 million in PPV
revenue from 1.5 million
purchases, making it the
nonheavyweight fight in history
(after Mayweather’s fight with
Oscar De La Hoya).
Mayweather returned to the ring on May 4, 2013, at the MGM
Grand Garden Arena, televised by Showtime PPV. The challenger
was Ring #3 ranked welterweight, Robert Guerrero. Mayweather
dominated Guerrero for 12 rounds, winning the decision and at
least $32 million for the fight. The first couple rounds were fairly
even, with Mayweather attempting to counter and time Guerrero,
while Guerrero was attempting to drive Mayweather to the ropes
and make it a rough fight. After the first couple rounds,
Mayweather was in complete control, almost hitting Guerrero at
will with right hand leads, counters, hooks, and effectively timing
Guerrero the rest of the fight. Mayweather won the fight on all
three scorecards, 117-111.
July 2013
St. Augustine’s University
Wins D-II National Men’s Track & Field Title
Pueblo, Colorado – Powered by its sprinters
and hurdlers, Saint Augustine’s University
completed its season as the best men’s track
& field team in Division II.
The Falcons scored 99 points on the final day
to run away with the men’s team crown at the
NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field
Championships held at the Neta and Eddie
DeRose ThunderBowl on the campus of
Colorado State University at Pueblo on
Saturday, May 25, 2013. St. Aug has won 33
men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor titles
combined and 11 men’s outdoor titles under
legendary head coach George Williams.
The Falcons scored 105 points, which is the
third-most points by a winning men’s team
since 2007. Ashland was second with 57 points
and Adams State was third with 44 points.
The outdoor title comes on the heels of the
indoor crown won by the Falcons in March 2013.
It is the first time a team has swept both
championships since 2005. The last time the
Falcons were indoor and outdoor champions
was 2001.
“The kids did a good job,” Williams said. “They started the indoor
season with a vision. They worked hard. I am proud of them.”
Among the women, the Lady Falcons tied for 14th with 18 points.
Academy of Art is the women’s winner with 60 points and Johnson
C. Smith University placed second with 54 points. Lincoln (MO)
University and Grand Valley State tied for third with 51 points.
The Falcons won four men’s events and scored significant points
in several others to win easily. The winners were the 4x100 relay
team, the 4x400 relay team, Dane Hyatt (Jr./Goodwill, Jamaica)
in the 400 dash and Jermaine Jones (So./Wilmington, NC) in
the 200 dash. On the women’s side, the Lady Falcons claimed
the 4x400 relay. “This is a typical St. Aug group,” Williams said.
“We excelled in sprints, hurdles, relays and jumps.”
The men’s 4x100 relay team set the tone with a sizzling
performance in its event. The foursome of Ramaan Ansley (Sr./
Philadelphia, PA), Taffawee Johnson (Jr./St. Ann, Jamaica),
Burkheart Ellis, Jr. (Fr./Raleigh, NC) and Jones ran 38.91
seconds to break the Division II national record, which they set
in the preliminaries. The Falcons ran 39.01 in the preliminaries
to break the previous mark held by Abilene Christian for 29 years.
Abilene Christian ran 39.20 in 1984.
The Falcons are the first Division II team in history to run the
4x100 relay under 39 seconds. It is the seventh fastest time in
the United States in 2013. Grand Canyon was second in 39.58
and Lincoln (MO) was third in 39.95.
Ansley is excited to be part of a record-setting relay team and
national championship squad. “As a senior, I definitely wanted
to be part of something big,” Ansley said. “Now we [4x400 team]
are a part of history - national record and national championship.”
Despite the thrilling 4x100 relay win and a fifth-place finish by
Ty’reak Murray (Jr./Portsmouth, VA) in the men’s 110 hurdles, the
Falcons did not take the lead until the 400 dash, when the
Falcons took four of the top six spots with Hyatt leading the way.
Hyatt won in 45.41, while Ellis, Jr., was third, James Quarles (Jr./
Washington, DC) was fifth and Josh Edmonds (Jr./Jacksonville,
FL) was sixth. The Falcons scored 23 points in the 400 to move
into first place with a 44-30 lead over Adams State.
The Falcons widened their lead in the 100 dash. Johnson was
second, and Jones was third, while Daniel Jameison (Fr./
Windsor, CT) was eighth. The Falcons scored 15 more points
for a 58-34 lead over Grand Canyon.
The Falcons never looked back from that point. Marcelis Lynch
(Sr./Stone Mountain, GA) finished sixth in the 800 and Elhadji
Mbow (Jr./Dakar, Senegal) was second in the 400 hurdles.
DeJon Wilkinson (Jr./Summerville, SC) was fourth in the triple
The Falcons sealed the title in the 200. Jones was first with a
time of 20.57, and teammates Johnson and Edmonds were
third and fourth, respectively. The 4x400 relay squad of Edmonds,
Quarles, Ellis, Jr., and Hyatt capped the meet by winning the last
event in 3:04.89.
Among the women, the quartet of Kelly Shaw (Sr./Ft. Lauderdale,
FL), Cherrisse Lynch (So./Bridgetown, Barbados), Jaivairia
Bacote (Jr./Patterson, NJ) crossed the finish line first in the 4x400
relay in 3:35.89. In the 800, Shaw was fourth, Lynch was seventh
and Bernard was eighth.
July 2013
In Memory of:
Deacon Jones
The “Secretary of Defense”
“Most Valuable Ram of All-Time”
The “Greatest Defensive End of Modern Football”
Deacon Jones
No. 75
Defensive end
Personal Information
Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Date of death:
Place of death:
December 9, 1938
Eatonville, Florida
June 3, 2013 - (aged 74)
Anaheim Hills, California
6 ft. 5 inch.
272 lbs.
Career Information
South Carolina State
Mississippi Valley State
NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 14 / Pick: 186
1961 for the Los Angeles
Last played: 1974 for the Washington
Career History
Los Angeles Rams:
San Diego Chargers:
Washington Redskins:
Career Highlights and Awards
8× Pro Bowl selection (1964, 1965,
1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972)
5× First-Team All-Pro selection (1965,
1966, 1967, 1968, 1969)
3× Second-Team All-Pro selection
(1964, 1970, 1972)
NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
2× NFL Defensive Player of the Year
(1967, 1968)
Rams Rookie of the Year Award (1961)
Unofficially holds the two highest
season sack totals (26-1967) and
St. Louis Rams #75 Retired
Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee
Career NFL Statistics
Games played
David Beckham Retires
Soccer 20-year Career Ends
David Robert Joseph Beckham is a former English footballer
(soccer player). He has played for Manchester United, Preston
North End, Real Madrid, Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy, French Ligue
1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the
England National Team for which
he holds the appearance record for
an outfield player, and also the first
English player to win league titles
in four countries. He announced his
intention to retire at the end of the
2012–13 Ligue 1 season on May
16, 2013. On May 18, 2013, he
played what was likely his final
game of his storied 20-year career.
Beckham’s professional career
began with Manchester United,
making his first-team debut in 1992,
at aged 17. With United, he won the
Premier League Title six times, the
FA Cup twice and the UEFA
Champions League in 1999. He
then played four seasons with Real
Madrid, winning the La Liga
Championship in his final season with the club. In July 2007, he
signed a five-year contract with Major League Soccer (MLS) club
Los Angeles Galaxy. While a Galaxy player, he spent two loan
spells in Italy with AC Milan in 2009 and 2010.
In international football, Beckham made his England debut on
September 1, 1996, at the age of 21. He was captain for six
years during which he played 58 times. He has 115 career
appearances to date.
Beckham has twice been runner-up for FIFA World Player of the
Year and in 2004, was the world’s highest-paid footballer when
taking into account salary and advertising deals. He was the first
British footballer to play 100 Champions League matches. When
joining MLS in 2007, he was given the highest player salary in
the league’s history of $6.5 million per year.
Beckham was born May 2, 1975, at Whipps Cross University
Hospital in Leytonstone, London, England. He is the son of
Sandra Georgina, a hairdresser, and David Edward Alan “Ted”
Beckham, a kitchen fitter, who married at the London Borough of
Hackney in 1969. He regularly played soccer in Ridgeway Park,
Chingford, as a child, and attended Chase Lane Primary School
and Chingford Foundation School. In a 2007 interview, Beckham
said that, “At school, whenever the teachers asked, ‘What do you
want to do when you’re older?’ I’d say, ‘I want to be a footballer.’
And they’d say, ‘No, what do you really want to do, for a job?’ But
that was the only thing I ever wanted to do.”
His maternal grandfather was Jewish, and Beckham has
referred to himself as “half Jewish” and wrote in his
autobiography “I’ve probably had more contact with Judaism
than with any other religion.” In his book, Both Feet on the Ground,
he stated that growing up he attended church every week with
his parents and his older sister, Lynne Georgina and younger
sister, Joanne Louise.
His parents were fanatical
Manchester United supporters,
who would frequently travel to Old
Trafford from London to attend the
team’s home matches. David
inherited his parents’ love of
Manchester United, and his main
sporting passion was soccer. He
attended one of Bobby Charlton’s
soccer schools in Manchester, and
won the chance to take part in a
training session at FC Barcelona,
as part of a talent competition. He
played for a local youth team called
the Ridgeway Rovers – coached
by his father, Stuart Underwood and
Steve Kirby. Beckham was a
Manchester United mascot for a
match against West Ham United
in 1986.
Young Beckham had trials with his local club Leyton Orient,
Norwich City and attended Tottenham Hotspur’s school of
excellence. Tottenham Hotspur was the first club he played for.
During a two-year period in which Beckham played for Brimsdown
Rovers’ youth team, he was named Under-15 Player of the Year
in 1990. He also attended Bradenton Preparatory Academy, but
signed schoolboy forms at Manchester United on his 14th
birthday, and subsequently signed a Youth Training Scheme
contract on July 8, 1991.
He is a “product of Sir Alex Ferguson’s school of hard graft” at
Manchester United. Ferguson noted that Beckham “practiced
with a discipline to achieve an accuracy that other players wouldn’t
care about.” Beckham reportedly spent hours after training
sessions ended practicing his free kicks. Ferguson was quoted
as saying “David Beckham is Britain’s finest striker of a football
(soccer ball), not because of God-given talent, but because he
practices with a relentless application that the vast majority of
less gifted players wouldn’t contemplate.”
Beckham maintained his training routine at Real Madrid and
even when his relationship with management was strained in
early 2007, Real Madrid President, Ramón Calderón, and
manager Fabio Capello praised Beckham for maintaining his
professionalism and commitment to the club.
In May 2013, when Beckham was asked about how he wanted to
be remembered in his retirement, he said “I just want people to
see me as a hardworking footballer (soccer player), someone
that’s passionate about the game, someone that – every time I
stepped on the pitch – I’ve given everything that I have, because
that’s how I feel. That’s how I look back on it and hope people
will see me.”
July 2013
MLS Western Conference
Winners (Regular Season) (3): 2009,
2010, 2011
o Winners (Playoffs) (3): 2009, 2011, 2012
Paris Saint-Germain
Ligue 1 (1): 2012–13
Tournoi de France: 1997
FA Summer Tournament: 2004
Orders and Special Awards
Manchester United
Premier League (6): 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–
2000, 2000–01, 2002–03
FA Cup (2): 1995–96, 1998–99
FA Community Shield (4): 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997
FA Youth Cup (1): 1991–92
UEFA Champions League (1): 1998–99
Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999
Los Angeles Galaxy
o MLS Cup (2): 2011, 2012
o MLS Supporters’ Shield (2): 2010, 2011
visit us at:
Officer of the Order of the British Empire by
Queen Elizabeth II: 2003
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Goodwill Ambassador (2005–present)
“Britain’s Greatest Ambassador” – 100 Greatest
Britons awards
The Celebrity 100, number 15 – Forbes, 2007
Number 1 on the list of the 40 most influential men
under the age of 40 in the UK – Arena, 2007
Time 100: 2008
Gold Blue Peter Badge winner, 2001
Do Something Athlete Award, 2011
Real Madrid
La Liga (1): 2006–07
Supercopa de España (1): 2003
Premier League Player of the Month (1): August 1996
PFA Young Player of the Year (1): 1996–97
FWA Tribute Award: 2008
Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year (1): 1996–97
England Player of the Year: 2003
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (1): 1998–99
UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year (1): 1998–99
Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to
Domestic & Overall Team of the Decade
Goal of the Decade (vs. Wimbledon, 17 August 1996)
BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1): 2001
UEFA Team of the Year: 2001, 2003
Real Madrid Player of the Year (1): 2005–2006
PFA Team of the Year (4): 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99,
FIFA 100
ESPY Award – Best Male Soccer Player: 2004
ESPY Award – Best MLS Player: 2008
English Football Hall of Fame: 2008
BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime
Achievement Award (1): 2010
MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award (1): 2011
Major League Soccer Best XI: 2011
ESPY Award: Best MLS Player 2011
First Englishman to win league titles in four different
countries (England, Spain, USA and France)
First England player to score at three World Cups
First British footballer to play 100 Champions League
Has the joint-second most goal assists in
European Championship finals history
The 400th Paris saint-German player
Has been England’s best regular World Cup player since
England last won it in 1966 – having created the most
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Third in the Premier League’s all-time assist provider chart,
with 152 assists in 265 appearances.
Beckham has supported UNICEF since his days at Manchester
United and in January 2005, the English national team captain
became a Goodwill Ambassador with a special focus on
UNICEF’s Sports for Development Program. More recently,
Beckham has pledged his support for the current Unite for
Children, Unite against AIDS campaign. He is also a patron of
the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
On January 17, 2007, Rebecca Johnstone, a 19-year-old cancer
patient from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, received a surprise
phone call from Beckham. After the conversation, he sent her a
Real Madrid jersey with his signature on it. Rebecca died on
January 29, 2007.
Beckham is a founding member of the Malaria No More UK
Leadership Council, and helped launch the charity in 2009, with
Andy Murray at Wembley Stadium. Video footage from the day
can be seen on YouTube and the charity’s website Beckham also appeared in a 2007 public
service announcement for Malaria No More US, advertising the
need for inexpensive bed nets. The TV spot aired in the U.S., and
can also be seen on YouTube.
Since joining Major League Soccer, Beckham has been a very
public advocate in the U.S. for related charities such as “MLS
W.O.R.K.S.” On August 17, 2007, he conducted a youth clinic in
Harlem (New York), along with other current and former MLS
players. This was in advance of his first New York City area
match the following day against the New York Red Bulls. That
team’s Jozy Altidore and Juan Pablo Ángel were also with
Beckham, teaching skills to disadvantaged youth to benefit FC
Harlem Lions.
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FSU Hires Lawrence Kershaw as Leader of Football Program
Fayetteville State University (FSU) named
Lawrence Kershaw as its 15 th Head Football
Coach. Kershaw has eight years of experience as
an offensive coordinator and a total of 17 years on
the collegiate level. He will take over the Bronco
program after serving as the offensive coordinator
and offensive line coach at Florida A&M University
(FAMU) for the past five years. FAMU finished as
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Co-Champions
in 2010 with a 7-1 record.
Kershaw has helped guide 20 offensive studentathletes and six position players (linemen) to AllMEAC honors. Three of his linemen, Robert
Okeafor, Steve Brazzle and Anthony Collins
garnered All-American accolades. One of his
quarterbacks was named MEAC Offensive Player
of the Year. The Rattler offense once ranked 13th
in the nation in scoring offense and 17th in rushing
Under his schemes in 2012, the Rattlers finished
first in the MEAC in passing efficiency (141.9), touchdown passes
(18) and completion percentage (70.4). FAMU was ranked second
in the conference in pass offense (236.2 per game) and third in
total offense (359.0 per game). The offense has ranked in the
top three of numerous offensive categories through his five years.
In 2007, Kershaw was the offensive line coach at
Hampton University. The offense finished first in
the MEAC in scoring, passing and red zone offense. In 2006, he
served as the offensive line coach and coordinator of the strength
and conditioning program at Truman State University.
Kershaw is a 1995 graduate of Virginia State University.
VSU Names Latrell Scott Head Football Coach
Virginia State University named
Latrell Scott as the University’s
23 rd head football coach. “I
believe this place is special,”
Scott said at the news
conference where he was
introduced. “VSU has made a
commitment to football.”
Scott brings 12 years of
coaching experience to the
Trojans. Last year, he coached
tight ends at James Madison
University (JMU). At JMU, Scott
recruited the Metro Richmond,
Williamsburg and Northern
Neck areas. He spent the 2008
and 2009 seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University
of Tennessee and the University of Virginia, respectively.
Before joining JMU, Scott was head coach at the University of
Richmond (UR), where he previously served as wide receiver
and assistant head coach. With
Scott as position coach, the
2007 Richmond team posted a
then-school record 11 wins and
appearance in the National
Semi-finals. UR eclipsed 10
team records in 2007, setting
new standards for scoring
average (34.9 points per game),
touchdowns (63) and total
offense (5,675 yards).
Scott was a three-year starter at
tight end at Hampton University,
earning All-American honors his
senior season. He played on two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
championship and NCAA playoff teams, and also competed in
the Gridiron All-Star Classic in Orlando, FL. Scott graduated from
Hampton with a Sport Management Degree in 2001, and is a
highly-regarded recruiter.
Flanigan Named Head Football Coach at The Lincoln University
The Lincoln University officially introduced Ramon
Flanigan, the former Division I offensive coordinator
for Mississippi Valley State, as the new Lincoln
Lions head football coach. Flanigan, who replaces
Coach Olabaniji (O.J.) Abanishe after five seasons,
is the second Lion head coach in its NCAA Division
II era. “The Lincoln University Lions have selected
the perfect candidate in Coach Ramon Flanigan, and we are
honored to have him as the leader of The Lincoln Lions Football
Program,” said Dr. Robert R. Jennings, President of the
University. “Coach Flanigan is both an experienced coach and
former, record-setting Southern Methodist University quarterback
and All-American. I can think of no better combination in a coach
to make our program consistent with our University’s history,
and that is, first.”
“We welcome Coach Flanigan to The Lincoln University family,”
Director of Athletics Dianthia Ford-Kee said. “I believe the search
committee did an excellent job in identifying candidates they
believed possessed the knowledge and work experience best
suited for our program. He has experienced winning as a student,
athlete and coach. We believe he will transfer his experiences to
our program and move the program forward.”
Flanigan comes to Lincoln from a highly-decorated coaching
career in NCAA Division I with Mississippi Valley State and the
University of North Texas as an offensive coordinator and
quarterbacks coach. Prior to coming to Lincoln, Flanigan, who
also assisted with academic and other administrative duties,
worked three years for the Mississippi Valley State football
program under head coach Karl Morgan.
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JSU Names Wayne Brent Men’s Basketball Head Coach
Jackson State University (JSU) named Wayne
Brent its 7th men’s basketball head coach. Brent,
who is one of the most successful basketball
coaches in the history of the Jackson Public School
system, brings over 15 years of coaching
experience at the high school and collegiate levels
to JSU. He comes to Jackson State after leading
Callaway High School to the 2013 State
Brent comes to Jackson State after a highly
successful tenure at the helm of Callaway’s boys
basketball program. From 2007-13, his teams
won five division and four State Championships.
In his first year, the Chargers finished 26-11.
“Dr. Meyers (JSU President) and Dr. Fuller (Director
of Athletics), I owe you,” said Brent. “There are
goals that I have for this program and when I dream,
I dream big. Five years from now, I want this program to be in the
NCAA Tournament.”
The following year, the Chargers recorded a 33-6
mark and won their first State Title under Brent. In
2009, the team tallied a 22-11 record and repeated
as State Champions. After a 13-11 record in 2010,
the Chargers rebounded in 2011, finishing 24-6
en route to their third State Crown. Prior to taking
the Callaway job, Brent was the head coach at
Piney Woods High School. In three years at Piney Woods, he led
the Tornadoes to a 72-16 record.
TSU Named Hayes-Perry Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Texas Southern University (TSU) named Johnetta
Hayes-Perry head women’s basketball coach. TSU
Director of Athletics, Dr. Charles McClelland, made
the announcement promoting Hayes-Perry who
spent last season as the program’s associate head
Hayes-Perry arrived at Texas Southern after a twoyear stint at UNC-Wilmington. She spent two
seasons as an assistant coach under former TSU
head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dykes. She fills the
vacancy after one season following Cooper-Dykes’
“We’re extremely excited about the future of the
women’s basketball at Texas Southern with Coach
Hayes-Perry at the helm of the program,” said
McClelland. “She has significant experience
coaching at the Division I level, and she also brings
with her head coaching experience. We feel that
Coach Hayes-Perry undoubtedly provides us with
the best option towards making TSU a legitimate contender in
the current landscape of women’s college basketball.”
”I would like to thank Texas Southern University
President Dr. John Rudley, the TSU Board of
Regents, and Director of Athletics Dr. Charles
McClelland for giving me the opportunity to continue
building a legacy here at TSU,” said Hayes-Perry.
“I’m really excited, and I feel very fortunate to be a
part of the Lady Tiger family. I truly feel that our
program is headed in a positive direction, and I feel like we’ll be
able to compete at a high level in the SWAC.”
SWAC Football and Basketball Championships to Houston
The Southwestern Athletic Conference Council of Presidents
and Chancellors voted unanimously to relocate the 2013 Toyota
SWAC Football Championship and 2014 Basketball Tournament
to Houston, Texas, for the next three seasons.
NBA Houston Rockets.
The football championship game will be held at the home of the
NFL Houston Texans, Reliant Stadium, while the basketball
tournament will be housed at the Toyota Center, the home of the
The 2013 Toyota SWAC Football Championship is scheduled
for Saturday, December 7, while the basketball tournament is
slated for March 11-15, 2014.
The football championship will be at Reliant Stadium 2013
through 2015, while the basketball tournament will be played at
the Toyota Center 2014 through 2016.
2013 All-SWAC Baseball Team Released
Pos. Name
Pos. Name
Alabama State
Jackson State
Jackson State
Prairie View A&M
Mississippi Valley State
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Alabama A&M
Texas Southern
Grambling State
Jackson State
T.J. Renda
Jose DeLeon
Andre Rodriguez
Jose Cruz
Dominiq Harris
Edmund Cheatham
Isias Alcantar
Austin Husley
Ellis Stephany
Darren Farmer
Tyler Kirksey
Malcolm Tate
Player of the Year: Isias Alcantar - Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Pitcher of the Year: T.J. Renda - Alabama State
Hitter of the Year: Darren Farmer - Grambling State
Newcomer of the Year: Charles Tillery - Jackson State
Freshman of the Year: Dillon Cooper - Alabama State
Coach of the Year: Carlos James - Arkansas-Pine Bluff
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CAU Names Kevin Weston New Head Football Coach
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) announced the appointment of
Tusculum College Defensive Line Coach Kevin Weston as its
new Head Football Coach. “In Weston,” CAU President Carlton
E. Brown said, “we have identified an individual who knows the
game inside and out, has proven his ability to build and grow
successful teams, promote values, education and insist upon
personal and character development in his players. All of these
qualities align not only with the mission of Clark Atlanta, but
create the kind of foundation necessary to ensure a focused,
aggressive turn-around in our football program.”
CAU Athletics Director Tamica Smith Jones, added, “We are
thrilled to have secured a rising star like Kevin Weston from a
diverse national pool of very talented applicants. We feel
confident that he will be a good fit to infuse momentum into our
football program, which has lacked stability amidst several
coaching changes. I believe, in particular, that he will be an
ambassador for the program, accelerating its success by
winning, local recruiting and re-engaging the CAU fan base in
new and exciting ways.”
Weston served eight years on the Tusculum coaching staff, and
mentored the Tusculum defensive line in 2012. During the 2010
and 2011 seasons, he was the program’s defensive coordinator,
and mentored the team’s linebackers. His 2011 defensive unit
finished second in the country in pass defense, allowing teams
to average just 140.6 passing yards per contest.
“Of course, I’m excited about joining the Clark Atlanta University
athletics organization,” Weston said, “but I am even more excited
about building what can become one of the nation’s finest football
programs from the ground up. There are clearly challenges
that must be addressed, but in doing so, we have the rare
opportunity to carve out what can become one of the most
focused, unique and forceful squads in this Division and
beyond. This is about legacy building,” he added. “Our charge
is to ensure that legacy-building, academics and characterbuilding remain strong pillars in this process.”
Josh Dean Named KSU Football Interim Head Coach
The Kentucky State University (KSU) Athletics
Department has announced that Josh Dean has
been named the interim head coach of the Kentucky
State football team. KSU Athletic Director Dr.
Denisha Hendricks on the hiring of Josh
Dean, ”Coach Dean has proven his ability to lead
a program in transition. We are excited that he has
accepted the interim head coach position, and we
are looking forward to a successful spring football
season. Coach Dean’s experience at the D-II level
and professional playing experience bring a
valuable dimension to our program.”
implementing the game plan during weekly
Dean began his collegiate playing career at San Diego State
University (SDSU), where he was a defensive back from 20002004. After his time at SDSU, Dean went on to play professionally
in the NFL. Dean was picked up by the Chicago Bears as a
defensive back/linebacker during the 2005-2006 season. After
his time with the Bears, Dean continued his professional
experience with the Canadian Football League’s Cologne
Centurions during the 2006 season.
After his professional playing career was over, Dean moved on
to pursue a career in coaching. He began as an assistant football
coach at Fort Valley State University in August of 2009, where he
assisted the head coach by developing the tight ends core,
assisting with weekly game planning, breaking down film, and
In January of 2010, Dean was tasked with
assisting the Fort Valley State University (FVSU)
defensive coordinator with the development of
rovers and safeties. This included weekly defensive
game planning, and conducting day-to-day drills
that would develop the skills of the defensive backs
core. In his time at FVSU, Dean was integral part
of a defense that ranked in 2010, first nationally in
total defense, third in pass defense, and fifth in run defense.
Dean twice had a member of his defensive backs core named
First-Team All-SIAC.
After the 2011 season, Dean joined the coaching staff at Kentucky
State University as the Special Teams Coordinator and as an
assistant coach under the defensive coordinator. In his time as
an assistant coach at KSU, Dean had been tasked with assisting
the defensive coordinator with the development of a defense
that ranked 21 st nationally in total defense during the 2012
Dean is no stranger to a role as interim head coach. When the
KSU baseball team was searching for a head coach after the
2012 season, Dean stepped up and oversaw the day-to-day
responsibilities of the KSU baseball head coaching position.
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Van Norden Named UMES Head Volleyball Coach
Millicent Van Norden has been named the
new head coach of the University of Maryland
Eastern Shore’s (UMES) women’s volleyball
team, Director of Athletics Keith Davidson
announced. In 11 seasons as a collegiate
head coach at Alcorn State, North Carolina A&T,
South Carolina State and most recently
Coppin State, Van Norden has amassed a
career record of 176-206, earning 20 wins in
a season three times and receiving two Coach
of the Year honors.
Conference Coach of the Year in 2005, after
guiding the Aggies to a 9-1 record.
Van Norden began her coaching career at
her alma mater Alcorn State. In three seasons,
she posted a record of 71-42, and won two
Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
Eastern Division Titles, and made two SWAC
Last season, Van Norden served as an assistant coach at the
University of Pittsburgh under former Hawks head man Toby
Rens. The Panthers went 17-14, falling in the Big East
Tournament quarter-final round. She was at Coppin State for
the 2011 season and South Carolina State (SCSU) from 20072010. There, she transformed the Bulldogs from the bottom of
the league to a MEAC Championship in 2010. SCSU defeated
Delaware State in the title game 3-1, the first MEAC Volleyball
Title at South Carolina State since 1990. Her team was turned
around from 1-7 in league play in 2007 to an impressive 6-2 in
Van Norden led SCSU to a .500 or better record in conference
play in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons. She was named the
MEAC Coach of the Year in 2008.
Van Norden was a highly decorated student-athlete at Alcorn
State, where she earned letters in volleyball and track and field.
On the volleyball court, she was a two-time All-SWAC selection,
and was named the pre-season volleyball SWAC Player of the
Year in 2000. On the track, Van Norden was a 2000 USA Track
and Field indoor national participant and a provisional qualifier
in the long jump and the 100-meter hurdles in that same year.
She currently owns the school and SWAC record in the
heptathlon with 5,071 points.
During her time as a student-athlete, she was a member several
student organizations, including the NCAA Student-Athlete
Advisory Committee, SWAC Student-Athlete Association and the
Alcorn State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. A four-year
SWAC scholar athlete, Van Norden was a two-time recipient of
the NCAA Leadership Award and a recipient of the Arthur Ashe
Sports Scholar Athlete Award in 2000.
Prior to her stint at SCSU, Van Norden was the head coach at
North Carolina A&T for three seasons. She compiled an overall
record of 49-52, and was 23-7 in the MEAC. She was named the
She earned both her Bachelor’s in Education (2000), and a
Master’s Degree in Secondary Education (2003) from Alcorn State.
Hampton Tabs Weatherington
As New Volleyball Coach
She graduated from New Mexico State University in 1998, with
degrees in Journalism and Psychology. She was also an
assistant for her alma mater, while also competing overseas,
playing in such countries as Russia, Finland, and Sweden.
Karen Weatherington has been named the new head coach of
the Hampton University volleyball program, the Department of
Athletics announced. She comes to Hampton from Kennesaw
State (KS), where she served in the same capacity for four years.
In her four years at KS, Weatherington compiled a record of 6356 (.529), and she won a single-season school record 17
matches twice (2009, 2010). KS’s .607 winning percentage in
2010 is the best in that program’s history. The Owls made three
straight Atlantic Sun Tournament appearances under
The Owls’ best season under Weatherington came in 2010,
when KS went 17-11 overall and 9-1 in the Atlantic Sun.
Weatherington was named the A-Sun Coach of the Year.
Prior to her stint at KS, Weatherington spent six years on the staff
at Butler, including the last four as associate head coach. Butler
was 90-86 during her time, and Weatherington was primarily
responsible for recruiting and working with the team’s middle
Prior to her time at Butler, Weatherington served as an assistant
at Clemson, as well as Duke and Iowa State.
She takes over a Lady Pirates program that tied a program
Division I record with 19 wins last season, advancing to the
semi-finals of the MEAC Tournament for the second straight
Hampton Wins 12th Straight
Mary McLeod Bethune Award
The Hampton University Department of Athletics won its 12th
straight Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s All-Sports Award,
denoting the overall strength of the women’s program in 201213, the MEAC announced. The MEAC presented the University
with a check for $20,000 during a reception at the Ritz Carlton
Hotel in Orlando, FL. Florida A&M was second in the women’s
standings, while Maryland Eastern Shore was third and Morgan
State was fourth.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Award, named after the founder of
Bethune-Cookman, awards the top overall women’s athletic
program during the course of one full academic year. The first
Mary McLeod Bethune Award was given to Delaware State in
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Mead, Pieri, Fakler, Rolland Selected Academic All-District
Four from Xavier University of Louisiana (XU) — Javon Mead,
Matt Pieri, Catherine Fakler and Devinn Rolland — were
announced as Capital One Academic All-District 4 college
division members in track and field/cross country. Mead and
Pieri, named to the men’s team, are the first from Xavier to be
Academic All-District twice.
Mead, a junior from Baton Rouge, LA, and a graduate of Baton
Rouge Magnet High School, is an accounting major with a 3.69
grade-point average. He has been All-Gulf Coast Athletic
Conference three times in cross country and finished fifth at the
GCAC meet in 2011 and 2012.
Pieri, a senior from New Orleans and a graduate of Brother
Martin High School, is a pharmacy major with a 3.62 GPA. He
has been All-GCAC four times in cross country and was the
GCAC individual champion in 2010 and 2012. He was the GCAC
outdoor track champion at 1,500 and 5,000 meters in 2011.
Fakler, a sophomore from Phoenix, AZ, and a graduate of Xavier
College Preparatory Roman Catholic High School, is an English
major with a 4.0 GPA. She scored a meet-high 40 points in April
at the GCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which
the Gold Nuggets won. In cross country, Fakler holds the XU
women’s record of 24 minutes, 7.38 seconds for 6,000 meters,
and has been All-GCAC twice.
Rolland, a sophomore from Harvey, LA, and a graduate of Cabrini
High School, is a chemistry/pre-pharmacy major with a 4.0 GPA.
She was the GCAC Outdoor Track Champion in the 100, 200
and long jump as a freshman and sophomore. She qualified for
the NAIA National Championships in those events both seasons,
and she was a 2012 NAIA All-American in the long jump.
Nominees must be a starter or important reserve with at least a
3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. They also must have
completed at least one full calendar year at their current institution
and reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
Fisk University AD Named To National Post
Fisk University Athletic Director Anthony Owens has
been selected as the representative of the Gulf
Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) for the National
Administrative Council (NAC) of the National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The NAC is an exclusive group of nearly 36
members representing all the 23 conferences and
close to 300 schools within the NAIA. A minimum of 10 athletic
directors and 10 conference commissioners serve on the NAC.
“It is an honor to be selected by my peers in the GCAC for this
prestigious position,” said Owens. “This is not an individual
honor, it belongs to the Fisk University Bulldog family as a whole.”
A former Tennessee State University football standout, Owens
has 14 years of coaching experience at both the collegiate and
high school level, moving into athletic administration with Fisk
University in 2010. The role of athletic director has provided an
opportunity to revitalize the program. In three years, he has
expanded the department’s sports offered and resources,
enhanced the quality of student-athlete development, and
developed innovative outreach strategies.
“The role of athletic director, here at Fisk University is a great
opportunity,” said Owens. “This appointment will be no different.
I am prepared for the challenge and look forward to making an
impactful contribution to the Council.”
SUNO’s Sheldon Williams Earn National Championship
For the first time in seven years, Southern University at New
Orleans (SUNO) has an individual national champion in track
and field. Junior Sheldon Williams won the men’s 400 meter
hurdles with a time of 51.81, edging out Nathan Magstadt of
Dickinson State by just four-hundredths of a second. The last
athlete to earn an NAIA Title for the Knights was current head
coach Yhann Plummer, who won the 100 meters in 2006.
“It was an amazing feeling to win,” said Williams. “SUNO has
such an amazing tradition of All-Americans, Olympians…and
for me to be a part of that as a national champion is an honor.”
DU’s Williams Earn Top Award
Dillard University (DU) honored its student-athletes with an
athletic awards show. Participants from the cheerleaders, the
Diamonds dance team, the men’s and women’s basketball
teams, as well as the volleyball, cross country and track and
field teams were recognized. The top five male and female
On the women’s side, Junior Tamara Hunter earned All-America
honors after an eighth place finish in the Women’s 400 meter
“I’m so proud of both Sheldon and Tamara, but also of our entire
team,” added Coach Plummer. “This is a great day for the
University and something they will remember for the rest of their
In overall team competition the men’s team finished tied for 29th
out of 60 teams with the women finishing tied for 53rd.
athletes who participated in competitive sports were on the voting
ballot, and Tyrone Williams had the most overall votes with 6,409,
which earned him People’s Choice Male Athlete of the Year.
Williams, a freshman basketball player from Marrero, LA, helped
lead his team to the finals in at the GCAC Tournament and earned
GCAC All-Tournament Team honors.
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UDC’s Aleksandar Grabovac Earns ECC Men’s Tennis
Player of the Year; Dickie Mahaffey Named Coach of the Year
University of the District of Columbia (UDC) senior Aleksandar
Grabovac has earned the East Coast Conference Men’s Tennis
Player of the Year Award, and head coach T. Richard “Dickie”
Mahaffey III, was named the Coach of the Year, as voted on by the
league’s coaches. In addition, juniors Ike Kiro and Miguel
Uzcategui joined Grabovac on the All-ECC First-Team.
Currently the No. 8 ranked singles player in the Intercollegiate
Tennis Association’s East Region rankings, Grabovac
(Psychology - Ljubljana, Slovenia/Gimnazija Euro Sola Ljubljana)
boasts a 12-4 record at the No. 1 singles flight and went 4-1 in
ECC play to help the Firebirds top the ECC regular season
standings. He was nearly as dominant in doubles action, teaming
with sophomore Simon Andersson to post a 9-4 record overall
and 4-1 mark in conference action. Grabovac also reached the
quarter-finals of the ITA East Regional “A” Singles Tournament
in the fall 2012.
Mahaffey, who was also named Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year
in 2011 and Women’s Coach of the Year in 2012, guided his
squad to a 10-3 overall record this season, including a 5-0 mark
against conference opponents. The Firebirds clinched the
program’s first ever ECC regular season title in just their fourth
season in the conference.
Both players on UDC’s very successful No. 2 doubles team,
Kiro and Uzcategui, also joined Grabovac on the All-ECC FirstTeam. The pair started off the spring 0-2, but battled back to win
eight straight doubles matches, including impressive wins at
Division I Georgetown and in the season finale against
Concordia. Individually, Kiro (Business Management – Milnerton
Ridge, South Africa/Milnerton HS) finished 10-3 in doubles play
and 9-5 in singles action (4-1 ECC). Uzcategui (Electrical
Engineering – Valencia, Venezuela/Colegio Sagrado Corazon),
who teamed with Carlos Quiroga for the ITA “B” Doubles
Tournament championship, finished with a very impressive
doubles record of 15-2. He was also 10-4 (4-0 ECC) in singles
Tigers Finish Fourth at PGA Minority Championships
The Tennessee State University (TSU) men’s golf team ended
their season with a fourth place finish at the 27th annual PGA
Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in Port St. Lucie, FL. The
Tigers finished with a three-round total of 899, a 35-over on the
Par-72, 6,840-yard Wanamaker Course at the PGA Golf Club.
The Tigers completed the three-day event 16 strokes behind
champion Bethune-Cookman, who shot a 19-over, 883.
Defending champions, Texas-Pan American was second with a
20-over, 884. Alabama State finished third with a 31-over, 895.
Langston Hires Rob Lutz to
Take Over Volleyball Program
Langston University has hired Rob Lutz to take over the Women’s
Volleyball program: “I’d like to thank Mike Garrett for the opportunity
to jump from the community college ranks to a four year
institution. I’m looking forward to seeing players develop beyond
two years. I can’t wait to get involved with academic excellence.”
Lutz replaces former head coach Natasha Doh after the Lady
Lions went 0-11, 0-8 in the Red River Athletic Conference. He
has experience turning around struggling teams, taking Garden
City Community College (Garden City, KS) to 21-20. It was their
first winning season in over a decade. The Broncbusters were
3-88, 0-40 in the three years before Lutz arrived. “At Langston,
we need to make three major changes—we need change the
culture—how people view the volleyball program. We also need
to change the mindset of the people returning to the team. Finally,
we need to improve recruiting. You have to have the talent. Good
talent makes coaches look good.”
Lutz has had college coaching stints across the country. He
started at Tusculum College (Greenville, TN) as an assistant
coach and was named interim head coach in 2003. Lutz moved
to Fordham University (Bronx, NY) that year, where he held the
James Stepp (75-73-74=222) led the way finishing the
tournament at 6-over and scored in all three rounds for the Tigers.
Andrew Warner (72-79-72=223) scored all three days as he shot
a 7-over.
Cameron Scitern (75-74-78=227) ended his TSU career with an
11-over, and was countable in every round.
Dallas Hill (80-76-76=232) scored for the Tigers in the second
and third rounds, while Codie Welborn (75-79-80=234) marked
on the first day only, despite matching Warner on day two.
same positions. He also made stops at Pace University
(Pleasantville, NY) and Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw,
GA). Athletic Director Mike Garrett is pleased to have Lutz on
board: “We are excited to take our volleyball program to new
heights. Rob is a great coach with an outstanding resume. His
experience at the college and club levels will get Langston
volleyball winning again.”
CSU Athletic Hall of Fame
Inductees Announced
The Central State University (CSU) Department of Athletics is
pleased to acknowledge the accomplishments of four former
Athletes. Since the inception of the Athletic Hall of Fame, now in
its 25th year, the committee has never been at a loss for
identifying former stellar student-athletes to honor and recognize.
Honoring the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Michael Dwyer, 95' Men’s Track and Field, West Chester, OH
Kevin Cummings, 87' Football, Culver City, CA
Herman Thomas, 85' Football, Lilburn, GA
Bennie Fowler, 79' Basketball, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Join CSU for the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner – Friday, October
11, 2013, contact - Sylvia Kelley - 937-376-6289 to make
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