*(Los Angeles, CA) - Los Angeles’ premiere hotel (rooftop), LUXE, held some of the greatest names in sports uniting for a good cause, honoring Football Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders, at the 3rd annual Champions for Choice event for the AFC in conjunction with the 2014 ESPY Awards.
The event was hosted by celebrity ambassadors: boxing champion Laila Ali, WNBA and six-time Olympian Lisa Leslie, NBA Veteran Jalen Rose and sports expert for ESPN Stephen A. Smith.
*While some LeBron James fans may have gripes about his leaving the Miami Heat to return to Northeast Ohio to rejoin the Cavaliers, word is the return of the star forward will have an astonishing $500 million a year impact on the local economy as a result of the expected boost in direct and indirect spending. This according to Bloomberg.com.
Prior to James’ exit the first time, he had been with the Cavaliers from 2003-2010 without much fanfare in regard to attract other high-end players to the team; but since that time, his star power has increased, and now, with two NBA championships behind him, so has his worth.
The Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office has already forecast what an increase in attendance motivated by James’ return will generate – about $268 million. And this does not even tap into the money that will come from the spending windfalls at hotels, restaurants, and convention business; along with an anticipated $34 million increase in annual spending by fans at the games. Continue reading →
The Williams posing nude this time, intentionally, is Venus. And she wants you to see all 6’1″ of her in her spread for ESPN Magazine’s sixth annual Body Issue, set to hit newsstands on July 11.
But it sounds like, in a moment of “Ok, ok, I’ll do it!” Venus may have signed on the dotted line before reading the fine print. But she was a good sport about it anyway.
You think the check had anything to do with it?
“It didn’t dawn on me until right when I walked on set that I would have to be without clothes. If I would have thought about it before, there may have been a little less of a chance,” she said in an interview with ESPN. Continue reading →
*At 9-years old, Jaden Newman already has a To-Do-List; and we’re not only talking household chores.
While girls her age are wondering which new outfit their favorite doll is going to wear, or what shade of pink to have daddy paint her room; little Miss Newman was at the University of Miami to take a tour of the school she may one day attend. You see, the women’s basketball coaching staff wants her to keep the Hurricanes in mind when it comes time to make her college choice.
Yep, little Miss has already been recruited to play B-ball at the university level.
Obviously, the girl is good! She has two seasons as a guest on the girls high school varsity team at Downey Christian School, a 300-student private school in Orlando, under her belt. And she is believed to be the youngest girls player ever to get recruited by a Division I program.
In the video below, Newman shows off the official recruiting letter sent to her by The University of Miami. Continue reading →
*Hey, we are all for you doing the celebratory dance following a long four years of bustin’ your butt in high school. You probably really pushed the limits in your senior year, repeating those classes where your grades really sucked; and burning the midnight oil cramming for those finals.
So of course you’re going to go a bit crazy when graduation day comes and they call your name:
Quintin Levon Murphy!
You do a gallant trot up to the front like a proud stallion. Once you reach the stage, you accept your hard-earned diploma and shake the hand of a very studious looking administrator. You turn to acknowledge the cheering audience of your peers and your family.
You’re thinking “Wow! This totally rocks!” Then, in a moment of sheer excitement and joy you…
Talk about “breaking the ‘grass’ ceiling!” According to a Daily Mail article, first-time female college defensive back, Shelby Osborne, has done just that. Motivated by the bad performance of her Jeffersonville High football team at Sectionals, the 18-year-old went on a mission to conquer the sport herself.
‘We weren’t playing so hot or even to the best of our ability,’ she told SB Nation of the team at the time.
‘I said to myself, ”I could play better than that,” and that’s what planted the seed in my mind that this might actually be possible!
She began to work out, and even made the team for senior year. But Osborne, who resides in Jefferson, Indiana, had the hardest time as a female, convincing universities to take her seriously as a football player. She corresponded to school coaches via email and letters and was getting mad love for her enthusiasm, but once they found out she was a girl, all communications just stopped. Continue reading →