And Alia Atkinson (pictured above) found it hard to compose herself after hearing she had won a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke at the World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.
According to the BBC, she also became the first black woman to win a world title in swimming.
The 25-year-old swimmer hails from Jamaica. She placed fourth at the 2012 London Olympics and even won three world short-course silver medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke before that. Atkinson also tied for the world record with the reigning champ, Ruta Meilutyte from Lithuania.Continue reading →
*Isn’t your first thought after reading the headline, “Naw, not the baby!” While I’m sure little Miss Mo’ne Davis would object to being called a baby, I hope she realizes we’re saying it with the most “motherly” intent. After all, some man and his wife is suing the Litte League team she plays on, the Taney Youth Baseball Association, for $50,000 in damages. Turns out a man was hit in the eye during one of their little league games.
Davis, who became a sensation during the summer of 2014 because she was the first girl to ever throw a shutout in Little League World Series history, brought the Philadelphia team a lot of attention as a result. Continue reading →
*Don’t let her age fool ya! Willie Murphy is not to be played with.
While most 77-year-old women can use a hand here and there; you know, taking grocery bags upstairs, crossing the street, fending off trouble-makers, this great grandmother is most likely to respond to such an offer with, “Thanks. But I’m good.”
After all, at only 105lbs, she can do one-handed pull-ups and pushups using her fingertips. She can also deadlift over 90kg.
She’s a New Yorker, baby! And in a city where there’s so much going on, I’m sure these “abilities” come in handy! Continue reading →
*OK. I guess a recent interview with GQ magazine caught our boy Dave Chappelle having a “moment.” He said – apparently with a straight face – that he doesn’t think it was fair to force Donald Sterling to sell the team he has owned for 33 seasons, the Los Angeles Clippers. This, he says, in spite of the “awful” racial remarks made by the tenured businessman in a private phone conversation.
Well, with a straight face, I am thinking, “We’re talking about racist-ass Donald Sterling. Why should “fair” be part of the equation?”
Chappelle, 41, said that, ultimately, he doesn’t think the 80-year-old “Sterling should have lost his team.”
“I don’t like the idea that someone could record a secret conversation and that a person could lose their assets from that, even though I think what he said was awful,” he explained.
*Here’s a bit of good new out of the NFL – because we all know they could use some these days. Wink. Wink.
In a gesture of brotherly love, Ma’ake Kemoeatu, left the rivalry between his former team, the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers – who his sibling once played for – in the past. He had something much more important to do: donate a kidney to the Steelers’ former guard – who happened to be his younger brother, Chris Kemoeatu.
Though the two teams are known to be heated rivals, this one act proved the old cliche is true, blood IS thicker than mud!
*(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 →