Rory McIlroy eagled the final hole to cap his first victory of the season on Sunday at the Irish Open, the home tournament at which he had famously struggled over the years. McIlroy's three-shot triumph over Scotland's Russell Knox and Bradley Dredge of Wales wasn't smooth sailing, but the Northern Ireland native prevailed with a 3-under 69 thanks to superb driving that allowed him to birdie the K Club's first three par-5 holes.
Rory McIlroy holds the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare, Ireland on Sunday. McIlroy's 276-yard second shot on the 18th landed within three feet of the pin to the deafening cheers of tens of thousands who had braved downpours and hail showers to witness the moment.
After calmly converting his only eagle of the tournament, McIlroy stood still and silent for a few seconds, then pumped both fists in elation. He had failed to make the Irish Open cut since 2012, and his previous best was seventh place in 2008.
McIlroy looked in danger of squandering his three-stroke lead at the start of Sunday's final round as Knox, playing alongside him, putted impressively while McIlroy wasted several opportunities on the greens, including a two-foot miss for bogey on the par-4 11th hole. When Knox birdied the 14th and 15th to seize a one-shot lead, McIlroy responded with arguably his greatest shot of the year - a go-for-broke drive across the River Liffey that landed improbably in the heart of the 16th green. As the fans roared their approval, a rattled Knox struck his only back-nine bogey as McIlroy two-putted for a go-ahead birdie. He now faces three majors in the next 10 weeks - and described his Irish breakthrough as a needed psychological "catapult" to reclaim his best form. Lightning storms caused four hours of delays on Saturday that forced a dozen players - including McIlroy, Knox and Masters champion Danny Willett - to complete the third round at sunrise on Sunday.
Their day's combined 21 holes of golf took nearly 10 hours to complete as blue skies gave way to wintry monsoons that left fairways and greens waterlogged and carpeted with hailstones, causing two more suspensions in play.
Germany's Bernhard Langer continued his dominance of senior golf when he birdied the final three holes for a six-shot victory at the Regions Tradition in Alabama on Sunday.
The 58-year-old Langer shrugged off a slow start to the final round to claim the first of the year's five designated major championships on the 50-and-over Champions Tour.
Langer started the day with a four-stroke lead and, after a quiet front nine, caught fire on the back with five birdies for a closing 5-under 67 on the Greystone course in Birmingham. He finished at 17-under 271 for his sixth career senior major, and now trails only Jack Nickalus (eight) and Hale Irwin (seven) on the all-time list.
Just last month Langer was only two strokes from the lead going into the final round of the Masters at Augusta National, though his quest to become the oldest player to win a regular major disappeared with a closing 79.
Langer will not have to wait long for a crack at another major, with the Senior PGA Championship coming up this week in Michigan.
It is the only senior major Langer has failed to capture and with a win he would become the only senior player to seize all five titles.
The 20-year-old from Thailand fired a nearly mistake-free 4-under 67 on Sunday to win the Kingsmill Championship by one shot for her second consecutive victory. The bad news for the rest of the tour is that she said this one was much easier to finish off than her first triumph two weeks ago. Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand is doused with water after winning the Kingsmill Championship at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, on Sunday. After two final-round meltdowns, Jutanugarn became the first Thai winner in tour history two weeks ago in Alabama.
Last month in the ANA Inspiration, she had a two-stroke lead with three holes remaining and closed with three bogeys to finish fourth - two strokes behind winner Lydia Ko. In the 2013 LPGA Thailand at age 17, Jutanugarn blew a two-stroke lead with a closing triple bogey in a one-stroke loss to Park In-bee .
On Sunday, she gave up the lead briefly after an early bogey but recovered quickly with back-to-back birdies, and played the final 16 holes in 5-under.
South Korea's So Oh finished was second after a 65, with Gerina Piller and Sei Young Kim two shots back. Jutanugarn closed the round by getting up-and-down from the right side of the green on the 18th hole, hitting her chip to within about five feet and rolling it in to become the first player with back-to-back wins since top-ranked Ko in the Kia Classic and ANA Inspiration.
If not the chip from about 80 feet on the last hole, Jutanugarn's pivotal moment came at the par-5 15th when she chipped from tall greenside rough with the ball well below her feet to about five feet and then drained the putt, doubling her lead as she reached 14-under. Oh, 19, started the day in a tie for eighth, then played the front nine in 5-under to grab a share of the lead at 12 under. She gave one back on the par-4 12th, got back to minus 12 at No 15 and holed a lengthy putt from the back fringe on the 72nd hole to finish at 13-under.
Piller, seeking her first career victory, trimmed three strokes off par on the front and got to minus 12 with a birdie at the par-4 16th, but she missed lengthy birdie putts on her last two holes. Sergio Garcia shot a 62 in the first round he played at the Byron Nelson and tied for third as a 19-year-old kid in 1999.
With another win at the Nelson on Sunday, Garcia matched Seve Ballesteros for the most PGA Tour victories by a Spanish-born player.
Sergio Garcia of Spain celebrates after draining his putt on the 18th green during Sunday's sudden-death playoff to win the Byron Nelson PGA tournament in Irving, Texas. Garcia made a par on the first playoff hole to beat Brooks Koepka for his ninth career PGA Tour victory. The 36-year-old Spaniard overcame four bogeys and two balls in the water on the back nine or a 2-under 68 to get to 15-under 265.
He was two groups ahead of the final pairing of hometown favorite Jordan Spieth and Koepka, who bogeyed the 14th and 15th holes and just missed a birdie chance at 18.
Koepka, who started the day with a two-stroke lead over Spieth, was 17 under after his last birdies of the day, at Nos 7 and 9.
When they went back to the 413-yard 18th again for the playoff, Koepka went first and drove into the water before taking his drop and leaving his approach short of the green.
Garcia also won the 2004 Nelson and is the first two-time winner in the 34 tournaments since the event moved to TPC Four Seasons in 1983. Spieth, the world No 2, had two bogeys in his first five holes on Sunday and went on to shoot 74.
Even after his drive at No.18 went into the right rough, Koepka still had a chance to win without a playoff when he made a nice shot to the green. Garcia was 15-under for the third time in his final round when he made a short birdie putt after a nice chip shot at the par-5 16th.
In his 301st PGA Tour start, Garcia improved to 5-6 in playoffs and got a check for $1,314,000. Spieth first played in the Byron Nelson as a 16-year-old six years ago, when he tied for 16th - still his best finish in his six starts there.
Six weeks after his misery at the Masters, and a week after missing the cut at The Players Championship in his only other tournament since blowing a five-stroke lead on the back nine at Augusta for the second year in a row, Spieth was pretty much out of contention after his two early bogeys.
That came on the same day that world No 3 Rory McIlroy won the Irish Open, his home tournament where he had struggled over the years.
On Wednesday night at National Olympic Park's Diamond Stadium, two fighters with extraordinarily fast fists will crank up the punch count when International Boxing Federation world flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand puts his title on the line in a much-anticipated rematch with No 1 contender Johnriel Casimero of the Philippines.
Based on what happened 11 months ago, you get the feeling these guys don't particularly like each other.
Last June in Bangkok, the undefeated Ruenroeng (17-0, 5 KOs) was awarded a 12-round decision in a foul-filled war of attrition that saw American referee Larry Doggett toss away the rule book and turn a blind eye on multiple clinches, throwdowns and head butts more reminiscent of cartoon wrestling than world-class boxing. Although he was on the receiving end of most of the fouls, Casimero (21-3, 13 KOs), a former world junior flyweight champ, didn't complain about the scoring (116-110, 115-110 and 113-112). The Filipino did, however, campaign for a rematch at a neutral site and the IBF agreed to stage it as the highlight of the sanctioning body's annual convention, being held this week in Beijing. While the 26-year-old Casimero has not fought in the interim, Ruenroeng, 36, notched a lopsided decision over Japan's Myung Ho Lee last December in Thailand. Ruenroeng was credited with two knockdowns in their first fight after Casimero decked him in Round 3 - though it was ruled a slip. Wednesday's undercard will feature Xiong Chao-zhong, the pint-sized power puncher from Kunming, Yunnan province, who became China's first professional world champion when he captured the WBC strawweight (105 lbs) belt in 2013. Xiong's record of 26-6-1 includes 14 knockouts, and he has won four of five since being dethroned by Mexico's Oswaldo Novoa in 2014. Now ranked No 3 in the world, Xiong will face No 5 Jose Jimenez of Colombia in a 12-round eliminator for the IBF's mini flyweight crown. Last month, former world No 1 super featherweight contender Harold Knight joined Xiong's training team and will be in his corner on Wednesday night. In another featured prelim, Cai Zongju (7-1, 1 KO), the No 1-ranked female minimumweight from Jinan, Shandong province, will challenge Thailand's Samson Tor Buamas (37-3, 19 KOs) for the vacant IBF Intercontinental title. On June 11, the double Olympic gold medalist from Zunyi, Guizhou province, will make his US pro debut when he becomes the first Chinese boxer to be featured in a 10-rounder at New York's iconic Madison Square Garden, taking on Hungary's Jozsef Ajtai in a flyweight title elimination bout. The fight will be the featured prelim on a card headlined by the WBO junior lightweight title clash between champion Rocky Martinez of Puerto Rico and Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine.
Ajtai turned pro just 11 months ago, and eight of his victories have come against opponents with winning records.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said an impressive win over Ajtai could set up a rematch between Zou and IBF world champion Amnat Ruenroeng, who won a lopsided decision in their 2015 title bout in Macao. Barcelona finished its season on a high by capturing the Copa del Rey title to add to its Spanish league trophy won just a week ago. Jordi Alba scored seven minutes into extra time and Neymar sealed the victory late to give Barcelona a 2-0 win over Sevilla for its second straight Copa del Rey title on Sunday. After a scoreless 90 minutes, Alba found the net with a low left-footed shot into the far corner after a superb long pass into the area by Lionel Messi. Jordi Alba celebrates after scoring the first goal for Barcelona in Sunday's Copa del Rey final against Sevilla at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid. Neymar closed the scoring in stoppage time after another perfect pass from Messi to give Barcelona its 28th Copa trophy.
It was the seventh time in team history that Barcelona won both domestic titles in the same season. For much of the season, Barcelona had hopes of repeating the treble from a year ago, when it also won the Champions League, but it was eliminated by Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals of the European tournament.
Barcelona played with 10 men from the 36th minute after defender Javier Mascherano was sent off with a straight red card for pulling the jersey of Kevin Gameiro to keep the French striker from entering the area with only the goalkeeper to beat. The Catalan club also lost Luis Suarez with an apparent muscle injury early in the second half. The Uruguay striker, who cried on the bench after being substituted, was crucial for Barcelona in the final stages of the Spanish league, scoring 14 goals in the last five matches. Sevilla, which won the Europa League final against Liverpool on Wednesday, also played the extra time with 10 men after midfielder Ever Banega was shown a straight red in second-half stoppage time for fouling Neymar just outside the area as the Brazilian tried to get into position to score. Sevilla further lost defender Daniel Carrico with two yellow cards just before Neymar's late goal at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon Stadium. Sevilla, trying to win its sixth Copa title and first since 2010, controlled possession after Barcelona went a man down and was close to scoring several times, with its best chance coming on a low shot from outside the area by Banega that struck the post in the 50th. Barcelona relied on counterattacks but never threatened much until extra time started with both teams fielding 10 men. Barca's previous best chance came on a free kick taken by Messi and easily saved by Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico in the 70th. It was the second final between the teams this season, with Barcelona needing extra time to win the European Super Cup last August. The 2016 series features three stops: Beijing Badaling National Forest Park on June 19, the 75-km extreme run at the Changbai Mountain natural protection area in mid-September and the rain forest run in Xinglong, Hainan province in December, which will host two half marathons in two days.
Organizers plan to add more runs in national forest parks next year and eventually expand the event to overseas locations.
The Tour of Qinghai Lake pedals off on July 17 in Xining of Qinghai province and ends on July 30 in Baiyin of Gansu province.
France's Julian Alaphilippe captured the overall crown in the Tour of California on Sunday, after Britain's Mark Cavendish outsprinted Slovakia's Peter Sagan to win the final stage for the third consecutive year.
Cavendish won the 85.7-mile final stage in 3hrs, 1min, 12sec, with Sagan second and Alexander Kristoff of Norway third. The recent Qinghai Gangshika international ski mountaineering conference attracted more than 80 skiers and enthusiasts from Canada, the US, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Pakistan and 18 Chinese cities and provinces. Ski mountaineering is a discipline that involves climbing and descending mountains on skis. Organized by the Ski Mountaineering Federation, Asian Ski Mountaineering Federation and the China Mountaineering Association, the week-long conference included competitions, seminars and rescue missions.
Defending champion Canada blanked previously undefeated Finland 2-0 in the gold medal game at the world championship tournament in Moscow on Sunday. Connor McDavid teamed up with Matt Duchene to score midway through the first period, cutting in from the right and flicking the puck over Finnish goaltender Mikko Koskinen.
It was McDavid's first goal of the tournament, coming in his 10th game, but last year's No 1 NHL draft pick by the Edmonton Oilers racked up eight assists in that time. With Russian President Vladimir Putin looking on, McDavid also earned an assist on Duchene's empty-netter with one second remaining.
The Oklahoma City Thunder handed Golden State a more complete beating than anything the Warriors had experienced during their record-setting season, winning 133-105 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Western Conference final. Suddenly, a second straight title that for so long seemed certain for Golden State is in jeopardy, with the Thunder firmly in control. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka dunks over Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli during Sunday's Game 3 of the Western Conference final.
Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in a one-sided game.
The Warriors, who set an NBA record with 73 victories in the regular season, trailed by 41 points at one stage - their largest deficit this season. Serge Ibaka added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who matched a franchise record for most points scored in a playoff game. Oklahoma City dominated the boards 52-38, continuing the pattern of the series that the team that wins the rebounds wins the game. Golden State will be in an uncomfortable position heading into Game 4 on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, but the Warriors remain confident. They trailed Memphis and Cleveland 2-1 in playoff series last year and won both en route to claiming the title. The last time Golden State's Stephen Curry played in Oklahoma City, he scored 46 points, tied an NBA record with 12 3-pointers and hit a game-winning, 37-footer.
This time, the league MVP finished with a relatively modest 24 points on 7-for-17 shooting. Golden State's Draymond Green, who kicked Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin and has become Thunder fans' No 1 target because of some questionable tactics, struggled at both ends of the floor and finished with six points on 1-for-9 shooting. A fledgling collegiate basketball league in China is looking to emulate its high-profile counterpart in the United States to enhance the role of sport on campuses across the nation. Good-natured jeering from opposing factions of fans and a halftime cheerleading show accompanying two games at Peking University's Khoo Teck Puat Gymnasium on Saturday were reminiscent of the atmosphere at a weekend college clash in the US.
It was the final night of the university's Beida Cup tournament, which was also part of the 2015-16 U League season. The university loop was founded in 2014 by former Chinese Basketball Association player Wang Zhenyu and is aimed at providing students with an equal platform to compete and share in sports. On the women's side, a team from health sciences thrashed the squad from international studies, 28-11.
Both winners advance to the single-elimination regional tournament in June before the national championships in September. Despite the existence of the Chinese University Basketball Association, another collegiate league that features elite competition among varsity teams, U League's growth has been phenomenal as more than 130,000 players from 150 universities in 15 cities across the country are registered. Besides organizing competitions, Wang and his team from the Shanghai-based University Sports Information Technology Co Ltd have developed a database called StatsCast, through which players can access statistical analysis of their performances. Troy Brouwer and Kyle Brodziak each scored twice, Jake Allen stopped 31 shots in his first start of the postseason and the Blues bounced back from consecutive shutout losses to whip the Sharks 6-3. Coach Ken Hitchcock hoped playing Allen instead of regular starter Brian Elliott would help his dormant offense and the move paid off as the Blues controlled the play from the start of Game 4. Brouwer and Jori Lehtera scored in the first period and the Blues rolled after getting dominated the previous two games when they were outscored 7-0. Martin Jones, the first Sharks goalie with consecutive playoff shutouts, was pulled midway through the second period after allowing four goals on 19 shots. Chris Tierney and Melker Karlsson also scored in the third for the Sharks, but it wasn't enough as San Jose went 0 for 5 on the powerplay and surrendered a shorthanded goal.
But the Sharks struggled to set up in the offensive zone and their sloppy passing resulted in a pair of two-on-one chances the other way. Brodziak struck again a few minutes later off a pass from Dmitrij Jaskin to end Jones' night.
The Blues then cruised to the win that has them the closest they have been to the Stanley Cup final since losing a seven-game conference final to Calgary in 1986. The Sharks played with a series lead in the conference final for the first time ever but now find themselves tied after four games, just as they were in their first trip in 2004 when they lost to Calgary in six. Captain Wayne Rooney admitted Manchester United fell short of expectations despite winning the FA Cup as rumors swirled that manager Louis van Gaal is set to be replaced by Jose Mourinho. Van Gaal was in defiant mood on Saturday as he celebrated United's 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace by parading the FA Cup in front of the media while refusing to discuss the possibility he will be fired in the next few days. Manchester United teammates Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard celebrate winning the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Just minutes after the final whistle at Wembley heralded United's first trophy in van Gaal's two-year reign, reports emerged that former Chelsea boss Mourinho was on the verge of agreeing a deal to take charge at Old Trafford. Van Gaal has endured months of speculation about his future in a troubled campaign that saw United fail to qualify for the Champions League amid fan unrest and talk of a dressing room mutiny against the former Barcelona boss.
The BBC reported that Mourinho, fired by Chelsea in December, would be officially announced as United manager this week. It appears the gritty victory over Palace, a success achieved with 10 men after Chris Smalling's red card, won't be enough to save van Gaal, and United captain Rooney conceded the manager and his players had underachieved this term. Asked about the pressure on van Gaal over the last few months, Rooney said: "That's part of playing for Manchester United and managing Manchester United. Rooney refused to directly answer questions about van Gaal's future, but offered a sympathetic view of his manager's perilous situation.
United's first FA Cup triumph since 2004 ended its wait for a first major silverware since the legendary Ferguson retired in 2013.
But failing to qualify for the Champions League in 2014 prompted United's owners, the Glazer family, to fire Ferguson's hand-picked successor, David Moyes.
United defender Daley Blind said van Gaal was in good spirits after the final and loyally insisted he wants the coach to stay. Neither side was able to find the net through 120 minutes, but Dortmund missed two penalties in the shootout to give Bayern the victory and provide Guardiola with a seventh and final title in Germ-any before he heads to Manchester City. Guardiola, so often accused of being too emotionless during his time in Munich, broke down in tears as the team celebrated.
Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich leaps over Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus as they battle for the ball during Saturday's German Cup final at Olympiastadion in Berlin.
It was Bayern's second Cup win after it lifted the trophy in 2015 - also against Dortmund, which has now lost in the final for three straight years. Guardiola, who has won three league titles and two German Cups in his three seasons in charge, hugged and kissed his players, with tears streaming down his face after his final match in charge before joining Manchester City next season. The win in front of a roaring crowd of 74,000 at the Olympic stadium softened the disappointment of Bayern's third consecutive Champions League semifinal exit under Guardiola earlier this month, to Atletico Madrid. Hummels' farewell ended early, as he fell victim to a cramp and was replaced by Matthias Ginter in the 79th minute. On Saturday at the Air Canada Centre, the Toronto Raptors beat the Cavaliers 99-84 to trim the deficit in their NBA Eastern Conference final series to 2-1.


DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and Bismack Biyombo set a Toronto playoff record with 26 rebounds, handing the Cavs their first loss after 10 straight playoff victories.
Bismack Biyombo of the Toronto Raptors fouls LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the fourth quarter of Saturday's Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference final at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Kyle Lowry scored 20 points, Cory Joseph added 14, and Patrick Patterson and DeMarre Carroll each had 10 for the Raptors. With his team ahead by eight, Biyombo scored six straight points late in the fourth to put the Raptors up 91-77.
James had five assists, moving past Jason Kidd and into third place on the NBA's career playoff list. It was a rough night for Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who scored three points and made just one of nine field goal attempts.
Irving checked out at 1:38 of the fourth quarter and had to be helped to the locker room following a collision with Joseph. DeRozan scored 12 points in the first but saw a buzzer-beating 3 waved off after video review.
Carroll, Joseph and Patterson each made 3-pointers during a 16-2 Toronto run midway through the second as the Raptors overcame Lowry's third foul to take a 54-37 lead. James went down clutching his face after being accidentally elbowed by Thompson during a scuffle at center court late in the second. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is facing speculation about his future with the team ahead of its FA Cup final against Crystal Palace. Manchester United will attempt to salvage something from its tumultuous season - and potentially keep manager Louis van Gaal in a job - in Saturday's FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.
After failing to qualify for the Champions League for the second time in three years, the Wembley showpiece represents United's last chance to make good on a campaign of stagnant soccer and simmering fan dissent. Van Gaal was booed as he addressed supporters following Tuesday's 3-1 home win over Bournemouth and although victory against Palace would give United its first significant piece of silverware since Alex Ferguson left in 2013, reports suggest that his days at Old Trafford are numbered regardless. While United has not won the FA Cup since 2004, when it beat Millwall 3-0 in Cardiff, victory on Saturday would see it equal Arsenal's tally of 12 successes in the competition - a record it once held outright. As well as giving Van Gaal a first trophy in English football, it would also enable Wayne Rooney, the captain, and Michael Carrick to claim the only top-level medals that have eluded them during their spells at the club.
Van Gaal already has reason to thank the tournament, for it has provided several melodious moments this season amid the steady background hum of speculation about his future. Early victories over lower-league sides Sheffield United, Derby County and Shrewsbury Town came during a dismal run of three wins in 13 league games, when criticism of the Dutchman was at its fiercest.
The quarterfinal against West Ham United brought both the relief of Anthony Martial's 83rd-minute equalizer in the first game at Old Trafford and the morale boost of an assured 2-1 victory in the replay. Martial provided another moment to savor in last month's semifinal against Everton, driving into the box from the left in stoppage time to net a deliriously celebrated winner. If Van Gaal is looking for positive omens, it will not have escaped his attention that the last under-fire United manager to go into an FA Cup final against Palace with his neck on the line was Ferguson.
Prior to the 1990 final, Ferguson had gone three and a half years without a trophy, but following a gripping 3-3 draw, a solitary goal by left-back Lee Martin earned United a 1-0 victory in the replay. One of the players who traipsed from the pitch in Palace's unfamiliar black and yellow change strip was 28-year-old midfielder Alan Pardew, who is now the south London club's manager. Pardew etched his name in Palace folklore by netting an extra-time winner against Liverpool in the semifinals and 26 years later, he is seeking to steer the club to its first major trophy. Following a strong start to the season, Palace won just two of their final 21 league games, which saw it finish 15th in the Premier League. But it has shown superb form in the cup, notably eliminating Southampton, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford, and now finds itself on the brink of a historic achievement.
Aside from Wales midfielder Joe Ledley, who fractured his fibula in the 2-1 league win over Stoke two weeks ago, Pardew has a fully fit squad at his disposal. Bolasie grew up just a few miles from Wembley and could see the famous stadium glimmering in the distance from his parents' house in Hillingdon Borough.
So, at the end of a season in which Bolasie's father passed away, playing the biggest match of his career so close to home has given the Congo international a burning desire to deliver the performance of a lifetime. Bolasie's father followed the Eagles all over the country to watch his son in action and his death in August inevitably proved hard for the Palace star to take. After flying to Congo for several days, Bolasie returned to action in a Premier League match at Chelsea and he was moved almost to tears when he saw that Palace had arranged for the players to wear black armbands in recognition of his father's passing. Bolasie has been determined to repay that support by shining for Palace and his impressive campaign reached a new high when he headed in the opening goal in their FA Cup semifinal against Watford last month.
That 2-1 victory was a milestone moment for Bolasie as he finally fulfilled his ambition of playing at Wembley. For many years, while he languished in football's lower divisions with Bristol City and Palace, it seemed those glances out of the windows of his old home were as close as he would get to his field of dreams. He has taken to wearing a pair of boots he designed himself that are emblazoned with a photo of Wembley's famous arch and other pictures charting his winding career path from Hillingdon to the national stadium. Despite the trappings of his status as a Premier League footballer, Bolasie remains down-to-earth. He often pops home for a meal prepared by his mother, Yolande, and he recently tweeted a picture of himself in a local playground with the caption "Where it all began".
As if he needed any additional motivation in Saturday's clash with Manchester United, the 26-year-old would dearly love to bring home an FA Cup winners' medal on the day his mother turns 54. Xia, whose Chinese name is Xia Jiantong, purchased Villa on Wednesday for a reported $87 million and is looking to hire a new manager quickly before bringing in a host of players in a bid to transform the troubled club's fortunes. Villa was relegated for the first time in 29 years this season amid acrimonious fan protests against its underperforming players and previous owner Randy Lerner. Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde were both sacked after disappointing spells as Villa's manager this season and former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson and ex-Chelsea chief Roberto di Matteo are reportedly the leading contenders to take charge. Xia knows getting the managerial appointment right is essential if Villa is to fulfil his ambition of winning promotion from the Championship next term and eventually becoming one of the world's major clubs. Xia is hopeful Villa fans will get behind him now Lerner has gone and the 39-year-old businessman called on them to concentrate on a brighter future rather than dwelling on past failures. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers notched a triple-double against the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio.
Overshadowed as Golden State shot down history during the regular season, the Cavaliers are making this postseason their own.
LeBron James recorded a triple-double and Cleveland improved to 10-0 in the playoffs with a 108-89 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. James had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Cavs became the fourth team to start the postseason with 10 straight wins, joining the Los Angeles Lakers (1989, 2001) and San Antonio Spurs (2012). Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Kevin Love 19 for Cleveland, which swept Detroit and Atlanta and has beaten Toronto by a combined 50 points in two games. Game 3 is Saturday in Toronto, where Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry can only hope the rims at Air Canada Centre are kinder than the ones in Quicken Loans Arena. Lowry scored 10 points and is shooting 8 of 28 from the field, including 1 of 15 on 3-pointers.
James moved past Shaquille O'Neal into fourth place on the career postseason scoring list and posted his 15th playoff triple-double, securing it by running down rebound No. By then, the Cavs were up 20 and coasting to another easy win in their so-far-spotless spring.
Earlier in the day, James was asked if the Cavs might need a loss to get them ready for the finals. And the Cavs are playing like it under coach Tyronn Lue, also a perfect 10 in the playoffs. Missing center Jonas Valanciunas because of a sprained right ankle, Casey tweaked his lineup by starting forward Luis Scola over Patrick Patterson.
But Cleveland closed the first half with a 16-2 burst, capped by a three-point play from James, who was already flirting with a triple-double when he headed to the locker room. Casey felt the need to speak with his players after their Game 7 win over Miami about not being satisfied in what's already been the deepest postseason run in franchise history. Casey and his coaching staff wanted to meet across the hallway from Toronto's locker room following the game, but couldn't get access because the door was locked. Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova tweaked his ankle in the second half, but Lue said he should be OK. Raptors: Scola's start was a surprise considering he played just five minutes in the entire Miami series.
Cavaliers: Now that James has passed O'Neal, next on the career postseason scoring list are Kobe Bryant (5,640), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) and Michael Jordan (5,987). The Orlando Magic moved quickly to fill their coaching vacancy, agreeing to a deal with Frank Vogel just a week after the position suddenly became available. Vogel and Magic officials met during the day Thursday and reached a deal, which will not be final until Friday afternoon, said a person with knowledge of the negotiations.
During a news conference last Thursday, team CEO Alex Martins and general manager Rob Hennigan both said they wanted a coach who has strong defensive principles and can connect with the players.
Curry produced a virtuoso third quarter performance to inspire the Warriors to a 118-91 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday as Golden State leveled the best-of-seven series at 1-1. However Curry finished the game with a question mark over his fitness after an incident in the first quarter where he dove headfirst into the crowd as he chased a loose ball. The fall left Curry with visible swelling on his elbow - but the Warriors star is adamant he will be fit to face the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Monday.
Asked if he expected to have the swelling drained, Curry replied: "Something I'll have to pay attention to the next 48 hours until we leave for OKC. Curry, who reeled off 15 straight points in a devastating burst of scoring in the third quarter on Wednesday that effectively settled the game, said he is preparing for another bruising encounter in Game 3. South Korea's Wang Jeung-hun, 20, completed back-to-back wins with a come-from-behind one-shot triumph in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on Sunday, a week after breaking through in Morocco.
The slender Wang edged Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh on the last hole to win the tournament, sanctioned by the Asian, European and Sunshine Tours.
Prior to Wang's heroics, compatriot and close friend Lee Soo-min, 22, and China's Li Haotong, 20, won European Tour events in China to fuel optimism about the future of the Asian Tour. South Korean-born Australian Unho Park, who sprayed champagne on Wang after the last putt dropped, said the Asian Tour is on the right track in unearthing international-class players.
Wang's win was worth $189,841, which vaulted him to second place on the latest Asian Tour's Order of Merit at $470,338 - some $166,000 behind leader Marcus Fraser of Australia. Filipino Miguel Tabuena, who is 21, is third on the Asian Tour rankings with $336,258 while Lee sits fourth at just over $319,000. In addition to the victories by Lee and Li in China, Asian golfers carved out a small slice of history by notching an unprecedented four straight wins on the European Tour. Although disappointed that he failed to land a third Asian Tour victory in Mauritius, Siddikur has moved back into the world's top 300 at No 274 - increasing his odds of qualifying for Rio. Recent victories by Wang Jeung-hun (left) of South Korea and Li Haotong of China underlined the strength of the Asian Tour and the success of homegrown talent in regional competitions.
NBC Sports and Golf Channel will combine to provide a record 49.5 hours of live coverage over four days from the British Open at Royal Troon. NBC and Golf Channel picked up the British Open a year early from ESPN, and it gives the network a major after the USGA signed on with Fox.
The Masters prefers limited live television and provided 18.5 hours this year on ESPN and CBS.
The Open Championship, with the advantage of extended summer daylight in Britain, typically starts about 6:30 am at St.
Golf Channel and NBC, both owned by Comcast, provide a seamless transition in coverage of the PGA Tour, and this will be no different. McCarley said Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo and Frank Nobilo will rotate as lead analyst in the tower on the 18th hole.
The 10 analysts on the ground and other towers include the usual NBC crew (Roger Maltbie, David Feherty, Gary Koch, Peter Jacobsen, Notah Begay, Mark Rolfing) and some who mostly do Golf Channel telecasts (such as Curt Byrum and Jerry Foltz). Golf Channel will have its studio live from Royal Troon, which will include David Duval when he gets done playing. With more than a $1.08 million check as a consolation prize for his runner-up finish at The Players Championship, Kevin Chappell no longer has to worry about US Open qualifying and can book his first trip to the British Open.
This is the last week of competition before the US Open exempts the top 60 in the world ranking and the British Open takes the top 50. Billy Horschel (47), Ryan Moore (48) and Smylie Kaufman (51) are not playing the AT&T Byron Nelson (David Lingmerth, at No 49, is in the Irish Open). While they are safe for the US Open, Kaufman cannot move into the top 50 this week for Royal Troon. Playing in the Byron Nelson is James Hahn (54), who probably needs a finish just outside the top 10 to crack the top 50. Tiger Woods played five holes when he opened his golf course in Houston, and he plays at home at the Medalist. He might be patient when it comes to his recovery, but that doesn't carry over to the golf course. Faldo won the 1983 French Open, the Martini International in England and the Car Care Plan International in England. Rory McIlroy in 2014 won three in a row - the British Open, Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship - though that was over four weeks. Tiger Woods has done it twice on the PGA Tour - at the end of 1999 (Disney, Tour Championship, American Express) and in 2006 (PGA Championship, Bridgestone Invitational, Deutsche Bank). His past failures were all the more awkward because he's also the tournament's official host and donates his prize money to his Rory Foundation children's charity. She had nine birdies and got to 11-under at No 17, but she made bogey at the par-4 18th and finished tied with Lexi Thompson of the US and Pornanong Phatlum at 274. He then touched the likeness of Nelson that tops the championship trophy and wiped away tears while sharing a moment with Peggy Nelson, the late golfer's widow.
He had a pair of 12-foot birdie chances after that, but the ball stopped short at the par-3 17th and curled around the cup at No 18.
Koepka was in his first playoff in his 55th tournament, a year after his only victory, which came at the Phoenix Open.
The Dallas native missed his high school graduation ceremony the following year after again making the cut there as an amateur.
There were huge crowds watching his every move and his picture was plastered everywhere at TPC Four Seasons, but he had three bogeys in his first eight holes. He's coming off an impressive TKO victory over Brazil's Natan Coutinho in Shanghai in January, but should be tested by the 19-year-old Ajtai, who owns a record of 15-2, with 10 KOs. Zhang Chuanliang, who coached Zou as an amateur and guided him to gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, also made the trip and will be in Zou's corner on June 11. Forest marathon series, which features running through forests, has been unveiled by the State Forestry Administration of China and Beijing Malon Sports and Culture Co Ltd. A total of 161 riders representing 23 professional, continental and regional teams from 15 countries and regions will race 3,631 kilometers, peaking at an altitude of 4,120 meters. It is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) as a 2.HC (high class) race as part of the Asia Tour. According to Wang Wei, a senior official of the Chinese Cycling Association, the nation boasts 20 million cycling enthusiasts and 15 Chinese professional teams are registered with UCI. It was the first time this postseason both players shot better than 50 percent from the field.
Louis Blues a spark, and changing their style of play helped them knot the NHL's Western Conference final with the San Jose Sharks at two games apiece on Saturday. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the NHL's Western Conference final at SAP Center in San Jose on Saturday.
Louis took control early in the second period after it seemed like San Jose had gained momentum from killing off a double minor and then drawing a penalty from the Blues. Louis capitalized when Brodziak took a pass from Jaden Schwartz and beat Jones to make it 3-0. He's still our manager and I think it's a bit unfair after we've just won the FA Cup to speak about him as if he isn't here.
Bayern won in a penalty shootout to clinch a seventh and final title for coach Pep Guardiola, who is leaving for Manchester City next season. Smith had 22 for Cleveland, which failed in its effort to match the Los Angeles Lakers' record of 11 straight victories to begin a postseason.
Lowry scored eight points despite picking up his second foul at 5:40 as Toronto led 30-24 after one. That replicates the journey I've had with Palace, my football journey and the street football with how I've grown up," Bolasie explained.
Playing at a different level than the rest of the field, the Cavs are now two wins from appearing in their second straight NBA Finals and trying to end Cleveland's 52-year sports championship drought. But Toronto lacks the necessary firepower to stay with a Cleveland team playing its best basketball this season, one that James likened to a football team. DeMar DeRozan scored 22 for the Raptors, who have had a disastrous debut in the conference finals to this point. The move helped Toronto's second unit, as Patterson and Terrance Ross gave the Raptors an early lift and had them tied with the Cavs at 46-all. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Magic have not announced the hire. Vogel comes to Orlando as a proven head coach with playoff experience having led the Indiana Pacers the last five full seasons.
His Pacer teams were usually one of the top defensive clubs in the NBA, finishing in the top six in field goal percent defense in each of his five full seasons as head coach.
It looks like it has a tennis ball on top of it, but it doesn't affect range of motion or anything.
Wang is a very good buddy of mine and it's great to see him win back-to-back on the European Tour," said Canada's Richard T. Kim are still ahead of Lee and Wang in the race to represent South Korea at the Olympic Games in Rio, the latter, who grew up playing junior golf in the Philippines, is hoping to push hard for a berth with qualifying set to conclude on July 11. I'm so excited right now and really happy that I have won," said Wang, who is competing in the Irish Open this week. He is projected to fall out of the top 60 this week, so the Frenchman would need to make the cut and finish around the mid-40s to get back in.
He missed out on his bid for the Masters at the Dell Match Play and would help himself toward a US Open invite by finishing in the top 20 or so.
But he says he still hasn't played an 18-hole round since his two back surgeries last year. He is in the Irish Open this week at The K Club and will try to join Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros as the only players to win three straight European Tour events on the schedule. Three years later, Ballesteros won the Irish Open, the Johnnie Walker Monte Carlo Open and the French Open. And in 2010, Martin Kaymer won the PGA Championship, Dutch Open and Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland - all in an eight-week stretch. A But he promised me on his returnA back to the United States I would be the first media personality to interview him in New York City.A  I never will forget how confident he was that he would return victorious. His most recent outing was a first-round stoppage of Botond Sipos (4-2) in Slovakia on April 13. He scored on Cleveland's next possession, and while sitting on the bench during a subsequent timeout, he saluted applauding Cavs fans by pressing his fingers to his lips and touching his heart. Abdul-Jabbar attended Game 2 and flashed the peace sign when he was shown on the arena's giant scoreboard. I'm really happy to get second position," said the Bangladeshi, who has been hampered by a back injury in recent years.


The PGA Championship is shown on TNT and CBS with 28 hours from Baltusrol the last week in July. It was the first time since 1991 that multiple players scored at least 30 points against the Warriors in a playoff game. Rickie Fowler, Justin Fowler and Smylie Kaufman took another trip, though this was more work than play. Lowry texted Lue on Wednesday night and said he wanted to get together and watch the Golden State-Oklahoma City game. A My second week at the course I got in early and became bored while waiting for my homeboys. A My teammates and coaches were often challenged by my "Just give me the ball and get the hell out of my way" attitude.
A I was not the best athlete on the field or on the court, but I thought I was.A When the game was on the line I wanted the ball in my hands. A A It was a hot evening and the constant in and out of the woods was not a pleasant undertaking.
What I thought would be a nine-hole outing turned into eighteen holes and a White House visit and a Presidential appointment in 1969. General William Rogers, Hattie, President Nixon and HBA Petey and I would become great friends and in 1965 we would meet again.
A The United Planning Organization a self-help community organization was hiring "Neighborhood Workers." A They hired three, me, Petey and H.
A Two years later Rap would be named Chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.
A I would become a Roving Leader (Youth Gang Task Force) for the DC Recreation Department and Petey would find his new home in radio at WOL. A Three UPO "Neighborhood Workers" would go on to establish their own independent idenities.
A Petey would win 2 Emmy Awards and in 2007 there was a feeble attempt to do his life story on the big screen. He is now in jail serving a life sentence for the murder of a black Deputy Sherrif in Fulton County, Georgia. Brian McIntyre.A  He was sitting almost alone and there was no one waiting in line (compared to today's media circus).
A  I looked down and notice that all the white media were seated on one side of half-court and all the blacks were seated on the other side of the half-court line. He stepped in front of me and said "I got it."A It would be the start of the 4th quarter that Mark returned to the press table table and apologize for his unprofessional actions. A There were other mistakes like someone thought a black Judy Holland was VP material---far from it. A It took a minute but in the meantime, he was making an effort to bring about change in his own way. A But according veteran (32 years) sports writer Bill Rhoden of the New York Times, progress in sports media pressrooms around the country are on a slow boat to China.A His recent appearance on the widely acclaimed television news show Meet the Press, he said, "the NBA, NFL and MLB are still dragging their feet.
Media pressrooms at Deadline are still the last plantations.A A Pioneering broadcaster and former NBA CBS basketball analyst Sonny Hill and now a sports talk show host on WIP Radio in Philadelphia said, "I am not surprised by Rhoden's statement, very little has changed in media pressrooms.
A One of the problems there is no networking among blacks who have moved it up the ladder." A That is an understatement.
A  The copy rights for Inside Sports is own by News Week Magazine and it is own by the Washington Post.
A A First, there was a a problem with the PR Men from hell, Brian Sereno and Matt Williams. A A It was brought to my attention that Sereno was disrespecting the ladies of The Roundball Report. A The meeting was set before a Wizard's game in the press louge but Scott Hall was the lead man. A He listened and we disagreed on some points but when we walked away from the table we were on the same page. A The community and everyone in it was a friend, the old and the young, the black and the white and the healthy and the lame. A I was honored to speak at his retirement held at the arena just before the Bullets moved to Washington and changed their name to the Wizards.A Denny Gordon was in ticket sales and it seem like he knew everyone who brought a ticket. A He was made the scapegoat after being sold out by his assisstant coach Bernie Bickerstaff and others.
A The meeting revolved around a charity all-star game scheduled for the Bahamas, the island home of NBA star Mycal Thompson.
A Magic Johnson was one of All-Stars participating.A Representatives from the NBA included VP Ron Thorne, Legal Counsel Gary Bettman and head of security Horace Balmer. A A Gary Bettman is the Commissioner of the NHL, Thorne is somewhere lurking in the NBA, Balmer has since retired and Magic is a role model for Black America? A A The short lived existence of basketball legend Michael Jordan as a Wizard's player and Executive in the front office. A After the story broke he and several teammates made light of it during introductions of a game. A He was eventually suspended for most of the 2009a€“10 season.A The thing that I find disturbing about this Donald Sterling charade is that folks are acting like they were surprised by his rants against blacks.
A A I also notice the same "Old faces and voices" are called on to respond to the racist acts by men like Sterling---when they are a part of the problem . A He and Sterling were good friends because "Birds of a feather flock together." A  Check Magic's history out and you will discover the two have a lot in common.
A Magic's claim to be a minority owner of the LA Dodgers is another sham (token black face). James Brown (CBS Sports) another mis-guilded brother claiming to be a minority baseball owner and an expert on racism. A He did finally admit on the late George Michael Show (Sports Machine) "I have no say in making baseball decisions as a minority owner." A His role as a minority owner is to be paraded out on Opening Day as the black face to read the starting line-ups. A A This is the same Michael Wilbon that I had at least two recent conversations about the use of the N word as a term of endearment. A I have to give him credit, he will at least talk to me face to face and not behind my back. A I tried to explain that his rationale that his grandfather's use the word as a term of endearment does not make it right today. A I told him he should not go on national television saying it is okay to use the N word among friends and family. A It gives bigots like Donald Sterling the Green Light to do the same among his friends and family.
A Plus, Michael told me he was not going to appear on the ESPN Show Outside the Lines because the white host had no horse in the race! A A I wish that Magic, James, Michael and the rest of the media experts would defer to black men like Hank Aaron, Dr.
A But they wear the battle scars and have been on the front lines of the civil rights movement in real life and in the sports arenas of America. A In other words, they have been there and done that.A I guess that is wishful thinking, especially when everyone wants to be an expert on television. A In the meantime, they don't know their asses from a hole in the ground but the beat goes on and on. A Auerbach would go a step further in the 1966-67 NBA season, when he stepped A down after winning nine titles in 11 years, and made Bill Russell player-coach. A A trailblazers, RED AND DOTIE AUERBACHi»? ON INSIDE SPORTSA Russell would eventually be the first black to win an NBA championship. A There are far too many crying "Foul" and playing the victims in this charade, to include some NBA owners.A Let me start with my homeboy, the great Elgin Baylor who was the Clippers GM for over 2 decades. His teams were perennial losers on the court and in attendance, but he picked up his check every two weeks and kept his mouth shut.
A A In his deposition, Elgin spoke about what he called Sterling's 'plantation mentality,' alleging the owner in the late 1990s rejected a coaching candidate, Jim Brewer, because of race. A Talking about an organization needing a change of name and a face-lift---meet Leon Jenkins.A Jenkins seen above at a press conference trying to explain why the li»?ocal branch was honoring Sterling during the 100th Anniversary of the organization next month. A A He explained the previous award had been approved by the man he replaced and he just went along to get along. A A Sterling won't be the first to sleep black and think white when it comes to sex, politics and money. Slave owners lived by the credo and in modern day history there was the late Senator Strom Thurmond. A Nike NBA rep John Phillips and I met with VP Rod Thorn, League Counsel Gary Bettman and Head of League Security, Horace Balmer. A The meeting centered around whether Magic Johnson, Mycal Thompson and a group of NBA All-Stars would be allowed to travel to the Bahamas for a charity basketball game without league approval.
The game had been played in the Bahamas the previous year without incident or controversy.A It was obvious that there was a power-play being made by the league office to cancel the game.
Thorn open the meeting by asking who was going to be responsible if one of the players was hurt during the game? A Magic suggested that the topic of conversation just might be centered around an injury to a player. I tried to explain that playing the game was no different then one of the players participating in a pick-up game on a New York City playground in the off season.
A What is this some kind of plantation?"A The room went silent and Horace Balmer the only other black in the room just shook his head and seem to be lost for words. A Thorn called off the discussion and promised to get back to us but he never did.A In the meantime, Magic Johnson disappeared and changed his number.
A Mycal was a class act but his hands were tied when Magic decided to do his Houdini act.A Gary Bettman now runs the NHL, Ron Thorn is still in the NBA somewhere calling the shots, Horace Balmer has since retired and Magic is the face (black) in the middle of the Donald Sterling charade. A When all is said and done, the real victim despite all of her baggage is the girlfriend (The Whistle Blower) V.
A NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during his annoucement as it related to the punishment of Donald Sterling apologize to black NBA pioneers Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper and Magic Johnson. A He reminds me of the controversial Celebrity Chef Paula Deen who alledgely use The N word to describe her love for black folks.
A  How should we expect her to know if she has never walked in our shoes ?A  When it is a part of your DNA it is difficult to rid yourself of the gene.A  A One morning I was watching Ms.
This award was longed overdue and I wonder why it took the NAACP so long to finally recognized Mr. Belafonte in accepting the award asked, "Where are today's black leaders?A  Our children's blood is still running in our streets---there is work still to be done.
The coalition stated it will urge President Obama to mention an urban jobs plan in his state of the Union speech on February 12th----Good luck!
Ben Carson of John Hopkins University Hospital.A  His prayer and message was centered around health care, the economy, American debt, and tax reform, thus taking dead aim at President Obama's platform for the nation.
Carson spend 25 minutes talking about the nation's ills and solutions with the President sitting less than 5 feet from him.A  When all was said and done, President Obama was not looking so Presidential! Carson set the record straight from the very beginning.A  He made it clear he was not taking any wooden nickels. In 2010, he became that series' youngest driver and the first black driver to win a race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. A close friend of mine that has been partially paralyzed by strokes, pays for aids to "help". If they show up, they usually just sit and do nothing, root through her jewelry and personal effects, and some have been caught stealing jewelry. One was there when she collapsed with another stroke, and instead of calling for help, she called her boyfriend and left, leaving her patient to manage on her own.
It runs M - F from 10am - Noon and starting on Monday July 22 will repeat from 4pm - 6pm each day. My opinions about Tiger Woods or any other issue are mine and I could give a damn about what Feinstein or anybody else things about them. In their prime at theA Washington Post, they were among the best sports writers in the country.
A I was up close and personal with the sports department.A Kindred and Chad were talented writers but you could not trust them, Cornheiser and Feintstein's talent, they easily blended in with the landscape of the paper. A Feinstein called Wilbon the biggest ass kisser in sports media, if that is true he had great teacher in Cornheiser. A When Solomon tried to kick Cornheiser to the curve (fire him) in the 80s he was able to move to the Style section of the paper.
A One black female Washington Post columnist wrote a book titled "Plantation on the Potomac." A She was describing her employer. A Hopefully, they were asked to participate and were of the same mindset as Wilbon not comfortable with Mr. A Goodell makes more than any player in the NFL and he never has to make a tackle or catch a pass.A The owners recent pay out to the players for injuries suffered on their watch was peanuts compared to the billions they make year in and year out. A When he refused a request by his mother to cease using the word and a similar plea by poet Myra Angelo.
Martin Luther Kinga€™s 1963 march on Washington and 46 years since his assassination in Memphis, Tenn.
With the high-scoring Macauley, elite passer Cousy, and new prodigy Sharman, Auerbach had a core that provided high-octane fast-break basketball.
In the next years until 1956, the Celtics would make the playoffs every year, but never won the title. Brown was desperate to turn around his struggling and financially strapped franchise, which was reeling from a 22a€“46 record.[5]A The still young but already seasoned Auerbach was made coach. A Nike NBA rep John Phillips and I met with VP Rod Thorn, League Counsel Gary Bettman and Head of League Security, Horace Balmer.A The meeting centered around whether Magic Johnson, Mycal Thompson and a group of NBA All-Stars would be allowed to travel to the Bahamas for a charity basketball game without league approval. A He was right on point.A To this day I think Magic had a previous discussion with the league office. James Gholson, Red Auerbach, Biff Carter, Jessie Chase, Morgan Wooten, Everett Cookie Payne Sr., Frank Bolden, Dr. Leo Hill, Roper McNair, Earl Alfred, Maxwell Honemond, Tilman Sease, William Roundtree, Charlie Baltimore, Jaky Mathews, Ferdinand Day, Nick Turner, Walter Brooks, Ted McIntye, and my saviors, Dave Brown and Bighouse Gaines.A  They knew their Xs and Os, but more important, they were there for our highs and lows.A  Where have all those flowers gone?
We never could have made it without them.I have given up on the Pigskin Club, but keeping hope alive for the DC Recreation Department and the Roving Leader Program.
BELL 12-25-1940---8-1-2013A A GOOD COP WHO BROKE THE CODE OF SILENCE IN THE WASHINGTON, DC POLICE DEPARTMENT.
A The real Serpico is seen leaving the Bronx Courthouse alone after testifying before the Knapp Commission on wide spread police corruption in the department. A In the old days police A would carry a "drop knife---an inexpensive weapon cops would bring along on patrol to drop onto or next to suspect that they had taken out so that they could say that he had threaten them. A Today you don't even need to do that; all that you have to do is justify the use of deadly force if you are a police officer is to say that you feared for your life, for whatever reason. If the victim dies, that just means there will one less witness around to contradict the test-lie. A In the case of Officer Michael Slager of the North Charleston police, it appears he was being extra-carefulto cover his tracks.
A Probably he could have gotten away with simply declaring, as he did in the radioed report, that Walter Scott "took my taser," and that would have probably have sufficed to exonerate him. A But Slager having shot Scott eight times in the back--as everyone can see in the now famous video--perhaps felt that he needed a little help explaining what he was up to. A So apparently dropped his Taser next to Scott's body, which would obviously help to make the case that Scott "Took my taster."A If you think that what happen in North Charleston is a unique case, its not. A Only recently, in another case, a policewoman in Pennsylvania first Tasered a black man then shot him twice in the back as he lay face down in the snow. A Unless honesty is rewarded more often then corruption, the police will lose credibility altogether. A I wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton in 1994 addressing this very issue, saying that honest cops have never been rewarded, and maybe there ought to be a medal for them, he wrote back but nothing change.
A If enough testi-lying is uncovered, then who is going to believe the police even when they are telling the truth?
A A Until now the shoot first fear of my life mantra has eliminated any cause for concern in the taking of life by police.
A When a civilian committs a crime, every nuance is looked at, the better to "throw the book at" the suspect.
A The other day I got a letter from a journalist in Argentina who was complaining about police and judicial corruption there. A I wrote back to him, there are good cops, even where you live, but if the good cops don't want to be painted with the same broad brush as the bad cops, they need to come forward and expose the guys who are doing bad things. A Take New York City detective who was caught on camera recently abusing an Uber driver with threats and foul language, A This was truly disgusting behavior.
Yet predictably enough the detective union leader, Michael Palladino, was out there making excuses for him, suggesting that, well, it was only one incident, and everyone has a bad day. A Afterward Police Commissioner William Bratton announced he was removing the detective's shield and placing him temporarily on desk duty while an investigation is conducted .
A But this man needs to be demoted to uniform at the very least, or "back in the bag" as we use to say.
A Imagine what he is capable of doing under the cover of darkness if he can talk to someone like that in broad daylight.
A There are plenty legitimate incidents where police believe, correctly, that their lives are in danger. A I was in a few of those situations myself during the course of my career.A But unless the police forces and society as a whole take action we're not going to be able to distinguish between the legititimate claims and made-up testimony. A A long time ago Norman Rockwell painted a famous picture of a friendly neighborhood cop bending down to help a little boy. A For example; I could name someone who is a great athlete but a lousy human being or I could name someone who is a great human being but not a great athlete. A Heading the list is Muhammad Ali (The Greatest), Red Auerbach (NBA), Dave Bing (NBA), Lenny Moore (NFL), Bert R. Sugar (Boxing), Lee Jones (NBA), Roy Jefferson (NFL) and Harold McLinton (NFL), finding pro athletes like them today are far, few and in-between. A And that is a sad commentary when you think about the hundreds of men and women I have interviewed on Inside Sports and worked with as a youth advocate (Kids In Trouble). Moore, LB Dave Robinson (2013 NFL Hall of Fame inductee) and WR Roy Jefferson host KIT toy party. A Sam Jones (NBA), Lenny Moore (NFL) and Roy Jefferson (NFL) participate in KIT clothing drive for needy children at Union Station. A Bert Sugar (Boxing) receives KIT Life Time Achievement Award and Dave Bing (NBA) pays tribute to KIT Saturday Program All-Stars.I had the opportunity to hear an interview on Sirius A XM Radio (channel 126) on the Maggie Linton Show recently, her guest was NFL Washington Pro football player, wide receiver Peirre Garcon. A I have not been very impressed with todaya€™s pro athletes and their give back commitment to their family, friends and community. A He has three older sisters making him the youngest and the only one born in the United States.His father died when he was 4 years old leaving his mother to raise him and his 3 sisters alone.
A My background is similar to Peirrea€™s, my mother had to raise 4 boys alone with an assist from Grandma Bell.



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