Tim Duncan is one of the most successful basketball players of all time. Yet despite his amazing track record, the mild mannered and cerebral star sometimes goes under underappreciated compared to his flashier peers. While Kobe and LeBron and Steph get the hype, Duncan just racks up title after title, powering the San Antonio Spurs to five world championships and counting. But what do you really know about Duncan?
Despite becoming a breakout high school star in St. Croix, Duncan was only offered a handful of scholarships due to worry over the strength of his competition. He signed on to attend Wake Forest, and quickly proved to be a phenom, to the point he was encouraged by some to leave school early and land that fat NBA contract. But Duncan decided to stay in school for a very personal reason: he promised his mother on her deathbed that he would get his college degree. And he did, earning a degree in psychology and even co-authoring a chapter in a psychology book during his time at Wake Forest. No wonder he’s earned such a reputation as a deep thinker.
As great as Tim Duncan is on the court, he’s even greater off the court, quietly dedicating his time and money to founding and supporting several charitable organizations. The Tim Duncan Foundation supports health education and youth sports in San Antonio, Winston-Salem (home of his alma mater Wake Forest), and St. Croix. He has also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight cancer, especially breast cancer, which claimed his mother when he was just 14 years old. Fittingly, he also honors her memory by supporting the Children’s Bereavement Center, the Children’s Center of San Antonio, and the Cancer Therapy and Research Center.
It’s unclear yet just what Duncan will do when he finally decides to retire from the NBA, but it is clear that St. Croix and the Virgin Islands would love to have him back home. They’ve made their appreciation of their most famous son very clear over the years, hosting several Tim Duncan Days in his honor, praising his deeds with speeches in Legislature, and even awarding Duncan with the territory’s highest award, the Virgin Islands Medal of Honor. With the exception of the success of the movie Jaws, never before has a fear of sharks paid off so well.
**UPDATE: Salaam’s mother, Khalada, told USA Today Sports that police suspect Salaam’s death is a suicide due to finding a note on the scene.
Former NFL running back, and University of Colorado Buffalo Rashaan Salaam has died at the age of 42. The university made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.
Salaam was found dead in a park in Boulder, Colorado on Monday night. Boulder Police found no evidence of foul play at the scene.
Salaam gained national notoriety during his college career, where he rushed for over 3,000 yards in three seasons with the Buffaloes. Salaam eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark and scored 24 touchdowns in 1994, his final year at Colorado. At the time Salaam was only the fourth player in college history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season. That performance won him the Heisman Trophy for that year.
In 1995 the Chicago Bears selected Salaam in the first round of the NFL draft. Salaam became the youngest runner in NFL history to reach the 1000-yard mark. Salaam ran for 1,074 yards in his rookie season.
Sadly though, Salaam could not build on that success. The former Heisman winner battled injuries over the next three seasons, resulting in his release by the Bears in 1997. Salaam attempted a comeback with the Browns in 1999 but carried the ball only once in two games.
Former Colorado Coach Bill McCartney spoke about the passing of his former player on the university website. McCartney said, “He was very coachable. He had a happy heart. I loved being around him. He didn’t take himself too seriously, and he always credited those around him, especially his offensive line. What I liked about him is that he had a sparkle in his eye. He was upbeat and positive.”
Salaam was inducted into the University of Colorado’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
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Michael Oher Says ‘The Blind Side’ Had a Negative Effect on His Career
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By Jasmine Watkins, 6/18/15, 10:07 AM EDT
‘I don’t like that movie’
Most people would love to have a movie made about their life. Turns out Michael Oher is not one of those people.
The Panthers left tackle said “The Blind Side” had a negative effect on his career. A movie made about Oher’s earlier life overcoming various struggles and his growing relationship with the Tuohy’s.
“People look at me, and they take thigns away from me because of a movie,” Oher told ESPN. “They don’t really see the skills and the kind of player I am. That’s why I get downgraded so much, because of something off the field.”
Oher goes on to say that people unfairly judge him based on things they saw in the blockbuster hit starring Sandra Bullock.
“This stuff, calling me a bust, people saying if I can play or not … that has nothing to do with football,” Oher said. “It’s something else off the field. That’s why I don’t like that movie.”
The man responsible for watching the blind side of Cam Newton this season says the movie gives him a bad rep and puts a lot of pressure on him.
“That’s taken away from my football,” Oher continued. “That’s why people criticize me. That’s why people look at me every single play.”
Oher hopes that the movie and the attention it has placed on him will be a moot point this season. His main focus is football.
“I’m tired of the movie. I’m here to play football.”
Tim Tebow says he’s $1 million poorer, thanks to New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick.
In his new book Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms, the former NFL quarterback said he sought Belichick’s permission to accept $1 million for a one-day endorsement appearance. Tebow wrote that he asked because he wanted to fit in with the Patriots during the 2013 preseason.
“Timmy, I would really appreciate it if you didn’t,” Belichick responded, per Tebow’s book.
So Tebow turned down the deal and a short time later, the Patriots cut him.
That $1 million could have come in handy, no?
“That’s not something that I look back and regret at all,” Tebow told Fox & Friends on Monday. “It was me trying to honor the team, and if I could do it again, I would’ve done the same thing.”
The Huffington Post has reached out to the Patriots for comment.
Published on Mar 26, 2017
Best Sport Vines And Instagram Videos Of March 2017 (W/Titles) – Hilarious Vines
This is a compilation of best sport vines containing basketball trick shots,crossovers,ankle breakers,dunks, funny moments and best moments from NBA stars such as Steph Curry,Lebron James,Kevin Durant,Kyrie Irving,Russel Westbrook and Others.also vines and instagram videos from soccer and american football and other sports.
Mixed martial arts fans around the world were stunned and saddened by the unexpected death of street fighting legend Kimbo Slice. Slice, who was just 42 at the time of his death, rose from complete obscurity to become one of the biggest draws in professional fighting. It’s a classic American success tale, but while Kimbo’s story has already passed into mythology, there are still plenty of details about his life that most people aren’t aware of. Here’s a look at some things you probably never knew about Kimbo Slice.
Born Kevin Ferguson, Kimbo moved to the United States from the Bahamas when he was child. He quickly adapted to his new country by embracing that most American of pastimes: football. Playing for the Miami Palmetto High School football team in the early 1990’s, during the heyday of the nearby University of Miami’s college football dominance, he quickly became a star, attracting interest from major college football programs. It all seemed to be going perfectly, until an act of God changed his life.
Though Kimbo’s dreams of attending college on a football scholarship had ended, his dreams of attending college didn’t. Enrolling in school, he decided to study criminal justice, in order to pursue his new dream job of becoming a cop. But after a year-and-a-half of studying, he dropped out — penniless and homeless, he lived out of his car until finally getting a job as a security guard and bouncer. Not quite a cop, but close enough!
In 2003, Kimbo accepted a challenge (and a small payday, which the cash-strapped behemoth desperately needed) to face off in a bareknuckle street fight against a neighborhood bully named Big D. Kimbo took him out in vicious fashion, opening a massive cut over Big D’s eye and earning Kimbo the new nickname, “Slice.” Then fate intervened: a friend at an adult website uploaded video of Kimbo’s brawl. It unexpectedly went viral, amassing millions of hits. And the video didn’t just kick-start Kimbo’s career; two years later it also helped launch YouTube, as one of the new site’s first big hits.
In 2007, Kimbo decided to make the jump from street fighting to professional MMA. An internet sensation by this point, Kimbo quickly became one of the most hyped names in MMA before ever even entering the cage. Needless to say, this didn’t make him very popular with the MMA establishment.
His performances in the cage didn’t help. After beating up on some tomato cans in a series of uninspired bouts—commentator Frank Mir said that “every time Kimbo fights, it sets the sport back”—Kimbo finally got his big chance at prime time fame, against what was supposed to be Ken Shamrock. He was soundly trounced in 14 seconds — not by Shamrock, but by a last-minute replacement fighter, Seth Petruzelli. This was followed by high-profile losses on The Ultimate Fighter TV show and at UFC 113. That last event was the last straw, and UFC boss Dana White cut him the next day.
After being drummed out of mixed martial arts in 2010, Kimbo decided to make the natural leap to the boxing ring. His MMA game had always been hindered by the fact that he was a pure puncher, allowing more skilled opponents to defeat him via takedown and the ground game. Boxing seemed to mitigate that disadvantage. Over the course of three years, Kimbo amassed a perfect record of 7-0, with six wins by knockout. But by then, he was almost 39 years old, far too late in life to begin a serious boxing career. In 2013, he retired from boxing for good, and returned to MMA.
Despite his grim, even savage exterior, Kimbo’s closest friends and relatives knew him first and foremost as a devoted family man. In a committed relationship with partner Antoinette Ray for over two decades, the couple had six children, including eldest son Kevin, Jr., who fights professionally under the name “Baby Slice.” He also was extremely close with his mother, Rosemary Clarke. ”People look at him as a big, bad beast, but he’s a gentle, kind, easygoing guy, always sharing with his friends,” Clarke said. “He’s just a lovable person.”
The truth about Tiger Woods’ $54 million divorce payment
ver the weekend, a report surfaced from a prominent gossip website that Tiger Woods still owed more than $54 million in his divorce settlement to Elin Nordegren. And if Woods failed to deliver that amount by Jan. 15, the 14-time major winner would lose his home.
The Twitterverse — tough crowd, that Twitterverse — ran with it, because our society has a growing, and frightening, infatuation with schadenfreude.
One slight problem: It’s not true.
Quick runback: As part of the $110 million divorce settlement, Tiger took out a mortgage in the value of $54.5 million, with Nordegren serving as the issuer. The full value of the mortgage must be paid by Jan. 15, 2016. If Woods fails to meet that date, he will lose his home on Jupiter Island.
HOWEVER, here is what the gossip websites are screwing up: Woods has been paying regular payments since the mortgage was taken out five years ago. The final, not TOTAL, amount is due by that Jan. 15 date. The official papers can be found at the Golf News Net.
Basically, Woods doesn’t owe $54 million. Just the final piece of that payment.
If you can’t trust a salacious, malicious, rumor-based site, who can you, right?
Stars who refuse to support Colin Kaepernick
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick unleashed a firestorm when he decided to protest during the national anthem. By taking a knee while “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played before each game, Kaepernick is attempting to use his public platform to raise awareness about police brutality and what he feels is a flawed and racist justice system. Not surprisingly, many athletes have spoken out either against or in solidarity with Kaepernick, but the controversy over his protest has spread beyond the field. Social media has become the stage for some of the most contentious debates, and many famous voices have joined the fray. Even President Barack Obama publicly supported Kaepernick “exercising his constitutional right to make a statement.” As with Kaepernick’s teammates and other NFL players, battle lines are being drawn among the celeb set as well. Nicki Swift previously reported on stars who support Kaepernick, but let’s also take a look at the famous folks who have spoken out against the protest.
There can no longer be any doubt about it: Steph Curry is fundamentally changing the way basketball is played, both in the NBA and beyond. His singular talent has led to a new style of play, resulting in a 73-win season for the Golden State Warriors, a unanimous MVP award, a second straight trip to the NBA Finals—and a legion of imitators. Here’s a look at some of the ways Curry is changing the sport for good, and why.
If it seems like teams are taking more three-point shots than ever before, that’s because they are. And not just taking more, they’re making more. So why the trend away from the basket? Simple: it works for Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, and once you win a championship, you’re bound to spawn a raft of imitators.
A quick look at the NBA single season record for most three pointers made illustrates how Curry himself has taken things to a new level. In 2013, Curry set the record with 272 three-pointers made, and then broke his own record in 2015, with 286 made. This year? He obliterated the record, with an incredible 402 shots made. It’s simple math: when your opponent is scoring three points for every two you get, there’s no way to win. The only option is to try and take more threes yourself, which is exactly what the rest of the league is doing.
A major byproduct of Curry’s emergence, and the increasing dominance of the three-pointer, is that it’s moved the game out to the perimeter, and away from the key. And that, in turn, has de-emphasized the role of big men in the sport. 40 years ago, the center was the preeminent force in professional basketball. Even 20 years ago, during the grindfests of the ’90s, it was the bigs who controlled the action. Now, they are increasingly irrelevant.
That, in turn, has led to teams experimenting with all-small lineups. And again, it’s Curry’s Golden State Warriors powering the trend with the regular use of the 6’7″ Draymond Green at center. Other teams may have bigger and stronger players clogging up the lanes, but those players can’t defend Golden State’s faster, quicker players. Instead, Curry can just go around bigger players, or shoot over them with his patented step back. The more the game becomes a run-and-gun, jump-shooting contest, the more the center goes the way of the dinosaur.
One of the benefits of the league’s transition away from big men towards guards, is that it has led to a new emphasis on skill over strength. Today’s game isn’t just faster and freer than it was 20 years ago, it’s more skilled. That’s partially because of the Curry effect, and partially because of changes to NBA rules designed to allow a talent like Curry to change the game.
Back in 2001, some of the NBA’s top owners and rulemakers gathered together to see what they could do to revive a flagging game. The 1990’s had been a decade of hard fouls, grabbing, clutching, and clogging defense, that led to a boring and at-times unwatchable game. The owners decided to change the rules to allow for more open play and hinder obstructionist defenses. In other words, they created the perfect environment for someone like Curry. He’s not just a random agent of change — he’s almost an engineered antibiotic, designed to heal the league by flushing out the unskilled players that were weakening the NBA body.
Another seismic change Curry has made in the league is also one of the most subtle, because the full effects haven’t yet been felt. But the way Curry plays the game isn’t just changing the NBA — it’s trickling down to the college and high school levels as well, as younger players who maybe don’t have the size and strength required by previous generations of NBA players, now see a path to stardom by emulating Curry’s shooting skill instead.
That, in turn, is beginning to change the NBA on a microscopic level, because the types of players coming through the draft are going to be fundamentally different going forward than they used to be. The college game is already morphing to a faster shooting game, just like the NBA. That means more guards, more shooters, more athleticism, and more skill. Likewise, this also means fewer centers, fewer power forwards, less size, and less brawn. Even if NBA teams wanted to switch back to the old style of play, soon they won’t be able to, simply because the types of players they’d need to do so will not be available.
Exactly why are so many young players emulating Curry these days? Two words: passion and fun. Curry plays hard, and he enjoys himself. That goes a long way with both kids and fans. “Kids are pressured so much, and it has stopped being about fun and passion for the game,” Harvard basketball coach Kathy Delaney-Smith told ESPN. Thanks to Curry’s example, though, “now freshmen can’t leave the gym because it’s so fun. That’s passion, and that’s probably exactly how Steph learned to do those same things.”
Add up Curry’s influence on both the current NBA, and on future generations of players learning the game from watching him play, and there’s no doubt among many basketball lifers that these changes are here to stay. “Steph Curry is changing the way the game will be played in the future,” Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’m sure of it, and that’s an historic thing.”
If you heard that a team had won a game 222-0, you’d probably wonder just how a basketball match-up got that out of control. But the really crazy thing? It was actually the final of a college football game, setting a scoring record that will simply never be broken. Yes, back in 1916, Georgia Tech demolished poor Cumberland College 222-0, setting all sorts of records including one for poor sportsmanship. Seems that the Georgia Tech coach was miffed at Cumberland for intentionally running up the score in a baseball game earlier in the year and used the football game to send a message. And we can all agree that the message came through loud and clear.
Finally, let’s consider the career hits record held by Pete Rose. Charlie Hustle accumulated an ungodly 4,256 hits over his career; just to put that in perspective, it’s nearly 800 more than Derek Jeter, who has the most hits of any player since Rose retired. It seems very unlikely that anyone will again have the longevity and skill to approach Rose’s figure, as a player would have to average more than 200 hits for 21 seasons just to tie the mark. But never say never: there’s actually one current player who has 4,213 career hits. Luckily for Rose, though, Ichiro Suzuki got 1,278 of those in Japan before coming to America at the age of 27. Otherwise, this is one impossible-to-break record that might have been broken in 2016.
Just how badly has Richard Petty, aka The King, lapped the field when it comes to career NASCAR Cup victories? Only one other racer, David Pearson, has even half as many (105 compared to Petty’s 200). Sure, some people might argue that his numbers are inflated by the shorter races NASCAR used to run prior to 1972. But even if you only look at post-1970 wins, Petty would still rank in the top three despite starting his career way back in 1958. There’s no doubt about it: the King is going to reign forever.
The Triple Double is kind of an elusive stat, given that it can be made up of any three of the five primary offensive statistics in basketball. But however you define it, there’s no question who owns the title as the greatest Triple Double machine ever: Oscar Robertson. And if you need proof, there’s this crazy record which will never be equaled, let alone broken: in 1961-62, The Big O actually averaged a Triple Double for the entire season. His stats that year: 30.8 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game, and 11.4 assists per game. Naturally, he also holds the career mark for Triple Doubles, with 181. We won’t see that again.
Let’s be clear: Bonds never would have set the home run record without the benefit of steroids and who knows what other kind of performance enhancing drugs. But because of that, and because of MLB’s subsequent crackdown on the cream and the clear, there’s pretty much no chance anyone will ever approach the 73 home runs Bonds cranked out—emphasis on the crank—in 2001. After all, people had been trying for more than a century without the benefit of horse hormones, and nobody came close then. Barring more illicit activity, they won’t come close again in the future either.
Wilt Chamberlain’s amazing record of 100 points in a single game is justly famous. But as unlikely as it is that his scoring record will ever be broken, he has another insane record that is even less likely to be broken: 55 rebounds in a single game. That performance, which took place on November 24, 1960, was even more memorable because it came in a game against Wilt’s arch-rival, Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics. Chamberlain went on to set the single season record for rebounds per game that year with a crazy average of 27.2—another record that will probably never fall.
Have you ever wondered why the annual award given to the best pitchers in Major League Baseball is called the Cy Young Award? Well, let’s start with this: Young has an absolutely unassailable record of 511 career wins. The next closest player, Walter Johnson, is nearly a hundred wins behind with 417. And nobody in recent history has even come close; the highest win total of any player in the last 50 years was Greg Maddux’s 355. It’s not the only insanely unbreakable record Young has, either; he also holds the record for most career losses, with a ridiculous 316.
Legendary golfer Byron Nelson received that “legendary” appellation before his name by doing crazy things on the course, but none are crazier than the streak he put together in 1945 when he won an astounding 11 tournaments in a row. Yes, 11, and this despite playing through injury for several tournaments after wrenching his back during the Chicago Victory National. It was part of an amazing year overall, with Nelson eventually racking up wins in 18 of the 36 PGA tournaments played in 1945.
The Great One set so many insane records it’s hard to pick just one. But unless the NHL expands their season to 150 games, there’s just no way on Earth that anyone will ever come close to matching Wayne Gretzky’s career point total of 2,857. Just how unattainable is this record? Well, since Gretzky retired in 1999, the highest point total by any player in a single season was 125 by Joe Thornton in 2005-2006. But to top Gretzky’s mark, a player would have to average that many points every season for 23 years. That’s simply not going to happen—not now, and not ever.
Okay, so it’s a little dangerous to claim that nobody could ever break Cal Ripken, Jr.’s record of 2,632 consecutive Major League Baseball games played. After all, before Ripken pulled it off, everyone had agreed that nobody could ever possibly break Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,130 straight games played. Still, not only did Ripken tack on an extra 500 games to Gehrig’s mark, but in today’s age of positional specialization and mollycoddling of star athletes, the idea that a team would stick a guy out there every game for 17 straight years is pretty ludicrous.
Conor McGregor is basically the Irish Muhammad Ali: cocky, flamboyant, and quick with the quips. Plus, he’s an incredible fighter. In December 2015, McGregor shook up the world by defeating featherweight champion Jose Aldo in 13 seconds. It seemed like the Irish star was untouchable … until Nate Diaz came along.
After becoming the new champ, McGregor wasn’t much interested in defending his title. Instead, he wanted to become the first person in UFC history to hold two belts at once. Eyes set on the lightweight title, McGregor was scheduled to face champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196. Unfortunately, less than two weeks before the match, dos Anjos broke his foot. That’s when the UFC replaced the bigger champ with lightweight contender Nate Diaz. Since Diaz only had a few days to prepare, he didn’t have enough time to properly cut weight, so McGregor agreed to a welterweight bout. The lead-up to the fight saw McGregor unleash a flurry of colorful insults but, unlike his previous opponents, Diaz was unfazed and responded with his own string of obscenities.
And when fight night came around, Diaz shocked everyone by submitting McGregor in round two. This was McGregor’s first defeat in the UFC, and he wanted an immediate rematch and, so there would be no excuses, he demanded the fight be held at welterweight again (even though neither guy regularly fights at 170). Originally, the match was meant for UFC 200, but it was later moved to UFC 202. In the week before the bout, the two rivals made headlines by hurling Monster cans and water bottles at each other during a press conference.
But there’s no such thing as bad press. UFC 202 became the biggest pay-per-view event in the promotion’s history, and thankfully, McGregor and Diaz put on one of the most exciting fights of the year. After five bloody rounds, the Irishman won the victory by majority decision, a verdict that could set up a potential trilogy fight later on.
UFC 200 was supposed to be the greatest MMA event of all time — it was billed as the “biggest, baddest card ever.” In fact, the event was so special, the Octagon was equipped with a new golden canvas. And while yes, Amanda Nunes would become the new women’s bantamweight champion, it seems that almost everyone else on the card was cursed.
Back in 2015, everyone assumed Ronda Rousey would fight at 200, but after her loss to Holly Holm, the former champ went underground. So instead, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz were slated to have their rematch … until McGregor got yanked off the card for refusing to attend a press conference and film a necessary commercial. (In his defense, the man was busy training.)
Next, the card fell on the shoulders of Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. These light heavyweights had fought before in 2015, but a lot had changed since their first showdown. Jones had been suspended and stripped of his title after fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run, and Cormier had won the belt in his absence. Now, the two were set for a rematch, but it was cancelled two days before the event, as Jones was flagged for a potential doping violation.
With Jones out, Cormier was set up against Anderson Silva, a fading legend who’d recently undergone gallbladder surgery and hadn’t trained at all. The fight went about as expected, with Cormier dominating most of the fight, but Silva was given a standing ovation for his valiant performance.
Afterward, fans were excited to watch ex-heavyweight champ and WWE legend Brock Lesnar face knockout artist Mark Hunt. The wrestler won by decision, but the match was tarnished after Lesnar was also flagged for a potential doping violation. While there were a few good moments on the card, it’s safe to say that UFC 200 failed to live up to all the hype.