Brewer Shortstop Jean Segura is mobbed by his teammates after his game winning hit against the Philadelphia Phillies during the teams last homestand at Miller Park. So far this season Segura has been one of the few bright spots in a rough season for the team so far. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
by Troy Sparks
Chicago‑If there was any indication of seeing future pro talent on display at the United Center, April 3, I wondered where it was hiding. One of the girl’s teams didn’t show up to play in the 12th annual McDonald’s All-American Games at the United Center.
When 24 of the best girls’ basketball players were selected to show the country why they deserved to play for some of the top Division 1 colleges and some of them played like middle- school kids, then it was enough to demand a refund
The East team played less than inspiring ball and fell behind all night. I know that it was an all-star game, but at least that team could’ve shown some more effort. They knocked an 18-point lead in the first half down to 10 and then fell behind in the second half, losing by 28.
Was it that the West had too much talent in their 92-64 win? Maybe so. That was the worst beating that a McDonald’s All-American team took since the East won the sixth annual game, 105-76 (29 point margin) in 2007 in Louisville.
You know how all-star games are played. They’re usually sloppy with some razzle-dazzle mixed up in it along with some fancy passes to excite the crowd and very little defense played. If the defense will open the lane and let the offense drive down the middle, the other team would be a fool not to take it.
The girls’ game was fun for at least 23 of the 24 participants. One of them was injured when she was fouled going to the basket after stealing the ball. West’s Rebecca Greenwell re-injured her MCL. She had a brace on the right knee and limped to the bench. Greenwell was instrumental in getting the West off to a good start and finished with eight points before the injury forced her to leave.
“(Greenwell) hit her first two threes and we started to motivate her,” West teammate and Chicago Whitney Young player Linnae Harper said. “Even when she got hurt, we cheered her up. She helped a lot.”
Greenwell, from Owensboro, KY, is headed to Duke along with two of her West teammates in Oderah Chidom (Oakland, CA) and Kendall Cooper (Carson, CA). The coaching staff had better hope that Greenwell can recover in time for the upcoming season. Last season, Greenwell averaged 25 points per game and Duke will need every bit of her offensive firepower.
Mercedes Russell, from Springfield, OR, put on a show and earned MVP honors. She finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and three block shots. The Tennessee-bound player was disappointed about her future school’s loss in the NCAA Women’s Tournament.
“That (game) was very interesting,” Russell said, “because (Tennessee and Louisville) were my last two schools (to select). (Tennessee) didn’t come out to win. I thought it was a pretty good game the first half.” The Volunteers lost to the Cardinals in the regional finals with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
As I looked at the roster from the Boys East and West teams for the 36th annual contest, I wondered what was on the minds of six of those young men who decided to go to Kentucky. We all know that Coach John Calipari runs something like an NBA minor-league factory down there in Lexington. It must have been some impressive presentation that convinced all six of them to sign their names on the dotted line.
It’s funny how manipulation and a little pressure can stress young minds to hurry up and pick a school like Kentucky that doesn’t guarantee them any real playing time as freshmen next season. Only one of the two McDonald’s All-Americans from last year left the Kentucky program for the NBA, and Archie Goodwin is projected to be drafted near the bottom of the first round.
I saw two of the Kentucky commits from this year play in last summer’s NY2LA Summer Jam AAU tournament. I thought at the time that either one or both of the Harrison twins would become McDonald’s All-Americans. Andrew and Aaron started in the game for the West team and should be immediate contributors for the Wildcats when they arrive on campus.
When it was time for the brothers to narrow their choices, they decided that it would be both of them or none of them, so whoever was lucky enough to get them would have to take them as a package deal. They probably will be highly upset if Calipari refuses to let them room together.
Aaron Gordon, from San Jose, CA, had enough influence to make some schools wait until he was ready to announce his college choice. It came down to Washington, Kentucky, Oregon and Arizona. He chose to play for Arizona. The Wildcats will get a 6-foot-8 player who averaged 23.6 points per game and likes to dunk a lot. He was the MVP of the boys’ game with 24 points in 24 minutes for the West team in their 110-99 win over the East.
Gordon took in all the surroundings of the United Center and will never forget it. “I like to think of myself as a humble person,” he said. “So, just lining up while they’re singing the National Anthem, I was just looking around at all the people. It kind of felt like that I made it at this point and time and that I made it to the highest level that I can possibly do right now.”
Milwaukee Bucks Guard Monta Ellis lays one up for two points during the Bucks win over the Orlando Magic, 115-109 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Ellis was the hottest star on the court,scoring 19 points over the final 6:32 minutes of the game, as he almost single-handedly rallied the Bucks (now 33-32 for the season) from a 97-85 deficit. (Photo by Bill Tennessen)
by Jessica Gaddis //
Everyone’s favorite wig-wearing, flamboyant talk show host is setting out to conquer another part of the industry. Wendy Williams and manger-husband Kevin Hunter have started their own production company, Wendy Williams Prods. The company will focus on producing reality, talk and game shows in-line with TV diva’s love for those genres of TV.
Williams will be the executive producer for projects developed through her company and she may even make a cameo in some. We predict lots of wig-twisting, hairline exposing fun.
Williams got her start in radio in 1989 as a substitute disc-jockey. After working her way up the totem pole, she won the Billboard award for “Best On-Air Radio Personality”. Williams made her big leap to TV in 2008 with the debut of The Wendy Williams Show which was officially syndicated in 2009.
Who wants to bet that “How you doin’?” will be the company’s slogan?
On Saturday, January 12, Cleverhouse Games and Toys LLC. will officially introduce our new Chess King Master game to the casual game market.
Chess King Master is our expanded digital version of our Cleverhouse board game, Chess King and will be available to download for game play in the IOS Apple Store.
Chess King Master is the collaboration of Cleverhouse CEO, Mr. Nkosi Brown and game developer Designed Redeemed LLC. and features eight phenomenal levels of game play of speed and ingenuity.
The object of the game is to pursue and retrieve the Chess King Master’s Crown by navigating through eight jewel levels.
The player will encounter challenges which include, Time Keepers, Chess King Locks, and Multiple Level Configurations, all designed to prevent you from reaching the Chess King Master and his revered Crown.
Four thousand customers were recently able to experience one level of game play of our Chess King Master demonstration version in the IOS Apple Store.
Their response to our game was extraordinary. Rated “Five Stars”, Chess King Master was described as, “very challenging”, “very addictive”, “my favorite app, I love this puzzle game!” and “WOW!!!
Best puzzle game since Rubic’s Cube!” Cleverhouse CEO, Mr. Nkosi Brown said: “Our customer response to Chess King Master has been fantastic and we are confident with eight levels of game play, Chess King Master will truly enhance our customers game playing enjoyment even more.” ” I sincerely believe our game will go viral.”
Chess King Master is now the third product produced by Cleverhouse Games and Toys LLC. and the Milwaukee based company has positioned themselves to experience substantial growth in the Casual Game Market with this exciting new game.
Go to Chess King Master at (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chess-king-master/id587152633?mt=8) or our website at (http://www.cleverhousegamesandtoys.com)
The Baltimore Ravens defeat the Indianapolis Colts 24-9. Ray Lewis finishes with 13 tackles — the game’s leader.
Flames, smoke, Nelly’s “So Hot In Here” and screaming fans all came together to make Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis’ final exit from the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium one of the most memorable in sports history.
Doing his signature dance to the screams and cheers of adoring fans, Lewis basked in the spotlight as he performed what could possibly be his last pre-game dance. The 17-year veteran, 13-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion announced that he would be retiring at the end of the 2012-13 season, so this highly-anticipated game against the Indianapolis Colts is his last home game.
As previously reported by NewsOne, Lewis, who has been playing through injuries, is retiring to spend more time with his children.
“God is calling,” the 37-year-old Lewis said. “My children have made the ultimate sacrifice for their father for 17 years. I don’t want to see them do that no more. I’ve done what I wanted to do in this business, and now it’s my turn to give them something back.”
Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson has been fired, according to Hip-Hop Wired. This news comes shortly after Johnson won the Eastern Conference Coach Of The Month in November.
Johnson was relieved of his duties–after falling to 14-14 on the season–two days after the Nets’ embarrassing Christmas day game against the Boston Celtics at home, and losing to the Milwaukee Bucks last night.
The Nets started off at an impressive 11-4 this season, a record that earned Avery Johnson Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honors. Since then, the Nets only won three of their last 13 games in December, which sent them in the opposite direction.
“The Nets ownership would like to express thanks to Avery for his efforts and to wish him every success in the future,” principal owner Mikhail Prokhorov said.
After Tuesday’s 93-76 loss to the Celtics, Nets CEO Brett Yormark tweeted that “Nets fans deserved better.”
Avery’s son, Avery Jr., tweeted his displeasure about his father’s firing saying, “The expectations were way to high for this team. We didn’t even have a losing record…. Didn’t even give my dad a full season,” he added. “I’m sorry are best players couldn’t make open shots. Yeah that’s my dads fault totally…”
Cincinnati (AP) — The city’s basketball rivalry is being renewed in a very different way.
When Xavier and Cincinnati played last season, their crosstown game ended with punches and punishments — four players from each team suspended. The small Catholic school and large public school spent the rest of the season dealing with the black mark on their reputations.
They play again on Wednesday night in a different setting. The game has been moved off campus to a downtown arena.
The mood is different, too. There’s been no trash talking between Xavier (7-2) and No. 11 Cincinnati (10-0). Both teams are avoiding talk of the brawl as well, wishing they could move beyond it.
A good, clean game on Wednesday night at U.S. Bank Arena would go a long way in that regard.
Brooklyn Nets head coach Avery Johnson reacts to a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
by Associated Press
New York (AP) — Avery Johnson has been fired as coach of the Brooklyn Nets, who have lost 10 of 13 games to drop to .500.
General manager Billy King announced the move Thursday without saying who will be interim coach. The Nets next play at home Friday against Charlotte.
Brooklyn started the season 11-4, winning five in a row to end November. But the team has been in a spiral since and is now 14-14. The Nets lost to Milwaukee 108-93 on Wednesday night. They also have dropped two games to the crosstown Knicks.
Johnson has been the Nets’ coach for a little more than two seasons. He went 60-116 with the Nets, who moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn to start the 2012-13 season. Johnson coached the Dallas Mavericks to an appearance in the NBA Finals in 2006.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.