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Oak Grove assistant coach Brett Favre won his first game as a high school coach.

8/18/2012             5:19 PM

On Oak Grove‘s first offensive series of the season, the Warriors needed only 44 seconds to find paydirt.

And the play it came on was installed one week before by first-year offensive coordinator — and NFL legend —Brett Favre.

Quarterback Kirk McCarty took the snap, then pitched to quarterback Cameron Myers, who had been lined up in the slot. Myers, who transferred to Oak Grove from crosstown Hattiesburg High, pulled up behind the line of scrimmage and heaved a bomb down the field to a streaking Kelvin Winston.

Winston was all by his lonesome just in front of the end zone, and the rout was on. The Warriors trounced Sumrall 64-6 Friday at Warrior Field in the season opener for both teams.

Oak Grove coach Nevil Barr said when Favre approached him about adding the intricate wrinkle to the playbook, there was no hesitation at all.

“No, no, no,” Barr said. “I trust in my offensive coaches — unless it’s just something that’s way out there. Brett wanted to run it early in the game and it worked to perfection.”

Myers’ touchdown pass may have kick-started things, but McCarty put the game away for the Warriors.

After Sumrall’s DeVontae Watts scored on a 2-yard run with 4:34 left in the first quarter, the junior signal-caller took over.

With 10:13 left in the second quarter, McCarty found Logan Scott from 3 yards out to put the Warriors on top 14-6. Less than two minutes later, the left-handed quarterback scampered into the end zone for the first of three rushing touchdowns in a span of 6½ minutes.

McCarty credited his offensive line for making things seem easy.

“They blocked a heck of a game,” he said. “There’s no way to do it without those blocks and those holes that you could’ve driven a train through. We made a lot of blocks tonight that people don’t realize unless they watch the film.”

Oak Grove led 41-6 at halftime.

The Bobcats were overmatched in the trenches from the get-go. Sumrall’s offensive line allowed five sacks in the first half alone.

Sumrall coach Shannon White said he was just happy quarterback Will Simon didn’t get hurt.

“That’s the whole thing,” White said. “In this (spread) offense, if you can’t handle pressure, you get beat 64-6 by an average team, much less a great team. Oak Grove’s got a good football team.

“We were poorly prepared on my part. When things got bad, I thought we took it. We played like sissies.”

Sumrall lost last season’s opener against Oak Grove 52-0. White said he saw improvement in his team.

“Last year, we played good for four minutes. This year, we played good for eight minutes,” he said. “So after a year of work, we’re four minutes better. Maybe if we work 10 more years, we’ll get a half, who knows.”

McCarty finished 12-of-17 passing with 124 yards and a touchdown, while rushing six times for 74 yards. Ty Harris ran for 86 yards on four carries for Oak Grove, while Jordan Duncan had two catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Oak Grove welcomes Purvis to Warrior Field next week, while Sumrall travels to Poplarville. Kickoff for both games is set for 7:30 p.m.

from:  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/story/2012-08-18/Brett-Favre-wins-in-high-school-coaching-debut/57130672/1

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Brett Favre was born on October 10th, 1969 (time of birth unknown) in Gulfport, Mississippi according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_favre

October 10th, 1969

10 + 10 +1+9+6+9 = 45 = his life lesson = Intense.  Focused.  Hardcore.  Die hard.  Iron man.  True grit.  Hard knocks.  Making mistakes.  Having to apologize and say “I’m sorry.”

Five of Cups Tarot card

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October 10th, 1969

10 +1+9+6+9 = 35 = his “secret” number = Quarterback.

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October 10th, 1969

October 10th

10 + 10 +2+0+1+1 = 24 = his personal year (from October 10th, 2011 to October 9th, 2012) = Dominating.  Taking charge.

The Queen of Wands Tarot card

24 year + 8 (August) = 32 = his personal month (from August 10th, 2012 to September 9th, 2012) =  Football.  Winning.  Victory.  Triumph.  Champion.  Number 1.  The greatest.  The best.

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Brett Favre

29522 61495               45

 

his path of destiny = 45 = Intense.  Focused.  Hardcore.  Die hard.  Iron man.  True grit.  Hard knocks.  Having to apologize.

Five of Cups Tarot card

[In summary, it is his 35 "secret" number and his 45 life lesson and path of destiny that combine to make him a tough quarterback.  This combo also accounts for him holding the record for the most consecutive starts by any player in the NFL with 297 starts].

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Oak Grove assistant coach Brett Favre won his first game as a high school coach.

8/18/2012             5:19 PM

On Oak Grove‘s first offensive series of the season, the Warriors needed only 44 seconds to find paydirt.

And the play it came on was installed one week before by first-year offensive coordinator — and NFL legend —Brett Favre.

Quarterback Kirk McCarty took the snap, then pitched to quarterback Cameron Myers, who had been lined up in the slot. Myers, who transferred to Oak Grove from crosstown Hattiesburg High, pulled up behind the line of scrimmage and heaved a bomb down the field to a streaking Kelvin Winston.

Winston was all by his lonesome just in front of the end zone, and the rout was on. The Warriors trounced Sumrall 64-6 Friday at Warrior Field in the season opener for both teams.

Oak Grove coach Nevil Barr said when Favre approached him about adding the intricate wrinkle to the playbook, there was no hesitation at all.

“No, no, no,” Barr said. “I trust in my offensive coaches — unless it’s just something that’s way out there. Brett wanted to run it early in the game and it worked to perfection.”

Myers’ touchdown pass may have kick-started things, but McCarty put the game away for the Warriors.

After Sumrall’s DeVontae Watts scored on a 2-yard run with 4:34 left in the first quarter, the junior signal-caller took over.

With 10:13 left in the second quarter, McCarty found Logan Scott from 3 yards out to put the Warriors on top 14-6. Less than two minutes later, the left-handed quarterback scampered into the end zone for the first of three rushing touchdowns in a span of 6½ minutes.

McCarty credited his offensive line for making things seem easy.

“They blocked a heck of a game,” he said. “There’s no way to do it without those blocks and those holes that you could’ve driven a train through. We made a lot of blocks tonight that people don’t realize unless they watch the film.”

Oak Grove led 41-6 at halftime.

The Bobcats were overmatched in the trenches from the get-go. Sumrall’s offensive line allowed five sacks in the first half alone.

Sumrall coach Shannon White said he was just happy quarterback Will Simon didn’t get hurt.

“That’s the whole thing,” White said. “In this (spread) offense, if you can’t handle pressure, you get beat 64-6 by an average team, much less a great team. Oak Grove’s got a good football team.

“We were poorly prepared on my part. When things got bad, I thought we took it. We played like sissies.”

Sumrall lost last season’s opener against Oak Grove 52-0. White said he saw improvement in his team.

“Last year, we played good for four minutes. This year, we played good for eight minutes,” he said. “So after a year of work, we’re four minutes better. Maybe if we work 10 more years, we’ll get a half, who knows.”

McCarty finished 12-of-17 passing with 124 yards and a touchdown, while rushing six times for 74 yards. Ty Harris ran for 86 yards on four carries for Oak Grove, while Jordan Duncan had two catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Oak Grove welcomes Purvis to Warrior Field next week, while Sumrall travels to Poplarville. Kickoff for both games is set for 7:30 p.m.

from:  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/story/2012-08-18/Brett-Favre-wins-in-high-school-coaching-debut/57130672/1

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Brett Favre was born on October 10th, 1969 (time of birth unknown) in Gulfport, Mississippi according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_favre

October 10th, 1969

10 + 10 +1+9+6+9 = 45 = his life lesson = Intense.  Focused.  Hardcore.  Die hard.  Iron man.  True grit.  Hard knocks.

Five of Cups Tarot card

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October 10th, 1969

10 +1+9+6+9 = 35 = his “secret” number = Quarterback.

Nine of Wands Tarot card

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October 10th, 1969

October 10th

10 + 10 +2+0+1+1 = 24 = his personal year (from October 10th, 2011 to October 9th, 2012) = Dominating.  Taking charge.

The Queen of Wands Tarot card

24 year + 8 (August) = 32 = his personal month (from August 10th, 2012 to September 9th, 2012) =  Winning.  Victory.  Triumph.  Champion.  Number 1.  The greatest.  The best.

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Brett Favre

29522 61495               45

 

his path of destiny = 45 = Intense.  Focused.  Hardcore.  Die hard.  Iron man.  True grit.  Hard knocks.

Five of Cups Tarot card

[In summary, it is his 35 "secret" number and his 45 life lesson and path of destiny that combine to make him a tough quarterback.  This combo also accounts for him holding the record for the most consecutive starts by any player in the NFL with 297 starts].

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The Rangers are back in the World Series for the second straight season after losing in five games to the San Francisco Giants last year in their first- ever appearance.

After their second straight AL West title and a franchise-record 96 wins this past season, the Rangers disposed of the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS before “Cruz-ing” to a six-game win over the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS, as outfielder Nelson Cruz set the all-time mark for most home runs (six) and RBI (13) in a postseason series on his way to MVP honors.

“Behold, here we are with another opportunity,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “They deserve a ton of credit. They got so much character in that clubhouse, so much drive. And as I said, we are a team, and that’s the way they handle their business — as a team.”

St. Louis, meanwhile, is the National League’s version of the New York Yankees, as they are back in this round for the 18th time in team history following impressive wins over the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS and the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS.

Of course, the Cardinals needed all 162 games to even reach the postseason, as they rallied from a 10 1/2 game deficit in late August and secured the wild card spot on the final day with a win over Houston coupled with the Phillies completing a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves.

“We thought we had good character, not just good talent,” St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. “That means you can’t quit and can’t give up. We did get to the end, and a lot of it was our character. This one here has its own mark, because coming from that far back is historic.”

Armed with the best hitter in the game in Albert Pujols, it has been the Cards’ bullpen that has carried them here in October, as St. Louis became the first team to advance in a postseason series without having a starter go more than five innings in any game of its series with the Brewers.

St. Louis last won a World Series back in 2006 and its 10 titles are the most by any NL team.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the matchups at each position:

CATCHER

Tampa manager Joe Maddon dubbed this season the “Year of the Napoli”. Mike Napoli has been a terrific addition to this Rangers club and has hit safely in eight of 10 postseason games and is hitting .316, while providing some quality defense behind the plate.

Widely regarded as the top defensive catcher in the game, Yadier Molina had his best offensive season this past year, hitting .305 with 14 home runs and 65 RBI. He’s hit .279 here in the postseason, but has continued to be a stud behind the plate and will keep the Rangers’ speedsters honest in this series.

FIRST BASE

Michael Young‘s season started with a trade demand, but ended with him being in the discussion for American League MVP, as he was the Rangers’ best player all season long, hitting .338 with 106 RBI. He’s now playing his third position with the team and remains one of the classiest and most underrated players in the game. Mitch Moreland will likely play first base when these games are played in Arlington.

Perhaps playing his final set of games with the Cardinals, Albert Pujols remains the best player in the game. The three-time NL MVP had a down year by his standards, but has been tremendous this postseason and hit .478 against the Brewers with a pair of home runs and eight RBI.

SECOND BASE

Ian Kinsler had a terrific bounce back season after a disappointing 2010. The gritty second baseman hit 32 home runs and scored 121 runs. He’s hit .275 this postseason with nine RBI, while crossing the plate 11 times too.

Skip Schumaker had been the Cards’ everyday second baseman, but suffered a strained oblique muscle in their Game 5 win over the Phillies and was left off the NLCS roster.

Schumaker might be added to the World Series roster, but if he can’t go then Nick Punto will handle the duties, as he did against the Brewers. However, he only had two hits in 15 NLCS at-bats. If Schumaker can’t go and Punto continues to struggle at the plate, don’t be surprised if La Russa goes to Ryan Theriot. Then again if Schumaker can go, Theriot will likely be left off the WS roster.

THIRD BASE

Aside from a three home run effort in the ALDS clincher Adrian Beltre has been quiet at the plate this postseason, going just 10-for-42 (.238) with six RBI. He’s still one of the best defenders at his position in the game, though.

How many Cardinals would you have named before you got to David Freese in picking an NLCS MVP before the series started. Freese was tremendous, though, as he totaled 12 hits with three home runs and nine RBI versus the Brewers. He is hitting .425 this postseason with four homers after batting .297 in the regular season with only 10 home runs.

SHORTSTOP

Last postseason was Elvis Andrus‘ coming out party to the baseball public. This year, though, he’s had a tough go of it at the plate, batting just .205 while being caught stealing twice. He did swipe 37 bases on the season and could be a valuable weapon should he get on base in this series. He’s also an A+ defender.

Rafael Furcal may not possess the same speed or range that he had in his heyday with the Atlanta Braves, but his October experience has proven to be a terrific asset to this Cardinals team. Even though he is only hitting .204 this postseason, he is still one of the better defensive shortstops in the game.

LEFT FIELD

David Murphy has been an invaluable asset to the Rangers, filling in when needed for both Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz this season. He’s hit .391 here in the playoffs with three RBI. Washington also likes to use the defensively- minded Endy Chavez here too.

Matt Holliday appears to be fully healed from a finger injury that cost him the end of the regular season and most of the NLDS. Holliday swatted 22 home runs during the regular season and has hit .375 here in the playoffs with five runs batted in.

CENTER FIELD

Hamilton didn’t quite have the MVP season he had last year, but is still one of the more feared left-handed bats in the game. He’s yet to hit a home run this postseason, but has driven in seven runs.

Jon Jay is another of La Russa’s unheralded stars, as he was a consistent contributor during the season, batting .297 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI.

RIGHT FIELD

Cruz was bothered for a lot of the regular season by hamstring injuries, but has caught fire here in the playoffs. He put on a record-setting performance in the ALCS, belting six home runs and 13 RBI to help oust the Tigers.

Lance Berkman turned out to be one of the best free agent signings of last offseason, as he earned NL Comeback Player of the Year honors after batting.301 with 31 homers and 94 runs batted in this season. He’s only hitting .237 here in October, though, and had just two RBI in the series win over the Brewers.

DESIGNATED HITTER

Young will slide back to his DH role at the start of this series. However, Washington could go with Murphy and leave Young at first for the beginning of this set since Moreland has just two hits in 19 postseason at-bats.

Allen Craig hit .315 for the Cardinals this past season with 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 75 games. He hasn’t hit much this postseason (.222) but La Russa will not hesitate to insert him into the DH role when the series shifts to Rangers Ballpark.

STARTING PITCHING

The Rangers lost a big piece of their starting rotation last offseason when Cliff Lee bolted as a free agent. Left-hander C.J. Wilson did an admirable job in assuming the role as staff ace and won a career-best 16 games, while earning his first-ever trip to the All-Star Game.

He’s been atrocious in the playoffs, though, losing two of his three starts and failing to get out of the fifth in the other. Wilson has allowed 14 runs in 15 2/3 innings (8.04 ERA) and has walked eight batters in that span.

But he hasn’t been alone.

Lefties Derek Holland and Matt Harrison and righty Colby Lewis were downright awful against the Tigers, as the group as a whole combined for an ERA of 6.59 in the ALCS. They also own just one quality start in the 10 games they have played in the playoffs.

St. Louis’ starting staff hasn’t been much better, as the Cardinals became the first team to win a postseason series when their starters failed to go more than five innings in any of the six games.

The exception to the rule is righty Chris Carpenter, who is the best starter in the series. A former NL Cy Young Award winner, Carpenter, of course, outdueled Roy Halladay in a decisive fifth game to get the Cards to the NLCS, and beat the Brewers in his only NLCS start, albeit a five-inning, three run performance.

BULLPEN

The Rangers strengthened their bullpen at the trade deadline, acquiring right- handers Mike Adams and Koji Uehara. However, it has been a starter from this season who has dominated in the bullpen here in October for the Rangers.

Right-hander Alexi Ogando, who won 13 games and earned a trip to the All-Star Game in his first year as a full-time starter this season, has been exceptional out of the bullpen in the postseason, allowing just a run and four hits, while striking out 12 in 10 1/3 innings of work.

Ogando picked up two wins in the series against the Tigers, as Rangers starters C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison combined for a 6.59 ERA in the ALCS. The rotation also has just one quality start in 10 postseason games.

With Uehara (33.75 ERA) struggling, Ogando was called upon time and time again to help set the bridge to Adams and closer Neftali Feliz, who has surrendered just one run in the postseason.

St. Louis’ bullpen, which ranked 21st in the majors in the regular season with a 3.95 ERA, pitched in just over 54 percent of the team’s innings — the fifth-highest percentage ever for an LCS — and contributed a 1.58 ERA. La Russa also broke his own NLCS record by making 28 pitching changes.

The bullpen was spearheaded by a pair of mid-season acquisitions in lefty Mark Rzepczynski and Octavio Dotel, who along with righty Edwin Jackson came over from Toronto as part of the Colby Rasmus deal.

Closer Jason Motte, the fifth such pitcher to be used in that role, has also found his rhythm, as he converted eight of nine saves in September and has saved four games in the playoffs without allowing a run in eight innings.

BENCH

Outfielder Craig Gentry will be used as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement in late game situations. Moreland will also offer some pop off the bench when the games are in St. Louis.

It’s kind of veiled as to who is a starter and who isn’t with some of the Cardinals, as La Russa can’t help himself with the mixing and the matching. When not being used as a DH, though, Craig will be his top bat off the bench with the versatile Theriot finding himself some at bats as well, especially if Punto continues to struggle and Schumaker can’t go.

MANAGERS

Tony La Russa is one of two managers to win World Series championships in both leagues. He is third all-time in managerial victories and with another postseason win he will tie Atlanta’s Bobby Cox for the second most all-time. This is also the third St. Louis team he has taken to the World Series in the last eight seasons. He may drive you crazy with all his little moves, but at the end of the day La Russa is one of the best managers to ever manage a Major League Baseball game.

Washington has his team back in the World Series for the second straight season and with a better team than the one that lost in five games last year to the San Francisco Giants. Players love playing for him and he has made all the right moves here in October. Being in last year’s Fall Classic will certainly help, as Washington won’t get overwhelmed in the moment.

from:  http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=378368

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Nolan Ryan was born on January 31st, 1947 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nolan_Ryan

January 31st, 1947

1 + 31 +1+9+4+7 = 53 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Straight to the point.

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January 31st, 1947

January 31st

1 + 31 +2+0+1+1 = 36 = his personal year (from January 31st, 2011 to January 30th, 2012) = Managing.  Feeling like the weight of the world is on his shoulders.

36 year + 9 (September) = 45 = his personal month ((technically from September 31st, 2011 to October 30th, 2011; however since there is no September 31st, it is instead (from October 1st, 2011 to October 30th, 2011)) = Intense.  Focused.

45 month + 28 (28th of the month on Friday October 28th, 2011) = his personal day = Hard luck.

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Ron Washington Manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers looks on against the Oakland Athletics during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 8, 2010 in Oakland, California.

Ron Washington was born on April 29th, 1952 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Washington

April 29th, 1952

4 + 29 +1+9+5+2 = 50 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = World Series.

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April 29th, 1952

April 29th

4 + 29 +2+0+1+1 = 37 = his personal year (from April 29th, 2011 to April 28th, 2012) = Heartfelt.  Fatherly advice.

37 year + 9 (September) = 46 = his personal month (from September 29th, 2011 to October 28th, 2011) = Historic.  Making history.  And the rest is history.

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Nelson Cruz was born on July 1st, 1980

July 1st, 1980

7 + 1 +1+9+8+0 = 26 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Popular with the fans.  On television.  In the news.  Making headlines.

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July 1st, 1980

July 1st

7 + 1 +2+0+1+1 = 12 = his personal year (from July1st, 2011 to July 1st, 2012) = Reversals.  Have faith.

12 year + 10 (October) = 22 = his personal month (for October 2011) = Lucky.

22 month + 28 (28th of the month on Friday October 28th, 2011) = 50 = his personal day = World Series.

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Alexi Ogando was born on October 5th, 1983

October 5th, 1983

10 + 5 +1+9+8+3 = 36 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Managing.  Feeling like the weight of the world is on his shoulders.

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October 5th, 1983

October 5th

10 + 5 +2+0+1+1 = 19 = his personal year (from October 5th, 2011 to October 4th, 2011) = Proud of his hard earned success.  Front and center.

19 year + 10 (October) = 29 = his personal month (from October 5th, 2011 to November 4th, 2011) = Self-confidence.  Teamwork.

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Michael Young was born on October 19th, 1976

October 19th, 1976

10 + 19 +1+9+7+6 = 52 = his life lesson = Keen.  Astute.

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October 19th, 1976

October 19th

10 + 19 +2+0+1+1 = 33 = his personal year (from October 19th, 2011 to October 18th, 2012) = Loyalty.

33 year + 10 (October) = 43 = his personal month (from October 19th, 2011 to November 18th, 2011) = This is no fun.

43 month + 28 (28th of the month on Friday October 28th, 2011) = 71 = his personal day = Professional.  Job well done.

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Mike Napoli was born on October 31st, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Napoli

October 31st, 1981

October 31st

10 + 31 +2+0+1+0 = 44 = his personal year (from October 31st, 2010 to October 30th, 2011) = It is what it is.

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William DeWitt Owner William DeWitt, Jr. of the St. Louis Cardinals speaks at a press conference at Roger Dean Stadium on February 16, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida.

William DeWitt Jr. was born on August 31st, 1941 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_DeWitt,_Jr.

August 31st, 1941

8 + 31 +1+9+4+1 = 54 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Technology.  Interviews.  Ask questions.

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August 31st, 1941

August 31st

8 + 31 +2+0+1+1 = 43 = his personal year (from August 31st, 2011 to August 30th, 2012) = Celebrating.  Congratulations.

43 year + 9 (September) = 52 = his personal month ((technically from September 31st, 2011 to October 30th, 2011; however since there is no September 31st, it is instead (from October 1st, 2011 to October 30th, 2011)) = Gossip.  Rumors.  Criticism.

52 month + 28 (28th of the month on Friday October 28th, 2011) = 80 = his personal day = Dealing with the aftermath.

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Tony LaRussa Manager Tony LaRussa of the St. Louis Cardinals watches batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium on August 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Tony La Russa was born on October 4th, 1944

October 4th, 1944

10 + 4 +1+9+4+4 = 32 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Winning.  Victory.  Championship.

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October 4th, 1944

October 4th

10 + 4 +2+0+1+1 = 18 = his personal year (from October 4th, 2011 to October 3rd, 2012) = Surreal.  Cardinal madness.  People going crazy over the St. Louis Cardinals.

18 year + 10 (October) = 28 = his personal month (from October 4th, 2011 to November 3rd, 2011) = Vulnerability.

28 month + 28 (28th of the month on Friday October 28th, 2011) = 56 = his personal day = Tie breaker.

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David Freese was born on April 28th, 1983 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Freese

April 28th, 1983

4 + 28 = 32 = his core number = MVP.

 

 

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Albert Pujols was born on January 16th, 1980 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Pujols

January 16th, 1980

1 + 16 +1+9+8+0 = 35 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Stamina.  Hanging in there.  Never giving up.

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January 16th, 1980

January 16th

1 + 16 +2+0+1+1 = 21 = his personal year (from January 16th, 2011 to January 15th, 2012) = On the world stage.  For all the world to see.  Universally appreciated.  Putting things in perspective.

21 year + 10 (October) = 31 = his personal month (from October 16th, 2011 to November 15th, 2011) = Competition.  Rising to the challenge.

31 month + 28 (28th of the month on Friday October 29th, 2011) = 59 = his personal day = Savior.  Redemption.

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Chris Carpenter was born on April 27th, 1975 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Carpenter

April 27th, 1975

4 + 27 +1+9+7+5 = 53 = = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Straight to the point.

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April 27th, 1975

April 27th

4 + 27 +2+0+1+1 = 36 = his personal year (from April 27th, 2011 to April 26th, 2012) = Managing.  Feeling like the weight of the world is on his shoulders.

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Allen Craig was born on July 18th, 1984

July 18th, 1984

7 + 18 +1+9+8+4 = 47 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Famous.  Internationally known.  Legacy.

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July 18th, 1984

July 18th

7 + 18 +2+0+1+1 = 29 = his personal year (from July 18th, 2011 to July 17th, 2012) = Self-confidence. Teamwork.

29 year + 10 (October) = 39 = his personal month (from October 18th, 2011 to November 17th, 2011) = Compliments.

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Apr 06, 2010

If 40-year-old Brett Favre returns for a 20th NFL season, it will be perfectly legitimate for teammates to call him “Grandpa” around the locker room.

Favre confirmed to ESPN that his daughter, Brittany, has given birth to a son. The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder had reported late last month that Brittany, 21, was expecting.

from:  http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2010/04/brett-favre-is-a-grandfather-after-daughter-brittany-gives-birth-to-a-boy/1

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Brett Favre was born on October 10th, 1969 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Favre

October 10th

10 + 10 +2+0+0+9 = 31 = his personal year (from October 10th, 2009 to October 9th, 2010) = Competition.  Challenges.  Tests.  Contests.  Competitor.  Contender.  Opponent.  Scrimmage.  Practice.  Training.

31 year + 3 (March) = 34 = his personal month (from March 10th, 2010 to April 9th, 2010) = Generating a buzz.

34 month + 6 (6th of the month on Tuesday April 6th, 2010) = 40 = his personal  day = Grandchild [Parker Brett Favre].

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Brittany Favre was born on February 6th, 1989 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deanna_Favre

February 6th

2 + 6 +2+0+1+0 = 11 = her personal year (from February 6th, 2010 to February 5th, 2011)

11 year + 4 (April) = 15 = her personal month (from April 6th, 2010 to May 5th, 2010)

15 month + 6 (6th of the month on Tuesday April 6th, 2010) = 21 = her personal day = Seeing the big picture.  Putting it all together.  Connecting the dots.  Thumbnail sketch.  A bird’s eye view.  Mountain top perspective.  In the bigger scheme of things.  Seeing your place in the world.  Seeing where things stand in the fullness of time.  Body-mind-spirit.  As above, so below.  Life is for the living.  The human condition.  Human nature.  Timeless classic.  Universally appreciated.

21 = perspective / seeing the big picture

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Deanna and I are very proud and excited to welcome our new grandson Parker Brett to the Favre family. Parker Brett was born on Friday, April 2, weighing 7 lbs. 7 oz and we’re pleased to say that both Mom, Dad and Parker Brett are healthy and doing great.

from:  http://www.officialbrettfavre.com/

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Parker Brett Favre was born on Friday April 2nd, 2010.

April 2nd, 2010

4 + 2 +2+0+1+0 = 9 = Brett’s grandson and Brittany’s son Parker Brett Favre’s life lesson = what Brett’s grandson/Brittany’s son Parker Brett Favre is here to learn = Wisdom.  Sage.  Mastery.  Completion.  Well-rounded.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

1   5     5      1  5     17

Parker Brett Favre              78

7 92 9 29 22 6 49     61

 

his soul number = 17 = Star.  Inspirational.

 

his outer personality = 61 = Strategy.  Planning.  Doing the unexpected.

his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = 78 = Being wealthy.  Vast family wealth.  Generational wealth.  Dynasty.  Manifesting.  Be wealthy.  Build vast family wealth.  Accumulation of wealth.

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DeMatha center BeeJay Anya

Fri Jun 17 09:07am EDT

There are plenty of players who have turned heads at the ongoing USA 16-and-under developmental camp, yet none have done so for a more unique reason than BeeJay Anya, one of the top junior prospects (Class of 2013) in the country. Anya’s full wingspan was officially measured and published for the first time, providing the most astounding stat of the event: Anya’s arms stretch 7-feet, 9-inches across.

Considering the fact that Anya, currently ranked as the No. 16 player in the Class of 2013, stands only 6-foot-8, that wingspan is an extreme anomaly. In fact, it’s so wide that it may be longer than any NBA draft prospect … ever.

You read that right: A 16-year-old basketball prospect already has a longer wingspan than any top prospect in NBA draft history. Longer than Shaquille O’Neal, longer than Alonzo Mourning, Kevin Durant, DaSagna Diop and even Michael Olowokandi, who comes in at No. 3 in NBA Draft Express’ sortable database of wingspans.

In fact, according to that aforementioned database, only two players have ever been within an inch of Anya’s prodigious spread: 2008 prospect John Riek, measuring at 7-feet-8.75 and 2006 draftee Saer Sene, who is listed at 7-feet-8.5.

Naturally, a broad wingspan isn’t the only attribute that has gained national acclaim for Anya. The versatile center — who plays for DeMatha (Md.) Prep and D.C.-area AAU power Team Takeover — also has a reach of 9-foot-3, according to Rivals.com basketball analyst Jerry Meyer, and was a heartbreaking final-session cut from the official U.S. 16-U roster, a casualty of the team selecting just one center on the final roster.

He also has a full drawer of tools which he may be able to deploy to make an impact at the highest level, as you can see in the highlight reel above.

That international level setback may just provide more motivation for the player in the future as he continues to field interest from powerhouse programs from nearly every conference in the country.

No matter where he eventually winds up, one thing seems certain: If his future team needs someone to reach up and get a ball stuck on the rim off its perch, Anya is probably their man.

from:  http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/blog/prep_rally/post/Top-junior-hoops-prospect-may-have-longest-wings?urn=highschool-wp2931

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BeeJay Anya was born on March 9th, 1995 according to http://www.usabasketball.com/bios/anya_beejay.html

March 9th, 1995

3 + 9 +1+9+9+5 = 36 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Wingspan.  Crushing the competition.

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March 9th, 1995

March 9th

3 + 9 +2+0+1+1 = 16 = his personal year (from March 9th, 2011 to March 8th, 2012) = Shocks.  Surprises.  Amazing.  Stunning.  Expect the unexpected.

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Pat Summitt

August 23, 2011, 2:03 p.m.

Tennessee‘s Pat Summitt plans to coach “as long as the good Lord is willing” despite recently being diagnosed with early onset dementia.In a statement from Summitt released by the university on Tuesday, the Hall of Fame coach said she visited with doctors at the Mayo Clinicin Rochester, Minn., after the end of the 2010-11 basketball season ended and was diagnosed with early onset dementia — Alzheimer’s type — over the summer.”I plan to continue to be your coach,” Summitt said. “Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days.”

The Knoxville News Sentinel and Washington Post first reported Summitt’s condition. The coach did not immediately return messages from the Associated Press seeking comment.

Tennessee athletics director Joan Cronan told the AP that Summitt first thought her symptoms were side effects from medicine she was taking to treat rheumatoid arthritis. She said Summitt appears to be feeling better after beginning to get treatment for the dementia condition and speaking publicly about it.

“She’s ready to fight this and move on,” Cronan said. “She had to come to grips with how she wanted to face it.”

Summitt, 59, told the Knoxville paper she plans to rely on medication and mental exercises to manage the progressive condition that destroys cognitive abilities over time.

She said longtime assistants Holly Warlick, Dean Lockwood and Mickie DeMoss will take on more responsibilities with the team going forward.

Summitt met with the Lady Volunteers on Tuesday to discuss her diagnosis with them. Junior guard Taber Spani said the meeting was business-like, with Summitt telling the Lady Vols nothing would get in the way for their quest of a ninth national title this season.

“More than anything she just emphasized that she’s our coach and that she wanted us to have complete confidence in her, and we do,” Spani told the AP.

Both UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and Cronan pledged their support of Summitt’s decision to continue coaching.

“Pat Summitt is our head coach and she will continue to be,” Cronan said. “She is an icon not only for women’s basketball but for all of women’s athletics. For Pat to stand-up and share her health news is just a continuing example of her courage. Life is an unknown and none of us have a crystal ball. But I do have a record of knowing what Pat Summitt stands for; excellence, strength, honesty and courage.”

As college basketball’s winningest coach, Summitt has spent 37 seasons at Tennessee and has 1,071 career victories and eight national championships. The Lady Vols have failed to reach the Final Four since they last won the national championship in 2008.

Summitt said she met with local doctors after becoming concerned about her health, and those physicians recommended she undergo a more extensive evaluation. Summitt told the News Sentinel that her maternal grandmother had suffered from severe dementia.

“Pat came to us with concerns about her health and our preliminary evaluation was suggestive of dementia. Because of her young age, Pat was referred to neurology for formal evaluation,” Dr. Amy Bentley, with Knoxville’s Internal Medicine Associates, said in a statement. “After extensive testing, a diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s was made and appropriate treatment was initiated.”

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement he was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Summitt’s diagnosis.

“You don’t necessarily associate dementia with people our age so this announcement really put things in perspective,” Auriemma said. “Pat has great support from her family, friends and staff and I know they will help her immensely. There is no doubt in my mind that Pat will take on this challenge as she has all others during her Hall of Fame career — head on. I wish her all the best.” 

 
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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Pat Summitt

712 1344922      35

 

her path of destiny = 35 = Continuing.  Not giving up.  Hanging in there.

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Pat Summitt was born on June 14th, 1952 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Summitt

June 14th, 1952

6 + 14 +1+9+5+2 = 37 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = A heart-centered leader.  Justing wanting the best for everyone.

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June 14th, 1952

June 14th

6 + 14 +2+0+1+1 = 24 = her personal year (from June 14th, 2011 to June 13th, 2012) = In charge.

24 year + 8 (August) = 32 = her personal month (from August 14th, 2011 to September 13th, 2011) = Pride.  Glory.  American. Winning.

32 month + 23 (23rd of the month on Tuesday August 23rd, 2011) = 55 = her personal day = Her mind.  Early onset dementia.  Alzheimer’s.

 

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10:01 AM on Fri., Aug. 12, 2011

Eugene Lockhart Jr. is scheduled to plead guilty in a mortgage fraud case this afternoon before a federal judge.

He faces up to 10 years in prison after filing paperwork late Thursday indicating he was pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Lockhart, who got the nickname “Mean Gene the hitting machine” as a linebacker with the Cowboys from 1984 to 1990, was to go on trial Monday.

He and 10 others are charged with arranging approximately 54 home closings in Murphy, Rowlett, Plano and McKinney that resulted in the funding of $20 million in fraudulent loans between 2001 and 2005.

So far, six have pleaded guilty.

Lockhart had been free awaiting trial since charges were first brought against him in 2009. Last summer, he was briefly jailed for failing a court-ordered drug test, but was released and told to stay out of trouble.

Last fall, he got in trouble again. In October, Addison police arrested him after discovering him drunk in the back seat of an Cadillac Escalade with a woman parked at an office building. He tried to hide the arrest from federal authorities, but when they found out, a federal judge ordered him jailed in March.

from:  http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/08/former-cowboy-linebacker-to-pl.html

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Eugene Lockhart Jr. was born on March 8th, 1961 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Lockhart

March 8th, 1961

March 8th

3 + 8 +2+0+1+1 = 15 = his personal year (from March 8th, 2011 to March 7th, 2012) = Lying.  Lies.

15 year + 8 (August) = 23 = his personal month (from August 8th, 2011 to September 7th, 2011) = Athlete.

23 month + 12 (12th of the month on Friday August 12th, 2011) = 35 = his personal day = Defending himself.

 

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Eugene Lockhart

537555 36328192       64

 

his path of destiny = 64 = This sucks.  Solitary confinement.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

An 18-year-old was dismissed from the U.S. Ski Team’s development squad after he was accused of getting drunk and then urinating on a fellow passenger aboard a JetBlue flight.

Robert “Sandy” Vietze, of Warren, Vt., was detained by police at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday morning after arriving on a red-eye flight from Portland, Ore.

He faces a federal misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn.

“Based on the information we have, Sandy Vietze is in violation of the USSA code of conduct and team agreement, and has been dismissed from the team,” U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Executive Vice President of Athletics Luke Bodensteiner said in an email sent to The Associated Press on Friday.

The AP’s attempts to reach Vietze and his parents for comment have been unsuccessful. The phone has been ringing unanswered at the family’s home since Thursday, when news of the incident was first reported in the New York Post.

Vietze was nominated to the development team this spring after excelling as an alpine skier at the Green Mountain Valley School, a top ski academy and high school in Waitsfield, Vt., where tuition runs as much as $42,384 per year. He had been scheduled to compete on the national ski team’s developmental squad for the 2011-2012 season.

A Port Authority Police Department detective wrote in court documents that Vietze told him he had consumed five or six beers and two rum and cola cocktails before boarding the flight. He said he passed out in his seat and awoke to find himself being yelled at by the father of a 12-year-old girl.

The girl’s father told the detective that when he returned from a trip to the bathroom at 2:30 a.m., he found Vietze urinating on his daughter.

The man described Vietze as “out of it.”

The Port Authority initially told the AP and other news outlets Thursday that federal prosecutors had decided to drop the indecent exposure charge, but a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, Robert Nardoza, said Friday that the case is still pending.

The charge carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and a possibility of up to a year in jail, although time behind bars would be very unusual in such a case.

from:  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/08/12/national/a075111D09.DTL#ixzz1UrmL6wGo

 
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Robert “Sandy” Vietze was born on July 16th, 1993 according to http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/613.html?sector=AL&competitorid=145932&type=result
 
July 16th, 1993
 
7 + 16 +1+9+9+3 = 45 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Making a big mistake.  Investigation.  Detectives.
 
 
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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Sandy Vietze

11547 495285       51

 

his path of destiny = 51 = Police.  Authorities.  Violating laws, rules, and regulations.

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August 3, 2011

Annie Mist Thorisdottir from Iceland won the CrossFit world championships over the weekend in Los Angeles and has now been personally congratulated by President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson.

In his letter, the president states that Annie Mist Thorisdottir has shown young people how far it is possible to go with discipline, training and determination.

President Grimsson went on to write that it is really important for the youth of Iceland to have such a role model.

Annie Mist won the CrossFit world title at the weekend, including ISK 30 million in prize money. She won three out of ten events and came third in four events; putting her on 842 points — 43 points ahead of Kristan Clever from the USA who came in second.

from:  http://www.icenews.is/index.php/2011/08/03/icelandic-president-congratulates-worlds-fittest-woman/#ixzz1UikPhf29

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Annie Mist Thórisdóttir was born on September 18th, 1989 according to http://games2009.crossfit.com/competitors/athlete-profile-annie-mist-porisdottir.html

September 18th, 1989

18 +1+9+8+9 = 45 = her “secret” number = Intense.  Focused.  Hardcore.  True grit.

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August 3, 2011    2:50 pm

Alex Rodriguez is the subject of a Major League Baseball investigation for his alleged participation in high-stakes underground poker games, the league said Wednesday.

The New York Yankees third baseman is said to have played at least twice — including in one game that involved several high-profile actors, cocaine and hundreds of thousands of dollars at the Beverly Hills mansion of a record executive — according to reports published by multiple sources.

A story published on RadarOnline.com said that Rodriguez “tried to distance himself from the game” when a fight almost broke out.

“We’re talking to people involved in the investigation and we’re taking this very seriously,” an MLB executive told ESPN New York. “Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possible suspension would be very much in play.”

In 2005 the Yankees and Commissioner Bud Selig warned Rodriguez about gambling in underground poker clubs, saying dealings with people who might also bet on baseball games could result in a lifetime ban from baseball.“We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial allegation,” the league said in a statement. “As part of the investigation, the Commissioner’s Office will interview Mr. Rodriguez.”Rodriguez is currently recovering from knee surgery last month and had been expected to be able to rejoin the team in a couple of weeks.from:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/08/alex-rodriguez-being-investigated-by-mlb-for-high-stakes-gambling.html
 
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Alex Rodriguez was born on July 27th, 1975 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Rodriguez

July 27th, 1975

July 27th

7 + 27 +2+0+1+1 = 38 = his personal year (from July 27th, 2011 to July 26th, 2012) = Who cares?

38 year + 7 (July) = 45 = his personal month (from July 27th, 2011 to August 26th, 2011) = Investigation.  Probe.

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Alex Rodriguez

1356 964997358       75

his path of destiny = 75 = Heavy losses.

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Andy Collins

August 3, 2011   2:39 p.m.

Former Occidental College quarterback Andy Collins, a three-time Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference offensive player of the year, has died of an apparent heart attack. He was 27.

Collins died Tuesday at Imperial Point Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., according to the Broward County medical examiner’s office. The cause of death is pending an investigation, although Collins had reportedly been working out on a treadmill just before his death.

Ten days earlier, he had married Brooke Olzendam, a college football reporter for CBS.

A transfer from the University of Oregon, Collins played at Occidental from 2004 to 2006 and had an immediate effect. In fact, the Tigers never lost a regular-season game in which he started, going 27-0 over that span.

After his senior season, Collins represented the United States in the Aztec Bowl, an annual all-star game against the best players in Mexico. He threw for a touchdown, caught another and was named the game’s most valuable player.

“He was spectacular,” Occidental Coach Dale Widolff said. “He was clearly the best player to play for us in the 30 years I’ve been here. No one was even close.”

Collins, who was born in Zillah, Wash., in 1983, had a brief tryout with the New York Giants, and later played in the Arena Football League, including stints with the Los Angeles Avengers and Colorado Crush. Last season, he started for the Tri-Cities Fever of the Indoor Football League until his season was cut short by a shoulder injury.

Widolff said Collins had “incredible integrity” and a work ethic that set him apart.

“He was the kind of guy,” Widolff said, “that when you walked into a weight room, a locker room, a meeting room, you immediately knew who the best player in there was.”

from:  http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-andy-collins-20110804,0,1231494.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fmostviewed+%28L.A.+Times+-+Most+Viewed+Stories%29

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

1   7   6 9        23

Andy Collins              47

  54   3 33 51   24

his soul number = 23 = Athlete.  Athletic.  In shape. 

his outer personality = 24 = Fit & trim.

his path of destiny = 47 = Famous. Name & fame. Notoriety. Name recognition. (Inter)nationally known. High profile. VIP. Well-known. Household name. Public life. Limelight. Legendary. Notable. Noteworthy. Eminent. Prominent. Legacy.

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Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 27 to 36 are ruled by the sum of the fourth letter of the name and the day of birth.

Andy Collins was born on October 20th, 1983 according to http://www.arenafan.com/players/?page=players&player=10699&pageview=news

Andy Collins     October 20th, 1983

25 (y is the 25th letter of the alphabet) + 20 (born on the 20th of the month) = 45

So the number 45 ruled his ages twenty-seven to thirty-six.

45 = Mystery.  Investigation.  Probe.  Things go horribly wrong.

 

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January 21st, 2010

Laura Vikmanis: Meet the NFL’s Oldest Cheerleader

Despite the fact that they are ever in the public eye, NFL cheerleaders don’t get much press.

But on this Friday night, this is hardly the case for Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Laura Vikmanis, who has been unearthed as the NFL’s oldest cheerleader at 42 years of age.

Since this is indeed a noteworthy distinction, we decided to do some research and tell you everything about Laura there is to know.

Laura is a native of Springboro, Ohio, and she works is a registered dietitian and personal trainer. She’s only been a Ben-Gal for two years, but she has been nominated for Cheerleader of the Week in her career.

Laura says that her favorite getaway spot is the beach, which makes sense given that she went to college at Cal State Long Beach, where she earned her degree in Dietetics and Food Administration.

As proud as she is of being an NFL cheerleader, Laura counts her two daughters as her greatest accomplishment.

For more on Laura, check out her bio on Bengals.com.

from:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/580742-monica-aaron-rodgers-nfl-playoffs-2011-and-fridays-late-sports-news/entry/43442-laura-vikmanis-meet-the-nfls-oldest-cheerleader

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Laura Vikmanis was born on September 10th, 1968 according to http://www.bengals.com/team/cheerleaders/Laura/6c86a985-34c0-4ef2-bf85-8b56d1b681ef

September 10th, 1968

9 + 10 +1+9+8+6 = 43 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Celebrating.  Having fun.  Cheers!!!

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using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

Laura Vikmanis

31391 49241591       52

her path of destiny = 52 = A hot piece of ass.

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using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

Laura Vikmanis

3               1   1

 

how she appears to the world (LA) and how she obtains her heart’s desire (LS) both = 31 = Competitive.  Striving to be #1.  Rising to the challenge.  Stirring things up.  Provoking a reaction.  Getting a rise out of people.

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July 20, 2011, 1:44 p.m.

More change is in the works for Tiger Woods– a new caddie.Woods announced Wednesday that he and longtime bagman Steve Williams have parted ways, ending a 12-year run that included 13 of his 14 major championships.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it’s time for a change,” Woods said in a statement.”Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future.”

No replacement was named. Williams later issued a statement on his website saying Woods cut him loose three weeks ago while both were at the AT&T National.

With Woods sidelined to heal an injured left knee and Achilles tendon, Williams had taken a fill-in job caddying for Australia’s Adam Scott. His old boss, meanwhile, was at Aronimink Golf Club fulfilling duties as tournament host.

“Needless to say this came as a shock,” Williams said.

“Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger’s scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing change and Tiger battling through injuries,” he went on, “I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time.”

Williams now will carry Scott’s bag on a full-time basis. After missing the cut at the U.S. Open in their first event together, they tied for third at the AT&T National and 25th at last week’s British Open.

Woods, who has played just nine holes of competitive golf since the Masters, has given no indication when he’ll return. The next tournament on his usual schedule would be the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, two weeks hence in Akron, Ohio.

One week later comes the PGA Championship – the season’s final major – to be played at Atlanta Athletic Club.

 
 
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Steve Williams was born on December 29th, 1963 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Williams_(caddy)
 
December 29th, 1963
 
12 + 29 +1+9+6+3 = 60 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Parting ways.
 
 

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Japan, USA ready for battle royal

Japan, USA ready for battle royal

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 comes to a conclusion on Sunday, with two-time world champions USA bidding to complete a hat-trick of titles against the technically accomplished Japanese, who are making their first appearance in the Final and have yet to record a win against the Americans.

It promises to be a tight encounter between two evenly matched sides who reached the final in identical style: the Stars and Stripes recording a 3-1 semi-final win over France, and the Japanese beating Sweden by the same scoreline.

The game
Japan-USA, Sunday 17 July, Frankfurt, 20.45 (local time)

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Minute-by-minute analysis of the Women’s World Cup final between the Americans and Japanese. The Journal’s Matthew Futterman and Laura Stevens are in Germany for the game, while Yoree Koh contributes from Japan and David Goldenberg provides commentary on the match and ESPN telecast.

  • For Japan, heroes abound. Besides the captain Sawa, the keeper Kaihori was a wall all day and knocked back two great shots in the shootout. Miyama got a goal after leading the attack much of the day, and Ando kept the U.S. team on its heels with her dangerous runs all day. Japan is certainly the biggest underdog winner in World Cup history — men’s or women’s.

  • The U.S. women are rightly devastated. They played one of their best games on the biggest stage, but to no avail. Homare Sawa brought her team back and totally outclassed the Americans in the shootout.

  • Kumagai up to win. And she does! What a comeback from Japan, your 2011 Women’s World Cup champion. That was magnificent. The Japanese never gave up even after going down twice.

  • Wambach scores. 2-1, Japan.

  • Sakaguchi scores to put Japan up 2-0. Solo got a hand on it but couldn’t push it out. Now the U.S. has to score.

  • Tobin Heath’s shot gets blocked, as well. Not a great shot, but a great block by Kaihori. The Americans look like novices here.

  • Lloyd’s goes high! But then Nagasato’s shot gets blocked by Solo. Japan is still up 1-0. Wow.

  • Miyama uses trickery to roll it in past Solo. Japan has the 1-0 edge.

  • Solo swings her arms as she walks up for her turn.

  • Shannon Boxx is going first. And she misses! Wow. She went to the same side as she did against Brazil — and a great kick save from Kaihori.

  • Everyone in the bar stands up and waits in trepidation, arms around each other.

  • U.S. kicks first.

    • 4:15 pm
    • Start of Penalty Kicks
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Who’s going to take the kick Rapinoe took against Brazil? Japan is up first in this shootout.

    • 4:14 pm
    • Start of Penalty Kicks
    • by David Goldenberg
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    The commentators’ worst fears have come true. It may not be fair, but it’s pretty exciting.

  • Solo is on the field receiving medical attention. She looks like she’s in pain. Medics are wrapping her knee. Not what the U.S. wants to see right before penalty kicks.

    • 4:13 pm
    • 2-2, End of Extra Time
    • by David Goldenberg
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    A good shot from Lloyd is blocked, and Heath’s follow-up is blocked as well. Bring on the PKs!

  • Red card! Azusa Iwashimizu takes down Morgan from behind right outside the box as she had an open path to the goal.

  • As Mana Iwabuchi comes in as a substitute, Abby Wambach gets a great service from Heather O’Reilly to her feet — but kicks it way over the goal.

  • It’s all about Sawa. “Sawa, we’ll give you all kinds of awards when you come home,” says one red-faced fan.

  • That was a gutsy goal by the captain. She has scored more goals than anyone else in the tournament with five. PKs coming now?

  • It’s more wild here than before — just a mish-mash of crazed shouts.

  • Goal! Homare Sawa with an amazing header on the ensuing corner. In her fifth World Cup, she scores a beauty.

    • 4:05 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 114th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Sawa puts a great ball through for Kinga, who catches Solo off her line. Rampone, though, runs back and clears the ball off the line for a corner. Solo looks a bit hurt from her effort.

    • 4:04 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 114th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Tobin Heath comes in for Rapinoe. I’m not sure why, though, besides for wasting time with a substitution. Rapinoe had another great day.

    • 4:03 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 113th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    There’s another miscommunication for the U.S. at the back as Rapinoe and Lloyd run into each other and leave the ball in front of the wide-open goal. No Japanese player takes advantage, though. That was a close one for the Americans.

    • 4:01 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 111th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Despite their long odds, the Japanese don’t look panicked. They keep building up slowly, though they’re bringing their defenders up now.

    • 3:59 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 108th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    An eerily similar play to Japan’s earlier goal as the ball bounces around in the six-yard box. This time, though, the U.S. clears it out.

    • 3:56 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 107th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Can the U.S. hold on? The Americans seem to be shrinking back into their defensive shell, which is what cost them a goal in the second half.

    • 3:55 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 106th Minute
    • by Yoree Koh
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    Fans are linking up here, but it’s quiet.

    • 3:55 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 105th Minute
    • by Laura Stevens
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    The players run in for a sip of water as the goalies change sides.

    • 3:54 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 105th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    That’s four headers for goals in four games for the beast in the air. Darke called it another Wambach winner, and Foudy just suggested that if the Americans win, U.S. Soccer will have to bronze Wambach’s head.

    • 3:53 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 103rd Minute
    • by Laura Stevens
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    The crowd goes wild! Jumping, hugging, waving of American flags. Flashes are going off across the stadium as everyone captures the moment on their cameras. “U-S-A!! U-S-A!!”

    • 3:53 pm
    • 2-1, United States, 103rd Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Goal! Wambach gets a great serve from Morgan and hits it in with — what else? – her head!

  • We’re not the only ones captivated by this match. The White House just released a photo of Barack Obama and his family tuning in, too.

  • O’Reilly makes another good run and serves it to Wambach, who gets stonewalled in front of the goal. The U.S. looks like the aggressors so far in extra time.

  • Miyama, who scored Japan’s lone goal, gets a yellow for a hard tackle. Amy Rodriguez and Stephanie Cox start warming up on the sideline for the Americans.

  • Morgan and Solo seem to be the two players with the most star power tonight. They both get the crowd roaring like no one else.

  • Morgan gets away again and looks like she might get another strike. She does, but it’s a bit too far wide.

  • The Americans are dominating possession in extra time, but they do seem a bit tired. Time for a substitute?

  • The U.S. starts quickly in extra time by earning a corner and two quick headers on goal from Wambach, but Kaihori gets them both.

  • Here we go! Excited fans are cheering. Air horns are going off to the beat of a drum.

    • 3:37 pm
    • 1-1, Start Extra Time
    • by David Goldenberg
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    The Japanese players are lying all over the field getting treatment, while the U.S. is huddled up. Does it say anything about how tired the respective teams are? Chastain seems to think so. While we’re talking about the announcers, everyone in the studio seems to hate the idea of penalty kicks. I think fans like them more than former players.

  • Standing ovation from the crowd as regulation ends. The U.S. team huddles up on the field. The Japanese players’ legs are being shaken out by trainers.

    • 3:34 pm
    • 1-1, End of Regulation
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Sameshima gets free, but O’Reilly tracks her down to end regulation. We’re headed for extra time!

  • Two minutes of extra time draws cheers here.

  • Sakaguchi gets an opportunity but shoots it far left. Two minutes of extra time left.

  • Lots of nerves all around with both teams getting sloppy. No major chances in these last minutes of regulation so far.

  • The tension is building here in the stadium, but the crowd is loving it. Both teams are getting equal love when they get close to scoring or steal the ball.

  • Rapinoe’s kick is well-defended again, but the US is still on the offensive side of the field. The Americans are serving crosses all over the box, but Japan seems composed.

  • Lloyd makes a great run from midfield but gets stopped in the box. The U.S., though, is pressing forward and has earned a corner.

  • Another breakdown from the Americans as Japan keeps up the attack.

  • The bat breaks into the cheer song for the Sendai soccer team — one of the cities Tohoku affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

  • The crowd in Frankfurt goes wild again! Tons of screaming, flashes, air horns and Japanese flags waving!

  • Madness! Everyone breaks into “Nippon, nippon!”

  • Goal! Miyama takes advantage of a terrible clear by Buehler and Krieger. Miyama does well to finish it off.

    • 3:21 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 79th Minute
    • by Laura Stevens
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    The teams are playing to a sold-out crowd: 48,817 people.

    • 3:18 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 77th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Can the U.S. hold on for 15 more minute? Julie Foudy seems a bit nervous, despite her supposed impartiality as a commentator.

    • 3:17 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 76th Minute
    • by Yoree Koh
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    If ever stress were a reason to smoke: Almost everyone in the bar lit up right after Morgan’s goal.

    • 3:15 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 74th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    The U.S. scored, but Japan is now on the attack. A few shots by sub Yuki Nagasato and the Japanese captain Homare Sawa are keeping the American defenders on their toes.

    • 3:13 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 72nd Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Morgan, the 22-year-old soccer prodigy, has not been intimidated by the greatest stage. She had an awesome (and similar) goal to put away France in the semis, and now this. She has tons of confidence.

    • 3:12 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 71st Minute
    • by Yoree Koh
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    And there it is. Fans are bemoaning Japan’s speed. But they’re still holding onto hope: “It’s OK, we still have 20 minutes,” mutter some spectators.

    • 3:12 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 70th Minute
    • by Laura Stevens
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    The stadium goes wild: jumping, cheering, air horns, flashes! American flags waving everywhere as the screen flashes “TOR! GOAL!”

    • 3:11 pm
    • 1-0, United States, 68th Minute
    • by David Goldenberg
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    Goal! Morgan gets a great feed from Rapinoe on a counter attack. She takes a terrific touch to beat Kumagai, then slots it past Kaihori. Beautiful shot. She makes Sundhage’s decision to put her in at halftime look very smart.

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Virtually a permanent fixture at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking in the last three years, USA are looking to cement their status as one of the pre-eminent sides in the women’s game by winning their third world crown. Although their last FIFA Women’s World Cup™ title came back in 1999, the Americans won Olympic gold at Athens 2004 and again at Beijing 2008, and are strongly fancied to return to the top of the podium at Germany 2011.

The road to Germany
The two-time world champions reached the finals the hard way. An unexpected 2-1 defeat to Mexico in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF qualifying event denied them a direct ticket to Germany and meant they had to fight it out for the last available berth with Italy in a play-off. Alex Morgan’s injury-time strike gave them a 1-0 win in a tight first leg in Padua, with Amy Rodriguez scoring the only goal of the return leg to confirm the Stars and Stripes’ safe passage.

The star players
After the retirement of evergreen Kristine Lilly, Shannon Boxx takes over as the heartbeat and inspiration of the side, with a clutch of ambitious youngsters providing a talented supporting cast. Goalkeeping has always been one of the Americans’ strong suits and even though star shotstopper Hope Solo is an injury worry, Nicole Barnhart has proved herself a very able deputy. Striker Abby Wambach can be relied upon to carry a potent threat, while young forward Alex Morgan will be looking to fulfil the rich promise she showed at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Chile 2008.

The coach
Not many of the coaches plying their trade at Germany 2011 have career records quite as impressive as Pia Sundhage. Aside from a spell with Lazio in Italy, the Swede spent all her playing career in her homeland, winning four Swedish league winners medals and four cup winners medals. In making 146 appearances for her country, she scored 71 goals and played at two FIFA Women’s World Cups (1991 – where Sweden finished third – and 1995) and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. She also helped the Scandinavians win the European title in 1984.

After a stint as player-coach with Hammarby IF DFF she retired in 1996, whereupon she went to coach in the WUSA, winning the league in 2003 with Boston Breakers. An assistant to China coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors at the last FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, she then took charge of the USA team, steering them to success at the 2008 Algarve Cup and at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament at Beijing later that year.

Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups 
USA have appeared in every FIFA Women’s World Cup finals to date. The only FIFA tournament they have ever failed to qualify for in any age category was the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trinidad and Tobago 2010.

The Americans have never finished outside the top three at the world finals. Crowned world champions in 1991 and 1999, they took third place in 1995, 2003 and 2007.

The stat
2 - The number of games USA have lost in 66 outings since their semi-final exit at China 2007: against Norway in the opening match of the gold-medal-winning campaign at Beijing 2008, and that Germany 2011 qualifier against Mexico. Of their remaining games, they have won 58 and drawn six.

What they said
“Things have really changed since FIFA started the U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cups. In the qualifiers, for example, we played against Costa Rica and Guatemala and they were both very technical. Technique is very important to the future of this sport and it’s something we need to work on in this country. We need players who are more technical. Standards have improved a lot and it’s going to get harder and harder to stay at the top of the Ranking. We’re doing what we can though,” USA coach Pia Sundhage, after her side finally reached Germany 2011.

Squad List

 
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Japan

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Japan’s star continues to rise in global terms, not that the Nadeshiko have been poor performers in the past. Consistently strong showings at youth World Cups in recent years have seen their senior national team stocked with solid depth across all positions. An unlucky group stage elimination at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup was followed by an equally unfortunate penalty shoot-out defeat in the final of the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Fast and technical approach play will test any team and Japan will be quietly confident of success after years of underachievement where they have reached the knockout stage on just one occasion.

The road to Germany
Though only finishing third in the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, the Japanese impressed as much as any team at the eight-nation tournament in China. The Nadeshiko won four of their five matches in the highly competitive Asian qualifying competition, including a group encounter against Korea DPR and the crucial play-off against China. The only failing was an unlucky 1-0 semi-final defeat against eventual champions Australia in which the team created a host of goalscoring opportunities.

The star players
Japan have an array of attacking talent led by Duisburg forward Kozue Ando who scored three goals in qualifying. Teen sensation Mana Iwabuchi received her much-anticipated first senior call-up in February 2010 with the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup adidas Golden Ball winner scoring a brace in her second outing. The midfield is equally strong with diminutive Aya Miyama already a veteran despite being in her mid 20s. The jewel in the crown remains Homare Sawa, with the captain -whose international strike-rate is a goal every other game – looking to play in her fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup™.

The coach
Although only taking the reins in early 2008, Japan coach Norio Sasaki is highly versed in the women’s game. The astute Sasaki has led the Japanese at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and two AFC Women’s Asian Cups, with the team continuing to progress up the world rankings during this period. Sasaki also guided the Nadeshiko to fourth at the 2008 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament as the team reached an unprecedented high.

Previous FIFA Women’s World Cups

  • With China’s failure to qualify for Germany 2011, Japanwill claim the honour of being the only Asian nation to appear at all six editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
  • The Nadeshiko have just three wins from 16 matches and one quarter-final appearance in 1995 to show for their five World Cup appearances.


The stat
2 –
Japan scored at least two goals in four of their five qualification matches, the only exception being the 1-0 loss to Australia.

What they said
“We aim to be the FIFA Women’s World Cup champions,” Japan coach Norio Sasaki speaking prior to the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

Squad List

 
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The United States was born on July 4th, 1776 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usa
 
July 4th, 1776
 
July 4th
 
7 + 4 +2+0+1+1 = 15 = USA’s personal year (from July 4th, 2011 to July 3rd, 2012) = Advertising.  Sponsors.
 
 
15 year + 7 (July) = 22 = USA’s personal month (from July 4th, 2011 to August 3rd, 2011) = Lucky.
 
 
22 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 39 = USA’s personal day = Perfect. Ideal. Nice.

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Abby Wambach was born on June 2nd, 1980 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abby_Wambach

June 2nd, 1980

6 + 2 +1+9+8+0 = 26 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Headers.  Headshots.  Popularity.  In the news.  Photos.  Photogenic.  Telegenic.  Charisma.  Personality.

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June 2nd, 1980

June 2nd

6 + 2 +2+0+1+1 = 12 = her personal year (from June 2nd, 2011 to June 1st, 2012) = Phenomenon.  Phenomenal.  Reversals.

12 year + 7 (July) = 19 = her personal month (from July 2nd, 2011 to August 1st, 2011) = Radiant.  Shining.  Beaming.  Vitality.  Life force.  Achievement.  Attainment.  Accomplishment.  It’s my time to shine.  Front and center.  Achieving success. 

19 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 36 = her personal day = Crushed.  Feeling like the weight of the world is on her shoulders.

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Lauren Cheney was born on September 30th, 1987 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauren_Cheney

September 30th, 1987

September 30th

9 + 30 +2+0+1+0 = 42 = her personal year (from September 30th, 2010 to September 29th, 2011) = Everybody loves Lauren.

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Amy Rodriguez was born on February 17th, 1987 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Rodriguez

February 17th, 1987

2 + 17 +2+0+1+1 = 23 = her personal year (from February 17th, 2011 to February 16th, 2012) = Athelte.  Sports.

23 year + 7 (July) = 30 = her personal month (from July 17th, 2011 to August 16th, 2011) = Having a lot to be thankful for.

30 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 47 = her personal day = Famous.  Internationally known.  Everybody knows her name.

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Alex Morgan was born on July 2nd, 1989 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Morgan

July 2nd, 1989

7 + 2 +1+9+8+9 = 36 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Crushed.  Feeling like the weight of the world is on her shoulders.

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Megan Rapinoe Megan Rapinoe #16 of Team USA drives upfield with the ball against Team Ireland during the international women's soccer game held on July 23, 2006 at Torero Stadium in San Diego, California.   USA defeated Ireland 5-0.

Megan Rapinoe was born on July 5th, 1985 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megan_Rapinoe

July 5th, 1985

July 5th

7 + 5 +2+0+1+1 = 16 = her personal year (from July 5th, 2011 to July 4th, 2012) = Shocks.  Surprises.  Amazing.  Stunning.  Unpredictable.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen.

16 year + 7 (July) = 23 = her personal month (from July 5th, 2011 to August 4th, 2011) = Athlete.  Sports.

23 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 40 = her personal day =  Helping out her fellow human being.

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Hope Solo was born on July 30th, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope_Solo

July 30th, 1981

7 + 30 +1+9+8+1 = 56 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Tiebreaker.  Decisive.

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Pia Sundhage was born on February 13th, 1960 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia_Sundhage

February 13th, 1960

2 + 13 +1+9+6+0 = 31 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Competition.  Challenges.  Tests.  Contests.  Contestant.  Runner-up.  Competitor.  Contender.  Opponent.  Scrimmage.  Practice.  Training.  Trainer.  Stir.  Catalyst.  Reaction.  Risk.  Striving to be number 1.  Personal best.  Outdoing yourself.  Rising to the challenge.  Stirring things up.  Stirring the pot.  Provoke a reaction.  Bring it on.  C’mon. 

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Homare Sawa was born on September 6th, 1978 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homare_Sawa

September 6th, 1978

9 + 6 +1+9+7+8 = 40 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Helping out her fellow human being.

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September 6th, 1978

September 6th

9 + 6 +2+0+1+0 = 18 = her personal year (from September 6th, 2010 to September 5th, 2011) = Surreal.

18 year + 7 (July) = 25 = her personal month (from July 6th, 2011 to August 5th, 2011) = Thrilling.  Exciting.

25 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 42 = her personal day = Everybody loves Homare Sawa.

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Kozue Ando was born on July 9th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kozue_Ando

July 9th, 1982

7 + 9 +1+9+8+2 = 36 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Crushing [the competition].  Bending over backwards. 

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Aya Miyama was born on January 28th, 1985 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aya_Miyama

January 28th, 1985

January 28th

1 + 28 +2+0+1+1 = 33 = her personal year (from January 28th, 2011 to January 27th, 2012) = Courage.  Bravery.

33 year + 6 (June) = 39 = her personal month (from June 28th, 2011 to July 27th, 2011) = Perfect.  Ideal.  Nice.

39 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 56 = her personal day = Tied the game 1-1.  1-0 tiebreaker in penalty kicks.

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Saki Kumagai in 2011.JPG

Saki Kumagai was born on October 17th, 1990 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saki_Kumagai

October 17th, 1990

October 17th

10 + 17 +2+0+1+0 = 30 = her personal year (from October 17th, 2010 to October 16th, 2011) = You have a lot to be thankful for.

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Mana Iwabuchi was born on March 18th, 1993 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mana_Iwabuchi

March 18th, 1993

March 18th

3 + 18 +2+0+1+1 = 25 = her personal year (from March 18th, 2011 to March 17th, 2012) =  Thrilling. Exciting.

25 year + 6 (June) = 31 = her personal month (from June 18th, 2011 to July 17th, 2011) = Competition. Challenges. Tests. Contests. Contestant. Runner-up. Competitor. Contender. Opponent. Stir. Catalyst. Reaction. Risk. Striving to be number 1. Personal best. Outdoing yourself. Rising to the challenge. Stirring things up. Stirring the pot. Provoke a reaction. Bring it on. C’mon.

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Nozomi YAMAGO

Nozomi Yamago was born on January 16th, 1975 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nozomi_Yamago

January 16th, 1975

January 16th

1 + 16 +2+0+1+1 = 21= her personal year (from January 16th, 2011 to Janauary 15th, 2012) = On the world stage.  For all the world to see.

21 year + 7 (July) = 28 = her personal month (from July 16th, 2011 to August 15th, 2011) = Heroine.  Unstoppable.

28 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 45 = her personal day = Intense.  Hardcore.

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Norio Sasaki was born on May 24th, 1958 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norio_Sasaki

May 24th, 1958

5 + 24 +1+9+5+8 = 52 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Keen.  Astute.  Able to size up people and situations.

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Japan was born on February 11, 660 BC according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan

February 11th, 660 BC

February 11th

2 + 11 +2+0+1+1 = 17 = Japan’s personal year (from February 11th, 2011 to February 10th, 2012) = Inspirational.

17 year + 7 (July) = 24 = Japan’s personal month (from July 11th, 2011 to August 10th, 2011) = Dominating.

24 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 41 = Japan’s personal day = Melting your heart.

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10:21 AM ET, 07/15/2011

First it was Paul the Octopus, the eight-limbed version of Miss Cleo who correctly predicted the outcome of every Germany match — and the tournament final — in the 2010 World Cup.

Well, now there’s a new German soccer oracle: Nelly the elephant.

The prognosticating pachyderm has been predicting the outcome of Women’s World Cup matches by kicking a ball into a goal adorned with the flag of the losing team.

So where should you place your bet for Sunday’s final between the United States and Japan?

Not where American hopefuls would like, as it turns out. Nelly reportedly “nutmegged” an invisible Hope Solo, planting her flag on the upstart Japanese to upset the U.S. and quash Abby Wambach and company’s hopes of a first World Cup title since 1999.

Oh nein!

Then again, what does Nelly know? She’s just an 18-month-old elephant with some dribbling skills.

story from and video at:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/post/womens-world-cup-nelly-the-elephant-picks-japan-to-beat-usa-in-final/2011/07/15/gIQA6696FI_blog.html

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Nelly was born on December 27th, 2009 according to http://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=5562

December 27th, 2009

12 + 27 +2+0+0+9 = 50 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = 2011 Women’s World Cup.

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December 27th, 2009

December 27th

12 + 27 +2+0+1+0 = 42 = her personal year (from December 27th, 2010 to December 26th, 2011) = Everybody loves Nelly.

42 year + 6 (June) = 48 = her personal month (from June 27th, 2011 to July 26th, 2011) = Guidance.

48 month + 17 (17th of the month on Sunday July 17th, 2011) = 65 = her personal day = Calculating/miscalculating.  Worldly success.  Making it big time.

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using the number/letter grid:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

 

   5  7     12

Nelly           23

5 33      11

 

her soul number = 12 = Oracle.

her outer personality = 11 = Fair and balanced.

her path of destiny = 23 = Sports.

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Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 0 to 9 are ruled by the sum of the month of birth and the first letter on the name.

Nelly   December 27th, 2009

12 (December) + 14 (N is the 14th letter of the alphabet) = 26

So from ages zero to nine she has the numbers 12 (December), 14 (N), and 26 (12+14=26) going on.

12 = Oracle.

14 = Be tolerant of Nelly.

26 = In the news.  Popular.

 

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July 13, 2011, 3:35 PM ET

The U.S. didn’t need a miracle against France in its Women’s World Cup semifinal, just a few more doses of its trademark never-say-die attitude. And now the Americans are moving on to their first final since 1999.

They prevailed 3-1 on Wednesday, but the scoreline didn’t come close to telling the whole story. The U.S. was outplayed for some excruciatingly long stretches during the match yet again found a way to push through for the victory.

Abby Wambach, as has become her habit, was in the center of things, heading home the game-winner in the 79th minute after Sonia Bompastor had canceled out Lauren Cheney’s opener. Substitute Alex Morgan capped off the scoring with an insurance tally three minutes later.

It was a match that in many ways mirrored the Americans’ quarterfinal triumph over Brazil. Once again, the U.S. got off to a dream start, courtesy of Cheney’s goal in the ninth minute. Carli Lloyd found Heather O’Reilly in space on the left wing and her cross was deftly touched home by Cheney.

Unfortunately for the Americans, the similarities didn’t end there, as the French midfield soon took control. The U.S. central tandem of Lloyd and Shannon Boxx was soon outnumbered by its French counterparts, with Louisa Necib continually finding space between the U.S. midfield and defensive lines. One such opportunity in the 30th minute saw her set the table for Gaetane Thiney, only for her attempt to be saved brilliantly by U.S. keeper Hope Solo.

Solo was a mere spectator three minutes later, but fortunately Bompastor’s long-range shot from Necib’s short free kick hit the bar.

Yet the French were undeterred, and while there was an element of good fortune about their 55th-minute equalizer, it was a fair reflection Les Bleus’ dominance. Bompastor received the ball on the left wing, and her telling cross just missed connecting with Thiney. But with Solo needing to respect the attacking run, she was forced to stay on her line, and the ball proceeded to sneak inside the far post.

At this point, the French seemed poised to carry on and win the match, but a pair of inspired substitutions by U.S. manager Pia Sundhage helped turn the game around. Sundhage brought on Morgan for Amy Rodriguez, and then Megan Rapinoe for Lloyd. Sundhage also had Cheney slide into the center of midfield.

The changes weren’t instantaneous, and Elise Bussaglia went close for France in the 64th minute, but her shot was deflected wide by Christie Rampone. Yet the fresh legs forced France to at least respect the U.S. attack again. Rapinoe in particular began to get on the ball and test France’s backline with some crosses. Cheney also provided Boxx with some much needed support in the center of midfield.

Yet it was from a trademark U.S. set piece that it took the lead. Cheney’s corner kick found Wambach at the far post, and with French keeper Berangere Sapowicz nowhere to be found, Wambach towered above the rest of the French defense to power home her header, giving her goals in three consecutive matches.

France nearly pulled a goal back just two minutes later when substitute Eugenie Le Sommer nodded Laure Lepailleur’s ball just wide. It proved a crucial miss, as the U.S. then put the game away three minutes later. Wambach’s inch-perfect knockdown was collected by Rapinoe, whose pass released Morgan into space. The U.S. forward still had plenty of work to do, but her delicate chip over the advancing Sapowicz was perfectly placed and the celebrations could begin.

Now the U.S. is poised to win its first World Cup in 12 years, and the team is proving tougher to kill than Superman and James Bond rolled into one. It doesn’t seem to matter how little possession the Americans have or how many shots are launched at their goal. The U.S. will find a way. Now there’s only one game to go.

from:  http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/columnist/carlisle_jeff/id/6765815/women-world-cup-us-never-say-die-attitude-too-much-france

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Abby Wambach was born on June 2nd, 1980 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abby_Wambach

June 2nd, 1980

6 + 2 +1+9+8+0 = 26 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Headers.  Headshots.  Popularity.  In the news.  Photos.  Photogenic.  Telegenic.  Charisma.  Personality.

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June 2nd, 1980

June 2nd

6 + 2 +2+0+1+1 = 12 = her personal year (from June 2nd, 2011 to June 1st, 2012) = Phenomenon.  Phenomenal.

12 year + 7 (July) = 19 = her personal month (from July 2nd, 2011 to August 1st, 2011) = Radiant.  Shining.  Beaming.  Vitality.  Life force.  Achievement.  Attainment.  Accomplishment.  It’s my time to shine.  Front and center.  Achieving success. 

19 month + 13 (13th of the month on Wednesday July 13th, 2011) = 32 = her personal day = Winning.  Victory.  Triumph.  Pride.  Glory.

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Armen Gilliam (l.) plays 13 NBA seasons, including three with the New Jersey Nets. He faces up against Patrick Ewing in Game Four of the 1994 Eastern Conference quarterfinals (below).

Wednesday, July 6th 2011, 6:21 PM

Former Nets and UNLV power forward Armen Gilliam died Tuesday after playing a pickup game of hoops at the LA Fitness gym in Bridgeville, Penn. He was 47.

The former Rebel star played for the Nets for three seasons from 1993-1996, appearing in all but four games during that stretch. He also played for the Suns, Hornets, 76ers, Bucks and Jazz and averaged 13.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game during his career from 1988-2000.

“Armen was a true professional who carried himself with class and dignity both on and off the court,” the Nets said in a statement.

Gilliam was inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame and had his number 35 retired in 2007.

“There’s no question he’s one of the all-time greats,” said UNLV Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations and Communications Andy Grossman. “Any longtime Running Rebel fan remembers him playing here, how important he was to the program.”

In his final year at the university, he played on the 1987 Rebel team that reached the NCAA Final Four. That season, he was named Big West Conference Player of the Year and broke the UNLV records for most points and field goals in a season – records that still stand today. Following the 1986-87 season, he was selcted No. 2 overall by the Phoenix Suns in the NBA draft, behind David Robinson.

Gilliam’s coach at UNLV, Jerry Tarkanian, released a statement, saying, “He was such a gentle person and such a caring guy. I am all shook up over it.”

from:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/2011/07/06/2011-07-06_armen_gilliam_former_nets_forward_and_member_of_unlv_final_four_team_dies_after_.html

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Armon Louis Gilliam was born on May 28th, 1964 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armen_Gilliam

May 28th, 1964

5 + 28 +1+9+6+4 = 53 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Having a warriot spirit.

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May 28th, 1964

May 28th

5 + 28 +2+0+1+1 = 37 = his personal year (from May 28th, 2011 to May 27th, 2012) = Heartfelt.  A heart-centered leader. 

37 year + 6 (June) = 43 = his personal month (from June 28th, 2011 to July 27th, 2011) = Playing a [basketball] game with friends.

43 month + 5 (5th of the month on Tuesday July 5th, 2011) = 48 = his personal day = Remembrance.

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Petra Kvitova Wimbledon Champion

07/2/11 10:41 AM ET

Petra Kvitova fought her way to an impressive two set win against the 2004 Wimbledon champion, Maria Sharapova.

The 21-year-old Czech overpowered the 3-time grandslam champion Sharapova, despite the fact that the Russian hadn’t given up a set until today. This is Kvitova’s first grand slam win.

Kvitova’s 6-3, 6-4 victory stunned many, as she managed to consistently break Sharapova, throwing the match off-balance. The left-handed Czech was able to consistently push Sharapova into corners forcing her to stretch and make weak returns.

The shocking upset was achieved in under an hour and a half.

For a match recap, check out our liveblog, here.

from:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/02/petra-kvitova-wimbledon-champion-2011_n_889190.html

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Petra Kvitová was born on March 8th, 1990 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra_Kvitova

March 8th, 1990

3 + 8 +1+9+9+0 = 30 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Tennis.  Wimbledon.

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Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 18 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the third letter of the name and the month of birth.

Petra Kvitová     March 8th, 1990

20 (t is the 20th letter of the alphabet) + 3 (March) = 23

So from ages eighteen to twenty-seven she has the number 23 going on.

23 = Athlete.  Athletic.  Sports.

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March 8th, 1990

March 8th

3  + 8 +2+0+1+1 = 15 = her personal year (from March 8th, 2011 to March 7th, 2012) = Commercials.  Ads.

15 year + 6 (June) = 21 = her personal month (from June 8th, 2011 to July 7th, 2011) = On the world stage.  For all the world to see.

21 month + 2 (2nd of the month on Saturday July 2nd, 2011) = 23 = her personal day = Athlete.  Athletic.  Sports.

[When her number (23 (which rules her ages eighteen to twenty-seven)) comes up, that's when she gets to live/experience what she is here to live/experience.  So today was HER day!!!]

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 3:41 pm

As unlikely as it sounds, objects falling from the skies could save your life.

Granted, you may not think that getting clocked upside the head with that tiny dimpled sphere sounds like a good time, and in truth, it’s not. But for Chris Logan of West Chester, Pa., a golf ball to the temple actually may have saved his life.

Logan attended the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club last July 4, as the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, and was struck by an errant shot by Sean O’Hair.

He was — by most accounts — fine, but an examination to check for a concussion also revealed a lump just below his throat. The doctor urged Logan to have it checked out by a family physician, and remarkably, it wound up being a malignant tumor on his thyroid that needed to be removed within weeks.

Almost a year to the day, Logan is cancer free and got a chance to finally meet O’Hair and thank him for saving his life. Neither man knew quite what to say at first, but both were thankful for the experience, no matter how bizarre the circumstances.

Logan, who has spent time caddying, often gets ribbed by friends for getting struck down by a golf ball after countless hours avoiding them on the job.

But the word “fate” obviously holds a little more power than “fore.”

from:  http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/good-sports/201106/sean-ohair-may-have-saved-life-bad-tee-shot

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Sean O‘Hair

1       6

 

his primary challenge = SO = 16 = Shocks.  Surprises.  Stunned.  Amazing.  Expect the unexpected.  Object falling from the sky.  Life-altering experiences.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Chris Logan

3             5

 

how he obtains his heart’s desire = 35 = Head wound.  Life saving piece of information.  A real life saver.  You saved my life.

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June 27th, 2011  11:56 AM ET

[Updated at 11:56 a.m. ET] Less than two
hours after her sister went down in straight sets at Wimbledon, Venus Williams
suffered the same fate.

Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova, the tournament’s No. 32 seed, beat the No.
23-seed Williams 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth-round match.

[Posted at 10:34 a.m. ET] Serena Williams is out of the
Wimbledon women’s singles tournament after losing in straight sets to Marion
Bartoli.

Williams, the No. 7 seed, was the defending champion, having won the 2010
competition. She lost her fourth-round sets Monday 6-3, 7-6.

Bartoli, 26, of France, is the No. 9 seed. She placed fourth in last year’s
tournament at the All-England Tennis Club.

Bartoli was a finalist in the 2007 competition, losing to Williams’ sister,
Venus.

Follow CNN’s full coverage of Wimbledon on CNN International.

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Marion Bartoli was born on October 2nd, 1984 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Bartoli

October 2nd, 1984

October 2nd

10 + 2 +2+0+1+0 = 15 = her personal year (from October 2nd, 2010 to October 1st, 2011) = In demand.

15 year + 6 (June) = 21 = her personal month (from June 2nd, 2011 to July 1st, 2011) = On the world stage.  For all the world to see.

21 month + 27 (27th of the month on Monday June 27th, 2011) = 48 = her personal day = On a mission.

21 month + 28 (28th of the month on Tuesday June 28th, 2011) = 49 = her personal day = Satisfaction.  Happy.  Smiling.

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October 2nd, 1984

10 + 2 +1+9+8+4 = 34 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Generating a buzz.  Things happen really quickly.  Smokin’ hot.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Marion Bartoli

4             9     9

the most important thing she can do (MR) and how she obtains her heart’s desire (MI) both = 49 =  Satisfaction.  Happy.  Smiling.

[When her number (49 (the most important thing she can do and how she obtains her heart's desire)) comes up, that's when she gets to live/experience what she is here to live/experience.  So Tuesday June 28th, 2011 is HER day!!!]

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Sawed off! University of Florida hitter breaks metal batFri Jun 24 09:26pm EDT

When the NCAA mandated that metal
bats perform more like wood bats
in college baseball this season, what
happened Friday afternoon at the College World Series may not have been what it
had in mind.

During the eighth inning of the
Florida-Vanderbilt game, Gators sophomore catcher Mike
Zunino
snapped his bat while fouling off an inside pitch. Yes, that’s right
— his metal bat broke. Just like a wood one would’ve. Except there was no
splintering, no shards. The barrel of Zunino’s bat just snapped clean off the
handle.

See the break for yourself:

Who was the pitcher who sawed Zunino off, leaving him stunned and holding
nothing but handle?

Vanderbilt senior reliever Mark
Lamm
probably has bragging rights from now until forever. Metal could not
withstand his fastball. (This may also be further testament to the effectiveness
of Tommy John surgery, as Lamm underwent the procedure
in August 2009.)

Unfortunately, the camera followed Zunino back to the dugout as he got
another bat, so the video clip doesn’t show if Lamm blew smoke off his index
finger after that composite metal barrel went into the stands.

Lamm was a
sixth-round pick
by the Atlanta Braves in this year’s
MLB Draft. Might his draft stock have improved if scouting directors and general
managers had seen him destroy metal with his 94 mph fastball?

But Zunino can point to the scoreboard.
Florida beat Vanderbilt, 6-4,
to advance to the College World Series championship. Gators first baseman
Preston Tucker drove in the go-ahead run just before Zunino broke his bat.

story from and video at:  http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Sawed-off-University-of-Florida-hitter-breaks-m?urn=mlb-wp10621

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Michael Accorsi Zunino was born on March 25th, 1991 according to http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=572287

March 25th, 1991

March 25th

3 + 25 +2+0+1+1 = 32 = his personal year (from March 25th, 2011 to March 24th, 2012) = Baseball.

32 year + 5 (May) = 37 = his personal month (from May 25th, 2011 to June 24th, 2011) = Mark Lamm.

[Numerologically, a person's life lesson number stands for themself.  Mark Lamm was born on March 8th, 1988.  3 + 8 +1+9+8+8 = 37 = his life lesson number.

Michael Zunino's 37 month indicates that Mark Lamm (whose life lesson number is 37) is significant in his life during his 37 month.]

37 month + 24 (24th of the month on Friday June 24th, 2011) = 61 = his personal day = Plans fall through.  Having a back-up plan.

 

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Mark Lamm

Fri Jun 24 09:26pm EDT

When the NCAA mandated that metal
bats perform more like wood bats
in college baseball this season, what
happened Friday afternoon at the College World Series may not have been what it
had in mind.

During the eighth inning of the
Florida-Vanderbilt game, Gators sophomore catcher Mike
Zunino
snapped his bat while fouling off an inside pitch. Yes, that’s right
— his metal bat broke. Just like a wood one would’ve. Except there was no
splintering, no shards. The barrel of Zunino’s bat just snapped clean off the
handle.

See the break for yourself:

http://d.yimg.com/nl/ynews/blog/player.html#vid=25736163&playlistId=6073551&browseCarouselUI=hide

Who was the pitcher who sawed Zunino off, leaving him stunned and holding
nothing but handle?

Sawed off! University of Florida hitter breaks metal batVanderbilt senior reliever Mark
Lamm
probably has bragging rights from now until forever. Metal could not
withstand his fastball. (This may also be further testament to the effectiveness
of Tommy John surgery, as Lamm underwent the procedure
in August 2009.)

Unfortunately, the camera followed Zunino back to the dugout as he got
another bat, so the video clip doesn’t show if Lamm blew smoke off his index
finger after that composite metal barrel went into the stands.

Lamm was a
sixth-round pick
by the Atlanta Braves in this year’s
MLB Draft. Might his draft stock have improved if scouting directors and general
managers had seen him destroy metal with his 94 mph fastball?

But Zunino can point to the scoreboard. Florida beat Vanderbilt, 6-4,
to advance to the College World Series championship. Gators first baseman
Preston Tucker drove in the go-ahead run just before Zunino broke his bat.

from:  http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Sawed-off-University-of-Florida-hitter-breaks-m?urn=mlb-wp10621

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Mark Jordan Lamm was born March 8th, 1988 according to http://vucommodores.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/lamm_mark00.html

March 8th, 1988

March 8th

3 + 8 +2+0+1+1 = 15 = his personal year (from March 8th, 2011 to March 7th, 2012) = Self-promotion.

15 year + 6 (June) = 21 = his personal month (from June 8th, 2011 to July 7th, 2011) = On the world stage.  For all the world to see.

21 month + 24 (24th of the month on Friday June 24th, 2011) = 45 = his personal day = Intense.  Hardcore.

 

 

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Washington Nationals' Riggleman out as manager

June 23rd, 2011  05:17 PM ET

Jim Riggleman has resigned as manager of the Washington
Nationals over contract issues, the team said Thursday on its website.

Quoting Riggleman’s manager Burt Rocks, the team said Riggleman was upset the
ballclub “didn’t pick up the option year in his contract.”

Riggleman’s departure marks the second time this week a National League East
manager has stepped down.

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez resigned Sunday after his team lost 17 of its
first 18 games in June.

Riggleman leaves Washington during a hot streak. The third-place Nationals
were 11 -1 in their last 12 games and one game over .500, beating the Mariners
1-0 Thursday.

An interim manager has not been named, the Nationals said.

from:  http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/23/washington-nationals-riggleman-out-as-manager/

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Jim Riggleman was born on November 9th, 1952 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Riggleman
November 9th, 1952
November 9th
11 + 9 +2+0+1+0 = 23 = his personal year (from November 9th, 2010 to November 8th, 2011) = Sports.
23 year + 6 (June) = 29 = his personal month (from June 9th, 2011 to July 8th, 2011) = Team.
29 month + 23 (23rd of the month on Thursday June 23rd, 2011) = 52 = his personal day = Gossip. Rumors.  Harsh words.
 

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find out your own numerology at:

http://www.learnthenumbers.com/

 

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Why DeShawn Stevenson has Lincoln tattooed on his neck

Mon Jun 20 06:41pm EDT

Well, of course DeShawn Stevenson(notes) got an
Abraham Lincoln tattoo on his neck because the 16th president of the United
States issued
the Emancipation Proclamation
, even during a time when the states weren’t
technically united. We knew that, but it’s nice for DeShawn to clarify it.

There
has been some quibble
as to why Stevenson put the tattoo of Lincoln,
surrounded by two number 5s (Lincoln, for our international readers, is featured
on the American five-dollar bill) on his neck two years ago. But DeShawn, in an
interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas (as presented to us by Sports
Radio Interviews
), has finally clarified the thing that was pretty obvious
from the outset:

“I was going to get Martin Luther King and I told Gilbert Arenas(notes). You
should never tell nobody your idea. That summer, he came back and got it. So I
didn’t know who to get. I got Abraham Lincoln because he freed the slaves. I
just had Abraham Lincoln and, from a distance, everybody kept saying, ‘Who is
that?’ So I put the five-dollar bill so everybody would stop asking
me.”

from:  http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Why-DeShawn-Stevenson-has-Lincoln-tattooed-on-hi?urn=nba-wp5288

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DeShawn Stevenson was born on April 3rd, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeShawn_Stevenson

April 3rd, 1981

4 + 3 +1+9+8+1 = 26 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Popularity.  Photos.  The media.  In the news.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

DeShawn Stevenso

4                   55   5

the most important thing he can do (DE), how he appears to the world (DN), and how he obtains his heart’s desire (DN) all = 45 = Tattoos.

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Is Jonas Valanciunas worth waiting for?

Tue Jun 21 02:35pm EDT

You may not have heard of him a month ago –
heck, I hadn’t heard of him a week ago — but Lithuanian center Jonas
Valanciunas has become a bit of hot commodity. He’s got a top-five pick of a
game (at least in this draft), hops for days, and has room to grow. The issue is
his availability. The buyout issues following the 19-year-old center have some
mock drafts pushing him nearly out of the lottery. After all, why select someone
that you might not see until the 2012-13 season, at best?

Then again, with a player with Valanciunas’ athleticism, skills and drive in
question, why not wait until 2012? Especially when there might not be much of a
2011-12 season. And especially if you’re a team like the Cleveland Cavaliers, finally
fully committed to rebuilding, and possessing two of the top four picks in
Thursday’s draft? With the first, sure, they’re taking Kyrie Irving. They’d be
Kahn-ish not to. But with the fourth, in a limited draft like this? With Enes
Kanter an odd thing to bank on? With Jan Veesly not really offering immediate
answers? With Brandon Knight all Brandon Knight-ish?

Why not go with Jonas? Even if you have to wait a year?

Cavs the Blog’s John Krolik wants to go with Jonas. And John agrees with my
personal draft sage, who handed me his mock draft the other night, which in turn
has
me agreeing with John when he writes this
:

Here’s my justification: Do I think that Valanciunas will be a better player
in the 2012-13 season than Kanter or any other non-point guard player who will
be available at the #4 spot? I do. Do I believe the Cavs are ready to make a
serious playoff run in 2011-12? I do not. Given those two conclusions, I think
it makes sense to take the best player, wait the year, and not settle on a
lesser player because of impatience.

The trick behind that is that you have to sell your fans, your angry and
rabid fans, on a player that they might not see for a year. But that uneasiness
will last for, what, two days’ worth of a news cycle? All while you’re
introducing the clear top player in this draft? All before you potentially close
up shop for months as we head into a lockout? Take a chance on the big.
Especially if the buyout works, and he ends up in Cleveland, throwing down dunks
on the break with Irving leading the way.

UPDATE: Mark Deeks of
ShamSports.com
, who is as about as respected as they come in terms of
international scouting, has a Twitter reply to the headline above:

Short
answer: yes.

from:  http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Is-Jonas-Valanciunas-worth-waiting-for-?urn=nba-wp5329

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Jonas Valančiūnas was born on May 6th, 1992 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonas_Valanciunas

May 6th, 1992

5 + 6 +1+9+9+2 = 32 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Winning.  Victory.  Triumph.  #1.  Blockbuster.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mon Jun 20 07:46pm EDT

Thierry Henry scored his eighth goal of the
season in New York’s 3-3 draw against Portland on Sunday, making him the
league’s top scorer (along with Landon Donovan). That was just the set-up for
the joke that was his straight red card in injury time for giving the Timbers’
Adam Moffat a firm pat on the back of the head (35 seconds into the video) out
of frustration. Moffat responded by shoving Henry, but the two quickly seemed to
resolve their dispute before the referee decided that he didn’t like the initial
touches.

Moffat was shown a yellow card and Henry a red for “violent conduct.” Because
those slaps to the back of the melon could’ve given Moffat a headache or
something. Granted, Henry should not have made any kind of aggressive contact
with Moffat’s head, so a yellow for both players could have been justified. The
ref obviously did not agree, though.

After the initial shock of the strangely harsh punishment wore off, Thierry
reacted in Mourinho-esque fashion by shaking hands with his opponents and the
referee before walking away.

Needless to say, New York was not happy with the decision and on Monday,
sporting director Erik Soler ripped into the quality of MLS officiating on the team’s official site:

“We have carefully reviewed the film of our match against Portland last night
and I can safely say that the level of refereeing was absolutely below the
standards of what is required for a MLS match and completely unacceptable.
First, the red card given to Thierry Henry was inexplicable. There was no
violent conduct on his part whatsoever and this decision was made by a linesman
who was more than half a field away. Second, in any soccer game, there is no way
that one team can draw 20 more fouls than the other team, especially in a match
where one team drew just five fouls. I have never seen this occur in my 30 years
in the game.

We are aware that U.S. Soccer and MLS are working hard to improve the
officiating in this country and we support those efforts wholeheartedly.
However, if we want to continue increasing the level of play, we cannot let
these types of refereeing performances occur. We look forward to speaking with
the League to appeal Thierry’s automatic red card suspension and expect that it
will be rescinded so that he is available for our match Thursday in
Seattle.”

A poll on MLSsoccer.com shows that more than 85 percent of
readers agree with Soler that a red card for what Henry did was just plain
wrong. But in a season that has already had heavy criticism for the league going
soft on a rash of horror tackles that have caused devastating injuries to some
of its top players, it almost seems to fit the league’s sometimes bizarre logic
that a pat on the head would actually be considered violent conduct and get one
of MLS’s biggest stars an automatic ban.

story from and video at:  http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/blog/dirty-tackle/post/Thierry-Henry-red-carded-for-patting-opponent-8?urn=sow-wp2615

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Thierry Henry was born on August 17th, 1977 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thierry_Henry

August 17th, 1977

August 17th

8 + 17 +2+0+1+0 = 28 = his personal year (from August 17th, 2010 to August 16th, 2011) = Unstoppable.  Hero.

28 year + 6 (June) = 34 = his personal month (from June 17th, 2011 to August 16th, 2011) = Generating a buzz.

 

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South Carolina dad quits job to see son pitch at College World SeriesTue Jun 21, 2011  01:17am EDT

David Roth vowed he would not miss another chance to watch his son pitch for South Carolina at the College World Series if the Gamecocks returned to Omaha after winning the national championship in 2010.

But when his son’s team made it back, David Roth found himself in a tough spot. Unable to get personal time off from work, he needed to make a decision.

Michael Roth announced it on Twitter on Saturday:

How’s this for dedication? My dad had to quit his job to make it out to Omaha. Couldn’t get here last year. #novacationdays

As decisions go, this one seems as touching as it is impulsive. David Roth, a 57-year-old college graduate, really had quit his job selling Volkswagens and Audis in Greenville, S.C.

He was unemployed but in the stands at TD Ameritrade Park on Sunday, watching his son pitch 7 1/3 innings in a 5-4 victory for South Carolina against Texas A&M.

“Obviously, it was pretty special considering it was Father’s Day yesterday,” [Michael Roth] said Monday. “I’m glad that he’s here. It’s been pretty cool having my family here. [...]

“My dad’s been a huge inspiration for baseball for me,” he said. “It’s definitely nice to have him out here.”

Definitely nice, yes. But how many parents out there would make, or could even entertain making, the same call?

South Carolina dad quits job to see son pitch at College World Series 

 

Michael Roth has not allowed an earned run in 37 1/3 innings for South Carolina, and his ERA for the season is 0.97. As a result of his success, the Cleveland Indians made him a 31st-round pick in the June draft. Roth is unsigned so far, but even if he signs, he doesn’t get many guarantees professionally. His career could be over quickly. It could be over this week.

And that’s probably where a lot of his father’s motivation comes from.

Most players reach this point in their baseball career only with the help of one or both parents making sacrifices along the way. But these sacrifices usually take the form of long car rides, expensive camps and equipment, and time. And it all might require a parent getting a second job to make it all come together.

But actually quitting a job? In this economy? Noble, sure. Maybe not as noble as donating a kidney or bone marrow, but good luck getting a transplant if you don’t have a job and health insurance to pay for it.

What David Roth did was risky, even reckless — depending on many unknown (to us) financial factors for the Roths. But even the gesture — “I have quit my job to watch my son pitch in the College World Series” — it boggles the mind. It’s awesome.

Is he worried about his dad getting another job?

“No, he’ll be OK,” Michael Roth said. “Gamecock Nation will help us out.”

Better make sure South Carolina wins again, just in case.

from:  http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/South-Carolina-dad-quits-job-to-watch-son-pitch-?urn=mlb-wp10084

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

David Roth

41494 9628      47

 

his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = 47 = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.

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June 20, 2011 — Updated 1508 GMT

World soccer’s governing body FIFA have confirmed that vice president Jack Warner has resigned from his position within the organization.

Last month Trinidadian Warner, along with fellow-FIFA member Mohammed bin Hammam, were provisionally suspended by FIFA’s Ethics Committee, pending the outcome of an investigation of corruption allegations against them.

But, following Warner’s resignation, that investigation will now not take place.

A FIFA statement read: “His resignation has been accepted and his contribution to international football and to Caribbean football in particular are appreciated and acknowledged.

“Mr Warner is leaving FIFA by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad & Tobago as a cabinet minister and as the chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country’s coalition government.

“The FIFA Executive Committee, the FIFA president and the FIFA management thank Mr Warner for his services to Caribbean and international football over his many years devoted to football at both regional and international level, and wish him well for the future.

“As a consequence of Mr Warner’s self-determined resignation, all Ethics Committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained.”

from:  http://edition.cnn.com/2011/SPORT/football/06/20/football.fifa.warner.resignation/index.html

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Jack Warner was born on January 26th, 1943 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Warner_(football_executive)

January 26th, 1943

January 26th

1 + 26 +2+0+1+ = 31 = his personal year (from January 26th, 2011 to January 25th, 2012) = Scandal.  Controversy.  Things get out of hand.

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</p>
<p>Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington looks on during third quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Miami. Pennington tore an anterior cruciate ligament in a pickup basketball game and is recovering from surgery.</p>
<p>” width=”316″ height=”465″ border=”0″ /></p>
<p>Saturday, 06.18.11</p>
<p>Dolphins free-agent quarterback Chad Pennington will take the season off and  work as a game analyst for Fox, the network said Saturday.</p>
<p>Pennington’s status for this season had been in serious doubt because of a  knee injury sustained while playing basketball in April. Even before the NFL  lockout started in March, the Dolphins had not conveyed to him any definitive  plans to re-sign him.</p>
<p>“I’m going to take this year off, get healthy,” Pennington told The  Charleston (W.V.) Daily News at a Thursday speaking engagement before the  Fellowship of Christian Athletes.</p>
<p>After this season, “I’m going to evaluate things and see where I am  physically. I planned to make a fourth comeback but I’m at a point of my career  where I haven’t been patient before. I’m going to be patient now.”</p>
<p>Pennington, who signed a one-year contract with Fox, will be paired with Sam  Rosen on one of the network’s announcing teams. “He came to Los Angeles for an  audition a few weeks ago and we think he has a chance to be a pretty successful  analyst,” Fox Sports spokesman Dan Bell said Saturday morning.</p>
<p>Pennington suffered a season-ending rotator cuff injury in the third game of  the 2009 season, a year after he quarterbacked the Dolphins to an AFC East  title. He began the 2010 season as Chad Henne’s backup and didn’t play until he  started the ninth game against Tennessee. But he had to leave that game after  two snaps because of a dislocated shoulder and torn capsule, which required a  fourth shoulder operation.</p>
<p>Pennington, who turns 35 on June 26, underwent surgery April 7, after  suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a pickup basketball game.</p>
<p>“Playing basketball was just a dumb decision,” he told the Fellowship of  Christian Athletes. “I was in town doing some foundation work and decided to  play in a pickup basketball game and tore my ACL. I wasn’t training real hard at  the time because I was doing some shoulder rehab and my legs weren’t ready to  play basketball. So it was just dumb. The last time I played a pickup basketball  game was when I was at Marshall.”</p>
<p>Pennington has won the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award twice (after  the 2006 and 2008 seasons) and joked that “it seems like I majored” in injury  comebacks. His 66 percent completion percentage is the highest in NFL history  for quarterbacks with at least 1,500 pass attempts.</p>
<p>“I hang my hat on the relationships I’ve been able to form over the last 11  years and being able to be in the huddle, and help lead the team,” he said. “That’s what playing quarterback is all about. That’s what I’ll miss.”</p>
<p>from: <a href=http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/19/2272941/dolphins-free-agent-pennington.html#ixzz1PorNksvU

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Chad Pennington

3              5     5

the most important thing he can do and how he obtains his heart’s desire both = CN = 35 = Quarterback.  Comeback.  Perseverance.  Endurance.  Hanging in there.  To be continued.

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Mattek-Sands is seeded at Wimbledon and dressed like Lady Gaga

Fri Jun 17 11:54am EDT

Not only is American tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands ahead of Venus Williams in the WTA rankings, she’s also managed to surpass the elder Williams sister in terms of outrageous outfits. The 31st-ranked Mattek-Sands turned heads at Thursday night’s Wimbledon player’s party in a dress designed by Lady Gaga’s designer, Alex Noble.

The neon yellow dress featured a corset with attached tennis balls, a flowing skirt and a headdress that wouldn’t have been out of place at the royal wedding.

Mattek-Sands is seeded at Wimbledon and dressed like Lady Gaga

The 26-year-old was still in Eastbourne on Thursday playing in the doubles competition of the Wimbledon tuneup and had to take a helicopter to London to attend the party. An hour after landing, following a quick fitting and sit-down in the makeup chair, Mattek-Sands walked the red carpet in the inspired frock.

Mattek-Sands met with Noble twice in Madrid, once to discuss the concept for the dress and another for a fitting. “I had a blast working with him,” she said. “It’s the funky dress I wanted.”

The hat was one of her favorite flourishes. “When you’re in England you have to have some cool headwear,” she said. (Princess Beatrice: “Yup.”)

Mattek-Sands is seeded No. 30 at the tournament, the first time she’s ever been seeded there. She said she’s confident entering Wimbledon despite the fact that she hasn’t had a lot of practice on grass this year.

Her outfit on the courts of the All England Club won’t be as wild as it was at the player’s party or in other matches thanks to Wimbledon’s “almost entirely white” clothing rule (the eye black and jail stripes will be a no-no). That’s not to say she doesn’t have something up her sleeve, though.

“Noble designed something for me to walk out onto the court with,” Mattek-Sands said.

If it’s not an egg, consider me disappointed.

Mattek-Sands is seeded at Wimbledon and dressed like Lady Gaga

Mattek-Sands is seeded at Wimbledon and dressed like Lady Gaga

from:  http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/blog/busted_racquet/post/Mattek-Sands-is-seeded-at-Wimbledon-and-dressed-?urn=ten-wp1534

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Bethanie Mattek-Sands was born on March 23rd, 1985 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethanie_Mattek-Sands

March 23rd, 1985

March 23rd

3 + 23 +2+0+1+1 = 30 = her personal year (from March 23rd, 2011 to March 22nd, 2012) =  Style.  Fashion.  Clothing.  Clothes.  Apparel.  Wardrobe.  Designer.  Fashion sense.  Best dressed.  Sense of style.

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Thursday June 16th, 2011

“Let’s go!” he yelled. With that, Zdeno Chara(notes)pulled down the Stanley Cup, stepped over a red carpet, headed off the ice and ducked into a tunnel. But the captain was too tall. He’s a giant of a man, 6-foot-9, 255 pounds, and fans of the Canucks and Bruins reached down and tapped him on the head and shoulders, desperately trying to touch the Cup before it headed out of sight.

The Cup is coming back to Boston. Both teams and towns wanted it so badly, the Canucks never having won it since joining the NHL in 1970, the Bruins having gone without it since 1972. The final series went seven games – seven bitter, bizarre, brutal and brilliant games – but in the end Wednesday night, it was the Bruins who won Game 7, 4-0. It was the Bruins who ended their drought.

“We still have fans that remember – barely – ’72,” said team president Cam Neely, a British Columbia native who played three seasons for the Canucks before going to the Bruins in 1986 and becoming a Boston legend. “And then from ’72 on, they’ve been waiting for this moment to happen.”

How did this happen? How did the Bruins go from chokers to, finally, champions? Two years in a row, they lost a Game 7 in the playoffs. Last year, they lost after blowing a 3-0 lead in Game 7 – after blowing a 3-0 lead in a second-round series with the Philadelphia Flyers. They became only the third NHL team ever to have a 3-0 series lead and lose.

And now? Now they have become the first team ever to win three Game 7s in one playoff run. Not only that, they came from behind in each of those series to do it. They faced a 2-0 deficit in the first round against the Montreal Canadiens; won in seven. They redeemed themselves by sweeping the Flyers in the second round. They faced a 1-0 deficit in the Eastern Conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning; won in seven. They faced 2-0 and 3-2 deficits against the Canucks; won in seven.

Won it all.

“We lost in Game 7 two years in a row, and they learned from it. As simple as it is, they learned from it,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “If you’ve got a strong group, they’re going to get stronger, and I’ve always felt we had a strong group.”

Chiarelli sighed and smiled. The Patriots, the Red Sox, the Celtics, all recent champions. Now the Bruins, too.

“I can’t describe it,” Chiarelli said. “I mean, I still don’t believe that we’re here.”

*   *   *   *   *

The TV cameras caught Nathan Horton(notes) at 3:17 p.m. PT, less than two hours before faceoff. He walked up the tunnel and onto the bench. He pulled out a water bottle and discreetly sprayed water onto the Rogers Arena ice.

Why?

“I don’t remember,” Horton said, smiling.

Very funny. Horton is recovering from a concussion he suffered in Game 3, leaving him to serve only as inspiration for the rest of the series, but he remembered just fine.

The guys on the ice crew back in Boston came up with the idea. The Bruins had dominated the Canucks on home ice, but they had lost three one-goal squeakers in Vancouver. If they were going to break through on the road when it mattered most – against the winners of the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s top regular-season team – they needed to make the ice their own.

So they gathered some Garden water and gave it to Horton.

“I was trying to be sneaky about it, but everyone caught me,” Horton said.

That’s OK.

“It worked,” Horton said.

*   *   *   *   *

The Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron and teammate Tim Thomas celebrate their Game 7 win.

This was not the Canucks’ night, and so, still, this was not the Canucks’ year. Once, Ryan Kesler(notes) fired a shot that hit a linesman. Another time, Alex Burrows gathered the puck in the slot and waited, waited, waited until goaltender Tim Thomas(notes) ended up out of position, only to see Chara make a save in front of a gaping net.

Not that Thomas needed much help. He made more saves in the playoffs and in the final than any goaltender ever had before, and he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player, hands down. In seven games against the Canucks – the highest-scoring team in the regular season, a team that has the NHL’s last two scoring champions – he allowed only eight goals. He posted two shutouts.

When Patrice Bergeron(notes) scored the first goal in the first period Wednesday night, the Canucks were in trouble. When Brad Marchand(notes) scored the second goal in the second period, it was virtually over. How were the Canucks going to score three goals against Thomas, when they had scored just three against him in the past three games combined?

When Bergeron scored shorthanded later in the second – a fluky goal, sliding into Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo(notes), who didn’t put down his paddle and watched the puck slide by – it was academic.

“I can’t imagine how somebody could play as well as Tim did this seven-game series,” Neely said. “He was amazing, and so calm and cool and collected. Just an amazing, amazing seven-game series.”

*   *   *   *   *

Marchand put the puck into an empty net late in the third period, and Mark Recchi’s(notes) eyes started to water.

“Then it really sunk in,” Recchi said. “I knew this was going to be it.”

Patricne Bergeron (L), Mark Recchi, and Brad Marchand (R) celebrate the fourth goal against the Canucks in Game 7.

At 43, Recchi was going to retire on top. Bruins coach Claude Julien told him to shake it off, that he would be out for the final shift. So Recchi gathered himself, and there he was as the seconds counted down, skating in his native province, about to win the third Cup of his proud career.

With about 10 seconds left, he looked up at the scoreboard as he skated under it. With about five seconds left, he lifted his arms in the air in the Vancouver zone. That was it, and it was perfect.

“I’m done. I won’t be able to train hard enough to get ready for September,” said Recchi, who hopes to stay in the game in a management role somewhere, someday. “Just to be on the ice my last shift and to win a Stanley Cup, doing it is unbelievable.”

*   *   *   *   *

The Stanley Cup came out, and commissioner Gary Bettman handed it to Chara, and Chara almost couldn’t handle it. As he raised it over his head, he knocked off his championship cap. As he started to skate with it, he almost fell backward.

But he gathered himself and held it high – maybe higher than it has ever been held before. He and partner Dennis Seidenberg(notes) had been such a big part of this run, a shutdown pair on a defensive team. Chara handed the Cup to Recchi, who handed it to Bergeron, one of the game’s top two-way players. Bergeron handed it to Thomas, and from hand to hand it went.

So many other Bruins played important roles – scorers David Krejci(notes), Milan Lucic(notes) and Michael Ryder(notes); rookies Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin(notes); defensemen Andrew Ference(notes), Johnny Boychuk(notes) and Adam McQuaid(notes); grinders Gregory Campbell(notes), Shawn Thornton(notes) and Daniel Paille(notes); trade-deadline acquisitions Tomas Kaberle(notes), Chris Kelly(notes) and Rich Peverley(notes).

“We had a great game,” Marchand said. “We pulled it off, and we’re so proud of ourselves. It’s such a relief. Some guys go their whole career without winning it. To win it the first year, it’s unbelievable. It just doesn’t kick in. I don’t know if it will ever kick in.”

*   *   *   *   *

As the Bruins gathered for their team picture, Colin Campbell walked through the bowels of the arena. The NHL’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations had to recuse himself as the league’s disciplinarian for this series because his son Gregory plays for the Bruins, and he’s stepping down from that role next season.

Now, he wasn’t a controversial figure. He was just a hockey dad, and when he spotted a TV showing the team picture, he stopped and found his son on the screen. He smiled. He walked away biting his lower lip.

Bruins’ Gregory Campbell checks Canucks’ Chris Higgins.

“Particularly for what he’s gone through, being my son, it hasn’t been pleasant at times,” Colin said. “He’s gotten lots of criticism, and this just is the icing on the cake. It feels so good for him and his mom and his sisters. They’ve had to go through a lot of crap.”

Colin laughed.

“It’s helpful that I am who I am in some ways,” Colin said. “He got free ice when he was a kid. But after that, it was all downhill.”

Colin walked into the ice, and right away, father and son hugged. Colin had won the Cup as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers in 1994. Gregory was only 10 then. But he remembered how much of a commitment it had been for those players, how much had to go right – to win the Cup in seven games over the Canucks.

Taking crap for being the son of Colin Campbell? Fine.

“It comes with the territory,” Gregory said. “It’s something that I’ve had to deal with, but I don’t feel sorry for myself. I gained a lot of experiences from living hockey day in and day out and being around hockey, so I’m not apologizing for it. But it certainly is satisfying to do something that you can call your own.”

*   *   *   *   *

There were family reunions all over the ice.

Tim Thomas is the Stanley Cup MVP and wins the Conn Smythe trophy.

“Awesome,” Lucic said while giving an interview, surrounded by revelers in his native Vancouver. “It was awesome. It was better than awesome. We did exactly what we needed to do. My parents are here now, so I’m out of here. Woo!”

Lucic hugged his mother, Snezana.

“Every emotion is going through me right now – from happiness and excitement and tears of joy,” his mother said. “Just everything, because your son won the Stanley Cup – in Vancouver of all places.”

Recchi did interviews with one kid hugging his leg and another in his arms. Thomas cut one interview short when a little girl ran up.

“Daddy!”

“There she is! Woo!”

Thomas scooped her up and skated away. The Cup is coming back to Boston, reuniting with everyone in the Bruins family.

“I’m so happy for you,” Neely addressed the fans into a New England TV camera. “You guys deserve this. You’ve deserved it for a long time. The support that you’ve given this organization and the players for all these years, enjoy it. Savor it. It’s the best.”

It’s Boston’s.

from:  http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news?slug=nc-cotsonika-bruins-end-39-year-stanley-cup-drought_061611

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Zdeno Chára was born on March 18th, 1977 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zdeno_Ch%C3%A1ra

March 18th, 1977

3 + 18 +1+9+7+7 = 45 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Intense.  Hardcore.  True grit.  Tough guy.

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March 18th, 1977

March 18th

3 + 18 +2+0+1+1 = 25 = his personal year (from March 18th, 2011 to March 17th, 2012) = Excitement.  Thrilling.

25 year + 5 (May) = 30 = his personal month (from May 18th, 2011 to June 17th, 2011) = Thankful.  Appreciative.

30 month + 15 (15th of the month on Wednesday June 15th, 2011) = 45 = his personal day = Intense.  Hardcore.  True grit.  Tough guy.

When his number (45 (3 + 18 +1+9+7+7 = 45)) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience.  So yesterday was HIS day!!!

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June 13, 2011 5:53 a.m. EDT

Former NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress, released a week ago from a New York prison after serving 20 months on a weapons charge, will hold a news conference Monday to make an “important announcement,” the National Urban League said.

Billed as his first public appearance since his release, the event at the offices of the National Urban League will include Burress, Urban League President Marc Morial, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy and Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

The former New York Giants player was sentenced to prison after accidentally shooting himself in the leg with a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol he was carrying in his waistband. The incident occurred in November 2008, in the VIP area of the Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan.

Burress was not licensed to carry a pistol in either New York or New Jersey, where he lived.

In August 2009, he pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted criminal possession of a weapon and agreed to serve two years under a plea agreement.

He spent 20 months at the Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, New York.

Burress became a hero to New York Giants fans in the 2008 Super Bowl when he caught the game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Eli Manning with 35 seconds remaining in the game.

The following season, Burress’ career with the Giants was marred by a series of incidents. He was suspended by the team in early October for missing a practice. Later that month, he was fined $45,000 by the NFL after arguing with a referee and throwing a football into the stands.

After the nightclub incident, Burress was suspended from the Giants. The team later released him.

from:  http://www.cnn.com/2011/SPORT/football/06/13/plaxico.burress.announcement/index.html?iref=NS1

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Plaxico Burress was born on August 12th, 1977 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaxico_Burress

August 12th, 1977

August 12th

8 + 12 +2+0+1+0 = 23 = his personal year (from August 12th, 2010 to August 11th, 2011) = Athlete.  Sports.

23 year + 6 (June) = 29 = his personal month (from June 12th, 2011 to July 11th, 2011) = Self-confidence.  Cooperation.  Teamwork.

29 month + 13 (13th of the month on Monday June 13th, 2011) = 42 = his personal day = Everybody loves Plaxico Burress.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Plaxico Burress

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his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = Contracts.  Worldly success.  Making it big time.  Show me the money.  Nightclub.

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June 12th, 2011

Junior dos Santos must have impressed the oddsmakers last night with his dominant win over Shane Carwin, as he has been given the line over champion Cain Velasquezin their impending match up.

@FightOdds released an early betting line for Velasquez vs. dos Santos — which was cemented by dos Santos’ unanimous decision victory over Shane Carwin last night in the main event of UFC 131– and, at -125 to Velasquez’s -105, “Cigano” has been given the edge.

Dos Santos put on a masterful performance against the heavy-handed Carwin, dropping the 36-year-old in the first round and rearranging his face with powerful shots while he was down on one knee. Carwin showed incredible heart in hanging tough (and Herb Dean masterful refereeing in allowing the bout to continue) throughout that first-frame onslaught, but was taken to task by dos Santos over the next two rounds, getting completely outclassed on the feet and outworked the few times that they engaged in grappling exchanges.

The performance was enough for the oddsmakers to peg dos Santos as a slight favorite this far out from his fight against Velasquez — which is currently unscheduled and the booking of which will depend on the champ’s ongoing recovery from shoulder surgery.

Velasquez defeated Brock Lesnarlast October via first round TKO in order to capture the belt, but has been out of action since in order to mend a shoulder injury he suffered in winning the championship.

Comparing their records, dos Santos sports a career mark of 13-1 with eight victories by KO/TKO, three by submission and two by decision, while Velasquez stands at 9-0, also with eight wins by KO/TKO and one by decision.

from:  http://www.fightline.com/fl/news/2011/0612/540601/junior-dos-santos/

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It is finally happening. Junior Dos Santos is going to clash with Cain Velasquez for the UFC
heavyweight championship of the world.

Junior Dos Santos is 7-0 in the UFC heavyweight division, and so is the
champion, Cain Velasquez.

It was a collision that seemed inevitable, and now we will get to see it
later this year.

Neither man has the kind of name recognition among casual fans like Brock Lesnar, Georges St.
Pierre or Chuck Liddell in his heyday, but make no mistake about it, this is a
superfight folks.

If you are already hyped up for this fight, then congratulations, you are an
awesome hardcore fan.

from:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/731984-ufc-131-results-5-reasons-to-be-hyped-for-junior-dos-santos-vs-cain-velasquez

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Junior dos Santos was born September 12th, 1984 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junior_dos_Santos

September 12th, 1984

September 12th

9 + 12 +2+0+1+0 = 24 = his personal year (from September 12th, 2010 to September 11th, 2011) = Dominating.  Submission.

 

 

 

 

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Jun 12, 2011 9:01 AM

Endurance races are typically won by laps, but this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans was won by seconds after Audi and Corvette held of fierce competition despite crashing down to their final cars. The best racing, the biggest crashes, the closest times, and a very special victory for the Americans and Germans.

“Drama, excitement, all the way to the end” is how Radio Le Mans described the race and anyone watching the last few hours will signal their agreement for talking about this race for the rest of their lives.

In the overall race, it was the Audi R18 and the Peugeot 908 battling it out for the overall victory from the beginning. But after just a few minutes into the race Allan McNish in the #3 Audi R18 crashed out in spectacular fashion, followed later that night by Mike Rockenfeller in his Audi R18 destroying his car.

Audi, Corvette win insanely close 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans

With just one bullet left in their gun, the trio of Audi drivers in the #2 R18 had to fight off the trio of approaching Peugeot 908s for more than 230 laps alone. At 23-and-a-half hours there was just 6.7 seconds separating the #2 Audi of Lotterer and the #9 Peugeot of Pagenaud.

The #2 Audi bravely held off the Peugeots to win the race, followed by an almost equally brave Pagenaud in his car driving through the falling rain on old tires.

In the GTEPro class, the Corvette C6 ZR1s were both on the lead lap until late in the evening when Jan Magnussen in the leading Corvette went off in an accident with a Porsche put the Ferraris in the lead, leaving Garcia in the Chevrolet Corvette to fight his way back over the Af Course 458 Italia for a single lap victory.

Audi, Corvette win insanely close 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans

And in GTEam, if you’d believe it, the aging Ford GT of Robertson Racing celebrated the wedding anniversary of Andrea and Davis Robertson managed to make it on the podium with a third page finish under the control of Andrea.

Finally, in LMP2 the Zytek Nissan edged out the Signatech Nissan by seven laps.

There was something to celebrate for both the French, the Germans, and the boys in Detroit. It was a victory for safety over speed, with everyone surviving their bone-shaking accidents. But the biggest win was for the people watching, who had a full 24 hours of entertainment.

from:  http://jalopnik.com/5811111/audi-corvette-win-insanely-close-2011-24-hours-of-le-mans

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André Lotterer was born on November 19th, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Lotterer

November 19th, 1981

11 + 19 +1+9+8+1 = 49 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Happy.  Smiling.  Having his cake and eating it too.

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November 19th, 1981

November 19th

11 + 19 +2+0+1+0 = 33 = his personal year (from November 19th, 2010 to November 18th, 2011) = Bravery.  Courage.

33 year + 5 (May) = 38 = his personal month (from May 19th, 2011 to June 18th, 2011) = Taking care.

38 month + 11 (11th of the month on Saturday June 11th, 2011) = 49 = his personal day (from his time of birth on Saturday June 11th, 2011 until his time of birth on Sunday June 12th, 2011) =  Happy.  Smiling.  Having his cake and eating it too.

When his number (49 (11 + 19 +1+9+8+1 = 49)) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience.  So this was HIS day!!!

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Former Cowboys linebacker Godfrey Myles dies at 42

Sunday June 12, 2011 7:52 AM

Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Godfrey Myles has died after suffering a massive stroke. He was 42.

Myles’ cousin, Requel Gibson, told The Associated Press on Sunday that Myles died Friday morning.

The Miami native played for the University of Florida from 1987-1990. He served as team captain and made the All-SEC team his senior year.

Myles was selected by the Cowboys in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He played six years with the team, earning three Super Bowl rings. He retired after the 1996 season.

from:  http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/wires/06/12/2020.ap.fbn.obit.godfrey.myles.0112/

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Godfrey Myles, dead? Already? At age 42?

Impossible. The Godfrey Myles I knew in college — not well, but I knew him; he played for the Gators, and I wrote about them — wasn’t going to die before he turned 50. Or 80. Or maybe ever. The Godfrey Myles I knew in college was the first perfect physical specimen I’d ever seen, and perfection doesn’t have a shelf life.

Myles never became a great NFL player, and he wasn’t even all that dominant in college. Though he should have been. He was 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, and he was usually one of the two or three fastest players on the field. Physically speaking, he was a freak. But nobody knew what to do with him, because he was so big and strong that he was usually played out of position.

The Gators tried him at linebacker, then safety. The Cowboys used him at linebacker. He was decent, but had he been taught how to play safety — not trying to learn on the job, but learning in high school, in college — he would have been a great pro. A great one. But a torn ACL in Super Bowl XXX effectively ended his career at age 27.

And a heart attack ended his life at age 42.

Rest in peace.

from:  http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/5881996/29965152

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Godfrey Myles was born on September 22nd, 1968 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrey_Myles

September 22nd, 1968

September 22nd

9 + 22 +2+0+1+0 = 34 = his personal year (from September 22nd, 2010 to September 21st, 2011) = Things happen really quickly.

34 year + 5 (May) = 39 = his personal month (from May 22nd, 2011 to June 21st, 2011) = Compliments.  The real deal.  Nice guy.

39 month + 9 (9th of the month on Thursday June 9th, 2011) = 48 = his personal day = Remembrance.

39 month + 12 (12th of the month on Sunday June 12th, 2011) = 51 = his personal day = [It's] official.

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Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin

June 10th, 2011

Junior “Cigano” dos Santos stormed into the UFC heavyweight division with
thunderous right hands and violently explosive left hooks.

Leaving a path of destruction in his wake, JDS has compiled an undefeated 6-0
UFC record with five (T)KO’s.

This Brazilian wrecking machine has defeated the likes of Stefan Struve, Roy
Nelson, Gilbert Yvel, and Gabriel Gonzaga.

This Saturday, he will face his toughest challenge to date as he steps foot
inside the famed Octagon against fellow hard-hitting heavyweight with dynamite
in his punches, Shane Carwin.

Winner of the UFC 131 main
event will be the No. 1 contender, next in line to face Cain Velasquez for the
most coveted belt within all of mixed martial arts.

from:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/731025-ufc-131-dos-santos-vs-carwin-top-10-junior-dos-santos-images-on-the-web

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Junior dos Santos was born on September 12th, 1984 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junior_dos_Santos

September 12th, 1984

September 12th

9 + 12 +2+0+1+0 = 24 = his personal year (from September 12th, 2010 to September 11th, 2011) = Dominating.

24 year + 5 (May) = 29 = his personal month (from May 12th, 2011 to June 11th, 2011) = Self-confidence.

29 month + 11 (11th of the month on Saturday June 11th, 2011) = 40 = his personal day = Doing his part.

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Shane Carwin was born on January 4th, 1975 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Carwin

January 4th, 1975

January 4th

1 + 4 +2+0+1+1 = 9 = his personal year (from January 4th, 2011 to January 3rd, 2012) = Heeding wisdom.

9 year + 6 (June) = 15 = his personal month (from June 4th, 2011 to July 3rd, 2011) = Commercials.  Ads.

15 month + 11 (11th of the month on Saturday June 11th, 2011) = 26 = his personal day = Photos.  In the news.

 

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Jun 7, 2011  2:47 PM ET
 
On Monday, one year after being the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft, Bryce Harper pounded his 14th home run and drove in his 42nd run for Class A Hagerstown, numbers that had many Washington Nationals executives contemplating his promotion to AA Harrisburg of the Eastern League. After Harper admired his lastest blast by flipping his bat and watching his bomb, however, Greensboro pitcher Zach Neal showed displeasure for the action. Harper then reacted by blowing a kiss in Neal’s direction as he reached home plate. During Harper’s next at-bat, he was immediately brushed back on the first pitch, an up-and-in fastball from Greensboro reliever Grant Dayton.The GM’s office in Washington should now slow down the player development plans to promote Harper to AA — not because of talent, but because of immaturity issues. A player’s maturity is just as important as his talent, something the player must understand. Harper, who is 18, won’t just have opposing pitchers throwing at him in the future; he also puts his teammates at risk. When you get to the major league level, blowing kisses won’t be tolerated. He’ll see a high frequency of 95 mph fastballs that could put him on the disabled list. Like Barry Bonds in his prime, Harper needs to learn now that his response to taunting or comments from opposing players must be made with his bat, not with gestures.

When learning of an incident like this one, the first thing I would do as GM would be to call my director of player development. Hopefully, he will inform me that the manager sat down with Harper, explained why his reaction was inappropriate, and possibly fined him behind closed doors. After Harper confessed to the manager he made a mistake in the emotion of the moment, I would accept his apology. My next suggestion, however, would be for the farm director to travel to Hagerstown, Md., to communicate eyeball to eyeball with Harper so he understands his promotion to the next level will depend on him avoiding future incidents like the one Monday night. Then I would put the issue behind me and look forward to Harper’s next bomb.

At last year’s All-Star Game in Anaheim, Harper told me that the most impressive part of his visit to the American League clubhouse was learning how humble Josh Hamilton is. Harper needs to follow his own appreciation for Hamilton’s humility.

Harper is a child prodigy, the Doogie Howser of baseball. He’s one of the most talented young power hitters the game has seen since Alex Rodriguez. Hitting 50 home runs someday is a realistic projection. He has tremendous baseball intelligence that matches his love and passion for the game. He grew up a Lakers, Cowboys and Yankees fan, which is only significant for the glitz and glamour that comes with choosing those teams as your favorites. He will arrive in the show with the glitz and glamour. Hopefully, the GM’s office will make sure the maturity and professionalism match the talent when he gets the call.

Harper’s future big league career is going to come quickly, and when it does, the stadium light towers will have fewer light bulbs and magazines will have a new player to plaster on their covers, not just for the talent but for the personality that goes with it. By then, it won’t include showing up pitchers or putting teammates at risk.

I love Bryce Harper. He’s a special talent and a special person. He will outgrow the immaturity he has as an 18-year-old playing in Hagerstown. The minor leagues are a place for players to grow, and not just as players.

 
 
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Bryce Harper was born on October 16th, 1992 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryce_Harper
 
October 16th, 1992
 
10 + 16 +1+9+9+2 = 47 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight. 
 

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June 6th, 2011

Ryan Royall, a 17-year-old basketball star at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, Illinois, was shot in the back while he was preparing to get in his car and drive off, according to friends . Witnesses said Royall was hit by a stray bullet that came from a group of people fighting in the parking lot of an event hall in Lynwood after a party early Sunday morning.

Royall was a gifted guard/forward (an all-conference pick this year as a junior) known for his dedication to basketball. Royall had hoped his talents would earn him a university scholarship. College coaches had shown interest, friends and family said.

According to police, Royall and one other anonymous teen were shot in the parking lot of the Ho Chunk Sports & Expo Center shortly before 1 a.m. The center had been the site of a birthday party attended by 300 to 500 people, authorities said.

Royall was pronounced dead at 1:21 a.m. of a single gunshot wound to the back at Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Dyer, Ind., authorities said. The other teen was wounded.

Dozens of relatives, friends, teammates and coaches gathered Sunday outside Royall’s Country Club Hills home. Hillcrest basketball coach Don Houston described Royall as a quiet, coachable team leader and a “truly good kid.” His aunt and godmother Vallaurie Dixson said “He lived to “do one thing and do it right.” She further stated that away from the court, he was obedient and helpful, “every parent’s dream.” Dixson voiced confidence that his loss was part of God’s plan. “I don’t know what (God’s plan) is. I ain’t too happy about the way he’s carrying it out. But God has a plan.”

Royall and 4 of his friends had  joined the other guests streaming into the parking lot when the party ended at 12:45 AM. They saw people fighting at one end of the lot, but they didn’t want to get involved so they walked to Royall’s car at the opposite end of the lot. Shots were heard from across the lot, and Royall’s friends dropped to the ground behind the passenger side of the car. When the group that had been fighting scattered, Royall’s friends crawled to the driver’s side of the car to find Royall bloody and gasping for air.

Royall is survived by his mother, Wanda Royall, four brothers and two sisters (his father, Charles Harris, died of an illness years ago).

from:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-1-killed-1-wounded-at-birthday-party-in-s-sububurb-20110605,0,7484621.story?track=rss

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Ryan Royall was born on December 27th, 1993 according to http://profiles.berecruited.com/athletes/605847

December 27th, 1993

12 + 27 +1+9+9+3 = 61 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Trying to escape unharmed.  Trying to get away.  Stray [bullet].

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December 27th, 1993

December 27th

12 + 27 +2+0+1+0 = 42 = his personal year (from December 27th, 2010 to December 26th, 2011) = Everybody loves Ryan Royall.

42 year + 5 (May) = 47 = his personal month (from May 27th, 2011 to June 26th, 2011) = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy.  Eminent.  Prominent.

47 month + 4 (4th of the month on Saturday June 4th, 2011) = 51 = his personal day (from his time of birth on Saturday June 4th, 2011 until his time of birth on Sunday June 5th, 2011) = Shot.  Killed.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Ryan Royall

9715 967133      51

his path of destiny = 51 = Shot.  Killed.

Tragically when his number (51 (his path of destiny)) came up, that’s when he experienced his path of destiny.

R.I.P.

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Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 8:34 am

The women tennis rankings have been released after the French Open 2011, as Na Li of China has climbed two spots in the WTA Rankings on Monday.

Na Li has climbed up to fourth position, after clinching her first Grand Slam title in his career at Roland Garros on Saturday. Na Li has defeated defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy with a 6-4 and 7-6 (7-0) to win the French Open. Jelena Jankovic is the only player, who was out of the top ten in the WTA Rankings, after losing in the fourth round of the French Open in this season.

The Russian star Maria Sharapova has climbed one spot from No. 7 to 6th position, where she made his appearance in the semi final French Open 2011. Serena William of United States has fallen to 25th position in the WTA Rankings at all by her Wimbledon title from a year ago, while Venus Williams stands at No. 32nd spot. Great Britain’s Heather Watson made a big jump to top 100 from 117th to 93rd position. Watson came through the French Open’s qualifying draw and pulled off a victory in the main draw.

WTA Rankings:

1. Caroline Wozniacki
2. Kim Clijsters
3. Vera Zvonareva
4. Na Li
5. Victoria Azarenka
6. Maria Sharapova
7. Francesca Schiavone
8. Petra Kvitova
9. Marion Bartoli
10. Sam Stosur

from:  http://www.livetennisguide.com/2011/06/06/wta-rankings-top-seeds-remains-as-li-na-top%E2%80%99s-climb-to-4th/

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Caroline Wozniacki was born on July 11th, 1990 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Wozniacki

July 11th, 1990

July 11th

7 + 11 +2+0+1+0 = 21 = her personal year (from July 11th, 2010 to July 10th, 2011) = On the world stage.  For all the world to see.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Caroline Wozniacki

3            5

 

her primary challenge = CW = 35 = Perseverance.  Hanging in there.  Not giving up.  In it for the long haul.

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June 7th, 2011

After his exit from the Super Six tournie due to an eye injury, many wondered if Mikkel Kessler would ever be back. With his big win over Mehdi Bouadla, the Viking Warrior has not only started his comeback, but started it with style. At 32, Kessler still has at least a couple of good years left in him, so another run at a championship is all but certain. Since his short term options are clear to the schooled observer of boxing, they make for an interesting lesson in the logic of boxing as a business.

Kessler’s Appeal

One thing Kessler’s comeback fight proved beyond a shadow of a doubt is that he has cultivated a substantial audience in his native Denmark. His comeback fight was well-promoted and had the drama of a national sports hero making his return, so future fights might not do as well. Still, the lesson here is that Kessler will make money fighting just about anyone in Denmark. The business side of boxing demands that the risk of a loss must be justified against both immediate and future earnings. Ergo, anyone Kessler fights must either bring their own substantial audience with them (thus enlarging the payday) or enhance Kessler’s resume. The only two fights that fall into the latter category are a rematch against Andre Ward or a title fight.

The Super Middleweight Division’s Dance Partners

The WBC, IBF and WBA belts are currently held by Carl Froch, Lucian Bute and Andre Ward respectively. Since Froch and Ward are squaring off in the Super Six Finals, and Bute is waiting for a lucrative bout with the winner of that contest, none of these fighters is available for a clash with Kessler in the near future. Win or lose, I imagine Carl Froch would love a rematch with Kessler, and Froch would bring with him a hefty UK audience. However, the timing dictates that such a fight could not take place until sometime in 2012.

A fight with the WBA’s “Regular” Champion, Dimitri Sartison, holds little appeal for Kessler. A win there merely makes Kessler the de facto #1 challenger for Ward, and he doesn’t really need a fake black strap around his waist to get that fight. WBO Champion Robert Steiglitz seems to be that type of European fighter who, after grabbing a title, carefully avoids a clash with anyone who might pose even the slightest challenge. So, while Steiglitz is the quickest, easiest path back to a belt, Kessler will have a very hard time getting the German into the ring with him.

So who does that leave? Glen Johnson and Andre Dirrell would be big fights only on paper without the backing of a major cable network, probably Showtime, and Showtime has its hands full with the Super Six and then Bute vs. the winner of the Super Six. Without cable backing, neither fighter brings the necessary financial punch to the table necessary to justify a risky, high profile title fight. The same applies to the host of fringe contenders out there, ranging from Allan Green to Librado Andrade to Eric Lucas.. None of these men brings a big following to the ring with them, so Kessler would make just as much money fighting a journeyman in Denmark as fighting any one of them in Atlantic City.

The only real potential for a big fight this year is Arthur Abraham, who has a following just south of the border in Germany. The problem is that Abraham has serious wounds to lick after being decisively thumped by both Andre Dirrell and Carl Froch. I doubt his management will be eager to put “King” Arthur into the ring with a man with the boxing skills of the Viking Warrior, at least not without a string of tune ups first.

What Next?

Based on all these facts, I don’t see any big fights for Mikkel Kessler for at least a year. He can make good money fighting lesser opponents in Denmark, and anyone who could fatten his purse enough to justify doing otherwise is either tied up or damaged goods. In a year, Abraham might have his moxie back or Froch might be cruising for a rematch, but until then Kessler will be biding his time.

from:  http://www.proboxing-fans.com/what-next-for-mikkel-kessler_06071/

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Mikkel Kessler was born on March 1st, 1979 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikkel_Kessler

March 1st, 1979

March 1st

3 + 1 +2+0+1+1 = 8 = his personal year (from March 1st, 2011 to March 1st, 2012) = Status.  Recognition.  Prestige.  Prominence.  Business sense.

 

 

 

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June 2nd, 2011

It’s the fun and games I think of first with Shaq. It’s the running up and down
a hotel corridor in downtown Chicago at 100 mph, playfully chasing little kids
in town for a wedding; or picking up a 250-pound reporter and carrying him like
a little baby down the hallway of the old Orlando Arena; or getting out of his
car at a stoplight in Los Angeles to hop in the car of some unsuspecting
goober.

 

 

Shaquille O'Neal

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesShaq
has always been able to charm the kids off the court as completely as he could
dominate the paint on it.

 

More than the dunks, blocked shots and terrorizing opponents, it’s the
rapping at Prince’s nightclub in Minneapolis one night, the creating of
nonsensical but completely clever nicknames, the understanding that sports is
show biz and what his place is in that universe. That’s what set Shaquille O’Neal apart from virtually every other
basketball player — make that athlete — of his time.

In the period between Michael Jordan‘s retirement from the Chicago Bulls in
1998 and the ascension of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to the top of the heap a few years
ago, Shaq was the most important basketball player in the world. And given the
long transition the NBA was in post-Jordan, the league ought to be damn glad it
had him. A great many of the big markets, including Chicago, New York, Philly,
Washington and Houston, had teams that were flops. The Spurs, no matter how
wonderfully skilled and unselfishly they played, put people to sleep. Shaq and
his foolishness were there, fortunately, to save the day.

You want legacy? He won championships, four of them, and he had a helluva lot
of fun. Oh yes, he annoyed people, too, particularly former teammates and
coaches left behind, from Penny Hardaway to Kobe Bryant. But tell me you
didn’t chuckle a little when Shaq called Stan Van Gundy “The Master of Panic,”
or Chris Bosh the “Ru Paul of big men.” Ungracious at
times? Yes, absolutely. Difficult as a teammate at times? Yes, unquestionably.
But Shaq was and is an American original, Goliath who loved being Goliath, a big
man always completely comfortable in his skin.

 

What other 7-foot man said his goal was to work undercover for the FBI, or
actually drove around with some sort of law enforcement badge?

Tim Duncan might have been as good at what he did
as Shaq was, but who would you rather hang out with if you had a free Friday
night?

 

 

Shaquille O'Neal

Jed Jacobsohn/Getty ImagesHis skills put
him among the very best big men of all time.

Not only that, but Shaq was so damn dominant as a basketball player that his
silliness didn’t detract from his greatness. Let Dwight Howard figure that out.

You want more legacy? If we’re talking old-fashioned centers, guys who played
down in the hole and did dirty work and didn’t take jumpers or step out of the
paint ever in their lives or double as power forwards (McHale, Elvin Hayes,
Duncan) — I’m talking about guys who were always the biggest men on the court
for their teams — my working list is George Mikan, Bill Russell, Wilt
Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Bill Walton, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaq. That’s it, with apologies
to Willis Reed, Big Bob Lanier, Wes Unseld, Dave Cowens, Nate Thurmond, Robert Parish, Artis Gilmore, Brad Daughterty, David Robinson and Patrick Ewing, among others.

And if we have to pare that list down even further, because what we do now is
rank greatness and create lists, it’s Mikan, Russell, Wilt, Jabbar and Shaq who
move to the head of the class. My man Tony Kornheiser and I like to use the
Mount Rushmore model in making all-time comparisons, in separating the merely
great from the greatest of all-time. Four heads, one quartet, greatest ever.
Like, if we’re doing R&B male singers, the Mount Rushmore is Marvin
Gaye/James Brown/Stevie Wonder/Michael Jackson.

 

If we’re talking big men, I’m stuck with a quintet. What, I’m going to throw
Mikan off just because we live in a world governed by “SportsCenter,” in which
categories are offered such that something is a “record since 1980,” as though
the previous 50 years should just be banished? Mikan/Russell/Wilt/Kareem/Shaq. I
can’t eliminate anybody from that list. Somebody with greater insight into pivot
play will have to take on that task. Shaq won four titles, Kareem six, Wilt
averaged 50 and hit 100 once, Russell is the god of professional basketball, and
Mikan started it all with five. Each was dominating.

 

 

[+] EnlargeShaquille O'Neal

Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesOne
of his countless successes: the MVP trophy at the 2004 All-Star
Game.

 

All I know is Shaq belongs in that group.

Just the fact that Shaq survived all the comparisons with the iconic pivotmen
before him speaks to his greatness. Please, spare me the talk about what he did
in his sunset seasons with the Cavaliers and Celtics. It doesn’t count in a
discussion of his place in basketball history any more than Jordan playing those
two seasons with the Wizards counts in any discussion about his place. Shaq’s
body of work runs from the time he stepped into the league until that second
season in Phoenix (2009) when he was better then than every center in the
league is now except Dwight Howard.

With Shaq, the bonus was charisma. Basketball, unlike professional football,
is a sport in which star appeal does matter, in which individual personality
affects the product both on and off the court, in which the greatest characters
define and sell the sport. There are no helmets or pads; these men are virtually
playing in their underwear, and everything about them is on display as it is
with prize fighters. And even if you want to dwell on Shaq’s flaws (that he
gained too much weight as he got older, that his defense fell off after he left
the Lakers, that he never got better at shooting free throws), give him credit
also for taking a greater beating than any player of his day and doing so
without ever retaliating. (Well, other than that one time he took a swing at Brad Miller.)

Shaq won’t disappear. He can’t, and not because he’s so massive, but because
of his personality. Like Charles Barkley, Shaq isn’t going to recede into
nothingness. Some TV set is waiting for him, whether we’re talking reality or
basketball. (Reality seems more his venue.) Bad enough for those of us of a
certain age that basketball seems to have lost the old-fashioned pivot man, what
with Yao Ming‘s status so uncertain. There are only a
handful of men now who continue the lineage.

 

 

[+] Enlarge Shaquille O'Neal

John Mabanglo/AFP/Getty ImagesShaq was an
irresistible force, as the Kings’ Scot Pollard found out.

And with all due respect to the Magic’s Howard, a likeable fellow with a big
game, the league has nobody like Shaq. Kobe gave us some of what we missed when
Jordan left, and LeBron gives us some of Magic’s flair. But there’s no facsimile
of Shaq, no big, young, prodigiously talented youngster who rattles rims and
flattens 7-footers with his rump backing into the basket. Nineteen years is a
long, long time to do anything that requires that much physicality, and Shaq’s
time as a player of consequence has been done for a minute or two.

 

But shame on you if you didn’t appreciate his dominance, or realize that
somebody that big simply shouldn’t have that kind of coordination, athleticism
or sense of play. I wasn’t always certain as to what impressed me more, Shaq
taking a lob pass from Kobe Bryant out of the sky and slamming it home in the
fourth quarter of a Game 7 against the Blazers en route to his first
championship, or Shaq break-dancing, 300 pounds on the floor spinning like a
gymnast.

 

The great thing about Shaquille O’Neal was if you just paid attention long
enough, you wouldn’t have to pick one over the other. He gave basketball and the
sporting culture a combination of skills and sensibilities nobody has ever
packaged as successfully.

from:  http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/story?page=wilbon/110601

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There will no doubt be many fans disappointed by the news that NBA legend Shaq O’ Neal will be retiring from the sport.  The 39- year old player who leaves the Boston Celtics has made a name for himself on and off the court with nineteen seasons, as well as being the celebrity behind million dollar contracts for companies such as Pepsi, Reebok and Burger King.

The announcement of his retirement has come from different sources including Twitter and according to ibtimes.com, the involvement of social media network Tout.com, and its this that caught our eye.

O’Neal it seems is no stranger to Tout where in the past he has updated fans with status updates, via the real-time video app, which coincidentally can be purchased free from Apple’s App Store, and can be used on iPhone and iPad devices.  For those of you who may not be familiar with Tout, it allows users to click onto the app to view 15-second messages via a video link, which are then accessible through big communication platforms such as Twitter, SMS, email and Facebook.

As well as letting his fans know via Tout that he was retiring, an official announcement will be made tomorrow (June 3).  The NBA star will then keep his fans updated as to what he will be doing away from the game.

CEO and founder of Tout Michael Downing said, “In addition to being one of the greatest basketball players of our time, Shaquille O’ Neal is one of the savviest social media influencers out there.  We were thrilled that he instantly understood the potential of Tout.  Shaq now effectively has his own real-time media network through Tout, instantly updating his nearly four million Twitter followers and two million Facebook fans, determining the programming solely with his iPhone.”

from:  http://www.onlinesocialmedia.net/20110602/nbas-shaq-o-neal-retires-using-social-media-network-tout/

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Shaquille O’Neal was born on March 6th, 1972 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaq

March 6th, 1982

March 6th

3 + 6 +2+0+1+1 = 13 = his personal year (from March 6th, 2011 to March 5th, 2012) = Major changes.

13 year + 5 (May) = 18 = his personal month (from May 6th, 2011 to June 5th, 2011) = Surreal.

18 month + 1 (1st of the month on Wednesday June 1st, 2011) = 19 = his personal day = Proud of his hard earned success.

 

 

 

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard was found dead Friday in his Minneapolis apartment. He was 28.

The team announced Boogaard’s death Friday night, but gave no details.

The Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis first reported Boogaard was found dead in his home by members of his family. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office in Minnesota confirmed those details and said an autopsy was pending.

“Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual,” Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. “He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”

Boogaard signed a four-year, $6.5 million deal with Rangers in July and appeared in 22 games with them last season. He had a goal and an assist to go with 45 penalty minutes.

One of the most feared fighters in the league, the 6-foot-8 Boogaard missed the last 52 games of the regular season with a concussion and shoulder injury and did not play in the playoffs.

from:  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/13/SP091JG17O.DTL#ixzz1MJmDfxx4

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Members of the Wild family were hit hard Friday night when it was learned that Derek Boogaard, affectionately dubbed the “Boogey Man” during his days policing the ice at Xcel Energy Center, was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment by members of his family.

The New York Rangers enforcer and one of the most popular players in Wild history was 28.

Boogaard’s cause of death is unknown, but he was found at 6:10 p.m. Friday. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed an autopsy would be conducted Saturday.

“I don’t know how to describe it,” said goaltender Niklas Backstrom, who sat 6 feet away from Boogaard in the Wild locker room for four years. “It’s really hard. Unreal guy. Great friend and an awesome teammate. Just a really big teddy bear. Outside the rink, he didn’t want bad for anyone.

“If you don’t know him, if you just know him by what he does on the ice, you don’t know how great he is. Smiling every day. At the rink, I don’t think he was mad at anyone ever. I just want to send my condolences to Boogey’s family.”

Boogaard, who hailed from Regina, Saskatchewan, had spent the past week in Los Angeles with his brother, Aaron, a minor league hockey player and former Wild draft pick. In a text message to the Star Tribune on Thursday, Derek Boogaard said he had just met with a public relations firm and planned to start a Twitter account.

He was excited to return to Minnesota, where he was going to be joined Friday by his other brother, Ryan, a Royal Canadian Mountie in Saskatchewan.

Boogaard also is survived by his mother, Joanne; father, Len; and younger sister, Krysten, who recently completed her senior season as a basketball player at the University of Kansas.

“Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual,” Rangers General Manager Glen Sather said in a statement. “He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”

The news was stunning. The hockey world extended an outpouring of condolences on Twitter, everybody from Bobby Ryan and Scottie Upshall to Wes Walz and Jeremy Roenick to saddened Wild employees and even Brad May, against whom Boogaard had one of his more infamous fights during the 2007 playoffs.

It demonstrated how tight the hockey community is no matter the player’s role.

“He was just a genuine guy,” said former Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster, who now plays for Edmonton. “He liked to have fun and always came to the rink looking to have a good time. We had so much respect for him. He was a guy who took care of his teammates, took care of his friends and made sure everybody was looked after.

“That’s why everybody looked up to him.”

The hard-nosed, big-bodied 6-8 bruiser with an even bigger sense of humor planned to spend his summer in Minneapolis after a trying first season in New York.

Boogaard, who signed a four-year, $6.5 million contract with the Rangers last July after five seasons with the Wild, was limited to 22 games in New York because of a serious concussion. In March, he talked about how he never had experienced anything like it. He barely could leave his West Side apartment for weeks and had to wear sunglasses outdoors because he was bothered by sunlight.

He took solace in walks around Central Park.

In a text message to the Star Tribune last month, Boogaard said: “I did not want to have the year I had for my first year. I disappointed a lot of people. So I gotta work my [butt] off this summer so I can get back to what I was doing in Minny, you know?”

In a statement, the Wild said: “Derek was a fan favorite during his five seasons with the Wild and will be greatly missed here in Minnesota and throughout the NHL. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Boogaard family during this tragic time of loss.”

Backstrom, who used to verbally joust with Boogaard as they poked fun at each other, was devastated by the news.

“He’d come to the rink always so happy,” Backstrom said. “He enjoyed the game, he enjoyed life. Even on the ice, he had such a tough role. I look at those guys, and I don’t know how they do it. But every day, he did it, and if he wasn’t the best, he was one of the best.”

In 255 games with the Wild, Boogaard had 54 fights and amassed 544 penalty minutes.

On Nov. 9, 2010, he scored his first goal since Jan. 7, 2006 — or 1,768 days — to end the longest goal drought in NHL history in a loss to Washington. In a text to the Star Tribune, Boogaard wrote, “I finally got it drilled into my head, I gotta shoot more like [Brian] Rolston!”

Boogaard was very close with former Wild forward Marian Gaborik and current Wild defenseman Brent Burns. With Burns, Boogaard became a supporter of the Defending the Blue Line Foundation.

While with the Rangers, he created “Boogaard’s Booguardians,” hosting military members and their families at all Rangers home games.

from:  http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/121813554.html

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Derek Boogaard

4              7

 

the most important thing he could do = DG = 47 = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy. 

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Derek Boogaard was born on June 23rd, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Boogaard

June 23rd, 1982

6 + 23 +1+9+8+2 = 49 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn =

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June 23rd, 1982

June 23rd

6 + 23 +2+0+1+0 = 32 = his personal year (from June 23rd, 2010 to June 22nd, 2011) =

32 year + 4 (April) = 36 = his personal month (from April 23rd, 2011 to May 22nd, 2011) =

36 month + 13 (13th of the month on Friday May 13th, 2011) = 49 = his personal day =

When one’s life lesson number comes up, that’s when one gets to live/experience what one is here to live/experience.  So, unfortunately, today was his day.

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Gentle giant: Robert Traylor was famous for his enormous stature, which earned him the nickname 'Tractor'

12:38 PM on 12th May 2011

  • ‘Tractor’ suffered heart attack in Puerto Rico
  • Manager pays tribute to ‘very friendly’ 6ft 8in star

Former NBA player Robert Traylor, who played seven seasons in the league and earned the nickname ‘Tractor’ due to his size, has been found dead in his apartment in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico.

According to local police the 34-year-old, whose body was found yesterday afternoon, died of a heart attack.

Most recently he had been playing for the Puerto Rican team the Bayamon Cowboys, and had last been seen on court on April 26.

Gentle giant: Robert Traylor was famous for his enormous stature, which earned him the nickname ‘Tractor’

One of Traylor’s teammates, Orlando ‘Guayacan’ Santiago, told the Huffington Post that the player had recently complained of breathing difficulties.

Manager, Jose Carlos Perez added that Traylor – who was 6ft 8in tall and weighed around 300lbs for most of his professional career – had been out of the team due to injury.

 

 

‘He was a leader of the team,’ Perez said. ‘He was very, very friendly. He got along very well with everyone. The fans loved him, idolised him.’

Perez told local press that Traylor had been on the phone to his wife in Chicago when the connection was suddenly cut off. She called team officials who then checked on him.

 
Tragic loss: Traylor, who was 34, was found at his apartment in Puerto Rico on Wednesday after his wfie raised the alarmTragic loss: Traylor, who was 34, was found at his apartment in Puerto Rico on Wednesday after his wfie raised the alarm

Traylor began his basketball career playing for the University of Michigan in 1995, where he famously shattered a back board with the force of one of his slam dunk shots during a game against fellow university side Ball State.

He led the team to the National Invitation Tournament title in 1997 and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

The Dallas Mavericks selected Traylor in the 1998 NBA Draft and traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for players Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Garrity.

He also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Hornets, and had been playing for a team in Veracruz, Mexico, before moving to the Puerto Rican squad in March.

Traylor, who had two sons, underwent surgery for an enlarged aorta in 2006 but since then continued his career, and had played in teams in Italy and Turkey,

Away from the basketball court, Traylor was one of the players who was implicated in a scandal involving the basketball booster Ed Martin.

Martin pleaded guilty to money laundering in 2002 and told the authorities that he had lent a combined $616,000 to Traylor and other former Michigan players Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock.

Traylor eventually received three years probation.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1386183/Former-NBA-player-Robert-Traylor-dead-apartment-aged-34.html#ixzz1M8rUucOe

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Robert DeShaun “Tractor” Traylor was born on February 1st, 1977 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tractor_Traylor

February 1st, 1977

2 + 1 +1+9+7+7 = 27 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Initiative.  Follow through.  Original.  The first.  Innovation.  Trailblazer.  Pioneer. 

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6:36 pm, May 9th, 2011

You knew the Utah Jazz’ Andrei Kirilenko had some crazy hair, and today we learned that he’ll put some unusual things on his body himself, too. Kirilenko apparently decided to get a back tattoo recently, and it seems that when he decided to go for something, he really goes for it. As in, this:

Now, as far as we know, there’s no unwritten rule that to truly be considered a back tat, the tat must take up almost the entire back region, but in case there is…Kirilenko’s covered. Literally. That’s his World of Warcraft character. (His character is the one riding the massive dragon.)

Anyway, here’s another picture. We really hope Kirilenko likes the way this turned out.

from:  http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/andrei-kirilenko-back-tattoo-photos/

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Andrei Kirilenko was born on February 18th, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Kirilenko

Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 27 to 36 are ruled by the sum of the day of birth and the 4th letter of the first name.

February 18th, 1981    Andrei Kirilenko

18 (born on the 18th of the month) + 18 (r is the 18th letter of the alphabet) = 36

So from ages 27 to 36 he has the numbers 18 and 36 going on.

18 = Active imagination.  Art.

36 = Shoulders.  Back.

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Sun, 08 May 2011 3:26p.m.

Here’s the referee now….AND THE WINNER BY UNANIMOUS DECISION…MANNY ‘THE PACMAN’ PACQUIAO. No doubt about it really, he did what he had to do. 
 
Round 12 – FINAL ROUND! Pacquiao well ahead at the moment. The chant goes up for the Pacman. He comes over the top with a left but misses. Mosley just holding on really.  Big left from the Pacman..and again! That’s it the fight is over…Pacquiao looks a little disappointed… but he should win easily..The fighters go to each others corner to thank the respective trainers…Decision coming….
 
Round 11 - Crowd out of their seats! Pacquiao on the rampage…He is all over him here…nice left goes through Mosley’s defence… Manny just stalks him the rest of the round landing punches at will..He is dancing round the ring, fresh as a daisy.
 
Round 10 – Manny comes out aggressive this round..but it’s Mosley with the knock down, Manny wasn’t happy that was called a knock down, a massive smile on his face. He comes out swinging after that, he’s hit a new level I think he[‘s a bit angry! Manny throwing punches left right and centre…. Replays show that Mosley stepped on his foot, it shouldn’t have been a knock down.
 
Round 9 - Mosley’s trainer telling him to be aggressive, let’s see it…The MGM Grand crowd really want Manny to go for it…Mosley keeping him at bay with his left glove..Pacman works a couple of combos, solid, then works the body…All the offensive coming from Manny there, Mosley just can’t counter his speed.
 
Round 8 - Shane will need to take some chances here if he’s gunna have a chance in this fight…He does and gets Manny with an uppercut, Manny on the counter though…tit for tat this round. Crowd willing Manny to go for the jugular. 
 
Round 7 – Manny keeping his defence very high, not giving Shane anything… Catches Mosley with a stiff uppercut… Then counter attacks with a quick left-right. Pacman goes through the middle with another stiff right, solid, crowd boo the end of the round..is that cos Shane is running around a bit?
 
Round 6 - Pacman stalking his opponent once more…Manny throwing a few big ones with those yellow gloves but not landing them at present. With 30 seconds to go in the round Pacquiao winds up and nearly connects with a massive right, just couldn’t get the reach. Mosley said pre fight…’I just don’t know how he can beat me’…We’ll see Shane… 
 
Round 5 - Check out the video for the latest action.Manny works the body this round, fairly quiet so far in comparison to the last few.  Mosley sucking it up after a torrid time early. Pacquiao continues his approach of advancing in on his toes.
 
Round 4 - Manny on top here, the big show…Mosley goes to the floor but it’s not a knock down, he has a wry smile. Mosley comes back with a solid right, that’s it Sugar Shane! Manny’s round but Shane got a few good punches in there.
 
Round 3 - Check out the video form the opening encounters. Nice right from Mosley catches Manny. The Pacman attempting to throw a few overhead rights. BOOM! He’s floored him Mosely goes down to a Pacquiao left hand, we’ve seen that before. Manny just stalking him around the ring…That’s more like showtime from the Filipino.  
 
Round 2 - Manny starts to work a few combos, trying to work the body. Crowd riding every punch at the moment. Nice little combo from Mosley also. Pacman starts to get into his work at the latter stages of the round…the chant goes up from the crowd..Manny…Manny…Very respectful fight so far, both boxers touching gloves after each round ends. 
 
Round 1 – Pacquiao in the yellow gloves and both boxers are just feeling each other out in this first round. Manny looked very confident in the introductions, all smiles from the congressman. Mosley goes for a big right, blocked by Pacquiao. Even first round, not a lot of action really. Just getting used to things.
 
4:00pm - The welterweight championship is on the line, it’s the one you’ve all been waiting for… Boxers being introduced to the massive crowd now…Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley.
 
3:59pm - The crowd chant…MANNY…MANNY!
 
3:58pm - A few rules…no standing eight count, no three knock down rule and can’t be saved by the bell.
 
3:54pm - Here he comes the big man, Manny Pacquiao enters the ring at the MGM Grand Casino. Shane Mosley entered and looked impressive but Pacquiao is just all class.
 
 
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Manny Pacquiao was born on December 17th, 1978 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manny_Pacquiao
 
December 17th, 1978
 
December 17th
 
12 + 17 +2+0+1+0 = 32 = his personal year (from December 17th, 2010 to December 16th, 2011) = Winning.  Victory.  Champion.
 
 
32 year + 4 (April) = 36 = his personal month (from April 17th, 2011 to May 16th, 2011) = Crushing.
 
 
36 month + 7 (7th of the month on Saturday May 7th, 2011) = 43 = his personal day = Celebrating.
 
 
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Shane Mosley was born on September 7th, 1971 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shane_Mosley
 
September 7th, 1971
 
September 7th
 
9 + 7 +2+0+1+0 = 19 = his personal year (from September 7th, 2010 to September 6th, 2011) = Proud of his hard earned success.
 
 
19 year + 5 (May) = 24 = his personal month (from May 7th, 2011 to June 6th, 2011) = Dominated.
 
 
24 month + 7 (7th of the month on Saturday May 7th, 2011) = 31 = his personal day = Competitor. 
 

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Seve Ballesteros lifts the Claret Jug

Saturday, 7 May 2011 07:14 UK

Seve Ballesteros, one of golf’s most gifted and charismatic players, has died after a long battle with cancer.

The 54-year-old passed away surrounded by his family at his home in Pedrena, northern Spain, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Ballesteros was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008 after losing consciousness at Madrid Airport.

The five-time major winner had four operations to remove the tumour as well as undergoing chemotherapy.

In a statement, the Ballesteros family expressed gratitude for the “support and gestures of love” they had received and asked for “respect and privacy at such a painful time”.

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Seve’s fight for life – Inside Sport special (2009)

Ballesteros, who claimed 87 titles over his career, won the Open in 1979, 1984 and 1988 and became the first European to win the Augusta Masters in 1980, repeating the feat in 1983.

He also enjoyed a successful Ryder Cup career as both player and captain – playing in eight Ryder Cups and winning 20 points from 37 matches before guiding Europe to victory over the United States at Valderrama in 1997.

But it was his daring and flamboyant style that made Ballesteros special, transforming the image of golf and bringing a whole new audience to the sport.

BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter said: “No golfer did more to popularise the game in Europe than Seve Ballesteros.

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He was a fighter – feisty, skilful, cheeky and loveable. When Seve was in a good mood the world was happy

Peter Alliss BBC golf commentator

“He played a fearless, exciting and charismatic brand of the game. It thrilled sport fans all over the world.”

“It’s a sad day,” world number one Lee Westwood said on Twitter. “Lost an inspiration, genius, role-model, hero and friend. Seve made European golf what it is today. RIP Seve.”

Ballesteros’ fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia added: “He was a game-changer. To come from where he did and do what he did was amazing.”

The European Tour will mark the loss of one of its most iconic talents with a minute’s silence during Saturday’s third round of the Spanish Open.

The flags at Real Club de Golf El Prat will be flown at half-mast, while the players will wear black ribbons.

Tennis star Rafael Nadal described Ballesteros as a “reference point” for Spanish athletes.

“He’s one of the greats of this country without a doubt,” he said.

BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss added: “He was a fighter – feisty, skilful, cheeky and loveable.

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Golf great Ballesteros dies at 54

“He had hair as black as raven’s wing, a wonderful set of teeth and a lovely smile. When Seve was in a good mood the world was happy. I will always remember that smile.

“He had a very sad end but I will remember all the good things.”

Ballesteros sprang to prominence as a 19-year-old, finishing second to Johnny Miller at the 1976 Open and becoming the youngest winner of the Claret Jug three years later.

His final round of 70 featured an astonishing recovery shot from a car park to set up a birdie at the 16th hole.

He became the youngest winner of the Masters at the age of 23 in 1980 and made his Ryder Cup debut later that year.

Ballesteros topped golf’s world rankings for 61 weeks between 1986 and 1989 and won the World Match Play Championship five times, equalling Gary Player’s record.

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There were so many defining characteristics, especially when he was in his pomp. Ballesteros brought a dashing athleticism to a game that at the time was rarely associated with such qualities

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With his game starting to decline because of back problems, Ballesteros won the last of his record 50 European Tour titles in 1995.

And although he continued playing intermittently until 2007, he was generally a pale imitation of his former self and rarely featured on leaderboards.

Ballesteros appeared in public for the first time following the surgery in May 2009 when he went to watch his local football team Racing Santander and was given a standing ovation.

In December 2009 he appeared on television to receive the BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sports Personality of the Year event from his former Ryder Cup partner – and now captain – Jose Maria Olazabal.

He had called his battle against the tumour the “hardest challenge of my life.”

 
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Seve Ballesteros was born on April 9th, 1957 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seve_Ballesteros
 
April 9th, 1957
 
April 9th
 
4 + 9 +2+0+1+1 = 17 = his personal year (from April 9th, 2011 to April 8th, 2012) = Health issues.
 
 

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Future star: Baerke van der Meij poses with a football that is half the size of him

27th April, 2011

Rising football star Baerke van der Meij, aged one, is signed by club

Toddler Baerke van der Meij has been signed up to a Dutch football team after winning YouTube fame following a quick kickabout against his toybox.

The talented tot shot to fame after his father Jorg posted a clip on YouTube of him curling three balls into his toybox in quick succession.

It received more than 1million hits and an offer from Dutch team Venlose Voetbal Vereniging, who play in the premier Eredivisie league.

The 18-month old joined VVV’s star midfielder Ken Leemans for his first ‘trial’ session at the team’s De Koel  stadium before he was offered the symbolic  contract, which is  normally valid for ten years, after just an hour.

Baerke’s grandfather once played professionally for the club and his family remain fans.

Baerke van der Meij
The young goalscorer has already been compared with Dutch greats (Pictures: YouTube)

With a little help from his father, the diminutive forward put crayon to paper and sealed the deal.

He then posed for pictures standing on the desk wearing a miniature replica shirt. Online commentators have  already compared him with national stars such as Denis Bergkamp and  Arjen Robben.

The contract was celebrated at the  stadium with a glass of orange juice, and the club said, while their potential future star’s vocabulary was still limited, one word was enough – ‘bal’.

‘The toddler’s favourite position has not yet been determined,’ the club said in a statement.

‘However, we can speak of a right-footed player with a very good kicking technique, perseverance and, importantly, football genes via his grandfather.

 
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A Dutch football club has “signed up” a toddler who shot to fame when he was filmed shooting three balls into his toy box.

Video of Baerke van der Meij’s feat was posted by his father Jorg on YouTube.

VVV, his home club in Venlo, offered him a symbolic 10-year contract.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13229428

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Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the name.

Baerke van der Meij

2 (B is the 2nd letter of the alphabet) + 1 (a is the first letter of the alphabet) + 5 (e is the 5th letter of the alphabet) = 8

So from ages zero to twenty-seven he has the number 8 going on.

8 = Discipline.  Grounded.  Practical.  Pragmatic.  Strength.  Power.  Control.  Business.  Status.  Recognition.  Prestige.  Prominence.  Business sense.  Foundation.  Structure.  Solid.  Sturdy.  Concrete.  Tangible.  Regimented.

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Mt. Pisgah RHP Sandy Almon ... 85 mph? (AJC photo)

March 31, 2011   12:00 p.m.

When Mt. Pisgah’s baseball coach says Sandy Almon “doesn’t throw like a girl,” it’s meant as a compliment.

Almon is a girl, and she plays varsity baseball at the Class A private school in Johns Creek. For her senior year, Almon transferred to Mt. Pisgah, where she is a relief pitcher reportedly with 85-mph fastball. She is also a part-time starter at third base.

“We haven’t clocked her yet, but she throws with nice velocity, probably consistently in the lower 80s on her fastball,” Mt. Pisgah coach John O’Connor said. “She is smooth with her mechanics and looks like any other high school pitcher out there on the mound, except that she’s a girl.”

Almon had made three pitching appearances prior to Thursday night’s game against Pace Academy. The right-handed pitcher had a 2-0 record with a 1.17 ERA, striking out nine batters in six innings against Riverside Military Academy, Callaway and Missouri’s Barat Academy.

“I think she’s legitimate,” said Joey Hamilton, a former major league pitcher and one of Almon’s personal coaches. “She has a lot of work ahead of her that needs to be done. But I’ve seen and coached with a lot of boys pitchers the same age, and she has got just as much or more talent than half of them.”

When Mt. Pisgah traveled to Florida for games over spring break, Almon was the starting pitcher for the final game of the trip. She was nervous and walked the first batter. The opposing team, Barat, tried to rattle her by ordering a bunt from the next hitter.

Almon charged from the mound for a diving catch for the first out, and then fired a throw to first base from her knees in time to complete a double play. She pitched three scoreless innings and belted a two-run double in the 17-0 win.

“I love baseball; it’s my favorite sport and always has been,” Almon said. “I don’t know how to explain it other to say that baseball just comes natural to me. Other sports, like basketball, are work. Baseball is not that way.”

Almon is the youngest of seven kids, and has played baseball for youth, recreational and travel teams since she was 3. As a high school freshman, she played on the junior varsity at North Cobb. Almon was told she wasn’t good enough to make the varsity the next two years.

Last summer, Almon’s baseball career was revived when she tried out and made Mt. Pisgah’s club team. After an outing against a Gainesville-area team, the home-plate umpire approached Almon and said, “I’ve officiated for 27 years. I’ve never seen a girl play at this level, and I’ve never seen a girl pitch with that authority. You did a great job and I look forward to reading about you one day.”

Almon transferred to Mt. Pisgah for her senior year because of baseball and academic opportunities. Her mother wanted smaller class sizes for her and more individual attention from teachers. Mt. Pisgah has 250 students in grades 9-12.

Almon made an immediate impact in girls sports at Mt. Pisgah. She played fast-pitch softball for the first time and hit a grand slam in her first plate appearance. She was considered one of the region’s best defensive players at third base and attracted interest from several colleges, including Georgia. In basketball, Almon averaged 11 points and 9 rebounds per game.

She turned to baseball, and O’Connor, a first-year coach, was open to the idea of having a girl on his team. Mt. Pisgah had to make cuts for the first time in the program’s history, but Almon earned one of the 19 varsity spots.

“Her baseball skills are above average for a high school player,” O’Connor said.

Mt. Pisgah’s players have fun with a unique situation. When Almon strikes out a batter, they will sometimes yell, “Atta girl!”

In one of the Florida games, Almon had a check swing and the umpire called out, “He didn’t go.” Players in the Mt. Pisgah dugout responded, “It’s she, ump!” Almon had to step out of the batter’s box and smile and laugh.

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Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the name.

Sandy Almon

19 (S is the 19th letter of the alphabet) + 1 (a is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 14 (n is the 14th letter of the alphabet) = 34

So from ages zero to twenty-seven she has the number 34 going on.

34 = Velocity.  Fastball.  Rate of speed.  Miles per hour.  Quick.  Generating a buzz.  Things happen really quickly.  Skyrocketing.

   

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Monday, March 21, 2011 9:16am PDT

Panama’s Gary Saavedra, intent on discovering his limitations, surfed a wave created by a boat moving through the Panama Canal for 3 hours, 55 minutes and two seconds, while spanning a distance of 41.3 miles.

The 13-time national surfing champion set Guinness World Records for longest time and distance surfed on open water. (England’s Steve King had held the time record: 1 hour, 6 minutes, set while riding a tidal bore wave in 2006. The distance record is new.)

Saavedra, who traversed through choppy water and was rocked constantly by the wakes of giant freighters, said afterward: “This record feels incredible. I had never confronted these conditions and to surpass all these challenges and establish two Guinness records is the biggest achievement of my professional career so far.”

Saavedra, a Red Bull sponsored athlete participating in one of the company’s projects designed to test human limits, had hoped for a much longer ride but a severe thigh spasm forced him to abandon his quest.

“After the third hour, my body was very tired,” he said. “I almost fell eight times. In the first hour, I worked very hard and used all my energy. The weather was harsh … I had never trained in such conditions.”

Thie unusual odyssey began Saturday at 6:40 a.m. in Gatun Lake within the canal. Saavedra surfed toward the east behind a two-foot wave created by a wakeboarding boat.

The video posted below provides just a glimpse of the operation. If what Saavedra accomplished looks easy, imagine yourself standing on a small board for nearly four hours. Then imagine the board moving atop shifting water, and having to maintain proper position in the wave to maintain speed and avoid falling back into flat water and ending the ride.

Said Michael Janela, a Guinness spokesman who certified the records: “Everyone that breaks a record does something incredible but what Gary did was truly amazing. He pushed himself to an unbelievable limit where the only thing that stopped him was his body, not his will.”

story from and video at:  http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/25265/surfer+rides+wave+for+an+astonishing+413+miles+in+panama+canal/

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Gary Saavedra was born on January 9th, 1977 according to http://www.redbullcaribbean.com/cs/Satellite/en_CAR/Profile/Gary-Saavedra—-Deportes-Acu%C3%A1ticos-Perfiles—-Red-Bull-021242795639055

January 9th, 1977

January 9th

1 + 9 +2+0+1+1 = 14 = his personal year (from January 9th, 2011 to January 8th, 2012) = Moderation.

14 year + 3 (March) = 17 = his personal month (from March 9th, 2011 to April 8th, 2011) = Inspiraional.

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Sunday March 27th, 2011

Sebastian Vettel’s run of misfortune in the Australian Grand Prix is ancient history.

The reigning World Champion made certain of it in Sunday’s 2011 Formula One season opener at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

Seemingly on cruise control throughout the 58-lap event, Vettel made easy work of the competition en route to a commanding victory in the official debut of the heralded Red Bull RB7 car.

Lewis Hamilton, who qualified second to Vettel in the McLaren, finished a distant runner-up as Vitaly Petrov came home a surprising third in the Lotus Renault GP entry.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and native Australian Mark Webber completed the top five.

Vettel’s win carried extra significance in light of the German’s previous struggles at Albert Park. In all three of his previous starts at Melbourne, Vettel failed to finish. He started from the pole in 2010 but was scored only 17th in the race after retiring with brake issues 25 laps in.

Vettel had no such trouble this time as he pulled away from Hamilton easily on the start and gave up the lead only during a cycle of pit stops.

from:  http://formula-one.speedtv.com/article/f1-sebastian-vettel-finally-on-top-down-under/

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Sebastian Vettel was born on July 3rd, 1987 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_Vettel

July 3rd, 1987

July 3rd

7 + 3 +2+0+1+0 = 13 = his personal year (from July 3rd, 2010 to July 2nd, 2011) = Transformation.

13 year + 3 (March) = 16 = his personal month (from March 3rd, 2011 to April 2nd, 2011) = Amazing.

16 month + 27 (27th of the month on Sunday March 27th, 2011) = 43 = his personal day = Celebrating.

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