Thursday, July 12, 2012

2012 ESPY's, FAMU President & NBA News w/ Dwight Howard & WNBA Scores: 7/12, Vol. 184, 1st Edition

I can never repay You, Lord, for what You've done for me; how You loosed my shackles and You set me free….how You made a way out of no way, turned my darkness into day. You've been my joy in the time of sorrow, my hope for my tomorrow, peace in the time of the storm, strength when I'm weak and worn…..great is thy faithfulness!  Good morning and welcome back to your Spiritual Sports Segment on Rhema Gospel Radio better than when you it yesterday, I’m C.E.E.J.A.Y!  Here We Go!

Eric LeGrand winner of the
Jimmy V Perseverance Award
The Queens of the Basketball Court had three games to tip off last yesterday as the Washington Mystics was scorched by the Connecticut Sun 85-73 as Asjha Jones netted 19 points, the San Antonio Silver Stars easily handled the Chicago Sky 77-68 as Sophia Young and Danielle Robinson each scored 16 points and the Atlanta Dream clobbered the Seattle Storm 70-59 as Sancho Lyttle drained 21 points.
Games were mighty light last night since the 2012 ESPY’s was broadcast from Los Angeles, CA and as LeBron James is celebrating his first NBA championship, he brought home more hardware with three ESPY’s for Male Athlete of the Year, NBA Player of the Year and his team won Team of the Year.  Brittney Griner of Baylor brought home Female Athlete of the Year and Female College Athlete of the Year.  The Arthur Ashe Courage Award was rightly given to legendary former Tennessee coach Pat Summit and former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed in a 2010 game received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, while Jeremy Lin won Breakthrough Athlete of the Year, Drew Brees won Record-Breaking Performance and Tim Tebow’s 80 yard pass touchdown to Demaryius Thomas won Best Moment.   Other ESPY winners were as follows:
•           ESPY for Best Play went to Christian Watford of the Indiana Hoosiers
•           Biggest Upset: The Los Angeles Kings, who came from the eighth seed in the Western Conference to win the Stanley Cup over the New Jersey Devils
•           Game of the Year: The San Francisco 49ers' dramatic 36-32 NFC Divisional playoff win over the Saints
•           Coach/Manager of Year: Tom Coughlin, who won his second Super Bowl in January, beating New England 21-17 and became the oldest coach at age 65 to win a Super Bowl
•           Best Comeback: Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford, who came back from    offseason shoulder surgery and threw for 5,038 yards last year, fourth most in NFL history.
•           Best International Athlete: Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona's striker and Argentina's captain,    scored 50 goals in La Liga and 14 in the Champions League.
•           NFL Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers).
•           MLB Player of the Year: Josh Hamilton (Texas Rangers).
•           NHL Player of the Year: Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings).
•           Driver of the Year: Tony Stewart.
•           WNBA Player of the Year: Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury)
•           Fighter of the Year: Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
•           Male Golfer: Bubba Watson.
•           Female Golfer: Cristie Kerr.
•           Male Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic.
•           Female Tennis Player: Maria Sharapova.
•           Male College Athlete: Robert Griffin III.
•           Male Action Sports Athlete: Shaun White, skateboarding-snowboarding.
•           Female Action Sports Athlete: Jamie Anderson, snowboarding.
•           Jockey: Mario Gutierrez.
•           Male Athlete with a Disability: Kyle Maynard, climbing.
•           Female Athlete with a Disability: Jessica Long, swimming.
•           College Athletic Program: Stanford women's athletics and Florida men's athletics
•           Bowler: Sean Rash.
•           MLS Player: David Beckham, Los Angeles Galaxy.
•           Track and Field Athlete: Walter Dix.
In sporting news, on the same day the parents of late Robert Champion, who was killed in a hazing ritual after the 32nd Annual Florida Classic football game in Orlando, filed a wrongful death lawsuit, Florida A&M president John Ammons resigned.  In the letter submitted to the governing board, the effective date of the resignation is October 11.
For your NBA Quick Dribbles, on the same day the Brooklyn Nets officially ended talks with the Orlando Magic to acquire superstar center Dwight Howard, the Nets and their own center Brook Lopez, a restricted free agent, agreed to a four-year, $60 million max deal, as the Dallas Mavericks continued to wipe pie from their face since they didn’t land Deron Williams, they reached a deal with the Indiana Pacers to acquire point guard Darren Collison and swingman Dahntay Jones in a sign-and-trade deal that will send free-agent center Ian Mahinmi to the Pacers to serve as a backup for Roy Hibbert, in addition, they also agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal with free-agent center Chris Kaman, restricted free agent Landry Fields signed a three-year, nearly $20 million dollar offer sheet with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday and the New York Knicks will have three days to match Toronto's offer, Kyle Singler has signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Pistons after spending last season playing in Spain, and finally, the Golden State Warriors sent Dorell Wright to the Philadelphia 76ers in a revised three-team trade that netted guard Jarrett Jack from the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
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