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Wes Leonard of Michigan’s Fennville High Dies Last Night After Scoring Winning Basket

March 4, 2011 Leave a comment

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Last Night, Fennville High’s Wes Leonard scored the winning basket in overtime, closing his team 20-0 winning season.

Michigan’s high school basketball star, Leonard was hoisted into the air by teammates and soon after collapsed.

Leonard, only 16 years old, went into cardiac arrest and was unresponsive per news reports. He was taken to Holland Hospital at approximately 9:15am and 85 minutes later, was pronounced dead.

Leonard scored “more than 1,000 career points in his brief life, had just shot the winning layup in a 57-55 game over Bridgman High”.

No word on cause of death as of yet.

(via People)

YouTube to Stream Live NHL & NBA Games?

February 24, 2011 Comments off

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YouTube’s success in streaming the 2010 Cricket Indian Premier League, has led to the Google-owned company to negotiations with the NBA and the NHL to broadcast basketball and hockey games (Bloomberg). The success of last year’s IPL cricket matches shows the average time spent on YouTube per user increasing from 15 minutes to 40.

It’s not just North America that is in negotiations. Google is also courting pro soccer leagues in Europe. Though it will be costly, the ad revenue of an increase in viewership averages could make the venture quite profitable. More importantly, it would be another of the first nails in the cable TV experience’s coffin.

YouTube is also trying to augment other content such as longer clips of movies and TV shows in direct competition to the Hulu’s and Netflix or even live concert streams, such as the U2 concert in October 2009.

(via VentureBeat)

Troy, Brother to ESPN Analyst Mark Jackson, Dies in His Sleep

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

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Troy “Escalade” Jackson, 6-foot-10 400 pounds, who is the younger brother of ESPN analyst and famous street baller Mark Jackson, died in his sleep yesterday morning in Los Angeles.

Jackson played for Louisville (1996-1998), moved on to the Harlem Globetrotters, and then the Ball Up streetball team.

“My heart goes out to Mark Jackson and his family who lost his brother last night, Escalade. We lost a great person love u escalade. I’m sad,” O’Neal tweeted.

“He traveled all around the world and touched so many lives… He will be greatly missed. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. God is still good.” Mark Jackson said.

Cause of death is currently unknown.

(via BleacherReport)

Freshman Cassy Herkelman is the First Female to Win a Match in Iowa State High School Wrestling

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

112 lb Cassy Herkelman, a freshman at Cedar Falls High School, is the first female to win a match in an Iowa state high school wrestling tournament. Her competitor, Joel Northup, a home-schooled sophomore, didn’t show up due to his personal belief that males and females should not compete against one another in wrestling.

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He had this to say, “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Cassy… However, wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times… As a matter of conscience and my faith I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner. It is unfortunate that I have been placed in a situation not seen in most other high school sports in Iowa.”

Herkelman made history by qualifying to participate in the tournament. Another female was competing as well, Ottumwa High sophomore Megan Black was also competing.

Three years ago, Black’s first opponent was Northrup who defaulted at that time too.

“If it’s his religion and he’s strong in his religion, then I just respect that… Obviously, everyone can be pointing fingers at him. He, at least, is true to his beliefs and you have to respect that. It takes a lot for a 15- or 16-year-old boy to do,” Black said.

Cassy is moving on to the quarterfinals on Friday.

Please visit CBSNews for more details including a video.

25-Year Old Russian Irina Shayk on the cover of Sports Illustrated

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

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Sports Illustrated chose 25-year old Russian Irina Shayk to grace it’s cover. Late Show with David Letterman was lucky enough to anounce the news.

“There were 10 models there to do the Top 10 List (see below), and nobody knows until the last minute who the cover will be… And then I saw it, and I couldn’t believe it.” Shayk said at the show.

Check out Irina Shayk’s Sports Illustrated page.

(via EntertainmentWeekly)

Pro Golfer D.A. Points (with Actor Bill Murray) Wins First US PGA Tour at Pebble Beach

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

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34 year old, D.A. Points won his first US PGA Tour title by two shots, with amateur partner, actor Bill Murray, at Pebble Beach.

Points eagle the par-five 14th hole which brought him back into a contending position.

“Pebble Beach may be the most iconic place in America to play golf and to win here is just a dream come true,” Points said. “I’m so grateful to have this opportunity.”

(via ABC.Net)

Westminster Dog Show Begins on Monday With 6 New Breeds

February 12, 2011 Leave a comment

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On February 14th and 15th, the 135th annual Westminster Dog in Manhattan, New York and will be airing from 8am to 9am EST. 

Approximately 2,500 dogs and 179 purebreeds will be competing including six new breeds: the Boykin spaniel, the Bluetick coonhound, the Redbone coonhound, the Cane Corso, the Icelandic sheepdog and the Leonberger.

David Frei, narrator for the show had this to say, “The public sees that dog so disciplined in the show ring… What they don’t see is that same dog outside rolling in the mud, or drooling, or shedding on your black pants.

(via theEpochTimes, image via NYDailyNews)