Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kevin Garnet along with other athletes, and Jay-z show support for Eric Garner with I can't breathe T-shirts

Nets players, from left, Jarrett Jack, Kevin Garnett,

Following Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose's lead, NBA athletes including Cavaliers Lebron James and Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets Kevin Garnet and Deron Williams wore black “I Can't Breathe” T-shirts in support of Eric Garner during pregame warm-ups on Monday. Rapper Jay-z also joined in by wearing black in support of the Garner family
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NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver has expressed reservation over players taking part in protests on the courts, although he stated that he respects their views however- “ My preference would be for players to abide by our on-court attire rules.” Silver said.






















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Lebron James meets Prince William and wife Kate Middleton after Nets and Cavaliers game. #royals.

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The Duke ad Duchess of Cambridge are currently touring the United States and ever since their arrival in New York they've met the President, well at least Prince William met with Obama in Washington, DC earlier today,  and the American “royal” couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z on the sidelines of the Brooklyn Nets vs Cleveland Cavaliers game at the Barclays Center on Monday night.
However, their American experience will not go on without meeting our very own King James. Following the Cavalier's 101-88 victory over the Nets, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton were granted an audience with NBA champ, Lebron James (King James)

James came bearing gifts of jerseys and cupcakes; the 2-time NBA champ gave the Duke and Duchess cavaliers jersey in each colorway with 'George' and 'Cambridge' on the back. He also gave them cupcakes from Baker Boulevard. 
Speaking at a press conference right after the Monday night game, James said: “I gave them a present and thanked them for coming to America to watch our game” 
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri among other NBA legends honor Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his death

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Toronto Raptors' President and General Manager Masai Ujiri was joined by some of sports biggest Icons in celebration of the life and legacy of former South African President and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela who died exactly one year ago. The gala event was held at the Air Canada center in Toronto in the Raptors practice facility, the event featured a panel discusssion between 5-time NBA Champ Magic Johnson, retired NBA player Charles Barkley, 8-time NBA All-Star and Congo's Dikembe Mutombo and Miss Universe 1999, Mpule Kwelagobe.

NBA Deputy Commisioner, Mark Tatum and NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall also were in attendance.

The gala event was followed by a game between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers in a game ended with the visitors taking home their sixth win in a row -105-91. Lebron James led the Cavaliers with 24-points and a season-best 13 assists.

The Nigerian-born NBA Exec who is also Africa's first executive with an NBA team was emotional as he said- “It's incredible to see Magic, Charles, Dikembe, the came here just like that. The world is not in a good place in my opinion and Mandela makes it better. He will be bigger, even though he's passed. He was bigger than life.”

The 44-year-old NBA Exec first met Mandela in the summer of 2006 in Johannesburg as an ambassador for the NBA community Program, Basketball without Borders, speaking fondly of the late Mandela he said- “Growing up I always remember watching the news with my dad, and I remember images of fire, fights on the street and I would see my Dad's reaction and I began to learn about Nelson Mandela.”
As I got older, it began to mean more to me what he had done. When I met him in 2006, it completely changed everything. He was someone I idolized.”


Proceeds from the event will go in support of Raptors boss Uriri's not-for-profit organization, Giants of Africa as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Ujiri's foundation, Giants of Africa was formed in 2003, the non-profit organization helps educate and enrich the lives of African youths using basketball as a tool-providing them with camps, coaching and facilities. Ujiri found his love for the sport a 13-year-old boy in Nigeria and was fortunate to play college basketball w when he moved to the U.S



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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Video: Idris Elba teams up with Yaya Toure and others in the fight against Ebola

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UNICEF along with the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been working with Idris Elba on two videos which is aimed at raising funds, awareness and providing support in the fight against Ebola in West African countries namely Liberia and Sierra Leone who battle daily with the disease.

The British-born actor teamed  up with Manchester City's Yaya Toure, veteran Arsenal player Patrick Viera, retired Congolese midfielder Fabrice Muamba, and Spurs midfielder Andros Townsend to lend a voice for workers who have become indispensable over these past months giving up their lives and time to fight the epidemic.




Elba plays coach in the video giving his team (health workers) pep talk: 
“ This is not an ordinary game,” he says. “ This is life or death. Ebola has defeated thousands in West Africa. Its key strength is passing.”

The message is simple, join in supporting Ebola health workers, the world's most important team. #We'veGotYourBack.

Africa United is supported by the CDC Foundation and managed by KYNE and Speak Up Africa.


Global Ebola Response: http://www.un.org/ebolaresponse/
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Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson becomes the first black woman to win World title at the FINA WSCC!

Jamaican Swimmer Alia Atkinson makes history by becoming the first black woman to win World title in the 100m breaststroke at the FINA World Short Course Championships.
The 25-year-old swimmer edged out defending champion Ruta Meilutyte 1:02.36 to 1:02.46, for the world and winning the record breaking gold medal.

Atkinson broke a lot of records yesterday as she not only became the World's fastest female swimmer, she tied Ruta Meilutyte world record of 1:02.36 record from Moscow stop of the FINA World Cup last year.

Atkinson, unaware of her new record starred at the scoreboard with confusion as she gradually came to terms with her latest fit.
Pointing to herself she mouthed- “Me?”
Speaking to AFP as the enormity of her achievement dawned on her she said:
"I couldn't believe it! It came down to the same thing as the 50 and on the 50 I got out-touched so in my mind I went straight back to that.
"I just thought 'oh okay' and looked up at the board and it didn't really click yet and then it really started to click. It took a while!"

Atkinson is the only Jamaican swimmer to ever receive silver medals in the 50 breaststroke in 2012, and 2014 respectively. It was also the fastest time for the distance recorded by a black woman. 
She currently works with the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida encouraging greater involvement of various communities in swimming and promoting water safety.
"Hopefully my face will come out, there will be more popularity especially in Jamaica and the Caribbean and we'll see more of a rise and hopefully in the future we will see a push," Atkinson mused.

Australia’s Sally Hunter, Denmark's Rikke Moller Pedersen, Sweden's Jennie Johansson, and Belgium's Fanny Lecluyse placed 5th through 8th in the competition.




Source: TELEGRAPH UK.
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli charged over Instagram post.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was charged yesterday by English Football Association over racial Instagram posts. The player who is infamously known for stirring up all sorts of controversies was charged for reposting a Nintendo character Super Mario image with the caption- “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.” 
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From the entire post which starts with the heading-” Don't be racist” it seems the player did not intend to concoct any harmful stereotype but was simply expressing himself and views on racism. The FA however did not agree with this as they have since charged Balotelli in relation to his recent posting, the statement from the FA reads-
It is alleged that Liverpool player breached FA Rule E3[1] in that his posting was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.”
It is further alleged that this is an 'Aggravated Breach' as defined by FA Rule E3[2] as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or color and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief.”
The player has until 6pm on 15 December 2014 to respond to the charge”

The 24-year-old Italian player has since deleted the post which was followed by an abrupt apology on Twitter in which he said: “ My mom is Jewish so all of u shut up please”
Balotelli further explained his Instagram post on Tuesday via social networking site, Twitter- “was meant to be anti-racist with humor, I now understand that out of context may have the opposite effect. Not all Mexicans have mustaches,  all black people jump high and not all Jewish people have money.”
Decribing his medium of communication the former Inter Milan and AC Milan player said- “I used a cartoon done by someone else because it has Super Mario and I thought it was funny and not offensive. Again, I'm sorry.


Despite all the frenzy his post has caused the team, Liverpool has decided to keep the player on and will support him should he decide to fight the charge. Liverpool in a recent statement said Balotelli will go through necessary process to answer the charge that he breached Rule E3 of the FA regulations.

A Liverpool spokesperson said: “We acknowledge the FA's decision and the player will work through the process to answer the charge. 
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#Laughaboutit- Trevor Noah turns African Stereotypes on America on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

South African comedian Trevor Noah turns African stereotypes on America in his debut appearance as a correspondent on satirical news show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Noah spoke about various issues making references to the recent killings of African Americans by police in America in which he compared their acts to the horrible time of Apartheid in South Africa. 

Still on African stereotypes, Noah ventured into a segment called “Spot the Africa" where he compared pictures from cities in America and Africa, very funny. The 30-year-old comedian also joked about the Ebola crisis expressing his “fear” of traveling to the United States over the recent cases of Ebola in the U.S .

My favorite part was when he broke out in a song in a bid to raise money for starved American children.



Trevor who has been into comedy for 7 years now made his debut appearance  as a contributor on the Comedy Central show which airs on Thursdays. Noah is a mixed raced South African comedian; he is half Swiss and South African making him one of a handful of foreign-born comics to feature as contributors or correspondents on the Daily Show.
Noah has had quite a few firsts, in 2012, he became the first comic from South Africa to perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and in 2013, The Late Show with David Letterman.

Way to go my African brother!


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor claims his family is using black magic (juju) on him.

Togolese player Emmanuel Adebayor comes out to say his mom's black magic has stopped him from high performances in the Premier league.
This is one of the most bizarre stories or excuses as it is from a footballer. The Tottenham striker claims that his mum has has used black magic or better yet, juju to top him from scoring any goals recently.

Adebayor managed two goals this season so far and expressed his views on his short-comings during a recent interview on a Ghanaian radio show where he exposed the ongoing rift with his family after he was accused of forcing his 62-year-old mother from their their family home.
He said: “ Obviously I'm not a pastor, I am a footballer so I cannot point out a witch. I never sacked my mum from the house, she decided to leave the house.”

But how am I going to be in touch with my mum if my mum is the one telling everyone that my work will not go forward. They should stop talking, talking, they shout stop doing juju on me-they should leave me along”

His brother has since responded by saying he has been brainwashed by Islamic spiritual healers.


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CAF reveals the 5-man shortlist for the 2014 African Player of the year

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the top five (5) players for the 2014 African player of the year award and the 2014 African player of the year (African based) on Monday, 1, December. Nigeria's Ahmed Musa and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama made the shortlist
Players were shortlisted from a list of other nominees for the top five (5) for the ultimate winner of the player of the year (Based in Africa) category.


Here is a list for the African Player of the Year (in alphabetical order)

1.Ahmed Musa (Nigeria, CSKA Moscow)
2. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana, Al Ain)
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Borussia Dortmund)
4. Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria, Lile)
5. Yaya Toure (Cote d'Ivoire, Manchester City)

African player of the year-Based in Africa (in alphabetical order)
1. Akram Djahnt (Algeria, E.S Setif)
2. El Hedi Belamieri (Algeria, E.S. Setif)
3. Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Tunisia, C.S. Sfaxien)
4. Firmin Mubele Nbombe (D.R Congo, AS Vita)

5. Senzo Robert Meyiwa (South Africa, Orlando Pirates)
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Former NBA player Charles Barkley supports Ferguson grand jury decsion


Retired NBA player Charles Barkley has done it again with his recent comments on Ferguson. The 51-year-old current analyst on sports show Inside NBA states in a recent interview from New York Daily that he supports the Ferguson grand jury decision. Barkley also had harsh words for the protesters in Ferguson Missouri calling them scumbags.

Speaking to New York Daily News, Barkley says- “Those aren't black people, those are scumbags, there is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people's businesses, burning down police cars”

His recent sentiments is not far fetched from what he expressed in 2013 in the murder of 17-year-old black teenager, Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a white and Hispanic watch leader. Barkley said he agreed with George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting of Trayvon Martin after a Florida jury found that the neighborhood watch leader, Zimerman was not guilty in the shooting that led to Martin's death. 
Speaking to CNBC host Bartiromo after the verdict Barkley said- “That's probably not a popular opinion among most people but looking  at the evidence, I agreed with the verdict"

Now fast-forward to 2014, Barkley who happens to be a “role model” for some young people said that the authorities did the right thing by not prosecuting now retired white police Office Darren Wilson who shot and killed 18-year-old black teenage Brown 6 times on Aug.9.  Barkley once again said: 
The true story came out from the grand jury testimony” He also added, “ three or four witnesses, who were black said exactly what the cop (Wilson) said” 

My question is quite simple, how is Barkley so sure about these cases that he does not hesitate to voice his unsolicited opinions as facts? Very wrong and done for all the wrong reasons. 


Source: Yahoo Sports.



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Thursday, November 27, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL-Watch as Yale's Goalkeeper, Scott Sterling blocks Penalty Kicks with his face


Some of the things that happen in football are just insane and quite unbelievable like in the case of this goalkeeper that uses his face to block all five penalty kick, but manages to stand till the end.

Watch as Yale goalkeeper, Scott Sterling manages to block five penalty kicks in a game against North Carolina Tar Heals after both sides were tied at two each resulting in a penalty shootout.


As we celebrate turkey day, sit and share with your family and friends.

Happy Holidays all!

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