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NBA fans have wondered when Los Angeles Lakers star Dwight Howard would be ready to play after having season-ending back surgery last year. The latest report from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has the center targeting opening night as his return date. The Lakers open the season against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 30 at the Staples Center, and nothing would sell the start of their new year like an appearance and start from their newest acquisition. The rationale for the Lakers essentially trading Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard remains simple. “We got the best,” Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said this offseason.But there’s also another issue. The Lakers may have had a healthy Bynum, but they rid themselves the risk in absorbing another one of his long-term injuries. To do so, the Lakers took the short-term hit that they may play without Howard to open the season as he rehabs his surgically repaired back. Considering he’s only missed seven games in his eight-year career prior to his back injury last March, it’s understandable the Lakers expect this won’t be a long-term issue. No one should fret because Howard won’t play in the preseason opener Oct. 7 against Golden State (except for Lakers fans attending the actual Wojnarowski reports that Howard is saying privately that his progress has been outstanding so far, claiming “his back has returned to
85 percent strength.” Los Angeles hasn’t said much about Howard’s timetable, but it is safe to say the organization will be playing this situation close to the vest in hopes of protecting its huge investment. With so many new pieces in place, it is imperative that the team gets as many games together as possible so they can build an early rapport. If the Lakers want a chance at NBA championship glory, they need Howard to get healthy and stay that way all season. The 26-year-old star had surgery on a herniated disc in April, and he missed the remainder of the regular season and Orlando’s run into the playoffs. Howard was traded to the Lakers after one of the worst contract disputes in NBA history.
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in the United States, culminating a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. The Super Bowl uses Roman numerals to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held. For example, Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967, following the 1966 regular season, while Super Bowl XLVII, which will determine the champion of the current 2012 season, will be played on February 3, 2013. The game was created as part of a merger agreement between the NFL and its then-rival league, the American Football League (AFL). It was agreed that the two leagues’ champion teams would play in an AFL–NFL World Championship Game until the merger was to officially begin in 1970. After the merger, each league was redesignated as a “conference”, and the game was then played between the conference champions. Currently, the NFC leads the series with 25 wins to 21 wins for the AFC. The day on which the Super Bowl is played, now considered by some a de facto American national holiday, is called “Super Bowl Sunday”. It is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day.  In addition, the Super Bowl has frequently been the most watched American television broadcast of the year. Super Bowl XLV, played in 20o association football (soccer)’s UEFA Champions League final as the most watched annual sporting event worldwide.
Because of its high viewership, commercial airtime during the Super Bowl broadcast is the most expensive of the year. Due to the high cost of investing in advertising on the Super Bowl, companies regularly develop their most expensive advertisements for this broadcast. As a result, watching and discussing the broadcast’s commercials has become a significant aspect of the event. In addition, many popular singers and musicians have performed during the event’s pre-game and halftime ceremonies because of the exposure. For four decades after its 1920 inception, the NFL successfully fended off several rival leagues. However, in 1960, it encountered its most serious competitor when the American Football League (AFL) was formed. The AFL vied heavily with the NFL for both players and fans, but by the middle of the decade the strain of competition led to serious merger talks between the two leagues. Prior to the 1966 season, the NFL and AFL reached a merger agreement that was to take effect for the 1970 season. As part of the merger, the champions of the two leagues agreed to meet in a “world” championship game for professional American football until the merger was effected.
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ric Hill (born November 14, 1966 in Blytheville, Arkansas) is a former professional American football linebacker who played for eleven seasons in the National Football League. He is currently owner of Eric Hill Nissan in Eastern New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, Eric Hill purchased a Nissan dealership and became the 1st dealer in New Orleans to completely rebuild after the Hurricane hit. Alexey and Bill Summers has a seating capacity of 200 plus and is equipped with one of the best sound systems available to lounge/night club venues. They have been featured in several noteiud magazines, such as, Essence, Travel & Leisure, USA Today, and now 504Magazine. Sweet Lorraineâ€™s jazz Club is known as one of the top 10 Jazz clubs in the country.
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R-Kal Trluck Former NFL editor’s choice
ruluck attended Spring Valley High School, where he lettered in football three times and was an all-state and allCounty linebacker in his senior year. He spent his high school years growing up at the Lakeside Family & Children’s Center in Rockland County, New York, a group foster home that he still visits in the offseason. Truluck attended SUNY-Cortland, where he played in 35 career games with 27 starts. He recorded 238 tackles, 121 solo tackles, 21 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and seven passes defensed. As sophomore, Truluck recorded 64 tackles, six sacks, seven tackles-forlosses and two blocked field goal attempts in 10 games as a defensive end. As a junior, he started 10 games at outside linebacker and recorded 105 tackles, 6.5 sacks, five tackles-for-losses and two blocked field goal attempts. He was a Division III All-America second-team selection and named an ECAC Upstate New York All-Star. As a senior, he recorded 64 tackles, nine sacks, three tackles for loss and four blocked field goal attempts while earning second-team All-East honors. He was also was named an ECAC Upstate New York All-Star in addition to being named team MVP by his teammates and coaches. Truluck graduated with a degree in health sciences. After playing at Division III SUNY-
Cortland, Truluck was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He signed on to the team’s practice squad but was released in October 1997. In April 1998, he signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, where he played from 1998 until 2000. In his rookie year there, Truluck
recorded nine tackles and three sacks, winning the Defensive Player of the Week award for his debut. His season was cut short after four games due to post-concussion syndrome Truluck signed with the AFL’s Detroit Fury, where he played from 2001 to 2002. In 2001 Truluck amassed 9.5 sacks and becoming the “Rookie of the Year,” following that season in 2002 Truluck became Arena Football’s “Lineman of the Year” with 10.5 sacks. Truluck became well known for his speed, strength and quickness many scouts began to make comparisons of Truluck’s ability to late great Derrick Thomas. Which conicidentally,
landed Truluck a return to the NFL to play with the Kansas City Chiefs (2002–2004). In fourteen games of the 2003 season, Truluck recorded 17 tackles and six sacks. He was traded to the Green Bay Packers for a fifthand a sixth-round draft choice during the 2004 preseason. Over the course of the season, he played in 10 games, recording 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He was released by the Packers and signed with the Arizona Cardinals before the 2005 season. In 10 games with the Cardinals, he recorded three tackles before returning to the CFL for the 2006-2007 seasons, which he spent with the Montreal Alouettes. In 2008 Truluck returned to the Arena Football league through a dispersal draft, being selected by the Georgia Force, during that season he amassed 30 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Truluck host’s his own live internet show with VoiceAmerica Sports call Inside the Trenches in Arizona. Don’t believe me, here are some recent commentaries
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Photo by Sandrine Lee
The New Orleans Hornets are set to reap the ben-
from the line. He finished with 12 points and added
efits this season from Anthony Davis’ time with
three rebounds. He also displayed his defensive
Team USA. Instead of lifting weights and running
prowess by blocking a shot and coming up with a
suicide drills this summer, the No. 1 overall pick
steal. However, the thing that Davis gained that
had the luxury of playing with and against the
will be the most beneficial to the Hornets won’t be
greatest basketball players in the world. Davis
found on a stat sheet. In an interview with NOLA.
didn’t see a ton of action in London, but he gave
com, Davis said that playing on Team USA did
the world a little taste of everything in his arsenal.
wonders for his confidence. “Those guys on the
He showed off the range on his jumper by nailing a
Olympic team treated me like I belonged and it
three in an exhibition game against the Dominican
boosted my confidence. When I got in games, I felt
Republic. He blocked a few shots here and there.
more confidence. They talked to me and told me
He showed off his athleticism by being on the re-
what to do, so it definitely was great.” Davis said.
ceiving end of some nice lobs from Chris Paul and
“A lot of them shared their perspective on the game
Deron Williams. The former Kentucky Wildcat’s
and the whole team took me under their wings and
best game came against Tunisia. He hit every shot
showed me the ropes.” he continued.
he took, going 5-for-5 from the field and 2-for-2
Anthony Davis, Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played as a power forward for the University of Kentucky as a freshman before being selected first overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by New Orleans. He plays power forward and center. He was a 2012 NCAA Unanimous First team All-American and was the 2011â€“12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season blocks leader. He established Southeastern Conference singleseason blocked shots and NCAA Division I freshman blocked shots records. He has also earned the national Freshman, Defensive Player and Big Man awards. In addition, he has been named the 2012 National Player of the Year by various organizations, earning the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Adolph Rupp Trophy, the Associated Press Player of the Year, Naismith Award, Sporting News Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award. He was the Southeastern Conference's player, freshman and defensive player of the year. He helped lead Kentucky
to a undefeated 2011â€“12 Southeastern Conference men's basketball season and was the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player when Kentucky won the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
As a high school basketball player for Chicago's Perspectives Charter School, he was unknown nationally and locally after three seasons of play in the lightly regarded Blue Division of the Chicago Public High School League. A "late bloomer", he emerged into prominence in April 2010 (the spring of his junior year) after a growth spurt and exposure on an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) traveling team made him a blue chip prospect. Within months, he was the top-rated player in the national class of 2011 by Scout.com and ESPN.com and the number two player by Rivals.com. He was a high school All-American by every major selector (ESPN, Jordan, McDonald's, Parade, USA Today) and earned Co-MVP honors at the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic.
THE GREAT LARRY FIZGERALD
Fitzgerald left the University of Pittsburgh after a
over 100 passes and also the third pair of teammates
tremendous sophomore year in which he caught 92
to top the 1,400-yard mark.
passes for 1,672 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was
In 2006, Fitzgerald was injured and missed part of
drafted third overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the
the season but still produced 69 receptions for 946
Arizona Cardinals, whose then coach, Dennis Green,
yards and 6 touchdowns. As part of his 2007 Pro
knew Fitzgerald from his time as a Vikings ball boy.
Bowl season, he caught 100 receptions for 1,409
In 2004, Fitzgerald had 58 receptions for 780 yards
yards and 10 touchdowns. Following the 2007 season
and 8 touchdowns. On December 12, 2004, Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald signed a four-year, $40 million contract
became the youngest player at 21 years and 110 days,
extension with Arizona. While still under contract
to record at least 2 touchdown receptions in a single
at the time, performance bonuses forced the team’s
game. In 2005 he led the NFL with 103 receptions for
hand into a massive extension. Fitzgerald’s num-
1,409 yards and 10 touchdowns and was named to
bers earned him the nickname “Sticky Fingers” and
his first Pro Bowl. Fitzgerald teamed with Anquan
“The Best Hands in the NFL” in local media.
Boldin to create one of the most dangerous wide receiver tandems in the NFL. In 2005, they became only the third duo from the same team to each catch
During the NFC Championship for the 2008 NFL sea-
Despite having about 300 yards less than the year
son, Fitzgerald tied an NFL record with three touch-
before, he set a personal record with 13 touchdowns
down receptions in a playoff game. His three touch-
in 2009. He added two more touchdown catches in
down catches occurred in the first half; he became
the Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers in
the first player in NFL history to accomplish that feat
a 51–45 win. However, the Cardinals were eliminated
in a conference championship game. Fitzgerald
the next week, beaten 45–14 by the New Orleans
also set a single postseason record with 546 receiving
yards, 30 receptions, and 7 touchdown receptions,
The 2010 season for the Cardinals was a major let
surpassing Jerry Rice’s records of the 1988–89 NFL
down from the previous two years, as the retiring of
playoffs. He and the Cardinals represented the NFC
Kurt Warner greatly affected their offense. Despite
in Super Bowl XLIII. During Super Bowl
this, Fitzgerald was still able to catch 90 passes for
XLIII, Fitzgerald caught two touchdown passes in the
1,137 yards, and 6 touchdowns. After the season he
Cardinals 27–23 loss to the Steelers. Fitzgerald
was named to his 5th Pro Bowl, and his 4th in a row.
followed up this performance by catching two more
On August 20, 2011, Fitzgerald signed an 8-year $120
touchdown passes in the 2009 Pro Bowl, earning him
million deal with the Arizona Cardinals, tying him
MVP honors. After the Pro Bowl was over it was
with Richard Seymour as the 5th highest paid player
revealed that Fitzgerald had been playing at least the
in the NFL. Fitzgerald would reward the Cardinals
whole postseason with a broken left thumb as well
by having another stellar season, catching 80 passes
as torn cartilage in the same hand. It is speculated
for 1,411 yards and 8 touchdowns and setting a
that Fitzgerald has had this injury since November 5,
personal record of 17.6 yards per catch. Fitzgerald’s
2008, when he showed up on the injury report with
accomplishments were recognized by an All-Pro
an injured thumb. After his record-breaking post-
second team selection as well as his 6th Pro Bowl
season, capped by his Pro Bowl MVP award, many
analysts, including NFL Network’s Jamie Dukes, regarded Fitzgerald as one of the best receivers in the NFL.
New Orleans, LA —
caught nine balls for 131 yards and three scores,
Drew Brees broke a 52-year-old record in the first
while Devery Henderson had eight receptions for
quarter and then orchestrated a 10-point come-
123 yards and a score for the Saints (1-4), who avoid-
back in the second half as the New Orleans Saints
ed their first 0-5 start in 16 years. Philip Rivers went
downed the San Diego Chargers, 31-24, on Sunday.
27-for-42 through the air for 354 yards with two
Brees completed 29-of-45 passes for 370 yards with
touchdowns and an interception for San Diego (3-2),
four touchdowns and an interception. He has now
which was looking to go 3-0 on the road this season.
thrown a touchdown pass in 48 straight games,
Ryan Mathews carried the ball 12 times for 80 yards
snapping Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas’
and a score, and added 59 yards on six receptions in
mark of 47 that had held since 1960. “You really
defeat. The Saints received the ball to start the
couldn’t have written a better script for tonight,” Brees remarked. “To break the record, to get the win, in the fashion in which we won, it was really a complete effort all the way around. Marques Colston
the third quarter trailing 17-14, but Quentin Jammer was able to intercept a tipped Brees pass on the third play from scrimmage and return it to the New Orleans 25, resulting in Mathews’ 13- yard touchdown run off the left side. San Diego seemed to have increased its lead late in the third when Demorrio Williams intercepted a Brees pass and returned it for a touchdown, but Melvin Ingram was called for a roughing the passer penalty on the play to give the ball back to New Orleans. The Saints took the ball back at their own 10-yard line following a San Diego three-and-out, and Brees led a 9-play drive that saw just one third down to take the lead, connecting with Colston on a 5-yard jump ball on the left side of the end zone with 8:50 remaining in the game. Faced with a 3rd-and-18 at their own 41-yard line on the Chargers ensuing drive, Roman Harper settled under a deflected Rivers pass and returned it 41 yards down to the San Diego 23. New Orleans would manage just one first down, though, and were held to a 26yard field goal by Garrett Hartley to keep it a one-possession game with 2:56 left. The Chargers quickly moved the ball past midfield on their next possession before a sack and a couple of offensive holding penalties put the team in a 2nd-and-37 hole. The Saints bailed San Diego out with an illegal use of hands penalty that resulted in a fresh set of downs, and Rivers connected on four straight passes to move the ball to
the New Orleans 33-yard line. But Rivers then had the ball slapped out of his hands during a sack by Martez Wilson, who recovered the ball with 14 seconds left to seal the victory. “They are outstanding offensively and they made plays when they had to,” Chargers coach Norv Turner said of the Saints. “We had a couple errors on our penalties that cost us obviously a great deal late in the game. You can’t make those kinds of errors and we’ll learn from them.” The Chargers struck first on their second possession of the game as Rivers twice found Malcom Floyd down the right sideline for gains of 39 and 32 yards to move the ball deep into Saints’ territory before Robert Meachem stole the ball away from a defender during a 15-yard touchdown grab on the left side of the end zone. New Orleans answered with Brees’ record-breaking score to knot the game at 7-7.
Tom Benson bought New Orleans Honets
Native New Orleanian Tom Benson is officially new owner of Honets...
Tom Benson Makes Deal NBA SALE OF NEW ORLEANS HORNETS TO TOM BENSON IS FINALIZED Native New Orleanian Tom Benson is officially new owner June 15, 2012 The purchase of the New Orleans Hornets by Tom Benson was completed today after having been approved by the National Basketball Association’s Board of Governors. Per league policy, the terms of the transaction were not released. Tom Benson is now officially the new owner of the New Orleans Hornets. In conjunction with the finalization of the ownership transaction, the Hornets’ lease extension with the State has been approved by Governor Bobby Jindal and the Louisiana legislature. The extension will keep the Hornets in New Orleans long term, as well as provide funding for upgrades to the New Orleans Arena. The agreement also included the elimination of all exit options, attendance benchmarks, and financial inducements. The announcement of the finalization of the sale comes on the heels of the Hornets receiving the #1 pick, as well as the #10 pick, in the 2012 NBA Draft on June 28. In April, it was announced that New Orleans will be the host city for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.
Hornets,” Benson said. “There is a lot of excitement in the region about the franchise, especially after winning the #1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. We have been successful with the Saints and I know we can translate that success to our NBA team as well. We have the best, most dedicated fans in the world and will need them along the way as we work as an organization to make them proud. Championship performance is tied to fan support and the passion of the New Orleans sports fan is second to none. We look forward to joining up with all of our valued current fans and also introducing this great team game to many more residents of our city and region. After agreeing to purchase the New Orleans Hornets back in April, Tom Benson officially became the team’s new owner on Friday, June 15. The NBA board of governors approved of David Stern’s decision to sell the Hornets to Benson. The $338 million sale also came with money for New Orleans Arena improvements and a lease extension through 2024.
Tom Benson Now that he owns the Hornets and the New Orleans Saints, Tom Benson has become the most powerful sports figure in the city’s history. In the past, Benson also owned our arena team the Voodoo and even a now-defunct minor league hockey team known as the Brass. By the way, if Benson does change the Hornets team name, look for them to become the Brass. NBA Draft Lottery
One of my chief pleasures as a Yahoo! Contributor Network writer is seeing how good news for New Orleans aggravates the city’s detractors who live elsewhere. Never was this more in evidence than when the Hornets won the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery. Instantly, commenters lit up Yahoo! Sports articles with claims of foul play because the NBA still technically owned the Hornets.
The fact that the team with the most ping pong balls in the hopper almost never wins the NBA Draft Lottery didn’t stop conspiracy theorists from making ridiculous claims. If you look at the odds, the first place and fourth place teams are only separated by about 12 percentage points. I’ll never forget that night, seeing Tom Benson come on stage as I was jumping up and down celebrating. Hornets staying in New Orleans The best news about Tom Benson purchasing the Hornets is that they will be in New Orleans long term. Now maybe the national media will stop staying the Hornets should move to Seattle. If nothing else, I’ll get to hear Colin Cowherd whine about coming to New Orleans in 2014 for NBA All-Star Weekend. Final note
By: Vince Beiser
“I’m thrilled to have become the owner of the
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Barkley: LeBron better than Jordan? NEW YORK -- Charles Barkley thinks LeBron
mentators. They include Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie
James can be better than Michael Jordan. Jordan is
Miller, Kenny Smith, Steve Smith, Chris Webber,
considered by many the best player in NBA his-
Steve Kerr and Ernie Johnson. James won his first
tory, but Barkley believes his teammate with the
NBA title and third MVP award last season, join-
Dream Team can be surpassed by James. “I do
ing Jordan as the only players to win the NBA
think he can be better than Michael,” Barkley said.
title, regular-season MVP, NBA Finals MVP and
“I thought I would never compare somebody to
Olympic gold medal in the same year. Jordan won
Michael Jordan. But this guy, LeBron James, he
six championships during his Hall of Fame career.
does everything well. Michael did everything well.
“Unfortunately for LeBron, now that the monkey
LeBron James is just bigger, stronger, faster. That’s
is off his back, he is going to be compared to two
the only difference. ”Barkley makes his comments
people: Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan,” O’Neal
on the first episode of NBA TV’s “Open Court,” to
said. “So now the question is how many champion-
debut Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET. The series features a
ships can he get? We all know he is a competitor.”
round-table discussion of NBA TV and TNT com-
Scouting Report, Analysis and Predictions for Hornets Rookie Austin Rivers Few players taken in the 2012 NBA Draft are as
lacking the athleticism to be a force on the wing.
polarizing as Austin Rivers. Fans seem to pile
He is praised for shot creation, yet also criticized
up on either side of the love/hate spectrum with
for hogging the ball, particularly among those who
regard to Rivers, be it because he went to Duke,
have him pegged for the point as a pro. However
because he plays with a demonstrable swagger or
Rivers moves the needle going forward, the New
simply because he has what some would consider
Orleans Hornets can only hope that he does so in a
a punchable face.
The basketball world appears to be similarly di-
Chances are, they wouldn’t have made him the
vided with regard to Rivers’ pro potential. Rivers is
10th pick in the draft, and the presumptive “Side-
at times lauded for his ball-handling and shooting
kick of the Future” for rookie sensation Anthony
skills and at others derided for being too small or
Davis, if they didn’t think he would.
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