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Lebron James Ranked 17th On NBA's All Time Scoring List

Posted On: December 31, 2015

Earlier this week, the National Basketball Association (NBA) released the All Time Scoring List with LeBron James being named 17th on the list.

King James continues to climb the list which documents other players such as: Kevin Garnet at 16th, Paul Pierce at 15th and Tim Duncan at 14th. It was by a landslide following a recent game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns with the scoreboard of 101-97, that gave LeBron the extra push he needed in generating more points to score the list.

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Manny Pacquiao Scheduled In a Boxing Fight Against, Timothy Bradley In April

Posted On: December 31, 2015

Manny Pacquiao is stepping into the ring for the last fight of his career.

The announcement for the scheduled boxing fight for April 9th, was made by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who confirmed the fight to be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pac Man will be going toe to toe with welterweight titleholder, Timothy Bradley. A couple months back in 2015, Pacquiao stated he would be retiring and going into the world of politics in his native homeland in the Philippines. But according to Bob Arum, he's confident that boxing is Manny's passion and doubts a full retirement from it.

"I am not going to position this as his last fight," Arum stated in a sports news conference.

"It may very well be his last fight, but I won't put myself in the position of selling it as his last fight and then he decides he wants to fight again and I look like a schmuck. I'm not sure it is his last fight, despite what he told me."

Its unsure if there will be anymore Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather boxing matches which was documented as the "The Fight of the Century." The two of them are definitely boxing hall of famers. 

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Derrick Henry of The Alabama Crimson Tide, Wins The Heisman Trophy for 2015

Posted On: December 30, 2015

Recapping one of the events for 2015, Derrick Henry became the first running back to win the Heisman Trophy.

While the competition was a challenging one, Derrick Henry came in first place with 1,832 points, followed by Standford’s Christian McCaffrey with 1,539 and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson with 1,165. During the press conference of the Heisman Trophy Ceremony, Derrick displayed qualities of a team player, noting the breakthroughs of the other athletes to be considered for the Heisman.

“Those two guys were great contenders for the trophy. Deshaun, with how consistent and efficient he is at the quarterback position, all the success he had, I was kind of worried. Christian, breaking Barry Sanders‘ record, doing all the things he does, he’s just unbelievable."

Henry continued with his statement overwhelmed with gratitude.

“I’m just so thankful to have this trophy. It’s just a blessing and an honor.”

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Misty Copeland Gets a Street Named After Her

Posted On: December 30, 2015

Hailing from California, Misty Copeland who is light on her feet was honored in her hometown, San Pedro that named a street after her.

Misty made history earlier this year in June when she became the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. Being a role model for the youth and even adults in fulfilling their dreams, Copeland was tributed for her achievements and success.

Durinf the celebration, Misty Copeland delivered a heart touching speech to the audience.

“Growing up in the atmospheres that I grew up in, San Pedro was the only place I ever considered home,” Copeland stated. “There really hasn’t been a place that’s replaced that in my heart since I lived here and I’m so proud, and I never forget San Pedro.”

While the odds were against Copeland, due to her parents not having a car to take her to and from practice, Misty was determined; and never gave up on her dreams. She battled stereotype in the world of ballet and scaled the wall of ignorance to overcome it.

Congratulation to Misty!

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The NBA Launches Advertising Campaign Against Gun Violence

Posted On: December 30, 2015

Due to the high number of gun violence across the nation and mass shootings, the National Basketball Association known as the NBA has teamed up with advocates against gun violence to launch an advertising campaign centered around it.

The first commercial aired on December 25th during one of their games and starred Stephen Curry and Chris Paul.

During the ad, Curry detailed the effect of violence caused by guns, Chris reflects on what his parents used to say about guns and the lack of safety because of it.

The NBA will continue to utilized its athletes in a series of commercials that will air throughout the year in 2016 and their brand to raise awareness about gun control. Former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg is part of the campaign with behind the scenes effort to aide the NBA's collaboration with Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization founded by Bloomberg. But the person who brought this partnership together was Spike Lee who is a member of Everytown for Gun Safety.

Back in November, Spike Lee pitched the idea to ESPN's president John Skipper who was able to pull some strings and propositioned the NBA's commissioner, Adam Silver to manifest Lee's idea. Spike continues to play a role of hitting the pavement by linking up with protest organizers to participate. Mr. Bloomberg plays his part when it comes to politics and debates against the National Rifle Association and Congress to revise policies about background checks being conducted in any sales/purchase of guns, the banning of gun sales to former convicts of gun violence and domestic abuse; and penalties for gun trafficking.

Everytown for Gun Safety funded the production of the commercial which is directed by Spike Lee and a variety of players from the NBA lend their voice about gun violence and the effect of it. The ad was broadcasted by ABC and also features families and survivors who have been affected by gun violence.

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New Nike Commercial 'Bring Your Game' feat. Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Future and More

Posted On: December 28, 2015

Starring in a new Nike's commercial 'Bring Your Game,' Future makes his acting debut.

The video advertisement features four kids who try to figure out their favorite basketball player. They travel across the nation in an effort to gain knowledge by visiting Kevin Durant, Paul George, Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant, WNBA's Elena Delle Donne and Kyrie Irving. To kicking it back with LeBron James who calls Future at the 3:25 mark and is invited to the studio. The kids continue to hang with King James, discovered he eats kale cake and preps himself to bring his game on the court by playing video games. 

The video gives a play by play reassement of the kids' journey in learning new things about their favorite athletes such as: meditation and yoga, relaxing in a hot tub and reading, girls; night to dunk skills on the basket, observing the meanest crossovers, Kyrie's obsession with dribbling, going to Siberia with Kobe and more. The commercial ironically finishes where it begun.

Serena Williams' makes a cameo in the commercial which is over five minutes.

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