😥Sad News: Atlanta’s News Icon Amanda Davis has passed away

The Legendary news anchor and Atlanta Icon who spent over three decades of her broadcasting career in Atlanta,  Amanda Davis  passed away at 62.

It was reported by CBS 46, where she worked. That Amanda was at Hartsfield-Jackson International airport in Atlanta on Dec. 26 on her way to San Antonio, where she was headed following the death of her stepfather when she suffered a “massive, spontaneous stroke,” She was then rushed to the hospital to undergo treatment, but she tragically died around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday .

She was surrounded by her family at the time of her death. Amanda’s family is asking for “privacy at this difficult time.”

Growing up in Atlanta, when I think about African American Women anchors my thought immediately goes to Monica Kaufman, Brenda Woods and Amanda Davis who worked as a reporter at WAGA-TV from 1986 to 2013.

Amanda Davis was a fixture in my home. As a kid growing up in Decatur, Georgia my fondest memories was immediately after  dinner my grandparents would turn on Channel 5 news to see Ms. Davis.

On Wednesday nights I would watch Amanda host the “Wednesday’s Child” segment where I saw a gentler nurturing side of her.  Her compassionate side shined through as she interacted  with the orphaned children all while being  a beacon of hope to attract adoptive parents  who could provide loving permanent and homes for the children in Georgia’s foster care system.

Other memories included her covering Coretta Scott King’s funeral and interviewing President-elect Barack Obama.

When I think of Amanda I think of beauty, courage, class and a resilient soul who rose above her adversity and stood strong within her weakness. With the fight of a lion she overcame and won her battle victoriously!

I will definitely miss Amanda Davis who is not only my inspiration but my motivation! Rest In Peace.🙏

Atlanta Hawks add back to back W after defeating the Wizards

On Wednesday night, the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Washington Wizards by adding a W to their now two game winning streak.

By the end of the first quarter the Hawks tied the game 29-29.

During the second quarter the Atlanta Hawks fell behind two points, 55-57.

In the third quarter Malcom Delaney delivered an impressive 3 point shot.

By the end of the third quarter the Atlanta Hawks was up by two points.

In the end the Atlanta Hawks flew passed the Wizards with an epic 113-99 win!

The Hawks will matchup in a away game against the Toronto Raptors on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON. Tip off begins at 7:30 pm ET.

Atlanta Dream adds former University of SC assistant coach Darius Taylor to coaching staff

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ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream has named former University of South Carolina assistant coach Darius Taylor to the same role, announced head coach Nicki Collen Wednesday. Per team policy, terms of Taylor’s contract are not disclosed.

Most recently, Taylor has served as an Advisor for AthLife, Inc., an organization specializing in providing career and education services for professional and post-professional athletes. He also has experience coaching with Dawn Staley at USC and Temple and as the manager of community and player programs for the NBA Developmental League (NBADL).

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Darius and his family to the Atlanta Dream,” Collen said. “Darius is a rising star in this profession and someone who understands winning. From his time in basketball operations with USA Basketball, to working with Dawn Staley at Temple and South Carolina, he has helped produce winning players and teams his entire career.

Mike Petersen Added to Atlanta Dream coaching roster

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Petersen brings a wealth of coaching knowledge to Dream staff

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream has named Mike Petersen as an assistant coach, announced head coach Nicki Collen Thursday. Per team policy, terms of Petersen’s contract are not disclosed.

Petersen brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to the Dream. A former women’s basketball head coach at North Texas, Wake Forest, Gonzaga, New Mexico State and TCU, Petersen has over 300 career wins leading programs. Most recently, he served as an advanced scout for the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA.

“I am thrilled to welcome Mike and his wife Patty to the Atlanta Dream,” Collen said. “In searching for the right balance on my staff, I was looking for someone with a head coaching background. From our very first conversation I knew Mike’s combination of passion, experience, and engaging personality were the right fit for me and our organization.

Atlanta Dream’s Layshia Clarendon, Tiffany Hayes and Angel McCoughtry Named to 2017-20 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Pool

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 14, 2017) – Headlined by 13 Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, 29 athletes today were named to the 2017-20 USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool, from which the 2018 USA World Cup Team is expected to be selected. The 2017-20 USA National Team pool was selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee.

The 29 members of the 2017-20 USA National Team roster announced today include: Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx); Sue Bird (Seattle Storm); Tina Charles (New York Liberty); Layshia Clarendon(Atlanta Dream); Napheesa Collier (Connecticut); Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics); Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings); Stefanie Dolson(Chicago Sky); Asia Durr (Louisville); Sylvia Fowles(Minnesota Lynx); Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury); Tiffany Hayes (Atlanta Dream); Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks); Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm); Kayla McBride (Las Vegas Aces); Angel McCoughtry(Atlanta Dream); Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State); Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx); Chiney Ogwumike(Connecticut Sun); Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks); Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces); Katie Lou Samuelson (Connecticut); Odyssey Sims (Los Angeles Sparks); Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm); Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); Morgan Tuck(Connecticut Sun); Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx); Courtney Williams (Connecticut Sun); and A’ja Wilson (South Carolina).

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SMH OMG SPORTS MOMENTS

My SMH moment goes to Odell Beckham Jr’s newest tattoo of former 76ers,’ Allen Iverson stepping over former LA Lakers point guard (now head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers) Tyronn Lue  in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals.

My OMG, moment goes to former Tampa Bay Buc’s defensive tackle  Hall of Famer, and former commentator Warren Sapp, who was named in a sexual harassment suit against the NFL Network by a former stylist. Sapp said vibrators he distributed to colleagues were just cute gifts.