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Mo’ne Davis rubbing shoulders with legends


14 year old Taney Dragons pitcher Mo’Ne Davis, was only 13 when she became the first female to ever earn a pitching win at the Little League World Series. While making history of her own she met a baseball history maker Hank Aaron on Tuesday.

Legendary, “Hammerin’ Hank,” Hank Aaron is a retired MLB right fielder and Hall of Famer met with Davis and her little league teammates and gave them a tour of Turner Field.  Aaron shared many stories with them including one conversation that he had with his father, in which he told his father he wanted to become a pilot and his father said, “Son there are no Negro pilots” He also added that, “You can play baseball.” From that day forward Hank began to pursue a career in baseball.

Baseball is not the only sport Davis plays. The mulit-talented athlete joined her 8th grade varsity basketball team and has  been selected by, The legendary Harlem Globetrotters as part of their 9th annual player draft.  Director of player personnel Sweet Lou Dunbar, says “When we conduct our draft, we look for outstanding athletes from different sports all over the world that exemplify the Globetrotters’ efforts to provide service, smiles and sportsmanship globally.”

Currently Mo’ne and her teammates are on a three week civil rights trip. Their next stops include the Martin Luther King Jr Center, and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Allegations, Arrest and Endorsements–Hope Solo Hot Topic of the World Cup

 

When I think of soccer the first person comes to mind is David Beckham. But there is a US Soccer player and Olympic Gold medalist named Hope Solo. With the Women World Cup underway 33 year old Solo is getting heavy media coverage and it’s not because of her performance on the soccer field. Solo’s husband former NFL player Jerramy Stevens defends her by commenting, “she’s in the right.”

Stevens was speaking about a prior run in with the law last June when Solo was charged with two counts of domestic violence assault from an altercation that involved her sister and her 17 year old nephew.

With allegations looming, Solo has not said much to the media since the World Cup has began. With the opportunity to earn more multi- million dollar endorsements the debatable topic is that Solo’s brand is tarnished and her earnings are limited. Compared to other female athletes who have not been involved with domestic violence allegation such as, Danica Patrick and Serena Williams who consistently gain and retain lucrative endorsements based on the visibility of their sport.

Thought of the Day:

Hope Solo is an excellent soccer player and is regarded as one of the best goalkeeper in the US. She has the potential to make more high earning endorsement but she must remain focus on the World Cup. Silence is not always a bad thing.

 

Ana Konjuh achieves 1st WTA title

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Croatian Teen Ana Konjuh  wins her first WTA  tour Title, by Beating Monica Niculescu.
She is the second youngest player to receive a WTA title since fifteen year old Tamira Paszek, triumphed in 2006.
At the tender age of 17 she was unable to accept her prize of a champagne bottle after her win however Ana Kohjuh stated, “It feels great , I didn’t expect it.”

Two Atlanta Dream Players heading to Europe

 

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Due to the European games in Baku,Azerbaijan, the Atlanta Dream’s  guard Tiffany Hayes and center Aneika Henry  will miss the next five games. The WNBA Atlanta Dream made the announcement after their 82-64 loss against the Connecticut Suns.

The European Games are an International sporting event for athletes representing the National Olympic Committees or Europe.  This could be a setback for the team with Hayes averaging 12.2 points 3.4 rebounds per game, and Henry averaging 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds.

Hayes and Henry are set to miss Home Games against Indiana (June 16), Chicago (June 19), New York (June 21) Washington (June 26), and a road contest June 24 at Chicago. They are both set to return July 5, against Seattle.