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Group starts campaign aimed at seeing Morgan alum Chester in Hall of Fame

Posted on 04 February 2014 by WNST Staff


      On October 5, 2013, the Black Sports Legends Foundation,  a 501 C 3 nonprofit organization announced the formation of a planning committee headed by Derrick Ramsey,  Athletic Director of  Coppin State University, to get Raymond Chester nominated to the NFL  Pro – Football  Hall Of Fame for the class of 2015.  The announcement occurred at the 2013 Pre-Game Memorial & Celebration , on the campus of Morgan State University. 

     The strategies  that will be implemented  will  include  the following : Engaging  the Morgan State University School of Communications Student Organization , Morgan State University National  Alumni Association  office and  the Morgan State University Baltimore City Howard Cornish Chapter. We will also be contacting the Superintendants Of Schools for the Baltimore,  City Public Schools, and Oakland, California City Public school system to get public school students engaged in the national email voting campaign.  We have contacted the public relations department for the Oakland Raiders, which we plan to engage to generate emails and letters from the Oakland Raider’s Nation fan base  to jump start the national email and letter writing campaign.

       We will also be reaching out to members of the Black College Football Hall of Fame, headed by Doug Williams and James Harris, and members of the NFL Pro- Football Hall of Fame.  Local and national sports writers and sports broadcasters  will  move the campaign forward by emailing the NFL seven – man member senior committee.  

Please take a minute of your time to visit our website at www.theblacksportslegendsfoundation.org and, click on the photo gallery to view the 2013 Pre-Game Memorial & Celebration.


Charged with the vital task of continuing to ensure that new enshrines are the finest the game has produced is the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 46-person Selection Committee (see list below).

FAQ about the Hall’s selection process

The Committee consists of one media representative from each pro football city with two from New York, inasmuch as that city has two teams in the National Football League. A 33rd member is a representative of the Pro Football Writers of America and there are 13 at-large delegates.

How is a Senior Candidate Chosen?

To assure that older players will be considered, along with the Modern Era players, a Seniors Committee, made up of nine veteran members of the overall Selection Committee, has been established to consider nominees whose active career has been completed by at least 25 years.  

Like the full Committee, the members of the Seniors Committee are provided a preliminary list of eligible nominees.  The list, which is compiled and mailed to the selectors by June 1, includes carry-over nominations from the previous year, first-time eligible candidates, and nominations from any outside source.  By way of a mail ballot the Committee members reduce the list to 15 Senior Nominee finalists.   Five members of the nine-man Committee, selected on a rotating basis, are designated to attend the annual Seniors Committee meeting held in Canton, where they are charged with the responsibility of nominating two candidates from that list to be among the 17 finalists for Hall of Fame election.  In advance of the meeting, each selector is provided with detailed biographical information on the candidates.

Senior Committee members are assisted during their annual meeting by two Hall of Fame consultants, chosen by the Hall’s president, who were contemporaries of the majority of the nominees.  The consultants offer only their opinions and are not entitled to vote.  After each candidate is discussed thoroughly, the consultants are excused from the meeting.  Additional discussion is conducted followed by a series of reduction votes that results in the naming of two Senior Nominees.

Although the Senior Nominees will be presented to the full Selection Committee as two of the 17 finalists, their election to the Hall of Fame is not automatic.  The Senior Nominees must receive the same minimum 80% of the vote as a Modern Era candidate to be elected.



Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee
Arizona Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
Atlanta Len Pasquarelli, CBS-Atlanta
Baltimore Scott Garceau, WMAR-TV
Buffalo Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News
Carolina Darin Gantt, ProFootballTalk
Chicago Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune*
Cincinnati Joe Reedy, Cincinnati Enquirer
Cleveland Tony Grossi, ESPNCleveland.com/WKNR Radio
Dallas Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News*
Denver Jeff Legwold, ESPN.com
Detroit Anwar Richardson, MLive!
Green Bay Cliff Christl, Green Bay Press-Gazette
Houston John McClain, Houston Chronicle*
Indianapolis Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
Jacksonville Sam Kouvaris, WJXT-TV
Kansas City Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star
Miami Edwin Pope, Miami Herald
Minnesota Mark Craig, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
New England Ron Borges, Boston Herald*
New Orleans Pete Finney, Times-Picayune
New York (Giants) Bob Glauber, Newsday
New York (Jets) Gary Myers, New York Daily News
Oakland Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
Philadelphia Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Daily News
Pittsburgh Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
St. Louis Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch*
San Diego Nick Canepa, San Diego Union Tribune
San Francisco Nancy Gay, Comcast Sportsnet
Seattle Mike Sando, ESPN.com
Tampa Bay Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
Tennessee David Climer, The Tennessean
Washington David Elfin, 106.7 The Fan
PFWA Darryl Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
At Large Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange
At Large Jarrett Bell, USA Today
At Large John Clayton, ESPN/ESPN Magazine
At Large Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports
At Large John Czarnecki, FOXSports.com*
At Large Dave Goldberg, AOL Sports/Fanhouse*
At Large Clark Judge, CBSSports.com
At Large Peter King, Sports Illustrated  
At Large Ira Miller, The Sports Xchange*  
At Large Sal Paolantonio, ESPN  
At Large Vito Stellino, Florida Times Union  
At Large Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated  
At Large Charean Williams, Ft. Worth Star Telegram  

* Also serves on the Senior Selection Committee. 





1.) Dan Pompei* Former sports columnist Chicago Tribune – Twitter – Dan Pompei @ danpompei

2.) Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News* – email – rgosselin@dallasnews.com

3.) John McClain, Houston Chronicle* email- john.mcclain@chron.com

4.) Ron Borges boston herald*- email ron.borges@bostonherald.com

5.) Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch* email- bjmiklasz@post-dispatch.com

6.) John Czarnecki*  At Large  –   email – John Czarnecki, msn.foxsports.com

7.) Dave Goldberg At Large*  –  email –  dgoldberg@ap.org


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Cabral to be inducted into Blast Hall of Fame

Posted on 30 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Blast have announced that former player Denison Cabral will be inducted into the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 22nd. Original Blast Head Coach Kenny Cooper, former players Stan Stamenkovic, Mike Stankovic, Tim Wittman, Bruce Savage, Dave MacWilliams, Joey Fink, Heinz Wirtz, Keith Van Eron, Dominic Mobilio, Billy Ronson, Richard Chinapoo, Cris Vaccaro, Pat Ercoli, Doug Neely, Danny Counce, Rusty Troy, and Tarik Walker are already in the Hall of Fame, along with original MISL Commissioner Earl Foreman. Cabral will be honored in a ceremony during halftime of the Blast game against the Syracuse Silver Knights.

“As I got back into indoor soccer in 1998, Kevin Healey mentioned that Denison Cabral was available.  When I met him, I was impressed with his interpersonal skills as it relates to his team mates and the fans off the field.  Over the 13 years that he played with my team, I viewed him as one of the most skilled prolific scorers in Blast history.  When he would line up to take penalty kicks, it was an absolute that he was going to score and he did!  It has been my pleasure to have him be on our team and I am congratulating him on his induction in to the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame”, said Blast owner Ed Hale.
Denison Cabral played 13 seasons in Baltimore. Cabral, a five-time League All Star  is also ranked first in franchise history in points (941), total goals (445), two point goals (284), one point goals(142), power play goals (85), game winning goals (32), and playoff scoring (81). During his career, Cabral was a 5 time all- league, won 5 championships with the Blast and was the 2003 2008 Championship MVP. Today, he continues his love and knowledge for soccer as enters his 8th year as the President and Director of Coaching of the Denison Cabral Futsal Academy.  Working with boys and girls from ages 4 to 19, the DCFA is one of the strongest organizations of Futsal in Maryland and the country. Recently, U.S. Futsal (USFF) announced that “Cabral, former US National Futsal Team member and indoor soccer star, as the Director of Youth Player Development to head U.S. Futsal’s recently established Youth Development Program.”

I am very honored and humbled to be voted into such an esteemed Hall of Fame next to some of the legends of the sport; “The magician”, Wittman, Mobilio and Walker (long time teammate and friend)… That’s amazing!  I was blessed to have had the best years of my career spent in Baltimore and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I would also like to thank Mr. Hale, his family, Kevin Healey and the entire Blast organization for making me always feel like a part of the Blast family. I would also like to thank all my teammates and especially the Baltimore fans for their years of support. I will always be thankful for this chapter of my professional career and enjoyed it very much. God knows how much I miss all of preparation for games, traveling, back flips, climbing on the boards, and all of the excitement as a player. Lastly, I thank God for the opportunity to have experienced everything I have always dreamed about.” said Cabral.

Kevin Healey, President and General Manager of the Blast added, “Denison was a Hall of Famer for the Blast both on and off the field.  I look forward to the 22nd when Denison receives his well-deserved honor.”

The Blast, 10-3 are traveling to Syracuse tomorrow to play the Silver Knights for the third time this season at 7:30pm at the OnCenter War Memorial Arena. The Blast’s next two home games are Friday February 21st at 7:05pm and Saturday February 22nd at 6:05pm. Single-game tickets cost $22, $19, and $16. They are on sale at the Baltimore Arena Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 410-547-SEAT or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For additional information on all Blast tickets, call the Blast office at 410-73-BLAST.

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Former Oriole Manto elected to International League Hall of Fame

Posted on 28 January 2014 by WNST Staff


The International League announced today that former League MVP Jeff Manto, current Scranton/WB RailRiders manager Dave Miley, and current Toledo broadcaster Jim Weber will be inducted into the circuit’s Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2014. The three men were elected to the IL Hall by a vote of living Hall of Famers, longtime executives, broadcasters, and members of the media.

Members of the Class of 2014 have been added to the International League Hall of Fame plaque display. The inductees will be presented with “The Curtain Call” statue during individual enshrinement ceremonies to take place during the coming season. The IL Hall of Fame plaque display does not have a permanent home, but rather serves as a traveling testament to the storied legacy of the International League.

Former infielder and outfielder Jeff Manto hit .275 with 125 home runs with seven different IL clubs between 1992 and 2000. He was the League’s Most Valuable Player in 1994, a season split between Norfolk and Rochester. He was a star of the Buffalo teams that won the American Association title in 1997 and the Governors’ Cup in 1998, later becoming just one of three players in Bisons history to have his uniform number retired.

Winner of well over 1,000 games in the League, Dave Miley earns induction in the midst of a distinguished career as an IL manager. Miley, who also piloted the Cincinnati Reds for parts of three seasons from 2003 to 2005, is a two-time IL Manager of the Year. He was at the helm for the only Governors’ Cup titles in the history of both the Louisville and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchises.

Rounding out the Class of 2014 is the first broadcaster elected to the IL Hall of Fame, Jim Weber, who was honored this past season for calling his 5,000th consecutive game for the Toledo Mud Hens. Weber also works on the club’s television broadcasts and has served as Toledo’s traveling secretary since 1984.

Only three IL Hall of Famers have ever spent time in the League in an on-field capacity after their induction, one player (Rocky Nelson) and two managers (Tommy Thomas and George Toporcer). Dave Miley will join this list in 2014, along with Class of 2013 inductee Larry Parrish who is returning to Toledo as manager.

The IL Hall of Fame, established in 1947, was dormant from 1964 until the League’s 125th Anniversary season in 2008. Following a three-year transition period (2008-10) in which a total of 50 individuals were inducted after having been selected by a committee, the Class of 2014 was the fourth chosen by what will continue to serve as the annual election process. Each year the top three vote-getters who also receive a vote on the majority of ballots returned will be elected.

Complete statistical data and biographical information on all 113 members of the IL Hall of Fame, along with a copy of the International League Hall of Fame policies, procedures, and guidelines are available at www.ILBaseball.com.

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UMBC hosts Hartford for Hall of Fame Day Saturday

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: The UMBC Retrievers (5-14, 1-5) try to salvage the final game of a three-game homestand when they face the Hartford Hawks (10-11, 4-2) on Hall of Fame Day at the RAC Arena. The Saturday, Jan. 25 nightcap of a hoops doubleheader gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Gary Stein and Troy Green have the call, live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv. Streaming is also now available on most mobile devices.

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  UMBC played the two undefeated teams in America East, Vermont and Stony Brook, in a span of three days, and dropped both decisions. The Retrievers are mired in a shooting slump – the squad has not surpassed 40 percent shooting from the floor in the last five games. FR G Rodney Elliott (13.8 ppg) has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games, while SR F Chase Plummer coming off a 21-point effort versus Stony Brook.

HAWK UPDATE: Taylor Dyson’s short baseline jumper as he fell to the floor with 2.3 seconds left boosted Hartford to a 56-54 victory over Binghamton on Thursday night. Wes Cole led the Hawks (10-11, 4-2 America East) with 24 points, and the junior guard has buried 18 treys in his last two outings. JR F Mark Nwakamma leads UH in scoring (15.2) and rebounding (6.0). Hartford has won three straight, two of which have been on the road and the Hawks are 5-6 in road games in 2013-14.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC hits the road next week for contests at Binghamton (Jan. 29) and at Maine (Feb .1).

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Mussina falls well short of induction to Hall of Fame in first year on ballot

Posted on 08 January 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 BBWAA Electees Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas to join Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre in Cooperstown at 2014 Hall of Fame Weekend Induction Ceremony

For only the second time since the first National Baseball Hall of Fame class in 1936, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected three players in their first year of eligibility to the Hall of Fame in balloting verified by Ernst & Young.

Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and designated hitter-first baseman Frank Thomasall cleared the 75-percent plurality threshold to gain election to the Hall of Fame and will be inducted in ceremonies July 25-28 at Cooperstown, N.Y.

Maddux was the leading vote getter with 555 votes of the 571 ballots, including one blank, cast by senior members of the BBWAA, writers with 10 or more consecutive years of service. That represented 97.2 percent of the vote. Glavine received 525 votes (91.9 percent) and Thomas 478 (83.7). It marked the first time that three first-ballot nominees were elected sinceNolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yountin 1999.

Craig Biggio missed the 75-percent cutoff point of 429 by two votes, tying Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin in balloting history. Traynor was elected in 1948. Fox was in his last year on the ballot and was subsequently elected by the Veterans Committee in 1997. It was Biggio’s second year on the ballot. Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive five percent of the vote.

Pitcher Jack Morris received 351 votes (61.5) in his final year on the ballot and will be eligible for the Expansion Era Committee consideration in the fall of 2016. Players receiving sufficient support to remain on the BBWAA ballot were first baseman Jeff Bagwell (54.3), outfielder Tim Raines (46.1), pitcher Roger Clemens (35.4), outfielder Barry Bonds (34.7), relief pitcher Lee Smith (29.9), pitcherCurt Schilling (29.2), designated hitter-third baseman Edgar Martinez (25.2), shortstop Alan Trammell(20.8), pitcher Mike Mussina (20.3), second baseman Jeff Kent (15.2), first baseman Fred McGriff(11.7), first baseman Mark McGwire (11.0), outfielder Larry Walker (10.2), first baseman Don Mattingly(8.2) and outfielder Sammy Sosa (7.2).

Maddux and Glavine are the first pair of Hall of Fame classmates both to record voting percentages in the 90th-percentile since 2007 with Cal Ripken Jr. (98.5) and Tony Gwynn (97.6). Overall it is the fifth time in Hall of Fame voting history that classmates have recorded 90th-percentile totals, joining 1936 (Ty Cobb 98.2 Honus Wagner 95.1, Babe Ruth 95.1, Christy Mathewson 90.7); 1989 (Johnny Bench96.4, Carl Yastrzemski 94.6); 1999 (Ryan – 98.8, Brett – 98.29) and 2007.

Thomas is the first Hall of Famer to have played a majority of games at the DH position. He appeared in 2,322 career games, with 1,310 coming as a DH, (56.4%). Paul Molitor, who was elected in 2004, played 44 percent of his games as a DH.

Maddux and Glavine are the first pair of 300-game winners elected in the same year since 1973 –Warren Spahn (363) and Mickey Welch (307). The only other time two 300-game winners were elected in the same year was in 1936 when the BBWAA chose Walter Johnson (417) and Christy Mathewson (373). Maddux and Glavine are the first pair of living 300-game winners elected to the Hall of Fame in the same year.

The election of Maddux and Glavine marks the first time since 1992 that two former big league starting pitchers entered the Hall in the same class. That year Tom Seaver was elected by the BBWAA and Hal Newhouser by the Veterans Committee. The last time two former big league starting pitchers were elected in the same year by the BBWAA was 1991 – Ferguson Jenkins and Gaylord Perry. Jenkins and Perry were also prior members of the same rotation to be elected together, having pitched albeit for only part of each season with the Texas Rangers in 1975 and 1980. The last time two big league starters that pitched at least one whole season in the same rotation were elected to the Hall of Fame was 1946; Jack Chesbro and Rube Waddell took regular turns in the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation in 1900. Another member of the Class of 1946, Eddie Plank, was in the Philadelphia Athletics rotation with Waddell from 1902-07.

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Cottle headlines new Loyola Hall of Fame class

Posted on 12 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Eleven Named To Loyola Athletics Hall Of Fame Class Of 2014


BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland’s Atheltics Hall of Fame Committee has chosen 11 former Greyhounds student-athletes and coaches who will form the Class of 2014 induction class and will be enshrined on Friday, May 2, 2014.

The class, which is Loyola’s first induction class in more than 10 years, features nine former student-athletes:  Joseph Barger ’89 (men’s soccer), Mark Gallagher ’98 (men’s swimming & diving),  Kerri Johnson ’97 (women’s lacrosse), Timothy McGeeney ’95 (men’s lacrosse), Michelle Meyer ’96(women’s lacrosse), John Mohler ’50 (men’s lacrosse, men’s swimming and diving, wrestling), Michael Morrison ’07 (men’s basketball), Dania Thompson ’76 (men’s basketball, women’s lacrosse), Nancy Turnblacer ’02 (women’s tennis). Two former coaches, Dave Cottle (men’s lacrosse) and Bill Sento (men’s soccer), will be inducted, as well, honoring their service to Loyola athletics.

“We are pleased to congratulate these 11 women and men as our Class of 2014 to the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Jim Paquette, Loyola’s assistant vice president and director of athletics. “Each made outstanding contributions to Loyola athletics, and we are excited to welcome them to a prestigious group.”

A two-year captain for the men’s soccer team, Joe Barger is one of the program’s greatest defenders. A two-time all-conference player, he helped Loyola to a 30-game unbeaten streak over two seasons and the NCAA South Atlantic Championship in 1986 and 1989. During his senior year, Barger also competed for the men’s lacrosse team which reached the NCAA Quarterfinals. He is a member of the Fallston and Maryland Soccer Halls of Fame.

Dave Cottle is the winningest men’s lacrosse coach in Loyola history, posting an overall record of 181-70 from 1983-2001. Cottle guided Loyola through its transition to NCAA Division I and led the Greyhounds to 18 consecutive winning seasons and 14 straight NCAA tournament berths. In 1988, he was named the NCAA Coach of the Year, and in 1990 guided his squad to the NCAA Championship Game. He is a member of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and he also holds a spot in Salisbury University’s Athletics Halls of Fame. Cottle is currently the head coach and president of Major League Lacrosse’s Chesapeake Bayhawks.

Mark Gallagher led Loyola to it’s first-ever men’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship in 1995. The 1997 MAAC Swimmer of the Year, Gallagher was a four-time conference champion in the 50-yard freestyle, and he graduated with numerous individual and team program records. His 50-meter freestyle record still stands to this day.

An outstanding student-athlete and leader, Kerri Johnson led Loyola women’s lacrosse during an era of unprecedented success. A three-time All-America selection, Johnson helped lead her teams to three NCAA Semifinals appearances, including an appearance in the 1997 NCAA Championship Game. Johnson received Loyola’s prestigious Ernest Lagna Award, which is awarded to Loyola’s top female student-athlete, and She went on to serve as both and assistant and head coach at Loyola and was a member of the United States National team. She is also a member of the Perry Hall High School and Greater Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse Halls of Fame.

Regarded as one of Loyola’s greatest men’s lacrosse goaltenders, Timothy McGeeney was a four-year starter for the Greyhounds. He anchored his team to four NCAA tournament appearances, receiving All-America accolades in 1992, 1994 and 1995. His 810 career saves still ranks atop Loyola’s all-time records. He also ranks first in single season saves with 245 during 1995 season. Tim went on to be a USCLA All-Club performer and win an MLL championship as a member of the Baltimore Bayhawks. 

Michelle Meyer was three-time All-America selection, two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and the 1997 National Midfielder of the Year. She is Loyola’s all-time leader in draw controls and ranks 7th in total points, leading her team to three NCAA semifinal appearances and the 1997 national championship game. A member of the 1997 US National team, she is also inducted to the Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Together with her husband, Matt Dwan, Meyer is part of the only husband-wife duo in Loyola’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

John Mohler was a three-sport student-athlete on the Evergreen campus. An honorable mention All-America in lacrosse, he also led Loyola to back-to-back swimming and diving Mason-Dixon Conference Championships in 1947 and 1948. Mohler graduated and eventually became the lacrosse program’s head coach, before his untimely death at the age of 29 in 1956. Mohler’s legacy has been carried on at Loyola through the naming of the John Mohler Award, which is presented annually to the top senior male student-athlete. Mohler is also a member of the Maryland Lacrosse Club and Mount Saint Joseph High School Athletic Halls of Fame.

A standout for the men’s basketball team from 1985 to 1989, Michael Morrison is the school’s lone player of the Division I era to be selected in the NBA (Phoenix Suns, 1989, 51st overall). The program’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,697 points, Morrison was a two-time first team All-Northeast Conference selection who was named to the NEC’s 25th Anniversary All-Time Team in January 2006. The Takoma Park, Md., native went on to enjoy a 13-year professional playing career in the NBA and overseas. He returned to Loyola after retiring from the game to complete his degree in 2007.

Bill Sento holds the distinction of Loyola men’s soccer’s all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 255-112-40 as the program’s head coach from 1980-1999. and an overall record. Prior to entry into the MAAC, Sento led his teams to four ECAC Metro Champions and two-time NCAA South Atlantic Regional Champions. His teams earned eight MAAC regular-season championships, eight conference tournament championships, and they earned three NCAA tournament appearances. Two of Sento’s NCAA teams advanced to final eight; he was also named MAAC Coach of the Year in 1999.

Dania Thompson was a standout student-athlete during the formative years of women’s athletics at Loyola. An All-State selection in women’s basketball, she was the program’s leading scorer at the time of her graduation and helped he team to three winning seasons; she also excelled in lacrosse and tennis. In 1975, she helped her team to a first place finish in the Maryland Collegiate Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. Thompson graduated from Loyola with honors with a degree in Biology with Cum Laude honors.

Nancy Turnblacer was a three-time captain of the women’s tennis program. Playing No. 1 singles all four years, she led the Greyhounds to four consecutive MAAC Championships and NCAA appearances, as well as an 80-14 overall record. She set records for most singles wins in a career at  No. 1 (58) and most victories at No. 1 in a season (21).  Turnblacer was also a tremendous student, earning Academic All-America Second Team honors and three MAAC All-Academic selections, as well as the Loyola Medal of Merit award.

The induction ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. in Loyola’s McGuire Hall. Additionally, the inductees will be recognized the following at the Loyola-Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse game at the Ridley Athletic Complex.

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Former Orioles Mussina, Benitez, Palmeiro, Sosa on HOF ballot

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

(Cooperstown, NY) – Pitchers who won a combined seven Cy Young Awards and position players who totaled three Most Valuable Player Awards are among 19 new candidates on the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 600 voting members of the BBWAA.

Pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Eric Gagne, first baseman-designated hitter Frank Thomas and second baseman Jeff Kent join 17 holdovers from the 2013 balloting that failed to produce a winning candidate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the first time since 1996.

Craig Biggio, who totaled 3,060 hits and was a seven-time All-Star while playing three positions (catcher, second base, outfield), topped the 2014 ballot with 388 votes – 39 shy of the 427 required for election. His total reflected 68.2 percent of the electorate, which consists of BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of Major League Baseball coverage.

Players must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast to earn election. Other players named on more than half the ballots were pitcher Jack Morris (67.7 percent), first baseman Jeff Bagwell (59.6), catcher Mike Piazza (57.8) and outfielder Tim Raines (52.2). Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive five percent of the vote in any year. This is the 15th and final year of eligibility for Morris.

Maddux won four consecutive National League Cy Young Awards from 1992-95 and a record 18 Gold Glove Awards in a 23-season career in which he compiled a 355-227 record with a 3.16 earned run average and 3,371 strikeouts in 5,008 1/3 innings combined for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. The righthander led the NL in ERA four times and won at least 15 games for 17 straight seasons, another record.

Glavine, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner (1991 and ’98) and 10-time All-Star, was 305-203 with a 3.54 ERA over 22 seasons combined with the Braves and New York Mets. The lefthander was a five-time 20-game winner and won four Silver Slugger Awards. Gagne had 55 saves and a 1.20 ERA in 77 appearances with the Dodgers in his Cy Young Award season.

Thomas, who won consecutive American League MVP Awards with the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and ’94 and placed in the top three in the voting five times overall, finished his 19-year career with 2,468 hits, including 521 home runs. He drove in 1,704 runs, scored 1,494 and had more walks (1,667) than strikeouts (1,397).

Jeff Kent, the NL MVP in 2000 with the San Francisco Giants, also played for the Mets, Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros in a 17-season career during which he slammed 377 home runs, 351 of which were as a second baseman, a major league record. The five-time All-Star had at least 20 homers and 100 RBI in eight seasons, the most by any second baseman in major-league history.

Hideo Nomo, the 1995 NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year winner and the owner of two no-hitters; and two World Series heroes, outfielders Moises Alou (1997 Florida Marlins) and Luis Gonzalez (2001 Arizona Diamondbacks), are also on the ballot for the first time. Joining them are righthander Mike Mussina, who had a .638 winning percentage (270-153) over 18 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees; lefthander Kenny Rogers, whose perfect game for the Texas Rangers in 1994 was the highlight of a 20-year career; reliever Armando Benitez, the 2001 Rolaids Relief Man of the Year and first baseman J.T. Snow, a six-time Gold Glove Award winner. Other newcomers are relievers Todd Jones and Mike Timlin, first basemen Sean Casey and Richie Sexson, second baseman Ray Durham, catcher Paul Lo Duca and outfielder Jacque Jones.

Among others returning to the ballot are first basemen Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro; outfielders Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Larry Walker; pitchers Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Lee Smith; shortstop Alan Trammell and third baseman-DH Edgar Martinez.

Writers must return ballots by a Dec. 31 postmark. Votes are counted jointly by BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O’Connell and Ernst & Young partner Michael DiLecce. Results will be announced at 2 p.m., EST, Wednesday, January 8, 2014, on MLB Network and the web sites of the Hall of Fame and the BBWAA.

The ballot: Moises Alou, Jeff Bagwell, Armando Benitez, Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, Sean Casey, Roger Clemens, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Tom Glavine, Luis Gonzalez, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Jeff Kent, Paul Lo Duca, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Kenny Rogers, Curt Schilling, Richie Sexson, Lee Smith, J.T. Snow, Sammy Sosa, Frank Thomas, Mike Timlin, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker.


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Former hoops star Greene to be inducted to UMBC Hall of Fame

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC Athletics is pleased to announce that seven former student-athletes and one current beloved staff member will comprise its 2014 UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame class.

The inductees will be; Justin Bronson, ’09 (men’s swimming & diving), Cindy Kubiet (Director of Sports Medicine, 1978-present), Kelly Fiorani, ’06 (women’s lacrosse), Jay Greene, ’09 (men’s basketball), Ray Ignacio, ’87 (men’s lacrosse), Alessandra Pedergnana, ’06 (women’s tennis),Kristie Pickeral, ’06 (softball) and Brian Rowland, ’03 (men’s soccer).

The UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and inductions will take place on Saturday evening, Jan. 25, 2014 at the Southeast Club Level of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the UMBC men’s basketball game versus Hartford that afternoon. Ticket information will be announced later this month.

Justin Bronson earned five gold medals in America East Championship competition in individual races and three golds in relay events, in addition to numerous silver and bronze medals. He was selected as the America East Conference Swimmer of the Week once as a freshman, twice as a junior and three times in his senior year. The native of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada still holds the school record in 500-yard freestyle.

Kelly Fiorani currently ranks third on UMBC’s all-time scoring list in lacrosse with 189 points. She scored 140 goals and added 49 assists from 2003-06. Fiorani was a member of UMBC’s Northeast Conference champion and NCAA Tournament team in 2003. She was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year in 2003 and received America East First Team honors and All-Championship Team honors in 2004 and 2006. She also received two letters in soccer and ranked second in points (10) for the 2004 squad. Fiorani was named UMBC’s Outstanding Female Senior Athlete in 2006.

Jay Greene has played the most basketball games, 122, and logged the most minutes, 4,192, in Retriever basketball history. A current assistant coach with UMBC, Greene dished out 683 assists, the most in school history, the third-most ever in America East Conference history and the third-most of any NCAA Division I player in the state of Maryland. He was named the Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player in the 2008 America East Tournament, leading the Retrievers to their first tournament title and NCAA berth. In his junior season, he was the lone player in the nation to be ranked in the top five in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio and assists per game.An America East All-Rookie team member in 2005-06, Greene earned First-Team All-Conference honors in 2007-08 and Second Team honors in his senior campaign.

Face-off specialist Ray Ignacio earned Honorable Mention All-American in 1987. He is currently tenth in NCAA history in face-off winning percentage (63.4%) and his 69.6% mark led the nation in 1987. Ignacio is UMBC’s single season leader in draws and is the current leader with 450 face-offs won. He is a member of the UMBC All Time Lacrosse Team, was the 1987 UMBC Lacrosse team captain and played in the 1987 North-South All-Star Game.

Cindy Kubiet has served UMBC as its Director of Sports Medicine since 1978. She has established a training program which includes recruitment, educational forums, clinical experiences and a career development and mentor program. Her holistic approach toward working with student-athletes led to the creation of a life skills program at UMBC in 1986. Kubiet was awarded the Board of Regents’ University System of Maryland Staff Award for her outstanding service to students in an academic or residential environment in 2007.

Alessandra Pedergnana becomes the first women’s tennis player selected to the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame. As a freshman in 2003, she won 27 matches and was named All Conference in both singles and doubles in the Northeast Conference. She earned All-America East honors in 2004 and played at No. 1 singles for her final two seasons. As a senior, she won her 100th career match and finished the campaign with an impressive 13-4 record. She was named UMBC’s co-Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2006.

Kristie Pickeral was the 2002 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year, helping UMBC reach the NCAA Championships. A year later, she earned NEC Player of the Year with a .387 batting average, 12 HR’s and 59 RBI. The third baseman is currently UMBC’s all-time hits leader with 263 and she slugged 40 home runs. She is also the all-time leader in RBI (179), games played and started (242), total bases (416) and walks and was the 2005 UMBC Most Outstanding Female Athlete.

Brian Rowland holds UMBC’s single season (11, 2002) and career shutouts record (25) as a goalkeeper in men’s soccer. He earned First Team All-Northeast Conference honors in his senior season of 2002. He is currently seventh in school history with 227 saves and has played professionally both indoors (Baltimore, Milwaukee, Orlando) and outdoors (Crystal Palace USA, Toronto Lynx). Rowland is currently an assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Maryland.

The hall of fame inductions, which have been a biennial event for UMBC Athletics for more than a decade, will revert back to becoming an annual event on the athletics’ calendar.

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Former Morgan RB Kelly named to Black College Football Hall of Fame

Posted on 23 October 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Former Morgan State running back Leroy Kelly is among seven inductees for the Black College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.

The newest members were selected from a list of 25 finalists who had been determined earlier by the Black College Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee comprised of commentators Roscoe Nance (Chairman), Donald Hunt, Ty Miller, Charlie Neal and Lloyd Vance former NFL General Managers Ernie Accorsi and Gil Brandt, long-time NFL scouts Charles Bailey and Charles Garcia, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch, and historian Michael Hurd.

Others in the Class of 2014 are Robert Brazile (Jackson State University), John Stallworth (Alabama A&M University), Michael Strahan (Texas Southern University), Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State University), Doug Wilkerson (North Carolina Central University) as player inductees and Marino Casem (Alcorn State University) as a coach inductee.

These men will be honored at the Fifth Annual Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by the Atlanta Falcons on March 1, 2014. The event will take place at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with Black College Football weekend.

“The history of Black College Football is compelling and must be shared,” said Atlanta Falcons Owner & Chairman Arthur Blank. “We are proud to support the Black College Football Hall of Fame and congratulate the Class of 2014.”

In 1962, when the Bears won the CIAA Championship, Leroy Kelly led the team in rushing, scoring and punting. In 1963, Kelly was selected by the press as Morgan’s Most Valuable Player in the Orange Blossom Game during a season in which he averaged better than 5 yards a carry for Morgan.

When Kelly was signed by the Cleveland Browns, Morgan’s Coach Earl Banks said, “Leroy is one of the finest backs I have ever coached. He has everything it takes to be Morgan’s next pro.”

Kelly was an eighth-round pick of the Browns in the 1964 draft after a fine four-year career at Morgan State. For his first two years, he was an understudy to Jim Brown, the most prolific ground-gainer in history up to that time. When Brown retired just before the 1966 campaign, Kelly filled the void in a manner seldom seen in pro football circles.

For the next three years, he rushed for 1,000 yards, winning All-NFL honors each year and being selected as a starter in three straight Pro Bowls. Kelly also played in three other Pro Bowls following the 1969, 1970 and 1971 seasons, and earned first-team All-NFL in 1969 and 1971.

During his career, he won four individual statistical championships, including NFL rushing titles in 1967 and 1968. In 1965, he won the NFL punt return title, an honor he repeated in the AFC in 1971.

Kelly was enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 30, 1994.

The Black College Football Hall of Fame was established to honor the greatest football players, coaches and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).   Each inductee’s college or university will receive a $5,000 grant to support continuing academic and athletic opportunities at their respective institutions.

To learn more, visit… www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org, www.Twitter.com/BCFHOF, www.Facebook.com/BlackCollegeFootballHallofFame

About the Black College Football Hall of Fame

Since inception (2010), 44 members have been inducted and over $172,000 in scholarships has been awarded to Historically Black Colleges & Universities. The Black College Football Hall of Fame is based in Atlanta, Georgia and was founded by Black Quarterback NFL Pioneers James “Shack” Harris and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams.

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Navy coach Niumatalolo named to Polynesian football Hall of Fame

Posted on 09 October 2013 by WNST Staff



Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony to be held January 23, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawai’i.


October 9, 2013 (Honolulu, HI) – The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced its Inaugural Class today. Seven Inductees were selected from a list of 25 Finalists who had been determined earlier by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.


The Inaugural Class includes Kurt Keola Gouveia (Hawaiian ancestry), Olin George Kreutz (Hawaiian ancestry), Kevin James Mawae(Hawaiian ancestry), Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau, Jr. (Samoan ancestry), Jack Thompson (Samoan ancestry), Herman John Wedemeyer(Hawaiian ancestry) as player inductees and Ken Niumatalolo (Samoan ancestry) as a coach inductee.


Inductees will be honored on January 23, 2014 (prior to the NFL Pro Bowl) at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony to be held at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu. ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Neil Everett and former NFL player, Philadelphia TV News Anchor Vai Sikahema will serve as Masters of Ceremonies.


The Selection Committee was comprised of former college head football coaches Dick Tomey (Chairman), LaVell EdwardsRon McBride, ESPN Sportscaster Neil Everett, NFL player personnel expert Gil Brandt and Honolulu TV Sportscaster Robert Kekaula.





Linebacker … Brigham Young University … Led his high school team to three consecutive State Titles and named Player of the Year (Offense & Defense), first in Hawai’i history … Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame … 1984 NCAA Champion … Washington Redskins (1986-1994 & 1999), Philadelphia Eagles (1995), San Diego Chargers (1996-1998) … 13 seasons … Selected by Redskins in 8th Round, 213th player overall (1986 NFL Draft) … Two time Super Bowl Champion (1987, 1991) … Born September 14, 1964 in Honolulu, HI.



Center … University of Washington … All-State and SuperPrep All-American … Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame … First Team All-Pac 10 … Morris Trophy winner (1997) … Consensus All-American (1997) … Chicago Bears (1998-2010), New Orleans Saints (2011) … 14 seasons … Selected by Bears in 3rd round, 64th player overall (1998 NFL Draft) … Six Pro Bowls (2001-2006) … Four times named All-Pro (2001, 2004-2006) … 2000s NFL All-Decade Team … Born June 9, 1977 in Honolulu, HI


Center … Louisiana State University … LSU Sports Hall of Fame … Seattle Seahawks (1994-1997), New York Jets (1998-2005), Tennessee Titans (2006-2009) … 16 seasons … Selected by Seahawks in 2nd round, 36th player overall (1994 NFL Draft) … Six Pro Bowls (1999-2004) … Eight times named All-Pro (1998-2002, 2004, 2007 & 2008) … Ed Block Courage Award (2009) … 2000s NFL All-Decade Team … All-Time Jets Four Decade Team … First Polynesian to serve as NFLPA President (two terms) … Born January 23, 1971 in Savannah, GA.



Linebacker … University of Southern California … Unanimous First Team All-American … San Diego Chargers (1990-2002), Miami Dolphins (2003-2005), New England Patriots (2006-2009) … 20 seasons … Selected by Chargers in 1st round, 5th player overall (1990 NFL Draft) … 12 Pro Bowls (1991-2002) … 10 times named  All-Pro (1991-2000) … Walter Payton Man of the Year Award Winner & AFC Player of the Year (1994) … 1990s NFL All-Decade Team … Chargers 40th & 50th Anniversary Teams … Chargers Hall of Fame … Number 55 is retired by Chargers … Born January 19, 1969 in San Diego, CA … Died May 2, 2012.



Quarterback … Washington State University … Three times named All Pac-10  … Named First Team, Second or Honorable Mention All-American three times … Finished Ninth in 1978 Heisman Trophy voting … Graduated as most prolific passer in NCAA History (7,818 yards) … Led NCAA in nine different offensive categories (1976) … Cincinnati Bengals (1979-1982), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1983-1984) … Six seasons … Selected by Bengals in 1st round, 3rd player overall (1979 NFL Draft), highest Polynesian ever selected … Number 14 is retired by WSU … Nicknamed The Throwin’ Samoan … Born May 19, 1956 in Tutuila, American Samoa.



Halfback … Saint Mary’s College … Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame … Consensus All-American … Finished Fourth in 1945 Heisman Trophy voting … First Polynesian to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1979) … Los Angeles Dons (AAFC) 1948, Baltimore Colts (AAFC) 1949 … Two seasons … Selected by Dons in 1st round, 9th player overall (1947 AAFC Draft) … Led AAFC in punt return yardage (1948) … Later starred as Sergeant/Detective “Duke” Lakela in television series Hawaii Five-O … Nicknamed Squirmin’ HermanFlyin’ Hawaiian & The Hula Hipped Hawaiian … Born May 20, 1924 in Hilo, HI … Died January 25, 1999.



Head Football Coach, United States Naval Academy (2007-present) … Seven seasons, 70 games … Regular season record: 43-27 … Five Bowl Appearances … First person of Samoan ancestry to be named a collegiate Head Coach and winningest Polynesian FBS Head Coach in history … 40 wins in first 5 years are most in Navy History … First Service Academy coach to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in his first two years as Head Coach …  Attended the University of Hawai’i … Born May 8, 1965 in Laie, HI.

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