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Twelve Ravens thoughts on preseason win over Carolina

Posted on 12 August 2016 by Luke Jones

With the Ravens kicking off the preseason with a 22-19 win over Carolina, I’ve offered a dozen thoughts, each in 50 words or less:

1. Terrance West and Buck Allen combined for three touchdowns, but I was most impressed with the quickness of Kenneth Dixon, who ran for a game-high 44 yards on nine carries. He has the potential to be a home-run hitter as a change-of-pace back, which is something the Ravens need.

2. With Jerraud Powers and Kyle Arrington both struggling, I’d like to see Tavon Young and Terrence Brooks get more opportunities at the nickel. Young played sparingly, but he has shown good ball skills in practices. Brooks’ size is an intriguing option there, especially since Baltimore’s starting safeties are undersized.

3. First-round rookie Ronnie Stanley performed well in his first start, and Harbaugh made a point to praise the young left tackle’s strong desire to play despite suffering a recent injury. I wonder if that was a coincidence after ex-Raven Eugene Monroe started just 17 games over the last two years.

4. The Kaelin Clay muffed punt and John Harbaugh’s post-game comments lead you to believe the 2016 punt returner may not be on the current roster. The Ravens were right to cut Jacoby Jones two offseasons ago, but they’ve surely had their problems replacing him.

5. After a fast start to camp, Kamalei Correa had a relatively quiet night, failing to record a statistic in 21 defensive snaps. He appeared to play exclusively as an edge defender, making you wonder if Zach Orr has a bigger lead in the inside linebacker competition than we thought.

6. Entering his sixth year, linebacker Chris Carter was facing second- and third-team offensive linemen, but he showed impressive quickness off the edge and also made plays at inside linebacker. Versatility and his special-teams ability will help in his bid to win a job.

7. Speaking of edge defenders, Victor Ochi has flashed potential on more than one occasion during camp, but the rookie free agent only saw the field for seven snaps. That makes you wonder if the Ravens are trying to hide him in an effort to sneak him onto the practice squad.

8. Starting in place of Marshal Yanda, Vlad Ducasse may have been the Ravens’ most impressive offensive lineman, making terrific blocks on Dixon’s 19-yard run and Allen’s 19-yard touchdown catch. He’s not a sure bet to make the roster, but he has made 22 starts in six NFL seasons.

9. The Ravens only suited up five receivers, making it concerning that Keenan Reynolds wasn’t targeted once despite playing 29 offensive snaps. Everyone is rooting for the former Navy standout, but he remains a work in progress with a long way to go as both a punt returner and receiver.

10. Built similarly to Brandon Williams, rookie nose tackle Michael Pierce showed impressive push inside to collect three tackles and split a sack with Carter. Making the 53-man roster might appear to be a tall order, but the Samford product has definitely turned some heads.

11. After calling plays from the upstairs booth the last few seasons, defensive coordinator Dean Pees was on the sideline during Thursday’s game. It will be interesting to hear his rationale for the change and whether it will carry over to the regular season.

12. The fans’ reaction to Michael Phelps winning his 22nd Olympic gold medal on Thursday night was hardly surprising, but the enthusiasm shown by players watching the replay of the race on the video board was a memorable moment late in a pedestrian preseason game.

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Michael Phelps arrested for DUI in Baltimore

Posted on 30 September 2014 by WNST Staff

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Phelps’ comeback to continue next week in Charlotte

Posted on 07 May 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — (AP) Next up for Michael Phelps’ comeback: Two events that produced Olympic gold.

Phelps has entered the 100-meter butterfly and the 200 freestyle at the Charlotte Grand Prix meet in North Carolina next week, his coach, Bob Bowman, told The Associated Press on Monday night.

With both events on May 16, Bowman can stick to the plan of building up Phelps’ endurance while staying away, at least for now, from the grueling, multi-day programs that were once the norm for Phelps. There will be morning preliminaries and evening finals, though the coach said he’s not yet certain Phelps will actually compete in both races.

Phelps returned to competitive swimming at a meet in Arizona less than two weeks ago, his first since retiring after the 2012 London Games as the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.

He is the three-time defending Olympic champion in the 100 fly, so it’s obvious that race would be part of any plans to compete at the Rio Games. He won the 200 free at the 2008 Beijing Games — during his record eight-gold performance — but dropped the event in London.

Phelps also competed in two events at the Mesa Grand Prix, finishing second to longtime rival Ryan Lochte in the 100 fly and matching the fourth-fastest time in the world this year. The other event, the 50 freestyle, wasn’t nearly as serious. That race has never been part of Phelps’ program at a major meet, and he even used his preliminary heat to work on his butterfly stroke. Not surprisingly, he finished 42nd overall against swimmers who were using the much faster freestyle.

Still, it was a good starting point for what the Phelps’ camp is describing as a low-key comeback.

“We were encouraged by his performances in Mesa and look forward to trying a 200 in Charlotte,” Bowman said in a text message.

Phelps has also put his name in for the final Grand Prix meet of the season in Santa Clara, California, next month, though he is taking the comeback one step at a time and not committing to any long-term goals.

Still, it’s clear he wouldn’t be putting in the work if the 2016 Olympics were not his primary focus. Phelps has already competed in four Summer Games, winning 18 golds and 22 medals overall.

The Grand Prix schedule provides tuneups for the U.S. national championships in August, where spots will be earned for the Pan Pacific Championships later that month and next year’s world championships in Kazan, Russia — an important steppingstone for the Olympics.

After the Charlotte meet, Phelps will head to Colorado for high-altitude training beginning May 27.

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Phelps says he’ll never swim 400IM again

Posted on 25 April 2014 by WNST Staff

By BETH HARRIS Associated Press

MESA, Ariz. — Michael Phelps’ comeback meet was cut short Friday when he failed to advance to the 50-meter freestyle final.

The 18-time Olympic gold medalist used the morning preliminaries at the Arena Grand Prix to fine-tune his butterfly stroke instead of doing freestyle like everyone else. He finished seventh in a time of 24.06 seconds, missing out on the eight-man evening final.

Phelps didn’t even make any of the three consolation finals because he was 42nd overall; only the top 32 qualify for those, so his first competition since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics ended early.

“I don’t think there will be enough scratches,” coach Bob Bowman joked about the possibility of Phelps getting into any of the finals.

Phelps ended up in the sprint because none of the day’s other events — 400 individual medley, 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke — are ones that he plans to compete in during this comeback. He dominated the 400 IM during the height of career, but he vows he won’t swim the grueling event anymore.

“I’m putting that out there: I am never swimming the 400 IM again,” he said.

Bowman jabbed him, saying, “Kind of like, ‘I will never swim again.’”

At that, the longtime friends laughed.

Phelps had insisted he was done with swimming after London and frequently pointed out he had no intention of swimming past the age of 30. He turns 29 next month, and would be 31 by the time of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Phelps tread lightly when pressed about his intentions toward a possible fifth Olympics. He was 15 at his first games in Sydney in 2000, when he was the youngest member of the entire U.S. team. He didn’t medal, but went on to haul in 22 medals over his next four games, including a record eight gold in 2008.

He repeatedly emphasized he’s having fun this time around and feels more relaxed than ever.

“I felt like a kid and that was the coolest part about it,” he said. “It’s a good starting point, being able to get some races back under my belt.”

Phelps’ goal Friday was to take just three breaths in the one-lap race; easy enough for a sprinter but not for a swimmer who specialized in distances ranging from 200 to 400 meters during his career.

“It’s weird for me not to breathe,” he said. “I’m used to breathing every single stroke.”

He gulped air every second or third stroke, and halfway through he took two consecutive breaths.

“As soon as I did that, I was like, ‘Man, I wonder if I can hold my breath the whole way,” he said. “I was like, ‘No, I don’t think so, so I snuck one more at 15.”

Afterward, Bowman told him, “You don’t really know how to swim a 50.”

Phelps replied, “I guess that’s a good thing.”

He finished second to Ryan Lochte in the 100 butterfly on Thursday, tying the fourth-fastest time in the world this year.

Next up for Phelps is high-altitude training in Colorado next month. He’s entered in Grand Prix meets in North Carolina and California, although his presence hasn’t been confirmed yet.


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#WNSTSweet16 Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes

Posted on 04 February 2014 by Luke Jones

As we shift our attention from Super Bowl XLVIII and another football season to Sochi, Russia and the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, it’s time to take a look at our latest #WNSTSweet16 list that recognizes the greatest local Olympic sport athletes to represent the area.

Some names may have garnered little more than 15 minutes of fame with their athletic glory while a few have become heroes who will never be forgotten in the local community as well as in the entire country. Athletes who were either born in the state of Maryland or resided here for a significant period of time during their triumphs were considered for the list.

As WNST.net’s Glenn Clark previously pointed out, winning a medal and even participating in the Olympics weren’t requirements, but the list of Marylanders to triumph in either the Winter or Summer Games is extensive, meaning Olympic triumph carried heavier influence in paring down the candidates. Other guidelines that were considered were career longevity as well as a preference to recognize individual success before team competitions.

Here’s the list of the WNST Sweet 16 Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes:

16. Pam Shriver, tennis

The McDonogh grad may never have won a Grand Slam singles title, but her remarkable doubles career included 21 championships in Grand Slam tournaments and an Olympic gold medal playing with Zinna Garrison in Seoul, South Korea in 1988. The pair topped Jana Novotná and Helena Suková in the doubles final to take the gold.

Because this list doesn’t require Olympic triumph or participation, the argument could be made to move Shriver much higher on the list, but tennis wasn’t reintroduced as an Olympic medal sport until 1988 — after a 64-year hiatus– when her best years were winding down. Shriver did not appear in another edition of the Summer Games, but her triumph in Seoul coupled with even her late-career success made her a worthy inclusion. 


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Ravens shut out, but Baltimore’s Phelps, Long claim ESPY Awards

Posted on 18 July 2013 by WNST Staff

The biggest stars from the worlds of sports and entertainment gathered in downtown Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Wednesday night to celebrate the best sports stories of the year at The 2013 ESPYS Presented by Capital One, hosted by Jon Hamm.

The Miami Heat were the winners of the night as they were honored as the year’s Best Team for the second consecutive year. LeBron James won for Best Championship Performance, Best NBA Player and Best Male Athlete. This marks the second consecutive year that LeBron James won all three of those awards.

Best Game went to Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, where Ray Allen forced overtime with a game tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in regulation. The Heat would outlast the Spurs in overtime on their way to the NBA Championship.

The year that included a number of young standout athletes culminated with Colin Kaepernick taking home the ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete. Best NHL Player went toSidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins who scored 15 goals and tallied 41 assists during the season.

It came as no surprise that Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won for Best MLB Player. Michael Phelps collected the award for Best Record-Breaking Performance for setting the all-time record for most Olympic medals with 22. (He also won this award in 2009.)

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which recognizes individuals whose contributions transcend sports, was awarded to Robin Roberts. She became known to many across the country as one of the first female sports anchors on ESPN in the 1990s and today she greets viewers as the beloved co-anchor of the country’s leading morning show Good Morning America. Roberts blazed a trail for women in broadcasting, but it is her personal story that has served as an inspiration to countless people as she has overcome (faced?)  life-threatening illness twice. The award, which LeBron James presented to Roberts, honored the strength and courage that Roberts has displayed throughout her career and during her fight against cancer and MDS, a rare blood disorder.

Another special moment in the show was the presentation of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, in honor of the late Jim Valvano and The V Foundation for Cancer Research.Ben Affleck presented the award to the father-and-son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt, who have participated in over 1,000 endurance events including 31 Boston Marathons. Rick Hoyt, 51, was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to use his hands and legs. His father, 73, pushes him in a custom-made running chair during events including 5K and 10K races, marathons and triathlons.

Other 2013 ESPY winners included Serena Williams (Best Female Athlete and Best Female Tennis Player), Rick Pitino (Best Coach/Manager) and Candace Parker (Best WNBA Player).Floyd Mayweather (Best Fighter) Missy Franklin won Best Female Olympian for winning four Gold Medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Usain Bolt won Best International Athlete and Thierry Henry won the ESPY for best MLS Player.

With three wins this year, LeBron James has collected a total of nineESPY Awards over the course of his career.  This marks Serena Williams’ eighth ESPY Award.  Floyd Mayweatherwon Best Fighter for the second consecutive year and fifth time in his career.

This year’s guest presenters included Michelle Obama (First Lady), Ben Affleck (Two time Academy Award Winner), Kevin Bacon (R.I.P.D.), Malin Ackerman (The Trophy Wife), Paula Patton (2 Guns), Tate Donovan (Hostages), Bill Hader (Turbo), Kerri Walsh Jennings, Tony Gonzalez, Adrian Peterson, LeBron James, Jason Sudeikis (We Are The Millers), Lake Bell(Million Dollar Arm), Michael Phelps, Ray Lewis, Gabby Douglas, Colin Kaepernick, Alex Morgan, Victor Cruz, Steve Nash, Selena Gomez (Stars Dance), Katherine Webb, Chrissy Teigen (TV Host), Sean “Diddy” Combs (Grammy Award Winner).

Below is a complete list of 2013 winners.










BEST MOMENT: Jack Hoffman TD at Nebraska spring game

BEST TEAM: Miami Heat

BEST COMEBACK: Adrian Peterson


BEST GAME: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs, Game 6 NBA Finals



BEST UPSET: 15-Seed Florida Gulf Coast over 2-Seed Georgetown


BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE: Michael Phelps 22 Olympic medals







BEST MLB PLAYER: Miguel Cabrera


BEST WNBA PLAYER: Candace Parker

BEST NFL PLAYER: Adrian Peterson

BEST NHL PLAYER: Sidney Crosby

BEST MLS PLAYER: Thierry Henry




BEST DRIVER: Ryan Hunter-Reay

BEST FIGHTER: Floyd Mayweather




BEST JOCKEY: Joel Rosario





CAPITAL ONE CUP: North Carolina Women’s Athletics and UCLA Men’s Athletics

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Phelps gets long odds, Ovechkin short odds to take home ESPYs

Posted on 15 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).


2013 ESPY Awards – Best Male Athlete 

LeBron James                           1/2

Adrian Peterson                        5/2

Miguel Cabrera                          4/1

Michael Phelps                          15/1


2013 ESPY Awards – Best Female Athlete          

Serena Williams                         5/4

Brittney Griner                           8/5

Gabby Douglas                         5/2

Missy Franklin                           9/1


2013 ESPY Awards – Best Fighter          

Floyd Mayweather Jr.                2/3

Jon “Bones” Jones                    5/4

Anderson Silva                          4/1

Canelo Alvarez                          25/1

Danny Garcia                            33/1


2013 ESPY Awards – Best NBA Player   

LeBron James                           1/3

Tony Parker                              7/2

Kevin Durant                             15/4

Kobe Bryant                              12/1

Carmelo Anthony                       20/1


2013 ESPY Awards – Best NFL Player   

Adrian Peterson                        4/7

Peyton Manning                        5/2

JJ Watt                                     5/1

Calvin Johnson                         13/2

Aaron Rodgers                          10/1


2013 ESPY Awards – Best MLB Player   

Miguel Cabrera                         1/2

Mike Trout                                 2/1

Buster Posey                            9/1

David Price                               9/1

R.A. Dickey                              9/1


2013 ESPY Awards – Best NHL Player   

Sidney Crosby                          1/5

Alexander Ovechkin                   2/1

John Tavares                            12/1

Martin St. Louis                         33/1

Henrik Lundqvist                       33/1


2013 ESPY Awards – Best International Athlete   

Usain Bolt                                2/3

Novak Djokovic                        9/4

Lionel Messi                              3/1

Cristiano Ronaldo                      9/1

Juan Manuel Marquez                20/1


2013 ESPY Awards – Best Male College Athlete  

Johnny Manziel                         1/5

Trey Burke                                3/1

Kyle Dake                                 15/1

Drew LeBlanc                            15/1


2013 ESPY Awards – Best Driver

Tony Kanaan                             1/2

Brad Keselowski                       3/1

Sebastian Vettel                        4/1

Ryan Hunter-Reay                      10/1




The Open Championship 2013 – Outright Winner         

Tiger Woods                 8/1                                                                                

Justin Rose                   16/1

Phil Mickelson               18/1

Adam Scott                  20/1

Graeme McDowell         22/1

Lee Westwood              25/1

Rory McIlroy                 25/1

Ernie Els                       28/1

Luke Donald                 28/1

Sergio Garcia                28/1

Jason Day                    33/1

Charl Schwartzel            33/1

Henrik Stenson              33/1

Dustin Johnson             40/1

Brandt Snedeker           40/1

Matt Kuchar                  40/1

Rickie Fowler                40/1

Ian Poulter                    50/1

Martin Kaymer               50/1

Louis Oosthuizen           50/1

Nicolas Colsaerts          50/1

Padraig Harrington        66/1

Branden Grace              66/1

Hunter Mahan                66/1

Thomas Bjorn                66/1

Matteo Manassero         66/1

Webb Simpson             66/1

Jason Dufner                66/1

Bubba Watson              66/1

Francesco Molinari        80/1

Zach Johnson               80/1

Richard Sterne              80/1

Jim Furyk                      80/1

Keegan Bradley             80/1

Thorbjorn Olesen           80/1

Paul Lawrie                   80/1

Bill Haas                       100/1

Martin Laird                   100/1

Shane Lowry                 100/1

Nick Watney                  100/1

Angel Cabrera               100/1

Billy Horschel                100/1

Alexander Noren            100/1

Jamie Donaldson          100/1

Peter Hanson                100/1

Chris Wood                   125/1

George Coetzee            125/1

Bernd Wiesberger          125/1

Mikko Ilonen                 125/1

Brooks Koepka             125/1

Bo Van Pelt                  125/1

Fredrik Jacobson          125/1

K.J. Choi                      125/1

Jordan Spieth               150/1

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano      150/1

Geoff Ogilvy                 150/1

Miguel Angel Jimenez    150/1

Marcel Siem                  150/1

Stewart Cink                  150/1

David Lynn                   150/1

Ryan Moore                  150/1

Stephen Gallacher         150/1

Jonas Blixt                    150/1

Robert Karlsson            150/1

Tim Clark                      150/1

Harris English                150/1

Carl Pettersson             150/1

Ben Curtis                     150/1

John Senden                 200/1

Marc Leishman              200/1

Rafael Cabrera -Bello     200/1

Richie Ramsay              200/1

Brian Davis                   200/1

Boo Weekley                200/1

Kevin Streelman            200/1

Graham Delaet              200/1

Camilo Villegas             200/1

Hideki Matsuyama         200/1

Thongchai Jaidee          200/1

Jimmy Walker               200/1

Russell Henley              200/1

Marc Warren                  200/1

Thomas Aiken               200/1

John Huh                      200/1

Danny Willett                 250/1

Kyle Stanley                  250/1

Scott Piercy                  250/1

Alvaro Quiros                250/1

Brett Rumford               250/1

Fred Couples                250/1

Robert Garrigus             250/1

Darren Clarke                250/1

Scott Jamieson             250/1

Bud Cauley                   250/1

Lucas Glover                 300/1

Michael Thompson        300/1

Gregory Bourdy            300/1

Justin Leonard              300/1

Luke Guthrie                  300/1

Kiradech Aphibarnrat     300/1

Vijay Singh                   300/1

D-A Points                    300/1

Yong-Eun Yang             300/1

Ken Duke                      300/1

Josh Teater                   300/1

Gareth Maybin               300/1

Johnson Wagner           300/1

Brendan Jones              300/1

Kyung-Tae Kim              350/1

Marcus Fraser               400/1

Tom Lehman                 400/1

Tom Watson                 500/1

Niclas Fasth                  500/1

Ashun Wu                     500/1

Eduardo De La Riva      500/1

Garrick Porteous           500/1

Hyung-Sung Kim           500/1

Mark Calcavecchia        500/1

Oliver Fisher                  500/1

Satoshi Kodaira            500/1

Shingo Katayama          500/1

Shiv Kapur                    500/1

Steven Tiley                  500/1

Thaworn Wiratchant       500/1

Toru Taniguchi               500/1

Daisuke Maruyama        500/1

Scott Brown                  500/1

David Duval                  500/1

Elliot Saltman                500/1

Estanislao Goya            500/1

Hiroyuki Fujita               500/1

Mark Brown                   500/1

Peter Senior                  500/1

Richard Mcevoy            500/1

Oscar Floren                 500/1

Rhys Pugh                    500/1

George Murray              750/1

Justin Harding               750/1

Todd Hamilton              750/1

Darryn Llloyd                750/1

Kenichi Kuboya             750/1

Mark O’Meara                750/1

Ben Stow                      1000/1

Gareth Wright                1000/1

Grant Forrest                 1000/1

Jimmy Mullen                1000/1

John Wade                   1000/1

Makato Inoue                1000/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick        1000/1

Stephen Dartnall            1000/1

Steven Fox                   1000/1

Steven Jeffress             1000/1

Tyrell Hatton                  1000/1

Sandy Lyle                    1000/1

Nick Faldo                    1000/1


Miscellaneous Props

The Open Championship 2013 – Will There Be a Play-Off?       

Yes                  5/2

No                    2/7


The Open Championship 2013 – Where Will The Winner Come From? 

USA                                         7/5

Great Britain & Ireland                3/1

Rest of the World                      3/1

Continental Europe                    4/1


Tiger Woods Props

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 5?         

Yes                  7/4


The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 10?        

Yes                  4/7


The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 20?        

Yes                  2/7


The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Shoot A Hole in One?        

Yes                  80/1


The Open Championship 2013 – Tournament H2H Matches – T Woods v J Rose           

Tiger Woods                 5/9

Justin Rose                   7/5


The Open Championship 2013 – Tournament H2H Matches – T Woods v P Mickelson  

Tiger Woods                 1/2

Phil Mickelson               3/2


The Open Championship 2013 – Tournament H2H Matches – T Woods v R McIlroy      

Tiger Woods                 2/5

Rory McIlroy                 9/5


The Open Championship 2013 – Tournament H2H Matches – T Woods v S Garcia        

Tiger Woods                 2/5

Sergio Garcia                9/5



The Open Championship 2013 – 1st Round Leader

Tiger Woods                 12/1

Justin Rose                   22/1

Phil Mickelson               22/1

Adam Scott                  25/1

Graeme McDowell         28/1

Lee Westwood              33/1

Rory McIlroy                 33/1

Ernie Els                       33/1

Luke Donald                 33/1

Sergio Garcia                33/1

Jason Day                    40/1

Charl Schwartzel            40/1

Dustin Johnson             40/1

Brandt Snedeker           40/1

Henrik Stenson              40/1

Matt Kuchar                  50/1

Rickie Fowler                50/1

Ian Poulter                    50/1

Martin Kaymer               50/1

Louis Oosthuizen           50/1

Nicolas Colsaerts          50/1

Branden Grace              50/1

Padraig Harrington        66/1

Hunter Mahan                66/1

Thomas Bjorn                66/1

Matteo Manassero         66/1

Webb Simpson             66/1

Jason Dufner                66/1

Zach Johnson               75/1

Bill Haas                       75/1

Thorbjorn Olesen           75/1

Bubba Watson              80/1

Francesco Molinari        80/1

Richard Sterne              80/1

Jim Furyk                      80/1

Keegan Bradley             80/1

Martin Laird                   80/1

Shane Lowry                 80/1

Paul Lawrie                   80/1

Billy Horschel                80/1

Jamie Donaldson          80/1

Peter Hanson                90/1

Jordan Spieth               100/1

Nick Watney                  100/1

Angel Cabrera               100/1

Alexander Noren            100/1

Chris Wood                   100/1

George Coetzee            100/1

Bernd Wiesberger          100/1

Mikko Ilonen                 100/1

Brooks Koepka             100/1

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano      100/1

Bo Van Pelt                  100/1

Fredrik Jacobson          100/1

Marcel Siem                  100/1

Geoff Ogilvy                 125/1

Miguel Angel Jimenez    125/1

K.J. Choi                      125/1

Stewart Cink                  125/1

David Lynn                   125/1

Ryan Moore                  125/1

Stephen Gallacher         125/1

Jonas Blixt                    125/1

Robert Karlsson            125/1

Tim Clark                      125/1

Harris English                125/1

John Senden                 125/1

Rafael Cabrera -Bello     125/1

Carl Pettersson             125/1

Richie Ramsay              125/1

Brian Davis                   125/1

Boo Weekley                125/1

Graham Delaet              125/1

Hideki Matsuyama         125/1

Alvaro Quiros                125/1

Marc Leishman              150/1

Kevin Streelman            150/1

Camilo Villegas             150/1

Thongchai Jaidee          150/1

Ben Curtis                     150/1

Jimmy Walker               150/1

Russell Henley              150/1

Danny Willett                 150/1

Marc Warren                  150/1

Kyle Stanley                  150/1

Scott Piercy                  150/1

Thomas Aiken               150/1

Brett Rumford               150/1

Fred Couples                150/1

Lucas Glover                 150/1

John Huh                      150/1

Gregory Bourdy            150/1

Robert Garrigus             150/1

Scott Jamieson             150/1

Michael Thompson        200/1

Justin Leonard              200/1

Luke Guthrie                  200/1

Darren Clarke                200/1

Kiradech Aphibarnrat     200/1

Vijay Singh                   200/1

D-A Points                    200/1

Yong-Eun Yang             200/1

Ken Duke                      200/1

Bud Cauley                   200/1

Josh Teater                   200/1

Gareth Maybin               200/1

Tom Watson                 200/1

Marcus Fraser               200/1

Johnson Wagner           200/1

Brendan Jones              200/1

Garrick Porteous           200/1

Oliver Fisher                  200/1

Tom Lehman                 200/1

Niclas Fasth                  250/1

Ashun Wu                     250/1

Eduardo De La Riva      250/1

Hyung-Sung Kim           250/1

Kyung-Tae Kim              250/1

Mark Calcavecchia        250/1

Satoshi Kodaira            250/1

Shingo Katayama          250/1

Shiv Kapur                    250/1

Steven Tiley                  250/1

Thaworn Wiratchant       250/1

Toru Taniguchi               250/1

Daisuke Maruyama        250/1

Scott Brown                  250/1

Hiroyuki Fujita               250/1

Justin Harding               250/1

Peter Senior                  250/1

David Duval                  300/1

Estanislao Goya            300/1

George Murray              300/1

Mark Brown                   300/1

Richard Mcevoy            300/1

Todd Hamilton              300/1

Ben Stow                      300/1

Darryn Llloyd                300/1

Gareth Wright                300/1

Grant Forrest                 300/1

Jimmy Mullen                300/1

John Wade                   300/1

Kenichi Kuboya             300/1

Makato Inoue                300/1

Mark O’Meara                300/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick        300/1

Oscar Floren                 300/1

Rhys Pugh                    300/1

Stephen Dartnall            300/1

Steven Fox                   300/1

Steven Jeffress             300/1

Tyrell Hatton                  300/1

Sandy Lyle                    300/1

Nick Faldo                    300/1


Top 5/10/20 Finishes

The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 5?         

Yes                  7/4


The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 10?        

Yes                  4/7


The Open Championship 2013 – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 20?        

Yes                  2/7


The Open Championship 2013 – Will Phil Mickelson Finish in The Top 5?      

Yes                  7/2


The Open Championship 2013 – Will Phil Mickelson Finish in The Top 10?    

Yes                  8/5


The Open Championship 2013 – Will Phil Mickelson Finish in The Top 20?    

Yes                  5/7


The Open Championship 2013 – Will Justin Rose Finish in The Top 5?           

Yes                  7/2


The Open Championship 2013 – Will Justin Rose Finish in The Top 10?         

Yes                  8/5


The Open Championship 2013 – Will Adam Scott Finish in The Top 5?           

Yes                  4/1


The Open Championship 2013 – Will Adam Scott Finish in The Top 10?         

Yes                  9/5


The Open Championship 2013 – Will Graeme McDowell Finish in The Top 5? 

Yes                  9/2

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Phelps, Flacco, Ravens lead way in ESPY nominations

Posted on 28 June 2013 by WNST Staff


Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

  • AL MVP was the first player to win the Triple Crown in baseball since 1967
  • Led the AL with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs

LeBron James, Miami Heat

  • Won his fourth NBA MVP, second straight Finals MVP
  • Led the Heat to a second straight NBA title and franchise-record 66-16 mark
  • Only player to lead his team in scoring (26.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.3 apg)

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

  • NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history
  • Averaged 6.0 yards per carry, scored 13 TDs and caught 40 passes

Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming

  • Won four golds and two silver medals at London Olympics
  • His gold in the 200 IM made him the first man to win the same individual swimming event at three straight Olympics



Gabby Douglas, Olympic Gymnastics

  • Won gold medal in Women’s All-Around at London Olympics
  • Was a member of the gold medal-winning USA gymnastics team
  • First American to win gold in both the Team and Individual All-Around

Missy Franklin, Olympic Swimming

  • Won four gold medals and a bronze at London Olympics
  • Won a gold in the 100 backstroke and set a world record in the 200 backstroke
  • Became the second American woman to win four swimming golds at single Olympics, joining Amy Van Dyken in 1996

Brittney Griner, NCAA Baylor Women’s Basketball

  • Swept all major player of the year awards
  • Ended her career as the NCAA’s top shot blocker (748)
  • No. 2 on the NCAA Division I women’s scoring chart with 3,283 career points.

Serena Williams, Women’s Tennis

  • Won the 2012 Wimbledon and US Open singles championships
  • Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles
  • Won the 2013 French Open singles title



Joe Flacco, Super Bowl MVP

  • Earned MVP honors in Super Bowl win over 49ers
  • Completed 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns

LeBron James, NBA Finals MVP

  • Led the Heat to an NBA title in 7 game series over San Antonio Spurs
  • Averaged 25.3 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 7.0 apg over course of Finals
  • Had 32 pts, 10 reb, 11 assists in Game 6, 37 pts and 12 reb in Game 7

Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion

  • Career high five victories including two wins during the Chase for the Sprint Cup
  • Set career bests with 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes as well as 735 laps led

Pablo Sandoval, World Series MVP

  • 3 HR in Game 1 of World Series, first to do so in his first 3 plate appearances
  • Hit .500/.525/1.125 over the 5 game series



Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

  • Became the starting QB in Week 11 and led the Niners to the Super Bowl
  • Threw for 1814 yards, 10 TDs and only 3 INTs while rushing for 415 yards and 5 TDs in the regular season
  • Had 798 yards and 4 TDs passing, 264 yards and 3 TDs rushing in the playoffs

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M football

  • Won 2013 Heisman Trophy, first freshman in history to do so
  • The first freshman in FBS history, and just the fifth player ever, to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season

Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

  • First player in MLB history with 34 hits, 7 HR in first 20 games
  • Through 20 games hit .442 with 14 RBI

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

  • First player in MLB history with at least 30 home runs, 45 steals and 125 runs scored in a season
  • AL Rookie of the Year led league with 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases, second in batting average at .326

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

  • 3rd round pick led Seattle to playoffs, and tied rookie record with 26 TD passes
  • Threw for 3118 yards with a 100.0 QB rating, rushed for 489 yards and 4 TDs



Drew Brees breaks Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a TD pass

  • Broke Unitas’ record with a touchdown pass in 48 straight games
  • Unitas held the mark for a half-century
  • Brees’ streak extended to 54 games

Calvin Johnson breaks Jerry Rice’s single season receiving yardage record

  • Passed Rice’s mark in Week 16, finishing the season with 1,964 receiving yards
  • The record had stood since 1995

Michael Phelps most decorated Olympian

  • Finished his career with 22 medals spanning three Olympics
  • Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina held the previous record of 18

Abby Wambach sets international scoring record

  • Broke Mia Hamm’s record of 158 goals by scoring four against South Korea
  • Wambach scored 160 goals in only 207 international matches, while Hamm scored 158 in 275 matches



Florida Gulf Coast over Georgetown, NCAA men’s basketball tournament

  • 15th-seeded FGCU beat 2nd-seeded Georgetown 78-68
  • The Eagles went on to become the first 15 seed to make the Sweet 16

Louisville over Baylor in Sweet 16, NCAA women’s basketball tournament

  • Top seeded Baylor entered the game 34-1, having won 32 straight
  • 5th-seeded Louisville went on to the national championship game

Juan Manuel Marquez over Manny Pacquiao, Boxing

  • In their fourth meeting, Marquez finally scored a victory over Pacquiao
  • The 6th round knockout was the first of Pacquiao since 1999

Texas A&M over Alabama, College football

  • #15 Texas A&M upset #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, 29-24
  • Alabama’s lone loss of the season



Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos, AFC Divisional Playoff

  • Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard FG in the 2nd OT to give the Ravens a 38-35 upset victory over the Broncos
  • Jacoby Jones caught a 70-yard touchdown pass with :38 left in regulation that brought the Ravens back from the brink

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7

  • Down three goals midway through the third period, Patrice Bergeron scored in the closing minute of regulation to tie it, then won it in the extra session
  • The Bruins became the first team in NHL history to win the seventh game of a playoff series after trailing by three goals in the third period

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs, NBA Finals Game 6

  • Spurs had a five point lead with 28 seconds left in the 4th quarter
  • The Heat rallied and tied the game on a Ray Allen 3-pointer with 5 seconds left
  • Heat went on to win in OT 103-100



Jack Hoffman touchdown run in Nebraska Spring game

  • Hoffman is a 7-year old die hard Cornhusker fan battling brain cancer
  • After befriending Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead, he was invited to participate in the Huskers’ spring game, and ran for a long touchdown in the 4th quarter

Alex Morgan’s game-winning goal vs. Canada in Olympic semifinal

  • The US tied the game on an Abby Wambach penalty kick in the 80th minute
  • Morgan sent the US to the finals on a header in the 123rd minute, in the second period of extra time

Andy Murray finally winning at Wimbledon, with a gold medal in Olympics

  • 4 weeks after a heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, Murray met Federer again at the All England Club in the gold medal match
  • Murray beat the world number one in straight sets, becoming the first British man to win singles gold in the Olympics since 1908

Chuck Pagano returns to the Colts

  • The first year head coach was diagnosed with leukemia after Week 3
  • Pagano’s battle with the disease inspired an improbable Colts playoff run
  • Pagano returned to coach the team in Week 17, leading the Colts to a 28-16 victory over the division champion Houston Texans



Alabama football

  • Won the BCS Championship in a 42-14 win over Notre Dame
  • It was their third BCS title in four years

Baltimore Ravens, NFL

  • Defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to win the Super Bowl
  • Beat the top seeded Broncos and 2nd seeded Patriots en route to Super Bowl

Chicago Blackhawks, NHL

  • Defeated the Boston Bruins in six games to win the Stanley
  • Started the season with 24 straight games without a loss in regulation, the best start in NHL history

Miami Heat, NBA

  • Won second straight NBA Finals in seven games over San Antonio Spurs
  • Had franchise record 66-16 record, included 27 straight wins

Oklahoma Softball

  • Won the WCWS championship by sweeping Tennessee in finals
  • Finished the season 57-4

San Francisco Giants, MLB

  • Swept the Detroit Tigers in the World Series for their second title in three years
  • Rallied from the brink of defeat to beat the Reds in the NLDS and Cardinals in the NLCS

US Women’s Gymnastics Team

  • The “Fierce Five” of Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney captured the team gold medal by beating Russia
  • First gold medal in women’s team gymnastics for the US since 1996



Bruce Arians, Indianapolis Colts/Arizona Cardinals

  • Took over the Colts for Chuck Pagano after Week 3,
  • Led the team to a 9-3 record before Pagano returned in Week 17
  • 2012 AP Coach of the Year

Geno Auriemma, UConn Women’s Basketball

  • Led the Huskies to their 8th national championship with a 35-4 record
  • Beat Notre Dame in Final Four, avenging three previous losses to Notre Dame

John Danowski, Duke Lacrosse

  • Won his second national championship in four years
  • After losing 4 of their first 6 games, bounced back to win 14 of next 15

Rick Pitino, Louiville Men’s Basketball

  • First NCAA Division I coach to win a championship with two different schools
  • Led Louisville to a 35-5 record

Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat

  • Led Miami to second NBA title
  • Had franchise record 66-16 record
  • 27 game winning streak, second best in NBA history



Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

  • Missed entire 2011 season due to neck injury
  • Threw for 4,659 pass yards, and 37 TDs with 68.6 completion percentage
  • AP Comeback Player of the Year

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

  • Tore his ACL and MCL in Week 16 of 2011 season
  • Started Week 1 just 9 months after surgery
  • NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history

Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

  • Only played 45 games in 2011 due to injuries sustained in a home plate collision
  • In 2012 became 1st player since Frank Robinson to win a league MVP, batting title (.336) and World Series in the same season

Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

  • Misssed most of 2012 season after tearing an ACL during batting practice
  • Returned in 2013 at age 43, among the league leaders in saves



Usain Bolt, Athletics

  • Won three gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics
  • First to win back-to-back 100m golds since Carl Lewis in 1984 and 1988

Novak Djokovic, Tennis

  • First player to be year-end No. 1 in consecutive seasons since Roger Federer achieved four straight World No. 1 finishes from 2004-07
  • Won 2013 Austrailian Open singles championship

Juan Manuel Marquez, Boxing

  • In their fourth meeting, Marquez finally scored a victory over Manny Pacquiao
  • The 6th round knockout was the first of Pacquiao since 1999

Lionel Messi, Soccer

  • Awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the 3rd consecutive year
  • Scored 91 goals in a calendar year, shattering a 40 year old record
  • Led Barcelona to a Copa del Rey league cup title and La Liga season title

Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer

  • Led Real Madrid to a Spanish Super Cup Chamiponship
  • Scored 62 goals in 62 games for club and national teams



Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

  • Set single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards
  • Had 122 receptions and 5 TDs

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

  • Threw for 4,659 pass yards, and 37 TDs with 68.6 completion percentage
  • AP Comeback Player of the Year

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

  • NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history
  • Averaged 6.0 yards per carry, scored 13 TDs and caught 40 passes

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

  • Led NFL with 108.0 QB rating
  • Threw for 4,295 yards and 39 TDs to only 8 INTs

J. J. Watt, Houston Texans

  • Led NFL with 20.5 sacks
  • AP Defensive Player of the Year



Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

  • AL MVP was the first player to win the Triple Crown in baseball since 1967
  • Led the AL with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs

R. A. Dickey, Mets/Blue Jays

  • First knuckleballer to win 20 games in a season since 1980
  • NL Cy Young award winner, led league in strikeouts and shoutouts

Buster Posey, Giants

  • 1st player since Frank Robinson to win a league MVP, batting title and World Series in the same season
  • Led NL with .336 batting average

David Price, Rays

  • AL Cy Young award winner, led AL in ERA (2.56)
  • 20-game winner

Mike Trout, Angels

  • First player in MLB history with at least 30 home runs, 45 steals and 125 runs scored in a season
  • AL Rookie of the Year led league with 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases, second in batting average at .326



Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Appeared in 36 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012-13 regular season, and helped lead the Penguins to first place in the Eastern Conference
  • Tied for third in the league in points (56), second in assists (41), and first in points per game (1.56).

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

  • Posted 24-16 record and 2.05 goals against average during regular season

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

  • Led the league in goals (32) to win his third “Rocket” Richard Trophy
  • Tied for third in the league in points (56), ranked first in power play goals (16)

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Led the league in points (60) to win his second career Art Ross Trophy
  • Ranked first in assists (43), second in points per game (1.25)

John Tavares, New York Islanders

  • Finished third in goals with 28, had nine power play goals and five game-winning goals
  • Helped the Islanders return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007



Ryan Hunter-Reay

  • 2012 IndyCar Series Champion, first American since 2006
  • Won three straight races, and four overall

Tony Kaanan

  • Won 2013 Indianapolis 500
  • Kanaan passed Ryan Hunter-Reay in lap 198 to win his first Indy 500

Brad Keselowski

  • Career high five victories including two wins during the Chase for the Sprint Cup
  • Set career bests with 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes as well as 735 laps led

Sebastian Vettel

  • Captured his third consecutive Formula One title
  • Became the youngest triple champion in series history



Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

  • Led NBA in scoring in 2012-13 season (28.7 ppg)
  • Led Knicks to first playoff series win since 2000

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Averaged 27.3 ppg. during 2012-13 regular season
  • Averaged 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Was second-leading scorer in 2012-13 NBA regular season (28.1 ppg)
  • Averaged 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game

LeBron James, Miami  Heat

  • Won his fourth NBA MVP award, second NBA Finals MVP
  • Only player to lead his team in scoring (26.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.3 apg)

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

  • Helped lead Spurs to the NBA Finals
  • Averaged 20.3 ppg and 7.6 assists per game



Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever

  • Led the Fever to its first WNBA championship
  • WNBA Finals MVP

Tina Charles, Connecticut Sun

  • Led WNBA in rebounding during regular season (10.5 rpg.)
  • Fifth in scoring at 18.0 ppg
  • Captured her third straight rebounding title

Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream

  • Led WNBA in scoring during regular season (21.4 ppg)
  • Averaged more than 20 points per game for the third straight year

Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

  • Averaged 17.4 ppg during 2012 regular season
  • Averaged 9.7 rpg

Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota Lynx

  • Led the WNBA in assists during regular season (5.39 apg.)
  • Dished out five or more assists in 22 games



Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Boxing

  • Beat Austin Trout to unify 154-pound title

Danny Garcia, Boxing

  • Moved to 24-0 with 15 KOs with a 4th-round upset of Amir Khan to unify the light-welterweight title
  • He went on to KO Erik Morales in his next fight

Jon “Bones” Jones, MMA

  • Defeated Chael Sonnen in most recent title defense

Floyd Mayweather, Boxing

  • Moved to 44-0 with a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero

Anderson Silva, MMA

  • Defeated Stephan Bonner in most recent title defense
  • Last loss was in 2006



Rory McIlroy

  • Eight-shot victory in the PGA Championship
  • Won the money title and had the lowest adjusted scoring average in 2012
  • Youngest player to win PGA Tour player of the year since Tiger Woods in 1997

Justin Rose

  • Won 2013 US Open
  • Five top 10 finishes in 2013

Adam Scott

  • Won 2013 Masters
  • Runner-up in 2012 British Open

Brandt Snedeker

  • Won the FedEx Cup title
  • Won The Tour Championship

Tiger Woods

  • Returned to No. 1 ranking for first time since 2010
  • 4 tour victories in 2013 and five top 10 finishes



Stacy Lewis

  • 2012 LPGA Player of the Year
  • Won the HSBC Women’s Champions event in 2013

Inbee Park

  • Led the LPGA in money earning with $2,287,080 in 2012

Jiyai Shin

  • Won the 2012 women’s British Open by nine shots
  • Produced the biggest margin at the British since it became a major in 2001

Na Yeon Choi

  • Won 2012 Women’s US Open



Novak Djokovic

  • Clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons since Roger Federer achieved four straight World No. 1 finishes from 2004-07
  • Won 2013 Austrailian Open singles championship

Roger Federer

  • Won his record 17th Grand Slam singles championship and record-tying seventh Wimbledon singles championship

Andy Murray

  • Captured his first Grand Slam singles title when he beat Novak Djokovic in five sets to win the 2012 U. S. Open
  • Won the Olympic gold medal, beating Roger Federer in the finals

Rafael Nadal

  • Became first man to win the same Grand Slam tournament eight times when he won 2013 French Open



Victoria Azarenka

  • Finished 2012 as No. 1 ranked player in WTA
  • Lost in the finals of the 2012 U. S. Open

Maria Sharapova

  • Equaled her best season to date, finishing number two in the world
  • Won three WTA titles

Serena Williams

  • Earned her fourth U. S. Open singles title in 2012
  • Won her fifth Wimbledon singles title in 2012
  • Won the 2013 French Open singles title



Trey Burke, Michigan basketball

  • Won nearly every major college basketball player of the year award, including the Naismith, Wooden, Oscar Robertson and the Associated Press award, plus winning the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard
  • Led the Wolverines to the national championship game

Kyle Dake, Cornell wrestler

  • Etched himself into wrestling history with a fourth NCAA championship at an unprecedented fourth weight.
  • Dake outlasted defending 165-pound champion David Taylor 5-4

Drew LeBlanc, St. Cloud State hockey

  • Won Hobey Baker Award as top college hockey player
  • Bounced back from injury last year to register 13 goals and 50 points

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M football

  • 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, first freshman in history
  • The first freshman in FBS history, and just the fifth player ever, to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season



Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina women’s lacrosse

  • Named NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Helped the Tar Heels to claim the school’s first-ever NCAA title with a 13-12 victory against top-ranked Maryland

Crystal Dunn, North Carolina soccer

  • The midfielder led the Tar Heels to a 4-1 victory over Penn State at the 2012 NCAA Women’s College Cup
  • She scored goals in the first four games of the tournament and assisted on goals in both College Cup games, including the game-winner against Stanford

Brittney Griner, Baylor basketball

  • Swept all of the nation’s player awards the last two seasons and ended her four-year career as the NCAA’s top shot blocker (748) and female dunker (18) and ranks No. 2 on the NCAA Division I women’s scoring chart with 3,283 career points

Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma Softball

  • Led Oklahoma to the national championship
  • Named Most Outstanding Player in the WCWS
  • Finished the season with a 35-1 win/loss record



Pedro Barros

  • Has three straight X Games SKB Park gold medals

Nyjah Huston

  • Dominating win at the X Games Street League Skateboarding contest in Foz do Iguaçu
  • Gold medal at X Games LA in Real Street in 2012
  • Gold medal at X Games Barcelona in Street League Skateboarding

Mark McMorris

  • Gold medal in X Games Aspen Slopestyle
  • Won Slopestyle at Burton US Open and Dew Tour Breckenridge event
  • Claimed overall World Snowboard title in slopestyle and third  in Big Air

Ryan Villopoto

  • Returned from ACL surgery to claim 2013 AMA Supercross title
  • In 2013 AMA Motocross, has won 8 of 10 motos and 3 of 5 overalls



Kelly Clark

  • X Games SuperPipe gold at both Aspen and Tignes
  • Overall titles on the FIS World Cup and World Snowboard Tour series

Leticia Bufoni

  • X Games gold in Women’s Street at Foz do Iguaçu and in the Real Women video competition at Barcelona
  • Women’s Street silver medal at X Games LA
  • Claimed overall 2012 World Cup Skateboarding crown for women’s street

Stephanie Gilmore

  • Won her 5th ASP World Tour points crown in 2012

Laia Sanz

  • 2013 X Games Enduro X gold medals at Foz do Iguaçu and Barcelona
  • Won FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship and FIM Women’s Trial World Championship in 2012



Javier Castellano

  • 321 wins, over $22 million in earnings, 31 graded stakes wins (eight Grade 1)

Ramon Dominguez

  • 329 wins, over $25 million in earnings and 25 graded stakes wins (10 Grade 1)

Joel Rosario

  • Rode Orb to the Kentucky Derby title
  • Also won the $10 million event in Dubai

John Velasquez

  • 185 wins, over $19 million in purse earnings and 34 graded stakes wins (14 Grade 1)



Jeremy Campbell, Athletics

  • Set a Paralympic record en route to his second consecutive Paralympic Games gold medal in the men’s discus
  • At the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Campbell threw 60.19 meters, a new world record in the men’s discus (F44)

Jeff Fabry, Archery

  • After shattering his bow in the men’s compound W1 semifinals competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Jeff Fabry prevailed to make it to the gold medal match, where he became the first American archer to win a Paralympic gold medal since 1984

Raymond Martin, Athletics

  • Wheelchair racer won four gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics, 100, 200, 400 and 800m
  • Prior to the Games, he also took first place honors in the 200, 400 and 800m races at the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, and also set the world record in the men’s T52 200m.

Bradley Snyder, Swimming

  • Won gold medals in 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympics
  • Won a silver medal in the 50m freestyle

Tyler Walker, Skiing

  • Took home the men’s sitting speed event trophy at the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing



Victoria Arlen, Swimming

  • Won four medals at 2012 Paralympics, a gold and three silvers
  • Set a world record in the 100 meter freestyle

Muffy Davis, Paracycling

  • Won three gold medals at 2012 Paralympics, two in individual events:  women’s H1-2 time trial and H1-3 road race, and a third in the H1-4 team relay

Jessica Long, Swimming

  • Won eight medals at the 2012 Paralympics (five gold, two silver and one bronze)
  • Set two world records (400m freestyle & 100m freestyle) and the five gold medals were in 100m butterfly, 400m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 100m freestyle

Tatyana McFadden, Athletics

  • Won three gold medals at 2012 Paralympics, 400, 800 and 1500m events. She also won bronze in the 100m sprint
  • Also won the women’s wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon hours before the deadly explosions near the finish line.
  • Six days later, she won the London Marathon in the same division.

Shirley Reilly, Athletics

  • Captured gold in the women’s marathon at the 2012 Paralympics with a time of 1:46:33



Jason Belmonte

  • Won USBC Masters for his first major title and sixth career Tour title

Scott Norton

  • Won Earl Anthony Players Championship for third career title
  • Won Chameleon Championship at Geico World Series of Bowling IV

Pete Weber

  • Won Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions
  • First player to complete PBA Triple Crown for a second time
  • Oldest player to win Tournament of Champions



Thierry Henry, Red Bulls

  • 15 goals and 12 assists in just 25 matches, helping New York qualify for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

  • Tied the MLS record for goals in a season with 27, helping San Jose finish first in the Western Conference

Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City

  • The midfielder had five goals and an MLS-high 15 assists to lead Sporting Kansas City to first place in the Eastern Conference.



Ashton Eaton, Athletics

  • Won the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points

Ryan Lochte, Swimming

  • Won five medals (including two gold) at 2012 Olympics
  • Won the Men’s 400m IM … (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze); seventh male swimmer with five or more medals at single Olympics

Michael Phelps, Swimming

  • Won gold in the 200m Individual Medley, making him the first man to win the same individual swimming event at three straight Olympics
  • Phelps won a 17th gold in 100 butterfly, his final individual race in London.



Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics

  • Won the gold medal in the all-around
  • Was a member of the gold medal-winning USA gymnastics team
  • Became the third straight American to win Women’s All-Around gold
  • Is the first American to win gold in both the Team and Individual All-Around.

Missy Franklin, Swimming

  • Finished with four golds and a bronze at London Olympics; became the second American woman to win four swimming golds at single Olympics, joining Amy Van Dyken in 1996
  • Won Olympic gold medal in women’s 100m backstroke
  • Set a world record in the 200m backstroke

Aly Raisman, Gymnastics

  • The first American to win the gold medal in the floor exercise
  • Also earned gold as a member of the U.S. team all-around winner

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Tucker right back to work after winning kicking job for Ravens

Posted on 27 August 2012 by Luke Jones

Upon learning he had beaten out veteran Billy Cundiff to become the Ravens kicker, Justin Tucker couldn’t resist taking time to enjoy it.

Even if only for a moment before refocusing his efforts toward keeping the job the 22-year-old worked so hard to earn over the last three months.

“Probably for about a minute I got a chance to celebrate and call everyone in my family and a few of my good friends from school and let them know some good news,” Tucker said. “Right after that, you have to put your head down and get right back to work.”

It’s that attitude — along with a powerful, deadly-accurate right leg — that impressed coach John Harbaugh and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg enough to make the difficult decision to part with Cundiff and instill their faith in a young man who’s never made as much as an extra point in an NFL game.

After spending the last six weeks as the hunter, Tucker’s standing with the Ravens now resets. Making 60-yard field goals during practices in Owings Mills or a 53-yarder against the Jacksonville Jaguars in August will win you the starting job, but those feats do nothing to insure the rookie will keep the starting job long-term.

Fortunes can turn quickly. Just ask the 2010 Pro Bowl kicker who finds himself unemployed less than two years later.

Tucker is seeing it firsthand as friends and teammates struggle to carve out spots on the 53-man roster, with some of them already having been told they weren’t good enough.

“I was just telling a couple of the other guys that it gets real, really fast,” Tucker said. “There are 90 guys here over the weekend, and after today, there [are] 75. So, it is pretty crazy how fast it all happens.”

As confident as Harbaugh and the Ravens are in Tucker’s ability, the reality is no one knows whether he will be able to handle the job. Admittedly in the best groove of his kicking career this summer, Tucker hasn’t dealt with the scrutiny that accompanies a rough stretch in which he misses a couple fields goals he’s expected to make.

But the coaching staff is betting that the maturity he exuded throughout the kicking competition will carry over if and when he pushes a 41-yarder wide right or has a 54-yard game-winning attempt blocked by a defensive lineman.

It happens to the best of them. The Ravens just hope it doesn’t come in the closing seconds of the AFC Championship game again.

“When you have a bad play or the momentum swings against you, you brush it off and you move on to the next one,” Harbaugh said. “That’s the same for kickers. I think he has what it takes to do that.”

Whether it’s unbreakable confidence or simply the naivety of a rookie, Tucker says he doesn’t think about failure. Depending on how you view it, the fact that he can’t recall any notable period at Texas in which he struggled might be a dangerous omen or the reflection of a young man who’s fortunate enough not to realize how difficult it can be to kick in the NFL.

As he’s done throughout the summer, Tucker intends to keep his focus on the next attempt, regardless of how high the stakes are raised in two weeks.

“[I] just think positively,” Tucker said. “And going back to what I’ve said about 100 times: ‘Just keep it simple, and take it one kick at a time.’ That’s all you can do.”

His collegiate career with the Longhorns figures to aid Tucker more than the typical rookie kicker’s college experience. Playing in front of 100,000 fans in Austin or making a 40-yard game-winner on the road against rival Texas A&M is as close as it gets to proper training for life as a kicker in the NFL.


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Phelps collects 18th gold medal in final race

Posted on 04 August 2012 by WNST Staff

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