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Alvin Robertson

Alvin Cyrrale Robertson is an American retired basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association from 1984 to 1993, for one final season in 1995–96. Robertson holds the record for the most steals per game played, averaging 2.71 steals per game for his career. He is the only guard in NBA history to have recorded a quadruple-double. Best known for his defense, the 6'3" Robertson played for ten years after being selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the seventh pick in the 1984 NBA draft out of Crowder Junior College and the University of Arkansas. After five seasons with the Spurs, He finished out his career with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors, he was a member of 1984 U. S. Olympic gold-medal team. In 1986, Robertson became the inaugural winner of the NBA Most Improved Player Award; this marked the first of four National Basketball Association All-Star Game appearances for the guard. He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1986, led the league in steals in 1986, 1987 and 1991.

Robertson still holds the top career steals-per-game average in the NBA, with 2.71 per contest over 779 career games. Robertson thrice led the league in steals. In 1985–86 he averaged a league-leading 3.7 steals per game, a major factor in his earning the Defensive Player of the Year honor and being selected second-team All-NBA, one of only seven players in Spurs' history to have been selected first, second or third-team All-NBA. He was a four-time All-Star. Robertson led the Spurs in steals four of the five seasons he was with the club, three times averaging more than three per game. Though he played only five seasons in San Antonio, he ranks third in club history in total steals, with 1,129. During his San Antonio days, he recorded a steal in a then-NBA-record 105 consecutive games. A multi-dimensional player, Robertson is one of only four NBA players to record a quadruple-double when he registered 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals while playing for the Spurs against the Phoenix Suns on February 18, 1986.

He is the only player to do so with steals as the fourth category. During the 1993–94 season, the Detroit Pistons traded Robertson to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Mark Macon and Marcus Liberty. However, he never saw any playing time for the Nuggets due to pre-existing back injuries. Robertson scored the first points in Toronto Raptors' history. Ed Pinckney won the franchise's opening tip-off against the New Jersey Nets, Robertson hit a three-pointer, the Raptors were ahead 3–0. Robertson is the father of Tyrell Johnson, 2008 NFL 2nd round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings, he is the father of Elgin Cook, a basketball player for the Santa Cruz Warriors. His brother, Ken Robertson, played basketball for Cleveland State University. Robertson has had a history of off-court problems and after his career. In August 1997, he pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor charges of abusing a former girlfriend and was sentenced to one year in prison, he spent a month in jail during the 1990 NBA off-season on domestic assault charges against his then-wife.

Robertson was arrested again in San Antonio in January 2007, on a variety of charges, several related to domestic violence. On February 26, 2010, Robertson was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a child, trafficking an underage child for purposes of sex and forcing a sexual performance by a child. Authorities claim that Robertson was part of a ring that kidnapped a 14-year-old girl from San Antonio, forced her to have sex with clients and to dance at a Corpus Christi strip club in 2009; the girl escaped her alleged captors. It was determined. There is still no explanation on. Robertson was found not guilty of all charges on November 30, 2015. List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders List of National Basketball Association players with most steals in a game Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com

Abbey House, Cirencester

Abbey House, Cirencester was a country house in the English county of Gloucestershire that developed on the site of the former Cirencester Abbey following the dissolution and demolition of the abbey at the Reformation in the 1530s. The site of the dissolved abbey of Cirencester was granted in 1564 to Richard Master, physician to Queen Elizabeth I. Dr. Master died in 1588, it was either his son, George, or more his grandson, Sir William Master, who demolished the old monastery buildings and constructed the house depicted in an engraving of c.1710 by John Kip. This early 17th-century house was five bays square, with a projecting three-storey porch and two bay windows on the entrance front facing Dollar Street. Nothing is known of the internal planning of the house, regrettable since this was one of several Gloucestershire houses in which the traditional layout of a central hall with office and family wings was abandoned; the square ground plan adopted at the Abbey House made symmetrical external treatment easier, but caused difficulties with lighting and roofing, which seem not to have been resolved here, since Kip shows that internal gulleys were needed to dispose of the water from the roof.

The Master family occupied the Abbey House throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, played an active part in the life of the town. Four consecutive generations represented Cirencester in Parliament between 1624 and 1747, Sir William Master was on several occasions the unwilling host of members of the royal family during the Civil War. Although the house seems to have avoided damage in the siege of Cirencester, the Master family estates were sequestered, Sir William, who had 12 children, was said to be in financial difficulties in 1652; the Jacobean Abbey House survived until the 1770s, when according to some accounts, it was damaged by fire. Between 1774 and 1776 Thomas Master had it taken down and replaced by a new house, square and stood on the old foundations, although it faced in the opposite direction, out across the newly landscaped park. A plan of 1774 shows both the block plan of the new house and the new layout of the grounds, although it is unclear what had been accomplished by this date.

Brewer says that the old house "was taken down about 1776... and the present building was shortly after erected on the same site". The new house was designed by William Donn, a minor London architect, paid £40 for the plans but who did not supervise the work; as Donn claimed to have worked under Capability Brown, he may have been responsible for the landscaping, but there is no direct evidence for this. The new house was a five-by-five bay block, of three storeys, with a semicircular bow on the entrance front and a platband above the first-floor windows, it was built of rubble stone with crude ashlar quoins and window surrounds, was stuccoed until the mid-19th century. The original internal arrangement consisted of a D-shaped entrance hall behind the bow, with a small staircase hall behind and a large rectangular room to either side; that on the south was a dining room with a screen of columns across one end. Across the back of the house were the library, service stairs and Thomas Master's dressing room.

Between 1817 and 1825 the ground floor of the bow was extended in Greek Revival style to create a much larger semicircular lobby. The new doors and windows were framed by fluted baseless Doric columns in antis and divided by short sections of wall with incised panels. Internal changes were made to other parts of the house at the same time, although Victorian alterations superseded any Grecian decoration. Thomas Master died in 1823, the Abbey estate passed to his spinster daughter, who died in August 1862, when it passed to her sister Mary Ann, Dowager Lady Carteret. Either William Chester-Master or his son, Thomas William Chester-Master, who inherited in 1868, was responsible for a major enlargement or rebuilding of the service wing at the rear of the house. Photographs show this to have been built of coursed rubble stone, the stucco on the house was removed when this addition was made. Rather in the century, bay windows were added to the dining room and library and part of the service wing was reconstructed as a single-storey block with a low balustrade, matching those placed over the Victorian bay windows.

By 1897 the house was let, it remained in the occupation of tenants until shortly after the Second World War. It lay empty and deteriorating for over a decade while extensive attempts were made to find a new tenant, but it was demolished in 1964. Flats for the elderly were built on the site, the grounds were presented to the town as a public park by Mr R. G. Chester-Master in 1965; the agricultural part of the estate remains the property of the Chester-Master family. N. W. Kingsley, The country houses of Gloucestershire, 1660-1830, 1992, pp. 6, 17, 20, 24-5, 38, 44-5, 136, 264 N. W. Kingsley, The country houses of Gloucestershire, 1500-1660, 2nd edn. 2001, pp. 10, 30, 33-34, 88, 127, 175.

Serge Thill

Serge Thill is a former Luxembourgish footballer who played for the Luxembourg national football team. Thill began his senior career in his native Luxembourg in 1991. In 1993, Thill signed for Belgian club RSC Athus. In 1997, Thill returned to Luxembourg to sign for CS Grevenmacher. Thill stayed at Grevenmacher for five seasons, winning the Luxembourg National Division in his final season at the club. Thill played 14 times for Luxembourg between 1992 and 1998, making his debut in a 3–2 defeat against Turkey. Thill is married to former athlete Nathalie Thill. Together, they have had three sons that have gone onto represent Luxembourg at international level: Olivier Thill, Sébastien Thill and Vincent Thill. Union Luxembourg Luxembourg National Division: 1991–92CS Grevenmacher Luxembourg National Division: 2002–03 Luxembourg Cup: 1997–98, 2002–03