The Orlando Magic is an American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. The Magic compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The franchise has played in the NBA playoffs for more than half of its existence. Orlando has been the second most successful of the four expansion teams brought into the league in 1988 and 1989 in terms of winning percentage, after fellow Floridian team Miami Heat. In September 1985, Orlando businessman Jim L. Hewitt approached Philadelphia 76ers general manager Pat Williams as they met in Texas on his idea of bringing an NBA team to Orlando. Intrigued by the project, Williams signed on as the front man of the investment group one year as he left the 76ers, on June 19,1986, the two held a news conference to announce their intention of seeking an NBA franchise. At the same time Hewitt and Williams decided to hold a contest in the Orlando Sentinel newspaper to get names for their new franchise.
Out of a total of 4,296 submitted entries, the names were subsequently narrowed to four, Tropics, the last one, which had been submitted by 11 people, was picked after Williams brought his 7-year-old daughter Karyn to visit in Orlando. On July 27,1986, it was announced that the committee chose the Magic to be the new name of the Orlando franchise in the NBA, the name Magic alludes to the citys biggest tourist attraction and economic engine Walt Disney World, along with its Magic Kingdom. Hewitt added that You look at all the aspects of Central Florida, and you find it really is an exciting place, a magical place. Many, including Williams himself at first, thought that Miami or Tampa were better locations in Florida for a franchise, given Orlando was a small town lacking a major airport and a suitable arena. Meanwhile, Williams gave presentations to NBA commissioner David Stern and the owners of the teams of the league that the town was viable. The Magic were one of the four new expansion franchises awarded by the NBA in 1987 along with the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, the Magic became the first ever major-league professional sports franchise in the Orlando area, following an expansion fee of reportedly $32.5 million.
The Magic hired Matt Guokas as the teams first coach, who helped the Magic select 12 players in the NBA Expansion Draft on June 15,1989. On June 27,1989, the Magic chose Nick Anderson with the 11th pick in the first round, the very first game played was an exhibition game on October 13,1989 against the reigning champions Detroit Pistons, which the Magic won. Anderson was quoted as saying the atmosphere and the people watching the game was like Game 7 of the NBA Finals. On November 4,1989, the Magic played their first season game at the Orlando Arena against the visiting New Jersey Nets, the Magics first victory came two days later, as the Magic defeated the New York Knicks 118–110. The inaugural team compiled a record of 18–64 with players including Reggie Theus, Scott Skiles, Terry Catledge, Sam Vincent, Otis Smith, in the 1990 NBA draft, the Orlando Magic selected Dennis Scott with the fourth overall pick
Duke Blue Devils
The Duke Blue Devils are the athletic teams that represent Duke University. Its 26 varsity teams compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the name comes from the French les Diables Bleus or the Blue Devils, which was the nickname given during World War I to the Chasseurs Alpins, the French Alpine light infantry battalion. The Blue Devils have won sixteen NCAA National Championships, the womens golf team has won six, the mens basketball team has won five, mens lacrosse has won three, and the mens soccer and womens tennis teams have won one each. Dukes major historic rival, especially in basketball, has been the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke has captured 119 ACC Championships,44 of which have come since 1999–2000. Dukes teams hold the longest streak of consecutive ACC Championships in womens tennis, womens golf, mens basketball, in the past five years, Duke has finished in the top 20 every year in the NACDA Directors Cup, an overall measure of an institutions athletic success.
Most recently, Duke has finished 10th, 17th, 19th, 11th, Duke has the smallest undergraduate enrollment of any institution that has been in the top 35 the past two years. Furthermore, Duke is the school besides Stanford that has finished in the top 20 in the past three years that has fewer than 10,000 undergraduates. Eight of these teams were ranked either first or second in the country during 2004–05, according to a 2006 evaluation conducted by the NCAA, Dukes student-athletes have the highest graduation rate of any institution in the nation at 91%. Excluding students who leave or transfer in good standing, the graduation rate of student-athletes is 97%. S. Duke University sponsors teams in mens, twelve womens, and one coed NCAA sanctioned sports. ^Duke will launch a varsity team in 2017–2018. Additionally, Duke has had an Academic All-American on the fourteen years. Duke has 19 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships, the most of any team in the ACC, Duke has been the top seed in the ACC tournament 19 times.
Duke is second, behind only UCLA, in total weeks ranked as the one team in the nation by the AP with 110 weeks. The Blue Devils have the second longest streak in the AP Top 25 in history with 200 consecutive appearances from 1996 to 2007 and this streak only trails UCLAs 221 consecutive polls from 1966–1980 as the longest of all-time. The streak ended with the AP poll released on February 12,2007, during the 1990s and 2000s, the Duke womens basketball program has become a national powerhouse. In the 2000–01 season, the Blue Devils posted a 30–4 record, won the ACC Tournament and ACC regular season championships, the 2001–02 season produced similar success. She led the Blue Devils to a 31–4 record and an NCAA Final Four appearance, Duke became the first ACC school to produce an undefeated 19–0 record in the ACC by winning the regular season and Tournament titles
NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award
A panel of sportswriters and broadcasters from throughout the United States and Canada votes on the recipient. Each judge casts a vote for first and third place selections, each first-place vote is worth five points, each second-place vote is worth three points, and each third-place vote is worth one point. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, to be eligible for the award, a player must come off the bench in more games than he starts. Since its inception, the award has given to 26 different players. The most recent recipient is Jamal Crawford, who has won the three times. Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Detlef Schrempf have each won the two times. Bobby Jones was the winner of the award for the 1982–83 NBA season. McHale and Bill Walton are the only Hall of Famers who have won the award, manu Ginóbili, Leandro Barbosa, Toni Kukoč and Ben Gordon are the only award winners not born in the United States. Gordon was the first player to win the award as a rookie, of the five foreign-born winners, three were trained completely outside the U. S.
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North Carolina Tar Heels
The North Carolina Tar Heels are the athletic teams representing the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The name Tar Heel is a used to refer to individuals from the state of North Carolina. Since the school fostered the oldest collegiate team in the Carolinas, the Tar Heels are referred to as North Carolina, UNC, or The Heels. The mascot of the Tar Heels is Rameses, a Dorset Ram, Carolina has won 43 NCAA Division I team national championships in seven different sports, ninth all-time, and 52 individual national championships. They appeared in the College World Series in 1960,1966,1978,1989,2008,2009,2011 and 2013, Carolina has enjoyed long success as one of the top basketball programs in the country. Overall, the Tar Heels have won six NCAA National Championships and were awarded one for the 1923–24 season by the Helms Foundation. Under coach Frank McGuire, the team won its 1st NCAA championship in 1957, after McGuire left, legendary coach Dean Smith established the team as a powerhouse in college basketball.
In 31 years at Carolina, Smith set the record for the most wins of any college basketball head coach. Under Smith, the Tar Heels won two championships and had numerous talented players come through the program. Smith is credited with coming up with the four corners offense, more recently, the Tar Heels won the national championship in 2005,2009, and 2017 under coach Roy Williams. Ward won the British Amateur in 1952 and the U. S. Amateur in 1955 and 1956, the teams best finish was second place in 1953 and 1991. Tar Heel golfers who have had success at the professional level include Davis Love III, under Lam, the Tar Heels were a consistent top 25 NCAA team. Lam led the Tar Heels to 15 ACC tournament titles in addition to being named ACC coach of the year 10 times, following the Lam era, Mock was named ACC Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006 in addition to claiming two ACC team titles. In 2015, Mock was fired as head wrestling coach and he was shortly replaced by Olympic bronze medalist and Oklahoma State University graduate Coleman Scott.
The Tar Heel wrestling program boasts many ACC champions, All-Americans, koll is now the head coach at Cornell University where he has led the program to new heights with multiple top 10 NCAA finishes. Fisher,1998 ACC champion and Most Outstanding wrestler, who went on to become a wrestler on the international stage where he was as high as second on the United States Olympic latter. Fisher went on to become a coach for multiple Division 1 wrestling programs including Iowa State. They took 6th in 1995, carmichael Arena is currently the home to the Tar Heels Wrestling team located centrally on campus
Russellville is the county seat and largest city in Pope County, United States, with a population of 27,920, according to the 2010 Census. It is home to Arkansas Tech University and Arkansas Nuclear One, Russellville borders Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River. It is the city of the Russellville Micropolitan Statistical Area. Before the town was named Russellville, it was known as Chactas Prairie, The Prairie, in the early 19th century, Osage from Missouri hunted frequently in the valley where Russellville is located. Between 1818 and 1828, the area was within a Cherokee reservation, but after 1828 the Cherokee were removed to Indian Territory, the first settler in the area was P. C. One year later, Dr. Thomas Russell bought Holledgers house, the first business to be established in the town was owned by Mr. Shinn, who built a masonry structure to replace his wooden store in 1875. This building still exists today, and is known as the Shinn Building and it was built at the intersection of an east-west road from Little Rock to Fort Smith and a north-south buffalo trail to a ford on the Arkansas River.
Early travelers used these trails to pass through the valley. When the towns decided to name the town, it came down to two choices, Shinnville or Russellville, and Russellville won. As with the war with Mexico in the 1840s, many men of Russellville served in the military forces during the American Civil War. Local men served in the forces early in the war. Several local men were formed into at least two pro-Union companies. No great battles occurred in or near Russellville, though actions did take place late in the war at nearby Dardanelle, while the war came to an official end in 1865, peace did not immediately return to the area. Many areas of Pope County were disrupted in the early 1870s by the bloody, the town grew slowly, but during the early 1870s the railroad was built and the town exploded commercially and experienced a boom in population. Russellville’s first newspaper, the Herald was founded in 1870, by 1876, the town boasted a population of approximately 800 serviced by fifteen stores, two cotton gins, and six doctors.
On June 7,1870, Russellville became an incorporated city, incorporation prompted a debate on moving the county seat, located in Dover since 1841, to one of the growing business centers adjacent to the new tracks. On March 19,1887, an election was held in which Russellville beat out all competing towns, while formal education came to the Russellville area early with the founding of nearby Dwight Mission in 1820, most early schools were either private or by subscription. The Russellville Public School District was formed in 1870, the year the city was incorporated, by 1876, it had evolved into a nine-month school
Mayce Edward Christopher Chris Webber III is an American retired professional basketball player. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA Team member, a former NBA Rookie of the Year, and a former number one overall NBA draftee. However, Webber was indicted by a grand jury and stripped of his All-American honors by the NCAA as a result of his direct involvement in the Ed Martin scandal. He is a former National High School Basketball Player of the Year who led his high school Detroit Country Day to three Michigan State High School Basketball Championships. He played middle school basketball at Riverside Middle School at Dearborn Heights, Webber attended Detroit Country Day School and at the time was the most recruited Michigan high school basketball player since Magic Johnson. Webber led Country Day to three MHSAA State championships, as a senior in high school Webber averaged 29.4 points and 13 rebounds per game. He was named Michigans Mr. Basketball and the 1990–1991 National High School player of the year and he was named MVP in both the McDonalds and Dapper Dan All-Star games.
After graduating from Detroit Country Day School, Webber attended the University of Michigan for two years, while a Michigan Wolverine, Webber led the group of players known as the Fab Five, which included himself, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson. This group, all of whom entered Michigan as freshmen in the fall of 1991, took the team to the NCAA finals twice. The Fab Five, sporting long, baggy shorts and black socks, Four of the Fab Five made it to the NBA. On April 5,1993, at Michigans second consecutive NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship game with 11 seconds remaining, Webber attempted to call for a timeout while his team had none remaining, resulting in a technical foul that effectively clinched the game for North Carolina. His father has a plate that says timeout. The game marked the end of Webbers acclaimed two-year collegiate basketball career, in his second season, he was a first team All-American selection and a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith College Player of the Year.
These awards and honors have been vacated due to University of Michigan, in that scandal, Webber received over $200,000 from a local booster while playing basketball for Michigan. Webber was convicted of perjury and banned from any affiliation with the Michigan program until 2013, despite the ban, Webber attended the NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship game between Michigan and Louisville. He apparently watched the game from a suite, rather than in the grandstands near courtside. Webber posted on Twitter before the game, Im here at the Georgia Dome to show my support for the Michigan mens basketball team in its quest for a National Championship. Ive known some of the players on the team since they were kids and I am excited for them and it has been a great season and I wish them all the best
Nolan Richardson Jr. is a former American basketball head coach best known for his tenure at the University of Arkansas, where he won the 1994 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament. During his 22 seasons of coaching in NCAA Division I, Richardson made a tournament appearance 20 times. Richardson was born in El Segundo Barrio in El Paso, United States to Nolan Richardson Sr. Clareast died from a mysterious disease in 1944, leaving behind three children, age 5, Nolan Jr. three, and Helen, six months. Eventually they moved in with the grandmother, Rose Richardson or Ol Mama. Ol Mama had a impact on Nolan by helping instill the drive. Nolans father would visit, but often did not live with the family, Nolan Richardson played college basketball at Texas Western College, playing his junior and senior years under Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins for the Miners. Richardson began his career at Bowie High School in El Paso. He moved to Western Texas Junior College, where he won the National Junior College championship in 1980, Richardson was the head coach at Tulsa from 1981 to 1985, leading Tulsa to the NIT championship in 1981.
This was the first time an African American coach won an NIT championship, Nolan had a.763 winning percentage at the school. He became the first coach in NCAA history to win 50 games in his first two seasons, while coaching at Tulsa, Richardson became known for wearing an assortment of polka dot ties. This trademark eventually led Tulsa students to don polka dots during home games, in 1985, Richardson became the head coach at the University of Arkansas after Eddie Sutton left for Kentucky. Richardson became the first African-American coach at a university in the South. He inherited a team and program that was used to Suttons halfcourt-oriented, Richardsons frenetic, up-tempo system was something new to Arkansas fans, and people questioned it after finishing 12-16 his first season. However, by year two he had Arkansas back in the post season with an NIT berth, by year three he had Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament. The Hogs would stay there for 13 of the next 15 seasons, in all, Arkansas under Richardson enjoyed 15 post season appearances during the 17 seasons of his tenure.
He led Arkansas to three Final Fours—losing to Duke in the semifinals in 1990, winning the National Championship in 1994 against Duke and he was named the National Coach of the Year in 1994. Nolans Arkansas teams recorded a 20 win season twelve times as well as four 30 win seasons during his 17 years and his teams typically played an up tempo game with intense pressure defense - a style that was known as 40 Minutes of Hell. In 2012 his coaching philosophy was featured in the documentary 40 Minutes of Hell on ESPN as part of the networks SEC Storied series and he is the winningest Basketball coach in Arkansas history, compiling a 389-169 record in 17 seasons
University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas is a public, co-educational, land-grant, space-grant, research university in Fayetteville, in the U. S. state of Arkansas. More than 26,000 students are enrolled in over 188 undergraduate, graduate and it is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with highest research activity. Founded as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871, its present name was adopted in 1899 and it is noted for its strong architecture, business, communication disorders, creative writing, history and Middle Eastern studies programs. Enrollment for the semester of 2014 was 26,237. Academic programs are in excess of 200, the ratio of students to faculty is approximately 19,1. The University of Arkansas was founded in 1871 on the site of a farm that overlooked the Ozark Mountains. The university was established under the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862, the universitys founding satisfied the provision in the Arkansas Constitution of 1868 that the General Assembly was to establish and maintain a State University.
Bids from state towns and counties determined the universitys location, the citizens of Fayetteville and Washington County. Pledged $130,000 toward securing the university, a sum that proved to be more than other offers, classes started on January 22,1872. Completed in 1875, Old Main, a brick building designed in the Second Empire style, was the primary instructional. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and its design was based on the plans for the main academic building at the University of Illinois, which has since been demolished. However, the clock and bell towers were switched at Arkansas, the northern taller tower is the bell tower, and the southern shorter tower is the clock tower. One legend for the switch is that the taller tower was put to the north as a reminder of the Union victory during the Civil War. A second legend is that the contractor accidentally swapped the tower drawings after having had too much to drink, although the southern tower was designed with clock faces, it never held a working clock until October 2005.
The bell tower has always had some type of chime, initially a bell that was rung on the hour by student volunteers, electronic chimes were installed in 1959. In addition to the chimes of the clock, the universitys Alma Mater plays at 5 pm every day. Old Main housed many of the earliest classes at the university, the lawn at Old Main serves as an arboretum, with many of the trees native to the state of Arkansas found on the lawn. Sitting at the edge of the lawn is Spoofers Stone, a place for couples to meet, students play soccer and touch football on the lawns open green
Arkansas Baptist College
Arkansas Baptist College is a private, historically black liberal arts college located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded in 1884 as the Ministers Institute, ABC was initially funded by the Colored Baptists of the State of Arkansas and it is the only historically black Baptist school west of the Mississippi River. The main building on its campus, built in 1893, is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the state. Joseph L. Jones, serves as the 14th president of the college, Jones first day in office was September 1,2016. The schools baseball team competes in Region 2 of the National Junior College Athletic Association, the schools baseball program plays part of its schedule at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock. The Buffs Head Baseball Coach is Roger Mallison Arkansas Baptist College was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in 1987, in February 2014 the Commission placed the college on notice that it was at risk for being out of compliance with the Commissions criteria for accreditation.
In August 2015 the Commission gave the College a Show-Cause order to present a case that its accreditation should not be withdrawn, the Commission will make a determination in 2016 on whether or not it will continue to accredit the College. Notable alumni of Arkansas Baptist College include preacher William T. Dixon and athletes Harry Kenyon, National Register of Historic Places listings in Little Rock, Arkansas www. arkansasbaptist. edu Official web site
Basketball is a non-contact team sport played on a rectangular court by two teams of five players each. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high that is mounted to a backboard at each end of the court. The game was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, a team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket being defended by the opposition team during regular play. A field goal scores three points for the team if the player shoots from behind the three-point line. A team can score via free throws, which are worth one point, the team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time is mandated when the score is tied at the end of regulation. The ball can be advanced on the court by passing it to a teammate and it is a violation to lift, or drag, ones pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands resume dribbling. The game has many techniques for displaying skill—ball-handling, passing, dunking, shot-blocking.
The point guard directs the on court action of the team, implementing the coachs game plan, Basketball is one of the worlds most popular and widely viewed sports. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague, the FIBA Basketball World Cup attracts the top national teams from around the world. Each continent hosts regional competitions for teams, like EuroBasket. The FIBA Womens Basketball World Cup features the top womens basketball teams from continental championships. The main North American league is the WNBA, whereas the EuroLeague Women has been dominated by teams from the Russian Womens Basketball Premier League, in early December 1891, Canadian Dr. He sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied, after rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. Basketball was originally played with a soccer ball and these laces could cause bounce passes and dribbling to be unpredictable.
Eventually a lace-free ball construction method was invented, and this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith, dribbling was not part of the original game except for the bounce pass to teammates. Passing the ball was the means of ball movement. Dribbling was eventually introduced but limited by the shape of early balls. Dribbling only became a part of the game around the 1950s