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Magic Johnson

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers, he won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s. Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. After protests from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, but returned in 1996, at age 36, to play 32 games for the Lakers before retiring for the third and final time. Johnson's career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations.

He led the league in regular-season assists four times, is the NBA's all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2. Johnson was a member of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team, which won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. After leaving the NBA in 1992, Johnson formed the Magic Johnson All-Stars, a barnstorming team that traveled around the world playing exhibition games. Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. Johnson became a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame—being enshrined in 2002 for his individual career, again in 2010 as a member of the "Dream Team", he was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007. His friendship and rivalry with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, whom he faced in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA championship series, are well documented. Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex, as well as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker.

His public announcement of his HIV-positive status in 1991 helped dispel the stereotype, still held at the time, that HIV was a "gay disease" that heterosexuals need not worry about. Named by Ebony magazine as one of America's most influential black businessmen in 2009, Johnson has numerous business interests, was a part-owner of the Lakers for several years. Johnson is part of a group of investors that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014. Earvin Johnson Jr. was born in Lansing, the son of General Motors assembly worker Earvin Sr. and school janitor Christine. Johnson, who had six siblings, was influenced by his parents' strong work ethic, his mother spent many hours after work each night cleaning their home and preparing the next day's meals, while his father did janitorial work at a used car lot and collected garbage, all while never missing a day at General Motors. Johnson would help his father on the garbage route, he was teased by neighborhood children who called him "Garbage Man".

Johnson came to love basketball as a young man. His favorite basketball player was Bill Russell, whom he admired more for his many championships than his athletic ability, he idolized players such as Earl Monroe and Marques Haynes, practiced "all day". Johnson came from an athletic family, his father played high school basketball in his home state of Mississippi, Johnson learned the finer points about the game from him. Johnson's mother from North Carolina, had played basketball as a child, she grew up watching her brothers play the game. By the time he had reached the eighth grade, Johnson had begun to think about a future in basketball, he had become a dominant junior high player. Johnson looked forward to playing at Sexton High School, a school with a successful basketball team and history that happened to be only five blocks from his home, his plans underwent a dramatic change when he learned that he would be bused to the predominantly white Everett High School instead of going to Sexton, predominantly black.

Johnson's sister Pearl and his brother Larry had bused to Everett the previous year and did not have a pleasant experience. There were incidents of racism, with rocks being thrown at buses carrying black students and white parents refusing to send their children to school. Larry was kicked off the basketball team after a confrontation during practice, prompting him to beg his brother not to play. Johnson did join the basketball team but became angry after several days when his new teammates ignored him during practice, not passing the ball to him, he nearly got into a fight with another player. Johnson accepted his situation and the small group of black students looked to him as their leader; when recalling the events in his autobiography, My Life, he talked about how his time at Everett had changed him: As I look back on it today, I see the whole picture differently. It's true, and the first few months, I was miserable at Everett. But being bused to Everett turned out to be one of the best things that happened to me.

It got me out of my own little world and taught me how to understand white people, how to communicate and deal with them. Johnson was first dubbed "Magic" as a 15-year-old sophomore playing for Everett High School, when he recorded a triple-double of 36 points, 18 rebounds, 16 assists. After the game, Fred Stabley Jr. a sports writer for the Lansing State Journal, gave him the moniker despite the belief of John

2007–08 Sepahan F.C. season

This is a list of Sepahan F. C.'s results at the IPL 2007/08, the 2007 ACL, the 2007 Club World Cup, the 2008 ACL. The club is competing in the Iran Pro League, Hazfi Cup, as well as the Asian Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup. Updated 20 December 2017. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. For recent transfers, see List of Iranian football transfers summer 2018. Win Draw Loss Postponed Win Draw Loss Postponed Win Draw Loss Postponed Sepahan progress 5–4 on penalties after 0–0 aggregate score Sepahan progress 3–1 on aggregate Urawa Red Diamonds win 3–1 on aggregate Win Draw Loss Postponed Win Draw Loss Postponed Win Draw Loss Postponed As of 2 Sep 2018 "Iran Pro League Stats: 2007-2008 Season Appearances". IPLStats.com. Retrieved 2007-10-23. "Iran Pro League Stats: 2007-2008 Season Scorers". IPLStats.com. Retrieved 2007-10-23

Ronald Corey

Ronald Corey, is a Canadian businessman and former professional ice hockey executive with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. In 1991, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada; as of 2012, Corey serves as director of Transamerica Life Companies, Schiff Nutrition International Inc. and The Canadian Museum for Human Rights. He is president of Ronald Corey Groupe Conseil Ltée. Corey has served as Chairman of the Port of Montreal. Prior to joining the Canadiens' organization, Corey was president of the Carling-O'Keefe brewery. On November 12, 1982, Corey was appointed president of the Canadiens. During his term as president, the team won two Stanley Cups. Corey was president for the building of the Bell Centre, however during the 1990s, the team's business declined under the indirect ownership of parent company Molson Brewery by Foster's. Corey was known for his good treatment of past Canadiens' stars Maurice Guy Lafleur. In 1986, he brought Doug Harvey back into the Canadiens' organization, as a scout and arranging the retirement of his jersey number 2.

He was criticized by the media for poor management decisions in the hiring of Montreal Canadiens general managers. One famous action of Corey's was the firing, four games into the 1995–96 season, of the entire Canadiens' hockey management - general manager Serge Savard and coaches Jacques Demers, Carol Vadnais and Andre Boudrias, replaced them with Rejean Houle and Mario Tremblay. Houle had no previous general manager experience while Tremblay had no coaching experience, the moves would indirectly lead to the departure of star goaltender Patrick Roy weeks later. Earlier, Savard had been hired by Corey with no prior front-office experience and went on to put together 2 Stanley Cup-winning teams. Corey retired in May 1999, after Molson discussed selling the team, he was unwilling and unable to fulfill that mandate, Molson went on installing new team president Pierre Boivin; the Canadiens were soon sold to American businessman George Gillett. "Order of Canada recipients: Ronald Corey, C. M." Governor General of Canada.

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