The Phoenix Mercury are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association. The team was founded; the team is owned by Robert Sarver, who owns the Mercury's NBA counterpart, the Phoenix Suns. The Mercury has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in eleven of its twenty years in Phoenix; the franchise has been home to many high-quality players such as former UConn sharpshooter Diana Taurasi, explosive Rutgers grad Cappie Pondexter, former Temple power forward Candice Dupree, former Baylor standout center Brittney Griner, Australian guard Penny Taylor. In 1998, 2007, 2009, 2014, the Mercury went to the WNBA Finals. With a cast that included hall-of-famer Nancy Lieberman, possible future hall-of-famers Michele Timms of Australia, Jennifer Gillom, hyper-active star Bridget Pettis, outspoken coach Cheryl Miller, the Mercury established itself as a major franchise. In the first WNBA season, the Mercury posted a 16–12 record and reached the first WNBA playoffs.
The Mercury lost to the New York Liberty, though, in those playoffs. In 1998, the Mercury again qualified for the playoffs; the Mercury defeated the Cleveland Rockers to reach the WNBA Finals for the first time. In a hard fought series, the Mercury fell 2 games to 1 to the defending champion Houston Comets. In 1999, the Mercury missed the playoffs. In 2000, the Mercury got swept by the Los Angeles Sparks; the team descended into turmoil after the season, as coach Miller left and the original core group of players broke up, via retirement or trades, the team stopped being a playoff contender. From 2001–2004, the Mercury were at the bottom of the WNBA. Fielding miserable teams, the Mercury were never competitive; the Mercury went through coach after coach, nothing worked. During the lean years, the franchise remained in the news as forward Lisa Harrison would become a sex symbol. Playboy Magazine offered her money to pose in their magazine, she would decline the offer. After a horrible 2003 season, in which the Mercury posted an 8–26 record, the Mercury won the #1 overall choice in the 2004 WNBA Draft, select coveted former UConn star Diana Taurasi.
Taurasi went on to win the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award in the 2004 season, as the Mercury posted a better 17–17 record. The Mercury posted a 16 -- 18 record in 2005. Former NBA coach Paul Westhead became the Mercury's head coach prior to the 2006 season and brought his up-tempo style to Phoenix. Westhead was the first WNBA coach to have won a previous NBA championship; the Mercury drafted Cappie Pondexter with the #2 overall selection in the 2006 WNBA Draft. The addition provided Taurasi with a solid #2 player. Westhead's run and gun offense became The Mercury's trademark and the franchise would soon set new league records for points scored; the 2006 season was a positive one for the Mercury, as they posted a winning record for the first time since 2000, at 18–16. The Mercury fell just short of a postseason berth; as the 2007 season came, the Mercury were hungry for a deep playoff run. The Mercury would run away with the Western Conference, posting their best record in franchise history at 23–11, as well as clinching the #1 seed.
The Mercury set a record by averaging 89.0 points in a season during 2007. In their first playoffs since 2000, the Mercury made quick work of the Seattle Storm in the first round, blowing them out in two games. In the Western Finals, the Mercury swept the San Antonio Silver Stars in a closer series, advancing to the WNBA Finals for the first time in nine years. In the Finals, the Mercury faced the defending 2006 champions Detroit Shock; the two teams split the first two games in Detroit. Coming back home, the Mercury suffered a letdown in game 3, losing 88–83. Down 2 -- 1, the Mercury had to lose. Game 4 came down to the final seconds, but the Mercury edged out the Shock 77–76, with Cappie Pondexter scoring 26 points, forced a Game 5 in Detroit. In Game 5, Phoenix won by a score of 108–92. Penny Taylor scored a game high 30 points in Game 5, went 18-for-18 from the line; the Mercury won the series and their first championship with a 108–92 Game 5 victory, becoming the first WNBA team to win a championship on the road.
Cappie Pondexter was named the WNBA Finals MVP, averaged 22.0 points and 5.6 assists in the series. On November 7, 2007, The Mercury announced the hiring of Corey Gaines as head coach to replace the departing Paul Westhead. In 2008, the Mercury started and never found a groove, finishing the season with a disappointing record of 16–18, well out of the playoff picture in a tough Western Conference; the Mercury became the first team in WNBA history with the dubious honor of failing to qualify for the playoffs after winning the WNBA Finals the year before. However, a year the Mercury were back to what they were two years before; the Mercury clinched the top spot in the playoffs along with the number one seed in the Western Conference. The Mercury defeated the 2008 conference champion San Antonio Silver Stars in the first round, winning the exciting series 2–1 after losing the first game on the road; the Mercury defeated the Los Angeles Sparks in the conference finals, winning 2–1 in a series that ended Lisa Leslie's career.
The Mercury went on to beat the Indiana Fever 3–2 in the best of 5 series to captu
Naseem Hamed vs. Marco Antonio Barrera, billed as "Playing with Fire", was a professional boxing match contested on April 7, 2001 for the vacant IBO championship and Hamed's lineal featherweight championship. A fight between Naseem Hamed and Marco Antonio Barrera, years in the making, was agreed upon in November 2000 for a March 3, 2000 date. 3 months prior, who had held the WBO featherweight title for nearly five years and had defended it 15 times, decided to vacate the title rather than take less money to face mandatory challenger István Kovács. However, as he had not lost in the ring, he was still regarded as the "lineal" champion. Barrera was the reigning WBO super bantamweight champion and was moving up to the featherweight division for the first time and, as a result, was instilled as a 3–1 underdog. In January, the planned March 3rd date was scrapped and instead the fight was announced to be taken place on April 7th instead in order for both fighters to finalize their contracts. Hamed, making his American pay-per-view debut, was guaranteed a purse of $6 million while Barrera would earn $2 million.
The aggressive Barrera changed his usual technique to combat the unorthodox Hamed outboxing Hamed throughout the contest. Barrera stood back for the entire fight, never charging towards Hamed in an effort to neutralize Hamed's powerful left-handed counter-punch. Hamed, who had not expect Barrera to take this approach, had trouble landing any offense as Barrera circled away and landed many counter-punches whenever Hamed attempted to engage him. In the 12th and final round, Barrera abandoned his approach an began aggressively attacking Hamed before reverting back to his previous tactic. Hamed, knowing he was behind on the scorecards, began swinging at Barrera wildly in hopes of scoring a knockout. During one such encounter, Hamed missed Barrera with a wild left hook leading to Barrera to lock Hamed into a full-nelson and drill his head into the turnbuckle, for which Barrera was deducted a point. However, the lost point would have no bearing on the result as Barrera would earn a unanimous decision victory with two scores of 115–112 and one score of 116–111.
For Hamed, it was his only professional loss. After the bout, Hamed expressed interest in a rematch with Barrera. I'm going to knock him out." Hamed held a rematch clause that he had to invoke within two months of this fight should he want to face Barrera in an immediate rematch. However, the two month deadline came and went with no word Hamed or his camp and Barrera instead moved on to face Enrique Sánchez instead. Hamed announced in February 2002 that he would face unknown Spanish fighter Manuel Calvo on March 23rd, though the bout was lated pushed back to May 18th. After over a year of inactivity Hamed would beat Calvo by unanimous decision in what would prove to be the final match of his career. Barrera would vacate his newly won IBO featherweight title following his victory, his manager announced plans for Barrera to return to his previous weight division of super bantamweight and defend the WBO championship still in his possession, however Barrera decided to remain in the featherweight division, which he would remain until 2004
The 2011 Trofeo Linea Brasil season is the second Trofeo Linea Brasil season. It began on 8 May at and Interlagos will end on October 30 at Velopark, after 12 races to be held at six meetings.:Three race ahead, Cacá Bueno won the title of champion by winning the Trofeo Linea nine round of the season, held at the Curitiba. Bueno won five races during the season including sweeping the weekend at Londrina, as well as a victory at the first meeting to be held in Interlagos, Brasília and Curitiba. In second place was his brother Popo Bueno, who won at first meeting in Interlagos. Giuliano Lossaco finished in third place, winning two races at the second meeting to be held in Interlagos and Curitiba. Other wins were taken by André Bragantini in second meeting at Interlagos and Velopark, Allam Khodair in Brasília and Cesinha Bonilha won the victory in the last race on Velopark. All cars use Fiat Linea chassis. Points were awarded as follows: Official website of the Trofeo Linea Brasil
Alexis Loree Tipton is an American voice actress and ADR director affiliated with Funimation. She has provided voices for English versions of television series; some of her roles include Sun Seto in My Bride is a Mermaid, Mizuki Himeji in Baka and Test, Emi Kizaki in Linebarrels of Iron and Yume in Sekirei, Moka Akashiya in Rosario + Vampire, Saya Kisaragi in Blood-C, Anya Hepburn in Soul Eater Not!, Kurumi Tokisaki in Date A Live, Millianna in Fairy Tail, young Trunks from Dragon Ball Super and Iris from Fire Force. Official website Alexis Tipton at Anime News Network's encyclopedia Alexis Tipton on IMDb
The Unicorn Cave is the largest show cave in the West Harz, about 1½ kilometres northwest of Scharzfeld in the borough of Herzberg am Harz in central Germany. It is a karst cave developed in dolomite strata, part of the Zechstein, it was first mentioned in the records in 1541. In 1686 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz visited the cave and wrote a report about it mentioning the local trade with unicorn artefacts. In those days fossilized bones supposed to be from unicorns were ground and used for making medicine. In the 17th century Otto von Guericke, the mayor of Magdeburg, wrote a newspaper article about the finding of some ancient animal bones in the Zeunickenberg, a Harz mountain near Quedlinburg, in which he held the opinion that the bones were the remains of a unicorn. Based on Guerickes writings Leibniz drew a fictional reconstruction of the unicorn's skeleton using the bones, found in the cave and published the drawing in his book Protagaea. In 1872 Rudolf Virchow carried out an excavation there and determined that the unknown bones stem from extinct animals like mammoths and cave bears.
Over 70 species of animal have been identified from the many bones that have been found, including 60 species of mammal. In 1905 the Unicorn Cave was made accessible to visitors by the construction of an entrance gallery. Since 270 metres of the total length of 610 metres have been opened up as a show cave; the Unicorn Cave is one of the three information centres of the Harz - Brunswick Land - Eastphalia National Geopark. The Unicorn Cave has a checkpoint, part of the Harzer Wandernadel network of hiking trails. According to a legend the discovery of the cave was linked to the nearby rock church at Scharzfeld. In the cave-like rock church it is said that in heathen times there lived an old and wise woman, who helped people looking for advice. One day she was driven away by a monk in a black habit in the company of Frankish warriors. A unicorn was supposed to have protected her from her pursuers; the woman joined the witches' community on the Witches' Dance Floor on the Brocken mountain. Thereafter the black monk disappeared into a hole in the ground which led to the discovery of the Unicorn Cave.
In fact the cave had never been forgotten. List of show caves in Germany Ernst Andreas Friedrich: Naturdenkmale Niedersachsens. Hannover, 1980. ISBN 3-7842-0227-6 Unicorn Cave: English home page Unicorn Cave at www.showcaves.com. Unicorn Cave: German home page Ralf Nielbock: The Unicorn Cave near Scharzfeld/Harz Description of the cave
Hilary Erhard Duff is an American actress, singer, songwriter and writer. Duff began her acting career at a young age and became labeled a teen idol as the title character of the hit television series Lizzie McGuire and in the theatrical film based on the series, The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Thereafter, Duff appeared in numerous films, with leading roles in Agent Cody Banks, Cheaper by the Dozen, A Cinderella Story, Cheaper by the Dozen 2. After experiencing commercial and critical failure in Material Girls, Duff began appearing in independent films such as War, Inc. According to Greta, The Haunting of Sharon Tate, she was an executive producer on the latter two films. Since 2015, she has starred as Kelsey Peters on the TV Land comedy-drama series Younger, for which she has received nominations for People's Choice Awards in 2016 and 2017. Duff first came to prominence in music after releasing her Christmas-themed debut studio album, Santa Claus Lane, through Walt Disney Records, she enjoyed significant commercial success and platinum and gold certifications with her subsequent studio albums released through Hollywood Records, including Metamorphosis, Hilary Duff, Most Wanted, Dignity.
Following a hiatus from music, Duff signed with RCA Records for Breathe In. Breathe Out. Which debuted in the top 5 positions in Duff's major markets: the Canada. In addition to music and acting, Duff has co-authored a trilogy of novels, beginning with Elixir, which became a New York Times best seller, followed by the sequels Devoted and True, her success in the entertainment industry led her to venture into business with fashion lines of her own such as Stuff by Duff, Femme for DKNY, most the "Muse x Hilary Duff" collection, a collaborative effort with GlassesUSA. She has invested in a number of businesses ranging from cosmetics to children's products, she has been the subject of media attention throughout her career, with interest focusing on her romantic relationships and public image her relationships with Aaron Carter and Joel Madden when she was a teenager. Duff has been married twice, firstly to former professional ice hockey player Mike Comrie from 2010 till 2016, to record producer and singer-songwriter Matthew Koma since 2019.
Duff has been hailed as an inspiration by subsequent Disney teen stars such as Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Bridgit Mendler, Selena Gomez and has sold an estimated 15 million records since her debut in 2002. Duff was born on September 1987 in Houston, Texas, her parents are Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in a chain of convenience stores, Susan Colleen, a homemaker turned film and music producer. Duff has one older sister named Haylie, she was raised between the locations of her father's convenience stores. Encouraged by their mother, both Hilary and her sister enrolled in acting and ballet classes; the siblings earned roles in local theater productions, participated in a touring BalletMet production of The Nutcracker in San Antonio. Interested in the pursuit of show business, the Duff sisters and their mother moved to California in 1993, while their father stayed in Houston to take care of his business; the sisters were cast in many television commercials. Due to her acting career, Duff was home-schooled from the age of eight.
The pair modeled for various clothing brands. Duff stated, "My sister and I showed an interest in and dedication, was like,'How can I tell my kids no?' It's the same as kids. Parents support them and push them."During her initial acting years, Duff played minor roles, such as her uncredited part in the Hallmark Entertainment western miniseries True Women and as an uncredited extra in the ensemble comedy-drama Playing by Heart. The same year, Duff landed her first major role as Wendy in Casper Meets Wendy, based on the Harvey Comics characters. After appearing in the supporting role of Ellie in the television film The Soul Collector, Duff received a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot. In March 2000, Duff appeared as a sick child in the CBS medical drama series Chicago Hope, she was next cast as one of the children in the pilot episode of the NBC comedy series Daddio. Her Daddio co-star Michael Chiklis stated, "After working with her the first day, I remember saying to my wife,'This young girl is gonna be a movie star.'
She was at ease with herself and comfortable in her own skin." However, producers dropped Duff from the cast prior to the airing of the show. A week after being dropped from Daddio, Duff landed the title role of a newly developed Disney Channel series, Lizzie McGuire. Lizzie McGuire premiered on January 12, 2001, became a ratings hit, with an estimated 2.3 million viewers per episode. Duff became labeled as a teen idol and household name within the show's pre-teen adolescent target demographic. Disney began marketing the series through soundtracks, dolls and video games based on Duff's character. Duff made her feature film debut in Human Nature, in which she portrayed the younger version of Patricia Arquette's character. Duff starred in the 2002 Disney Channel television film Cadet Kelly, which became the network's most watched program in its 19-year history. Duff began making appearances on various soundtracks for th