Edward Shane Lechler is an American former professional football player, a punter for 18 seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the Texas A&M Aggies, was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Regarded as one of the greatest punters in NFL history, Lechler was named an All-Pro nine times during his career, made seven Pro Bowls, he led the league in punting average five times and is the NFL's all-time leader in career punting average. Lechler attended East Bernard High School in East Bernard and was a standout in football, basketball and baseball; as quarterback and placekicker, he led East Bernard to the state quarterfinals his senior year, completing 87 of 101 passes for 1,640 yards and 11 touchdowns. In his high school career, he averaged 41.6 yards per punt. His longest punt in high school was 85 yards. Lechler attended Texas A&M University, played for the Aggies football team from 1996 to 1999. A versatile and talented player, he was not only the Aggies' punter but kicked off, was the long field goal kicker, served as the holder for short field goals and PATs, was the emergency quarterback.
As a junior, he completed a 29-yard pass on a fake punt against Baylor and threw a touchdown pass to Dan Campbell on a fake field goal in a hard-fought 17–10 win against Texas Tech. When injuries depleted the depth chart, Lechler served as the backup quarterback for the 1998 Big 12 championship game. At one point in the game, the Aggies' last healthy quarterback Branndon Stewart appeared shaken and a nervous-looking Lechler threw warmup passes on the sideline. Stewart was able to stay in the game and led the Aggies to a 36–33 victory over Kansas State, earning the Aggies their only Big 12 championship; because of his contributions in so many facets of the game, coach R. C. Slocum called Lechler "the team's most valuable player." Lechler started his career off strong at Texas A&M, earning Freshman All-America honors in 1996 with a punting average of 42.7 yards. After his sophomore season, he was named to the All-Big 12 team after breaking the Aggie single season record with an average of 47.0 yards per punt.
He was named to The Sporting News All-America team as a junior in 1998, was an Associated Press first team All-American honors as a senior in 1999, a year in which his 46.5 yards per punt is second in the record books only to his own sophomore record of 47.0. He is the NCAA record holder for career punt average with a mark of 44.7 yards per punt. He made six career punts of 69 yards or longer, 38 "coffin-corner" kicks in his final two seasons, he was voted to the All-Big 12 Conference first team by the league's head coaches, The Associated Press, the Austin American Statesman, The Dallas Morning News, Football News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Houston Chronicle and the Kansas City Star. Lechler had only one punt blocked, against Ohio State in the 1999 Sugar Bowl, only one of his punts was returned for a touchdown, during his college career. Since entering the NFL in 2000, Lechler set various Oakland Raiders records, he booted at least one punt of 50 yards or more in 33 consecutive games from Week 13 of 2003 through Week 14 of 2005, the longest streak by any player since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970.
He has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice, has played in 158 regular-season league games and seven playoff games, including Super Bowl XXXVII. He was seven-time Pro Bowler, in 2001, 2004 and 2007–2011, was voted All-Pro nine times, in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007–2011, he holds the NFL record for best average per punt in a career, surpassing the legendary Sammy Baugh. He has the five best single-season punting averages in Raiders history, including a career-best 51.1 in 2009, the second-highest single-season average in league history. On September 3, 2000, in the season opener against the San Diego Chargers, Lechler had a season-high 10 punts for a season-high 424 net yards in his NFL debut. On November 5, 2000, against the Kansas City Chiefs, he converted all seven extra point attempts in the game. On November 19, 2000, against the New Orleans Saints, he had four punts for 219 net yards for a season-high 54.75 average. In his rookie season, he had 65 punts for 2,984 net yards for a 45.91 average.
The Raiders qualified for the playoffs with a 12–4 regular season record. Lechler made his playoff debut in the Wild Card Round against the Miami Dolphins. In the 27–0 victory, he had five punts for 234 net yards. In the AFC Championship against the Baltimore Ravens, he had seven punts for 315 net yards in the 16–3 loss. On September 9, 2001, in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, Lechler had four punts for 185 net yards. On September 23, against the Miami Dolphins, he had a season-high seven punts for a season-high 345 net yards for a 49.29 average. On October 14, against the Indianapolis Colts, he had five punts for 262 net yards for a season-high 52.4 average. Overall, he recorded 73 total punts for 3,375 net yards for a 46.23 average. Lechler and the Raiders once again made the playoffs, but their season ended against the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round. Lechler's third professional season saw. On September 29, against the Tennessee Titans, he had three punts for 134 net yards for a 44.67 average in his season debut.
On October 6, 2002, the Buffalo Bills, he had five punts for a season-high 250 net yards for a 50.00 average. On December 22, against the Denver Broncos, he had a season-high six punts for 244 net yards for a 40.67 average. Overall, in the regular season, he totaled 53 punts
Algimantas Anicetas Bučys is a poet, prose writer, literary theorist and critic of Lithuanian literature, doctor of Humanities. Bučys was born in Kaunas, his grandfather Petras Bučys was a native of the small boyars in Samogitia, but was not engaged in farming, becoming a builder of water and windmills. His father, Anicetas Bučys in school began to write poetry, publishing in the press in pre-war Lithuania, but at the end of World War II he found himself in exile in Britain. In London he published in Lithuanian plays and a book of poetry participated in the activities of the Lithuanian emigration in London and Bradford, his mother, Sofija Serbentaitė was maternally from a branch of an ancient family estate Raunets. In 1957, after graduating from high school, Bučys enrolled at the University of Vilnius, where he studied Lithuanian language and literature. After graduation he was appointed teacher of Lithuanian language in the eight-year school of Bartkuškis taught drawing and mathematics from 1962.
At the same time he wrote and published in the national press poems and critical articles on literature, in 1962 published his first book of poems. In 1964, Bučys received an invitation from the Institute of Lithuanian language and literature to finish postgraduate studies at the Institute of World literature in Moscow. In 1968 he defended his thesis "The Problem of the novel in contemporary Lithuanian literature" for the degree of candidate of philological Sciences. At that time the Institute had been intense research in the Department of theory of literature. There was created a new academic three-volume "Theory of Literature; the main problems in historical interpretation". In this works literary genres and the laws of development of separate national literatures of Europe were considered in their original versions historical development. Published the first volume and second and was being prepared for publication the third volume; the authors of the new "Theory of literature" - young and enthusiastic scientists S. Bocharov, V. Kozhinov, P. Palievsky, G. Gachev - at the time yet had no global fame, but the weekly discussions of new texts in the Department of theory with the participation of two or three graduate students became Socratic feasts of intellectual thought.
Theoretical concepts in historical perspective were associated with the revival of the ideas of Mikhail Bakhtin. That's when his manuscripts were delivered to Moscow by Kozhinov and Bocharov, when they visited in Saransk not yet rehabilitated the scientist in his exile for participation "in a conspiracy against the Soviet government". So were brought, in old suitcases, to Moscow works of Bakhtin, among them the two famous books on Rabelais and Dostoevsky. M. Bakhtin made «a true revolution" in the poetics of prose, legalized independent existence of polyphonic voices in the novel. In the book "The Novel and Modernity” Bučys tried to apply the ideas of Bakhtin as far as possible on the material of the Lithuanian novels of the Soviet period. In addition to works of literary criticism he has published four books of poetry. May be it was some relief from his mental cramps, because in the years of occupation «Bucys was best known as a well-informed and intelligent literary critic doing his best to operate within the confines of Soviet ideology.
At times, he turns to the more multilevel medium of poetry. These are his "anti-moments". In his poetry „complex transmutations of object into spirit and spirit into object, the basic poetic principle remains the same: to fill reality physically with metaphors of thought and feeling for the purpose of giving real body and substance to the visions born in one's mind, his poems have been translated into Polish, Serbian languages. In turn, he had translated into Lithuanian language poetry of Polish poets K. I. Gałczyński, Julian Przyboś, Tadeusz Śliwiak, B. Drozdowski, stories by Serbian writer Grozdana Olujič, plays of Croatian writer Miroslav Krleža, Polish poet, author of theatre and television screenplays Agnieszka Osiecka. Creative work at home from time to time was interrupted by work in various literary magazines of the Union of Lithuania writers. Interest in the problems of national literatures amplified many literary acquaintances and connections with writers of the Caucasus and the Baltic States, as well as participation in literary conferences abroad.
Trips and performances in Poland, Romania, East Germany, in the USA, West Germany was reflected in numerous literary articles. In 1962 – 2014 published not only in Lithuanian, but in Russian, German, Spanish Polish, Latvian, Bulgarian, Georgian French
Novak Martinović is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a defender for OFK Beograd. In his homeland, Martinović played for Rad, BSK Borča, OFK Beograd, Smederevo, before moving abroad to Romania in early 2009, he is arguably best remembered for kicking a Petrolul Ploiești fan who ran onto the field and punched his Steaua București teammate George Galamaz in the head during a Liga I game in October 2011. Despite receiving a red card by the referee, Martinović was praised for his reaction by the media and the fans. In early 2013, Martinović was transferred to Chinese club Wuhan Zall, he returned to Serbia to join Red Star Belgrade. Steaua BucureștiCupa României: 2010–11Red Star BelgradeSerbian SuperLiga: 2013–14 Novak Martinović at Soccerway Novak Martinović – UEFA competition record