Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U. S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. It forms the seat of East Baton Rouge Parish and is located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. As the Capital City, Baton Rouge is the hub for Louisiana. The metropolitan area surrounding the city, known as Greater Baton Rouge, is the second-largest in Louisiana, the urban area has around 594,309 inhabitants. Baton Rouge is an industrial, medical, motion picture. The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is the tenth largest in the United States in terms of tonnage shipped, the Baton Rouge area owes its historical importance to its strategic site upon the Istrouma Bluff, the first natural bluff upriver from the Mississippi River Delta. This allowed development of a business quarter safe from seasonal flooding, in addition, the city built a levee system stretching from the bluff southward to protect the riverfront and low-lying agricultural areas. The city is a rich center, with settlement by immigrants from numerous European nations.
It was ruled by seven different governments, French and Spanish in the era, West Floridian, United States territory and state, Confederate. Human habitation in the Baton Rouge area has been dated to 12000 –6500 BC based on evidence found along the Mississippi, earthwork mounds were built by hunter-gatherer societies in the Middle Archaic period, from roughly the 4th millennium BC. Eastern Muskogean began to diversify internally in the first half of the 1st millennium AD, at the time, the region appeared to be occupied by a collection of moderately-sized native chiefdoms interspersed with autonomous villages and tribal groups. French explorer Sieur dIberville led a party up the Mississippi River in 1699. The explorers saw a red pole marking the boundary between the Houma and Bayogoula tribal hunting grounds, see Red Sticks for the ceremonial use of red sticks among the Muscogee. The location of the red pole was presumably at Scotts Bluff and it was reportedly a 30-foot-high painted pole adorned with fish bones.
The settlement of Baton Rouge by Europeans began in 1721 when a military post was established by French colonists. Since European settlement, Baton Rouge has been governed by France, Spain, the Republic of West Florida, the Confederate States, and the United States. In 1755, when French-speaking settlers of Acadia in Canadas Maritime provinces were driven into exile by British forces, popularly known as Cajuns, the descendants of the Acadians maintained a separate culture. During the first half of the 19th century, the city grew steadily as the result of steamboat trade, Baton Rouge was incorporated in 1817
Mike Green (basketball, born 1985)
Michael Edward Mike Green is an American professional basketball player for Pınar Karşıyaka of the Turkish Basketball Super League. Green played college basketball for Butler University from 2006 to 2008 and he was the Horizon League mens basketball player of the year in 2007–2008 after leading Butler in points and assists as a senior. He went undrafted in the 2008 NBA Draft and he played for the Philadelphia 76ers in the Orlando Pro Summer League in 2010, and with the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Summer League. He played with Antalya Büyükşehir Belediyesi of the Turkish Basketball League, Liege in Belgium, on July 31,2011, he signed with Sigma Barcellona of the Italian Second Division for the 2011–12 season. In July 2012, he signed with Cimberio Varese, in July 2013, Green signed a two-year deal with the Russian team BC Khimki. In June 2014, he parted ways with Khimki, in July 2014, he signed with Paris-Levallois. On June 29,2015, he signed with Reyer Venezia Mestre of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A for the 2015–16 season, on July 28,2016, Green signed with Turkish club Best Balıkesir.
On December 14,2016, he left Balıkesir and signed with Pınar Karşıyaka, Green played in the Basketball Champions League with Karşıyaka, and was named the Round of 16 MVP
1995 NBA draft
The 1995 NBA draft took place on June 28,1995, at SkyDome in Toronto, Canada. It marked the first NBA draft to be held outside the United States and was the first draft for the two Canadian expansion teams, Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies. Kevin Garnett, who was fifth in this draft, is notable for being the first player in two decades to be selected straight out of high school. Garnett would go on to gather fifteen All Star selections, eight All-NBA selections, one NBA MVP award, rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse had successful careers, being four-time and two-time All-Stars respectively. Wallace won an NBA championship in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons, while Stackhouse scored the most total points in the league in 2000, the other remaining top selections had relatively productive careers, but were considered to have never reached their full potential. Joe Smith put up solid, but unspectacular numbers throughout his career and is considered a disappointment for a first overall selection.
He was involved in a salary cap scandal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Antonio McDyess was a one-time All-Star, but serious and continuing knee injuries decreased much of his effectiveness in the prime of his career. Damon Stoudamire was the 1995–96 NBA Rookie of the Year and had a solid career although he was arrested and fined several times for marijuana possession and this draft was notable for two of the biggest busts in NBA history, Ed OBannon and Shawn Respert. OBannon had received accolades for leading the UCLA Bruins to the NCAA Championship. Respert played only four seasons in the NBA, while secretly hiding that he was suffering from stomach cancer, the following players went undrafted in the 1995 NBA Draft but played in the NBA. The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft, a The Los Angeles Clippers traded Randy Woods and the draft rights of Antonio McDyess to the Denver Nuggets for Rodney Rogers and the draft rights to Brent Barry
BC Avtodor Saratov
Avtodor Saratov is a Russian professional basketball club based in Saratov. It plays in the VTB United League as of the 2015-16 season, founded in 1960 as Spartak Saratov, the club took off when former player Vladimir Rodionov became its head coach in the 1982. The club was by renamed new owner Rodionov into Avtodorozhnik - shortened to Avtodor in 1996 - in reference to a late benefactor and it would even win the regular season in both 1997 and 1998, but lost both finals series against CSKA 2-3, and 1-3 respectively. The Russian outfit regularly took part in European competitions during that period, reaching the semifinals of the 1998 second-tier EuroCup and playing in the 1999 top-tier Euroleague. Avtodor defeated CSKA in the 2001-02 playoff quarterfinals, the team to have prevented the Army men from reaching the top four in Russian basketball history to this day. He would form Dynamo Saint Petersburg, transferring some of Avtodors best players such as Vladimir Veremeenko, Avtodor would win the second division in 2009 but did not have the financial means to return to the Super League.
It did return to the Super League in 2012 but by time the league had become the domestic second division. The club was able to fund its participation thanks to increased support from the local administration, Avtodor formerly played in the Yunost arena, seating only a few hundred and unable to accommodate television broadcasts, which meant the side had to play its European games in Moscow. During the 1997-98 season, the club played its games in the Yunost arena before moving for its playoffs games to an indoor-football arena whilst a new arena was being refurbished. Calls for the club to move in the larger Kristall Arena, were finally heeded in 2014. Avtodor remodeled the arena for basketball play, which raised the capacity from 5,450 to 6,100 seats
Women's National Basketball Association
The Womens National Basketball Association is a professional womens basketball league in the United States. It is currently composed of twelve teams, the league was founded on April 24,1996 as the womens counterpart to the National Basketball Association, and league play started in 1997. The regular season is played from June to September with the All Star game being played midway through the season in July, many WNBA teams have direct NBA counterparts and play in the same arena. The four aforementioned franchises, along with the Atlanta Dream and the Los Angeles Sparks, are all independently owned. The creation of the WNBA was officially approved by the NBA Board of Governors on April 24,1996, and announced at a conference with Rebecca Lobo, Lisa Leslie. The new WNBA had to compete with the recently-formed American Basketball League, while not the first major womens professional basketball league in the United States, the WNBA is the only league to receive full backing of the NBA. The WNBA logo, Logo Woman, paralleled the NBA logo and was selected out of 50 different designs.
On the heels of a gold medal run by the 1996 USA Basketball Womens National Team at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The first WNBA game featured the New York Liberty facing the Los Angeles Sparks in Los Angeles, the game was televised nationally in the United States on the NBC television network. Penny Toler scored the leagues first point, the WNBA centered its marketing campaign, dubbed We Got Next, around stars Rebecca Lobo, Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes. In the leagues first season, Leslies Los Angeles Sparks underperformed, the WNBAs true star in 1997 was WNBA MVP Cynthia Cooper, Swoopes teammate on the Houston Comets. The Comets defeated Lobos New York Liberty in the first WNBA Championship game, the initial We Got Next advertisement ran before each WNBA season until it was replaced with the We Got Game campaign. Two teams were added in 1998 and two more in 1999, bringing the number of teams in the league up to twelve and we expect to keep growing the league. In 1999, the chief competition, the American Basketball League.
When a lockout resulted in an abbreviated NBA season, the WNBA saw faltering TV viewership, on May 23,2000, the Houston Comets became the first WNBA team to be invited to the White House Rose Garden. Before this invitation, only mens sports teams had traveled to the White House, at the end of the 2000 season, the Houston Comets won their fourth championship, capturing every title since the leagues inception. Led by the Big Three of Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson, and four-time Finals MVP Cynthia Cooper, under head coach Van Chancellor, the team posted a 98–24 record through their first four seasons. After 2000, Cooper retired from the league and the Comets dynasty came to an end, the top contender in the 2001 season was the Los Angeles Sparks
Maywood is a village in Proviso Township, Cook County, United States. It was founded on April 6,1869, and organized October 22,1881, the population was 24,090 at the 2010 United States Census. Maywood is a village in Cook County, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago,10 miles west of downtown Chicago, Interstate 290, the Eisenhower Expressway, bisects the town as it goes from Chicago west to join Interstate 294, the Tri-State Tollway, in Hillside. Maywood is located between OHare and Midway airports, there are many century-old homes in relatively unaltered condition, and Maywood boasts 2 homes and properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At one time there were two airports in Maywood, one was on the location where the Loyola University Medical Center is today, at the southwest corner of First Avenue and Roosevelt Road. It was the used by Charles Lindbergh during his days as an airmail pilot. Checkerboard Field was on the corner of that intersection and was a private field. It is now a forest preserve meadow, there was some apparent consolidation of the fields in years.
According to the 2010 census, Maywood has an area of 2.72 square miles. Neighboring villages are Broadview to the south, Forest Park and River Forest to the east, Melrose Park to the north, as of the census of 2000, there were 26,987 people,7,937 households, and 6,151 families residing in the village. The population density was 9,965.7 people per square mile, there were 8,475 housing units at an average density of 3,129.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 82. 7% African American,9. 7% White,0. 1% Native American,0. 3% Asian,5. 6% from other races, hispanic or Latino of any race were 10. 5% of the population. 19. 1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6. 8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older, the average household size was 3.38 and the average family size was 3.84. In the village, the population was out with 31. 7% under the age of 18,10. 4% from 18 to 24,27. 7% from 25 to 44,20. 6% from 45 to 64. The median age was 31 years, for every 100 females there were 87.9 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males, the median income for a household in the village was $41,942, and the median income for a family was $46,776. Males had an income of $41,638 versus $37,316 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,915, about 11. 1% of families and 13. 4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1. 3% of those under age 18 and 1. 8% of those age 65 or over
Michael Howard Finley is an American retired professional basketball player. He played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association and he was a two-time NBA All-Star and won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007. Finley attended Proviso East High School in Maywood, graduating in 1991, in Finleys senior season, Proviso East won the 1991 IHSA class AA boys basketball tournament, and Finley was named to the all-tournament team. Finleys teammates, known collectively as the Three Amigos, included future NBA draftees Sherrell Ford, in 2007, Finley was voted one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament. The 67 shooting guard/small forward was originally drafted out of University of Wisconsin–Madison by the Phoenix Suns as the 21st overall pick of the 1995 NBA draft, Finley held the all-time scoring record at Wisconsin for eleven years before being passed by Alando Tucker on March 10,2007. Finley was named to the 1995–96 NBA All-Rookie First Team and finished third in Rookie of the Year voting after averaging fifteen points,4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
He became only the third rookie in Suns history to score over 1,000 points in a season, despite playing all 82 games in his rookie season, Finley was injured on the final day of regular season and did not play in the playoffs. He was traded by the Suns on December 26,1996 to the Dallas Mavericks along with Sam Cassell, A. C. Green, in his first season with the Mavericks, Finley led the team in scoring and steals. Along with another guard Steve Nash and forward Dirk Nowitzki, he became a part of the Mavericks late 90s run and gun offense. In 2000, he was selected to represent the Western Conference in the 2000 All-Star Game, on January 23,2001, Finley tied an NBA record by recording eight steals in one half of a game. In 2001 he was selected to represent the Western Conference on All-Star weekend. While Finley began to more of a supporting role as he aged and teammate Dirk Nowitzki blossomed. In 2005 he was waived by Dallas to avoid taxes on his 51.8 million US$ salary over the next three years.
Finley became a free agent and after being pursued by Detroit, Minnesota. In San Antonio he adapted well to a role as Manu Ginóbilis backup. The Spurs were knocked out of the 2006 NBA Playoffs by his team one year after he made the switch. During the series, Finley was punched below the belt by former teammate Jason Terry during Game 5, which earned Terry a suspension for the next game of the series. In the fifth and final game of San Antonios first-round series against Denver in 2007, Finley set the Spurs record for three-point field goals in a playoff game and he eclipsed the previous record of seven set by teammate Bruce Bowen in 2003
Grand Rapids Hoops
The Grand Rapids Hoops was a basketball team that played in the Continental Basketball Association, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their first season was in 1989, and their season was in 2003. Now defunct, professional basketball had been replaced in Grand Rapids by the no longer active Grand Rapids Flight, the Detroit Pistons minor league affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, currently serves as the citys professional basketball team, playing their games at the DeltaPlex Arena. The team started and played in the Continental Basketball Association until the league folded in 2001 and they joined the International Basketball League for one season before returning to a resurrected CBA the following year where they stayed until their demise. The team first played in 1989 as the Grand Rapids Hoops, when the team was sold in 1995 to the people who ran the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Scott McNeal, the nickname changed to the Grand Rapids Mackers. The team was again a year to an investment group with Bob Przybysz as the managing partner.
The Grand Rapids Hoops began their play in Welsh Auditorium in 1989, when the Van Andel Arena opened in the mid 1996, the Hoops moved there joining the Grand Rapids Griffins as tenants. As attendance fell, the moved to the DeltaPlex, a smaller arena located out of the downtown area. The franchise was purchased and moved to nearby Muskegons LC Walker Arena and renamed the Michigan Mayhem in 2004, which has now been disbanded as well
The Summit League, or The Summit, is an NCAA Division I college athletic conference which operates in the Midwestern United States. On June 1,2007, the changed its name from the Mid-Continent Conference. * – Oral Roberts University was a member of the conference from 1997–98 to 2011–12. When the Gateway merged its womens side into the Missouri Valley Conference, WIU moved its womens sports into the Mid-Con, the Summit League has twenty-one former members. - The then-Mid-Continent Conference did not sponsor womens sports until the 1992–93 school year, - As noted before, the Mid-Con did not sponsor womens sports until 1992–93. The association was created on June 18,1982 at the OHare Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities, in the early 1990s, the conference saw its first changes. Southwest Missouri State departed for membership in the Missouri Valley Conference as the University of Akron, Wright State University joined in 1991 as Northern Iowa followed Southwest Missouri State to the MVC.
Major changes came to the conference in 1992, Akron left for the Mid-American Conference and was replaced by another Ohio school, Youngstown State University. More significantly, the Mid-Continent added womens sports by absorbing the North Star Conference, all of the final NSC members except for Akron moved their womens sports into the Mid-Continent. A year later, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee joined the Mid-Continent, none of these institutions remain in the league. Missouri-Kansas City, formerly an independent, joined the Mid-Continent Conference in 1994, Eastern Illinois moved to the Ohio Valley Conference in 1996, reducing membership to nine programs. Troy State departed for the Trans America Athletic Conference while Central Connecticut went to the Northeast Conference in 1997, buffalo joined the MAC in 1998 while Northeastern Illinois ceased intercollegiate athletics at that time. Youngstown State switched to the Horizon League in 2001, and was replaced by Centenary College in 2003, Chicago State University announced in the spring of 2006 that it would withdraw from the conference to compete as an independent starting in the 2006-07 school year.
Charter member Valparaiso University moved to the Horizon in 2007, on August 30,2006, IPFW accepted an invitation to join the Mid-Continent Conference as a full member starting July 1,2007. The following day, North Dakota State and South Dakota State accepted invitations to join the conference, the Summit League has continued its renewed expansion push with the admission of the University of South Dakota. The Coyotes began conference play in the 2011–12 academic year and become eligible for all championships the following season, Centenary College subsequently announced that it would leave the Summit League following the 2010–2011 campaign. Expectations that UND would join the Summit League came to an end on November 1,2010, the University of South Dakota entered into very brief negotiations to join the Big Sky as well, rather than continuing their plans to join the Summit. However, South Dakota chose instead to remain with the more compact Summit League, as the University of Nebraska Omaha began the transition to Division I athletics in all sports, it joined the Summit League on July 1,2012