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Pau Gasol says his childhood role model was Nelson Mandela

Pau Gasol is one of the more cerebral basketball players around, and definitely one of the more unique in terms of his off-the-court interests.Gasol was part of the contingent that visited Africa last month to play in the continent's first-ever NBA game, and in a piece he penned for The Players Tribune, he said that Nelson Mandela was one of his childhood idols."When you’re young...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lineup announced for NBA Showcase in Africa

Before the Boston Celtics visit Italy, Spain and Mexico later this year, three members of the C’s organization also will be making a trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, to participate in the NBA Africa Game 2015. Celtics guard Marcus Smart and swingman Evan Turner will play in the showcase as members of Team World, and coach Brad Stevens will serve as an assistant on the squad under...
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July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Blatter praised as combination of Jesus, Moses, Mandela, MLK, Lincoln and Churchill

This isn’t a joke, I wish it was. Someone who has power in world soccer actually compared FIFA President Sepp Blatter to Jesus Christ, Moses, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill and said that Blatter was a combination to all of those people. Dominican Republic Federation President Osiris Guzman was the one who made that comparison and I...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Remembering Mandela and the Springboks

On June 24, 1995, South Africa’s national rugby team, the Springboks, faced New Zealand’s All Blacks in the final of the Rugby World Cup. South Africa won the grueling match 15-12 in extra time. In South Africa, this is not just a triumph of sport, but a great victory for the South African people and for national unity. It all started with Nelson Mandela. For fifty years, South...
Via The Garbage Time
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

I'm all for the Yankees celebrating Nelson Mandela, but he never once set foot in the giant concrete dog dish where they now play

Our team once played in the greatest cathedral of American sports. Unfortunately, they tore it down.Sorry, but you can't have it both ways.Nelson Mandela never visited this Yankee Stadium. He never ate in the Yankee Steakhouse, never perused the Grand Concourse, never frooged in the disco. He once visited the Bronx, donned a Yankee cap and told the world, "Today, I am a Yankee,"...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees to Honor Nelson Mandela

Following his death this past December, the New York Yankees announced that they would be honoring Nelson Mandela with his own plaque in  Yankee Stadium’s famed Monument Park during Tuesday’s league-wide celebration of Jackie Robinson Day. And before you ask…no, Mandela will not be the first non-baseball player immortalized at Yankee Stadium.  Far from it.  Also remembered…Pope...
Via Hall of Very Good
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Back9Network Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Back9Network honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and takes a look at how his path was influenced by the time he spent in Connecticut as a teenager.Related Link: Back9Network’s Ray Allen a Champion in the CommunityRelated Links:- Back9Network Goes Purple to Support Spirit Day- Golfers Honor Nelson Mandela- Tiger Woods Idol Nelson Mandela Passes Away at 95- Ahmad Rashad...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Stuart Hall vs. Vusi Malinga weights & final fight preview; South African Malinga inspired by Nelson Mandela

Reformed bad boy Stuart Hall is defiant he can overcome his Nelson Mandela inspired world title challenger. Vusi Malinga, who takes on Hall this weekend at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, will use the memory of South Africa’s greatest icon, who passed away earlier this month, to help spur him to victory. Weigh-in Results: Stuart Hall: 117.75 lbs Vusi Malinga: 117 lbs The pair...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

S. Africa's Van der Walt shots 66, wins Mandela Championship by two

Dawie van der Walt shot a 4-under 66 Saturday to win the Nelson Mandela Championship by two shots, giving the tournament a South African victory in a week when the country bids farewell to its former president. Van der Walt finished with a three-round total of 15-under 195 as the sun eventually shone on the final day of the rain-shortened event. It was his second European Tour victory...
Via AP on Fox
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Mandela favorite boxer 'Baby Jake' laid to rest

Standing just 4-foot-10, Jacob Matlala rose from early hardship in Soweto to become a four-time world champion and one of South Africa's most popular sportsmen. He also was a favorite fighter of former President Nelson Mandela, who boxed in his youth before becoming the leader of the anti-apartheid movement. Matlala died last Saturday at 51 after a struggle with lung problems,...
Via AP on Fox
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Shocking new video of the sign language interpreter from the Nelson Mandela memorial must be seen

That Barack Obama sign language interpreter at the Mandela memorial who looked like he 'was swatting flies' and 'throwing punches'? In light of new video of the event -- how did anyone not peg him as a fake?**Follow us on Twitter, Subscribe by Email, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return Home
Via Bob's Blitz
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Mandela Championship cut to 54 holes after three days of rain

Organizers say the Nelson Mandela Championship has been reduced to 54 holes after rain affected the first three days. Some players were still finishing their first rounds early Friday, when rain again intervened at Mount Edgecombe Country Club on South Africa's east coast and led to a three-hour delay. The European Tour event had already been brought forward by a day and won't...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

In light of fake sign language interpreter at Mandela memorial, NBC demonstrates what one would appear like on The Today Show

That Barack Obama sign language interpreter at the Mandela memorial who looked like he 'was swatting flies' and 'throwing punches'? A fake... Delphin Hlungwane, a spokesperson for the Deaf Federation of South Africa, said the man acting as a sign language intrepreter for folks at the Nelson Mandela memorial was "just gesturing in the air... He didn't interpret at all, he had zero...
Via Bob's Blitz
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Jim Brown rips Kobe Bryant

Former Syracuse Orange running back and civil rights activist Jim Brown has have to be one of the most interesting, unique and unpredictable interview in all of sports. On Tuesday, Brown made an appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show and was both disturbing and deep word calling out Kobe Bryant and praising Nelson Mandela. Some of the comments towards Bryant were On Kobe Bryant: ...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Just so SOMEBODY says it: Nelson Mandela never set foot in this Yankee Stadium

Not trying to be a crab here. I'm fine with the Yankees saluting Nelson Mandela's 1990 visit to the great cathedral of baseball, the former Yankee Stadium, the House that Ruth Built, the park they razed.The new stadium is located in the Bronx and carries the same name. But Mickey, Babe, Thurman, Catfish, the Iron Horse, JFK, Pope John and President Mandela never set eyes on it. The...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

African Soccer Stars Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Eboue Honor Nelson Mandela, Could Face Punishment From Turkish Soccer Officials

Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue could be in trouble for doing what the rest of the free world has been doing since Thursday: paying tribute to the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. The Turkish Football Federation could sanction the African soccer stars for paying a T-shirt tribute to Mandela on Friday — just one day after the South African icon died, ESPN reports. “Didier Drogba...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Mandela tributes before CWC matches

Fans will be asked to applaud Nelson Mandela before kickoff at all eight Club World Cup matches in Morocco this month. FIFA says spectators will be asked ''to stand together in unity to applaud and re-transmit Mandela's message of hope and love across the world.'' What FIFA is calling a ''Madiba Moment'' will begin when Raja Casablanca plays Auckland City to open the seven-team...
Via Fox Soccer
December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

President Obama addressed a blonde at Nelson Mandela's memorial service & Michelle made him switch seats

President Obama addressed a blonde at Nelson Mandela's memorial service at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa...and Michelle made him move. [Barstool]**Follow us on Twitter, Subscribe by Email, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return Home
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Nelson Mandela to Become Rare Non-Yankee Honored in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park

What’s more impressive: That Nelson Mandela publicly supported the Yankees even when they were in the cellar of the American League East, or that George Steinbrenner was so pleased with Mandela and his statements that he didn’t charge the city of New York for hosting Mandela’s Yankee Stadium rally? Both are true, according to the New York Times, and that’s why Mandela will...
Via NESN.com
December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Mandela tributes before each Club World Cup match

Fans will be asked to applaud Nelson Mandela before kickoff at all eight Club World Cup matches in Morocco this month. FIFA says spectators will be asked ''to stand together in unity to applaud and re-transmit Mandela's message of hope and love across the world.'' What FIFA is calling a ''Madiba Moment'' will begin when Raja Casablanca plays Auckland City to open the seven-team...
Via AP on Fox
December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees to honor Nelson Mandela with plaque in Monument Park

Move over Babe, Mickey and Mo, you're about to get some company inside Yankee Stadium.The New York Yankees announced Monday that they will honor Nelson Mandela with a plaque in Monument Park, making the dedication as part of Jackie Robinson Day ceremonies on April 15 prior to their game against the Cubs.The plaque will celebrate the life of the former South African leader and commemorate...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Nelson Mandela to be Honored by Yankees

Friday, following the news of the death of Nelson Mandela, Detroit TV station WDIV wrongly included a a picture of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in their on-air graphic. A terribly mistake?  Yes...but it happens.  My guess is that the A-Rod picture was from a different graphic and what we saw was the unfortunate end result of some sloppy copy and pasting. But...
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December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees to honor Mandela in Monument Park

Nelson Mandela will be honored by the New York Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park. The team said Monday the plaque will be dedicated during Jackie Robinson Day ceremonies before a game against the Chicago Cubs next April 15. The former South African president, who died last week, gave an address at old Yankee Stadium on June 21, 1990, four months after the end of a 27-year...
Via AP on Fox
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

What soccer gave to Nelson Mandela

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer The mere sounds of soccer brightened Nelson Mandela in his darkest, most isolated times. First, it was the noise that carried across a gray, wind-swept prison yard on Robben Island, his apartheid-era jail - the cheers and kicks from inmates that found a way from the makeshift field, over the concrete walls and through the barbed...
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December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Frazier's ex-manager recalls Mandela's great gift

Joe Frazier was humbled, and had to find the right symbolic gift to present to Nelson Mandela. Smokin' Joe wanted Mandela to know he was a true champion. No autographed picture, no robe, no gloves. Those wouldn't be good enough for this. Frazier, instead, picked the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship belt he was awarded after defeating Muhammad Ali in 1971. Mandela...
Via AP on Fox
December 08, 2013  |  Discuss
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