George Taliaferro’s Life

first_imgGeorge Taliaferro was the first black athlete drafted by the NFL.  He was an All-American running back at Indiana University.  While he was at IU in the 1940’s, he decided it was time to end the segregation that was present in a Bloomington movie theater.  He quietly paid his admission, went to the balcony, pulled out a screw driver, and removed the “colored only” sign from the wall.  He then proceeded to leave the theater with the sign under his coat.Not only was George a pioneer, his wife was the first African-American judge in the state of Indiana.  In later years George recruited black athletes for Bob Knight.  He also opened the first Boys & Girls Club in Bloomington.  Today George’s best friend is an 8-year old girl who has had all of her major organs replaced.  What a mark this amazing man has left in the state of Indiana.last_img read more

Pili wins Pac-12 Freshman of the Year

first_img“It was exciting,” Pili said of hearing the news. “It was definitely a big accomplishment. Just knowing that I’m making so many people proud, it just makes me happy.”  “That’s huge,” Pili said. “They’re some legendary players and just knowing that I’m on that path too is crazy.” Forward Alissa Pili capped off her incredible regular season by winning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Tuesday. (Ling Luo / Daily Trojan) USC women’s basketball forward Alissa Pili was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Tuesday, becoming the fifth Trojan in program history to receive the honor and the first since guard Briana Gilbreath in 2009.  Going into the Pac-12 Tournament, Pili is currently on a 14 game double-digit points streak, including performances against top opponents like No. 3 Oregon and No. 7 Stanford. She also has 11 double-doubles this season, the fourth most in the conference.  “We thought she might not even start [in the] beginning of the year, so she earned it,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “And she came in and she did everything she needed to do and turned out to be a pretty good player … so we’re very proud of what she did.” Pili has had an explosive first season for USC. Recruited as a three-time Gatorade Player of the Year from Anchorage, Alaska, Pili has been in the starting lineup since the season opener and has consistently delivered on both ends of the floor. Pili was honored as Pac-12 Freshman of the Week a staggering four times, the most in program history for the Trojans. Pili is averaging 50.9% from the field, which stands as the fifth best clip in the Pac-12. She has posted a 79.2% free-throw percentage and an 82.4% mark in conference play. Overall, she leads the entire Pac-12 freshman class in scoring, rebounding and free throw percentage. center_img Pili isn’t just one of the best players in the conference, though, as she’s emerged as one of the nation’s most productive players across the board. Pili finds herself in the top 100 in scoring, rebounding, free throws made, field goals made and field-goal percentage as well as the top 50 in double-doubles. Pili has placed her name alongside Trojan greats like Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson with the Freshman of the Year honor. Pili, who obviously also earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman team, is joined by teammate senior forward Kayla Overbeck in the Pac-12 honors, with Overbeck receiving a Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention after averaging 1.7 steals in conference play and 5.8 rebounds per game overall. The true freshman averaged 16.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season, as well as an even better 19.4 points per game in Pac-12 competition — the second most in the conference. She earned herself a spot on the All-Pac-12 Team as one of the top 10 players in one of the NCAA’s most competitive conferences for women’s basketball.  “That’s another big accomplishment,” Pili said. “Because this is one of — the toughest conference in the country, so just seeing myself up there with all these big time players too is cool.” Both players will begin postseason action Thursday at 6 p.m. in Las Vegas, Nev., where the No. 7-seeded Trojans will take on No. 10-seeded Colorado in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.last_img read more

World number three defends English women’s title

first_img World number three Bronte Law will defend her title next week when the English women’s amateur championship is played at Hunstanton Golf Club, Norfolk, from 14-16 July.The 20-year-old from Bramhall in Cheshire won the title by three shots last year at St Enodoc in Cornwall, adding it to an impressive golfing CV which includes playing in two Curtis Cups and winning the bronze medal at the 2014 world championship.Law (Image © Leaderboard Photography) will be challenged by a host of other internationals, including the reigning British stroke play champion, Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough).Among the other leading players in the field of over 100 competitors are Sophie Keech (Parkstone), the newly-crowned English women’s matchplay champion; Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) and Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted).Norfolk is well represented by nine players, including past champions Joanne Herd (Royal Norwich), Karen Young (Eaton) and Tracey Williamson (Royal Cromer).They are joined  by Jasmine Campbell (Royal Norwich), a past winner of the Abraham Trophy for England’s most improved golfer; Megan Mann (Barnham Broom); Tiffany Mills (Ryston Park); Jessica Dixon (Thetford) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer), the recent winner of the English schools’ championship.There’s a strong family flavour about this championship which has attracted three sets of sisters: Lianna, Annabel and Jessica Bailey from Kirby Muxloe in Leicestershire; Sammy and Annabell Fuller from Roehampton, Surrey; and Elizabeth and Victoria Mallett from Warwickshire clubs, Wishaw and Sutton Coldfield Ladies’ respectively.  In addition there’s the Norfolk mother and daughter players, Tracey and Amelia Williamson from Royal Cromer.Hunstanton has hosted this championship on five previous occasions, most recently in 2000 when it was won by Yorkshire’s Emma Duggleby, now Brown.The championship is played over 72 holes with all competitors playing 18 holes on each of the first two days. The field is then cut to the leading 32 players and ties who play 36 holes on the final day, Thursday, July 16. Spectators are welcome.Visit the championship webpage for news, images, tee times and live scores. 6 Jul 2015 World number three defends English women’s title last_img read more

Richardson’s final-hole birdie is just champion

first_img17 Sep 2017 Richardson’s final-hole birdie is just champion Image copyright Leaderboard Photography But the slow start was forgotten in a dramatic finish. BB&O’s Tim Shin had set the clubhouse target on three-under par, shortly before Richardson reached the last tee on the same mark.  Another birdie followed on the ninth where his wedge approach finished six inches from the hole and he got to three-under when he rolled in another 15ft putt on the 15th. Then it was time for his magical finish.  Tags: competitions, County Champion of Champion. Lincolnshire, Mens But the drama wasn’t over. Behind him, Nottinghamshire’s Martin Foulkes was also three-under playing the last and his birdie putt to force a play-off just shaved the hole – and Richardson took the title.  He has been county champion four times in the last five years, but this was his third attempt at this title and he won in perfect style, with a bogey-free round.  Richardson is the full time manager of an estate agent’s office and takes holiday to play his golf, maintaining a handicap of plus-four and taking fourth place in both the Lytham and Westwood Trophies this season.  Click here for full scores  Something special was called for, but the Spalding player’s drive finished on the edge of the left hand fairway bunker and his second shot clipped a tree and swerved left on to the first fairway. However, from there he got up and down from 149 yards, holing out from about 5ft.  Lincolnshire’s Simon Richardson pulled off an astonishing final-hole birdie to shoot four under par 69 and win the English Men’s County Champion of Champions tournament by a stroke.  The championship, on the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa, was reduced to 18 holes after fog delayed the start of play by three hours.  “To win it in my home county, representing my county, with county President Les Toyne as my caddy, is great,” said Richardson. “It means so much that I could get over the line.”  He had to be patient to get his score. “I hit it inside 15ft on the first five holes and I was level par,” he said. “My first birdie was on the seventh, where I finally holed from 15ft.”  Shin, from Castle Royle, and Foulkes, from Worksop, were disappointed but philosophical. “It is what it is,” said Shin, who has also had a successful season and is county champion for the first time. “I’m gutted not to have won but delighted with the way I played the course,” said Foulkes, a past winner of the English open mid-amateur championship.  “I just had the feeling that I probably needed to hole that putt,” said Richardson. last_img read more

Tournament of Roses on the horizon Tuesday at Granite Pointe

first_imgGranite Pointe will be buzzing with activity Tuesday as the ladies club welcomes the top players from the region for the annual Tournament of Roses. The Tournament of Roses is an 18-hole team affair with players playing with a partner to determine the top winner.In 2012, Sherry McIvor and Bev Poole edged out the Dorothy Garland/Sue Moisey for the overall prize in the low gross tournament.Low net winners were Linda Tamblyn and Ann Gouk by two shots better than Rose Beauchamp and Jeri Santarossa.Players from all West Kootenay Clubs are expected to attend the first major tournament of the women’s season.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 30, 2016)–Longshot Anytime Anyplace broke sharply, pressed pacesetter Bluegrass Bronco to the far turn and held off hard trying Texas Two Step to take Thursday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by three quarters of a length under leading rider Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Paddy Gallagher, the 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Any Given Saturday covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.01.The longest shot in a field of six 3-year-olds and up at 12-1, Anytime Anyplace paid $27.40, $11.00 and $5.00. Owned by the Ferro Family Trust or Harlingten, he got his third win from 10 starts and with the winner’s share of $36,000, increased his earnings to $143,805.Breaking from the far outside, Texas Two Step was in-hand under Santiago Gonzalez while running a joint fifth into the far turn with Kenjisstorm and finished well while caught wide throughout. Off at 3-1, he paid $4.40 and $2.80.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Kenjisstorm hugged the rail around the turn and finished third while never threatening the top two. Off at 9-2, he paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.57, 44.11 and 1:08.51.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more