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“Dynamite” Michael Dokes, former boxing champion, dead at 54


(photo by Ralf Berger via wikipedia commons)

Former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Michael Dokes, died last Friday in his native Akron, Ohio.

The Akron Beacon Journal newspaper listed that Dokes died due to liver cancer at a hospice center in Akron.

Known as “Dynamite” Dokes due he could pack a powerful punch, compiled a career record of 53-6-2, 61 fights, 33 KO’s. He was a 1975 Olympic Silver medalist for the USA Boxing Team in Mexico City.

Dokes was able to win the heavyweight title at age 24 in December of 1982, in his fight against champion Mike Weaver, referee Joey Curtis made a controversial decision to stop the bout.

Dokes admitted to having a problem with cocaine which led to his losing the WBA title nine months later to Gerrie Coetzee. Unfortunately, Dokes never won the heavyweight title again.


Info compiled from Boxing news, TV & Radio news



DAILY ALMANAC for SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012; Historical events, Celebrity Birthdays

Today is Sunday, June 10, 2012. It is the 162nd day of the year. We have 204 days left before moving into 2013.


* In 1922, Singer-actress Judy Garland was born Frances Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minn.

* In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio.

* In 1940, Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy.

* In 1946, Italy replaced its abolished monarchy with a republic.

* In 1977, James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee with six others. He was recaptured three days later.

* In 1978, Affirmed won horse racing’s Triple Crown by taking the Belmont Stakes.

* In 2004, Singer-musician Ray Charles died at age 73.

* In 2007, The final episode of “The Sopranos” aired on HBO.


Gina Gershon, actress, singer turns 50 today. Seen here at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York City in June 2011 ( photo by Joella Marano via wikipedia commons)

79 F. LEE BAILEY, famous lawyer who helped successfully defended  O.J. Simpson in the Nicole Simpson/Ron Goldman murders in 1995

61 DAN FOUTS, Hall of Fame QB

51 MAXI PRIEST, singer

50 GINA GERSHON, actress, singer

47 ELIZABETH HURLEY, model & actress from the Austin Powers movies

39 FAITH EVANS, singer

30 TARA LIPINSKI, figure skater & Olympic Gold Medalist

11 SASHA OBAMA, youngest daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama

Woods will play in PGA Championship in August


Tiger Woods (Joel Torres & Columbus Wired photo)

Tiger Woods has missed two majors during the 2011 season and will not miss another.

Woods has added his name to the entry list for the PGA Championship which will be played August 11-14 at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

As reported a few days ago, Tiger will returning to the PGA Tour next week in Akron, Ohio at the World Golf Championships.

Woods has been on the shelf for almost three months as he allowed injuries to his left leg heal properly.

Woods has not won a tournament in the past 20 months and has failed to win his last nine majors.


compiled from staff, Radio, TV & PGA Tour news

Tiger Woods is coming back to the PGA Tour


Tiger Woods (Joel Torres & Columbus Wired photo)

The wait is over for golf fans. Tiger Woods is returning to competitive golf.

After missing two majors in an 11-week break to heal his left leg, Woods announced Thursday evening on his Twitter account and his website that he would be returning next week at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

The last time Woods played on Tour, was on May 12 at the Players Championship when he hobbled off the course injured after shooting a 6-over-par 42 on the front nine and he had to withdraw.

Woods missed three months and four tournaments he usually plays, the Stanford grad has dropped from #81 to #133 in the FedEx Cup standings. Only the top 125 players qualify for the opening round of the playoffs at The Barclays. He will need the Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship to give him a chance to move up eight spots.

He has gone more than 20 months without a win and there are some golf experts who think he will never recover to his once-proud winning form.


Several changes have happened in Woods’ world since he last played.

He recently fired his caddy for the past 12 years, Steve Williams; his ranking out of the top 20, at 21 is his lost ever and his eligibility on the PGA Tour was becoming in jeopardy if his hiatus had lasted any longer.

Thursday night, the Golf Channel reported that Bryon Bell, a childhood friend and president of Tiger Woods Design, would caddie for him at the Bridgestone Invitational. Bell has caddied for Woods three times in 1999, 2000 and 2003.

He is ranked at #21 in the world, his lowest ranking since January 26, 1997.


compiled from staff, PGA Tour, Tiger Woods Twitter & Website news


Beau Mills selected as Indians Minor League Player of the Week


Beau Mills (courtesy of Akron Aeros)

The Cleveland Indians have selected Akron Aeros first baseman Beau Mills as their Minor League Player of the Week for the week of July 10-16.

The Indians weekly select a player in their developmental system for their play during the previous week.

This past week, the 24-year-old Mills, hit .588 (10-17) with 5 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 RBI’s as he hit safely in all 5 games for the Double-A Aeros while compiling a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.118 slugging percentage (1.785 OPS). He was also named the Eastern League Player of the Week.

Mills, who did not begin the 2011 season until the middle of May after suffering Achilles tendonitis in spring training, is having a good season at .308 (66-218) with 34 runs scored, 16 doubles, a triple, 9 homers, 44 RBI’s in 58 games.

The son of current Houston Astros manager Brad Mills, Beau was the Indians first round selection (13th overall) in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho. In 2010 at Double-A Akron, Ohio, he batted .241 with 10 home runs and 72 RBI’s in 113 games.


Info compiled from Cleveland Indians & Akron Aeros

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