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Seattle Sounders FC signs star player Martins to multi-year contract extension

Obafemi Martins (courtesy MLS)

The Seattle Sounders FC announced on Tuesday that they have signed forward Obafemi Martins to a multi-year contract extension.

The Nigerian-born soccer star, first name, Obafemi translates literally to “the king loves me” in the Yoruba language.

Generally, MLS contract signings never mention money, but reports say that Martins made close to $175 million this season.

Martins is a very valuable player to the Seattle Sounders FC, the MLS’ best team He is a league MVP candidate after scoring a franchise-record 17 goals and 13 assists.

He left Nigeria at the age of 16 to play soccer in Italy.

Ohio State’s Della Valle named MVP at U-20 European championships

Amadeo Della Valle (courtesy OSU)

Sophomore-to-be Amadeo Della Valle of Ohio State, scored 13 of his team-high 19 points in the final five minutes of play to lead Italy over Latvia 67-60.

He made three three-point goals and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Della Valle lead Italy to the gold medal in the under-20 European championship in Tallinn, Estonia.

Della Valle’s play earned him tournament MVP.

His totals for the tournament included 13 ppg average in 10 games, shooting 41.4 percent from the floor, including 37.2 from 3-point land.

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.

HISTORICAL EVENTS ON THIS DATE:

* 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.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

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

Former Notre Dame, NBA star Woolridge dies at 52

 

Orlando Woolridge (photo courtesy of Notre Dame athletics)

Former basketball star Orlando Woolridge died on Thursday night at his parents’ home in Mansfield, Louisiana. He was 52.

Woolridge had suffered for years with a chronic heart condition and was under hospice care.

The 6’9, 215-pound center/forward played in the NBA with Chicago, New Jersey, the Lakers, Denver, Detroit, Milwaukee and the Philadelphia 76ers.

One of the most-prolific dunkers in NBA history, Wooldridge played in 851 games scoring 13,623 points (16.0 ppg), grabbed 3,696 rebounds (4.3 rpg) and dished out 1,609 assists (1.9 apg).

He played his final two seasons of basketball in Italy with Benetton Treviso and Buckler Bologna.

Woolridge also coached three teams, the LA Sparks in the WNBA and two teams from the ABA.

 

Info compiled from NBA, Notre Dame, Radio & TV news

Mickelson surprisingly withdraws from Memorial Tournament due to fatigue

 

Phil Mickelson (ColumbusWired.net file photo)

(courtesy of the Memorial Tournament)

“Lefty” Phil Mickelson before coming to the Columbus, Ohio area this week for the Memorial Tournament, had played in three straight tournaments. He then skipped a tournament to take his wife, Amy, to Italy last week as a present to celebrate her 40th birthday.

You would think his body would be refreshed and a good week of golf was on tap.

Wrong!

The 41-year-old PGA Tour veteran who is one of the fan-favorites, will not get his 49th career win at the Memorial.

Mickelson withdrew from the tournament after shooting a 7-over-par 79. It was his worst round in 12 visits to the Dublin, Ohio tournament.

Several people who were in the galleries where Mickelson played, said that it was the patrons taking photos with their cellphones and cellphone chatter which made the left-hander leave the tournament.

After banning the cellphones for years, the PGA Tour in 2011 started allowing fans to carry their fans on the course as long as they’re set for the silent mode and don’t use them near the tees.

Mickelson said he has never withdrew from a tournament due to a noninjury.

Mickelson told the media after his round, “I think mentally I’m a little bit fatigued. I’m trying to think of the big picture on what’s best for me to get ready for the U.S. Open.”

The U.S. Open will be played in two weeks in San Francisco’s Olympic Club, Lake Course.

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