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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.

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT VIDEO FEATURE: Hope Solo, U.S. Women’s Soccer player

Hope Amelia Solo was born July 30, 1981 of Italian descent. She is the goalkeeper for the United States women’s soccer team for the magicJack of Women’s Professional Soccer.

Solo was born in Richland, Washington. Her father Jeffrey, of Italian descent, grew up in the Bronx and was a Vietnam War veteran. It was her dad who taught Hope how to play soccer.

Eventhough her parents divorced when she was six, Hope maintained a close relationship with her father until his death in June 2007.

Solo played soccer with the Three-Rivers Soccer Club in the Tri-Cities area. At Richland High School, playing forward, Solo scored 109 goals, leading her team to three consecutive league titles from 1996-1998 and a state title her senior season. She was twice named a Parade All-American. At the University of Washington, Solo switched to the goalkeeper position and was the team’s all-time leader in shutouts, saves, and goals-against average. She was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection and a three-time NSCAA All-American.

After her college career at Washington, Solo was drafted by the now defunct WUSA team Philadelphia Charge in 2003. She also played for Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC of Goteborg, Sweden in the Swedish Premier Division in 2004 and for Olympique Lyonnais in the French First Division in 2005.

On September 16, 2008, Solo was one of the three players drafted for St. Louis Athletica in the WPS allocation of national team members, with the new league starting play in 2009. After a slow start in goal at 0-2-2, Hope rebounded to finish the season with eight shutouts.

In 2009, Solo was named the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year.

In May 2010 the St.Louis Athletica folded and Solo signed with another WPS team, Atlanta Beat, along with two St. Louis teammates.

In 2011, Hope signed to for the new magicJack franchise in Women’s Professional Soccer.

In the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Solo was the starting goalkeeper for the United States, allowing two goals in four games including consecutive shutouts of Sweden, Nigeria and England.

In the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Solo was named to the U.S. roster despite missing time during the qualifying games with a shoulder injury. Solo helped lead the team to wins over North Korea, Columbia, Sweden and Brazil. In the final, the United States women’s team lost 3-1 in a penalty shootout to Japan, after twice leading in an eventual 2-2 draw. Solo was awarded the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper, the Bronze Ball award for overall performance and was also selected to the all-star team of the tournament.

The 5’9 Solo recently drove the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car in NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. She spent several minutes with the media talking soccer and auto racing.

 

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Sade, Springfield native John Legend coming to Value City Arena

Sade Adu (file photo)

John Legend in Springfield, Ohio in 2008 (photo by Morhange via wikipedia commons)

Sade, British singer-songwriter from Nigeria and Springfield, Ohio native John Legend, an R&B singer-songwriter, will be performing in concert at Value City Arena on July 10.

Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. April 2 at the Schottenstein Center box office, www.livenation.com and at Ticketmaster outlets at 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.

Tickets range from $49.50 to $152.50.

compiled from Radio, TV & Entertainment news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR Sunday January 16, 2011: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Sunday, January 16, the 16th day of 2011. There are 349 days remaining in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE

* On January 16, 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. In an address to the nation, President George H.W. Bush declared, “The battle has been joined.”

* In 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in London.

* In 1969, two manned Soviet Soyuz spaceships became the first vehicles to dock in space and transfer personnel.

* In 1978, NASA named 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K. Ride, who became America’s first woman in space; and Guion S. Bluford Jr. who became America’s first black astronaut in space.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Sade is 52 today (file photo)

76 A.J. FOYT, auto racing Hall of Fame driver born Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr

68 RONNIE MILSAP, country and pop music singer

61 DEBBIE ALLEN, actress, dancer and choreographer and sister of Phylicia Rashad of the Cosby Show

52 SADE, pop and jazz singer, born Helen Adu in Nigeria

37 KATE MOSS, model


Texas DE Sam Acho earns 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy

Sam Acho Texas DE (courtesy of National Football Foundation)

University of Texas defensive end Sam Acho has been named the 21st recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, at The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s Annual Awards Dinner in New York City.

The award is known as the academic Heisman, is given for combined academic success, football performance and community leadership.

The award comes with a 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy and a$25,000 postgraduate scholarship. A total of $300,000 was awarded to Acho and the other 15 Campbell Trophy finalists, who claimed $18,000 scholarships for their post-graduate educations.

Acho, a community health major with a 3.55 grade-point average, is a three-time Academic all-Big 12 performer.

The Dallas native was recently named a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, leading the Longhorns in sacks (9), tackles for loss (17), quarterback pressures (17), forced fumbles (5) and fumble recoveries (5). He ranks among the 10 active players in career sacks. His five fumble recoveries leads the nation.

Acho has made numerous medical trips to Nigeria.

Info courtesy of The National Football Foundation