Yearly Archives

2012

Stanford Derails Oregon’s BCS Title Hopes to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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The Stanford defense solved the Oregon’s top-rated offense that had scored at least 42 points in its 13-game winning streak and had averaged more than 300 yards rushing a game. Stanford eliminated the big play from the Ducks high-powered offense, holding it to 14 points and 198 yards on the ground. The stifling Stanford defense propelled its team to a 17-14 victory in overtime and knocked No. 1 Oregon from the national title race. The…

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Texas A&M Topples No. 1 Alabama to Earn Academy's Game of the Week Honor

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Thanks to its redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, the nearly 14-point underdog Texas A&M Aggies and Southeastern Conference newbies toppled No. 1 Alabama, 29-24. Showing cool under fire against Alabama’s top-rated defense, Manziel staked the No. 15 Aggies to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter and the Aggies escaped a last-ditch, fourth-and-goal effort by the Crimson Tide to pull out the victory. The win also earned Texas A&M selection as the Week 11 winner…

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Martin Linson and Primo Angeli Named Academy’s 2013 Sport Artists of the Year

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Olympic artists Martin Linson and Primo Angeli are the United States Sports Academy’s 2013 Sport Artists of the Year. Linson is an emerging artist who won the United States’ first gold medal of the 2012 London Olympics with his sculpture paying tribute to the Paralympic athlete. Angeli is a world-renowned artist who the late International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch personally selected to create the official poster to commemorate the 1996 Atlanta Centennial…

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People Places and Programs

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Academy Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. T.J. Rosandich is leaving Nov. 19 for a trip to China, the Middle East and Malaysia to oversee and to conduct meetings on the Academy’s international programs. Dr. William Steffen, the Academy’s new chair of Sports Coaching, presented at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Director of Coaching courses Oct. 12-14 at the University of Delaware. He addressed Developing a Mental Skills Program, Creating a Club Culture and…

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Academy Hosts its 28th Annual Awards of Sport Celebration

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The United States Sports Academy recently hosted its 28th annual Academy’s Awards of Sport celebration, which annually pays tribute to those who have made significant contributions to sport.   This prestigious Awards of Sport event, which marked the university’s 40th anniversary of excellence in sport education,  was held Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Academy’s Daphne, Ala., campus. The 2012 program, whose theme was “The Artist & The Athlete,” recognized many of the world’s top athletes, coaches and administrators…

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World-record Speedskater and WNBA Finals MVP Voted October’s Athletes of the Month

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J.R. Celski, the world’s fastest speedskater ever in the 500-meter race, and Tamika Catchings, the WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the Indiana Fever, were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s October Athletes of the Month. Celski and Catchings are now candidates for the Academy’s male and female 2012 Athlete of the Year Award. For the 28th consecutive year, the Academy will oversee the worldwide online voting that runs this year for three weeks…

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Academy’s Alumnus of the Year Starts New Sports Technology Service Sparked from Doctoral Class

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The idea for inventor, innovator and business developer Dr. Mark Janas’ latest technology company evolved from a paper written for one of his United States Sports Academy doctoral classes. That company, ScoreTRAX, is an SMS subscription service that allows sports fans to stay up-to-date with scores and news from their favorite youth, high school, college, amateur and professional teams. As part of the service, the company provides fundraising tools and other value-added features for teams…

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Armstrong Mea Culpa Rings a Bit Hollow

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Lance Armstrong has long been a polarizing figure in the world of sport. Fans have celebrated his ability to beat cancer in the mid-1990s and then go on to dominate the sport of cycling by winning seven straight Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005. Critics have long argued that Armstrong won while orchestrating the most sophisticated doping program ever seen in the world of sport. During the past 15 years Armstrong repeatedly lashed…

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Alabama Escapes LSU and Keeps National Title Hopes Alive to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron led the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide to a last minute touchdown drive that kept last year’s national champions on course to defend their title in Miami. With Alabama’s hopes of a second straight national title on the line, McCarron calmly guided his team down the field against Southeastern Conference rival and No. 5 LSU. The winning touchdown with 51 seconds left in the game at LSU’s Death Valley came on…

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Professional Golfer on Third Heart Wins Academy’s 2012 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award

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PGA TOUR golfer and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton holds the distinction as being the only professional golfer in the world to compete with a transplanted heart. The 33-year-old has had three different hearts in his life but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving his dream of earning his TOUR card and playing on the PGA TOUR. Compton was diagnosed when he was nine-years-old with viral cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle is…

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International Olympic Committee's Dr. Tomas Sithole Visits Academy to Discuss Olympic Education

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Dr. Tomas Sithole, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Director of International Relations, held discussions at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala., with the university’s senior leaders about Olympic education, youth sports and sports art. Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich sits on the IOC’s Commission for Culture and Olympic Education that is overseen by Dr. Sithole, the Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Development of the IOC. That commission advises the IOC on the…

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