2014

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#19 Ole Miss Drops #4 Mississippi State in Egg Bowl to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week

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DAPHNE, Ala. –

It was “Rivalry Weekend” and between the Iron Bowl, the Civil War, the Georgia/Georgia Tech battle and all the other great annual head-to-head competitions, it was the Egg Bowl in Mississippi which produced the most stunning results.

The injured Ole Miss Rebels playing without their two top receivers and patching together a constantly changing offensive line soundly defeated their arch-rivals, the #4 Ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, 31-17 to earn the United States Sports Academy’s “Game of the Week” as part of the Academy’s Game of the Year Award.

Jaylen Walton emerged as one of Ole Miss’ standouts as he caught a 91-yard TD and rushed for a career-high 148 yards on 14 carries.  At the same time, the Rebels’ QB, the oft maligned Bo Wallace, out-performed Bulldog QB, Dak Prescott, a contender for the Heisman Trophy, by passing for 296 yards with a 9.9 yard average, all on a sore ankle.

For their performance against one of the top teams in the Nation, the University of Mississippi was the clear choice of the Selection Committee.

In Second Place, Georgia Tech’s 30-24 OT victory over Georgia impressed the Committee, while The Iron Bowl, whose winner has played in the past five consecutive National Championship games, saw Alabama outlast Auburn 55-44 was selected Third.

A national panel of experts chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy and coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award. The eminent panel consists of former and legendary coaches and sport administrators, such as Vince Dooley, Mike Lude, and Dr. Dick Young.

Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Past winners include such memorable games as Appalachian State over Michigan in 2007, Texas Tech over Texas in 2008, Alabama over LSU in 2011, and Auburn over Alabama in 2013.

With the new FBS four-team playoff instituted this year, the promise of many more memorable games is assured.

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

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Vote for the Academy’s 30th Annual Male and Female Athletes of the Year

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DAPHNE, Ala.–The 30th Annual Athletes of the Year ballot, part of the Annual Awards of Sport Program, is now open to the public for voting. The ballot is the culmination of the Academy’s yearlong Athlete of the Month program, which recognizes the accomplishments of men and women in sports from around the globe. The male and female winners of this year’s awards will be announced on December, 23, 2014.

Each month, the public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online during the first week of every month. The online votes, along with an Academy selection committee, choose the male and female winners monthly who then become eligible for the prestigious Athlete of the Year honor. The monthly winners are announced on the Academy’s website, social media, and in the monthly e-newsletter, The Sport Update.

This year’s ballot includes 12 men and 12 women who came from a dozen countries. The nominees represent a wide variety of popular winter and summer sports from golfers to swimmers and long distance running to tennis. Their performances provided some of the top highlights and newsworthy stories in sport in 2014.

The nominees for the male Athlete of the Year include:
Michael Wardian (Marathon, U.S.)
Viktor Ahn (Short-Track Speed Skater, Russia)
Novak Djokovic (Tennis, Serbia)
Bubba Watson (Golf, U.S.)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Boxing, U.S.)
Rafael Nadal (Tennis, Spain)
Rory McIlRoy (Golf, Northern Ireland)
Dennis Kimetto (Marathon, Kenya)
Manny Pacquiao (Boxing, Phillipines)
Lionel Messi (Football, Argentina)
Peyton Manning (Football, U.S.)
Clayton Kershaw (Baseball, U.S.)

The nominees for the female Athlete of the Year include:
Valerie Adams (Shot put, New Zealand)
Abebech Bekele (Marathon, Ethiopia)
Park Seung-hi (Short-Track Speed Skater, South Korea)
Serena Williams (Tennis, U.S.)
Breanna Stewart (College Basketball, U.S.)
Maria Sharapova, (Tennis, Russia)
Michelle Wie (Golf, U.S.)
Petra Kvitova (Tennis, Czech Republic)
Katie Ledecky (Swimming, U.S.)
Diana Taurasi (Basketball, U.S.)
Genzebe Dibaba (Long-Distance Runner, Ethiopia)
Lydia Ko (Golf, New Zealand)

To vote, please visit: http://ussa.edu/2014-athlete-of-the-year-ballot/

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

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No. 5 Alabama Used Strong Defense to Defeat No. 1 Mississippi State to earn Academy’s Game of the Week

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In a game that was billed to be a clash of the SEC West Titans, the Alabama Crimson Tide’s defense locked down Mississippi State’s highly vaunted offense led by Heisman Candidate QB Dak Prescott with a 25-20 victory earning the Tide Game of the Week honors in the United States Sports Academy’s Game of the Year Award.

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Unranked Texas A&M Takes Advantage of Miscues to Stun #3 Ranked Auburn and Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honors

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DAPHNE, Ala. –

Coming off three straight SEC West Division losses and starting a freshman QB, the Texas A&M Aggies charged into Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday night and within 2 minutes after kickoff had forged a 14-point lead.  And although Auburn mounted a comeback later in the half, it was a blocked FG at the end of the first half which turned the game into a 35-17 lead for the Aggies going into the intermission.

An Auburn surge brought the Tigers back late in the game to come to within a FG of a tie, but two crucial fumbles in the final 2-minutes sealed the 41-38 victory for A&M in the hotly contested SEC West Division.  Aggie Freshman QB Kyle Allen threw for 277 yards and four TD’s all in the first half.  A&M receiver Malcome Kennedy caught 4 passes for 118 yards and a TD.

For their great effort in entering the game a 23 point underdog and beating the #3 team in the country on their home turf the United States Sports Academy has named the Texas A&M victory its Game of the Week as part of the Game of the Year Award.

The slug-fest in LSU’s “Death Valley” which saw Alabama defeat LSU 20-13 in overtime earned second place, while the Big 10 showdown between Ohio State and Michigan State in East Lansing, MI, saw the Buckeyes dominate in their 49-37 win earned third place.

A national panel of experts chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy and coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award. The eminent panel consists of former and legendary coaches and sport administrators, such as Vince Dooley, Mike Lude, and Dr. Dick Young.

Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Past winners include such memorable games as Appalachian State over Michigan in 2007, Texas Tech over Texas in 2008, Alabama over LSU in 2011, and Auburn over Alabama in 2013.

With the new FBS four-team playoff instituted this year, the promise of many more memorable games is assured.

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

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Serena Williams and Madison Bumgarner Voted October Athletes of the Month

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Serena Williams and Madison Bumgarner Voted October Athletes of the Month

DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Professional tennis player, Serena Williams, and San Francisco Giants’ pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s October 2014 Athletes of the Month.

Williams defeated Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 to win the Women’s Tennis Association Finals in Singapore during October 17-26, 2014. She captured her third successive title and fifth overall win during this season-ending championship. Bumgarner earned the National League Champion Series (NLCS) MVP award, the first Giants pitcher to do so, after pitching a Game One shutout and eight solid innings during Game Five. In addition, he pitched five scoreless innings during Game Seven, also earning himself the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP). Throughout the series, he allowed nine hits, one run and one walk in 21 total innings. Bumgarner also struck out 17 batters and finished with an era of .43.

The runner-up to Williams in the female division is Marathon runner Esther Erb, who won the women’s USA Track and Field Marathon Championship hosted by the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Erb finished with the winning time of 2 hours and 34 minutes.

Professional football player and Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning, surpassed former Green Bay Packers quarterback, Brett Favre, in touchdown passes, earning himself second place in the male division. Manning has 510 touchdown passes and counting as of Sunday, October 20, 2014.

Third place October recipients are professional tennis player, Maria Sharapova, in the female category and professional tennis player, Roger Federer, in the men’s category.

Sharapova captured her first women’s China Open Title by defeating Petra Kvitova 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 on Sunday, October 5, 2014, in Beijing, China.

Federer defeated Gilles Simon 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2) to capture the 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters Title on Sunday, October 12, 2014, in Shanghai, China. Additionally, Federer won the Swiss Indoor Title 6-2, 6-2 by defeating David Goffin in straight sets on Sunday, October 26, 2014, in Basel, Switzerland.

Williams and Federer are now eligible for the Academy’s male and female 2014 Athlete of the Year Award. For the 30th consecutive year, the Academy will oversee the worldwide online voting that will take place in December.

The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nomination and ballot voting processes. Visit the Academy website at www.ussa.edu to submit your nominations each month, and then return to the website during the first two weeks of each month to vote for the male and female Athletes of the Month. The votes along with an Academy committee choose the winners who become candidates for the Athlete of the Year. The monthly and yearly winners are announced on the Academy’s website and in the sports university’s online edition of The Sport Update.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

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