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Eric Mann

Luka Modric, Angelique Kerber Named United States Sports Academy July Athletes of the Month

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Croatian soccer player Luka Modric and German tennis player Angelique Kerber have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for July. Modric won the Golden Ball Award as the most outstanding player of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Modric scored two goals and an assist and was considered dominant in the midfield, setting the tempo and dictating the pace of play as Croatia made…

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for June

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for June and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from seven countries comprise the list. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online during the first week of every month….

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Give Me 2 Minutes: LeBron Leaves Cleveland for Los Angeles

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DAPHNE, Ala. – In three new episodes of the United States Sports Academy’s “Give Me 2 Minutes,” Academy Director of Sports Management Dr. Brandon Spradley and Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Bret Simmermacher discuss different aspects of basketball star LeBron James’ decision to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers. The videos can be viewed at the following links: “LeBron to the Lakers?” “Does Luke Walton Have his Hands Full?” “Will…

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Nick Foles, Chloe Kim Named United States Sports Academy February Athletes of the Month

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and American snowboarder Chloe Kim have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for February. Foles was named the MVP of Super Bowl LII as he completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards, three touchdown passes and one touchdown catch as the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Minneapolis, Minn., on 4 February 2018. Kim, 17, became…

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for January

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for January and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from six countries comprise the list. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online during the first week of every month….

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Springer, Flanagan Named United States Sports Academy November Athletes of the Month

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Houston Astros outfielder George Springer and American runner Shalane Flanagan have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for November. Springer was named the MVP of the World Series as the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games, capped by a 5-1 win on 1 November 2017. Springer finished the series with 11 hits, three doubles, five home runs and seven RBIs. He…

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for November

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for November and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from seven countries comprise the list. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online during the first week of every month….

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Messi, Hurd Named United States Sports Academy October Athletes of the Month

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi and American gymnast Morgan Hurd have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for October. Messi’s hat trick led Argentina to a 3-1 win over Ecuador on 10 October 2017 and qualified the team for the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Russia. After Argentina fell behind by one point early in the match, Messi scored…

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Alexander Zverev, Garbine Muguruza Named United States Sports Academy August Athletes of the Month

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Tennis players Alexander Zverev of Germany and Garbine Muguruza of Spain have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for August. Zverev defeated current world number 3 men’s singles tennis player Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-3, 6-4 in the Rogers Cup final on 14 August 2017 in Montreal. It was Zverev’s second consecutive tournament win in August, having earlier in the month defeated Kevin Anderson…

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Sports Talk

NCAA Basketball Tournament Preview with Coach Ronnie Arrow

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Sports fans, mark your calendar to tune in live at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program. This week, Sports Talk moderator Dr. Stephen Butler will preview the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament, joined by special guest Ronnie Arrow, former basketball coach at the University of South Alabama and Texas A&M Corpus Christi; Dr. Bret Simmermacher, Academy chair of sports coaching; and Ben Billman,…

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Mississippi State Upsets Texas A&M to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The Mississippi State Bulldogs put together a 14-play, 73-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to finish off a 35-28 upset win over No. 7 Texas A&M on Saturday. The victory shook up the College Football Playoff rankings and earned the Bulldogs the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Week award. Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald capped the fourth quarter drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to give the…

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