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Give Me 2 Minutes: LeBron Leaves Cleveland for Los Angeles

2018-07-02T14:46:51-05:00July 2nd, 2018|

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 playing for the Lakers cement LeBron’s legacy?”  “Give Me 2 Minutes” features Academy faculty addressing a wide range of important topics in sport.  As new videos are produced they are added in date order to the Academy’s YouTube “Give Me 2 Minutes” playlist.   The videos can be viewed online by clicking on the “Give Me [...]

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

2018-03-19T09:23:08-05:00March 19th, 2018|

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 the youngest woman ever to win gold in Olympic snowboarding when she won the halfpipe event with a high score of 92.75 in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. She is also the youngest woman to win a gold medal on snow at the Winter Olympics, breaking the record set by Swiss skier [...]

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for January

2019-10-15T15:15:49-05:00February 8th, 2018|

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. The online votes are used to guide the Academy selection committee in choosing the male and female monthly winners, who then become eligible for selection to the prestigious Athlete of the Year ballot. A worldwide public vote on the annual ballot is used to guide the committee in making the final selection. Everyone is encouraged [...]

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

2017-12-18T08:51:28-06:00December 18th, 2017|

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 is just the third player to hit five home runs in a single World Series, tying Reggie Jackson in 1977 and Chase Utley in 2009. He also set World Series records with eight extra-base hits and 29 total bases. Flanagan on 5 November 2017 became the first American woman in 40 years (1977) to win [...]

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for November

2019-10-15T15:15:49-05:00December 7th, 2017|

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. The online votes are used to guide the Academy selection committee in choosing the male and female monthly winners, who then become eligible for selection to the prestigious Athlete of the Year ballot. A worldwide public vote on the annual ballot is used to guide the committee in making the final selection. Everyone is encouraged [...]

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

2017-11-13T15:31:54-06:00November 13th, 2017|

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 twice in the first half and iced the win with a goal in the second half. Hurd was crowned the new women’s all-around world champion at the 2017 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Montreal on 7 October 2017. Hurd scored a total of 55.232 points on vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor routine to [...]

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

2017-09-18T11:21:45-05:00September 18th, 2017|

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 6-4, 6-4 to win the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.  Zverev is now ranked fourth in the world in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings for men’s singles. Muguruza defeated Romania’s Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 to win the Western & Southern Open title in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 20 August 2017. It was Muguruza’s second win of [...]

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Preview with Coach Ronnie Arrow

2017-03-13T15:53:33-05:00March 13th, 2017|

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, graduate teaching assistant. You can view the live stream or view the program afterwards at the Academy’s YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/user/USSportsAcademy. Sports Talk features commentary on a wide range of current events in the sporting world, usually in a panel-discussion forum with Butler, dean of Academic Affairs at the Academy, serving as moderator. The United [...]

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