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v33_MichaelPhelpsMichael Phelps has been a part of 22 medal ceremonies over the past three Olympics, but it wasn’t enough as he returned back to the pool one last time to compete in the 2012 Olympics in London, England.

This time, Phelps received a trophy rather than a medal, and award that sought to sum up a career like no other. The plaque/trophy said “To Michael Phelps” the greatest Olympic athlete of all time.”

In his final race, Phelps headed into retirement the only way imaginable, earning an 18th gold medal. He reclaimed the lead with his trademark butterfly stroke, the one seen in his Olympic debut as a 15-year old in Sydney, Australia over a dozen years ago. He capped off a mind-boggling career with a win in the 400-meter medley relay.

“I’ve been able to do everything that I wanted,” Phelps said. “I was able to really put the final cherry on top Saturday night, put all the whipped cream I wanted and sprinkles. I was able to top off the sundae,” Phelps said.

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*The 2012 Houston Texans Training Camp has begun and fans throughout the city of Houston are very excited about the team’s chances to make a run for the Super Bowl this season. The Texans opened training camp on Saturday, July 28th in front of a lot of fans who were just overwhelmed by the players taking time to pose for photos and sign autographs after their first practice.

 

*Injuries took a small toll during the first few days of camp with the biggest scare coming from veteran Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson suffered a mild groin strain that will keep him out of practice for at least a week.

v31_ScoreboardW-LezineIt seemed like just a year ago when the National Football League was trying to renegotiate a deal that would best benefit both the players and the owners; however a year later the 2012 offseason has been busier than ever, but not in a positive way!

Bounties, bans, replacement referees, unhappy players still dealing with contract issues, player suicides, rules changes, and litigation galore. The NFL has made headlines without even trying too!

The 2011 NFL lockout is in the past, because this year it has been nonstop mayhem away from the playing field.

Even now , as training camps have opened, yes the world is ready for some football, but it’s not a day that goes by that you don’t hear the names of Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, as well as suspended New Orleans Saints player Jonathan Vilma and his defamation lawsuit against the commissioner. The return of Peyton Manning in Denver or the relocation of Tim Tebow to the Big Apple with the New York Jets, hasn’t been enough to take people’s minds off of all the negativeness that has been going on.

The Rotary Club of Houston has announced the 43rd Annual Rotary Lombardi Award Official Watch List for 2012.

 

The Rotary Lombardi Award is given to the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker each year. This year’s candidates earned a place on the official Watch List by: earning All-American honors last season; being named last season to their respective all-conference first team as determined by the conference’s head coaches; being projected to be an All-American or first team all-conference player for the coming season; or by nomination approved by the nominations committee.

 

Texas Longhorns senior DE Alex Okafor, junior DE Jackson Jeffcoat, junior LB Jordan Hicks and junior OG Mason Walters were four of several players named to the Watch List.

*Texas A&M women’s basketball head coach Gary Blair was inducted as one of six nominees to the prestigious Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.

Blair became the first Hall of Fame inductee from Texas A&M in either men’s or women’s   basketball. A two-time national finalist for the prestigious Naismith Coach of the Year Award, Blair is now a member of five Hall of Fame classes, including induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2011, the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2009, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Texas High School Basketball hall of Fame in 2002. He was also honored with the 2011 New York Athletic Club’s Winged Foot Award, which is presented annually to the winning coaches of the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I Basketball Championships.

With Blair at the helm, Texas A&M has elevated into one of the nation’s elite programs. The Aggies have advanced to at least the NCAA Sweet 16 four of the last five years, earned a trip to the Elite Eight in 2008 and won the program’s first national championship in 2011.

Noted as one of the winningest active Division I coachaes in the women’s game today, Blair is one of only three all-time NCAA Division I women’s basketball coaches to lead two different teams to the NCAA Women’s Final Four (Texas A&M and Arkansas). He currently ranks in the top 15 in career victories and in the top 25 by winning percentage among active Division I coaches with and impressive 620-253 overall record.

v31_FootballPlayerSouth Florida Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels and Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron have been named to the 2012 Davey O’Brien Watch List.

Daniels and McCarron is just one of 34 signal callers from around the country named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List. The award is given to the nation’s best quarterback each year and the winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards show that will be held on Thursday, December 6th at the Disney Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

v31_ScoreboardW-LezineIt took a long time, but the Houston Rockets finally did it! They finally got a big name during the summer free agent period.

Houston signed former New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin to a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet, taking Lin off of the restricted free-agent list.

However, now that the Rockets have him, is Jeremy really the right match? New York waited until the last minute to decide what they were going to do. They signed former Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd and brought back Raymond Felton.

Initial reports had the Rockets offering Lin a four-year deal worth $28 million. That deal included salaries of more than $9 million in each of the last two years, which would have been a big hit on the Knicks cap. And for a while, the Knicks organization seemed intent on matching the Rockets offer sheet.

If New York would have signed Jeremy Lin, then they would have had $75 million tied up in four players- Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and an undisclosed player in 2014-15.

Houston had a verbal agreement with Lin before the team emerged as a serious suitor for Dwight Howard. The Rockets used the amnesty clause on forward Luis Scola, but the Lin offer sheet and an identical offer to Bulls center Omer Asik complicated the financial details of any trade with the Orlando Magic.

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