Friday, June 10, 2011

Ex-Duke Player Thomas Emma Dead In NYC

NEW YORK (AP)—Former Duke basketball player Thomas Emma fell from the 12th floor of the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to his death in an apparent suicide, police said.

The 49-year-old Emma’s body was found at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on a second-floor landing of the building on Central Park South, where Emma was a member. The New York City medical examiner will determine the cause of his death.

The athletic club had no comment.

Emma was the captain for the 1983 Duke team that featured the freshman trio of Jay Bilas, Johnny Dawkins and Mark Alarie, who eventually led the Blue Devils to the 1986 Final Four. Emma was drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago Bulls but never played in the NBA.

He averaged 7.1 points while starting 71 games during his college career.

Bilas, a college basketball analyst for ESPN, told The Herald-Sun that Emma “was like a big brother to me.” Bilas said that Emma had been struggling with his health in recent months.

Emma was a high school star in Manhasset, on Long Island, and later earned his master’s degree from Columbia University. He was president of Power Performance, Inc., a company devoted to training young athletes.

Emma also wrote a book, “Basketball Player’s Comprehensive Guide to Strength Training.”

Twelve To Try Belmont Stakes

SHACKLEFORD (Al Bello/Getty Images)
Twelve three-year-olds will look to win the carnations in the $1 million Belmont Stakes, the final leg of horse racing Triple Crown.  Although there will be no Triple Crown winner again this year, the Belmont field includes Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness winner Shackleford.

For the 22nd time in history, the Belmont Stakes will serve as the rubber match between the individual winners of the first two races in the Triple Crown. The scorecard, in terms of Belmont wins, reads Preakness 10, Derby 5, with Afleet Alex the most recent Preakness winner to vanquish the Derby victor, taking the 2005 Belmont in which Giacomo, longshot winner of the Run for the Roses, finished seventh.

One has to go back to 1984, when Swale bested Preakness winner Gate Dancer, for a Belmont in which the Derby winner emerged victorious in a showdown. In spite of history, Animal Kingdom was tabbed the 2-1 favorite by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) oddsmaker Eric Donovan, with Shackleford the third choice at 9-2 in the 12-horse field.

The Belmont Stakes has a 6:35 pm post time and will be telecast nationally on NBC beginning at 5 p.m., with coverage on VERSUS from 3-5 p.m. VERSUS will also carry post-race coverage from 7-7:30 p.m.

To see the full field, click here.

To read more, click here.

The T.A.H. Worldwide Media handicapper likes Animal Kingdom, Nehro and Master of Foxhounds – in that order!  That said, if Shackleford will rate to a moderate pace, he wins in a gallop…

Do Not Try This At Home…

…or anywhere else for that matter. 

Hey, Jet Blue pilots flying tomorrow, we’re talking to YOU!

Here, F-16 fighters of the U.S. Air Force’s famed Thunderbirds Demonstration Squadron perform what is either an optical illusion or one hell of a trick at the Romanian-U.S. air show at Kogalniceanu airport 250 km (we have no idea how far that is) east of Bucharest.  The Romanians answered by doing an aerial flip in Sopwith Camel.  The plane stalled and fell to the earth like a stone.  Miraculously, no one was injured. 

Seriously, is the "italics disclaimer" even needed anymore?

(Photo by Bogdan Cristel/Reuters)

Adios, Amigos

T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC headquarters will be closed all of next week as we relocate to our temporary satellite facility south of the border for some much needed post-school decompression.  

Be advised, the “gypsies in the palace” are well armed, so don’t even think about messing with HQ.

We are likely to resume publication on June 21 or thereabouts.  Maybe sooner if the Wi-Fi gods allow.

Stay cool. 

Weekend ACC NCAA Baseball

Friday, June 10
Stanford @ NORTH CAROLINA, Chapel Hill, N.C. (NCAA Super Regional), 3:00 PM, ESPN2

Saturday, June 11
UC Irvine @ VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, Va. (NCAA Super Regional), 1:00 PM, ESPNU
Stanford @ NORTH CAROLINA, Chapel Hill, N.C. (NCAA Super Regional), 3:00 PM, ESPN
Texas A&M @ FLORIDA STATE, Tallahassee, Fla. (NCAA Super Regional), 4:30 PM, ESPNU

Sunday, June 12
UC Irvine @ VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, Va. (NCAA Super Regional), 1:00 PM,  ESPNU
Texas A&M @ FLORIDA STATE, Tallahassee, Fla. (NCAA Super Regional), 4:00 PM, ESPNU

To see the tournament bracket, click here.

Pictures Of The Day

Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up Animal Kingdom looks on after a morning training session in preparation for The Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8, 2011 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Exercise riders take two horses out for a morning gallop prior to tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY.  (Photo by Al Bell/Getty Images)
Exercise rider Carlos Rosas and Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro during a morning training session in preparation for The Belmont Stakes. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Viscount Nelson gets a bath after a morning training session in preparation for Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park on June 9, 2011 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
I got this!  No not Ben Revere of the Minnesota Twins, but the dude in the stands.  The homer was hit by Jack Hannahan of the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning of a game won by the Twins in extras 3-2.  (Photo by David Maxwell/EPA)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Here’s A Photo Of Ohio State’s New Head Football Coach

Here’s A Photo Of Ohio State’s New Head Football Coach’s Junk

Picture Of The Day

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki attempts to defend the basket against Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (Wake Forest) during Game 4 of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.  The Mavericks won 86-83 to tie the series 2-2.  (Photo by Greg Nelson/SI)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Video Of The Day

This really needs no introduction, just sit back and enjoy a little over six minutes of why America is a great country. This makes up for all the wackos who are trying to change the Paul Revere Wikipedia page to match the Ex-Governor of Alaska of Whom We Will No Longer Speak's version of history which makes we Americans look like morons and idiots.  You know, like a country full of people who are governed by married Congressmen who tweet their junk and flirt anonymously with strangers (women, as far as we know) on the Internet...Wait a minute...THAT'S IS US!

And, unfortunately, so is this...

Four ACC Baseball Players Are MLB First Round Choices

Danny Hultzen (center)
Four ACC baseball players were first-round selections in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which got under way Monday night in New York.

Two-time ACC Pitcher of the Year Danny Hultzen was taken as the second overall pick by the Seattle Mariners. Hultzen joined former North Carolina standout Dustin Ackley (2009) as the second ACC player in three years to be taken by the Mariners as the No. 2 overall pick. Hultzen's overall selection was the highest ever for a Virginia player.

Second-team All-ACC pitcher Jed Bradley went to the Milwaukee Brewers as the No. 15 overall selection. First-team selection Sean Gilmartin of Florida State, the current career leader in wins among active ACC pitchers, went to the Atlanta Braves as the No. 28 pick. North Carolina shortstop Levi Michael was the fourth ACC player taken, going 30th overall to the Minnesota Twins.

This marks the 20th consecutive year (1992-2011) that at least one student-athlete from an ACC program has been taken in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. It is the 10th time in the last 11 years that conference has seen multiple players taken in the first round.

To read more, click here

ACC NCAA Baseball

Sunday, June 5, 2011
MIAMI 6, Jacksonville 3
Stetson 5, N.C. STATE 3 – N.C. State eliminated
GEORGIA TECH 12, Austin Peay 2
Florida 11, MIAMI 4 – Miami eliminated
FLORIDA STATE 11, Alabama 1
NORTH CAROLINA 9, JMU 3 –  sweep
VIRGINIA 13, East Carolina 1 – sweep
Mississippi State 7, GEORGIA TECH 3 – Georgia Tech eliminated

Monday, June 6, 2011
Connecticut 14, CLEMSON 1

To read more, click here.

Pictures Of The Day

Godfrey Mutuku Jones, a caretaker at Kenya’s Wildlife Service orphanage, holds two three-month-old female cheetah cubs at eh Nairobi Orphanage in Kenya.  The cheetahs were abandoned by their mother (whore!) and were brought to the orphanage to be raised by the Wildlife Service.  (Photo by Sayyid Azim/AP Photos)
Jockey Mickael Barzalona celebrates on his horse Pour Moi after winning The Investec English Derby, Treasure Beach came second and race favorite Carlton House came third place during the second day of the Epsom Derby Festival, in Surrey, southern England, on June 4, 2011. The Queen's horse, Carlton House, ridden by Ryan Moore, was seeking to be the first Derby winner owned by a reigning monarch since Minoru won in 1909 for King Edward VII. (Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)
Lightning strikes a light tower during a suspension of play at the Tallahassee regional of the 2011 NCAA Baseball Tournament between Florida State and Alabama at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, FL.  John Clark was not injured by the blast.  (Photo by Derick E. Hingle/U.S. Presswire)
A young competitor hangs on during the Mutton Bustin’ competition on at the 1st annual GECAC Ropin’ on the River Rodeo in Lathrop, CA.  (Photo by William Mancebo/Cal Sports Media)
Competitors sail during the 470 class race on day one of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in Weymouth, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Saturday ACC NCAA Baseball

Steven Proscia (AP)
VIRGINIA 10, St. John’s 2 – The Wahoos (51-9) , the No. 1 national seed, tied the school record with their 51st win of the season in front of a record crowd of 5.050.  UVa advances to the regional championship game at 6 p.m. Sunday. St. John's and East Carolina will play an elimination game at 1 p.m. Sunday to determine the Cavaliers' opponent.

 Danny Hultzen picked up the win for Virginia, striking out 12 batters while allowing one run on three hits in seven innings of work. Hultzen, who improved to 11-3 this season, set a new school record with 148 strikeouts this season, breaking the record of 146 set by Tim Burcham in 1985.

FLORIDA STATE 9, Alabama 5 – Sparked by a four-run sixth inning, the No. 5 national seed Florida State baseball team defeated Alabama 9-5 Saturday night in the winner's bracket of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.

The Seminoles (44-17) will now face the winner of Sunday's noon elimination game between the Crimson Tide (34-27) and UCF (39-22) at 6 p.m. The Knights sent Bethune-Cookman home earlier in the day at Dick Howser Stadium.

All-American Sean Gilmartin earned the win for FSU, throwing seven innings while allowing five earned runs and 12 hits. He also struck out six.

N.C. STATE 5, Georgia Southern 2 – With the victory, NC State improved to 35-26 overall and survived to face the loser of Saturday's 7 p.m. game between South Carolina and Stetson. The Wolfpack will play at 1 p.m. Sunday.

"A lot of people told me when we came down here that this was the toughest regional in the country," Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent said. "I think all regionals are tough, so I hate to use that word. I certainly see what people are talking about. [Georgia Southern] might be a four seed, but that's one of the toughest teams we've played all year. That's a tough, well-coached team with tough, hard-nosed players.”

GEORGIA TECH 6, Southern Miss 2 – The win pairs the Jackets (41-20) with the loser of tonight's matchup between No. 4 seed Austin Peay and No. 3 seed Mississippi State at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. With the loss Southern Miss (39-18) is eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.

Tech's Jed Bradley threw seven shutout innings before the Eagles plated two runs in the top of the eighth, snapping their 32 inning scoreless streak. Bradley allowed eight hits and struck out four while improving to 7-3 on the season.

NORTH CAROLINA 14, JMU 0 - Patrick Johnson scattered three hits over eight innings to lead the Tar Heels to their second straight shutout, a 14-0 rout of James Madison on Saturday night at the Chapel Hill Regional.

Johnson (12-1) struck out 11 _ one shy of a career high _ and shut down the highest-scoring offense in Division I to win his sixth straight decision. Greg Holt homered and drove in four runs, and Ben Bunting finished with three RBIs for the Tar Heels (47-14), who broke the game open with seven runs in the seventh inning.

North Carolina hasn't been scored upon in the regional, improved to 14-0 in home NCAA tournament games since 2006 and moved a win away from its fifth super regional appearance in six years.

CLEMSON 12, Coastal Carolina 7 –  Richie Shaffer, Will Lamb, and John Hinson all hit home runs to lead #12 Clemson to a 12-7 victory over #21 Coastal Carolina in the Clemson Regional in front of 5,408 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers, who moved to 2-0 in the Clemson Regional, improved to 43-18 on the season. The Chanticleers, who fell to 1-1 in the Clemson Regional, dropped to 42-19 in 2011.

David Haselden (6-1), the second of three Tiger pitchers, earned the win. He allowed five hits, two runs, and no walks with two strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched.

Florida 5, MIAMI 4 – The University of Miami got out to an early lead, made a highlight defensive play and received several strong individual performances, but all that was not enough as the Canes dropped a pressure-packed regional game to the University of Florida, 5-4, on Saturday evening at McKethan Stadium.

The loss puts the No. 2 seed Hurricanes (37-22) in the loser's bracket of the draw, needing three wins over the next two days to advance to the Super Regionals. Miami faces No. 3 seed Jacksonville in an elimination game on Sunday at Noon. Jim Morris has announced that freshman Bryan Radziewski (9-2) will make the start on the mound for the Hurricanes. The winner of the game will play No. 1 seed and No. 2 national seed Florida (47-16) at 4 p.m.

Heartbreak occurred once again for Miami in Gainesville on Saturday, as the Canes have now dropped seven-consecutive games to the Gators, and ten of the last eleven ballgames.

Pictures Of The Day

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom training for the Belmont Stakes at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland.  (Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse/ZUMAPRESS.com)
 French Open Women's singles champion Na Li of China poses with the trophy by the banks of the River Seine on day fourteen of the French Open on June 4, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Andy McPhee muicycles at Lysterfield Park on June 4, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. Municycling is an emerging adventure sport that consists of traversing rough terrain on a specially designed mountain unicycle. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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