Dennis Rodman-Childhood & Personal Life (P1)

Born on May 13, 1961, Dennis Keith Rodman is a former professional basketball player in the United States.

Childhood & Early Life

His father Shriley worked for the Air Force and participated in the Vietnam War. However, he left the family and settle in the Philippines after that.

After his father’s leave, Mr. Rodman grew up with his mother and two sisters namely Debra and Kim in Dallas. His mother Philander had to take up several jobs to make ends meet and bring up the three.

Rodman joined South Oak Cliff High School and could come in contact with the future basketball coach of Texas A&M. Gary Blair was a gym teacher of Rodman and a basketball coach of his sisters Debra and Kim.

While his sisters were talents, Rodman was considered as an average athlete and was always on the bench despite the participation in the list of the school team.

He was not chosen for the basketball team because the height of 5 feet 11 inches. Rodman was dropped from the football team.

Rodman hit the height of 6 feet 7 inches during the puberty. He then attended Cooke County College in Texas and soon outdid everyone on the basketball team. In the first semester, he gained the average of 17.6 points and 13.3 rebounds. However, he had to quit the college due to the poor academic performance.

Rodman participated in the Southeastern Oklahoma State University. In the three consecutive years, he became the NAIA All-American with an average of 25 points and about 16 bonds per game.

He even won the Most Valuable Player awards at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which is described as a pre-draft camp for those who want to pursue the professional basketball.

Personal Life

Rodman married to Annie Bakes and had a daughter Alexis in 1988. They separated in early 1990. Rodman then married the second wife Carmen Electra in November 1998. However, the model cum actress filed for divorce the following year.

He then married to Moyer in 2003 after having two kids. However, the marriage could not last for a long time as his wife filed for divorce in 2004.

Serena Williams Biography

Starting her tennis career in the late 1990s, Serena Williams quickly became one of the most talented and exciting tennis players in the world. Thanks to her outgoing personality, striking good looks, and unique fashion sense, Williams would be able to command attention even if she wasn’t a top-ranked professional tennis player.

With years of training, natural ability, and a powerful determination to win, her skills on the court is extraordinary. As an African American athlete in a sport that is generally dominated by white players, Williams has gained more attention. Her singles victory at the 1999 U.S. Open made her the second black woman to have ever won a Grand Slam title, after Althea Gibson (1927–2003). The Grand Slam tournaments, including the Wimbledon, U.S. Open, Australian Open, and Roland Garros, are some of the sport’s most visible and significant events for pros.

By Williams’s side has always been her older sister, Venus, an equally commanding player. Venus and Selena spent some years at the top rankings of the tennis world, reaching the number-one position in 2002. Up to 2004, Serena had won six singles Grand Slam titles and numerous doubles titles, including a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Williams is an ambitious, multitalented person. In addition to tennis, she has also explored acting, appearing in some TV episodes and pursuing film roles since 2002. In addition, along with her sister, she has studied fashion design, too.

Grand Slam Victories

As mentioned before, Serena Williams has won many singles and doubles titles at Grand Slam events, including the Wimbledon, U.S. Open, Australian Open, and Roland Garros. Below, we have listed her most notable victories:

Singles:

U.S. Open, 1999, 2002

French Open, 2002

Wimbledon, 2002, 2003

Australian Open, 2003

Doubles (all with sister Venus):

U.S. Open, 1999

French Open, 1999

Wimbledon, 2000, 2002

Australian Open, 2001, 2003

Mixed Doubles (both with Max Mirnyi):

U.S. Open, 1998

Wimbledon, 1998

Michael Jordan Biography-Career (P2)

In the previous article, we learn about the childhood and personal life of Michael Jordan, a professional basketball player in the United States. Today, we will continue part two of his biography with his career and achievement.

Jordan dropped out of university in 1984 with the aim of participating in the “NBA Draft.” However, he was chosen by the Chicago Bulls.

In the Summer Olympics in 1984, he and his teammates such as Sam Perkins, Steve Alford, and Patrick Ewing won a gold medal.

Two years later, he came back to college and graduated from the University of North Carolina.

In the 1984-1987 period, although his team Chicago Bulls did not have much luck with champion, Jordan still proved his mettle with an average ppg of 28.2.

In the 1987-1990, some new stars of Chicago Bulls helped his team pass the first round of NBA Playoffs in the first season.

In the 1990-1991 season, his team defeated Detroit Pistons at the Eastern Conference finals and played against the Los Angeles Lakers at the NBA Finals to gain the first victory in the history of the game. The team then continued defeating Blazers and Phoenix Suns to win the three consecutive championships.

In the Summer Olympics 1992, he and his teammates namely Magic Johnson, David Robinson, and Larry Bird one again achieved a gold medal.

In 1993, he was observed gambling in an interview on the 60 Minutes show and publicly declared his decision to retire, saying that his father’s murder was one of the reasons.

In the following year, he decided to sign a baseball contract with Chicago White Sox to realize his father’s dream to see his son playing baseball.

In the same year, he played baseball for other minor teams including Birmingham Barons and Scottsdale Scorpions.

To know other stages of Jordan’s career and his achievements and awards, please wait for the next article. We hoped that our articles are all informative and useful for readers.

Naomi Osaka Biography (part 2)

Tennis Career

Skipping junior tournaments, in 2013, Osaka started out on professional satellite as the way Venus and Serena William had done. After only three years, the Women’s Tennis Association selected Osaka as Newcomer of the Year. In March 2018, she won the WTA tour at Indian Wells, California for the first time. Osaka became the first Japanese player to nab a Grand Slam title after winning her idol William at the U.S. Open in September 2018. At the 2019 Australian Open, she came out on top and became the first tennis player since 2001 to win the following major title after her first Grand Slam tittle. That victory also made Osaka become the first Asian player, male or female, to have the world’s No. 1 ranking.

Osaka has always been played under the Japanese flag. Her father believed that the Japan Tennis Association would support more than its U.S. equivalent.

After the Australian Open in 2019, Osaka split from coach Sascha Bajin, who had been with her for her two Grand Slam titles, with no reason announced. Her next coach was Jermaine Jenkins before she had switched to work with Wim Fissette by 2020.

At the 2019 U.S. Open, Osaka invited her defeated opponent Coco Gauff to join her in a post-game interview since she didn’t want the younger player to go off and cry alone, which showed her sportsmanship. Although Osaka didn’t make it past the fourth round of that tournament, she won in Osaka and Beijing later in 2019.

In 2020, after losing to Gauff in the third round of the Australian Open, Osaka is now preparing to represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics, which was postponed to next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Before a match, Osaka usually listen to music, returning to the same song until she loses.

Michael Jordan Biography- Childhood, Personal Life

Popularly known as Air Jordan, MJ, His Airness, Money, or Black Cat, Michael Jordan is one of the most famous basketball players in the world.

Childhood & Early Life

Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 17, 1963, to James and Deloris. His father worked in the electrical equipment industry while his mother worked as a banker. His family with four other kids settled down in Wilmington, North Carolina.

He started his love for sports such as football, baseball, and basketball when he went to Wilmington’s ‘Emsley A. Laney High School. During his school time, he wanted to join a basketball team but being rejected due to the height.

Instead of giving up, he participated in the school’s junior basketball team and worked hard to improve his height. After his impressive results, Michael Jeffrey Jordan was selected for the best of all high school basketball teams in the country named McDonald’s All-American Team.

He then played for college teams such as North Carolina, Virginia, Duke, and Syracuse. Thanks to his excellent performance in basketball, he was offered a scholarship by the University of North Carolina in 1981.

At the university, he had chances to work with the famous basketball coach Dean Smith and was titled the Freshman of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Personal Life & Legacy

Michael Jeffrey Jordan married Jaunita Vanoy in 1989. However, they separated after 17 years of marriage. He had to pay $168 million for his former wife after the separation. They had two sons, namely Jeffrey and Marcus, who are both basketball players.

He then got married to model Yvette Prieto on April 27, 2013, at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church after quite some time of dating. After one year, they had twin daughters, namely Victoria and Ysabel.

He is so famous that he has become the ambassadors for several big brands such as McDonald’s, Wheaties, Chevrolet, Nike, Hanes, Coca-Cola, and Gatorade.

Jonah Lomu-Famous New Zealand Rugby Player

Jonah Tali Lomu was born in Greenlane, Auckland, on May 12, 1975, to Semisi Lomu and Hepi Lomu. During his early childhood, he lived with his aunt and uncle in Tonga. However, his mother sent him to Wesley College after his uncle and cousin were lost in gang violence. 

Career

He began his professional rugby playing career at the age of 14 and played a game with New Zealand star Eric Rush. 

When he was 18 years old, Jonah Lomu represented New Zealand in the national under-19 side and under-21 side. 

One year later, he played against France and became the youngest All Black test player, breaking a record set by Edgar Wrigley in 1905.

In 1995, he was included in the squad for the World Cup in South Africa and scored seven tries in five matches. 

In 1999, he scored one of the All Blacks’ nine tries in a game against Samoa and scored eight tries at the World Cup.

In 2000, he and his team achieved big victories over Tonga and Scotland and was considered as the match of the century of the Tri-Nations Series with a record crowd of 109,874.

In 2002, he could not play any international matches for several months due to his illness. He then returned to play rugby in 2005. However, he retired from professional rugby two years later due to his failing kidney.

Awards & Achievements

Jonah Tali Lomu was appointed as the Player of the Tournament in the 1995 Rugby World Cup and was the first All Black since 1905 to score four tries against England in a test match.

In 1998, he won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and represented New Zealand in the Sevens Rugby event.

In 2002, the UK named the performance of Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup on the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.

Lomu was the youngest rugby player to score ten test match tries and the first to gain 12 test match tries in a year.

Naomi Osaka Biography (part 1)

After winning the Grand Slam tittle at the 2018 U.S. Open and the 2019 Australian Open, Naomi Osaka became the world’s No. 1 player in women’s tennis. She was the first Asian player to reach this top ranking.

Naomi Osaka grew up in the US but has Japanese nationality and represents Japan on the court (her father is from Haiti and her mother is from Japan). She started playing tennis at the age of 3 and was the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam title, and became the first Asian tennis player to reach the world’s No. 1 rank.

Early Life and Family

Naomi Osaka was born in Osaka City, Osaka, Japan, on October 16, 1997. Her father Leonard Maxime Francois and her mother Tamaki Osaka met in Sapporo, Japan, in the 1990s. When her mother’s family knew she was involved with a Haitian man, they disagreed, but Tamaki and Francois still decided to marry and moved to the city of Osaka. Naomi and her sister Mari, who was born 18 months before her birth, were given their mother’s last name with the hope of an easier life in Japans.

Seeing Venus and Serena Williams at the 1999 French Open and learning how their father had trained them, her father Francois was inspired to follow a similar path with his daughters. When Osaka was 3 years old, her family left Japan for the US, settled in Long Island with her father’s parents, and the sisters began playing tennis. Then in 2006 the family moved to Florida, where they practiced tennis during the day with their father and were home-schooled at night. The mother worked to support their family during this time.

Osaka and Mari became close while playing on the courts together but wanting to bet Mari in a match that has motivated Osaka for years. Osaka told CNN that it took her 12 years to beat her sister and it might one of the biggest moments of her career after Mari had bet her probably more than 1,000 times over her childhood. Mari showed early promise as a player; however, injuries slowed her career.

Osaka’s family in Japan was initially skeptical that pursuing the sport would pay off but changed their minds since she became a success.

Michel Platini Biography (part 2)

A french attacking midfielder in his home country

After three years playing with Saint-Etienne, Michel Platini transferred to Italian football club Juventus in 1982, emerging as an international football superstar and captaining his team to the 1983 Intercontinental Cup, the 1983 European Cup final, and the 1985 European Cup championships. During his tenure with Juventus (1982-1985), Platini scored a record 68 goals in 147 league games for them, out of a total of 224 league goals, which helps him become the top scorer of the Serie A on three different occasions. In 1984 when Juventus captured the UEFA Super Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup and the league championship, he reached the culminating point in his outstanding playmaker career.

International success – the football king is crowned

Widely recognized for his impeccable technique, great mind, remarkable passing ability and ball control, tremendous creativity, awe-inspiring vision, and leadership capability as well, the midfield maestro and captain of Juventus earned the nickname the Football King (“Le Roi”) and continued to dominate international football in the 1980s.

Michel Platini made his debut with his home country’s national football team and scored his first goal with a signature direct free kick. He brilliantly led his team to a fourth-place finish at the 1982 FIFA World Cup by a glorious free kick in a match against Holland and to a third-place finish at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. He struck his very first World Cup goal against Argentina, the team then won the championship.

Thanks to his unrivaled capacity for taking both free kicks and penalty kicks, Platini is regarded to be one of the greatest passers in the history of football. At Euro 1984, he scored a record of 9 goals in 5 matches, including 2 hat-tricks, becoming the 1984 UEFA top football and giving his national team its first-ever international trophy.

Three years later, Michel Platini retired when aged 32, in full glory and with “no regrets”, in spite of the fact that a FIFA World Cup trophy has never found a place in his impressive haul of silverware.

Sandeep Singh-World’s Famous Hockey Player

Despite the unpopularity like traditional sports such as football, baseball, and basketball, Sandeep Singh is every famous for his talents as a hockey player.

Childhood & Early Life

He was born in Shahabad Markanda, a town in Kurukshetra, Haryana, India, on February 27, 1986, to Gurcharan Singh Bhindar and Daljit Kaur Bandar. His older brother, Bikramjeet Singh, is also a hockey player and played for Indian Oil.

Sandeep Singh was a talented drag-flicker. However, he could not pursue his dream due to injuries. He later trained his brother in the game.

He learned at Khalsa College in Patiala and continued his B.A. degree from Kurukshetra University.

Career

In January 2004, he made his international debut at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Kuala Lumpur. In August 2004, he made his Olympic debut in the Summer Olympics in Greece. During this year, Sandeep Singh scored 16 goals at the Junior Asia Cup Hockey in Pakistan and became the top scorer for the competition.

He then played at the Champions Trophy in Lahore and Chennai and gained three goals each time. He also had three goals during the Indo-Pak Hockey Series in September-October 2005.

In 2006, he scored three goals at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Kuala Lumpur. In August 2006, he was hit by an accident while playing the Shatabadi Express and took two years for the recovery.

In 2008, he joined the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament and won the ‘Top Goal Scorer’ award. He was appointed as the captain of the National Team in January 2009. He then led the team to win the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup for the first time in 13 years.

Sandeep Singh helped India join the 2012 Summer Olympics in London after eight years of expectation. However, he left the national team in 2014 and showed his prowess abroad.

In 2014, he was signed by the English field hockey club. He relocated to the UK and joined the 2014-2015 league season of Premier Division 1 with 24 goals scored. He became the Havant’s top scorer and the third top scorer overall.

In 2015, he was bought by the Indian field hockey team for $81,000. Due to the back injury, he did not join games in 2017. He decided to come back to the HIL in 2018.

Michel Platini Biography (part 1)

Michel Platini is the second greatest goal scorer (next to Thierry Henry) in the history of Les Bleus, France’s national football team. Platini netted 41 goals, with a higher scoring average than Henry, and considered as one of the most prominent figures in international football of all time. The football icon has served as a successful offensive midfielder, captain, and manager of the French team. He then became the president of the UEFA, ended in scandalous forms and cracked his great reputation.

Basic facts

Country: France

Birth: 1955

Position: Forward

Clubs

Nancy (1972–1979)

Saint-Étienne (1979–1982)

Juventus (1982–1987)

Stats

National team: 72 matches, 41 goals

Club football: 432 matches, 224 goals

The rise to fame of a superstar

Born in a family of Italian immigrants on June 21st, 1955 in Joeuf, north-eastern France, the talented and ambitious Michel had aspired to become a professional football player from an early age.

In 1972, while still in his teens, Michel joined the reserve team of the French football club AS Nancy where his father Aldo Platini was the director. One year later, he made his first division debut with AS Nancy, in the Lorraine region, scored a total of 17 goals for the club and led them to the 1978 French Cup Championship. The following year, he joined the leading French club Saint-Etienne and diligently played to propel his new team to the Ligue 1 title in 1981.

A french attacking midfielder in his country of ancestry

After three years playing with Saint-Etienne, Platini transferred to the reigning Italian football club Juventus in 1982, emerging as an international football superstar and captaining his club to the European Cup final, the Intercontinental Cup, and the European Cup championships in 1983, 1983, and 1985, respectively. During his 5-year with Juventus (1982-1985), he scored a record 68 goals in 147 games for his team, out of a total of 224 league goals, making him become the top scorer of the Serie A on three different occasions. In 1984, he reached the culminating point in his outstanding football career, as Juventus captured the 1984 UEFA Super Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as the league championship.