2014 NBA All Star Weekend: THREE POINT CONTEST

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Who will win tonight’s Foot Locker Three Point contest?

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"Not to sound too deep or weird, but I think that the times when you really appreciate surfing are the times you’re really sort of becoming one with nature." - Kelly Slater

One with nature.

Jan. 1, 0404 - The last known Gladiator contest held in Rome

Saint Telemachus, a monk who, according to the Church historian Theodoret, tried to stop a gladiatorial fight in a Roman amphitheater, and was stoned to death by the crowd. The Christian Emperor Honorius, however, was impressed by the monk’s martyrdom and it spurred him to issue a historic ban on gladiatorial fights. The last known gladiatorial fight in Rome was on 1 January 404 AD, so this is usually given as the date of Telemachus’ martyrdom. Gladiatorial contests were first known to be outlawed by Constantine I in 325 AD, but they did continue through the mid 5th century.

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"Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement." - Matt Biondi‪

"Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement." - Matt Biondi

Aug. 3, 1984 - Mary Lou Retton won gold at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics

Retton was .050 of a point behind Romania’s Ecaterina Szabo, meaning she needed a 9.95 to tie or a perfect score to win. After sticking her dismount, Retton smiled from ear to ear because she knew that she had done it. Receiving her score of 10, Retton won the all-around competition and became the first American female gymnast to win an individual Olympic medal, the first to win a gold medal and the first to win the all-around. Retton won the most medals (five) of any athlete in the 1984 Olympics.

"Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears." - ‪Bobby Jones

"Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears." - Bobby Jones

July 19, 1996 - Ali lit the opening flame at Summer Olympics

Former U.S. boxing gold medalist, Muhammad Ali was also given a replacement gold medal for his boxing victory at the 1960 Summer Olympics. Ali had supposedly thrown his previous gold medal into the Ohio River after being refused entry into a restaurant. The United States would dominate the medal count, winning 44 gold medals (Russia was second with 26) and 101 total medals, beating second place Germany who finished with 65. However, it was the Canadians who stole the show in the two biggest events of the Olympics.

The men’s 100-meter race, which is widely considered the main event at any Summer Olympics, was won by Donovan Bailey in a world record time of 9.84 seconds. Bailey would also lead Canada to gold in the men’s 4 x 100 meter relay.

July 5, 1975 - Arthur Ashe defeated Jimmy Connors to win mens Wimbledon title

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By defending the champion Jimmy Connors three sets to one on Centre Court, Arthur Ashe became the first African-American player to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon. Speaking after the game Ashe said: “I always thought I would win because I was playing so well and was so confident.”

Ashe also won the season ending championship WCT Finals. He played for a few more years, but after being slowed by heart surgery in 1979, he retired in 1980.

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Michael Jordan defends Magic Johnson, up close and personal.

"When God is with you, who can be against you?" - Ray Lewis

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Photo: John W. McDonough/SI, Text: Colin Becht

Magic Johnson works against Michael Jordan during Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals. Jordan dropped 30 points and dished out 10 assists to secure his first NBA title.

Yesterday was the College dunk contest and Doug Anderson delivered a 360-Degree, Between-The-Legs Slam. Anderson won the competition, receiving perfect scores on all four of his dunks.

“You have to have the mentality of executing your game when you don’t feel like there’s a lot of hope. I think the best feeling is when somebody pushes you to the limit and you dig down a little bit extra. By the same token, you also need a little luck. Sometimes they come together.” - Andre Agassi

“You have to have the mentality of executing your game when you don’t feel like there’s a lot of hope. I think the best feeling is when somebody pushes you to the limit and you dig down a little bit extra. By the same token, you also need a little luck. Sometimes they come together.” - Andre Agassi

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