Stevo Poulin, a third-grade wrestler that has suddenly gone viral on YouTube (see video below) has his sights set on going to Cornell University to wrestle under Coach Rob Koll. Evidently MMA is going to have to wait a bit for Stevo, as he’s a self-proclaimed “great” student with a 96% average. He looks up “a lot” to Kyle Dake on the Cornell Wrestling Team (which is having a great year this year, by the way).
Stevo lives in Schuylerville, N.Y., and in a radio interview with Scott Casber of Takedown Radio, Stevo dished on his impressive record (256-26), his plans for the future (college) and whether he’s more efficient in folkstyle or beach wrestling. Stevo says one thing he’s learned from wrestling is to never quit. He also sees himself as a winner, and seemed a little amused at how the people at school think he’s just a local kid (he’s really an All-Star Wrestling Champion). Stevo won the 2010 Brute National Championship, and looks to be heading that direction for 2011 as well.
I’m happy that Stevo has his sights set on college, but it would be so fun to see him in the octagon. He’s got the right attitude and raw talent, and that leg cradle at 1:51 in the video is SWEET.
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Jenny Wood-Allen Scottish athlete and politician, world record holder for the oldest female marathon finisher has died she was , 99,.
(20 November 1911 – 30 December 2010)
Originally hailing from Dundee, Scotland, Wood-Allen initially took up sport in 1983 as a “one-off”. Wood-Allen made national headlines across the UK when she was 87 years old after completing the 1999 London Marathon. Her time of 7hours 14mins 46secs, earned her the current Guinness World Record for Oldest Female Marathon Finisher.
In 2001, Wood-Allen ran for the last time in the London Marathon before walking it once more in 2002 at the age of 90.
She received an MBE in the 2006 New Year Honours List, and took part in the 2006 Great Scottish Walk.
In December 2006, she made the headlines when £700 worth of jewellery was stolen from her home.
From 2007, she was still very active in sport, running up to 50 miles a week, and regularly appearing at meetings of the Dundee City Sports Council.
Wood-Allen died on December 30, 2010 at the age of 99.
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|(October 8, 1920 – December 30, 2010)|
Early life and education
Baryoor Zorthian was born on October 8, 1920, in Katahya Turkey, the child of Armenian parents. “His father, a writer, was imprisoned in Turkey but escaped. His mother, refusing to divulge her husband’s whereabouts, was herself sent to jail, along with their son. [The family] eventually migrated to New Haven, Connecticut, the father working in a dry cleaners. Barry went to Yale, where he edited the student newspaper and joined the secretive Skull and Bones society.”
Military service and early career
Zorthian “was a Marine in the Pacific during World War II. After working for a Vermont newspaper [the Caledonian Record], he joined CBS Radio and then the Voice of America. He earned a law degree by attending New York University at night. After 13 years at the Voice of America, he became a diplomat in India.”
Service in Vietnam
He was best known for his four years as chief spokesperson for the U. S. government in Saigon, Vietnam 1964-1968. “His daily afternoon briefings for press correspondents … were dubbed “Five O’Clock Follies” by reporters frustrated by the lack of complete transparency. … New York Times Correspondent, Gloria Emerson, declared him ‘a determined and brilliant liar’ at a 1981 conference on the Vietnam War. Despite the criticism, many still trusted him as an honest public official. ‘He had a conscience. He believed in informing the American public,’ Neil Sheehan, a Pulitzer prize-winning author and a former New York Times reporter in Saigon, told the Washington Post. ‘His problem was that he was trying to sell a bad war.'” He was “Murrow’s last recommendation before retiring from USIA, [an appointment] so sensitive that it required President Lyndon Johnson and the secretaries of state and defence, Dean Rusk and Robert McNamara, to sign off on it.” He oversaw the 500-person Joint United States Public Affairs Office under Carl T. Rowan after Murrow retired. Other journalists he faced were members “of a tough school in American journalism covering the war [including] Richard Pyle, … Halberstam, Apple, Arnett, Kalb, Karnow – several of whom made their reputations in Vietnam.”
One obituary described his job in Saigon as trying to “defuse an increasingly acrimonious relationship between American officials and news correspondents covering the war[. He] used a mixture of charm, sly wit and uncommonly straight talk in trying to establish credibility for the U.S. effort…. [H]e refused to be intimidated by either officials or the news media. ‘He talked back,’ said George McArthur, who covered the Vietnam war for The Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times [and later was AP Cairo bureau chief]…. ‘Barry’s door was always open and although he never shared a classified thought, he left you feeling that he had,’ said former New York Times and CBS reporter Bernard Kalb. ‘Even when he told you nothing, he was always persuasive.’ ‘In postwar years, Barry Zorthian remained steadfast to his conviction about the significant role the media must play in a democratic society,’ said Peter Arnett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning war reporter for the AP in Vietnam and later a CNN foreign correspondent. … Arnett recalled that when he [Arnett] complained about an American military policeman threatening to shoot him during a 1965 Buddhist street demonstration in Saigon, `Zorthian shook his head in mock concern, and said `D— it, Peter, you threatened him and he was just responding.’ ‘What?’ I replied. ‘Yes,’ Barry said, `you were aiming your pencil at him and that’s more dangerous around here than a .45.'”
“Zorthian remained proud of his most controversial achievement … [the] Follies…. [T]he briefings lasted a decade, the only regular forum in which U.S. and South Vietnamese officials spoke entirely on the record and were often challenged or contradicted by reporters, sometimes to their embarrassment.”
Career after Vietnam
“After leaving Saigon in 1968, Mr. Zorthian was an executive at Time Inc. and a lobbyist on communications issues.”
“After The New York Times and other newspapers in 1971 published a history of the Vietnam War that came to be known as the Pentagon Papers, Mr. Zorthian wrote an Op-Ed column in The Times asserting that the Vietnam war had been ‘the most open war in history.’ He said that almost all the important disclosures in the documents had already been known to journalists. In a letter to the editor in response, Elliot Bernstein, the ABC News Saigon bureau chief in the mid-1960s, countered that the press had been kept in the dark about the extent of American bombing of Laos beginning in 1964, as well as the fact that bases in Thailand were being used to conduct air raids on North Vietnam .”
Zorthian was feted at a “90th birthday ‘roast and toast’ [which included] Richard Holbrooke, who was himself to die a few weeks later and who earned his diplomatic spurs in Vietnam.”
“Zorthian’s wife of 62 years, Margaret Aylaian Zorthian, died in July. He is survived by two sons, Greg and Steve, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.”
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Steve Boros, American baseball player (Tigers) and manager (Athletics, Padres), died from complications from multiple myeloma he was , 74.
(September 3, 1936 – December 29, 2010)
A graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in literature, Boros managed the Oakland Athletics (1983–84) and the San Diego Padres (1986).
A native of Flint, Michigan, Boros signed a bonus contract with the Detroit Tigers in 1957. He was named the most valuable player of the Class AAA American Association in 1960 after he tied for the lead in runs batted in with 119. In his first full major league season, 1961, Boros appeared in 116 games for the Tigers as a third baseman and hit .270 with 62 runs batted in. It was his finest season. In 1962, he slugged three home runs in one game on August 6. No other Tigers player accomplished the feat until Bill Freehan did it in 1971.
Boros was then shipped to the Chicago Cubs in an offseason trade. After one season in Chicago, he finished his major league playing career with the 1964-65 Cincinnati Reds. In all or parts of seven seasons, he batted .245 with 26 home runs. He batted and threw right-handed.
Boros continued to play at the AAA level through 1969. His managing career began in the Kansas City Royals farm system in 1970. He coached on the staff of Whitey Herzog in Kansas City (1975–79). He also served as a coach with the Montreal Expos (1981–82), before taking over the Athletics, replacing Billy Martin. After his managerial career, Boros returned to the coaching ranks with the Royals (1993–94) and Baltimore Orioles (1995), and was a coordinator of instruction and farm director for several MLB teams, including the Tigers.
But it was his work as an advance scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988 that really showed off his baseball smarts. Boros was part of a scout team that filled out reports that fall on the Athletics, the Dodgers’ opponent in the 1988 World Series. Among the traits that Boros and his co-workers noticed, where that Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley tended to throw a backdoor slider on 3-2 counts to left-handed hitters. That was exactly the pitch that pinch-hitter Kirk Gibson launched off Eckersley for a memorable two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth homer to win Game One of the Series. The Dodgers went on to upset the mighty Athletics in five games.
He retired from baseball in 2004 after serving as a special assistant to Tigers’ general manager David Dombrowski.
Boros died in Deland, Florida, at the age of 74. He had been ill with multiple myeloma since 2007.
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Avraham “Avi” Cohen was an Israeli footballer who played as a defender. He was best known for his spell playing for Liverpool in England. After retirement from active football and management, he was the chairman of the Israel Professional Footballers Association for over five years until he was killed in a motorcycle crash.
Cohen began his playing career with Maccabi Tel Aviv, before joining Liverpool for a fee of £200,000 ($450,000) in July 1979, and became the first Israeli to play in England. He struggled to establish himself as a regular at Anfield and was released in November 1981, rejoining Maccabi. On 20 September 1980, Cohen stirred up controversy when he decided to play in Liverpool’s away fixture versus Southampton, which fell on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Liverpool drew with Southampton 2–2 in front of 24,085 spectators and Cohen was lambasted by the Israeli media for playing. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1987, when he had a brief spell under former Liverpool teammate Graeme Souness at Rangers, before ending his career with Maccabi Netanya.
He also played for the Israeli national team, making his debut on 19 July 1976 during the 1976 Summer Olympics in a 0–0 draw against Guatemala. On 9 October 1984, Cohen scored his first goal against Greece in a 2–2 friendly draw. He was capped 51 times, scoring 3 goals. His son, Tamir, is currently an international professional footballer who plays for Bolton Wanderers in the English Premier League and the Israeli national team.
Cohen was married to Dorit and the father of three, including the football player Tamir Cohen. In addition, Cohen was the brother-in-law of former football player Vicky Peretz and the uncle of Peretz sons – Adi and Omer Peretz.
In 2008, he participated in the Israeli reality version of Dancing with the Stars and was the fifth to be eliminated.
On 20 December 2010, Cohen was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash. He was taken to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, where he was immediately taken into surgery and was reported to be in a critical condition. Johan Elmander paid tribute to Avi Cohen through a goal celebration on 26 December 2010 when he scored against West Bromwich Albion. Elmander held up a Bolton Wanderers shirt that read on the back – Get Well Soon Avi Cohen. This was due to Cohen’s son Tamir currently playing for Bolton.
On 28 December 2010, Ichilov Hospital declared that Cohen was brain dead. His brain death was confirmed by his son Tamir later the same day. Paying tribute to Cohen, Kenny Dalglish said “Avi was a lovely man who will be remembered fondly by everyone at Liverpool who knew him. He quickly integrated himself into the football club when he joined us and spent a lot of time learning English which really made him popular. He was well liked by all the lads and although he didn’t spend a long time at the club, he certainly left his mark and no-one will forget how he helped us win the league against Aston Villa. My thoughts and those of everyone connected to the club are with Avi’s family.” Ally McCoist said “we knew his situation was bad but never for a second did we think it would come to this” before going on to say it was “so sad to hear that he has passed away.”
On 29 December 2010, eight hours after the confirmation of suffering brain death, Cohen’s heart stopped and he was declared legally dead at 06:00 am IST.
Liverpool marked the death of Cohen with a period of applause before their Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 29 December 2010.
- Maccabi Tel Aviv
- Football League First Division (1): 1979–80
- Charity Shield (2): 1978–79, 1979–80
- European Cup (1): 1980–81
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Who is Amber Laura Heard? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Amber Heard, she is an American actress. Heard’s first starring role came in 2007 on the CW television show Hidden Palms, and her breakthrough came in 2008 with roles in Never Back Down, Pineapple Express and as the lead and title character in All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. In 2009 Heard starred in The Stepfather and also had a small role in the horror-comedy Zombieland. She has also starred in The Joneses (2010), and has upcoming roles in And Soon the Darkness, John Carpenter‘s The Ward, alongside Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry and alongside Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary.
Heard was born April 22, 1986 and raised in Austin, Texas. Her father, David, is a contractor, and her mother, Paige, is an internet researcher for the state. She attended St. Michael’s Catholic Academy in Austin until her junior year, when she left to pursue a career in Hollywood. As a teenager, Heard was active in her school’s drama department and appeared in local commercials and campaigns. At the age of 16, her best friend died in a car crash and Heard, who was raised Catholic, then subsequently declared herself an atheist, due to the influence of the works of Ayn Rand. Dropping out of school at the age of 17, to go to New York to start a career in modeling, she then relocated to Los Angeles to get into acting.
Heard came out as a lesbian(or bisexual) in 2010, at GLAAD‘s 25th anniversary event. She is dating artist Tasya van Ree.
Heard grew up around guns, and owns a .357 Magnum. A fan of muscle cars, Heard drives a 1968 Ford Mustang.
Once in Los Angeles, Heard made appearances in various TV shows and a music video, Kenny Chesney’s “There Goes My Life”. She was cast as Liz in the pilot episode of The WB‘s Jack & Bobby (2004), as Riley in an episode of The Mountain (2004) and she had a brief cameo as a salesgirl in The O.C. (2005). Her first movie role was Maria in Friday Night Lights (2004). She next starred as Shay in Side FX (2005), an independent horror film, and had supporting roles in Drop Dead Sexy (2005), Price to Pay (2006) and You Are Here (2006). Heard had more prominent parts in Niki Caro‘s North Country (2005) as young Josey and as Alma in Nick Cassavetes‘ Alpha Dog (2006). In 2006 she starred in an episode of Criminal Minds as Lila Archer, a young Hollywood actress who has a crush on Spencer Reid.
Heard was next cast in the CW Network‘s Hidden Palms. On the show she portrayed Greta Matthews, who suffered the losses of both her mother and boyfriend, Eddie, and befriends Johnny, the anti-hero of the show. In order to get the part, Heard was asked to lose weight. It took her four months, daily workouts and a ban on carbohydrates to lose 25 pounds. Hidden Palms premiered in the US on May 30, 2007. Ultimately, The CW wrapped the summer series early; instead of the initial 12 episode arc, only eight were aired. The show ended on July 4, two weeks prior than originally planned.
She was next cast in the title role in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. The horror film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2006, immediately generating buzz and landing a deal with Harvey Weinstein. However, nearly a year after its Toronto debut, the movie had not reached theaters. In July 2007, Mandy Lane found a new distribution home and the film finally was released in 2008 with a February UK release and DVD release in June.
In 2007, Heard also appeared in the short movie Day 73 with Sarah and Jess Manafort‘s indie drama Remember the Daze (aka The Beautiful Ordinary), which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and opened in limited release in April 2008. She then appeared in the Judd Apatow-produced, Rogen and Goldberg-written comedy Pineapple Express and the martial arts drama Never Back Down, released in 2008, back-to-back. The latter opened in March and Heard played the role of the free-spirited Baja Miller who falls for Sean Faris‘ Jake Tyler.
Heard also made a brief appearance in Showtime‘s Californication and joined the ensemble cast of The Informers, based on Bret Easton Ellis‘ novel of the same title, set to be released in 2009. She also filmed the horror film The Stepfather and the comedy film Ex-Terminators back-to-back in 2008 while promoting Never Back Down, Mandy Lane and Remember the Daze.
In late 2008 she filmed The River Why and The Joneses; two independent features. At the beginning of 2009 The Informers made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The reviews were mostly negative. Heard next appeared in Zombieland, playing a small role as the object of Jesse Eisenberg’s affection who turns into a zombie. She will subsequently appear in John Carpenter‘s The Ward. In March Heard begins filming The Rum Diary, opposite Johnny Depp, in Puerto Rico. Heard is reported to have won the role out over Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley. In 2010, she starred in and produced And Soon the Darkness, co-starring Odette Yustman and Karl Urban.
In the October 2009 issue of Teen Vogue, Amber describes her role as Johnny Depp’s love interest in the film, The Rum Diary, as “the best experience of my life.”
In February 2010, Heard was cast in Drive Angry, a 3-D psychological thriller directed by Patrick Lussier.
Additionally, in February 2011 she appeared on Top Gear in the UK where she was 5,8 seconds slower than Cameron Diaz, was introduced as a bisexual by Jeremy Clarkson, talked about her love of guns and musclecars, and revealed that she used to linedance in bars.
|2004||Friday Night Lights||Maria|
|Drop Dead Sexy||Candy|
|North Country||Young Josey Aimes|
|2006||Price To Pay||Trish|
|The Prince||Serena||TV Film|
|You Are Here||Amber|
|2007||Day 73 With Sarah||Mary||Short Film|
|Remember the Daze||Julia|
|2008||All the Boys Love Mandy Lane||Mandy Lane|
|Never Back Down||Baja Miller|
|Pineapple Express||Angie Anderson|
|The Stepfather||Kelly Porter|
|2010||The Joneses||Jenn Jones|
|2011||The River Why||Eddy||Yet-to-be-released|
|And Soon the Darkness||Stephanie||UK Release: February 11, 2011|
|The Ward||Kristen||US Release: April 15, 2011|
|Drive Angry||Piper||Release: February 25, 2011|
|The Rum Diary||Chenault||Russia release: March 31, 2011|
|2004||Jack & Bobby||Liz||1×01 – “Pilot”|
|The Mountain||Riley||1×08 – “A Piece of the Rock”|
|2005||The O.C.||Salesgirl||2×15 – “Mallpisode”|
|2006||Criminal Minds||Lila Archer||1×18 – “Somebody’s Watching”|
|2007||Californication||Amber||1×08 – “California Son”|
|Hidden Palms||Greta Matthews||8 Episodes|
|2008||Won||Young Hollywood Awards||Breakthrough Performance Award||None|
|2009||Nominated||Detroit Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble||Zombieland|
|2010||Nominated||MTV Movie Awards||Best Scared-As-S**t Performance||Zombieland|
|2008||Maxim‘s Hot 100 Women 2008||#21|
|FHM‘s 100 Sexiest Women of 2008||#90|
|2009||FHM‘s 100 Sexiest Women of 2009||#31|
|Maxim‘s Hot 100 Women 2009||#56|
|2010||FHM‘s 100 Sexiest Women of 2010||#25|
|Maxim‘s Hot 100 Women 2010||#13|