NBA star LeBron James, Microsoft team up on Web site

CLEVELAND – LeBron James couldn’t leave Las Vegas without making one last creative move – off the court. Cleveland’s All-Star forward capped a glitzy few days of party hopping and hoops by teaming with Microsoft Corp.’s MSN to launch lebron.msn.com, a storybook style Web site about his life designed for kids and teens. In addition to broadening his iconic image through his latest business venture, James is hoping the innovative Web site will motivate youngsters worldwide with positive messages of encouragement and his own story of perseverance. “I’ve always wanted to have a place where kids can see all aspects of my personality – where I can really talk with them about where I came from, what I do, what I have achieved in my life and what my goals are,” James said in a phone interview from Las Vegas with The Associated Press. James’ interest in working with kids appealed to Microsoft, which first partnered with the 22-year-old last summer as one of the sponsors of his annual King for Kids Bike-a-thon in his hometown of Akron. Microsoft recognized James’ enormous crossover appeal to a wider audience and signed him to an endorsement deal. In less than four years as a pro, James has become one of the NBA’s signature players – if not the face of the league. The leading vote getter for this year’s All-Star game, James recently appeared in TV ads for Microsoft’s launch of its Windows Vista operating system. He’s the first NBA player the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant has used to promote its products, and he may do more projects in the future. For James, the partnership with Microsoft was a natural. He was already a fan of Xbox, the company’s wildly popular video-gaming system before adding the company to his impressive business portfolio. James has more than $150 million in endorsement deals with Nike, Sprite and others. “Anytime I enter a partnership or become part of a family, it’s with someone I share the same values with,” he said. “It’s no different with Microsoft. This is a great opportunity to make people happy.” On the new Web site, kids will be able to learn more about James, who has taken a proactive role in the content. “It’s his voice,” said Joanne Bradford, a Microsoft vice president and media officer for MSN. “We are doing it exactly the way he wants it. It’s not about selling anything.” With a mouse click, people can watch videos to learn more about James’ life on and off the basketball court. There are also places to enter contests; download pictures and other images of James; and see how he and the Cavaliers are doing. But the Web site’s primary intent, James said, is to help educate youngsters through activities and challenges. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more

Ribery sidelined for up to three months

first_imgCaretaker coach Willy Sagnol was in charge after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked on Thursday in the wake of the 3-0 Champions League drubbing at Paris Saint Germain.Sky reported that Ribery has torn a ligament in his left knee and will be out for between two to three months, although the club has yet to confirm.“I’m in a lot of pain and not doing so well,” said Ribery at Munich airport after the flight from Berlin.“The outside ligament is probably affected, I hope it’s not something worse.”The injury is a particular blow to the Frenchman, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and Bayern, who are already without captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer until January with a fractured foot.For the second league match running, Bayern threw away a 2-0 lead in Berlin after goals by Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski were cancelled out by Hertha’s Ondrej Duda and Salomon Kalou.Ex-Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel and Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann are among the favourites to succeed Ancelotti.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery has scored nine league goals in the last two-and-a-half seasonsBERLIN, Germany, Oct 2 – Bayern Munich can expect to be without veteran winger Franck Ribery for up to three months with Sky reporting on Monday he has torn a knee ligament.The 34-year-old had to be helped off in the 62nd minute of Bayern’s 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin on Sunday which left them five points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund in Germany’s top flight.last_img read more

‘It’s massive for us!’ – Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany hails Raheem Sterling signing

first_img Raheem Sterling 1 Vincent Kompany believes the signing of Raheem Sterling can help deliver Manchester City trophies.Sterling joined up with his new City team-mates on their pre-season tour of Australia on Thursday, after completing his big-money move to the Etihad from Liverpool two days earlier.The 20-year-old’s transfer, which could be worth up to £49million, has been hailed as very important by Kompany, as City look to bounce back from a disappointing defence of the Premier League title last season.“It’s massive for us,” he told City’s official website.“The biggest thing is that you’ve seen Sterling, especially the way he played the season before last, and he was one of the main reasons, along with (Luis) Suarez, that Liverpool played so well.“It became more difficult for them when Suarez left but what you will find is that he will have this kind of structure at City already – I mean, we’ve got Kun (Sergio Aguero) up front, we’ve got (Wilfried) Bony, we’ve got so many players who will be able to link up with him, we will be able to make him better as well.“We have great quality in the team but you can’t compete nowadays if you don’t improve every year.“Other teams improve, we need to improve and getting him puts us one step closer to being this team which can win trophies again – it’s very important for us.”As an opponent, Kompany found Sterling’s willing nature one of his biggest attributes.“He’s quick, he’s very unpredictable; he’s shown that he has especially great determination,” Kompany added.“You play against so many players with great quality but it’s the fact that he’s always willing to put in the extra yard.“That makes it that extra bit difficult when you have a player with quality who is not shy to run and put his body on the line – that’s a special player.”last_img read more

Arsenal and Chelsea target rejected offers from ‘big clubs’ to stay at PSG, claims agent

first_imgThe agent of Arsenal and Chelsea target Blaise Matuidi claims his client had plenty of offers from big clubs in the summer.The 28-year-old established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe last season as he helped Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title.Both Arsenal and Chelsea were linked with the France international as a result, as were clubs in Germany.And now Matuidi’s agent, Mino Raiola, has revealed that several big sides came calling in the summer transfer window.“Blaise Matuidi stayed at PSG because his heart is Parisian,” Raiola told RMC.“Europe’s top ten wanted him. Today they do still, there would be no problem in terms of selling him!” PSG forward Blaise Matuidi 1last_img read more

HUGE DEMAND FOR TICKETS TO CELEBRATE DONEGAL’S ALL IRELAND WIN

first_imgTickets for next month’s charity ball being organised by Donegal’s All-Ireland winning footballers of 1992 to mark the 20th anniversary of their achievement are in big demand.Speaking this week, Donal Reid, who was right half back on the 1992 Donegal team and who is one of the organisers of the ball, said there’s big interest in the event.“There’s been a great response since we held the official launch in the Finn Valley Centre last month,” he commented. “Because of the charity element, a lot of people are keen to lend their support to the ball. The three charities who will benefit are the Donegal Hospice, Donegal Living Links and the Alzheimer Society Donegal branch – three groups who do much for people at a local level and three groups that need constant financial support,” Donal added.“The fact that Donegal retained the Ulster title for the first time in the county’s history has given the entire county a huge left, and Jim McGuinness and his players will go into next month’s quarter-final at Croke Park with a huge degree of confidence. We are hoping that Donegal will be getting ready for an All-Ireland semi-final appearance when the ball takes place,” Donal said.The ball will be held in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Saturday, August 18th, with retired RTE commentator, Michael O Muircheartaigh and Charlie Collins of Highland Radio acting as MCs. Sam Maguire will also be there while supporters will have an opportunity to meet the 1992 team in the afternoon, also in the Abbey Hotel.Tickets for the ball, priced €25, are now available from the following outlets – Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town; Supervalu, Killybegs; Divers Newsagents, Ardara; Books and Charts, Dungloe; Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny and Supervalu, Buncrana.  HUGE DEMAND FOR TICKETS TO CELEBRATE DONEGAL’S ALL IRELAND WIN was last modified: July 25th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:1992 ALL IRELAND BALLDONAL REIDlast_img read more

GAA: NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgDéanann CLG Ghaoth Dobhair comhghairdeas le Neil, Éamonn, Peadar agus foireann Dhún na nGall.  Ó thaobh ticéidí don Chluiche Ceannais ,  is cinnte go mbeidh éileamh mór orthu sa chlub seo  mar bheas ag gach club eile  sa chontae.  Mar sin de ,  beidh an córas seo a leanas i bhfeidhm againn i bhFochumann Ghaoth Dobhair.Ní bheidh muid ach ag glacadh orduithe ó dhaoine fásta atá ina mbaill reatha    amháin, de réir ticéid amháin do gach ball.  Beidh uimhir theagmhála ar fáil nuair atá tuilleadh eolais againn.  Níl an fó-chumann ag glacadh aon orduithe  go fóill.  GAA: NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: August 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIRlast_img read more

Premier League Preview Show: Spurs vs Chelsea – title race or battle for fourth?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Tom Rennie and David Walker are joined by former Chelsea winger Clive Walker and ex-West Ham striker David Connolly to look ahead to the return of the Premier League.This weekend, Tottenham welcome Chelsea to Wembley, Manuel Pellegrini takes on his old employers as Man City head to West Ham, and Claudio Ranieri manages Fulham for the first time in a crunch relegation clash with Southampton.last_img

Three women receive Wrage grants

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Beyeler recently started a small business, a biofeedback company called Healthy Living, and she wants to study English literature in graduate school. An advocate of education, Beyeler said she wants to help mentor women, network with them and encourage them toward success. Linzy said she is a victim of domestic abuse who had to pack up her house, put everything in storage and relocate with her two daughters. Her goal is to become a real estate broker. Also, having experienced homelessness, she would like to work with the homeless and help women in domestic violence situations. Spence is a single mother who has an associate degree in kinesiology and has been teaching physical fitness for 20 years. Her goal is to obtain a master’s degree in physical therapy. Her greatest desire is to continue her education and to motivate younger women to become independent. SANTA CLARITA – Three local women are the recipients of $1,000 each from the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund grant program administered by Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley. The grants were presented to Faye Anne Beyeler, Michelle Linzy and Tori Spence during a Zonta business meeting held Dec. 14 in Stevenson Ranch. Randy Wrage, one of Virginia’s sons and a donor to the memorial fund, presented the awards. The grants are awarded to women who are forced to make midlife career changes and need short-term financial boosts to achieve their goals. Applicants are screened, then interviewed by the club members before being selected for the grants. This year, the committee received 15 applications, the most in the program’s history, before approving the final three recipients. After 17 years as a stay-at-home mom, Beyeler was forced into the working world after she and her husband of 29 years divorced. Virginia Wrage was a Zonta member who was forced to make a significant life change in her middle years and pursued her dream of becoming a flight attendant. Shortly afterward, she was diagnosed with cancer, and her dying wish was to help other women make the kind of midlife transitions she had gone through. Zonta continues to carry on that wish with a series of grants over the years, including funding from the Wrage family.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

ANDREW ALLEN MURDER: MAN ARRESTED IN DONEGAL

first_imgMurdered: AndrewGardaí investigating the murder of Andrew Allen on the 9th of February 2012 at Links View Park, Buncrana, Co Donegal, have this morning  arrested a male in his 40’s in connection with this investigation.He was arrested in Co Donegal and is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939, at Buncrana Garda Station.The arrest came just hours after Gardai said they knew who his killers are. However, they said they are still in the process of building up a case against those behind the brutal killing.Mr Allen’s mother has said recently she is satisfied that Gardai will bring her son’s killer to justice.This is the third arrest in relation to the Allen murder.Two other men arrested last year on separate occasions were released without charge after being interviewed. Dissident republicans had claimed that Mr Allen, who was originally from Derry, was involved in the drugs trade – a claim always refuted by his family.The father of one was shot in the bedroom of his home in front of his girlfriend.ANDREW ALLEN MURDER: MAN ARRESTED IN DONEGAL was last modified: February 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NFL makes its position on Brown’s helmet clear

first_imgNAPA — Are we about to find out whether a helmet is worth $30 million?A statement made on Twitter by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy makes it seem unlikely Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown would be approved to wear a helmet that doesn’t meet current National Operating Committee for Standards of Athletic Equipment specifications.The tweet doesn’t specify Brown by name, but reads “The player can’t practice or play in games with equipment that’s not approved. If he doesn’t play or practice he …last_img read more