Sports Illustrated names Golden State Warriors as ‘Sportsperson of the Year’

first_imgThe all-conquering Golden State Warriors have become only the fourth team in history to be awarded Sports Illustrated’s annual “Sportsperson of the Year” award, the magazine announced on Monday.The Warriors, who won their third NBA crown in four seasons this year, were honored with the award in recognition of their collective feats on court over the past five years.As well as three NBA championships, the Warriors have also set records for wins in a regular season, with 73 in the 2015-2016 campaign, as well as the longest unbeaten streak to start a season (24-0).“There are multiple individuals whom Sports Illustrated could have selected as the 2018 Sportsperson of the Year and few would have argued,” Sports Illustrated editor in chief Chris Stone said.“But it was impossible to overlook the influence that the Warriors, as a collective group, have had on their sport and the broader culture over the last half-decade.“They are a generational phenomenon, the likes of which we might not see again for decades, if at all.”Only three other teams have been handed the award, which usually goes to an individual athlete. The Warriors join the 1980 Winter Olympics US hockey team, the 1999 US Women’s World Cup soccer squad and the 2004 Boston Red Sox.“This is a pretty cool honor and something we cherish as a group and organization,” said Warriors guard Stephen Curry.“I know that I speak on behalf of my teammates when I say that we’re humbled with this recognition. The list of other teams who have earned this award … puts us in exclusive company. That’s exciting.”The first recipient of the award was trailblazing British middle-distance runner Roger Bannister in 1954.Relatedlast_img read more

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Boakye returns to Bundesliga

first_imgGhana striker Isaac Boakye will be playing in the German top flight next season after FC Nurnberg were promoted by beating Energie Cottbus 2-0 on Sunday and winning the two-leg promotion/relegation playoff 5-0 on aggregate.The 27-year-old played for the newly crowned Bundesliga champion Wolfsburg, but was a flop and opted to join the second-tier side.Christian Eigler fired an unstoppable shot from 22 metres on 29 minutes before Slovak Marek Mintal added a second eight minutes later to hand Nurnberg an immediate return to the top flight after relegation last season.Nurnberg, a nine-time German champion, join Freiburg and Mainz 05 to have won automatic promotion as the top two finishers.Around 15,000 fans spilled onto the pitch after the final whistle with another 30,000 in the stands of the Franken stadion on a sunny afternoon singing the club’s song “The legend lives.”Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more

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