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All-Time NBA Draft: The best pick from every slot

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press There’s a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft. But who is the No. 1 pick of all No. 1 draft picks ever? Or No. 1 among the list of No. 2 draft picks? Those are questions that have no definitive answer, except perhaps in a handful of rare cases. Here’s a look at The Best of The Best — the top all-time NBA picks in each of the top 30 draft spots. The best No. 1 overall pick, the best No. 2 overall pick ... and so on. One note: This doesn’t include the territorial selections that were used through 1965, which ruled out Wilt Chamberlain. The list of top picks in each of the 30 draft slots: 1. KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR Arguments for the best-ever overall pick could and should be made for LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson, among others. When in doubt, give it to the man who has more points than anyone who ever played the game and who mastered perhaps the most difficult shot to guard in NBA history. 2. BILL RUSSELL You didn’t know Bill Russell was a No. 2 overall pick? Jerry West was too, and he’s The Logo for goodness sake, but the 11 rings make Russell the call here. Also, it’s time to lay off Portland. Sam Bowie wasn’t the biggest “oops” pick of all time. Si Green was picked before Russell in 1956. 3. MICHAEL JORDAN The easiest pick of them all. Except for Portland in 1984, when the Trail Blazers took Bowie No. 2 ahead of MJ. OK, now it’s really time to lay off Portland. 4. CHRIS PAUL Dikembe Mutombo, Chris Bosh and Russell Westbrook were all No. 4s as well, but Paul’s body of work over 13 seasons and counting can’t be overlooked. 5. DWYANE WADE Charles Barkley will think this pick is terrible. So will fellow No. 5s Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Scottie Pippen and Vince Carter. Wade’s scoring wins out. 6. LARRY BIRD Second-easiest pick of this process. Only Adrian Dantley comes close, and he absolutely doesn’t come close. 7. STEPHEN CURRY He will be the leader in 3-pointers, by a ton, when his career is over. Fellow No. 7s John Havlicek and Chris Mullin merit consideration, but why wait? 8. ROBERT PARISH As time goes on, people might forget how vital The Chief was to those Celtics teams of the 1980s. That shouldn’t happen. 9. DIRK NOWITZKI Jordan was the only true candidate at No. 3, Bird was the same at No. 6, and Nowitzki stands alone at No. 9 as well. 10. PAUL PIERCE Pierce and Nowitzki have haunted those who made the decisions at the top of the 1998 draft — where Michael Olowokandi, Mike Bibby and Raef LaFrentz went 1-2-3 — for 20 years and counting. 11. REGGIE MILLER Kiki VanDeWeghe was a No. 11 pick and so was Klay Thompson, but Miller is the deserving call here. His shot was art. 12. JULIUS ERVING Drafted in 1972 and didn’t come to the NBA until 1976, Doctor J ekes out the pick here over Chet Walker — a seven-time All-Star. 13. KOBE BRYANT This could easily have been Karl Malone. But Kobe has five rings and an Oscar. 14. CLYDE DREXLER The Glide was automatic for 20 points a night for basically his entire career. Apologies to Tim Hardaway. 15. STEVE NASH Someday, this spot might go to Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kawhi Leonard. But Steve Nash going this low in 1996 should remind everyone how good that draft was. 16. JOHN STOCKTON This is yet another reminder that Sam Bowie wasn’t the only mistake made in 1984. 17. DON NELSON This was a difficult group, and Shawn Kemp was probably the better player. Nellie gets the call on total body of NBA work. 18. JOE DUMARS There are some really good players at No. 18, including Calvin Murphy and the vastly underrated Ricky Pierce. Dumars’ role on the Bad Boys was invaluable. 19. TINY ARCHIBALD When looking at No. 19 picks, two things stand out: Rod Strickland should have been an All-Star, and that Tiny was better than many remember. 20. LARRY NANCE So consistent for so long, and now with his son in the league that means more people will get educated about Sr.’s game. 21. RAJON RONDO Michael Finley and Ricky Davis also went this far down in the draft. Rondo was an absolute steal in 2006 — except he wasn’t a steal for Phoenix, which drafted him and then traded him to Boston for cash. 22. REGGIE LEWIS Still sad. Still missed. 23. ALEX ENGLISH Tayshaun Prince was so good and World B. Free was as much fun as anyone, but English had about a 10-year run where he hardly ever missed a game and dropped about 25 every time he was out there. 24. ARVYDAS SABONIS Officially, the hardest of all 30 picks. Don’t just look at his NBA numbers. Look at his whole career. He did things no big man was doing 20 years ago. Terry Porter, Andrei Kirilenko, Kyle Lowry, Sam Cassell, Derek Fisher, Latrell Sprewell all went No. 24 as well ... good luck to whoever is No. 24 is this year. There’s a legacy to follow. 25. MARK PRICE Jeff Ruland was known as “McFilthy” and became a good college coach, Tony Allen was a true defensive star, but Price’s game is too solid to miss here. 26. VLADE DIVAC Now running the Sacramento Kings, Divac gets to pick No. 2 in this year’s draft. The guy he takes there would be well-served to learn from Vlade. 27. DENNIS RODMAN Before he became a political operative, Rodman was as good at rebounding and defense as anyone in the game. 28. TONY PARKER If he had grown up in the U.S. and played college basketball, there was no chance he would have gone this low in 2001. 29. DENNIS JOHNSON Hall of Famer, five-time All-Star and someone who was as good as there was in the NBA down the stretch of big games. 30. SPENCER HAYWOOD Another Hall of Famer, and every underclassman who gets drafted this year needs to thank Haywood. His suit vs. the NBA paved the way for them. ___ Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds@ap.org.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 20th, 2018Related News

Glamorous celeb gives plain miss a makeover

Coquettish Damsel had to contend with a multitude of snide remarks, growing up in the shadow of Glamorous Celebrity. Kibitzers can't help comparing the two. After all, GC is a great beauty, while CD is ... never mind. Fortunately, nothing is impossible with the help of ka-ching! Dipping into GC's bottomless well of moolah, CD is now transformed. Curiously, CD bears an uncanny resemblance to GC. Was that GC's instruction to the makeover team? It almost sounds like an Ingmar Bergman psycho-drama. Charaught! Family affair Remember Dazzling Mannequin who's entangled in a web of desire with Cute Maiden? DM's gender preference hardly comes as a shocker. DM's beloved ...Keep on reading: Glamorous celeb gives plain miss a makeover.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 19th, 2018Related News

Daily Diaries: You’ll Miss Half Of Your Life If You Don’t Take A Chance On These 5 Things!

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Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleJun 19th, 2018Related News

Megan: Fame no longer out of reach for the truly talented

No influential backer? No problem. Megan Young says that while stardom can still prove elusive to show biz hopefuls, it's no longer out of reach for the driven and the truly talented. This she said when we asked her if she thought the talent search route was still the best way for actor wannabes to get noticed. The former Miss World winner, who began her ascent to stardom after placing third behind Ryza Cenon and LJ Reyes in the second season of "StarStruck," said that joining reality shows is no longer the only way to get your foot in Tinseltown's door. "When I started, joining talent searches was a great starting point---and it still is," Megan said. "But there are other way...Keep on reading: Megan: Fame no longer out of reach for the truly talented.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 18th, 2018Related News

WATCH: Bianca Gonzalez, Kylie Versoza s advice on how to fight off sadness

If ever you're having bouts of sadness, perhaps these tips from Bianca Gonzalez and Kylie Versoza can help you. The television personality and vlogger tagged along the Miss International 2016.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJun 16th, 2018Related News

Johnson takes 4-shot lead into weekend at US Open

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Dustin Johnson handled the worst of the weather and wound up as the sole survivor to par at the U.S. Open, taking a four-shot lead into the weekend at Shinnecock Hills. Johnson dropped only one shot Friday morning in wind and two hours of light rain that made the course play even longer. He made a 45-foot birdie putt on the par-3 seventh hole for a 3-under 67. In perfect scoring conditions in the afternoon, no one could catch him. Ian Poulter was one shot behind until a triple bogey on his second-to-last hole. Charley Hoffman was under par until a bogey on his final hole. Johnson was at 4-under 136, four shots ahead of Hoffman and Scott Piercy. The weekend will not include Tiger Woods, who shot 72 to miss the cut for the fifth time in his last eight majors. Jordan Spieth joined him with a bogey-bogey finish to miss the cut by one shot......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 16th, 2018Related News

Woods on expectations for another major win: Absolutely

By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Hoist the anchor, and set sail the great ship Privacy on a course for Carnoustie Bay, Pebble Beach or some other future site of a golf major. Tiger Woods isn't going to win the U.S. Open this year. He still thinks he can win another major before he's done. "Absolutely," Woods said after shooting a 2-over 72 at Shinnecock Hills on Friday for a 36-hole total of 10 over that saw him miss the cut. "They're not easy," he said. "I mean, I've won a few of them over the course of my career, and they're the hardest fields and usually the hardest setups. So they're meant to be testers, and you don't win major championships by kind of slapping all around the place and missing putts. "You have to be on," he said. "You just can't fake it at a major championship." Woods couldn't even fake it for the first 34 holes in Southampton, and despite birdies on the last two holes, he needed a lot of help to avoid the cut for the fifth time in his last eight majors. That means he won't need to bunk for the weekend at the Sag Harbor Yacht Club on the 155-foot boat he jokingly calls "the dinghy." Woods also missed the cut when he brought Privacy to the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot in New York City's northern suburbs. He has not played the weekend at a U.S. Open since 2013, or won one since 2008 — his last major victory. He remains stuck at 14 in his career, four short of Jack Nicklaus' record. "Our whole careers are pretty much measured as if you can win four times a year," Woods said. Woods' chances were effectively eliminated after two holes. He shot a triple bogey on Thursday on No. 1 — a 399-yard par 4 that is the fourth-easiest hole on the course — needing three tries to manage a short rise to the elevated green and then two-putting. He entered the second round nine strokes behind the leaders and thought if he could shoot in the 60s on Friday he would have a chance to get back into it. Now he won't even have a chance to play. "I couldn't chase down the leaders right away. It's going to take me probably 2½ to 3 rounds to do it," he said. "Unfortunately, I went the other way." Starting the second round on No. 10, Woods made the turn at even par and came back around to No. 1. His drive was fine, but he yanked his approach shot to the right of the green into deep rough, and then rolled his third shot over it. After pitching to about 14 feet, he missed a bogey putt. He then bogeyed No. 2 for the second straight day. "I didn't play the first and second hole very well," said Woods, who started on No. 10 for the second round. "I was kind of hanging in there until, unfortunately, first and second hole kind of derailed it." Woods said he would take the week off before playing the National and then heading to Carnoustie, Scotland, for the British Open......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 16th, 2018Related News

Chavit, ’di nadala sa Miss Universe

TaUn-taon pala ay ibinibigay na kay former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson ang pagpu-produce ng Miss Universe dahil ganu’n daw katiwala ang organizer sa kanya. Matatandaang si Manong Chavit ang namuno ng Miss Universe 2017 sa Pilipinas at talagang nag-invest siya ng milyun-milyong piso rito. “Noong una-una nga kaming nag-usap-usap,….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJun 15th, 2018Related News

Isla Fisher: If you try to be perfect, you will miss out on all the fun

Isla Fisher --Ruben V. Nepales LOS ANGELES--Isla Fisher, aside from being a busy actress, a mom of three kids and the wife of Sacha Baron Cohen, is also a successful children's book author. A.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJun 15th, 2018Related News

Another musical showstopper for Jon Jon Briones

Jon Jon Briones LOS ANGELES--For his first play after his acclaimed Broadway debut as The Engineer in 'Miss Saigon,' Jon Jon Briones costars in 'Sweet Charity,' the classic musi.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJun 14th, 2018Related News

ParoDivas experience MANILA! Miss Universe Preliminary Activity Parody/ Team Asia VS Team Americas – Manila Video

Miss universe ParoDivas visited Manila’s famous attraction (Rizal Park, National Museum of the Philippines, Walled City of Intramuros, Manila Cathedral, Venice Grand Canal Mall) source link: ParoDivas experience MANILA! Miss Universe Preliminary Activity Parody/ Team Asia VS Team Americas – Manila Video.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jun 11th, 2018Related News

WATCH: Hiccup, Toothless’ last epic journey in ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’

"How to Train Your Dragon" fans surely wouldn't want to miss this movie that completes the trilogy. In "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World," Hiccup realizes his destiny as the village chief of Berk, alongside being the dragon leader. This was teased in the movie's first teaser trailer released Thursday. Meanwhile, Toothless suddenly meets a female of his own kind. The dragon tries to impress her upon first meeting by doing all sorts of tricks. As danger mounts at Berk, Hiccup's skills are tested as a leader. Will he and his partner be able to defeat the evil that threatens their village? Dean DeBois returns as director for the animated film. It also features a star-...Keep on reading: WATCH: Hiccup, Toothless’ last epic journey in ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 9th, 2018Related News

Grand Fiesta Mass 1 Blessing of Images 082 – Manila Picture

Image published by Glendale Lapastora (1) on 2017-05-17 20:29:34 and used under Creative Commons license. Tagged: , #Fatima100 , #Roadtosilver , #Silverjubilee , antonio , archbishop , binibining , cardinal , design , documentary , fashion , fatima , high , jubilee , ladies , lady , luis , manila , mass , miss ,… link: Grand Fiesta Mass 1 Blessing of Images 082 – Manila Picture.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jun 8th, 2018Related News

PBA: Bolts outlast Fuel Masters in OT

Meralco dodged a bullet as Phoenix shooter Matthew Wright, who had the hot hands, missed on a jumper before Cliff Hodge sank the insurance foul shots to escape with a 103-100 win over a gritty Phoenix side Friday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Big Dome. The Bolts improved to 5-2 win-loss record. “It’s a very important win for us because we are at the middle of the pack with Phoenix,” said Meralco coach Norman Black. “It pushed us a little further up and away from the bottom as we try to get to the playoffs.” KG Canaleta dropped 30 points on 12-of-28 field goal shooting including six triples while Baser Amert had 19 markers for the Bolts, who survived the match despite a bad offensive game by import Arinze Onuaku. Onuaku was limited to only 12 points but hauled 20 rebounds and tallied 10 assists. Chris Newsome got 11 points for Meralco.    Baser Amer drilled the go-ahead floater with 1:23 left in the overtime to give Meralco a 101-98 lead. Jeff Chan answered with a basket for the Fuel Masters to move within one. Wright made good defensive stop at the post, forcing KG Canaleta to miss. Wright, who had eight points in the extension, missed on a stepback jumper at the top of the key and Phoenix sent Hodge at the line with 2.2 ticks left to seal the win. “We had the chance to win in the regulation but we missed our free throws that could’ve put the game away,” said Black. Amer broke an 87-87 deadlock with a stepback three-pointer with 25.4 seconds left in the fourth period. Wright lost the handle on the other side but Meralco squandered a chance to close out the game at regulation after Jared Dillinger bricked his two foul shots with 12 seconds remaining.       Wright made them pay by sinking the game-tying triple with five seconds left at regulation before blocking Chris Newsome’s jumper at the other end to force the extension. The Fuel Masters dropped to 3-4 card. Import Eugene Phelps had a double-double with 31 points and 26 rebounds, Wright finished with 28 markers and six assists while Jason Perkins chipped in 23 points and eight boards for Phoenix.      Box Scores: Meralco (103): Canaleta 30, Amer 19, Onuaku 12, Newsome 11, Dillinger 8, Caram 7, De Ocampo 5, Lanete 5, Hugnatan 4, Hodge 2  Phoenix (100): Phelps 32, Wright 28, Perkins 23, Chan 9, Revilla 3, Jazul 3, Chua 2, Intal 1, Wilson 0, Kramer 0, Mendoza 0 Quarter scores: 20-18, 52-44, 68-72, 90-90, 103-100 (OT)   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 8th, 2018Related News

Lukaku, Hazard on target as Belgium beats Egypt 3-0

By Mike Corder, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium showed flashes of its attacking prowess Wednesday, beating Egypt 3-0 in a World Cup warmup with the help of goals from Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard in a dominant first half. Substitute Marouane Fellaini swept home from close range in injury time to complete the scoring. Egypt, held goalless for the second time in three matches, showed how much it misses the injured Mohamed Salah. Driven forward by the speed and insight of Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium was up 2-0 at halftime before losing some fluency amid a flurry of substitutions after the break. "I don't think our performance was perfect, far from it," said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez. "There are many aspects that we need to improve. But what I like is that when we make mistakes we've got the togetherness to try to overcome them and I don't think we had that before and that's very pleasing." Salah, Egypt's great scoring hope for the World Cup, is still recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid. The Premier League's top scorer has been named in Egypt's squad for the tournament in Russia and coach Hector Cuper badly needs him. "Mo Salah is not just a good player, he's an outstanding footballer, he's a world class footballer after what he's done this season," Martinez said. "So any team is going to miss the goal scoring threat of Mo Salah. We all wish him a speedy recovery and we want to see him in the World Cup." Egypt should have taken the lead in the 23rd minute when Mohamed Abdelshafy swung in an enticing cross from the left, but Marwan Mohsen, unmarked in the middle, headed wide a chance Salah likely would have scored. The move didn't only highlight the Liverpool forward's absence for Egypt; the space Mohsen found also underscored how Belgium could miss center back Vincent Kompany if he is not fit to play in Russia. Kompany injured his groin on Saturday during Belgium's lackluster 0-0 draw with Portugal. Coach Roberto Martinez named Los Angeles FC defender Laurent Ciman as a replacement if Kompany is not fit to play in Russia. If Lukaku and Hazard are in top form in Russia, Belgium might not miss Kompany too badly. Hazard drove a low shot in the 27th minute that Egypt goalkeeper Essam el-Hadary couldn't hold and Lukaku pounced on the rebound to fire in from close range. Hazard added his name to the score sheet in the 38th minute, blasting a shot high and hard past el-Hadary after Yannick Carrasco had cut back the ball from the left. Martinez rested Lukaku and Hazard for the second half, giving Michy Batshuayi and Adnan Januzaj a chance to play themselves into favor. Batshuayi set up Fellaini's goal by beating an Egypt defender and cutting back the ball. The defeat was Egypt's final warmup before Russia, while Belgium plays Costa Rica on Monday. One positive for Egypt coach Cuper was that Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny returned from injury and lasted the full 90 minutes. Martinez said his team needs the final tune-up. "I don't think we are physically, tactically and mentally ready ... and that's why the Costa Rica game will be important," he said. Egypt opens its World Cup campaign in Russia against Uruguay on June 15, Belgium's first Group G match is against Panama on June 18......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 7th, 2018Related News

DepEd backs chessfest

THE Department of Education has thrown its full support to the 19th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships slated June 18-28 in Davao City by allowing student participants leeway in the classes they will miss at the start of the school year. In a memorandum sent to all its regional directors….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJun 6th, 2018Related News

What will Alaska miss from Jeron Teng?

MANILA, Philippines – Just when Jeron Teng has proved he can be a decent contributor to Alaska's campaign in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, an unfortunate incident sidelines him.  Teng is bound to miss time for the Aces as he recovers from 3 stab wounds – one in the back ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 5th, 2018Related News

ABS-CBN S+A, Liga to broadcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

Filipino football fans are in for the biggest treat of their lives as they can watch the much-anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ LIVE on TV and online through ABS-CBN Integrated Sports’ channels and website starting June 14 at 11 pm, when Russia takes on Saudi Arabia in the opener. All 64 matches of the tournament will be aired, with 56 matches shown LIVE and 8 matches shown on Delay on cable TV via LIGA and LIGA HD, while ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD will carry over 30 matches including the Semifinal and Final matches. All matches will also be available via livestreaming on sports.abs-cbn.com/2018FIFAWorldCup. Check out the full telecast schedule:  Those who will miss the games can watch updates and highlights in the special edition of “The Score” that will air daily for the duration of the competition. Respected football analysts, former and current pro and collegiate football players, and celebrity football enthusiasts will join anchors Mico Halili and Anton Roxas in the show. Everyone is looking forward to see if the German national squad, which demolished Brazil in the semifinal of the 2014 World Cup 7-1, and claimed the title with a 1-nil victory over Argentina in the Final, can dominate the competition once more given how loaded the squad is for the 2018 edition. However, fans can also expect stiff competition from teams such as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, Leo Messi’s Argentina, Harry Kane’s England, Eden Hazard’s Belgium and Antoine Griezmann’s France. As the official broadcasters of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, S+A and LIGA continue the mission of ABS-CBN Integrated Sports in giving Filipinos the best in sports entertainment. Ahead of the June 14 kick-off, fans have been enjoying World Cup qualifiers on LIGA and S+A and a special “Road to Russia” coverage airing every Friday on “The Score.” Viewers have also seen some of the world’s top players in S+A’s live airings of English Premier League, La Liga, and UEFA Champions League matches. With the telecast of the grandest tournament of the “beautiful game,” ABS-CBN’s sports arm hopes to further strengthen Filipinos’ passion for the number one sport in the world. Don’t miss top-notch world football action as the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia final fires off on June 14, LIVE from Russia on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and via livestreaming on sports.abs-cbn.com at 11 pm. For more information and stories, visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com and follow ABS-CBN Sports on Facebook and Twitter......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 5th, 2018Related News

Former 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark dead at 61

By Josh Dubow, Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Dwight Clark, who helped launch a dynasty for San Francisco with his iconic catch that sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl, has died one year after revealing he had ALS. He was 61. Clark said in March 2017 that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), which attacks cells that control muscles. He suspected playing football might have caused the illness. The team said he died Monday surrounded by friends and family. "My heart is broken," former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. said in a statement. "Today, I lost my little brother and one of my best friends. I cannot put into words how special Dwight was to me and to everyone his life touched. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend and teammate. He showed tremendous courage and dignity in his battle with ALS and we hope there will soon be a cure for this horrendous disease. I will always remember Dwight the way he was — larger than life, handsome, charismatic and the only one who could pull off wearing a fur coat at our Super Bowl parade. He was responsible for one of the most iconic plays in NFL history that began our run of Super Bowl championships, but to me, he will always be an extension of my family. I love him and will miss him terribly." Clark won two Super Bowls with the 49ers during a nine-year career that ended in 1987. He memorably pulled down the winning touchdown pass from Joe Montana in the NFC championship game against the Dallas Cowboys following the 1981 season, a play remembered simply as "The Catch." It's considered one of the most significant plays in NFL history and sent the Niners to their first of five Super Bowl titles in a span of 14 seasons. The play happened on Jan. 10, 1982, when the upstart 49ers hosted the Cowboys in the NFC title game. With the 49ers facing a third down at the Dallas 6 with less than a minute to play, coach Bill Walsh called "Sprint Right Option." Montana rolled out and retreated under pressure from Ed "Too Tall" Jones and Larry Bethea before lofting the ball toward the back of the end zone. Clark leaped to make a fingertip catch over Everson Walls and the 49ers went on to win the game 28-27 and then their first Super Bowl two weeks later against Cincinnati. "Start of a dynasty," said former 49ers president Carmen Policy, who later hired Clark as general manager of the Cleveland Browns. "I don't let myself go down the road of what would have happened if he doesn't make that catch? As Joe Montana says, what would have happened if I didn't throw that pinpoint pass perfectly angled to be in the only spot where he should catch and no one else would be able to interfere with it. But without that play, I wonder where we would have been. And I stopped thinking about it, because so much happened after that. And yet, Dwight seemed to handle it in stride and the two of them, The Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, they used to have fun playing off of each other, or who would take the credit, and this and that and so forth. But it was a special day." Clark joined the Niners as a 10th round pick out of Clemson in 1979 in the same draft class that brought Joe Montana to San Francisco. He got there by good fortune after only 33 catches in three college seasons as former 49ers coach Bill Walsh needed someone to catch passes from Steve Fuller at a pre-draft workout. Clark impressed Walsh enough to get drafted and eventually made the team even if he never felt comfortable despite playing on two Super Bowl winners, making two Pro Bowls and catching 506 passes for 6,750 yards and 48 touchdowns in nine seasons with San Francisco. "He's meant the world to me for so many years," Montana said last year after a street near the site of Candlestick Park was named for him. "We came into the league together and we laugh about things that he did all the time. I don't think he ever unpacked. By his rookie year he always left the playbook on his bed just in case he ever got cut. He kept trying to tell me he was getting cut every day, I kept trying to tell him, 'what are you doing? You're crazy.'" Clark made his last public appearance in October when the 49ers hosted "Dwight Clark Day" at Levi's Stadium. Clark spoke to the crowd from a suite that afternoon in a weakened voice, calling his disease a "little thing" he was dealing with at the time. He also thanked the fans and dozens of teammates who came back for the event. DeBartolo recently hosted a reunion in Montana where many of Clark's former teammates came for one final goodbye. "For almost four decades, he served as a charismatic ambassador for our team and the Bay Area," the 49ers said in a statement. "Dwight's personality and his sense of humor endeared him to everyone he came into contact with, even during the most trying times. The strength, perseverance and grace with which he battled ALS will long serve as an inspiration to so many. Dwight will always carry a special place in our hearts and his legacy will live on as we continue to battle this terrible disease." Clark is survived by his wife, Kelly, and three children, daughter Casey, and sons Riley and Mac, from a previous marriage. I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband. He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS. Kelly Clark. — Dwight Clark (@DwightC87) June 4, 2018 "I'm heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband," Kelly Clark said on Twitter. "He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight's friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS." ___ AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley contributed to this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 5th, 2018Related News

Don’t miss your favorite performers this month of June at Bar 360! 'RWManila F…

Don’t miss your favorite performers this month of June at Bar 360! 'RWManila F….....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jun 4th, 2018Related News