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Forbes’ “richest celebrities list 2016” include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Michael Jordan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 30th, 2016

(from left to right): Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Michael Jordan.

 

Forbes has come up with its “richest celebrities 2016” list.

The wealthiest of them all include former number 1 golfer Tiger Woods who sits in the seventh place, and is the youngest person on the Forbes top-20 list, with a net worth estimated at $740 million.

Another American golfer, Phil Mickelson, lands 18th with an estimated worth of $375 million.

And basketball’s greatest, 53-year old Michael Jordan, who retired in 2003, is worth $1.2 billion which is good for sitting on the fourth spot.

Forbes says eligibility for the list was limited to United States citizens who are rich because of their fame, rather than famous because they are rich.

According to Forbes, President-elect Donald Trump belongs in the latter category. — Aga Caacbay | UNTV News & Rescue

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James leads Cavs to record second-half comeback win over Pacers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017


Apr 20, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) in game three of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Cleveland defeats Indiana 119-114. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James engineered the NBA playoffs’ biggest second-half comeback as the Cleveland Cavaliers overturned a 25-point deficit at half-time to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-114 in Game Three of their series on Thursday.

James scored 41 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and dished out 12 assists as the reigning NBA champions beat the Pacers in Indianapolis to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series. It was his 17th career playoff triple-double. Only Magic Johnson, with 30, has more.

“I didn’t know it was the biggest comeback ,” said James, who became the third-highest scorer in the playoffs with 5,670 points, ahead of Kobe Bryant and trailing only Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“I just try to put myself in position to help my team mates win. I try to empower them, make them better, make them believe we can be great every night.”

Until Thursday, no team had come from more than 21 points behind at half-time to win a playoff game, the previous record set in 1948 by Baltimore against Philadelphia.

The Cavs were down 74-49 at half-time, after earlier trailing by 26 points.

“I don’t settle for being not as great as I can be,” James said. “It’s not going to result in a stat line like this every night. The only thing that matters is the win and that’s what I’m here for.

“To win on the road in the post season is already tough enough. To win in the fashion we did tonight is even tougher.”

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Nowitzki passes 30,000 point mark to join elite club

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

File Photo: Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrates after making a three point shot against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half in Dallas, Texas, U.S., February 7, 2017. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki joined an elite club by surpassing the 30,000 point mark in Tuesday’s match against the Los Angeles Lakers, becoming just the sixth player in NBA history to reach the milestone.

The German sharpshooter earned his 30,000th point on a step back jumper early in the second quarter, then went past the mark on a three-pointer that sent the Dallas American Airlines Center crowd into a frenzy with 9:54 left in the first half.

“Sort of surreal, 30,000 is amazing,” Nowitzki told reporters. “It’s a lot of points, obviously. Every milestone makes you reflect a little bit.

“It makes you reflect on the people that have helped you and been with you all of this way.”

Nowitzki had entered the night 20 points shy of the feat and exploded early to treat the fans who had cheered him during a video tribute.

Mavericks team mates, along with owner Mark Cuban, mobbed Nowitzki during a timeout and the 13-time NBA All Star acknowledged the crowd as his accomplishment was announced over the public address system.

“Just an amazing experience,” the 19-year veteran said. “After every basket I made, I felt a buzz in the crowd.”

Nowitzki joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to have accumulated 30,000 points.

His big night elicited reactions from around the league.

“I gotta congratulate Dirk Nowitzki on putting up 30,000 points. I’m watching the game right now. Congratulations,” LeBron James said on a video tweeted by Uninterrupted.

“There’s no way I was missing this moment. Hopefully I can join you at some point, big fella. Salute.” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also offered his congratulations.

“Throughout his 19 seasons with the Mavericks, Dirk has been a model player and terrific ambassador for our game,” he said in a statement.

“This latest accomplishment further establishes his legacy as one of the NBA’s greatest players.”

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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I will never feel great again, says Woods

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Jan 26, 2017; La Jolla, CA, USA; Tiger Woods tees off the 5th hole during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Former world number one Tiger Woods has accepted that he will “never feel great” again after suffering a number of back and knee injuries in recent years.

The 14-times major champion returned to action in December following a 15-month layoff but was forced to pull out of the Dubai Desert Classic last week after the first round due to a back spasm.

“There were a lot of times I didn’t think I was going to make it back. It was tough, it was more than brutal,” Woods told Dubai magazine Vision.

The 41-year-old American has racked up 79 PGA Tour victories in his career but has not won a major championship since 2008.

“There have been plenty of times when I thought I would never play the game again at the elite level,” Woods, ranked 674th in the world, said.

“It was tough, it was more than brutal. There were times I needed help just to get out of bed.

“I feel good, not great. I don’t think I will ever feel great because it’s three back surgeries, four knee operations,” he added.

Woods is hoping to play in the U.S. Masters in April, the first major of the year.

“I’m always going to be a little bit sore. As long as I can function, I’m fine with that,” he said.

(Reporting by Ed Osmond; Editing by Toby Davis)

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