Bianca Smith is the first African American woman to serve as a professional baseball coach.
Archery is the art, sport, practice, or skill of using a bow to shoot arrows.
BIG3 (BIG3.com) is where basketball superstars play. The premier half-court, 3-on-3 basketball league, BIG3 features many of the greatest, most popular and skilled NBA players of all time. Founded by producer, actor and music legend Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, the BIG3 combines highly competitive, physical, fast basketball and incredible fan experiences.
Trilogy (46, 0-1) vs 3 Headed Monsters (51, 1-0)
The opening game of the 2019 BIG3 season saw 2017 runners-up 3 Headed Monsters exact revenge as they defeated inaugural champion Trilogy 51-46.
Reggie Evans, who led the league in rebounds in both 2017 and 2018, had a (3 Headed) monster performance with 22 points and 23 rebounds. Evans spent much of the evening hustling after missed shots and throwing down several big dunks. 2017 MVP Rashard Lewis returned from a season-ending injury in 2018 and looked sharp with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Trilogy’s James White and Patrick O’Bryant helped keep the contest close, contributing 17 points and seven rebounds, and 10 points, three rebounds and two blocks, respectively, for Trilogy.
In addition to the win, 3 Headed Monster Larry Sanders went home with another victory in his first BIG3 appearance. The third overall selection in the 2019 BIG3 Draft proposed to his girlfriend in front of a doting crowd. Her response was an enthusiastic yes.
3’s Company (38, 0-1) vs Power (50, 1-0)
Power co-captain Cuttino Mobley was a force for Power Saturday night with 28 points, six rebounds, four assists and five treys.
Despite yielding a 25-14 lead at halftime, 3’s Company’s Drew Gooden contributed several big shots, including back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second half that helped close the gap to 22-27.
In the end, even a 4-pointer from captain DerMarr Johnson wasn’t enough for 3’s Company. Mobley and company returned big shot with big shot – including a few back-to-back 3-point contributions. Chris “Birdman” Andersen added 10 rebounds in the winning effort.
After the game, Coach Nancy Lieberman lauded Power’s cohesiveness as she led her entire team, including Corey Maggette, to the postgame press conference. Last year’s MVP did not participate due to injury.
3’s Company is 0-1; Power is 1-0
Bivouac (50, 1-0) vs Enemies (43, 0-1)
Two 2019 expansion squads closed out the night as Bivouac took on Enemies.
Tensions flared early as Enemies’ Royce White, the overall no. 1 overall pick in last month’s BIG3 Draft, and Bivouac’s Josh Smith exchanged words following a foul call on the former NBA All-Star. The back-and-forth escalated into some pushing and shoving, before the two were broken up. After a brief discussion, the referees ejected both first-year players for the night.
Several Bivouac players stepped up in Smith’s absence. Will Bynum, who called Detroit home for six seasons with the Pistons led the way with 22 points, including several determined drives to the basket. Anthony Morrow contributed to the win with 16 points and five rebounds. C.J. Leslie rounded out a solid team effort with nine points and nine boards.
Enemies’ Craig Smith, who looked like a seasoned 3-on-3 pro, put up 26 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Bivouac is 1-0; Enemies is 0-1
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Calva is a traditional sport played in certain parts of Spain. It has roots going back to pre-Roman times, being developed by the Celtiberians who lived in the modern-day provinces of Ávila, Salamanca, and Zamora. It was a game for shepherds, who threw stones at bull’s horns to entertain themselves. With the passing of time, the game was modified: a piece of wood (the calva) came to be substituted for the horn, and the stone was replaced with a cylinder of iron or steel (the marro). The name of calvawas derived from the field in which the game came to be played, which was free of obstacles and rocks. *Today the sport is practiced mainly in Castile, Salamanca, Zamora, and Biscay, although also in Madrid, Barcelona, Plasencia and Navarre.
Jordan Morgan is a current basketball player for Petrol Olimpija Ljubljana in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has played professionally for Kymi BC (Greece), the Canton Charge of the NBA G-League, Paris-Levallois (France), Hermine Nantes Atlantique (France), and Pallacanestro Virtus Roma (Italy). Jordan is a two-time Big Ten Champion from the University of Michigan. His hometown is Detroit, MI USA and he attended the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy (2009). Jordan was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team during his collegiate career. He helped Michigan to appearances in 4 NCAA tournaments, 2 Elite Eights, and 1 Championship. He played in the most games and tied the record for the most wins in Michigan basketball history. Off the court, Jordan was named to the 2014 Allstate Good Works Team and 2014 Michigan Daily Student of the Year. Jordan earned a B.S.E. degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering and a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering during his collegiate playing career.
Recent *cover feature in The NCJA Magazine