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1: Everything Sports in Texas | Coach Kee 3rd period Date: 5-14-12 By: Emma Tyson

2: Table of Contents | A- AVP B- Basketball C- Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground D- Dwight Davis E- Elaine Youngs F- Football G- Galaxy H- Hidayet "Hedo" Turkoglu I- Indianapolis 500 J- John Isner K- Kenric McNeal L- Los Angeles Olympic Games 1984 M- Minute Maid Park N- NCAA Men's Division i Basketball Championship O- Olympics P- Patriots Q- Queen's Cup R- Rockets S- Soccer T- Tennis U- UT Football Stadium V- Volleyball W- Washington Darts X- X-Games Y- Yellow Jackets Z- Zilker Park

3: Citations |'s_Division_I_Basketball_Championship

4: History of Volleyball | The Association of Volleyball Professionals, or AVP, is a beach volleyball tour which takes place throughout the United States. AVP began on July 21, 1983 as an official players association to negotiate with private tour promoters. Only men were allowed to compete on the tour in the early days. The AVP added women's events in 1993 and 1994. In 2010 AVP canceled season,just as Manhattan Beach opened, due to lack of financial means | Doesn't relate to Texas...

6: Basketball is a team sport, with the objective being to shoot a ball through a basket to score points. In 1891 Dr. James Naismith didn't know how to keep his gym class entertained so he hooked a peach basket to the wall, cut off the bottom, and then basketball was born. Basketball was originally played with an association football. The peach baskets were used until 1906 when they were finally replaced by metal hoops with backboards. Real teams began forming throughout the 1920's. | Basketball | History of the sport

7: The Chaoyang Park Beach volleyball ground is one of the nine temporary venues to be used for the 2008 Summer Olympics. It is located in Beijing and the venue has a capacity of 12,00, consisting of 1 competition ground, 2 warm-up grounds, and 6 training grounds. The volleyball grounds include 17,00 tons of fine sand imported from Hainan. It covers an area of 18 hectares. | Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground | Doesn't relate to Texas... | Venue

8: Dwight Davis | Dwight Davis was a famous tennis player born on July 5th, 1879. He was ranked second in the United States twice and took the National Intercollegiate Champions in 1899. He created the Davis Cup Competition. He was also left-handed. He died on November 28, 1945. | Doesn't relate to Texas... | Athlete

9: Elaine Youngs | Elaine Youngs was born on February 14, 1970 and is 6 foot. She went to college at UCLA and graduated in 1993 with a degree in history. Some honors in 2002 were that she was named AVP most valuable player, best blocker, and best offensive player. Elaine tied for fifth place at the Olympic Games 2008. Her current coach is Liz Masakayan. | Doesn't relate to Texas | Athlete

10: Football | Football is believed to have descended from the ancient Greek game harpaston. Most modern versions of Football are believed to have originated from England in the twelfth century. "Football" before the 19th century was referred to as number of ball games played on foot. The birth date of football in the United States is November 6, 1869. Walter Camp made up the rules of football in 1879. | History of the sport

11: Galaxy | The Los Angeles Galaxy are an American professional soccer team, which competes in Major League Soccer. The LA Galaxy current colors are white, dark blue, and gold. The Galaxy have had two logos to date. The logo was changed in 2007. The Los Angeles mascot is Cozmo. | Doesn't relate to Texas... | Team

12: Hidayet "Hedo" Turkoglu | Hidayet Turkoglu is a professional basketball player in the NBA. His nickname is Hedo. He was born on March 19, 1979. He and his wife, Banu, have one daughter named Ela. He weighs 220 pounds. | Doesn't relate to Texas | Athlete

13: Indianapolis 500 | Auto racing history is made at the Indianapolis 500. No other race in the world has legends, traditions and statistics like the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. The races are legendary. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated 100 years of worldwide leadership in motor sports entertainment from 2009-2011 through its Centennial Era, which featured many special events and a retro corporate logo. | Doesn't relate to Texas... | Competition

14: John Isner | John Isner was born April 26, 1985. John began playing tennis at age nine. Since his professional career began in 2007, John has been recognized as one of the future stars of American tennis. John has caught the attention from many due to being the only player in the top 150 to attend college for 4 years, having one of the hardest serves, being the second tallest player on tour (6’9”), and his fast rise to a ATP top 20 ranking. Additionally, John holds the record for the longest match ever played in tennis history. | Doesn't relate to Texas | Athlete

15: Kenric McNeal | Kenric McNeal is one of the Aggies' top wide receivers. Texas A&M is a team football team in Texas. He is 6'1" and weighs 184 pounds. As a junior (2007) he threw for 1,434 yards and nine touchdowns and ran for 411 yards and five more scores. He was born on July 8, 1991. His home town is Spring, Texas. | Athlete

16: Los Angeles Olympic Games 1984 | The 1984 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Los Angeles, California, United States in 1984. Where ambitious construction for the 1976 games in Montreal and 1980 games in Moscow had saddled organizers with expenses greatly in excess of revenues, Los Angeles strictly controlled expenses by using existing facilities except a swim stadium and a velodrome that were paid for by corporate sponsors. The host state of California was the home state of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who officially opened the Games. He had served as Governor of California from 1967 to 1975. The official mascot of the Los Angeles Games was Sam the Olympic Eagle. The logo of the games featured five blue, white and red stars arranged horizontally and struck through with alternating streaks; it was named "Stars in Motion." | Doesn't relate to Texas... | Competition

17: Minute Maid Park | Since its opening in 2000, Minute Maid Park has become one of baseballs "crown jewels." The Houston Astros played their first game at Minute Maid Park on April 7, 2000 before 40,963 fans. Three levels of green seats extend from the left field foul pole to home plate and around to the right field foul pole. Two levels of seats are located beyond the right field fence. Along with views of downtown Houston, a 57-foot, 24-ton full-size replica of a 19th-century Wild West steam locomotive runs on an 800-foot track located above left field. | Venue

18: NCAA Men's Division i Basketball Championship | The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is a single-elimination tournament held each spring in the United States, featuring 68 college basketball teams, to determine the national championship in the top tier of college basketball. The tournament, organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The tournament teams include champions from 31 Division I conferences (which receive automatic bids), and 37 teams which are awarded at-large berths. These "at-large" teams are chosen by an NCAA selection committee. | Competition

19: Olympics | During the first several modern Olympics, the marathon was always an approximate distance. Women were first allowed to participate in 1900 at the second modern Olympic Games. Because of World War I and World War II, there were no Olympic Games in 1916, 1940, or 1944. The winter Olympic Games were first held in 1924, beginning a tradition of holding them a few months earlier and in a different city than the summer Olympic Games. Beginning in 1994, the winter Olympic Games were held in completely different years (two years apart) than the summer Games. | Competition

20: Professional football arrived in New England on Nov. 16, 1959, when a group of local businessmen, led by former public relations executive William H. "Billy" Sullivan Jr. was awarded the eighth and final franchise in the new American Football League. A new era began in Patriots history in 2000 when the team unveiled designs for their new stadium. The new 68,436-seat facility opened in May, 2002 and celebrated its Grand Opening on Sept. 9, 2002. The 2004 Patriots made history by becoming just the second team in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in a four-year span. New England remained in the spotlight throughout the year, beginning with the unveiling of the Super Bowl XXXVIII banner in front of a prime-time audience prior to the Patriots' season-opening victory over the Colts. | Patriots | Doesn't relate to Texas... | Team

21: The Queen's Cup is the one of the oldest cups in world-yachting that is still offered for competition every year. In early years, the cup was awarded to the Universal Fleet that dominated racing on Lake Michigan. The first race was sailed to Spring Lake, Michigan, and won by the R- boat CALYPSO, owned by Dr. Hollis Potter of the Chicago Yacht Club. In later years, the universal-type boats became less popular and the number of cruising-type boats increased. The Race Committee decided to award the cup alternately to the different cruising fleets. | Queen's Cup | Doesn't relate to Texas | Competition

22: Rockets | The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. The team plays in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was established in 1967, and played in San Diego, California for four years, before being moved to Houston. The San Diego franchise nickname became the "Rockets" due to the local development (General Dynamics) of the famed Atlas missile/booster rocket program. Jack McMahon was named the Rockets' coach, and the team's first draft pick, in 1967, was Pat Riley. However, the Rockets went on to lose 67 games in their inaugural season, which was then an NBA record for losses in a season. | Team

23: Soccer | Soccer is one of the most popular sports in Europe and America. It has a vivid and interesting history in the world of sports. Firmly establishing the foundation of soccer in 1869, the Football Association strictly banned any kind of handling of the ball. Soccers popularity spread rapidly during the 1800s as British sailors, traders and soldiers introduced the sport to different parts of the globe. Soccer has been played for more than three thousand years. | History of the sport

24: Tennis | Tennis originated from a 12th century French game called paume (meaning palm); it was a court game where the ball was struck with the hand. Paume evolved into jeu de paume and rackets were used. The game spread and evolved in Europe. In 1873, Major Walter Wingfield invented a game called Sphairistike (Greek for "playing ball) from which modern outdoor tennis evolved. | History of the sport

25: UT football stadium | As Texas Football moves into the 21st century, Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium continues to evolve as a state-of-the-art facility at the forefront of college football. The stadium was previously renovated in August 1999 with the removal of the track and the lowering of the field by six feet to allow the addition of several rows of seats. The stadium was originally dedicated on Thanksgiving Day in 1924, after the UT student body decided to name the stadium in honor of the 198,520 Texans who fought in World War I and the 5,280 who lost their lives doing so. In 1977, the stadium was rededicated to veterans of all wars. | Venue

26: Volleyball | Volleyball is the second most popular sport in the world today. It was invented by William G. Morgan in 1895 at a YMCA in Holyoke for middle aged men who needed something less strenuous than basketball. The sport has changed much over the years and Mr. Morgan would probably not recognize the game today. The sport involves two teams separated by a net who contact a volleyball a maximum of three times before it crosses the net to the other team. If the ball hits the floor on the other side of court in bounds or the opponents cannot return the ball, the serving team gets a point. | History of the sport

27: Washington Darts | Washington Darts was an American soccer club based in Washington, D.C. that was a member of the American Soccer League and later the North American Soccer League. In 1963, soccer players in the Washington, D.C. area created the amateur Washington Britannica. In 1967, the team went professional when it joined the American Soccer League. Following the 1969 season, after winning two consecutive league titles, the Darts left the ASL to join the first division NASL. After the 1971 NASL season, the team moved to Miami becoming the Miami Gatos. | Doesn't exactly relate to Texas... | Team

28: X-Games | The X Games is an annual sports event, controlled and arranged by the U.S. sports broadcaster ESPN which focuses on action sports. The inaugural X Games were held in summer 1995 in Rhode Island. Participants compete to win bronze, silver and gold medals, and prize money. The Winter X Games are held in January or February (usually in January) and the Summer X Games are usually held in August, both in the United States. The location of the Winter X Games is in Aspen, Colorado through 2012, while the location for the Summer X Games is in Los Angeles. The X Games also has international competitions and demos around the world that are held at varying times throughout the year. The games are shown live on television. | Doesn't relate to Texas... in any way... | Competition

29: Yellow Jackets | The Yellow Jackets is the name used for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that play for the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The teams have also been nicknamed the Ramblin' Wreck, Engineers, Blacksmiths and Golden Tornado. There are 8 men's and 7 women's teams that compete in the NCAA Division I athletics and the Football Bowl Subdivision. Georgia Tech is a member of the Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The official school colors for Georgia Tech are old gold and white. Navy blue is often used as a secondary color and for alternate jerseys while black has been used on rare occasion. | Doesn't relate to Texas either | Team

30: Zilker Park | Zilker Metropolitan Park is a recreational area in the heart of south Austin (near Barton Springs Pool and Lady Bird Lake) that comprises over 350 acres of publicly owned land. It is named after its benefactor Andrew Jackson Zilker, who donated the land to the city in 1917. It was developed into the park during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The park serves as a hub for many recreational activities and the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake, both of which run next to the park. The park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on 1997. The large size of the park makes it a capable venue for large scale events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Zilker Park Kite Festival. | Venue (This one actually relates to Texas!!)

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