#Srbija #1 #Djokovic Novak prevailed over #UK #2 Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 to collect his record sixth Australian Open (#AussieOpen) Title and eleventh Major (tying Björn Borg and Rod Laver)! #Djokovic was almost flawless in the service game, and remarkable still so in the return game! Murray was no push over, even went toe-to-toe in the second set and forced a tie-break in the third set, but #Djokovic stayed determined and held on! #Djokovic (almost) successfully completed the calendar slam (winning all four majors) in 2015, and still is just getting better and better; having former German star tennis baller Boris Becker as your coach doesn’t hurt.
On Sunday afternoon, 5-time NBA Champion and 17-time All-Star Kobe Bryant, who broke into the NBA at the tender age of 18, announced that he will retire at the conclusion of this season! Kobe is an international icon known worldwide! He actually grew up in Italy, as his dad (Joe Bryant) played professionally overseas from 1984 to 1992! He will retire being the only player in NBA history to play 20 years for the same franchise, the LA Lakers, and third all-time in scoring!
The current NBA Champion Super San Antonio Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich notched his 1,000th win on Monday night! Marco Belinelli hit the game-winning buzzer beater with 3 seconds left to give the Spurs a dramatic 95-93 win over the Indiana Pacers! Coach Pop became the ninth coach all-time to accomplish the feat (chart below), and the third quickest to get there (behind Phil Jackson and Pat Riley)! Pop took the best players from overseas and groomed them into a Championship team (five championships) year in and year out! Also, he finished with the second highest winning percentage (.684) from the 1,000 and over club only behind Phil Jackson (.704)!
Kobe still doin’ it BIG, and now just passed Mr. Basketball, Michael Jordan, for THIRD PLACE on the All-Time Points list!!! It was inevitable, as plastic man Kobe is still averaging 25.4 ppg in his 19th NBA season! He scored his 32,293rd point on a pair of free-throws with 5:24 remaining in the second quarter to put the Lakers ahead 38-32 on Sunday afternoon, and pass his greatness, MJ, who finished his career with 32,292 career points.