Harlem Globetrotter’s day⛹🏽‍♂️🏀

Harlem Globetrotter’s Day takes place annually on 7 January. The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team. They combine athleticism, theater, and comedy in their style of play. Over the years they have played more than 26,000 exhibition games in 123 countries and territories. The team’s signature song is Brother Bones’ whistled version of “Sweet Georgia Brown”. Their mascot is an anthropomorphized globe named Globie. The team plays over 450 live events worldwide each year. The team is currently owned by Herschend Family Entertainment The executive offices for the team are located in suburban Atlanta.

The Globetrotters originated on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, in the 1920s, where all the original players were raised. The Globetrotters began as the Savoy Big Five, on 7 January 1928, and became one of the premier attractions of the Savoy Ballroom playing exhibitions before dances. In 1928, several players left the team in a dispute. That autumn, several of the players, led by Tommy Brookins, formed a team called the “Globe Trotters” and toured Southern Illinois that spring. Abe Saperstein became involved with the team as its manager and promoter. By 1929, Saperstein was touring Illinois and Iowa with his basketball team called the “New York Harlem Globe Trotters”. Saperstein selected Harlem, New York, New York, as their home city since Harlem was considered the center of African-American culture at the time and an out-of-town team name would give the team more of a mystique. The Globetrotters did not play in Harlem until 1968, four decades after the team’s formation.

The Globetrotters were perennial participants in the World Professional Basketball Tournament, winning it in 1940. In a heavily attended matchup a few years later, the 1948 Globetrotters–Lakers game, the Globetrotters made headlines when they beat one of the best white basketball teams in the country, the Minneapolis Lakers (now the Los Angeles Lakers). Once one of the most famous teams in the country, the Globetrotters were eventually eclipsed by the rise of the National Basketball Association, particularly when NBA teams began fielding African-American players in the 1950’s. In 1950, Harlem Globetrotter Chuck Cooper became the first black player to be drafted in the NBA by Boston and teammate Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton became the first African-American player to sign an NBA contract when the New York Knicks purchased his contract from the Globetrotters.

The Globetrotters gradually worked comic routines into their act—a direction the team has credited to Reece “Goose” Tatum, who joined in 1941—and eventually became known more for entertainment than sport. The Globetrotters’ acts often feature incredible coordination and skillful handling of one or more basketballs, such as passing or juggling balls between players, balancing or spinning balls on their fingertips, and making unusually difficult shots. In 1952, the Globetrotters invited Louis “Red” Klotz to create a team to accompany them on their tours. This team, the Washington Generals (who also played under various other names), became the Globetrotters’ primary opponents. The Generals are effectively stooges for the Globetrotters, with the Globetrotters handily defeating them in thousands of games. However the Globetrotters were once defeated by the Washington Generals,

In 1959, the Globetrotters played nine games in Moscow after Saperstein received an invitation from Vasily Gricorevich, the director of Lenin Central Stadium. The team, which included Wilt Chamberlain, was welcomed enthusiastically by spectators and authorities; they met Premier Nikita Khrushchev and received the Athletic Order of Lenin medal. For the games The Globetrotters brought their own opponent the San Francisco Chinese Basketeers.

Many famous basketball players have played for the Globetrotters. Greats such as “Wee” Willie Gardner, Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins, Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain, and Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton later went on to join the NBA. The Globetrotters signed their first female player, Olympic gold medalist Lynette Woodard, in 1985. The Globetrotters have featured thirteen female players in their history. Baseball Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Bob Gibson, and Ferguson Jenkins also played for the team at one time or another. Because nearly all of the team’s players have historically been African American, and as a result of the buffoonery involved in many of the Globetrotters’ skits, they drew some criticism during the Civil Rights era. The players were accused by some civil-rights advocates of “Tomming for Abe”, a reference to Uncle Tom and Jewish owner Abe Saperstein. However, prominent civil rights activist Jesse Jackson (who would later be named an Honorary Globetrotter) came to their defense by stating, “I think they’ve been a positive influence… They did not show blacks as stupid. On the contrary, they were shown as superior.” In 1995, Orlando Antigua became the first Hispanic player on the team. He was the first non-black player on the Globetrotters’ roster since Bob Karstens played with the squad in 1942–43.

As of 2007, the Globetrotters conducted an annual “draft” a few days before the NBA draft, in which they select players they feel fit the mold of a Globetrotter. Being drafted by the Globetrotters does not guarantee a spot on the team, although several drafted players have gone on to become Globetrotters: Anthony “Ant” Atkinson (2007), Brent Petway (2007), William “Bull” Bullard (2008), Tay “Firefly” Fisher (2008), Charlie Coley III (2009), Paul “Tiny” Sturgess (2011), Jacob “Hops” Tucker (2011), Darnell “Spider” Wilks (2011), Bryan “B-Nice” Narcisse (2012), Tyrone Davis (2013), Corey “Thunder” Law (2013), Tyler “Iceman” Inman (2014) Devan “Beast” Douglas (2016) and AJ “Money” Merriweather. Other notable draft picks by the Globetrotters include: Sun Mingming (2007), Patrick Ewing, Jr. (2008), Sonny Weems (2008), Taylor Griffin (2009), Tim Howard (2009), Mark Titus (2010), Lionel Messi (2011), Andrew Goudelock (2011), Usain Bolt (2012), Mariano Rivera (2013), Brittney Griner (2013), Johnny Manziel (2014), Landon Donovan (2014), Mo’ne Davis (2015), Dude Perfect (2015), Neymar (2016), Missy Franklin (2016), Jordan Spieth (2016), Craig Sager (2016), Gal Gadot (2017), Aaron Judge (2017), Tim Tebow (2017) Paul Pogba (2018), and Joseph Kilgore (2018.

More events and holidays Taking place on January 7

National Pass Gas Day

Harlem Globetrotter’s Day

I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day

International Programmers’ Day

National Bobblehead Day

National Old Rock Day

National Tempura Day

Sports personality of the year 2021

The winners of Sports personality of the year were announced on 19 December 2021.

The title of Sports personality of the year was awarded to Tennis player Emma Raducanu after she Won the US Open at the age of 18, to become Grand slam singles Champion followed a run to the Wimbledon fourth round 

The award for Coach and team of the year went to football coach Gareth Southgate and the England men’s football after they reached the final of Euro 2020 – their first major final in 55 years.

World sports star of the year was awarded to female Jockey Rachael Blackmore after she Became the first female rider to win the Grand National.

The Lifetime achievement award was awarded to Four-time Olympic champion gymnast: Simone Biles after speaking out about her experiences as a survivor of abuse and her mental health struggles.

The Helen Rollason award was awarded to Arsenal and Scotland footballer Jen Beattie, Who encouraged others to get screened for breast cancer, after she was diagnosed with the condition herself in 2020.

Unsung hero of the year was awarded to Sam Barlow who was nominated by the Fit Mums and Friends group she set up in Hull in 2009 to bring women together to get active. It has since grown to be all-inclusive, including children and dads, with 11 adult groups and four junior athletics groups across Hull – while she also delivers a programme for schools in local areas without sport and athletics provision. After losing her husband, Mike, to cancer last year, Barlow also started a fitness and support group for people experiencing loss which continues to inspire other volunteers and coaches.

Young sports personality of the year was awarded to skateboarder Sky Brown who became Britain’s youngest Olympic medallist of all time at the age of 13 years and 28 days when she Won the women’s park bronze at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Roger Federer

Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer was born 8 August 1981. As of July 2012 is ranked World number 1 by the Association of Tennis Players. Several sports analysts, tennis critics and former and current players consider him to othe greatest tennis player of all time.He has gained several men’s world records of the Open Era: holding the number 1 position for more than 286 weeks overall a 237-consecutive-week stretch at the top from 2004 to 2008; winning 17 Grand Slam singles titles; reaching the finals of each Grand Slam tournament at least five times (an all-time record); and reaching the Wimbledon final eight times. He is one of seven men, and one of four in the Open Era, to capture the career Grand Slam, and one of three (with Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal) to do so separately on clay, grass, and hard courts. Federer also shares the Open Era record for most Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open with Agassi (4 titles), at Wimbledon with Pete Sampras (7 titles) and at the US Open with Jimmy Connors and Sampras (5 titles). Federer’s ATP tournament records include winning six ATP World Tour Finals, playing in the finals at all nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, and, matching Agassi, winning seven.

Federer has appeared in 24 men’s Grand Slam finals, with ten in a row, both records, and appeared in 18 of 19 finals from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships through to the 2010 Australian Open. He is the only man to reach the semi-finals of 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, from the 2004 Wimbledon Championships through the 2010 Australian Open. At the 2012 Wimbledon men’s championship, he reached his 32nd Grand Slam semi-final, 33rd consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final, and seventh trophy, all records. He has also won the most matches, 244, in men’s Grand Slam tournaments. He also won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the silver medal in singles at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games narrowly losing out to Andy Murray (Crikey! that match was exciting – I was on the edge of my seat).He spent eight years (2003–2010) continuously in the top 2 in the year-end men’s rankings and nine (2003–2011) in the Top 3. His rivalries with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, making for a “trivalry”, are considered some of the greatest of all time. Federer has won the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favorite Award a record nine times straight (2003–2011) and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (voted for by the players) a record seven times (2004–2009, 2011), both being awards indicative of respect and popularity. He also won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2006. In 2011, in a South African poll, he was voted the second most trusted and respected person in the world, next to Nelson Mandela. He was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record four consecutive years (2005–2008). Federer is at times referred to as the Federer Express, shortened to Fed Express or FedEx, and the Swiss Maestro, or just Maestro

Tokyo Olympics 2020

The rather subdued opening ceremony for the delayed Tokyo Olympics eventually took place 23 July 2021 after having been delayed from last year by Coronavirus. The Olympic Torch was lit by Japanese professional tennis playerNaomi Osaka. To celebrate the Occasion Google has also created a playable logo where you can compete in different sports. The games are taking place behind closed doors Due to Covid-19 restrictions. During the Opening Ceremony athletes from 200 countries paraded in an almost empty stadium, in front of around 1,000 officials and dignitaries, including Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and First lady Jill Biden rather than 68,000 fans. The Opening ceremony featured wooden Olympic rings carved from trees planted by athletes in 1964, when the summer games were last held in Japan. Japanese Boxer boxer Arisa Tsubata also appeared alone in the stadium on a treadmill, despite her not taking part in the games due to her qualification event being cancelled.

Predictably the event has already become embroiled in controversy, over fears that it could cause another wave of Coronavirus (Covid-19) to spread across the globe like wildfire, A number of athletes have also tested positive for Covid-19 .The  Director of the Olympic games Kentaro Kobyashi has also been forced out, after it was discovered that he had made anti-semitic comments concerning the holocaust.

UEFA Euro 2⚽️2⚽️ Championship

The final of The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2020) is being held 11 July 2021 at Wembley Stadium between England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 and Italy 🇮🇹. Euro 2020 is the 16th UEFA European Championship, And  was organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). The tournament was held in 11 cities in 11 UEFA countries, including London, Seville, Paris and Rome  It was originally scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020. However it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, it eventually took place between June and11 July 2021.

 Portugal 🇵🇹 were the defending champions, having won the 2016 competition in France, but were sadly eliminated in the round of 16 against Belgium 🇧🇪, The rebuilt Wembley Stadium in London hosted the semi-finals between England and Denmark and Italy and Spain, and final between Italy and England, for the second time, having done so before at the 1996 tournament in the former Wembley stadium, while The Stadio Olimpico in Rome hosted the opening match, between Turkey and Italy. So far There have been 140 goals scored in 50 matches.

Wimbledon tennis finals

Wimbledon Mens Tennis final 🎾 11 July 2021 Novak Djokovic v Matteo Berrettini

This year’s Wimbledon Men’s Tennis final Takes place on 10 July 2021 between World number one tennis player and defending champion Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini. Novak Djokovic Could equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s men’s grand slam record if he wins.

Wimbledon Women’s tennis final 🎾 10 July 2021 – Ashleigh Barty v Karolina Pliskova

In the Women’s final at Wimbledon, Ashleigh Barty become the first Australian woman to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since her idol, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, on Centre Court as the world No 1 defeated Karolina Pliskova in a three-set final.