Entries in Champions (2)


Arrests, Gunfire in Kentucky as Fans Celebrate NCAA Title

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- A shooting broke out in Lexington, Ky., early Tuesday morning as thousands of University of Kentucky fans were out in the streets celebrating their team's eighth NCAA basketball championship.

According to police, the shooting happened just after 2 a.m. and left one person wounded.  The victim, who has not been identified, was transported to a nearby hospital with undetermined injuries.  No other details are known at this time.

The gunfire came hours after the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Kansas Jayhawks, 67-59, Monday night to take the title. 

An estimated crowd of 15,000 took to the streets to cheer on the Wildcats and about 300 police officers, equipped with riot gear, were put in place to keep fans under control.

Several dozen arrests were made as the celebrations got a bit out of hand, according to police, and at least 40 small fires had to be put out.

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Obama Honors NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks

Getty Images/Comstock Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama honored the Dallas Mavericks Monday for winning their first NBA championship with “a heart that’s the size of Texas.”

“These players got it done because they know how good teams win,” Obama said at a White House ceremony. “Not just by jumping higher or running faster, but by finding the open man, working together, staying mentally tough, being supportive of each other, playing smarter.”

“I just want to give a heartfelt congratulations to all of you. I told them that it’s too bad that next year it will be the Chicago Bulls here, but they said I shouldn’t be so confident,” said Obama, an avid fan of his hometown team.

The president singled out NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, noting that he played in the finals despite a badly injured finger and a high fever.

“So clearly Dirk is a tough guy.  Although the most painful thing may have been his rendition of ‘We Are the Champions’ during the victory celebration,” the president joked.

Obama also praised the team for their work off the court.

“These players and coaches will always share a bond that comes with being the best. And it’s a bond they share with the Dallas community, where they do everything from setting up scholarships to helping military families get back on their feet,” he said. “So this team really does have a heart that’s the size of Texas.”

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