December 09, 2023
Rob McElhenney in cheeky Wrexham offer as baseball star signs biggest contract ever
Rob McElhenney cheekily offered former Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani the chance to sign for Wrexham AFC just moments before the MLB free agent agreed to join the Los Angeles Dodgers Ohtani's future in baseball has been a topic of much contention ahead of his departure from the Angels after five years. The 29-year-old is one of the most prolific two-way players in recent history thanks to his abilities both at bat and in pitching - often compared to the likes of seven-time World Series champion Babe Ruth. Following the end of his contract, he has now agreed to move to his former side's cross-town rivals after receiving an abundance of offers on the table. His new deal is worth a reported $700 million (£557m) in a move that has smashed his ex-Angels teammate Mike Trout’s record - a 12-year deal worth around £340 million. READ MORE: Wrexham star Paul Mullin dispels "garbage" theory on footballers' drinking habits READ MORE: Wrexham announce stadium plans as Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney can't fulfil promise Despite millions of dollars on the table, a surprising offer to make the switch to Football has been tabled by Wrexham's co-owner. In a tongue-in-cheek post on X shared with his 1 million followers, the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Actor suggested that Ohtani swap the United States for Wales. "Note to Shohei Ohtani: January transfer window is just 22 days away and Welsh is a very easy language to learn!" his post read. The post drew an interesting response from both baseball and football fans alike, with one user posting: "Bet no one has that on their 2023 Bingo card." Another added that the two-way star could also bring his talents to the game in more than one position: "He would be the league’s best goalie while also leading the league in goals scored." For all the latest on news, politics, sports, and showbiz from the USA, go to The Mirror US . While McElhenney's suggestion is clearly a light-hearted jibe, Ohtani wouldn't be the only player to have enjoyed success while switching sports. Eddy Alvarez impressed during his years as a 5000-meter speed skater - winning silver at the 2014 Winter Olympics - before making the switch to baseball. His move proved fruitful having won a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on the US baseball team. He currently plays as an infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Alex Zanardi is another example following a motorsport career that saw him race in Formula One and claim 15 wins in Indycar racing. However, a devastating accident in 2001 during a race saw him forced to have both legs amputated. He would go on to compete in para-cycling, claiming three Paralympic Games gold medals, two silver medals and 12 World Championship gold medals. Non-league owner who spent £8m now selling next Wrexham in waiting after cancer diagnosis Ryan Reynolds' Wrexham watched by more fans than Jordan Henderson in Saudi Pro League The opposite has also occurred, with a famous example being Michael Jordan 's venture into baseball. The six-time NBA champion played a total of 127 games for Birmingham Barons in which he struck out 114 times. Jordan would seek a return to the Chicago Bulls where he would claim his final three NBA championships. While McElhenny won't be seeing Ohtani in a Wrexham shirt any time soon, the MLB star could watch from afar when the Red Dragons face Colchester United on Saturday, December 16 in the team's next League Two clash.
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
Jan 02, 2024
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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NBA Names Clare Akamanzi CEO Of NBA Africa
Jan 02, 2024 15:29
The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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