Can you believe this? John Polanyi Collegiate Institute’s Ahmed Ali scores 103 points

Canadian high school superstar Ahmed Ali who is a senior basketball player at John Polanyi Collegiate Institute has managed to score 103 points in a game, recording one of the greatest three-point shooting performances ever recorded in high school basketball history.

His personal score actually exceeded the entire opposing team, C. W. Jefferys. The final score ended up being 111-76.

“I knew it was going to be a special night,” the 18-year-old told CTV News Channel Friday, although at the start of the game there is no way that he could have realized just how special it was going to turn out to be.

According to Sahibzada, he shot about 50-60% from the field for the game. About 70% of Ali’s points were scored from 23 three-pointers — baskets sunk by the three-point line, an arc that surrounds the basket which is about six meters from the net to the centre at high school level.

It is clear that his ability to deliver this sort of performance means that Ali has serious range from deep and they definitely have a lot of schools that are searching the house for his scoring ability. It is not every day that someone has the ability to drop 100 points in a single high school game, but when it happens, you know that something special has happened.

One of the great things that you can say about high school basketball is that you get the same glass-shattering dunks and big score games that happen in college and pro at the high school level.

Sportradar to enter strategic partnership with Revolution Growth?

Sportradar has announced that it has obtained new financing as part of a strategic partnership with Revolution Growth. As part of the investment, Ted Leonsis, the co-founder of Revolution Growth and the owner of the Washington Capitals (NHL), Mystics (WNBA) and Wizards (NBA), will become part of the company’s US Advisory Board with Revolution Growth partner Evan Morgan. Also participating in the financing round and joining Sportradar’s US board are Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks (NBA) owner, and Michael Jordan, Charlotte Hornets (NBA) owner.

Founded in 2000 and based in St. Gallen, in Switzerland, Sportradar has exclusive agreements to collect and disseminate data for 65 leagues and federations all over the world. Most of these are based in Europe.

“Teaming up with Revolution Growth, Ted, Mark and Michael in the U.S. opens up new exciting opportunities for Sportradar. Revolution Growth’s expertise in the U.S. sports and digital media market, their long-standing relations with key market players as well as the newly appointed U.S. advisory board will help Sportradar in reaching its full potential in this exciting sports and media market,” said Dominik Stein, Partner at EQT Partners.

Sportradar doesn’t have that kind of agreement with the NBA. However, the new investors have serious pedigree: Jordan, the former Chicago Bulls star who now owns the Charlotte Hornets, and Cuban who owns the Dallas Mavericks. There is also the involvement of Ted Leonsis, who owns NHL, NBA, and WNBA teams in Washington, DC, and Revolution Growth’s Evan Morgan.

The new investors are investing about $ 45 million. Sportradar made 100 million the past year in revenue and the company expects to make 140 million in revenue in 2015, partly due to new contracts with the NFL and NASCAR.

The move comes as Sportradar pushes to expand its operations in the US and tap into the growing demand from fantasy sports sites, championships, broadcast sites and other real time activities and sports statistics. Leonsis told Bloomberg that this investment is a bet on the odds that sports betting would become legal in the United States.

Kristaps Porzingis not happy with Phil Jackson’s comparison

The New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has compared Kristaps Porzingis to Shawn Bradley, prompting Porzingis to deny the comparison.

The No. 4 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, Kristaps Porzingis took the comparison as motivation to out play the former Dallas Mavericks center Shawn Bradley.

Bradley, who was the the 1993 NBA Draft’s No. 2 overall pick in, failed to make any great impact on the NBA. Jackson has recently asked aloud if the 7-foot-6 center has been “too tall” for the NBA, due to the fact that he lacked the strength to bang bodies with opponents of the bottom.

Addresssing Jackson’s concerns, Porzingis has prioritized his weight and strength training during the summer. He is lifting weights twice a day between on-court workouts and eating at least 5,000 calories per day. The rookie, who weighed 230 pounds during the project, has added another 11 pounds and is aiming to gain a further four pounds before training camp.

“For now, I’m a (power forward) for sure because of the defense,” Porzingis stated. “I’ve got to be able to hold those (centers). So that’s the main thing. Once I get stronger, I’ll be able to play (center). Offensively, I can play both positions. At (center), I’ll be way quicker than the defender. So I’ll get stronger and gain more weight, if I want to play (center).”

The comparison may actually work well for Porzingis, especially if it will improve his game.

Who knows, maybe like Kiah Stokes he’ll be able to break records too.

Who’s in line for the WNBA MVP award?

A fun and slightly surprising WNBA season is now in the books, and it is now time to think about who could be in line for the Most Valuable Player award. There is no shortage of candidates that have delivered a high level of performance throughout the season and placed their teams in a good position for post-season success.

Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne is a prolific free-throw shooter who has a record of 54 consecutive makes. Her overall foul line performance marks the sixth time in the history of the league that a player has made in excess of 200 free throws in a single season. Her 95.0 percentage is the seventh-best single-season mark in the history of the league and the highest all time percentage among players with over 100 free throw attempts during a season.

Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks is also a contender. She now leads the Sparks with 19.4 average points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.8 blocks per game in the 16 games she has played.

On the other hand, Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner was suspended for the first seven games of the season due to the domestic violence controversy surrounding her and ex-wife Glory Johnson. However, once she hit the floor, everything seemed to fall in place and she enjoyed another spectacular season. She averaged 15.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.0 blocks which was a league best. She converted 57 percent of her field goal attempts and is still the biggest defensive factor in the league. Thanks to her presence, the Mercury will once again be tough competition for any team in the playoffs.

Once chosen, the winner of the WNBA Most Valuable Player award, presented by Samsung, will receive a specially designed trophy and $15,000.

Indiana Fever are on fire with six straight wins

Indiana Fever

Tamika Catchings and Shenise Johnson are tearing it up out there. Catchings, with her 14 points, and Johnson with her 1:32 score, are lifting the Indiana Fever to new heights.

Kizer’s hook shot in the lane led the team to a one point lead. They had been up by 12 points in the first half. The Fever won their sixth game in a row, on Sunday. They beat the New York Liberty 80-79, making it their eighth straight win at home. Clearly, with home-team advantage, this team is on fire, with their longest winning streak since 2009. The fans and the citizens of the team’s hometown are loving it – Fever fever is everywhere!

The game was a thriller on all levels, with the score swinging back and forth like a pendulum. But Shenise Johnson is a game-changer for Indiana. And, once again, in a critical moment, she nails the jumper shots with the clock winding down. In the fourth quarter, the Fever brought their defense to the table. The first half, was all offense with 55 points, shooting an impressive 56 percent.

The Fever present a timely defense towards the end of the game, after scoring 55 points in the first half. Shooting an impressive 56 percent, is what this team is all about.

As for The Liberty, Tina Charles holds her own, having scored 18 points, but New York was just no match for the on-top Fever.

Gay basketball player excluded from yearbook – is this an act of discrimination?

A high school basketball player who is openly gay was omitted from a yearbook team tribute. This initially local story is now getting national attention, with a story in SB Nation (a blog). This is the latest incident in a long line of alleged harassment for the basketball player who is openly gay.

Dalton Maldonado, Betsy Layne High School’s basketball team’s star point guard in Kentucky, is the only senior player on the team to be left out.

Many people and blogs have rallied behind him, labeling his treatment as being quite disgusting. The head teacher Cassandra Akers and her teaching staff will need to answer questions about Maldonado’s exclusion from the yearbook, which is an important part of the high school experience. But Dalton Maldonado now has support at the national level, with many of the people leaving messages of encouragement for him on his Facebook wall.

In the meantime, Maldonado plans to study at the University of Louisville in September.

Both the Fayette and Floyd County schools say there’s been an internal investigation and it’s been found out that there was unsportsmanlike conduct, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Let us hope that the level of attention that this story has garnered will make any head teachers or teachers responsible for the yearbook think twice about excluding any students for any discriminatory reasons.

There really is no place for any type of discrimination in schools and it must be stamped out with force if ever it appears. After all, we wouldn’t allow yearbook discrimination for reasons of color (and rightly so), or sexual orientation.

It’s official! Two-time Olympian is now with the Lynx

The Minnesota Lynx have finally acquired the two-time Olympian Sylvia Fowles from Chicago Sky.

The WNBA team based in Minneapolis had had bigger goals in mind last Monday when Fowles inked a deal with them.

According to Lynx executive vice president Roger Griffith, with Fowles being one of the elite centers in the WNBA, she will be a key addition to their championship caliber roster.

With regards to her stats, the two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year has averaged 17.1 points and 10.5 rebounds over her last five seasons, but was down to 13.4 and 10.2 in 2014 due to some injuries.

The 29-year-old Fowles, who was drafted by Chicago as a second overall pick in the WNBA draft back in 2008, has played 177 of her 186 WNBA game -all of which are for Chicago. She had career averages of 15.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.1 steals.

The three-time WNBA All-Star is expected to help Lynx ace stars Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Asjha Jones and All-Star Rebekkah Brunson.

Minnesota hopes to recover after its four-game winning streak ended in last Wednesday’s 78-77 home loss to Sun.

Aside from the newly-acquired Chicago center, the Lynx has also inked a seven-day contract with forward Shae Kelley, who had played her senior season with Minnesota.