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NELSON MANDELA 7/18/1918 - 12/5/2013 - It Has Been An Honor To Live In The Times Of This Man

Thursday, December 5, 2013

This picture taken on July 18, 2003 shows Nelson Mandela, the former South Africa President, saluting the South African military health service band that came to play a specially composed march and happy birthday on his 85th birthday in Johannesburg (AFP, Alexander Joe)

(CNN) -- Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday.

Mandela was 95.

"He is now resting. He is now at peace," Zuma said. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."

"What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human," the president said in his late-night address. "We saw in him what we seek in ourselves."

Mandela will have a state funeral. Zuma ordered all flags in the nation to be flown at half-staff from Friday through that funeral.

Mandela, a former president, battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.

With advancing age and bouts of illness, Mandela retreated to a quiet life at his boyhood home in the nation's Eastern Cape Province, where he said he was most at peace. He was later moved to his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton, where he died.

 Despite rare public appearances, he held a special place in the consciousness of the nation and the world. (Full article on CNN.com)

photo: AFP
source: CNN

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2013 U.S. Open Champion Rafa Nadal Hits Grand Slam Title No. 13

Monday, September 9, 2013

2013 U.S. Open Champion Rafa Nadal chalks up his 13th Grand Slam Title

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal crowned his brilliant year by defeating world number one Novak Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 to win the U.S. Open men's singles title at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday.

The number two ranked Spaniard added a second grand slam crown this season to his French Open triumph when the top-seeded Serb dumped a forehand into the net, sending Nadal down onto his back before rolling face down and sobbing in joy.

The triumph improved Nadal's career total to 13 grand slam wins, moving him one ahead of Australian Roy Emerson and into third on the all-time list behind Roger Federer (17) and Pete Sampras (14).

source: Yahoo Sports
Phots by: AP

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(PHOTOS) 2013 U.S. Open Champion Serena Williams On New York Trophy Tour

Serena exiting studio headed to New York's Central Park for photo ops.

Serena relaxing backstage prior to her appearance on the Kelly and Michael show.
Katie Couric visited with Serena backstage.

Serena with Good Morning American's Robin Roberts
Serena with CBS This Morning's Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell

Photos by: Getty Images

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Serena Williams Posts Grand Slam Title No. 17 As She Captures 5th U.S. Open Win

History in the making as American Serena Williams wins fifth U.S. Open title racking up a massive 17 Grand Slam Titles in total.

New York - Serena Williams is already regarded as one of the greatest women’s players in history, with arguably the greatest serve of all-time to go with a tremendous fight, determination and power ground strokes that few other women can match.

 And on a night where her serve was not at its best, it was her fight and determination that powered her through errors, wind and Victoria Azarenka, 7-5, 6-7, 6-1, in two hours and 45 minutes for her fifth career US Open title and 17th major championship. It is her second Grand Slam title of the year, to go with her French Open crown, and even though she had 16 Slams under her belt coming to New York, this title means just as much as all the others – and makes her season all the better.

“It means a lot to me, this trophy, and every single trophy that I have," she said following her victory. "It makes me feel that I'm still fighting just to be a part of this fabulous sport. I was so focused these two and a half, three weeks really. I have just been so focused and just really kind of crazy where I'm not losing. What's unique is just the fact of finally reaching No. 5 at the Open, so that's pretty cool."

It was the longest US Open women’s final since 1980, and with the win, Serena earned the largest paycheck in women’s tennis history at $3.6 million – $2.6 million for her US Open win and an additional $1 million in bonus prize money for winning the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge this summer. She also improved her record in Grand Slam finals to an impressive 17-4, her record against Azarenka to 12-3 and put her one Grand Slam title shy of tying Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova’s haul of 18 majors.

“I felt almost disappointed with my year, to be honest," she said. "I won the French Open, but I wasn't happy with my performances in the other two Slams. I definitely feel a lot better with at least a second Grand Slam under my belt this year.”

source: usopen.org
photos by: AP

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(PHOTOS) A Former U.S. President And Other Celebrities Watched Captivated As Serena Claimed Her 17th Crown

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton give 2013 U.S. Open Champion Serena Williams a congratulatory hug.
Sister of the 2013 U.S. Open Champion, and two-time U.S. Open Champion herself, Venus Williams along with Former U.S. President Bill Clinton celebrate Serena's victory.
R&B great Gladys Knight and model Selita Ebanks
Olympic Gold Medalist Allyson Felix
Former American Idol Judge Randy Jackson
Singer Ricky Martin, Serena and her pup "Chip."
Attorney and television talk show host Star Jones.

Family and friends of Serena.

Photos by:  AP

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TWITTER FILES: Frenchman Gael Monfils Getting Back Into Action - Practices With Younes El Aynaoui

Sunday, September 16, 2012

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