Nadia Comaneci, Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Comaneci (left), who at the 1976 Montreal Games vaulted to fame as the first Olympic gymnast to record a perfect 10, and Joyner-Kersee, the Olympic track and field great, were named captains of the inaugural Aurora Games, a sports and entertainment festival celebrating women to be held in August in Albany, N.Y. “We’ve been talking about women’s sports for a long time,” said Comaneci, 57. “I don’t think it actually got the position that it deserves in celebrating … what women in sports have done through the years.” Joyner-Kersee, 56, added, “I think now is the time. It’s one thing to have an idea. It’s another to bring that idea to reality.” The festival will feature gymnastics, basketball, hockey, figure skating, tennis and beach volleyball.
The wide receiver who has 16,279 yards receiving, second all-time behind Jerry Rice, has signed a one-year contract to return for a 16th season with the Arizona Cardinals. “No player has meant more to this franchise or this community than Larry Fitzgerald,” team President Michael Bidwill said. Fitzgerald explained his decision in an Instagram post. “A fire burned inside of me my rookie year,” he wrote, “a desire, over all else, to be great. To excel on the field. To impact the lives of others off of it. I’m grateful that the fire still burns just as bright today, and that this organization has let me chase that fire for well over a decade.” By playing in the season finale at Seattle, Fitzgerald tied kicker Jim Bakken for most games by a Cardinal at 234.
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