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Ronaldinho’s Education Background

Ronaldo de Assis MoreiraRonaldo de Assis Moreira was born on March 21, 1980 in Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul. The Brazilian footballer is commonly known as Ronaldinho. He received this nickname because he was often the youngest and the smallest player in the  youth football club matches. Ronaldinho is the diminutive and term of endearment for “Ronaldo.” Ronaldinho’s father is Joao de Assis Moreira, a shipyard worker and footballer for his local club, Esporte Clube Cruzeiro. His mother is Dona Miguelina, a former salesperson who studied to become a nurse.

Ronaldinho began his football or soccer career at a very young age. Ronaldinho was first noticed by the media at age thirteen when he scored all 23 of the 23-0 scored game against a local team. In 1997, Ronaldinho was labeled a rising star at the 1997 U-17 World Championship in Egypt. In these championships, Ronaldinho scored two goals on penalty kicks.

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2011 Major League Baseball Rookies: Where Are They From?

Brandon Belt, San Fransisco Giants First Baseman

It’s that time of year again, when the sun comes out (OK, not in New York) and you can ditch school, grab your glove and head out to a baseball game. Each year, there’s an exciting class of rookies coming in from the college ranks, ready to make an impact. Here’s a few to watch out for:

Brandon Belt, San Fransisco Giants First Baseman

The Giants’ top prospect, Belt played his college ball at the University of Texas, and hit .320 over his final two seasons. He showed an ability to take a walk as well, posting a .416 on-base percentage his last year in Austin. Even better, it doesn’t look like San Fransisco is going to go all Buster Posey on Belt and stash him in the minors for two months. He went 1-for-3 with a walk on opening day, and is a strong contender for Rookie of the Year.

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

The Sweet 16 kicks off tonight, with a batch of four games that should all be compelling. So let’s take a look at the four games:

1. Butler vs. Wisconsin: Here we go again. A year removed from a surprising National Championship Game appearance, the Butler Bulldogs are a Cinderella story again. They upset the top-seeded Pitt Panthers in the second round (Really, who hasn’t at this point?) but will need some more help for Shelvin Mack, who probably won’t go 7-of-12 from three-point range again.

Wisconsin held off Kansas State last round and can shake their postseason demons with a solid win here. But star guard Jordan Taylor better not pull another 2-for-16 from the floor, or the Badgers will be in trouble.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Player Profile: Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor

Despite a lack of fanfare, the University of Wisconsin has quietly churned out another 20-win season under Head Coach Bo Ryan. One of the main reasons for that is the play of guard Jordan Taylor.

The 6-1 guard played in 33 games for the Badgers last season, but has really come into his own this year. He’s shooting 44% from the floor, 85% from the line (up from 71% last season) and an obscene 44% from three point range (up from 33% last season). When he’s on, few can stop him, or Wisconsin.

In the Badgers stunning comeback win over Ohio State, Taylor took over in the second half, scoring 21 of his 27 points, fifteen of which came from three point range. He buried seven three-pointers later in the season against Indiana.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Player Profile: Butler’s Matt Howard

Matt Howard’s biggest problem for the Butler Bulldogs is simply staying on the court. The talented forward is tough inside but his constant foul trouble has forced the team to put him on the bench for stretches.

Last season, Howard fouled out of nine basketball games, and picked up four fouls 13 more times. This season however, he’s been markedly better, and has only fouled out four times. That discipline has allowed him to average a career high 31 minutes a night, as well as a career best 16.7 points and 7.7 rebounds a game.

He’s also added the outside shot to his game, hitting 48 three-pointers this year after making just five his previous two seasons. So far in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, Howard has averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds a game. Perhaps more importantly, however, he’s only committed four fouls, allowing him to play 71 of a possible 80 minutes.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Player Profile: BYU’s Jimmer Fredette

We continue our profiles of the key players in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament with a look at BYU‘s Jimmer Fredette.

Ahh, the Jimmer. A deadly shooter, one of the most prolific scorers in the game today, a possible player of the year, and a senior to boot. What’s not to love? Well pretty much all that if you’re one of the teams actually tasked with stopping this kid. Fredrette can score seemingly from anywhere on the court, is great at shooting threes (40%) and is almost automatic from the line (90%).

When he’s on, there’s simply nothing you can do. He’s averaging over 28 points per game and has cracked the 40-point barrier four times. He’s also averaging four assists per game, although his game is mostly about scoring. His 52-point outburst against New Mexico was stunning to watch and he’s practically carried BYU on his back the last few games.

Expect him to continue to light it up in the NCAA’s. Teams seem content to let Fredette shoot at will with the goal of shutting down his teammates. Last season, in a double-overtime first-round victory over Florida, Fredette scored a game high 37 points on 13-of-26 shooting. He went cold in the next round though, going just 5-of-13 in a loss to Kansas State.

I’ve already pegged BYU as a candidate for an upset, so Jimmer may not be around very long. But if he proves me wrong, odds are it’s going to be through a prolific display of scoring, which is going to be fun to watch.

NCAA Basketball Tournament Player Profile: Connecticut’s Kemba Walker

Our spotlight on the best players in the 2011 NCAA Basketball Tournament with a look at the University of Connecticut‘s Kemba Walker.

The run Walker went on in the grueling Big East Tournament is the stuff of legends. Against competition from the best conference in the country, Walker scored an astounding 130 points in five games, the most by a player in any conference tournament in 15 years.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Player Profile: Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger

We’re going to be looking at some of the key players of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and we’re going to kick it off with Ohio State‘s Jared Sullinger.

There’s a strong case to be made that Sullinger is the top player in the country. The 6-9, 280-pound freshman was a monster inside for the Buckeyes, averaging 17.2 points and 10.1 rebounds a game while shooting 53% from the floor.

He’s been named a Wooden Award finalist, an award given to “the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.” He was also named the Big 10’s Freshman of the Year and is a finalist for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Oscar Robertson Award, given to their player of the year.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Preview

It’s time once again for The Big Dance! The 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament seriously kicks into gear today–don’t try and sell me on play-in games–and we’re giving you a preview of the round, replete with upsets and sleepers.

Best shot for an upset/sleeper: Half the games in the Southeast bracket

The Southeast strikes me as a bracket loaded with red flags and teams that constantly underachieve, making it ripe for upsets and the chance of a low-seeded team making a run. Three seed BYU is a possibility for an early exit. Yes, Jimmer Fredette is amazing. But the suspension of Brandon Davies has turned the Cougars into a one man-show. Fredette has scored 80 of BYU’s 130 points over the last two games. He can’t do it alone.

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Mike McCarthy’s Education Background

Mike McCarthy is an NFL coach for the Green Bay Packers. The Packers will face the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this talented coach and athlete.

McCarthy was born on November 10, 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended college at Baker University. He played as a football tight end for the school for two years. He was the senior captain for his football team and helped the school become NAIA Division II runner-ups. McCarthy earned his degree in business administration.

After college, McCarthy went on to coach college football at Fort Hays State from 1987-1988 and then at Pittsburg State from 1989-1992. After five years coaching college football, McCarthy got his foot in the NFL coaching door with the Kansas City Chiefs. He has also coached the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers, in addition to his current position with the Green Bay Packers. He has been the head coach for the Packers since January 2006.

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