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Mets and David Wright launch `The Wright Thing' community program to honor and recognize Sandy relief volunteers

Jerry Chan is Initiative's First Honoree for His Work Helping 3,000 Lower East Side Residents

The New York Mets today announced the launch of "The Wright Thing," a community program created by David Wright to honor and recognize volunteers who made an extraordinary impact on the lives of individuals and organizations impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The season-long initiative seeks to raise awareness that more work needs to be done as our hometown continues the recovery and rebuilding process.

The Mets and Wright today will welcome Jerry Chan to Citi Field as the program's first honoree. Chan coordinated relief efforts for thousands of residents at Knickerbocker Village in Manhattan, a community of 13 buildings that was without power for one month after Sandy. Chan led a group of volunteers that worked seven days a week going door to door, delivering food and supplies to many of the 3,000 middle- to low-income residents, many of whom were elderly and only spoke Cantonese. Chan is a volunteer for the Community Emergency Response Team, organized by the New York City Office for Emergency Management.

As a Wright Thing honoree, Jerry Chan will meet with Wright before tonight's game and receive an autograph mini-replica of third base. He will sit in VIP seats behind third base and be honored on Citi Vision during the game.

Wright was inspired to create The Wright Thing after a trip to Staten Island last December to make a $250,000 donation with the Mets Foundation to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City supporting hurricane restoration efforts. Wright witnessed the devastation caused by the storm and those images and dedication of the residents and volunteers to rebuild their communities left a lasting impression.

"My visit to Staten Island was truly eye-opening," Wright said. "I wanted to do something to help repay the thousands of volunteers who devoted countless hours to helping our City recover. It's an honor and inspiration for me to meet people like Jerry who gave so much of themselves to help others during this ongoing crisis."

Wright also shot a public service announcement that will air in park about the importance of Sandy relief efforts and encourage those wanting to help to visit

WWE News: Christian's Health Status and Update on His Return

For all of Christian's peeps who have been waiting for him to return from injury, there is some good news with a slight caveat.

WWE has been minus Christian since July of last year thanks to a shoulder injury that has apparently healed. He's no longer waiting on clearance from the doctors, but rather on WWE creative.

Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via reports that, "Christian has been cleared to return to action but is waiting on WWE creative to come up with a storyline that will bring him back. Sin Cara returns next week and Christian should be back shortly after."

As frustrating as it has been to not have Christian in the mix, it's refreshing to see WWE creative take their time with his return. This should allow the company to properly milk drama from having him back rather than just having him appear randomly on WWE Raw. It's hard to keep a return secret in the age of the Internet, but having it be an intriguing return is more important.

This SmackDown match vs. The Miz in July 2012 is the last we've seen Christian. That's too long.

Christian's charisma and athleticism will be a welcome re-addition to WWE programming.

Injuries have interrupted his momentum since around Survivor Series 2011. His ankle (h/t and then his shoulder have had his tenure starting and stopping. It's great news to hear that he should be on his way back, but it's news WWE fans have been hearing for some time.

It seems Christian's return has been inevitable and just around the corner for months now.

If the story surrounding Christian's return or the rivalry he hops into is something especially compelling, the wait will have been worth it. If the opposite is true and Christian's return is nothing special in terms of narrative or excitement, fans will be confused as to why it has taken so long to get such a talented guy back on TV.

Antonio Cesaro vs. Christian, a match that WWE should definitely revisit.

Antonio Cesaro is in need of a quality feud, as is Wade Barrett, Big E. Langston and others. Christian could be a great rival for any of those men. The timeline that Wrestling Observer is reporting will leave Christian out of the Extreme Rules picture, but could have him thrust into an angle heading into WWE's newest addition to the pay-per-view schedule, Payback.

With CM Punk taking time off and with Dolph Ziggler possibly missing action due to a recent concussion (h/t this is the perfect time for Captain Charisma to get back in the ring. As long as WWE isn't planning for him to take part in the recent wave of WWE Raw dance-offs, fans are going to be happy to see him hitting the Killswitch once again.

Ticket Pic of Derrick Rose Rubs Salt in Chicago Bulls Fans' Wounds

Grant Hughes
(Featured Columnist) on May 10, 2013

As if slogging through an entire regular season without Derrick Rose weren't enough, Chicago Bulls fans had to stomach a very tangible reminder that the former MVP won't be offering up any help against the Miami Heat in Game 3, either.

That's right, the tickets for Chicago's home opener in Round 2 featured the image of none other than Rose himself. And what's worse, he looked surprisingly active and healthy in the picture.

That's got to sting, especially for a fanbase that has had to put up with near daily reminders that the man they believe could be their savior is physically capable of suiting up. But, because Rose's mind isn't yet right, he's sitting out.

It must be difficult to tweak the layout of tickets. Let's at least hope that's the case because the visual reminder of the guy who won't be playing against the Heat only serves to twist the knife amid a slew of other injuries to the Bulls.

Although, maybe there's a conspiracy afoot. If the Bulls really wanted to stick it to Rose because he's been unwilling to get back on the floor, they could have used this visual hint to alert their fans that the organization certainly thought he'd be back by now.

Subtle, no?

If Game 3 is any indication, maybe Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen will be on the tickets for Game 4. They're not going to be able to help the Bulls in this series, either, so perhaps the organization would like to remind its fans of that, too.

The cherry on top of this disappointment sundae is the caption: "See Red."

If Bulls fans weren't ticked off about their team losing its composure in Game 2, the never-ending series of injuries and illnesses afflicting the entire roster and, of course, Rose's absence, that caption should help them remember just how unlucky the franchise has been.

So, to whoever's responsible for the ticket-printing in the Bulls' front office, nice going.

Now, somebody make sure to alert the ball boys that they'll need to mop up a few gallons of frustration tears from the fans sitting courtside.

Gabby Douglas gives Radio Disney her approved list of nicknames: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO + Talks About Return To Olympics

Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas has a lot of things to talk about these days, from her second book Raising the Bar, to her experience on the world stage last year, to an upcoming guest appearance on Disney XD’s Kickin’ It this summer. But when Radio Disney’s Candice asked her what other nicknames we could use for her besides the well-known Flying Squirrel, she had a list ready to go.

Check out the exclusive clip below to to find out what she had to say. Gabbinator is my personal favorite. <---- sorry it won't embed

Gibson, 19, Makes Stellar Debut for U.S. at World Championships

John Gibson of the United States, center, made a save on Antti Pihlstrom of Finland in Helsinki on Wednesday.

HELSINKI, Finland – It is rare for the United States to use a teenage goalie at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championships, and John Gibson’s performance in his tournament debut was of rare quality.

Gibson, a 19-year-old from Pittsburgh, made 31 saves to backstop the Americans to a 4-1 win over Finland on Wednesday. The Finns are co-hosting the tournament with Sweden this year, but he was unfazed by the boisterous, flag-waving crowd of 12,484 at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena.

“Gibson played great,” said Craig Smith of the N.H.L.’s Nashville Predators, who scored three goals for the United States. “He’s a pretty mature kid, and for him to step it up and get a win is big for us. We’re pretty happy for him.”

The last 19-year-old American netminder to suit up at the world championships was Rick DiPietro of the Islanders in 2001. Jack Campbell, a Dallas Stars prospect, was on the roster at age 19 in 2011, but did not play in any games.

Against Finland, the 6-foot-3, 191-pound Gibson displayed the same focus and athleticism that helped him capture best goaltender and tournament most valuable player honors when the United States won gold at the under-20 world championship in Ufa, Russia, earlier this year. At that tournament, Gibson, the starting goalie for the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers, set a new American record with a .955 save percentage. He is a graduate of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program for under-18 talents.

“It’s been a busy few months,” said Gibson, who was also named best goaltender when the United States won the 2011 under-18 world championship.

He said the United States Coach Joe Sacco told him there was a good chance that he would play against Finland.

“My job coming into the tournament was just to be ready whenever my name was called,” said Gibson, a 2011 second-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks.

The game against Finland was the Americans’ fourth game in five days. Goalie Ben Bishop of the Tampa Lightning had played three consecutive times, defeating Austria, 5-3, and Latvia, 4-1, before losing, 5-3, to the defending champion Russia.

The United States, captained by Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche, has three round-robin games left before the elimination round, including back-to-back weekend tilts against France and Germany. It is likely that Gibson will see more action as the Americans seek their first medal at this tournament since winning bronze in 2004.

Gibson has only played in one professional game, with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League last month. But the world championships have long served as a springboard to prominence for American goalies.

Tim Thomas played in four world championships before earning two Vezina Trophies (2009, 2011) and the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff most valuable player when the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup. Thomas also earned a spot on the 2010 Olympic team. The Sabres’ Ryan Miller, who was named the M.V.P. of the last Olympics, won the 2010 Vezina Trophy after suiting up at the world championships three times early in his career.

These are the final world championships before the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and national teams are using them to evaluate talent for the Games in February.

Sergio Ramos has serious talk with Real Madrid teammates

During the absence of Spain’s FC Real Madrid Manager José Mourinho, Spanish national football squad and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos had a serious talk with his club teammates.

The Spanish international called upon his fellow players to forget about all the conflicts in the team and to focus on their Spanish Cup final against Atlético Madrid, Marca reports.

To note, the Spanish Cup final between FC Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid will be played on May 17.

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Taking it back to summer 2012 with this gif ^__^ as always tyfyt ONTD