Sports: 2013 in Review

12/30/2013, 3 p.m.
The historic Langston Golf Course in Northeast celebrates its heritage, while "The Closer" calls it a career.
Mariano Rivera (Courtesy photo)

Langston Golf Course Celebrated Its Heritage

The historic Langston Golf Course in Northeast, the 74-year-old sports cathedral is a home away from home for many avid golfers. Langston has been both a playground and a meeting ground for generations of African-American golfers. On Saturday, June 8, course officials hosted a Langston Heritage celebration – an historic, educational, community and family-focused day honoring Langston Golf Course and the Wake-Robin Golf Club for its induction into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame in Decatur, Ga. Pictured above, golf instructor Ray Savoy, stands in front of the Langston Golf Course clubhouse in Northeast on June 2.

Baseball’s Greatest Relief Pitcher, Mariano Rivera, Bids Farewell

New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, known as the best ever on the diamond, has called it quits. At 43, Rivera retired after 18 stellar seasons in the Bronx, helping the Yankees capture five of its record 27 world championships, seven league titles, and 12 division crowns, including nine in a row from 1998 to 2006. During his career, Rivera posted an 82-60 record, a 2.21 earned run average, and 1,173 strikeouts. For the man known as “The Closer,” the most eye-popping stat forever will be the record-shattering 652 career saves he posted over 18 seasons.

Wizards Star John Wall, 22, Signs $80 Million Contract

John Wall gritted his teeth and choked back tears as Washington Wizards executives announced details of the star guard’s new five year, $80 million deal during a news conference in August. Wall holds career averages of 16.9 points, 8.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 184 career games. Those numbers place Wall in the same elite category as Milwaukee Bucks Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, the great Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson and Los Angeles Clippers All-Star Chris Paul as the only players in NBA history to have averaged or are currently averaging at least 16 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds over the course of their respective careers.

Nationals Host Informer Spelling Bee Winners

Prior to the Washington-Atlanta Major League Baseball game on Saturday, April 13 at Nationals Park in Southeast, winners of the Washington Informer Spelling Bee contest were honored before the sellout crowd. Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer and Marketing Director Ron Burke, joined the Spelling Bee winners on the field.

Jamaicans Overtake Penn Relays

Jamaicans from all over the world soaked up the atmosphere, indulged their passion for track and field and cheered for team and country at this year’s Penn Relays. More than 110,000 spectators packed the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field to enjoy three days of competition among more than 15,000 competitors. High school and college students and professional club teams vied for bragging rights and supremacy at an event that celebrated its 119th year. Such is Jamaica’s impact on the relays that last year, relay organizers declared that Jamaica’s national flag would officially fly at this year’s Penn Relay Carnival in Philadelphia from April 25-27.

Lamont Peterson Prepares to Fight Lucas Matthysse

District native and International Boxing Federation junior welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson held a Washington, D.C. media workout on May 9 at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Southwest, ahead of his May 18 showdown against Lucas Matthysse. The event, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, was televised live on SHOWTIME®. After the extensive workout, Peterson answered questions from local media.