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The two greatest (in my opinion) get recognized by POTUS.

Senda Berenson Abbott, known as the “Mother of Women’s Basketball”, was a Lithuanian immigrant who instituted one of the first games of women’s basketball at Smith College in 1892.  In 1901, she published Basket Ball for Women, a rulebook that modified Naismith’s rules to be less rough. Additionally, she organized the United States Basketball Committee in 1905 and served as its chairman until 1917.

FC Barcelona and Leo Messi nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards 2016

FC Barcelona and Leo Messi have been nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards 2016.

For the fifth time in history, FC Barcelona has been nominated for the Sports Award for Team of the Year, which it won in 2012, as well as the Spirit of Sport Award in 2007.

After winning five trophies out of a possible six in 2015, Laureus have again nominated the Catalan club, along with the All Blacks (New Zealand national rugby team), the Golden State Warriors (basketball, United States), the British Davis Cup team (tennis), the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (Germany), and the United States national women’s football team.

Leo Messi has been nominated for the Sportsman of the Year Award for the fifth time. The Ballon d’Or winner will be running against athlete Usain Bolt, basketball player Stephen Curry, tennis player Novak Djokovic, race car driver Lewis Hamilton, and golfer Jordan Spieth.

“It is an honour and a source of pride to once again be nominated for Sportsman of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards. As a team, we had an excellent 2015, achieving many of the goals we set out for ourselves. This nomination, both individually and for the club, gives extra motivation to all of us to keep working hard every day and to achieve even more.”- Messi commented on nomination.