A few good sports: association football, rugby league, and the Olympics vie for medals
Two featured articles were promoted this week:
- HMS Vanguard (23) (nom) by Sturmvogel 66. HMS Vanguard, the only ship in her class, was the last battleship ever launched in the world. Ordered in 1941 by the UK government for combat against joint Japanese and German forces, the Vanguard was not completed until after the war was over. The ship was used to transport King George VI and his family on the first Royal Tour of South Africa, then as the country's flagship in the Mediterranean sea. After several years of participating in training exercises, she was broken down for scrap in 1960.
- Chrisye (nom) by Crisco 1492. Chrismansyah Rahadi (1949–2007), better known by his stage name of Chrisye, was an Indonesian progressive-pop singer and song writer. In his 40-year career he won many awards and accolades, and several of his albums were certified silver or gold. Five albums to which he contributed were included in the Rolling Stone Indonesia list of the 150 Best Indonesian Albums of All Time. The following year, the magazine listed five of his songs (and a sixth to which he contributed) as some of the best Indonesian songs.
Delisted featured article
- Chennai (review) was delisted based on unresolved issues of synthesis in the education section, incomplete verification of text by sources, lack of proper coverage of some topics such as art and architecture and lack of information on poverty, slums, overpopulation and other areas needed to be comprehensive.
Six featured lists were promoted this week:
- List of Connecticut Huskies in the WNBA Draft (nom) by Grondemar. The University of Connecticut (UConn) women's basketball team, known as the Connecticut Huskies, has had 23 players selected in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft. Twelve were selected in the first round of the draft; four players were picked first overall. A UConn women's basketball alumna has been selected in twelve of the last fourteen WNBA Drafts.
- List of Malmö FF managers (nom) by Reckless182. Since its establishment in 1910, the Swedish association football club Malmö Fotbollförening has had 28 managers. The longest serving was Antonio Durán, who managed the team from 1964 to 1971. Sven Nilsson, who was manager for seven months in 1950, has the highest win percentage, winning 78.3% of the 23 games he managed.
- Birmingham City F.C. league record by opponent (nom) by Struway2. The Birmingham City football club have played against 106 teams since their founding in 1875. The team have most often been in competition with Manchester City, playing them 134 times and being defeated 60, more than Birmingham have lost against any other club. They have a 100% win percentage against six teams, none of whom they have played more than four times.
- List of Tranmere Rovers F.C. players (nom) by U+003F. The English football club Tranmere Rovers have 155 players who have made more than 100 appearances for the team since it was established in 1884. The player with the most appearances is defender Ray Mathias, who played in 637 games over 22 years. The player with the most goals is Ian Muir, who scored 180 goals in 393 games.
- List of Olympic medalists in art competitions (nom) by Canadian Paul. In the early 20th century, the Olympic Games featured art competitions in architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpturing; further subdivisions were included at some games. The art competitions made their first appearance in the 1912 games and their last in 1948. Several participants won multiple medals, though only two won medals in both arts and sports competitions.
- List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 2011 (U.S.) (nom) by 1111tomica. In 2011, fourteen singles topped the Hot 100 chart published by American music magazine Billboard; nine acts had their first number one single, either as lead artist or a featured guest. The best-performing was Adele's "Rolling in the Deep", which topped the Year-End Hot 100 chart. The single with the most staying power was Rihanna's "We Found Love", which held the top position for eight consecutive weeks in 2011 and two more in 2012.
Eleven featured pictures were promoted this week:
- Female Australian Shelduck (nom; related article), by JJ Harrison. The Australian Shelduck is a large shelduck from southern Australia and Tasmania. This specimen was photographed in Perth, Western Australia.
- King's Cross Western Concourse (nom; related article), by Colin. The new departures concourse at London King's Cross railway station, designed by John McAslan, opened in March 2012. According to the image's creator, there is a tribute to the Harry Potter series – present in the actual station – somewhere in the image.
- Cary Grant (Suspicion) (nom; related article), created by an unknown RKO publicity photographer, edited by Crisco 1492, and nominated by A Thousand Doors. This publicity still from the 1941 feature film Suspicion depicts English-American actor Cary Grant. Known for his debonair demeanor and "dashing good looks", Grant was a popular Hollywood leading man.
- Tewkesbury Abbey (nom; related article), created by Saffron Blaze and nominated by Tomer T. The Abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Tewkesbury, better known as Tewkesbury Abbey, is located in the English county of Gloucestershire. The second largest parish church in the country, its location has been used for religious services since the 7th century.
- Emperor Dragonfly at Puerto de la Cruz (nom; related article) by Quartl. The Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator), a species of hawker dragonfly which averages 78 millimetres (3.1 in) in length, is one of the largest dragonflies in Europe; its range includes parts of Africa and Asia as well. This specimen was photographed in Spain.
- Red-necked Avocet in flight at lake Joondalup (nom; related article) by JJ Harrison. The Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) is a waterbird endemic to Australia. This specimen was photographed in Western Australia.
- Perth Central Business District (CBD) from Mill Point (nom; related article) by JJ Harrison. The CBD of Perth, Western Australia, is bordered by the Swan River to the south and east, Kings Park on the west, and railway lines to the north. This skyline, taken several minutes after sunset, was described as "one of the best cityscapes I've seen in a long time" by reviewer Clegs.
- Charles III of Spain (nom; related article), created by Anton Raphael Mengs and nominated by Crisco 1492. This portrait of Charles III of Spain, painted in 1761, was described by reviewer Saffron Blaze as having odd composition but capturing the monarch's character "quite well". Charles led numerous reforms in Spain during his reign, but the country relapsed after his death.
- Line-out (rugby union) (nom; related article), created by PierreSelim and nominated by Mmxx. In rugby union, the line-out is the manner in which the ball is returned to play after leaving the field. Each team sends representatives to stand in parellel lines to intercept a thrown-in ball. This picture depicts Stade Toulousain (left) and Lyon OU.
- DeWitt Clinton (nom; related article), created by Rembrandt Peale and nominated by Crisco 1492. Clinton (1769–1828) was an American politician who served as senator and Governor of New York; he also ran for president in 1812. This portrait was painted c. 1823 and measures 28.625 by 23.175 inches (72.71 cm × 58.86 cm).
- Untitled painting by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (known as Fight with Cudgels) (nom; related article), created by Francisco Goya and nominated by Crisco 1492. This is one of the series of Black Paintings that Goya painted directly onto the walls of his house sometime between 1820 and 1823 and depicts two men fighting one another with cudgels. It was selected as a newly featured picture because of the high quality of the image of this notable painting, its interesting composition, and the symbolism of the subject matter.
The Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae)
is a water bird found throughout most of Australia
. It has a distinctive long upwardly curved bill. From the newly featured picture of the bird.
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