November 19, 1991 |
Norman Pollack used to hate rainy days. As a coach in the Yardley-Morrisville Soccer Association, Pollack knew that the first few raindrops would set off a furious round of phone calls involving the 15 players on his team, all wanting to know at the same time whether the game or practice for that day had been canceled. "Either myself or my team mother or the assistant coach would have to make individual calls," said Pollack. "Or we used a phone chain, which never seemed to work.
February 13, 2013 |
RULON GARDNER'S epic upset of Russian wrestling great Alexander Karelin in 2000 remains one of the most compelling moments of the modern Olympics. Starting in 2020, youngsters looking to Gardner and Karelin for inspiration won't have a chance to excel on the sport's biggest stage. Gardner and nearly everyone else associated with the sport in the United States were jolted Tuesday when International Olympic Committee leaders dropped wrestling from the Summer Games. The move is set to take effect for the 2020 Olympics and eliminates a sport that has been a staple of both the ancient and modern games.
July 9, 2012 |
Mike Harrigan After 40 years, it's time for some changes to Title IX and its role in amateur sports. When President Richard M. Nixon signed the amendments to the Higher Education Act on June 23, 1972, its 37 words — "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving...
July 11, 1993 |
Lisa Raymond, the 19-year-old from Wayne who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in her professional debut, continues her rush toward the top ranks of women's tennis. Yesterday, she upset top-seeded Gabriela Sabatini, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, in the women's semifinals of the Gunze World Tennis tournament in Osaka, Japan. Raymond is ranked No. 149 in the world and Sabatini is fifth. But Raymond seems destined for the top 10. She lost in three sets to Jennifer Capriati at Wimbledon. "It was a nice match.
September 14, 2001
Get on with life? For thousands of Americans, that's impossible. Who knows the route to routine for the Manhattan woman pacing pavement with her missing father's photo taped to her shirt - or hundreds of others tearfully seeking those who haven't been heard from since the World Trade Center attacks. An ice rink in Lower Manhattan has been turned into a makeshift morgue. Shea Stadium parking lots serve as a staging area for the rescue efforts. Yet the question hangs out there for the rest of us in America - for schools, businesses, sports arenas, even shopping malls: When is the right moment for the rest of the nation to get back on its feet?
April 7, 1992 |
Chuck Daly will resign as coach of the two-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons after the season, according to a report published yesterday in Booth Newspapers. In the article, an unidentified Pistons player was quoted as saying that Daly had called the team together Saturday evening to inform the players of his decision. Daly will coach the U.S. Olympic basketball team this summer in Barcelona, and may be in line to become coach and general manager of the San Antonio Spurs.
May 4, 2004 |
An Assembly panel saw a replay of a decade-old debate over sports betting in Atlantic City yesterday as lawmakers began weighing whether to challenge a federal ban on the pastime. The state has received conflicting opinions about the vulnerability of a 1992 federal law banning the popular wagering in all but four states, Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew (D., Cape May) announced yesterday. Drew, chairman of the Tourism and Gaming Committee, argued that sports betting could raise millions for the state's cash-strapped budget and help fend off competition as neighboring states consider gambling venues.
April 29, 2003 |
Towson University is changing the name of its stadium to honor Johnny Unitas, the late quarterback who led the Baltimore Colts to three NFL titles. "I think Johnny would feel very honored, but he would be the first to say, 'It's not necessary,' " Sandra Unitas, the Hall of Famer's widow, said. "He was a very humble man. " Towson, a suburban Baltimore school that plays Division I-AA football, will change the name of the newly renovated 11,000-seat facility from Minnegan Stadium.
October 28, 1994 |
Buck Williams calls the NBA's salary cap, set in place in 1983, "a temporary solution to a temporary problem. " Eleven years later, the cap remains in place, and the league - despite remarkable financial success - still has a problem. The players want to eliminate the cap, the draft and restrictions on free agency. The owners want to institute a hard cap, eliminating exceptions such as balloon payments and one-year escape clauses, and to add a rookie cap. "What people seem to be missing is, the owners don't just want the status quo," said Williams, the Portland Trail Blazers power forward and president of the National Basketball Players Association.
August 23, 1997 |
The University of Massachusetts has shifted the focus of its Marcus Camby inquiry to the 1994-95 season, and further penalties can't be ruled out, an administrator said yesterday. Assistant athletic director Jeff O'Malley, who sits on the school's Camby investigating committee, said it could wrap up its work next month. The campus has already been stripped of its 1996 NCAA Final Four basketball recognition for playing in the tournament with Camby, the All-America center and No. 2 draft choice of the NBA's Toronto Raptors that year.