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November 23, 2004
Knee-jerk reactions blaming the hip-hop "culture" for the brawl that broke out at the NBA game between the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers are wrong. That microwave analysis places too much emphasis on stereotypes that actually played a much lesser role in this mess. Eighty percent of NBA players are young African Americans, many of whom emulate and are in turn emulated by so-called "gangsta" rappers. But that symbiosis wasn't the key that turned a basketball game into a rugby scrum.
SPORTS
April 22, 1999 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the head of the Women's World Cup began to draw up her marketing plan for this summer's tournament, she wrote down Soccer Mom as a prime target audience. "But what we've found is that it's the father who is really enthusiastic," Marla Messing, president of the Women's World Cup organizing committee, said yesterday. "I think they see it as a way to bond with their daughter. " The real target audience for the World Cup is those youth players who usually know a lot more than their parents about Mia Hamm and the rest of the U.S. women's team, which won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics and is considered the favorite in the 16-nation field.
SPORTS
January 10, 1994 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the World Cup arrives in the United States this summer, will hordes of soccer hooligans show up, too? The sheriff in Orlando, Fla., must think so. He wants to buy a tank. Organizers are using the largest chunk of their World Cup budget for security - to guard against thugs and terrorists as well as to protect foreign visitors. And even though the English aren't coming - what a shame - there is reason to be concerned about violence. Fans fighting one another or battling the police is not just a British phenomenon.
SPORTS
June 23, 1993 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Cup, just a dry run for next year's World Cup, had a life of its own. There was the Brazilian soccer star who wanted to play a game with $50,000 in cash in his socks. A coach, wanted dead or alive in his home country, who rarely stopped smiling. And the best team in the world earned $20,000 a man on holiday. The tournament seemed to convince skeptics that an American World Cup will work. Attendance for the six U.S. Cup games this month averaged 47,794. And tickets are sold out for every World Cup venue for next year except the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich.
NEWS
October 16, 1993
The endearing chant of "We are England, everybody hates us, we don't care" is unlikely to be heard on American streets next summer during the playing of soccer's World Cup. That's what English soccer hooligans shout as they run amok, swilling beer, smashing heads and groping women. But the Netherlands defeated England 2-0 in Rotterdam this week, hugely reducing England's qualifying chances. The hooligans reacted to the loss in typical fashion - they rioted. Our reaction to the English debacle: relief.
SPORTS
June 15, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
When the world unites, there's more to ponder than stoppage time: France can't get no satisfaction. It is getting hammered by the country's press, even being compared to the aging Rolling Stones after a 0-0 draw with Switzerland on Tuesday. That's clearly an insult to Mick, who still has the footwork. Soccer, anyone? Ecuador coach Luis Fernando Suarez says his favorite sport is tennis. Might explain shots over the net. So happy together See, people can all get along.
SPORTS
June 8, 2006 | Inquirer wire services
Wayne Rooney may play a part in England's quest to win the World Cup for a second time. The 20-year-old striker rejoined the squad in Germany last night after undergoing a third scan on a broken bone in his foot. The Manchester United star, who returned to England for tests on the metatarsal bone he damaged April 29, left Manchester Airport in a private jet to return to the England team's training camp in Baden Baden. England has until tomorrow to determine whether Rooney should stay on the squad or be replaced by Jermain Defoe.
SPORTS
February 28, 2012 | By DREW McQUADE, Daily News Staff Writer
SOCCER is a breathtaking sport that features dynamic athletes and awe-inspiring action, despite what all the haters say. I futilely have been defending the sport for decades, but the detractors are absolutely correct about one thing: It attracts serious knuckleheads. This week in knucklehead news we have alleged Hitler salutes and BMW smuggling as well as the newest backyard game: toss the grenade. Guess who allegedly insulted Israeli striker Itay Shechter with Hitler salutes?
SPORTS
June 8, 2010
LAST JUNE, THE NATIONALS made hard-throwing righthander Stephen Strasburg the No. 1 pick in the draft. Tonight, he'll make his major league debut against the Pirates. Years from now, if he lives up to all the hype, he may become the first No. 1 pick to enter the Hall of Fame. Since the advent of the baseball draft in June of 1965, no top pick has made it to the Hall, although there are some familiar names that should get there before Strasburg. The list: 1965: Rick Monday, c, K.C. Athletics 1988: Andy Benes, p, Padres 1966: Steve Chilcott, c, Mets 1989: Ben McDonald, p, Orioles 1967: Ron Blomberg, 1b, Yankees 1990: Chipper Jones, ss, Braves 1968: Tim Foli, if, Mets 1991: Brien Taylor, p, Yankees 1969: Jeff Burroughs, of, Senators 1992: Phil Nevin, 3b, Astros 1970: Mike Ivie, c, Pades 1993: Alex Rodriguez, ss, Mariners 1971: Dan Goodwin, c, White Sox 1994: Paul Wilson, p, Mets 1972: Dave Robert, if, Padres 1995: Darrin Erstad, of-p, Angels 1973: David Clyde, p, Rangers 1996: Kris Benson, p, Pirates 1974: Bill Almon, if, Padres 1997: Matt Anderson, p, Tigers 1975: Dan Goodwin, c, Angels 1998: Pat Burrell, if, Phillies 1976: Floyd Bannister, p, Astros 1999: Josh Hamilton, of, Rays 1977: Harold Baines, of, White Sox 2000: Adrian Gonzalez, 1b, Marlins 1978: Bob Horner, 3b, Braves 2001: Joe Mauer, c, Twins 1979: Al Chambers, of, Mariners 2002: Bryan Bullington, p, Pirates 1980:...
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NEWS
September 18, 2012
RE: "HOW TO fight 'their Islam,' " (Bykofsky, Sept. 14). I've spent a little over five years in the Middle East (Cairo, Beirut, Iraq, Amman and two other, lesser-known places). I understand the culture, the Quran, the economy and the prejudices/hatreds. I also understand there are a lot of "nice" people there not prone to violence for the sake of violence. Nevertheless, the region is prone to chaos. The violent chaos of revolt without a cause - what our ruling elite pronounced the "Arab Spring" - has yet to conclude.
SPORTS
August 5, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
What's the difference between British sport hooliganism and Australian sports hooliganism? In British hooliganism, the fans go wild, tear up the joint, and end up being arrested. For the Aussies, the athletes do the heavy lifting. Australian rower Josh Booth was sent home Friday for damaging two stores outside London in an apparent reaction to his eight-man crew finishing sixth - dead last - in Wednesday's final. After getting trounced, Booth and his mates went out drinking in nearby Egham and - predictably - a restaurant and engineering firm ended up with broken windows.
SPORTS
February 28, 2012 | By DREW McQUADE, Daily News Staff Writer
SOCCER is a breathtaking sport that features dynamic athletes and awe-inspiring action, despite what all the haters say. I futilely have been defending the sport for decades, but the detractors are absolutely correct about one thing: It attracts serious knuckleheads. This week in knucklehead news we have alleged Hitler salutes and BMW smuggling as well as the newest backyard game: toss the grenade. Guess who allegedly insulted Israeli striker Itay Shechter with Hitler salutes?
SPORTS
January 20, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, mahont@phillynews.com
THINK YOU'RE having a bad day? Things could be worse. For example, you could be the unsuspecting star of an Internet video gone viral. Or you could be a resident of Allen, Texas. Or you could be on staff at a hospital in Argentina that got a shocking visit by hooligans yesterday. Let the trilogy of horror begin: * In New Orleans, an intoxicated LSU fan passed out in a burger joint after college football's national title game. Later, he and the rest of the online world discovered that someone had been filming while a man wearing an Alabama jacket plunked his genitals on the sleeping drunk's head and simulated a sex act. New Orleans police don't see any humor in the prank and are asking the public for help in identifying the Alabama fan. Good luck with that description.
NEWS
August 10, 2011 | By JILL LAWLESS & DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press
LONDON - London yesterday nearly tripled the number of police on its streets to try to end Britain's worst rioting in a generation - three nights of looting and burning by poor, diverse and brazen crowds of young people. Scenes of ransacked stores, torched cars and blackened buildings frightened and outraged Britons just a year before London is to host the Olympics. London's Metropolitan Police force said yesterday it would flood the streets with 16,000 officers over the next 24 hours, but acknowledged that it could not guarantee an end to the violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2011 | By NATALIE POMPILIO, pompiln@phillynews.com 215-854-2595
A TYPICAL SUNNY June Saturday at Rittenhouse Square. People were walking their dogs, pushing their baby carriages, chatting on their cellphones. A pretzel vendor hawked his wares. A camera-carrying tourist from France stopped to consult his map. And then the dancing began. It started with just two people, quickly expanded to about a dozen, and soon more than 25 dancers were moving in sync to the sounds of Fat Boy Slim's "Weapon of Choice," which echoed from a boom box on the corner of 18th and Walnut streets.
SPORTS
June 8, 2010
LAST JUNE, THE NATIONALS made hard-throwing righthander Stephen Strasburg the No. 1 pick in the draft. Tonight, he'll make his major league debut against the Pirates. Years from now, if he lives up to all the hype, he may become the first No. 1 pick to enter the Hall of Fame. Since the advent of the baseball draft in June of 1965, no top pick has made it to the Hall, although there are some familiar names that should get there before Strasburg. The list: 1965: Rick Monday, c, K.C. Athletics 1988: Andy Benes, p, Padres 1966: Steve Chilcott, c, Mets 1989: Ben McDonald, p, Orioles 1967: Ron Blomberg, 1b, Yankees 1990: Chipper Jones, ss, Braves 1968: Tim Foli, if, Mets 1991: Brien Taylor, p, Yankees 1969: Jeff Burroughs, of, Senators 1992: Phil Nevin, 3b, Astros 1970: Mike Ivie, c, Pades 1993: Alex Rodriguez, ss, Mariners 1971: Dan Goodwin, c, White Sox 1994: Paul Wilson, p, Mets 1972: Dave Robert, if, Padres 1995: Darrin Erstad, of-p, Angels 1973: David Clyde, p, Rangers 1996: Kris Benson, p, Pirates 1974: Bill Almon, if, Padres 1997: Matt Anderson, p, Tigers 1975: Dan Goodwin, c, Angels 1998: Pat Burrell, if, Phillies 1976: Floyd Bannister, p, Astros 1999: Josh Hamilton, of, Rays 1977: Harold Baines, of, White Sox 2000: Adrian Gonzalez, 1b, Marlins 1978: Bob Horner, 3b, Braves 2001: Joe Mauer, c, Twins 1979: Al Chambers, of, Mariners 2002: Bryan Bullington, p, Pirates 1980:...
NEWS
June 6, 2010
Bill Lyon is a retired Inquirer sports columnist Soccer made simple: The Beautiful Game, that's what the rest of the world calls it. It is the sport of choice for virtually the entire planet. With one notable, ahem, exception. But we do seem to be gaining (55,407 at Lincoln Financial Field for a World Cup send-off victory by the U.S. team). We're still a couple of laps in arrears, and that's our loss, although understandable because we're weaned on football and consequently have a short attention span for anything served to us that isn't overloaded with violence and offense.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2008 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Express glorifies the life of football player Ernie Davis. Despite its title (Davis was known as the Elmira Express), the film is in fact a pokey local to Schmaltzville. In 1961, Davis was the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy, while playing for Syracuse University. He was the top choice in the NFL draft, but he never played in the pros, dying of leukemia at age 23. So how do you transform what is essentially a tragedy into an inspirational tale? The Express accomplishes this, quite handily, by accentuating the positive and glossing over the messy parts.
SPORTS
June 15, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
When the world unites, there's more to ponder than stoppage time: France can't get no satisfaction. It is getting hammered by the country's press, even being compared to the aging Rolling Stones after a 0-0 draw with Switzerland on Tuesday. That's clearly an insult to Mick, who still has the footwork. Soccer, anyone? Ecuador coach Luis Fernando Suarez says his favorite sport is tennis. Might explain shots over the net. So happy together See, people can all get along.
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