May 29, 2015 |
When a city in the United States would like to host something as large as the Super Bowl or something as relatively modest as the USA Swimming national championships, that city puts together a bid package it hopes will be a winner in the competition against other cities vying to host the same event. The bid contains incentives, which could range from very reasonable accommodation and transportation arrangements during the event, to donations to development programs, to whatever else might make for a successful bid. It would be standard that officials of the organization that controls the event would visit the various bid cities to study the facilities and infrastructure of the bids, and would be treated very well while visiting.
March 14, 2012
University of the Sciences junior Dan McMahon (Millville) was named the East Region National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association pitcher of the week for games played from March 5 to March 11. McMahon threw a 12-inning complete game using just 131 pitches while allowing two hits and one earned run in 5-2 win over St. Rose on March 9. He struck out 10 and walked four. The 12-inning effort marked the longest complete game in USciences history of the USciences, surpassing an 11.1 inning effort tossed in 1942 by Homer Cutsler against Swarthmore College.
November 16, 2011 |
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has presided since 1999 over the fastest-growing professional sports entity in the country. The league, which had 10 teams in 2004, will start next season with 19. And that's not the only number that has increased. MLS is drawing larger average crowds than the NHL or NBA - and outdrawing professional soccer leagues in Scotland, Brazil, and England. Television viewership is way up, and expansion fees have more than quadrupled since 2007. By next spring, more than three quarters of the league's teams, once largely unwelcome tenants in cavernous football stadiums, will be playing in new soccer-specific stadiums.
May 27, 2011
Barcelona vs. Manchester United 2 p.m. Saturday (Fox29) It's a sign of how far international soccer has come in America that the UEFA Champions League final, being played this year at London's Wembley Stadium, is on network television. Vancouver vs. New York 5:30 p.m. Saturday (MLSSoccer.com) Only once so far this season has an MLS team won on a three-time-zone road trip, so this visit to British Columbia will be a big test for the Red Bulls.
June 19, 2010
A few years ago, the Observer published an article wondering why some American sports fans hate soccer. What stuck with me was an online comment on the piece, opining that the reason is because the United States is not the absolute, unbeatable best at the sport (see 1992 Olympics, Dream Team). The article also made the point that basketball is probably the one American sport that can become as big globally as soccer is now. (When I was in France once, I wanted to talk about Thierry Henry, but they all wanted to talk about Allen Iverson.
January 8, 2008 |
Kristine Lilly, captain of the U.S. women's national soccer team for the past three years, is expecting her first child and will miss the Olympics. Lilly, who has been part of all eight U.S. Women's World Cup and Olympics teams, said she will not play any international soccer in 2008. In April, the team will try to qualify for the Beijing games. The 36-year-old Lilly holds the world record for caps and has scored 129 career international goals, second in women's soccer history to Mia Hamm (158)
January 25, 2007 |
After a dozen years in Europe, former U.S. national captain Claudio Reyna returned home yesterday to play soccer with the New York Red Bulls. Reyna signed a multiyear contract with the MLS team, reuniting the midfielder with Bruce Arena, his coach at Virginia and with the U.S. national team. Reyna, 33, was signed as a designated player, meaning the Red Bulls could exceed the $2-million-per-team salary cap. A native of Livingston, N.J., Reyna retired from international soccer after last year's World Cup. He scored eight goals in 112 appearances and was on the U.S. roster for the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups, plus the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.
June 4, 2006 |
It is, quite simply, the biggest event in the world. The World Cup, which will begin Friday in Germany, is more than an international soccer tournament - a "football" version of the Olympics. Say what you want about the spread of American popular culture, but soccer is still the closest thing to the world's universal language. If one measures size by how many people care about it and by how much, there is nothing that comes close. Strike up a conversation with a cabdriver about superstars Ronaldo of Brazil or Zidane of France in almost any place but North America, and you'll receive an animated response.
June 3, 2004 |
Kept out of the NFL draft by the courts, wide receiver Mike Williams will ask the NCAA to let him return to college football. Williams said he is leaving agent Mike Azzarelli and has sent Southern California paperwork to file with the NCAA that could make him eligible to play for the Trojans in the fall. "There's really not a football player on any level hungrier than I am to play ball," Williams told KMPC-AM in Los Angeles. The All-America sophomore said he was disappointed to be barred from the draft and left open the possibility of trying to enter the NFL again if the NCAA doesn't accept his request.
July 15, 2003 |
Former Alabama football coach Mike Price yesterday filed a $20 million lawsuit against the university, claiming he was wrongfully fired after allegations arose about his conduct at a golf outing in Florida. The lawsuit alleges Price was denied due process, his civil rights were violated, breach of contract, wrongful termination and fraud. Price is seeking $10 million in punitive damages and $10 million in compensatory damages. He is seeking the same amounts in a lawsuit against Sports Illustrated, which published an article detailing Price's alleged actions at a topless bar and hotel in Pensacola, Fla., that led to his dismissal.