October 6, 2012
Barbara Ann Scott, who became a Canadian heroine at age 19 when she won figure-skating gold at the 1948 Winter Olympics, succeeding Norway's Sonja Henie as the premier women's skater in a sport Europeans had dominated for decades, died Sunday at her home on Amelia Island, Fla. Growing up in Ottawa, Ms. Scott idolized Henie, the champion at the last three Olympics before World War II. Emerging as a champion in her own right at the Games in St....
August 25, 2012 |
It turned out that Lance Armstrong, having willed himself over so many obstacles for so many years, couldn't surmount the very last hill. Getting past the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's investigation into a pattern of systematic cheating during Armstrong's cycling career was all that stood between the seven-time Tour de France champion and a clean sweep of his rivals both on the bike and off it. Armstrong beat the hundreds of drug tests during his...
July 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — OK, so the back-and-forth among Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley about whether the 2012 USA men's Olympic team could have defeated the original, one-and-only "Dream Team" was fun. For what it's worth, I think the 1992 team was better, but not by as big a margin as Jordan, Barkley and now even President Obama have suggested. In a seven-game-series, I think the Dream Team wins, 4-3. But one factor that no one can dispute is that the competition the United States will face starting in London is far superior to anything the 1992 squad faced in Barcelona.
September 30, 2010 |
Lots of pro sports teams do charity work, which is why it's significant that the Eagles are one of only three organizations in the world short-listed for the Sports Team of the Year Award from Beyond Sport, a global group that operates in 115 countries. The Eagles will find out today, at the Beyond Sport Conference in Chicago, whether they won. The other finalists are two soccer teams, Manchester United and Hapoel Tel Aviv FC. The Birds are there because of the Eagles Youth Partnership, the charity arm they set up 15 years ago. Eagles president Joe Banner said that when Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, the top people involved in management "all came from a background of having done a lot of charity work," and they didn't want to do what many teams do, be content with establishing a foundation that funnels money to existing projects.
March 21, 2008 |
It's still cold. And sometimes a little damp. And even if we haven't gotten those multi-feet snowstorms this year, the cold is still hanging on. Who wouldn't want to curl up next to a warm, roaring fire? If you don't have a fireplace of your own - or just don't want to deal with chopping and dragging wood - take a break at one of the region's many bars, restaurants and coffee spots where the best view is of the hearth. Three Beans Coffee Co. 140 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield, 856-354-4751 This coffeehouse is like a home away from home.
September 25, 2001 |
Early last year, police investigating a people-smuggling operation in New Zealand made a startling discovery in the home shared by three suspects - a map of Sydney, Australia, with a small nuclear reactor in the city's western suburbs highlighted. Sydney, of course, was where the Olympic Games were to be held a few months later. The three men, all from Afghanistan, were arrested. A fourth was arrested in August, a month before the Games. All four are still in New Zealand, free on bond and awaiting trial.
July 14, 2001 |
The favorite took the gold medal yesterday in one of the most fiercely contested competitions in international sports - the right to host the Olympic Games. Beijing was awarded the 2008 Summer Games by the International Olympic Committee yesterday, claiming the prize with an easy second-ballot victory that will send the international sports tournament to the world's most populous nation for the first time. The members of the IOC, a majority of whom selected Beijing by secret ballot from among five finalist cities, overlooked a history of human-rights abuses that some observers felt should have disqualified the Chinese capital from consideration.
March 29, 2001 |
There are TV characters we love. There are TV characters we loathe. And every once in a while, television will deliver the perfect mixture of the two - the star we can't stand, but, somehow, can't stop watching. Joan Collins pulled it off as Alexis Carrington in Dynasty. Heather Locklear did it as Amanda Woodward in Melrose Place. David Clennon has done it twice as Miles Drentell, the suit from hell, in thirtysomething and Once and Again. Richard Hatch, the winner of Survivor's million-dollar purse last season on CBS, was another example of the star we love to hate.
November 14, 2000 |
World Boxing Council middleweight champion Keith Holmes yesterday sued promoter Don King for breach of contract, seeking unspecified damages and termination of their contract. In papers filed in the U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Del., Holmes, 28, of Bowie, Md., said his amended March 1997 contract called for King Productions to promote three bouts a year. King met the provision for the first two years, but failed to do so for the third year that ended May 27, court papers said.
July 9, 1993 |
This western New York city has been ridiculed for its vile weather, blue- collar image and a pro football team that has lost the last three Super Bowls with increasing degrees of humiliation. Now it has the World University Games - a 10-day, 12-sport competition that officially opened last night with 3 1/2 hours of pomp and pageantry before a crowd of at least 60,000 at Rich Stadium. In its first appearance on U.S. soil, the University Games will showcase more than 5,000 athletes from 135 nations.