November 8, 2013 |
LONDON - Hoping to win Olympic gold for Philadelphia in 2024, Mayor Nutter has spent time on his trade trip here seeking tips from the hosts of the 2012 Summer Games. The Olympics figured into private discussions with government officials and were a visible part of his agenda Wednesday when he visited the site of the Games here. Earlier this week, Nutter met with Sir John Armitt, who ran the Olympic Delivery Authority, which organized London's effort. Highlights: The Games cost $12.5 billion, of which $1.5 billion came from London.
September 17, 2013 |
Stanley Biwott raised his arms over his head and pointed his index fingers skyward as he crossed in front of the Art Museum. He finished the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon the same way he ran most of it: without a peer. The 27-year-old Kenyan easily defended his race title Sunday to earn the $3,500 top prize. Biwott finished the 13.1 miles in 59 minutes, 36 seconds, the second-fastest time in the race's 36-year history. Lyudmyla Kovalenko won a sprint finish to be the first woman across the line.
September 12, 2013 |
Boosters and assistant coaches at Oklahoma State handed out tens of thousands of dollars to players for at least a decade as the program grew into a national power under coaches Les Miles and then Mike Gundy , according to a Sports Illustrated article released Tuesday. The article, which quoted several former players by name, said some players received $2,000 to $10,000 annually, with a few stars receiving $25,000 or more. Eight players told SI they received cash, while 29 others were named by team- mates as taking money.
August 23, 2013 |
GABBY DOUGLAS is on the move. The Olympic all-around gymnastics champion left coach Liang Chow's gym in West Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this week to join her family in California after a recent move from Virginia Beach, Va. The 17-year-old remains on "good terms" with Chow, Missy Parton , whose family hosted Douglas in Iowa, said yesterday. Chow is out of the country and could not be reached for comment. Douglas' single mother, Natalie Hawkins , did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press . The Des Moines Register first reported the move.
June 24, 2013 |
SOUTH AFRICA'S Olympic committee suspended the troubled national track federation yesterday and said athletes like Caster Semenya would not be able to compete at the Olympics or Commonwealth Games until the problems were resolved. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee said it had now "cut ties" with Athletics South Africa, which had been put under administration this year but defied that order Saturday by reinstating its own board. The battle between SASCOC and ASA is also complicated by the apparent support for the track federation from international athletics body IAAF, which still considers ASA to be in charge of South African track and field.
June 21, 2013 |
FORMER GRAND Slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt has been served a summons to appear in a South African court to face allegations he sexually abused young girls he coached decades ago, prosecutors told the Associated Press yesterday. South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority said the summons was served to the 73-year-old Hewitt last Saturday. Hewitt was ordered to appear at Boksburg Magistrate's Court near Johannesburg on Aug. 16. The NPA would not detail the charges against Hewitt.
June 8, 2013
French Open women's final, 9 a.m. Saturday, Stade Roland Garros, Court Philippe Chatrier, Paris. For a decade, the French Open has presented more problems for top seed Serena Williams than any of the other Grand Slam tournaments. Her collection of 15 major championships includes only one from Roland Garros, in 2002. She'd love to change that Saturday by beating defending champion Maria Sharapova, the No. 2 seed. A year later: In 2012, Williams suffered perhaps the most surprising defeat in her career, against 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano of France, the only first-round exit for Williams in 51 career Grand Slam appearances.
June 1, 2013 |
Bobby Lea had a different training routine the last time he rode in Philadelphia. Lee, of Topton, Berks County, participated but didn't finish last year's local race, then known as the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship. Now Lea is looking forward to competing in Sunday's inaugural Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, and he is more focused on the present than the future. Lee, a two-time U.S. Olympian, was preparing for the Olympics last year, and that meant a different training regimen than for a road race.
April 29, 2013 |
Alysia Montaño says it's a "visual clue" of her strength and femininity. The yellow flower in the U.S. Olympian's hair was more than that during the first race of the "USA vs. The World" showcase series at Saturday's Penn Relays. It was a sure sign to the 48,871 spectators on a spectacularly sunny afternoon in Franklin Field that something special was happening on the track. Running in splendid isolation on the anchor of the first 4x800 in the 13-year-old history of the popular series of world-class relay races, Montaño brought the baton, the crowd and that bright artificial flower home in record-setting time.
April 29, 2013 |
Francena McCorory thought the finish line was moving back as she dueled on the home straightaway Saturday at Franklin Field trying to extend the winning streak for the United States in the women's 4x400-meter relay in the Penn Relays' "USA vs. the World" races. The Olympic gold medalist strained and stretched across the finish line by scant inches over Great Britain's Perri Shakes-Drayton to give USA Red the victory, the 12th in a row for the home country at Franklin Field. "I was looking for the finish line," McCorory said with a smile.