December 12, 2012 |
THE WORLD will soon come to an end. Everybody knows that by now. The Mayans predicted the coming cataclysm more than a thousand years ago: Dec. 21, 2012, or, at the latest, Dec. 23. It is strange, then, that "Maya: 2012 Lords of Time," the exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, runs through Jan. 13. Clearly, a major scheduling error has occurred. The Maya were an ancient civilization that flourished in what is now Central America and southern Mexico.
November 16, 2004 |
Rick Brunson has never been guaranteed anything in the NBA, most notably a contract. The 1995 Temple graduate has been a true survivor, living a year-to-year NBA existence, which is now in its eighth season. Brunson, 32, a reserve point guard with the Los Angeles Clippers, has played for six teams, including two, the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls, twice. He also has played for the same coach, Mike Dunleavy, in two cities. With all that movement, one thing has remained a constant in Brunson's career: the lack of a fully-guaranteed contract to start a season.
May 24, 1994 |
Those elusive deer. Even Air Force pilots with infrared sensors couldn't quite get a handle on them. Any area residents who were sitting on the edges of their seats waiting for the results of the aerial deer survey taken in March will just have to sit back, kick up their feet and sleep through the summer. The much-awaited deer count is not to be - at least not until next fall, when the leaves have dropped and AirScan Inc. can survey the barren ground again for the area's newest nemesis and record it on videotape.
October 24, 1990 |
Boxing is a brutal sport. The fighters get battered, busted and beaten - and then they have to step into the ring. The latest atrocity has been committed against Evander Holyfield, the No. 1 contender, who will meet James "Buster" Douglas, the undisputed heavyweight champion, tomorrow night at the Mirage. Holyfield has reached an agreement that, if he wins, commits him to fight George Foreman next year. But the three sanctioning bodies have ruled that no matter who emerges as the winner tomorrow night, the next man in line for a title bout must be Mike Tyson.
July 11, 1990 |
Saying he would miss coaching too much to leave it, Chuck Daly announced yesterday that he was declining an offer from network television and would try to lead the Detroit Pistons to a third consecutive NBA championship. "I really don't know anything else," Daly said at a news conference in Auburn Hills, Mich. "This is what I've always done. I'm a basketball coach. " General manager Jack McCloskey said Daly would return for an eighth season under a new multiyear contract. Details were undisclosed.
February 28, 1990 |
When Mike Tyson floored James "Buster" Douglas in the eighth round of their historic fight on Feb. 11 in Tokyo, the challenger got up at the count of nine. As it turned out, however, Douglas survived one shelling only to face another - this one from promoter Don King, who was sitting at ringside. When Douglas went down, King got up, screaming joyously, "Fight's over! Fight's over! We won! We won!" About eight seconds later, King canceled his victory celebration, his joy turning to disbelief and then to rage.
February 19, 1990 |
If there's anything more gratifying than seeing a Don King hustle blow up in his face, it's seeing it happen twice in little more than a week. New heavyweight champ James "Buster" Douglas did it again yesterday when his manager announced Buster will make his first title defense in September against number-one contender Evander Holyfield, thus giving ex-champ Mike Tyson at least a year to ponder the folly of his association with King. Sure, the choice will cost Douglas a share of what would have been the richest gate in boxing history.
February 14, 1990 |
After two astonishing victories - one in the ring, the other in the boardrooms of the wheelers and dealers - James "Buster" Douglas is relieved. He is relieved that he can start preparing for his first title defense. More than that, however, he is relieved that he has a title to defend. In what had to qualify as the second-biggest surprise of the week, the World Boxing Council and the World Boxing Association yesterday ruled that Douglas should be recognized as the undisputed heavyweight champion.
February 13, 1990
When a boxing match ends with one of the contenders flat on his back, the outcome usually isn't in doubt. Not so on Sunday, when James "Buster" Douglas sent Mike Tyson to dreamland in the 10th round of their fight in Tokyo for the heavyweight championship. Officials of the World Boxing Association (WBA) and the World Boxing Council (WBC), two of the three sanctioning bodies in professional boxing, have refused to accept the outcome - this because of a referee's mistake in giving Mr. Douglas a "long count" when he was floored by Mr. Tyson in round 8. To people who watched the fight it was clear Mr. Douglas could have gotten to his feet in time if the ref had counted correctly.
February 12, 1990 |
If those sensitive souls who periodically seek to abolish boxing had any smarts, they'd sit back and let "Promoter" Don King do it for them. King damaged the so-called sweet science more over the weekend than a succession of abolitionists dating back to Estes Kefauver, the U.S. senator from Tennessee who used a 1960 congressional witch hunt into boxing to revive his waning political career. For starters, the ever-greedy King led supposedly indestructible heavyweight champion Mike Tyson to a stunning knockout loss by James "Buster" Douglas, a guy who wasn't expected to provide even a decent tuneup for Tyson's June 18 defense against top contender Evander Holyfield.