April 19, 2015 |
Ghanasyam "Sam" Adhikari was an athlete in his youth. At Jadavpur University in his native Calcutta, he excelled in cricket, soccer, and volleyball, and he captained both the soccer and volleyball squads. But there was friction between him and his soccer coach. Though Adhikari hustled on the field, he hated to run. He especially loathed running laps after practice. Little could he have imagined at the time that he would undergo a late-life transformation into a long-distance runner.
January 20, 2013 |
In the first minutes of a quick sitdown with Dustin Hoffman , the sprightly icon of 20th-century cinema - The Graduate , Marathon Man , Kramer vs. Kramer , All the President's Men , Midnight Cowboy , Rain Man , Tootsie (come on, this is ridiculous!) - manages to reference Ireland, James Joyce , Ulysses , waiting tables, Henri Cartier-Bresson , and tortoise- shell glasses. The publicist warns that you have only 10 or 15 minutes tops with Hoffman, who, at 75, has just directed his first feature.
December 18, 2012 |
One of the enduring tragedies of fair Ireland, beset by recurring economic woes, is that it loses many of its best and brightest, who, in search of opportunity, emigrate, most often to the United States. A sterling example of this brain drain is Garret FitzGerald, who was born in Dublin, and came here the first time at age 18 to take a summer job driving a Coca-Cola truck. Since then, he has risen fast and far. After earning his medical degree at University College in Dublin, FitzGerald eventually returned to the United States and during the 1980s ran the clinical pharmacology division at Vanderbilt University.
June 1, 2012 |
PARIS - This, then, is who John Isner is for now: The Marathon Man of Tennis, the guy who plays and plays and plays, for hours on end, until the last set seems interminable. At Wimbledon 2 years ago, he won 70-68 in the fifth, the longest set and match in tennis history. At Roland Garros on Thursday, as afternoon gave way to evening, the 10th-seeded American lost, 7-6 (2), 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 18-16, to Paul-Henri Mathieu, of France, in the second round, a 5-hour, 41-minute test of stamina and attention span.
May 5, 2000 |
The Blue Cross Broad Street Run has been around long enough that a history refresher is timely for newcomers to Sunday's 10-mile race. After serving as a guiding force in getting the Philadelphia Distance Run up and running in the late 1970s, Gene Martenson turned his attention to the Broad Street Run. Martenson worked with Bill Broom, then the director of public affairs for Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc., to bring runners to Broad Street on...
January 22, 1999 |
What sort of toughness does Bishop Shanahan's Dan Karabin have? Well, he attended school on Wednesday so he could play in a basketball game. He was out Tuesday and yesterday. Playing while sick is one thing. On Nov. 23, Karabin appeared sluggish in practice. Aware that the 6-foot-4, 180-pound junior center was the fastest and strongest player on his team, coach Dan McManus inquired as to what was wrong. McManus didn't know that, just the day before, Karabin had run in the Philadelphia Marathon.
July 4, 1998 |
Goran Ivanisevic dropped to his knees, put his hands to his bandannaed head and bellowed something - who knows what? - in Croatian. Then he hurled his tennis racket deep into the stands of Wimbledon's Centre Court. The emotions of the moment, the elation, the exhaustion, the absolute incredibility, collided in his head to make that scream loud and long. Ivanisevic beat Richard Krajicek, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (5-7), 15-13, yesterday in a men's semifinal at Wimbledon that was the bravest match of his most glorious and horrendous career.
October 5, 1997 |
He was Curt Schilling, firing baseballs until his arm felt like manicotti in the '93 World Series. He was David Cone, almost collapsing from exhaustion in the '95 playoffs. He was Orel Hershiser, twirling and twirling and twirling some more nearly every day in October of 1988. He was Jeff Fassero, one-man rescue squad for the Seattle Mariners. He was Jeff Fassero, warrior. He was Jeff Fassero, marathon man. This, he said, was "the biggest day of my life. " And no one was going to make him give up the baseball yesterday - if he had to throw 150 pitches, 160 pitches, a thousand pitches.
August 8, 1997 |
After the requisite "Where to, pal?", New York cabbie Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) switches the meter on and regales his fares with wild rants about the insidiousness of fluoridation (it "weakens your will, makes you a slave of the State"), about stealth helicopters snooping on pedestrians, about the "festering scab" that is the Vatican, and the stockpile of Nobel scientists' sperm (collected at gunpoint) stashed beneath the skating rink at Rockefeller Center. Hey, what's one more nutball New York City taxi driver?
June 29, 1997 |
As Ben Witter gets older, he finds it more difficult to recover from his annual golf marathons, held to benefit cancer research in his home area of Lebanon, Pa. His back hurts. His swing tempo, speeded up to finish as many holes as possible, is a mess. Witter himself is a cancer survivor, however, and he cherishes the opportunity to conduct the marathons. When he reflects on what he experienced 10 years ago, a few aches and pains after more than 15 hours and 245 holes of golf are a minor inconvenience.