August 17, 2016
Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, and Simone Biles will not be eligible to run for president until 2032, although Michael Phelps hits 35 years old in 2020. After watching these Olympians display so many traits we admire - persistence, discipline, grace, goal orientation, resilience, and inner strength - perhaps we should consider drafting one of them some day. It is both a blessing and a curse that the Summer Olympics happen during the election year. The blessings are obvious. Especially in this campaign, it is a relief to watch a display of American talent that truly brings the country together.
August 11, 2016 |
We are less than a week into the 2016 summer Olympic Games, and we've already witnessed quite a few conversation-starter style happenings. Some of the sporty goings-on were catwalk appropriate: supermodel Gisele Bündchen glamorously walking down the opening ceremony runway to Rio de Janiero's unofficial anthem (and Fashion Week favorite), "The Girl from Ipanema. " Others were trendy, albeit painful-looking: Michael Phelps and other swimmers appearing on TV Sunday with purple, circular bruises on their backs from cupping - a recovery therapy in which heated glass cups suction the skin.
July 6, 2016 |
Michael Phelps left Omaha this weekend with a record fifth Olympic team spot, victories in three individual events and an image softened by time and parenthood. During an unprecedented career, the lanky Baltimorean has earned 22 Olympic medals but also plenty of tabloid headlines. An admitted party animal, he's been arrested twice for DUIs and in 2009 was suspended by USA Swimming after a photo surfaced of him taking a hit from a water pipe. But last Wednesday, after he captured the 200-meter butterfly to become the first man to make five U.S. Olympic swim teams, that bad-boy Phelps appeared to dissolve in the emotion of the historic moment.
July 1, 2016 |
OMAHA, Neb. - He is just 16 and these were his first U.S. Olympic trials, so while his fellow swimmers buzzed easily around the pool deck during warm-ups Wednesday night, Reece Whitley bent his 6-foot-8 frame low, leaned against the starting blocks, and closed his eyes. If it was a pregame prayer, it wasn't answered. Whitley, the rising - in several senses of that word - Penn Charter junior, who some in the swimming world suggest could one day be the greatest breaststroker ever, failed to qualify for the 200-meter breaststroke final, finishing sixth in his semifinal.
October 8, 2015 |
WHEN IT comes to swimming, Penn Charter sophomore Reece Whitley always has a good time. That's time as in minutes and seconds. The 6-8, 15-year-old from Lafayette Hill has already qualified to compete in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in June. He's also hoping to swim the 200 individual medley. Before that, however, he's hoping to finish first in another competition: the Sports Illustrated SportsKid of the Year. Whitley is one of five candidates - and the only swimmer - on the ballot.
October 9, 2014 |
THE CLIMATE is right. If, as sports fans, we truly are interested in scaling back the sense of entitlement so many athletes have simply because they are athletes, we have a window of opportunity to push things forward. If, as a society, we truly are concerned that well-paid and well-positioned athletes be responsible for acting in manners more attuned with accepted social standards, we have the chance to act on that. At this particular moment in time, the owners, the university presidents, the presidents of sports sanctioning bodies know they can no longer just sweep misdeeds committed by their athletes quietly under the rug. Too many people are watching and keeping score.
April 17, 2014 |
FOX 29 anchor Kerry Barrett welcomed her new son, John Barrett IV , this weekend. They'll call the little bundle of joy Jay. He was a healthy 6 pounds, 15 ounces. This is Barrett's second child with husband, John , an F-16 pilot with the New Jersey Air National Guard, following 3-year-old Avery . Barrett opened up about her struggles with pregnancy on the evening news November of last year. Barrett had suffered several miscarriages, including a tragic miscarriage right before a 10 o'clock broadcast, before any of her colleagues knew she was pregnant.
May 7, 2013 |
KANSAS ATHLETIC officials are reviewing allegations that the former AAU basketball coach of Ben McLemore received cash payments aimed at steering the star freshman to a sports agent. AAU coach Darius Cobb told USA Today he received $10,000 in two payments from Rodney Blackstock , the founder and CEO of Hooplife Academy in Greensboro, N.C. Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger issued a statement Saturday saying that the university had received an inquiry about the relationship between the McLemore family and Blackstock.
December 22, 2012
Michael Phelps has added another triumph to his list of accomplishments: Associated Press male athlete of the year. The retired swimmer, who won four gold medals and two silvers at the London Games to become the most decorated Olympian ever, edged out LeBron James in voting announced Thursday. Phelps finished with 40 votes in the media balloting to win the award for the second time. James had 37, followed by track star Usain Bolt with 23. Carl Lewis is the only other Olympic-centric athlete to capture AP male athlete of the year more than once, taking the award in 1983 and '84. The only men honored more than twice are Tiger Woods , Lance Armstrong , and Michael Jordan . COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Linebacker Kyle Van Noy forced a fumble in the end zone and recovered it for a touchdown and scored on a 17-yard interception return, both in the fourth quarter, to rally Brigham Young over San Diego State, 23-6, in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
November 19, 2012
WHEN PONDERING the NHL lockout, we can't help but think back and draw comparisons to last summer's London Olympics. Play along for just a minute. Like NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr, swimmer Ryan Lochte had years to practice and focus on his impending battle with incumbent and undisputed pool champion Michael Phelps. Like NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, golden boy Phelps entered London's showdown with his grasp on the sport slipping. His reign was clearly nearing an end after dominating for so long.