April 13, 2012
PITTSBURGH - NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell acknowledged Thursday that linesman Tony Sericolo erred in not whistling Danny Briere offside before he scored in Wednesday's Game 1. Briere was circling out of the zone and entered before the puck, ultimately scoring the Flyers' first goal of the game on a partial breakway. The play was not blown dead. Sericolo, 43, is a veteran of 862 NHL games since 1998. Wednesday was his sixth career playoff game, according to the NHL officials association website.
May 18, 2007 |
Greatness is a word often associated with Iranian cinema. But fun? Practically never. Jafar Panahi's exuberant and subversive "Offside," however, scores on both points. The director of such harrowing masterworks as "The Circle" and "Crimson Gold" lightens up with this absurdist story of a gaggle of teenage girls who get busted trying to sneak into Tehran's males-only soccer stadium to watch a World Cup qualifying game against Bahrain. Foul-mouthed, sassy and quite delightfully sports-crazed, these chicks (as they're called by all the men who struggle to control them, at least in the subtitles)
August 4, 1997 |
For the Philadelphia girls' scholastic soccer team, making a rare appearance in a Keystone Games final, it was an odd way to lose a championship game. In a seven-on-seven, no-goalkeeper sudden-death period, after playing to a 1-1 tie in regulation, the city stars had an apparent winning goal negated because of an offside call. Then they lost, 2-1, to Allegheny yesterday. Nicole Zeoli was involved in both plays, scoring the offside goal and being unable to prevent the game-winner from reaching the net. "I don't think I was offsides," said Zeoli, a junior at Little Flower High.
September 9, 1997 |
Athletes and spectators love the excitement of high-flying offense and yearn to see soaring goal totals in games. So field hockey has taken what appears to be a big step in satisfying those wishes. The NJSIAA rules committee has made a record 21 rule changes this season. The abolishment of one rule, the offside violation, could change the future of the sport. "While most of the rule changes are very minor, the offsides rule is one of the biggest changes the sport has seen in recent years," said Jane Hanson, a member of both the national and New Jersey rules committees.
June 7, 1993 |
They played a World Cup soccer game at the Yale Bowl. At least it sounded like a World Cup game, with the constant beat-beat-beat of the tom-toms from the Brazilian fans who dominated the crowd of 44,579. And it looked like a World Cup game, with the stadium flooded in green and gold Brazilian flags, banners and shirts. Even the result, a 2-0 win for Brazil over the United States, made it seem like a World Cup game. But it wasn't a World Cup game. It was the first game of the second U.S. Cup tournament, a game dominated on the field and in the stands by Brazilians.
October 3, 1988 |
The Eagles' defense was called for six offside penalties, which might have seemed insignificant on an afternoon when the Birds were tweeted for an awesome 19 penalties worth 147 yards. One-forty-seven . . . The Houston Oilers only netted 194 yards by running and passing, for crying out loud. But do you want down linemen playing back on their heels, safe but late off the ball? Or do you want them leaning and gambling, trying to anticipate the quarterback's cadence instead of firing on the visual snap of the football?
May 18, 2007 |
You've scored a ticket to the World Cup qualifying match and stadium guards deny you entrance. What's your next move? If you're a soccer-mad girl in Offside, a girl dressed as a boy because Iranian females are not permitted to attend sporting events, you strike, you go for the goal, you will not be denied. Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny, Jafar Panahi's film is a sly piece of social commentary filmed stealthily, quasi-documentary style, during the 2006 qualifying match between Iran and Bahrain at Tehran's Azadi stadium.
March 4, 2013 |
The Houston Dynamo, runners-up in the MLS Cup in 2012, started 2013 in a winning way on Saturday by beating visiting D.C. United, 2-0. The Dynamo benefited from an own goal by United defender James Riley in the 80th minute and a late goal from midfielder Ricardo Clark. Elsewhere: A Gershon Koffie goal gave the host Vancouver Whitecaps a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC, and spoiled Ryan Nelsen's debut as a Major League Soccer coach. . . . FC Dallas made Jackson Henrique's goal in the 11th minute stand up for a 1-0 home win over the Colorado Rapids.
November 7, 1989 |
There was a noticeable chill as the sky above the La Salle University soccer field grew dark and ominous-looking clouds blotted out the late afternoon sun. It was Halloween eve and this fittingly sinister scene offered the perfect backdrop for something extraordinary to take place. But when the Nazareth Academy coaching staff reached deep into its bag of tricks, there was no treat to be found as the underdog Pandas lost the Catholic Academies League girls' soccer championship, 4-2, to Villa Joseph Marie.