August 3, 2016 |
On a muggy Midwest night in June, Kelsi Worrell climbed out of an Omaha pool as an Olympian. The Century Link Center scoreboard, which after the 100-meter butterfly final flashed a "1" next to her name, confirmed that. Walking off the deck, one hand covering a mouth still open wide in joy and surprise, she spotted her family. That's when she cried, the same way Olympic champions often do when the National Anthem plays, and their country's flag rises slowly above their heads. If Worrell, a Westhampton, N.J., native, finds herself atop a medals podium next week at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, it won't be any more improbable than the journey that took her there.
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.
December 2, 2015 |
THE INVENTORY of pitchers that will be participating for big-league jobs this spring grew by one on Monday, when Phillies general manager Matt Klentak claimed another off waivers. Righthander Michael Mariot was claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, becoming the fifth pitcher Klentak has added since taking over as GM at the end of October. The 27-year-old Mariot, who went 4-2 with a 2.32 ERA in 42 relief appearances at Triple A Omaha, joins rotation-lock Jeremy Hellickson (trade)
June 11, 2014 |
IT IS JUNE 2014 and the Kansas City Royals are sitting right around .500. Not good, not bad, and, as I write this, only four games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central, an opportunity for hope. Just don't use that word to the majority of Royals fans who haven't seen their team in the postseason since KC won the 1985 World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to three. Hope is what they've been sold since, through frugal times and foolish ones, through years and years of picking high in the Major League Baseball amateur draft.
March 31, 2014 |
The stage was set. A temporary, state-of-the-art, 50-meter pool by Myrtha would serve as the competition arena in Omaha, Neb., where 1,257 swimmers would descend upon the CenturyLink Center over four days in July 2012, mixing their sweat and tears into the million gallons of water enclosed by tons of stainless steel. America's swimming sweetheart, Natalie Coughlin, would already be gone, gearing up for the Summer Olympics in London that month. Michael Phelps, arguably the greatest swimmer of all time, would have stripped off his tech suit and finally come up for air after an intense seven-event program.
January 15, 2014 |
OMAHA, NEB., the city that gave us Bob Gibson, Gale Sayers and Warren Buffet, was trending during the nationally televised Broncos-Chargers game thanks to Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning has a penchant for yelling "Omaha" during his snap count - something he did 44 times during Sunday's game. Ron Jaworski, Trent Dilfer and Tim Hasselbeck discussed the use of the word on ESPN yesterday. The ex-quarterbacks explained that it can have various meanings. On some teams it means kill the play called in the huddle and listen for an audible.
July 3, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - Pete and Pat Crippen's fifth, and perhaps last, trip to the U.S. Olympic swimming trials was a swing of emotions, from watching the youngest of their four children, Teresa, race for a spot on the London Olympic team, to dealing with the void they felt over their son's not being with them. Teresa, who came closest to Olympic qualification in the 200-meter butterfly, was sixth in Sunday's 200-meter backstroke final, ending her Olympic hopes, and likely her competitive career.
June 22, 2012 |
WITH THE U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb., less than a week away, La Salle University's Blase Szyszko struggles to find words to describe his emotions. His body twitches with excitement and his face beams, but his ability to articulate seems frozen in a state of anticipation. The rising senior will head west this weekend to compete for a chance to represent the United States in the Summer Olympics that kick off in London in late July. He is scheduled to swim the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday and the 200 breast on Thursday.
May 7, 2011
But can he lead off and play shortstop? During the sixth inning of Thursday's game between the Yanks and the Tigers in Detroit, a fan (obviously not Blake Griffin ) attempted to leap over the Yankees' dugout and onto the field. He didn't quite make it, nor did he stick the landing. Instead, he ended up coming down on the dugout steps. Security immediately removed the trespasser (without employing a Taser), but not before shocking the players, as well as manager Joe Girardi , and perhaps rousing Derek Jeter from one of his fabled naps.
July 12, 2009 |
After 63 years, I decided to return. A year ago June, my son and I traveled to Paris and Normandy, including stops at Omaha Beach, Rouen, Caen, and Le Havre, where I served in 1944 and 1945. I was with the Navy Ship Salvage Unit Foxy 29. I landed on Omaha Beach at the end of June 1944 on the LST-291 with a cargo of tanks for the Army. Our mission was to clear the heavily mined ports of Cherbourg and Le Havre of ships and cranes that the Germans had sunk to impede our supply ships.