February 19, 2014 |
THE OTHER DAY, Alpine skier Bode Miller came to the defense of a zealous and somewhat insensitive interviewer who brought up his late brother and made him cry on national television. The day before, two-time defending gold medalist Shani Davis placed much of the blame of his disappointing races in Sochi on himself, cooling at least temporarily the searing criticism of both the controversial new racing suits worn by the U.S. team, and USA Speedskating - which delivered them late and minus adequate testing.
April 1, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - The Shroud of Turin went on display for a special TV appearance Saturday amid new research disputing claims that it's a medieval fake and purporting to date the linen some say was Jesus' burial cloth to around the time of his death. Pope Francis sent a special video message to the event in Turin's cathedral, but made no claim that the image on the shroud of a man with wounds similar to those suffered by Christ was really that of Jesus. He called the cloth an "icon," not a relic - an important distinction.
June 8, 2011 |
Pronounced: IHL-yah breez-GAH-lahf Pos.: Goalie Hgt.: 6-3 Wgt.: 210 Age: 30 Born: June 22, 1980 (Togliatti, USSR) Transactions: Drafted: 2000, 2nd round (No. 44), by Anaheim. Nov. 16, 2007: Placed on waivers by Ducks. Nov. 17, 2007: Claimed by Phoenix. June 7, 2011: Traded to Flyers for LW Matt Clackson, a third-round draft choice in 2012 and a conditional draft choice. Career stats: 156-116-35, 2.53 goals-against average, .916 save percentage Stanley Cup: 2007 with Anaheim Awards: 2009 Vezina Trophy runner-up International: 2002 (Salt Lake City)
October 30, 2010 |
Michelangelo Pistoletto is adept at making old news new news. It's really very simple. The white-bearded 77-year-old Italian artist gathers up discarded newspapers, fashions them into large spheres, and then parades them out into the world for encounters with the unsuspecting. He's done it in London. He's done it in Turin. And on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. at the west entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he will do it in Philadelphia, an American reenactment of the first great rolling-news-ball event in the streets of Turin in 1967.
May 8, 2010 |
Lee Westwood tries to peak for the biggest tournaments. And while he doesn't put The Players Championship in his top five, it's big enough that he is playing some of his best golf going into the weekend. Westwood ran off three straight birdies to start his back nine yesterday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on his way to a 7-under-par 65 and a one-shot lead over Heath Slocum, Francesco Molinari and Ryuji Imada. Westwood was at 12-under 132, the lowest score to lead after 36®holes at The Players Championship since 1994, when Greg Norman was at 14-under on his way to setting the 72-hole record.
February 23, 2010 |
Caitlin Cahow was furious with herself. The Team USA defender had gone down to block a shot and wasn't able to get back into position in time to prevent Pernilla Winberg from scoring Sweden's only goal in yesterday's hockey semifinal matchup. The fact that Cahow had a cut above her knee that required stitches - "more than two," she said - wasn't an excuse. That's how determined the Americans were to avenge their 2006 semifinal loss to the Swedes in Turin. "It was definitely in the backs of our minds," defender Kerry Weiland said.
February 16, 2010 |
FOUR YEARS ago, Peter Laviolette had plenty to think about on the 9-hour flight back to the United States from Turin, Italy. When his plane's wheels touched down on the runway, Laviolette was left with just one thought: "I came back and I thought: 'Mission not accomplished,' " Laviolette said. As the head coach of the United States' men's hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics, it was hard for him to feel otherwise. An eighth-place showing equaled the United States' worst ever in ice hockey - with or without NHL players.
February 15, 2010 |
Less than 24 hours after she won America's first gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics, freestyle skier Hannah Kearney was comfortably atop the platform Saturday night's success had built her. During a news conference yesterday, the Vermont native not only lobbied to get more funding for U.S. freestylers but also to get her name on a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor. "Coffee with Oreo cookies," Kearney, 23, told reporters. "I'll do all the testing. " There's a precedent.
February 15, 2010 |
VANCOUVER - Call us underdogs. "The attention is going to be on Canada and Russia and to a lesser extent, Sweden," Brian Burke, the general manager of the U.S. men's hockey team, said yesterday. "Nobody's talking about our ability to win up here but us. And that's fine with us. " Call us the bad guys. "We know we're the villain up here," USA coach Ron Wilson said yesterday during the team's first news conference here. "It's their national sport. The crowds are going to be very intense.
August 28, 2009 |
A day after a Flyers team doctor confirmed Simon Gagne's mild right groin strain, the winger was back in the weight room at the team's practice facility. Gagne was injured during the first practice at Team Canada's orientation camp on Monday night in Calgary. He is scheduled to have an injection today, and the Flyers said they expect him to be ready for the start of training camp next month. Gagne has been plagued by injuries, but said players get accustomed to the pain.