November 17, 2011
Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker , a combined 6-1-0, will be together again when the Presidents Cup gets under way Thursday at Australia's Royal Melbourne. In the pairings announced Wednesday, they will be playing against an International team of Adam Scott and K.J. Choi , along with a fifth wheel - former Woods caddie Steve Williams , who now works for Scott and who has made news over the last three months for disparaging Woods on national TV after Scott won at Firestone and with a racial comment in Shanghai at a caddies dinner.
September 26, 2011
Kenya's Patrick Makau broke the world record to win the Berlin Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds. Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, who held the previous record of 2:03:59, pulled up after Makau pulled away after 16.8 miles and seemed on the verge of giving up when he stopped running and bent over, but resumed the race. Gebrselassie, 38, had won four successive Berlin marathons from 2006, and set his world record in 2008. The 26-year-old Makau also won last year's race.
September 26, 2011 |
PHILADELPHIA middleweight Jesse Hart hopes to take his final step to qualifying for the Olympics beginning this week at the AIBA Men's World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Hart, 21, must finish in the top 10 in his weight class to earn a berth in London next summer. His first bout is Saturday against Qatar's Hzam Nabah , according to yesterday's draw. Hart, the son of former middleweight contender Eugene "Cyclone" Hart , this year has won the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and the national Golden Gloves at middleweight, and the USA Boxing national championship at light-heavyweight.
February 11, 2011 |
Michaela Lapent held off on the decision as long as she could. The Plymouth Whitemarsh senior's dilemma: choose from among numerous scholarship offers to compete in gymnastics or diving. She recently accepted one for gymnastics at Bridgeport. "I love both sports, and I didn't want to give one up," said Lapent, who added that the social aspects of gymnastics won out over diving. "Diving is separate [from the swim team] in college, whereas you're family with the 20 or so girls on the gymnastics team.
February 4, 2009 |
Fred Turoff, Temple's head men's gymnastics coach since 1976, has been chosen for induction to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. "It's a terrific honor, I'm tickled," Turoff said in a statement. "The success that I've had is due to all of the hard work from the student-athletes and coaches that I've had the pleasure to be associated with at Temple University and throughout my professional career. " Turoff, a 1969 graduate of Temple, has led Owls teams to 16 EIGL/ECAC championships, and has been named the NCAA Eastern Region Coach of the Year nine times.
July 17, 2008 |
Morgan Hamm's spot on the U.S. Olympic team is secure. USA Gymnastics said yesterday that a warning Hamm received earlier this month for getting a prescribed anti-inflammatory shot without proper clearance from anti-doping authorities did not affect his qualification to the team. "It's really a relief," Hamm told the Associated Press from Colorado Springs, Colo., where he is at a training camp with the rest of the U.S. team. "Now I can concentrate on gymnastics without having any other distractions.
June 23, 2008
TEAM CAPTAINS, named and implied, are nothing new in sports. It's a big factor in baseball, a well-earned letter on a hockey sweater, a facet of team competition that can be neither measured nor denied. But there's a newness to it in women's gymnastics, an offshoot of age restrictions that have pushed the average age of potential medalists into at least the second half of their teenage years. Before Athens, someone like 20-year-old Alicia Sacramone might have even been shooed away from the sport.
June 23, 2008 |
It's no wonder Justin Spring's best gymnastics event is the high bar. When your father is an astronaut, you grow up with the bar set extremely high. "My father did two tours in Vietnam," Spring said yesterday afternoon. "He was a test pilot. He was an astronaut. He walked in space. When I would tell people about my father, they'd be like, What else can you make up about him?" But Sherwood "Woody" Spring is real enough. He flew on the space shuttle Atlantis in 1985 and did two space walks, totaling nearly 12 hours outside the shuttle.
June 20, 2008 |
The U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials, designed to create the strongest American team for Beijing, so far have been better at displaying the potential weaknesses of the U.S. men. At a news conference preceding last night's opening of competition at the Wachovia Center, Paul Hamm, the nation's top male gymnast, displayed his broken right hand and said he was confident it would be healed in time for the start of Olympic events on Aug. 9. That came...
June 19, 2008 |
Bela Karolyi remembers 1976 when his star pupil, Nadia Comaneci, scored gymnastics' first perfect 10. Not only was it, he said, an accurate assessment of the Romanian teenager's performance, but the score was also understandable even to those who couldn't distinguish a pike position from a pirouette. But the perfect 10, like the sport's old vaulting horses, has been mothballed. Here at this weekend's 2008 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team trials, and in August for a first time in an Olympic Games, gymnastics' complex scoring system, its revised Code of Points, will be in effect.