October 24, 2014 |
Basketball, wrestling, and indoor track teams in the Colonial Conference and Cape-Atlantic League will be able to start practice on Nov. 24. The same likely will be true for many teams in the Burlington County Scholastic League. But teams in the Olympic Conference will have to wait a week and won't be able to start the winter season until Dec. 1. That staggered start is a result of a decision made by the Olympic Conference to overrule a pilot program established by the NJSIAA in September to allow boys' and girls' basketball teams to start practice on the Monday before Thanksgiving.
February 5, 2014 |
Every four years, as the Winter Olympics reenter the atmosphere, Americans are bombarded with quirky stories meant to interest them in obscure sports they'd ordinarily ignore. You know, the bobsledder who supports himself selling artichokes; the biathlete with three ears; the snowboarder raised by Hasidic hippies. But of all the odd story lines to surface in advance of this month's 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, few are as head-scratching as this one: The Veterans Stadium security guard who became USA Luge's CEO. Luge - sledding down mountainsides on one's back at 90 m.p.h.
March 4, 2013
Kyle Busch led 142 laps at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., on Saturday en route to victory in the Dollar General 200 to end a 24-race winless streak in the Nationwide Series. Brad Keselowski was second. NASCAR will look at the placement of gates at its tracks after a Nationwide Series car crashed through the fence at Daytona. NASCAR is sending suspended Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements , 28, to a sports-diversity expert after MTV News said he made a racially insensitive remark during an interview.
December 31, 2012
FIFA president Sepp Blatter criticized Major League Soccer during an interview with Al Jazeera TV over the weekend, saying league officials have had plenty of time to get the world's most popular sport to take hold in the United States, but MLS has failed to generate much interest among American sports fans, ESPN.com reported. "It is a question of time, I thought - we had the World Cup [in the United States] in 1994," Blatter said. "But it is now 18 years in, so it should have been done now. But they are still struggling.
November 25, 2012
Usain Bolt won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time over United States hurdler Aries Merritt and Kenyan runner David Rudisha . The Jamaican sprinter, who defended his 100- and 200-meter gold medals at the London Olympic Games, also won the award in 2008, 2009, and 2011. United States sprinter Allyson Felix won the women's World Athlete of the Year award. The other finalists were Valerie Adams and Jessica Ennis . The awards were announced on the final day of the IAAF's 100th-anniversary celebration in Barcelona, Spain.
April 5, 2012
The NCAA Frozen Four is making its first appearance in the Sun Belt, as the four hockey teams will gather in Tampa, Fla., for Thursday's semifinals. And in keeping with the theme of breaking traditions, there are two first-time participants. Union College, a 2,133-student liberal arts school from Schenectady, N.Y., and Ferris State of Big Rapids, Mich., will meet in one semi. The "other" semifinal is a more familiar matchup to college hockey fans: Boston College (31-10-1)
March 23, 2012
TIGER'S BACK. Say what you will about pig-headed LeBron, fuzzy-headed Sidney, bobble-headed Peyton and big-headed Albert, no first-name figure in sports resonates globally like Tiger Woods. In the month of Madness, with the playoff races tightening for the winter sports, with spring training providing its annual misinformation, and with the preening NFL licking its own, er, fur, Tiger returns. The most dominant athlete in the history of sport this week begins in earnest his reascension to golf's throne, his equinoctial March to the Masters, which begins in a little more than 2 weeks.
March 12, 2012
When Aries Merritt shot out of the blocks to deny Liu Xiang victory in the 60-meter hurdles, he clinched more than just an unlikely victory. The American hurdler, who was thought to have little chance against the Chinese great, won the title and cemented a record gold medal haul for the U.S. team at the world indoor championships in Istanbul. "We psyched up everybody, including myself," said U.S. captain Bernard Lagat , who won his gold in the 3,000. In the women's long jump, Brittney Reese set a championship record of 23 feet, 83/4 inches on her last attempt to push teammate Janay Deloach to silver at 22-103/4.
December 31, 2011
Petr Holik tapped in a goalmouth rebound with less than eight minutes to go in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and Petr Mrazek made 52 saves to lead the Czech Republic to a 5-2 group-play win over the United States at the world junior hockey championship in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday. Thomas Filippi scored two goals and Tomas Hertl added another for the Czechs, while T.J. Tynan and Bill Arnold scored for the U.S. BASEBALL: The Seattle Mariners signed lefthanded reliever George Sherrill to a one-year contract.
November 25, 2011 |
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - For some reason, Scandinavia is not its frigid self, with unusually warm weather delaying the onset of winter in northern latitudes normally decked in white. The lack of snow has been bad news for winter sports - World Cup ski races have been dropped, or held on artificial snow, and mountain ski resorts are unable to open. There are even reports of bird song and blooming gardens in some places typically entering the winter freeze at this time of year. "Some flowers, like roses, have actually begun to blossom for a second time," said Mats Rosenberg, a biologist in Orebro, south-central Sweden.