February 21, 2009
If Gary Bettman is interested in making the NHL popular, why doesn't he try getting a national TV contract that doesn't require purchasing a third-tier cable package during a recession? Instead, Bettman continues experimenting with gimmicks like shootouts and banning fighting. As Matthew Barnaby recently said on ESPN, "For all the talk about how bad fighting is for our sport, I have never seen anyone go get a hot dog during a fight." If Bettman was smart -- which is like saying, "If that octuplets mom had good judgment" -- he would have given ESPN the rights to broadcast their league for free after the lockout to woo back fans.
July 24, 2009 |
David Beckham let it be known Thursday that he has no intention of apologizing for his actions during the Galaxy's friendly match against AC Milan on Sunday night during which he confronted a group of disenchanted Los Angeles fans. In fact, Beckham said, it is up to some of those fans to change their behavior.
August 6, 1997 |
The phenomenal success of the Senior PGA Tour has spawned many imitators. Too many, if you ask us. Count among them the Legends of Triathlon series, for the 40-and-over swim-bike-run and write-on-your-leg- with-a-grease-pencil set. Now as you age, you can go from Ironman to Rust Man. Scott Tinley, 40, has won all three of this year's "Legends" races, but the September issue of Outside magazine reports he has earned only $6,000, with only one race remaining.
February 12, 2009 |
On the same day that David Beckham tied a decades-old record by playing in his 108th game for England, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber on Wednesday said he wanted Beckham's future resolved by Friday or he would not approve any transfer between the Galaxy and AC Milan. Garber also confirmed that Beckham has a clause in his five-year contract with MLS and the Galaxy that would allow the English midfielder to leave at the end of the 2009 season. Speaking at a World Cup function in Columbus, Garber said that he had sent a letter to AEG, which owns the Galaxy, telling it to resolve the situation within 72 hours.
August 23, 2009 |
Want a prediction? Here's one: Juventus will win the Serie A title in Italy this season. Who says? Well, I do, but so does Marcello Lippi , Italy's World Cup-winning coach of 2006 and the man who has hopes of taking the Azzurri all the way again in 2010. Lippi, needless to say, has better credibility, but that did not stop Jose Mourinho , the coach of four-time defending champion Inter Milan from lashing out at him. "Even if in his mind he wants this, I think just saying it is a lack of respect," Mourinho said on Inter's in-house television channel.
October 31, 2008 |
David Beckham's move from the Galaxy to AC Milan was finalized Thursday, with the England national team midfielder set to join the Italian club on loan for January and February. The exact starting and ending dates of the loan were left unclear, however, as were most other pertinent details. For example, neither club would reveal who would pay Beckham's $541,667-a-month salary during his absence from Los Angeles.
February 9, 2007 |
After nine cacophonous months with a sprawling soccer match-fixing scandal, World Cup celebrations in streets and piazzas, punishments and appeals from the match-fixing scandal, and a tragic soccer riot in Sicily, Italy will harbor a surreal sound come Sunday afternoon. Silence.
August 31, 2010 |
Alabama tailback Mark Ingram will sit out No. 1 Alabama's opener against San Jose State on Saturday after injuring his left knee late in practice Monday, Coach Nick Saban said Tuesday. Saban said in a statement that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner had an arthroscopic procedure and should make a full recovery in a "relatively short time. " "Mark will definitely be out for this week's game against San Jose State and we will manage this on a week-to-week basis beyond this week," Saban said.
May 29, 2013 |
Robbie Rogers was cheered in his first road game with the Galaxy. Rogers, the first openly gay man playing in a U.S. pro league, entered as a substitute in the 62nd minute of the Galaxy's 2-0 loss to the Carolina RailHawks on Wednesday night in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Galaxy was primarily using reserve players. He received polite applause from the RailHawks' record crowd of 8,121, at Cary, N.C., with some shouting cheers of encouragement. Rogers made his Major League Soccer debut three nights earlier at home.
May 25, 2002
Mike Penner's crass characterization of Italian soccer as dirty ["Mexico Defeats Little Italy," May 20] is insulting to soccer fans everywhere. Italy's Seria A is a world-class league, considered by many tops in the world. Italy is among the favorites to win the World Cup again, which would be its fourth world championship. The World Cup warmup Mexico played with AC Milan was with a "C" Milan team not only without many of its starters (who were training with their national teams for the World Cup)