April 8, 2000 |
The Davis Cup competition between Argentina and Chile at Santiago, Chile, might be completed behind closed doors without fans. A singles match Friday between Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta and Chile's Nicolas Massu was suspended when angry fans pelted the court with plastic chairs, bottles and other items. Officials decided to complete the best-of-five American Zone match in private. That decision, however, could meet opposition from the players.
July 5, 1998 |
All the World Cup's a stage, and if Argentina is no longer in the running for the golden globe that is soccer's greatest prize, its captain has already laid claim to Best Actor, no vote required. The versatile Diego Simeone, accomplished defensive midfielder and thespian, nearly stole a spot in the World Cup semifinals for Argentina by hamming up two minor fouls into hysterical red-card rulings against second-round and quarterfinal opponents England and Holland.
December 25, 1997 |
Once there was a boy with a magic left foot. His name was Diego Armando Maradona. He was a poor boy from a poor neighborhood. At 10, he dazzled stadiums with juggling exhibitions during halftime at professional soccer games. He danced with the ball, making it float with his foot, his knee, his head, lost in impish rapture. When the referees tried to stop the boy and resume the games, the crowds booed. At 19, he led Argentina's national youth team to a world championship.
March 24, 1995 |
Going to Argentina without checking out Diego Armando Maradona would be like going to Pisa without visiting the Leaning Tower. He might have a serious design flaw, but, Dios mio , is he one of a kind. One of the greatest soccer players of all time when he was not sulking or suspended, Maradona is in his eighth--and perhaps last--week as coach of Racing Club, a first-division team in Buenos Aires.
March 12, 1995 |
In a fading resort city attempting to reclaim its title as Argentina's favorite seaside retreat, many of the half-million residents began celebrating the XII Pan American Games days before Saturday night's opening ceremony at Estadio Ciudad de Mar del Plata. While bands playing Argentine tangos, Spanish torch songs and even Yanqui rock 'n roll turned the promenade alongside the Atlantic Ocean into their stage, hundreds of visitors to the beach sang and danced in the sand.
August 4, 1994 |
Racquetball is the kind of fast-paced, high-octane sport that sometimes seems a blur to its spectators. There are the 180-m.p.h. serves that crack against the walls like bullets fired from a gun. Then there are the players, crashing into walls and each other while flailing at the speeding ball. Lose concentration for a split-second and that point, and perhaps the match, is lost. Tony Jelso lost that focus not only for a second but for several months.