February 17, 2014 |
WOMEN'S GIANT SLALOM We get the debut of potential breakout star Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. The 18-year-old is stronger in the slalom but could pick up her first Olympic medal in the giant slalom. The first of the two runs has been moved to earlier in the morning because of changing course conditions. WOMEN'S BOBSLED The U.S. put itself in a risky situation when it switched up bobsled teams last week, moving former sprinter Lauryn Williams to the No. 1 sled with Elana Meyers.
October 3, 2012
Re "Promises, reality and the Mideast," Opinion, Sept. 28 Ronald Brownstein doesn't address the hard truth the Arab Spring represents - importantly, that the prior choices have been thrown in the trash container. The overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, our puppet, illustrated that all bets are off. It's no longer a matter of avoiding the worst, for example, to guarantee the safety of Israel. The primary concern emerging in the Middle East is solving the contradictions of domestic conditions, with which we have seldom dealt except when they involve U.S. interests.
February 11, 2014 |
WOMEN'S DOWNHILL Can Julia Mancuso win her second medal of the Games? It's certainly possible. Mancuso surprised everyone with a bronze in the super combined, but now she gets to race her better discipline. This was Lindsey Vonn's race to lose until she was injured. Now it's anybody's race to win. MEN'S 1,000 SPEEDSKATING Shani Davis hopes to become the first American to win the same event three straight times. Poised to stop him is Michel Mulder of the Netherlands, who won the 500 earlier this week.
April 17, 2010 |
If you've ever deluded yourself that betting on sports was really investing, have we got a hedge fund for you. Starting on Saturday, the new Centaur Galileo fund in London will be making investments not in the traditional financial playing fields of stocks, oil futures or real estate, but in the actual playing fields of soccer, tennis and horse racing. Galileo is probably the first hedge fund to make bets on sports events, experts say. "We put numbers against those things that you and me and everyone in pubs have casual discussions about," said Tony Woodhams, the managing director at Centaur Group, which operates the fund.
January 29, 2014 |
By now, we all know how much Denver quarterback Peyton Manning loves yelling the word "Omaha. " We still really don't know why he does it, just that the future Hall of Famer is sure to give the Nebraska city plenty of shout-outs from the line of scrimmage Sunday when the Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. But just how many times will we hear "Omaha!" barked out of our TV sets? Well, Las Vegas sports books are taking bets on that, and they've set the over/under at 27 1/2. Sounds like fun. But just in case you don't want to risk your family's financial well-being on how often a football player blurts out a particular word, you can place your bet here with no money involved at all. A few tidbits to keep in mind: Manning shouted "Omaha!"
December 5, 2013 |
How will your favorite films fare with academy voters this year? Time for another consultation with the Oscar 8-Ball, which sees all. Well ... except for the ending of the original "Planet of the Apes. " ("You maniacs!") SAVING MR. BANKS You may rely on it: A movie about the magic of moviemaking? It worked for the last two best picture winners — "The Artist" and "Argo" (though the latter had the thriller elements too, not to mention Ben Affleck's awesome '70s beard) — so why not "Banks," a warmly sentimental, behind-the-scenes story about Walt Disney's attempt to persuade famously prickly British author P.L. Travers to sign away the screen rights to her beloved creation, Mary Poppins.