February 15, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - They had spent nearly three hours pouring their hearts across the sticky floor of the smoky basement bar. They had cheered, groaned, cursed, crushed empty cigarette packs in frustration, danced past empty vodka bottles with glee, and chanted in baritone for their beloved Russia. Then they lost. When American T.J. Oshie scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the U.S. a 3-2 victory over Russia in a first-round Olympic hockey game Saturday night, it was a devastating ending for the several dozen fans crowding into the So Leone sports bar in downtown Sochi.
February 9, 2014 |
Hannah Kearney's voice was breaking and there was no doubt her heart was doing the same when she struggled to keep her composure in the interview room. One volunteer scurried to get Kearney a bottle of water and a tissue to blot her tears. What the moguls specialist wanted most to happen, however, wasn't to be on Saturday. "Right now, I would like very much to ski again," Kearney said. "I think instead I will try my absolute best to let it go. I think it will help my happiness levels moving forward.
January 11, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- The death of former Israeli prime minister and military leader Ariel Sharon was met with emotional responses Saturday in Israel and the Palestinian territories; in some quarters eliciting cries of sorrow, in others, tears of joy. “My dear friend, Arik Sharon, lost his final battle today,” eulogized President Shimon Peres, among the last surviving members of Israel's founding generation. He called Sharon a brave soldier and a daring leader and one of Israel's “most important architects.” Peres said Sharon knew no fear and “certainly never feared vision.” He knew to take difficult decisions and implement them, the president said.
January 9, 2014 |
The boos that washed loudly over Ronda Rousey seconds after she beat Miesha Tate by armbar submission on Dec. 28 -- and then decided not to shake the extended hand of the vanquished -- were deafening. As Venice's Rousey (8-0) now prepares for her next opponent, 2004 Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann (7-0), she isn't losing sleep over it. “The cheers were never anything that I developed an appendage to,” said Rousey, who'll defend her women's Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight belt Feb. 22 in a pay-per-view fight at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
December 15, 2013 |
“Saturday Night Live” writers must love it when old-time recurring hosts like John Goodman come back to the show: They're comfortable with themselves, they're familiar with the way the show works and they're flexible, willing to play a supporting role in a sketch as well as a key character. While America might not have been holding its breath to see how John Goodman would perform hosting for the 13th time, that freed the writers to produce several evergreen (pun intended)
December 14, 2013 |
NEW YORK Santa, it seemed, was difficult to escape in parts of this snow-coated city Saturday. He was eating a burrito at Chipotle. He was getting money out of the ATM. He was buying Gatorade at Walgreens. But most of all, he was drinking at various bars throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn as part of SantaCon, an annual Santa-themed bar crawl. SantaCon has occurred for years, but after a few particularly rowdy parties, the event has gotten the city in a tizzy. Many New Yorkers this year expressed concerns about the level of booziness at SantaCon, which draws 30,000 people to New York and has been known to feature Santas puking, shouting and urinating publicly all over town.