January 30, 2014 |
If the Seattle Seahawks' ferocious defense isn't enough to make Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sweat on Super Bowl Sunday, how about the prospect of allowing a city's museum-goers to get thrown for another loss? Besides the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a sterling silver football on a pedestal, and immeasurable bragging rights, the teams will be playing for the artistic gratification of their respective citizens, thanks to a bet between the directors of the Seattle Art Museum and Denver Art Museum.
January 23, 2014 |
Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly has landed the annual Super Bowl-timed sit-down with President Obama in a live discussion that will air during the Fox network's pregame show on Feb. 2. The interview, expected to air at 1:30 p.m. PT, is the first of two parts. Following the live portion of the interview, a second discussion will be taped to play during "The O'Reilly Factor" on Feb. 3 on Fox News. This is O'Reilly's third interview with Obama. He also sat down with the president in 2011, the last time Fox aired the Super Bowl and during Obama's original campaign for president.
January 11, 2014
San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh and Carolina's Ron Rivera, teammates with the Chicago Bears in the 1980s, square off with very similar teams. Both have stifling defenses, productive power running games, and mobile, dynamic quarterbacks who can pick up first downs with their feet. Whereas Colin Kaepernick helped bring the 49ers to the brink of a Lombardi Trophy last season, Cam Newton will make his first postseason appearance for the Panthers. Carolina stunned San Francisco in November with a 10-9 victory at Candlestick Park, but the 49ers were without Kaepernick's favorite target, receiver Michael Crabtree, who missed 11 games because of a torn Achilles' tendon.
December 28, 2013 |
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving Saturday morning in Florida after his Mercedes-Benz was clocked traveling 110 mph in a 70-mph zone, police said. The arrest came less than two months after Puig had speeding-related charges dropped in Tennessee. Puig, who makes his off-season home in Miami, was driving westbound on Interstate 75 between Naples and Fort Lauderdale when he was pulled over, said Lt. Greg Bueno of the Florida Highway Patrol.
December 26, 2013 |
Serena Williams nearly owned women's tennis in 2013, and the Associated Press took notice by selecting her the female athlete of the year. Williams has won the award three times, tying golfer Annika Sorenstam and tennis player Maureen Connolly. Only track and golf star Babe Didrikson (6) and tennis star Chris Evert (4) have more selections since the award was first given in 1931. Williams was a runaway winner in voting by the media, garnering 55 of 96 votes. Women's basketball player Brittney Griner was second with 14 votes.
December 24, 2013 |
The most valuable players obviously stand out each season, and so do the All-Stars and those with maximum contracts and seven-figure sneaker deals. While some of their teammates, those who never get off the bench, or play only on the third line or on return teams, or those who are the players-to-be-named later in deals, hardly matter. And, yes, there are the one-night "stars," who make the late-night video highlights, or whose brief exploits go viral on YouTube. But the real heavy lifting, game in and game out, in professional sports is done by the more unheralded athletes in the lineup almost every day. Those who help push the runs across, or make a key play that doesn't turn up on the stat sheets, help pick up the slack when a superstar is having an off night - they are the glue that helps hold teams together.