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August 5, 2013 |
Art Donovan played pro football for 12 years. He spent the rest of his life telling everyone about it. Donovan, 89, who died Sunday of a respiratory ailment at a Baltimore hospice, played and talked a great game. He was a Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts and an engaging raconteur. His cherubic face, adenoidal voice and side-splitting tales of yore captivated generations of viewers who never saw Donovan collar a quarterback or take down a runner. Donovan appeared 10 times on "Late Night With David Letterman," where he spun yarns about his youth in the Bronx, his hitch in the Marines during World War II and his playing days in the NFL. Often, his stories were laced with self-deprecating humor and some choice four-letter words.
July 25, 2013 |
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Colt McCoy is mostly watching and learning now, soaking in as much as possible in order to be the ideal backup to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. And some of what McCoy is seeing looks familiar. “It reminds me a lot of when I was a redshirt freshman [at the University of Texas] watching Vince Young do the things that he did,” McCoy said after a practice with rookies and selected veterans this week. “As far as the zone-read and running and athletic ability, it's off the charts.” In April, Cleveland traded McCoy and a sixth-round pick to the 49ers in exchange for San Francisco's picks in the fifth and seventh rounds.
June 17, 2013 |
Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano, whose battle against a curable form of leukemia captivated the NFL last season, has been chosen as the 2013 George Halas Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America. The award is presented to a NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed. It is named for Halas, who was associated with the Chicago Bears and NFL from their inception in 1920 until his death in 1983 as an owner, manager, player and promoter.
June 15, 2013 |
Lakers fan Lee Searing waited until he thought he had a really nice horse, and it happened to coincide with an injury to his favorite player, Kobe Bryant, so he named his 2-year-old colt Kobe's Back. And what a debut for the son of Flatter on Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Running in the $100,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes, Kobe's Back broke slowly out of the starting gate in the 51/2-furlong race and was last in a field of nine. But he came charging in the stretch under jockey Rafael Bejarano and won by 31/4 lengths over Willie B Awesome.
April 29, 2013 |
The Sacramento Kings finally appear to be staying put in the state capital, possibly ending an emotional saga that has dragged on for nearly three years. The NBA's relocation committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend that owners reject the application for the Kings to relocate to Seattle, the latest - and by far the strongest - in a long line of cities that almost landed the franchise. The 12 league owners on the committee made the decision over a conference call and forwarded the recommendation to the NBA Board of Governors.
April 13, 2013 |
Overanalyze stormed down the home stretch to pull away and win the $1-million Arkansas Derby on Saturday at Hot Springs, Ark. The colt, trained by Todd Pletcher , trailed with a second group for much of the race before charging ahead after the final turn in the 1 1/8-mile race. Overanalyze overcame the lead pack and held off Frac Daddy and Carve to earn Pletcher his third win in the Kentucky Derby prep race, his first since winning back-to-back Arkansas Derby races in 2000 and 2001.
April 3, 2013 |
The Bob Baffert-trained Flashback drew post position No. 1 for Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby and was installed as the 9-5 favorite in a nine-horse field. "I really don't like the one hole," Baffert said after Wednesday's draw for the 1 1/8-mile test. Flashback, a gray 3-year-old son of Tapit, finished second at Santa Anita in the March 9 San Felipe Stakes behind Hear The Ghost after getting into a speed duel with Goldencents. It has resulted in Baffert switching jockeys - Garrett Gomez will replace Julien Leparoux on Flashback.
April 2, 2013 |
Zenyatta has become a mother for the second time, delivering a colt on Monday night. He's a leggy chestnut with a white blaze similar to Zenyatta, according to Zenyatta.com. The father is Tapit. It's the second foal for Zenyatta since her retirement at the end of 2010. Her first foal, by Bernardini, was born on March 8 of last year. Zenyatta won 19 of 20 starts and was the 2010 Horse of the Year. The birth was at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky. ALSO: Kevin Ware of Louisville tweets he'll 'be back next year' Matt Flynn heads to Raiders; Carson Palmer headed out Watch Andrew Wiggins make bigger name for self with monster dunk
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2013 |
Police officers in the Fontana Unified School District were armed recently with semiautomatic rifles, drawing sharp criticism and sparking an effort to ban such weapons on school campuses. The Colt military-style rifles, which cost about $1,000 each, are kept in safes when officers are on campus and will be used only in "extreme emergency cases" like the massacre in Newtown, Conn., Supt. Cali Olsen-Binks said. The district purchased the rifles in October and received them in December, before the tragedy in Newtown, where a gunman killed 26 people - 20 of them children - at an elementary school.
January 7, 2013 |
Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano has been through a lot this season. After being hired by the Colts during the off-season, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and missed most of the season while undergoing treatment. He re-assumed his head-coaching duties before the final regular-season game, a victory over the Houston Texans, and remained in that role for the Colts' wild-card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, a season-ending 24-9 loss. Still, it was quite a season for the Colts, who had won just two games the previous year and revamped much of the team, opting to draft Andrew Luck as quarterback and trade all-time great Peyton Manning.