February 13, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- With a heavy heart and a distracted mind, U.S. skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender pushed through her final training runs this week. Wednesday was the fifth anniversary of her father's death, an event so devastating she contemplated quitting her sport. Her two practice runs that day were among the slowest she had posted since arriving here nearly two weeks ago. "She tried to push through it, but it was an emotional day," U.S. coach Tuffy Latour said. "[Thursday] we can focus on the race.
February 8, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - He was the NHL's golden boy, "Sid the Kid," long before he scored the golden goal at Vancouver in 2010 that restored Canada's supremacy at the game it claims as its own. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was 22 when he added an Olympic gold medal to the Stanley Cup title he had won eight months earlier and his future appeared to be limitless. The Crosby who will lead defending champion Canada against Norway at the Bolshoy Ice Dome on Thursday, isn't a kid anymore.
February 5, 2014 |
Here's one solution to the National Football League's concussion problem: Stop playing at sea level. Researchers have found that concussion rates are about 30% lower in games played at higher altitudes. The finding was based on an analysis of all 300 concussions reported during the first 16 weeks of regular-season NFL games in 2012 and 2013. (Week 17 data were not available, since only playoff-bound teams release them.) For every 10,000 times a player suited up, there were 64.3 concussions.
February 3, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Pete Carroll felt a lot of emotions Monday morning, hours after his Seattle Seahawks crushed Denver, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII. He was proud, excited, drained, satisfied. But not surprised. "We developed a mentality from the first day we start talking about these kinds of moments, because this is exactly what we envisioned from Day 1," Carroll said at the traditional most-valuable-player news conference. Linebacker Malcolm Smith, who played for him at USC, won that award.
January 31, 2014 |
NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that the league is working to persuade a federal judge that a proposed $765-million concussion settlement will work the way it was intended. "The No. 1 thing for us right now is to get the money in place so that we can help the players and their families if they need it, and that is our priority," Goodell said during his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference, which was held at a midtown theater. U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody this month denied preliminary approval of the proposed settlement between the NFL and more than 4,500 retired players because of concerns the money will be insufficient over the life of the deal.
January 31, 2014 |
Super Bowl viewers might want to keep an eye on the helmets crashing together in Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. A new study says that the lids worn by opposing quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson, not to mention the dreadlock-filled helmet of Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, can reduce concussion risk by more than half, compared with an older model. The study adds to a growing consensus that helmet design can impact impacts. This one, published Friday in the Journal of Neurosurgery, was the first to control for the number of impacts different players receive.