April 17, 2013 |
If the Los Angeles Lakers flop in the NBA playoffs after avoiding the embarrassment of failing to qualify for the postseason for the first time since the 2004-05 season, many fans know exactly where they will place a load of the blame and how to fix the problem. “I think our coach needs to get it together,” said Liz Meres, 29, a longtime Lakers fan. “We don't rebound, get back on defense or hustle. Phil needs to get back with the Lakers so we can get another ring.” On the last day of the NBA's regular season, ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne report that sources say former Lakers coach Phil Jackson is 'itching' for a return to the NBA. Now, it seems to fans, the Lakers are fighting for their coach's job. “If the Lakers lose tonight, I hope [Mike D'Antoni]
January 17, 2013 |
There was a stirring of excitement in the paddock at Santa Anita on Thursday before the seventh race, an allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares 4-year-olds and up. Call it the Zenyatta effect. Zenyatta's half-sister, Eblouissante, was set to run in her second race, a 1 1/16-mile test on the dirt, and fans of the 2010 Horse of the Year wanted to see her half-sister up close. Eblouissante didn't disappoint, improving her race record to 2-0 after 1 3/4-length triumph over second-place Pink Blossom under jockey Corey Nakatani.
April 16, 2012 |
Tim Tebow has heard boos before, although usually those were for former Denver Broncos starting quarterback Kyle Orton back when the beloved Tebow was his backup. But the boos at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night were definitely for Tebow, now the New York Jets' backup quarterback who was hanging out with Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade as the New York Yankees took on the Angels. Sure, there were a smattering of cheers from Jets fans and probably some random Tebowmaniacs in the stadium.
November 20, 2013 |
So much for the "helmet pardy" in Winnipeg on Thursday night. It was a cheeky grass-roots plan hatched by some fans of the Winnipeg Jets, encouraging everyone to wear a helmet to the Jets game against the Chicago Blackhawks at MTS Center. This was a pointed response to the spectator in Chicago who grabbed the helmet of Jets defenseman Adam Pardy in a game at United Center this month after he had been pushed into the plexiglass, and the glass pane came off its support. That's when Pardy's helmet was taken off his head and the fan put it on. The Blackhawks' organization is arguably one of the most media-conscious in the league and apologies immediately came from the highest levels of the team.
April 26, 2012 |
Steve Nash may have played his final game as a Phoenix Sun on Wednesday night, and if he did, the fans in Phoenix let him know how much they love him for his contribution throughout the years. With time running out and Nash on the bench in Phoenix's 110-106 loss to San Antonio, the crowd began a "We want Steve" chant. Coach Alvin Gentry obliged, putting Nash in the game to a standing ovation, then removing him at the next dead ball so Nash could get another ovation.
May 25, 2012 |
British actress Keira Knightley, star of the upcoming film “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” is now engaged to James Righton of the rock band Klaxons, her publicist comfirmed Friday. Publicist Sara Keene said Knightley and Righton were not releasing details of the proposal and had no comment on wedding plans, according to the AP . No official representative for the legions of Knightley's distraught male fans and would-be suitors was immediately available for comment, though many admirers expressed their disappointment on Twitter.
February 15, 2012 |
To no surprise, among the throng of basketball fans enamored by the Knicks' Jeremy Lin is the one in the White House. President Obama was talking about the NBA's newest sensation on Marine One Wednesday morning, his spokesman Jay Carney confirmed, after the Knicks point guard led his team to another victory Tuesday night on a last-second three-pointer. Carney said the president, like the rest of Americans and much of the Chinese, is taken by the story. "It's just a great story and the president was saying as much this morning.
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.
January 26, 2014 |
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, ready to resume his All-Star career after a 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's anti-drug policy, took part in the team's annual fan festival and admitted, "I don't ever know if I could apologize enough for what's occurred. " Braun reportedly received a warm welcome, except for one heckler, when he was introduced Sunday at a downtown Milwaukee convention center during the Brewers On Deck event. Braun had drawn the contempt of many fans and baseball officials because he originally denied using performance-enhancing drugs, beat the charge on a technicality and then proceeded to claim his innocence while taking to task everyone involved in the case.
September 30, 2010 |
Phil Jackson might not be thrilled about the Lakers' venturing to Europe, but European fans seem eager to greet them. ? The Lakers' schedule includes sold-out exhibitions against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who made Spanish phenom Ricky Rubio the fifth pick in the 2009 NBA draft, and Regal FC Barcelona, the team Rubio plays for instead of the Timberwolves. ? Pau Gasol played with Rubio at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where the Spaniards lost to Team USA in the championship game.