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.
January 5, 2014 |
Michelle Pritchett, the Alabama football fan who attacked Oklahoma fans at the Orange Bowl, issued an apology this weekend for her actions. Pritchett, who was attending the game Wednesday with her husband, son and family friends, is shown on the video above confronting the fans, who she says were goading her son into a fight. It all started as good-natured trash talking, if you can believe that, and escalated into what you can see in the video above. "It had nothing to do about the ballgame," Pritchett told AL.com.
September 5, 2013 |
Matt Bomer has not been cast in the on-screen adaptation of the erotic novel "50 Shades of Grey"; however, he's still showing his support for the project and its recently announced cast despite fan ire regarding the casting decisions. Author E.L. James, who originally wrote the trilogy as a "Twilight" fan-fiction series, announced over Labor Day weekend that "Ben & Kate" actress Dakota Johnson, 23, and "Sons of Anarchy's" Charlie Hunnam, 33, would play the lead roles of college grad Anastasia Steele and her B&D-obsessed lover Christian Grey.
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.
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 26, 2014 |
A baseball fanfest bringing together minor leaguers and some major leaguers from the Los Angeles area to benefit research for a cure to Crohn's disease was held on Sunday at the Mid Valley baseball complex in Encino. Put together by former Harvard-Westlake pitchers Max Fried and Lucas Giolito, the event drew a good crowd of fans who received free autographs from participating players, many of whom worked out on the mound and at the plate. Jon Garland, a Kennedy High grad who pitched for the Dodgers and Angels, dropped by to offer his support.
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.
June 21, 2013 |
As the media frenzy over Paula Deen's use of a racial epithet raged on Friday, a journalist sent a tweet using a hashtag he thought “no one else will ever use”: #TeamPaulaDeen. Turns out, he was wrong. Following the Food Network's announcement that it will not renew Deen's contract , some of her fans weren't shy about expressing support for her on Twitter and the network's Facebook page. As of Friday afternoon, the most recent post on the network's page was a recipe for zucchini casserole.