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October 12, 2013 |
Some blamed bad coaching. Others complained of too many foreign-born players. And still others said a better goalkeeper was needed. There were plenty of theories, but the fact remained that Mexico's national soccer team - considered one of the most talented and promising in the world only two years ago - was on the brink of losing control of their World Cup fate. On Friday night, El Tri (short for El Tri-color, a reference to Mexico's three-colored flag), as its fans affectionately call the team, was in a must-win game against Panama.
May 23, 2013 |
"Arrested Development" fans! Feel a little unprepared for the upcoming online launch of new episodes on Netflix this weekend? Afraid you're a little shaky on your "AD" recall? And "Arrested Development" newcomers: Do you need to get up to speed? Relax. IFC has got your back -- as long as you clear your slate this Saturday. The broadcast cable network is running a marathon of all 53 episodes of the first three seasons of "Arrested Development" starting at 6 a.m. For 26 1/2 hours, you can indulge in every dysfunctional mishap of the Bluth family.
April 4, 2010 |
Butler fans had a homegrown party Saturday, about five miles from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and the Final Four. With ribbons tied around trees and street posts, blue-clad students, parents and alumni started lining up outside historic Hinkle Fieldhouse for a viewing party more than 2 1/2 hours before tipoff between the Bulldogs and Michigan State. Several thousand were inside as the game began and they got a thrill as Butler outlasted the Spartans, 52-50. Water fountains on the small campus were dyed blue, and Greek organizations had plenty of signs up. "Let's win this one for all the small schools that never had the chance to get here," read one sign, quoting a line uttered in "Hoosiers" before underdog Hickory High wins the Indiana basketball state title in a movie version of Milan High's victory in the 1954 championship.
February 27, 2013 |
Dwight Howard has a new clip available on YouTube titled "Adidas Basketball: Dwight Howard -- all in for LA. " The Lakers center made a surprise appearance at the Adidas mobile photo booth, taking pictures, chatting with fans and giving out hugs. "We're here in LA -- about to meet all the fans, about to take pictures together -- about to have some fun," said Howard in the video's introduction. "It's all about the Lakers, baby. " In his first season with the Lakers (28-30)
April 24, 2012 |
Here is what I see, and I can't believe it. Two ushers are stopping fans from lining up for autographs almost two hours before Tuesday night's Dodgers game. The ushers tell the fans they must move to the right and sit down. The fans do so, thinking they will still have the opportunity to get autographs. But the ushers are telling me the fans probably won't get that opportunity because they haven't been given clearance to allow the fans to enter the expensive seats and line up for autographs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.