April 30, 2013 |
A homeless man approached Chad Johnson in the South Beach area of Florida on Saturday and asked the former NFL star to buy him a beer. He picked the right guy to ask. Johnson bought the man -- first name Robert, last name unknown, goes by the nickname Porkchop -- several beers and hung around to enjoy them with him. The ex-wide receiver also bought Porkchop cigarettes and some new clothes, gave him a watch and took him out for a night on...
May 1, 2013 |
Hines Ward is all for gay football players coming out of the closet and just being themselves. But the former Super Bowl MVP doesn't play in the NFL anymore. And he apparently feels that some current players don't feel the same way he does. Ward told NBC Sports Radio on Tuesday, the day after NBA center Jason Collins became the first active male athlete in a major team sport to publicly admit he's gay, that he doesn't think the time is right for a similar situation in the NFL. “I don't think football is ready," Ward told host Erik Kuselia.
June 20, 2013 |
Now that Howard Kurtz is leaving CNN for Fox News Channel, things might be getting animated around the water cooler at Rupert Murdoch's cable news network. Kurtz, a media critic and the host since 1998 of CNN's journalism roundtable "Reliable Sources," will be taking over the weekend show "Fox News Watch," pushing out current host Jon Scott, whom Fox is moving elsewhere. The move came as a surprise because Kurtz has sometimes been harshly critical of Fox News. At least one Fox News host isn't likely to roll out a welcome mat: conservative host Sean Hannity, who recently dubbed Kurtz "a nitwit.
April 30, 2013 |
How do you celebrate a walk-off home run in the 19th inning? Why, you throw a pie into your own face, of course. Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer off Angels reliever Barry Enright to give the Oakland Athletics a 10-8, 19-inning victory in Oakland at 1:41 a.m. Tuesday. Amazingly, the Oakland telecast of the game actually went on with a brief post-game show, including an interview with Moss. During that interview, an A's teammate walked up to Moss and handed him a plate filled with whipped cream.
August 21, 2013 |
Glenn Burke was just doing what came naturally. Dusty Baker's home run blast to left field on the last day of the regular season, Oct. 2, 1977, was history-making. It was his 30th, meaning the Dodgers became the first team to have four players hit 30 home runs in a season. As Baker rounded third to the roar of the Dodger Stadium crowd, Burke, a rookie outfielder, ran from the on-deck circle, jumped up and gave Baker an over-the-head hand-slap in celebration. And, the high-five was born.
March 3, 1996 |
Ryan Smiley admits he wouldn't have done it at the beginning of the season. But when he sprang free on a breakaway in the closing moments of Harvard-Westlake High's rout of Morningside at the Pond on Saturday, he rolled the ball off his fingertips short of the basket and let 6-foot-11 center Jason Collins slam it with both hands. The crowd went wild. So did Harvard, which captured its second consecutive Southern Section Division III-A title with a 75-53 victory.
April 29, 2013 |
One reason fans attend auto races is because the cars are loud -- in some cases, exceptionally loud. Spectators simply love the roar of the engines. So what if a race was held with significantly quieter cars? Would fans still find it appealing? Los Angeles plans to find out. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced last week that L.A. is one of 10 global cities where a new racing organization, Formula E, hopes to hold street races with all-electric cars, starting next year. The cars would be true race cars, roughly similar in size and shape to those in the IndyCar series.
December 10, 1998 |
Stanford backup center Jason Collins will be sidelined indefinitely because of a dislocated right wrist. The 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman suffered the injury when he fell after scoring a basket during Monday night's victory over George Washington. Collins, a former Harvard-Westlake standout, played in only one game last season, then injured his knee during practice at the Big Island Invitational in Hawaii.
March 28, 1996 |
Twins Jason and Jarron Collins of Harvard-Westlake High have been selected the Southern Section Division III boys' basketball co-players of the year. Jason Collins, a 6-foot-11 junior center, averaged 18.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots to lead the Wolverines (30-2) to the state championship. He also was The Times' Valley Player of the Year. Jarron Collins, a 6-10 junior, averaged 14.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists.