January 29, 2006 |
In one week, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks will face off at Ford Field in Detroit, the site of Super Bowl XL -- that's XL as in 40, not "extra large." Most football experts agree that great offensive balance and defensive tenacity are characteristics of both teams. Greg Cote of the Miami Herald wrote of another similarity: "Travel-industry analysts say the teams are distinguished by being the only two groups in America looking forward to being in Detroit in early February."
March 27, 2003 |
The Sacramento Kings have sent letters of congratulation and apology to the Lakers and Shaquille O'Neal in regard to the defaced basketball O'Neal used to score his 20,000th point. The letters -- one to O'Neal's representative, Perry Rogers, and copied to General Manager Mitch Kupchak -- are signed by King owners Joe and Gavin Maloof and General Manager Geoff Petrie.
July 2, 1999 |
The Maloof family officially gained a controlling interest of the Sacramento Kings and Arco Arena from Jim Thomas. The NBA Board of Governors approved the ownership change on May 7 and it went into effect Thursday. The Albuquerque family, headed by brothers Joe and Gavin Maloof, already has been exerting control over the franchise. "This is a very exciting day for the Maloof family," Joe Maloof, president of the Maloof Cos., said during a signing ceremony in Los Angeles.
October 20, 2006 |
Identity theft hits horse racing? More like an international homage to the movie "Taxi Driver." Briefing HQ was looking up the record of Breeders' Cup-bound Areyoutalkintome and found another horse with nearly the same name, Areyoutalkingtome, a British colt. "I guess these guys are fans of Travis Bickle," said Jay Privman of the Daily Racing Form, referring to the title character played by Robert DeNiro in the 1976 film. Guess that extra G makes a big difference.
November 10, 2005 |
The New York Post on Wednesday left little doubt about who it thought should have won the American League Cy Young Award. "Marian-No!" read the main headline on the back cover. "Rivera robbed; Colon nabs AL Cy Young" read another headline on the cover. Inside, columnist Mike Vaccaro wrote: "Robbed? Mariano Rivera wasn't just robbed. He was mugged. He was pistol-whipped. "He was bound and gagged and put under an interrogation lamp by a blind gaggle representing the Baseball Writers Assn.
February 18, 2007 |
Gilbert Arenas, the person, is so much fun, it's hard not to like him. Then there's Gilbert Arenas, the basketball player. In his latest prank gone wrong, he vowed to score 50 points against Portland. He missed by 41 as the teed-off Trail Blazers upset his Wizards at home.
January 8, 2001 |
Syndicated columnist Norman Chad, writing before the New York Giants played the Philadelphia Eagles, characterized the Giants as a "nagging cold sore that won't go away," adding: "You know how you're not supposed to look at the sun directly during a solar eclipse or it will damage your eyes. Same thing applies to the Giants when they're on offense. "Things I'd rather do than watch the Giants play football: * "Eat peanut butter on Melba toast every day for a year.
January 12, 2013 |
Sorry, Lakers fans. You can't have Phil. Despite the reappearance of chants for Phil Jackson at a recent game, Mike D'Antoni is still the Lakers' coach. And will be in the future. "'WE WANT PHIL' is not going to happen," Jackson said in an email to The Times. Mired in a six-game losing streak, the Lakers have D'Antoni under contract for two more seasons and $8 million. Mike Brown , fired two months ago after a 1-4 start, is owed $6 million more after this season. That's $14 million for D'Antoni and Brown until 2015.
HOME & GARDEN
November 8, 2008 |
In an indelible award-show moment, best-actor winner Ving Rhames gave his Golden Globe to fellow nominee Jack Lemmon in 1998, saying: "I feel that being an artist is about giving, and I'd like to give this to you." There was nary a dry eye in the house, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. later made a duplicate award for Rhames. (Sorry, Sally. While we may really, really like you, this guy is a class act.) Rhames has listed his home in Brentwood for $2,699,000.
May 20, 2006 |
It began in 1997 as a summer league alternative for women's professional basketball. As the WNBA opens its 10th season today, much has changed. Still solidly backed by the NBA, the WNBA has seen its talent base grow tenfold, leading to a higher level of play and the longest-running league in U.S. women's pro basketball. "I remember when I first accepted the job, there wasn't a collective bargaining agreement," Minnesota Coach Suzie McConnell Serio said.