July 30, 1986 |
Just last September--after the unexpected had paid him a second painful visit--Ram linebacker George Andrews figured that his football career was over. Andrews, a seven-year veteran and a four-year starter for the Rams at right linebacker, was attempting a quick maneuver around a New England Patriot blocker in the final exhibition game of 1985. As he moved, untouched by defenders, Andrews planted his right foot and felt his cleats catch in the turf. "I felt my knee explode," he said.
March 31, 1985 |
Oh boy, it's time for another Los Angeles Express game at the Coliseum. What do you mean, Steve Young isn't playing? Oh well, um, what do you say we stay home and clean out those rain gutters? That's an imaginary conversation from an imaginary Express fan's family, who just might have wanted to catch today's game with the Oakland Invaders at 1 p.m.
March 8, 1999 |
You see them on racquetball courts and soccer fields, at marathons and on ski slopes--aging athletes wearing high-tech knee braces. A logical question emerges: Does exercise ruin your knees? Ruined knees are a major concern in our graying society, with the knee now rivaling the back as a prime site of age-associated pain. The largest joint in the body, the knee is also one of the most easily injured, notes the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which says that more than 4.
March 23, 2013
No pressure Philadelphia guard Evan Turner, on the possibility of Andrew Bynum returning to the 76ers after sitting out this season because of knee injuries: "I don't want to sit here and scream out, 'Come back, come back, come back.' Dude's going through surgery, know what I'm saying? It's going to be tough enough rehabbing and everything. " Comes with territory Denver guard Ty Lawson, on the evolution of Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant, currently featured in a Nike campaign dubbed "K.D.
October 30, 1995 |
The New Orleans Saints may have saved their season and put a serious hurt on the San Francisco 49ers' chances to defend their Super Bowl title. Already missing quarterback Steve Young, the 49ers lost tight end Brent Jones and fullback William Floyd to potentially season-ending knee injuries, and the Saints held San Francisco to a season low in scoring in an 11-7 victory Sunday. "Obviously, it's a pretty bitter loss to take," San Francisco Coach George Seifert said.
October 28, 1994 |
This television picture needed no replays. Anybody who saw it will never forget it. What began as a televised football game turned into a horror movie. L.A. Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Candlestick Park. "Monday Night Football" season opener. Big game. Big show. Big national audience. In the third quarter, Raider quarterback Jeff Hostetler handed off to Napoleon McCallum, who ran up the middle for a yard before he was stopped by linebacker Ken Norton Jr. Routine play.
November 24, 2012 |
Rory McIlroy sank a short birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday to remain tied with Luke Donald as the world's two top-ranked golfers pulled three shots clear of a star-studded field after the third round of the Dubai World Championship in the United Arab Emirates. The top-ranked McIlroy, who has already wrapped up the European and PGA Tour money titles, struggled early when he bogeyed the first hole and missed several makable birdie putts. But he improved on the back nine, sinking a 30-foot eagle putt on 14 to go with three birdies for a six-under 66. Donald also had a 66 and is tied with McIlory with a 17-under total of 199. If Donald wins Sunday without carding a bogey, he will match the feat of Sweden's Jesper Parnevik, who won the 1995 Scandinavian Masters without dropping a shot.
May 9, 2005 |
"My knee kind of popped," my daughter said one day late in January after volleyball practice. She'd jumped to spike a ball, landed awkwardly, fallen to the ground and had to be assisted off the court. Her leg was swollen and continued to swell. She was limping. "Pop," when referring to a knee, sounded ominous -- and so it proved to be.
October 21, 2013 |
The NFL hasn't lost a star or two, it has lost a constellation. A slew of injuries Sunday either ended the seasons or severely hampered a host of prominent players, among them St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford, Houston linebacker Brian Cushing and Indianapolis receiver Reggie Wayne, all of whom will sit out the rest of the season because of knee injuries. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler is out at least a month because of a torn groin muscle. Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley remained in the hospital Monday because of a neck injury, and his football future is uncertain.
July 9, 2013
Andrew Bynum has a new team waiting for him. The enigmatic free-agent center, who didn't play a single second for the Philadelphia 76ers last season because of knee injuries, is mulling a two-year offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Tuesday. Cleveland made the offer, which includes a team option in the second year, during his visit to the Cavaliers' facility Monday. Bynum did not work out, but the team examined him thoroughly.