August 15, 2013 |
It was the talk of London before and after the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Queen Elizabeth II and actor Daniel Craig -- you may know him as James Bond -- collaborated on a videotaped skit that ended with a pair of stuntmen parachuting live into Olympic Stadium, one dressed as Craig, the other wearing the queen's pink dress. On Thursday, it was reported that the man doubling for Craig, former military officer Mark Sutton, was killed while wingsuit diving in Switzerland.
August 5, 2013 |
Kasey Kahne got the jump on Jeff Gordon off the final restart with two laps left and pulled away to win at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Kahne had the car to beat for the final half of Sunday's 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race until a late caution bunched up the field. Gordon, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, took the lead and seemed poised to win his first race of the season. After the final caution, Kahne was strong enough this time off the restart in the No. 5 Chevrolet.
August 1, 2013 |
Two-time defending national champion Alabama has opened at No. 1 in USA Today's preseason college football poll. UCLA, coming off a 9-5 season, is No. 21 and USC, 7-6 last year, is No. 24. Alabama is followed in the USA Today coaches' poll by Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia. Rounding out the top 10 is Texas A&M, South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville and Florida. The Southeastern Conference, which has won the last seven BCS titles, has five schools in the top 10. Alabama, which picked up 58 of the possible 62 first-place votes, has never won a national title when it debuted at No. 1 in the coaches' poll.
July 15, 2013 |
Kyla Ross of Mission Viejo and McKayla Maroney of Long Beach, both team gold medalists at last summer's London Olympics for the United States, are expected to be the star attractions at the 2013 Secret Classic on July 27 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Also expected to perform are 2013 AT&T American Club all-around silver medalist Simone Biles of Spring, Texas, and reigning U.S. junior champion Lexie Priessman of Cincinnati. ...
July 14, 2013 |
Tyson Gay, the reigning U.S. sprint champion at 100 and 200 meters, has tested positive for a banned substance, he said Sunday in Amsterdam. Gay, the American record-holder in the 100, will not compete in the world championships next month in Moscow after he said he was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Friday that an out-of-competition drug test was positive. "I don't have a sabotage story," said Gay, who battled injuries in the last two Olympic Games and turned in disappointing results.
July 13, 2013 |
Maria Sharapova didn't take long in hiring a new coach, announcing on Saturday that Jimmy Connors will replace Thomas Hogstedt, who oversaw her training for the last three years and helped her return to the No. 1 ranking in women's tennis. Connors, an eight-time champion of Grand Slam tournaments, worked with Sharapova before the 2008 Australian Open, which she won. He had coached Andy Roddick for two years before resigning in 2008. Sharapova announced on Friday that her and Hogstedt had agreed to a mutual parting of the ways.