March 2, 1985 |
When a track and field athlete sets a world record, it's noted and then, more often than not, forgotten by all but the sport's most faithful followers. But when track athletes make public a feud, it's a gift to the sport's promoters that keeps on giving. Ruth Wysocki's entry in the 2,000-meter run at the Sunkist Invitational in January was of some interest because it was her first race against Mary Decker Slaney since beating Slaney at 1,500 meters in the Olympic trials.
March 30, 2001 |
". . . but when your luck runs dry, watch out. That's when the nights grow long and the streets grow cold--and when that juice turns sour, baby, it's more than your day that gets ruined. A New York minute--that's all it takes to go from the top of the heap to the city dump." --The athletes' lament, from "City Dump" * It was and still is, 50 years later, the worst development in the history of college basketball.
January 10, 1992 |
Although it may be futile, Dick Ebersol, president of NBC Sports, will try to persuade Bill Walsh to stay with the network. The San Francisco 49ers want their former coach back as an administrator. Walsh would work on the draft and possible trades, with General Manager John McVay continuing to be in charge of player personnel and detail work. "We should know what Bill is going to do before 6 o'clock Saturday," Ebersol said while in Los Angeles.
March 1, 1998 |
DING! The bell rang out and the room fell silent. The sound that once signaled these men to come out fighting suddenly trapped them in the not-so-neutral corner of the past. If there is one ritual in boxing that can bring tough guys to tears, it is the honorary 10-count--the ringing of the bell 10 times for deceased fighters. As the ex-pugs, their families and friends stood with their heads bowed, Dr. Charlie Gellman, a former middleweight, solemnly rang the bell. Ding . . .
October 13, 2007 |
The years are adding up as fast as all those NCAA basketball titles he won. John Wooden will turn 97 Sunday, and those who think that makes him blessed have it wrong. The rest of us are blessed. We used to ponder the unthinkable. Now we assume immortality and refuse to think otherwise. It will be a weekend of celebration. The former UCLA basketball coach turned philosopher and humanist will go along to the parties and be the most bemused person there.
August 15, 1999 |
Editors note: This is one in a series of stories on great sports moments in each month during the century. * In August 1936, Nazi Germany welcomed the Olympic Games with an enthusiasm that shrouded the evil of Hitler's Third Reich. The regime's racism and anti-Semitism were hidden behind the facade of anticipation for a great athletic event. Crowds jammed the Berlin rail station as the American team arrived from Hamburg. Most of the excitement was generated by a young athlete from Ohio State.
August 12, 1994 |
Fox couldn't have planned it any better, what with baseball going on strike the same day as its first NFL telecast. It's only an exhibition, but Fox is treating tonight's Denver-San Francisco game as a major event. It will use 12 cameras, the same number CBS used to televise last season's NFC championship game in Dallas. David Hill, the president of Fox Sports, said the network's battle cry going into the season is "same game, new attitude." The announcers for the 5 p.m.
January 19, 1990 |
Hockey will return to network television for the first time in a decade Sunday when NBC carries the NHL All-Star game, with Marv Albert doing the play-by-play. Marv Albert? Wait a minute. Doesn't he do boxing for NBC? Or is it football? Wasn't he announcing a Nevada Las Vegas basketball game last weekend? Didn't he just win an Ace Award, cable TV's version of an Emmy, for his work as a Knicks' announcer for the Madison Square Garden Network?
March 30, 2001 |
It may be hard for those not familiar with Bill Walton's background to envision when he couldn't talk. "It wasn't a slight speech problem," he said from his hotel room in Minneapolis on Thursday. "I couldn't talk at all. I couldn't say hello, I couldn't say thank you." Walton, 48, learned to talk at 28. Dr. Ernie Vandeweghe put Walton together with the late Marty Glickman, and they spent a weekend together in San Diego in 1980.
September 5, 2003 |
James Worthy whirled past befuddled opponents for 12 standout seasons as a Laker forward, freeing himself for crowd-pleasing dunks or medium-range jump shots during the "Showtime" era of the 1980s. Others gained more acclaim, but few played their roles more dependably than Worthy. Chick Hearn called Worthy's every spin, dunk and jumper -- and a great deal more during a 42-year career that made him perhaps the greatest Laker of them all.