February 14, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - The conversation was short, limited to basic words and gestures. But the two bobsledders - one Russian, one American - understood each other. "Was good?" Alexander Kasjanov asked, pointing toward the track at the Sanki Sliding Center. U.S. pilot Steven Holcomb slung an arm around his competitor's shoulder as they walked back toward their sleds. As Holcomb had explained earlier: "We all get along. " Most of the athletes at these 2014 Sochi Olympics are a generation removed from Cold War tensions that once fueled an intense rivalry between Russians and Americans.
February 5, 2014 |
If it was a Finals preview, you would want it to go nine games. Or maybe 11. There were times Wednesday when the Clippers and Miami Heat were as indistinguishable as actor Michael Douglas and Heat President Pat Riley, shown on the Staples Center scoreboard seated next to each other. There was highlight after highlight after highlight. And that was just the first three times LeBron James touched the ball. The Clippers' Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford kept the video replay crew busy with two-handed dunks and reverse layups and wild three-pointers while falling down.
January 27, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The Denver Broncos' Super Bowl media sessions have been conducted aboard the Cornucopia Majesty, a moored yacht that Monday featured Coach John Fox holding court on the first deck and players fielding questions two decks above. Receiver Demaryius Thomas stayed on an even keel when asked about a matchup against the Seattle Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" secondary and cornerback Richard Sherman . Thomas said that he met Sherman at a camp and that they "did some stuff in L.A. together.
January 25, 2014 |
You've got a red carpet, you've got the USC marching band, you've got KISS lighting up the inky night while standing inside what looks to be some sort of fire-breathing insect. Kings fans Giselle Bishop and Christina Dean celebrated it all in black and white tutus and high-top shoes. They looked like smog. "It was her idea," Bishop said, proud of her friend. By the way, didn't KISS sound good? Well, they were "tracked," as they say in the recording business, their instrumentals pre-recorded.
January 22, 2014 |
Their Dodger Stadium game will certainly be historic, with KISS in concert, beach volleyball to the side and an expected sellout crowd watching hockey in the open (and warm) air. But Thursday night's prequel to Saturday's NHL Stadium Series event, pitting the chafed Ducks and Kings in the normal surroundings of Honda Center, should have tremendous entertainment value as well. The Kings (29-16-6) arrive desperate for a win, mired in a 1-2-1 trip that included Saturday's galling shootout loss in Detroit.
January 13, 2014 |
DENVER - After nearly five months of NFL games, it has come down to this: Four teams. Four possible matchups for Super Bowl XLVIII. For Denver, New England, Seattle and San Francisco, looking that far ahead could spell doom. But the options have been so whittled down, the permutations are simple. The big game will be Seahawks-Broncos, Seahawks-Patriots, 49ers-Patriots or 49ers-Broncos. No matter what happens, this much is guaranteed: It will be a new-age quarterback from the NFC, either Seattle's Russell Wilson or San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick, against a future first-ballot Hall of Famer from the AFC, Denver's Peyton Manning or New England's Tom Brady.