May 14, 2013 |
We had a great development in sports over the weekend. Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia did for golf what Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan once did for figure skating. Images can change so fast. The PGA Tour is no longer merely a parade of boring thirtysomethings with vanilla personalities in logo shirts, smiling a lot while hitting little white balls over perfectly manicured landscapes. Now, we have Tiger in the red corner and Sergio in the blue. Bob Arum has to be goose-bumpy.
April 9, 2010 |
Zenyatta came to Oaklawn Park as visiting royalty. After romping to victory in the Apple Blossom Invitational, her 16th win in a row, racing's queen stood before her adoring public and bowed her head twice. Zenyatta high-stepped her way to the starting gate Friday in her distinctive Radio City Rockette style. She lagged behind early as usual before making a sweeping move through the stretch turn on her way to a 41/4-length victory at Hot Springs, Ark. "It's kind of hard to say if she's getting better and better because she's so good," jockey Mike Smith said.
February 12, 2010 |
If only the Winter Olympics had a polar bear swim event -- then we could send Michael Phelps, and everyone from the Wheaties account managers to the "Got Milk?" ad reps could take a deep cleansing breath. It's too late for NBC, of course, where beleaguered executives have jettisoned the First Commandment of the entertainment industry -- Thou Shalt Not Acknowledge Failure and Certainly Not Before It Has Cometh. For weeks, the network has been whining that it will lose $250 million by airing the games because host city Vancouver is struggling to produce enough snow, and the United States, lacking for the first time in years a high wattage figure skater, is struggling to produce a star.
February 10, 2010 |
The man who stalked ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and shot nude videos of her through a hotel room peephole videotaped 16 other women and ran background checks on 30 people, including female sports reporters and TV personalities, according to court documents. A sentencing memo filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles says Michael Barrett uploaded videos of 16 other women to an online account. Barrett also allegedly conducted 30 Internet background checks that can produce birthdays and home addresses, the document said.
January 25, 2009 |
Nearly everyone in the U.S. figure skating community was rooting for Alissa Czisny on Saturday night. They were holding their collective breath to see if Czisny could shake her past problems, get through a four-minute free skate and give the sport a U.S. women's champion with an adult elegance and grace.
January 10, 2004 |
It rankles Nancy Kerrigan that 10 years and four days after absorbing the whack on the knee that united her in a sort of unholy matrimony with Tonya Harding, she is remembered for something she didn't do, instead of her world-class repertoire and resume. It is unfair, but life isn't always fair. And Kerrigan, in Atlanta on Friday to be inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, has enjoyed a rich post-Olympic life as a wife, mother, charity volunteer and occasional performer.