August 24, 2004 |
Miracles are getting some kind of workout here in Athens. At the Olympics, the hockey movie "Miracle" has become this generation's "Rocky." But what worked for swim star Michael Phelps -- who estimated he has watched "Miracle" about 10 times -- did not carry over for a certain group of men in the pool. A miracle was not forthcoming for the U.S. men's water polo team Monday at the Olympic Aquatic Center against Serbia and Montenegro.
August 30, 2004 |
Vanderlei de Lima was tiring. That much was clear. The compact, 35-year-old Brazilian had slipped ahead of the Olympic marathon pack 63 minutes into Sunday's race, but his pursuers had sliced his 40-second lead to 25 as they pounded from Marathon toward Athens on roads still radiating heat.
August 15, 2004 |
Olympian Lamar Odom. Who could have seen it coming? He was the classic underachiever, his four seasons with the Clippers marred by long stints on the injured list and two suspensions for marijuana use. When Odom joined the Miami Heat and Pat Riley as a free agent last summer, critics chided Miami for overpaying a player with a checkered past. At best, Odom was considered a longshot to play in an NBA All-Star game, let alone represent the United States on the world's biggest athletic stage.
November 26, 2002 |
Larry Brown, who won an NCAA title at Kansas and reached the NBA Finals with Philadelphia, is expected to be named coach of the U.S. men's basketball team for the 2004 Olympics today. USA Basketball, which runs the team, has called a news conference in New York to announce its choice. However, word leaked after last week's meeting of the senior committee that Brown had been selected. Brown has already announced that he'd be pleased to go, if selected.
August 11, 2004 |
Jennifer Capriati withdrew from the Athens tennis tournament because of an injured right hamstring and will be replaced on the U.S. team by Lisa Raymond, who previously had won a doubles berth with Martina Navratilova. Capriati, who won the gold medal at Barcelona, recently had pulled out of competitions at Carson and Carlsbad before losing at Montreal, where she aggravated the hamstring.
March 10, 2005 |
NBC's coverage of last year's Summer Olympics in Athens topped the field Wednesday in competition for the 26th annual Sports Emmy Awards, earning 14 nominations. ESPN led the network totals with 29 nominations, compared with 23 for NBC, 18 for Fox and 17 each for ABC and HBO. The nominees for outstanding play-by-play announcer were Al Michaels of ABC and ESPN, Dick Enberg of CBS, Jim Lampley of HBO, Jim Nantz of CBS and Joe Buck of Fox.
November 30, 2002 |
Baseball, softball and the modern pentathlon won a reprieve Friday with the International Olympic Committee voting to postpone any decision about whether the three sports ought to be eliminated from the Olympic Games until after the 2004 Athens Games. An IOC panel had recommended the exclusion of the three sports in August. The recommendation was surprising if not stunning -- no sport has been cut from the Summer Games since after the 1936 Games, when the IOC chucked polo.
November 25, 2000 |
Seeking to quell intensifying speculation about the 2004 Summer Olympics, senior International Olympic Committee officials concluded an inspection trip here with another round of assurances that they are committed to holding the Games in Athens and have no plans to move them elsewhere.
August 13, 2004 |
Although it will be a beautiful trip for the eyes, a travel poster for Athens with the passes in front of the glimmering Acropolis, several cyclists said Thursday that the course for Saturday's Olympic road race was unnecessarily dangerous. "I know it's not easy to come up with a course through a city like this," said Tyler Hamilton, a member of the U.S. team. "I know they want the course to go past the Acropolis and to make the city look good. But I wish they'd check with the cyclists.
August 13, 2004 |
The 2004 Summer Games open officially today amid unrelenting security concerns, testing a $1.5-billion plan that involves 70,000 Greek police and soldiers, and gadgets such as a blimp loaded with cameras that can peer down into this ancient city, transformed for the Olympics into a thoroughly modern European capital. As the Olympic flame made its way late Thursday to the Acropolis, the icon of ancient Greece, officials said they knew of no threat to the Games.