August 25, 1986 |
Every sport demands a legend; harness racing had Bill Haughton. In 35 years as a driver, he won more than $40 million in purses, nearly 5,000 races and led the nation in victories 12 times. His reputation grew until, like all legends, he became part fact, part fiction. Babe Ruth, Red Grange and Jack Armstrong rolled into one bespectacled package sitting pretty behind a trotter, holding the reins ever so sweetly.
July 16, 2013 |
Mike Miller was a luxury that the Miami Heat decided they could no longer afford. Miller was designated Tuesday as the team's amnesty player, a move that may save the Heat more than $30 million in luxury tax payments over the next two years and comes only a few days after team President Pat Riley said the two-time defending NBA champions were hoping to keep the core of the roster largely intact for next season. But with the team's tax bill set to be bigger than ever - depending on what the final payroll numbers are, the Heat could pay as much as $2.50 per $1 they are over the salary-cap threshold for this coming season under the league's new and more punitive rules - the team ultimately made the call to part with Miller, a move that he suspected was coming.
October 13, 1985 |
World champion Nihilator came from the second tier Saturday night to win the inaugural running of the $225,000 Walt Whitman for 3-year-old pacers at Garden State Park by 2 3/4 lengths. Driver William O'Donnell maneuvered Nihilator to the outside and remained there throughout the mile. The son of Niatross worked his way to third passing the half mile and gained the lead from Pershing Square entering the stretch.
June 12, 2000 |
The bald, goateed, man who sits behind Larry Bird during Pacer games is Joe Qatato. "Quirky," the Pacers call him, because Bird does, and has for more than two decades. Qatato met Bird in 1979. He was a student at Emerson College in Boston and a public relations intern with the Boston Celtics. Bird had just left Indiana State and in many circles was a basketball legend already.
January 4, 2014 |
If the NBA playoffs started Sunday, they would include one team five games below .500, two other teams with losing records at home and a fourth team that has gone 0-5 in its division. In what kind of an insane realm does this mishmash of mediocrity qualify as success, and where do the Lakers sign up? It's called the Eastern Conference, with membership confined to mostly poor, huddled masses yearning to wheeze free. Eleven of the 15 teams have losing records. Toronto's 16-15 record is good enough to lead the awful Atlantic Division, where the second-place team will probably be high in the draft lottery.
October 27, 1985 |
The Chicago Bulls, under new Coach Stan Albeck, have already developed a new fighting spirit. In a game Saturday night at Chicago in which Albeck was ejected after getting into a shoving match with Detroit Coach Chuck Daly, Michael Jordan led the Bulls to a 121-118 victory over the Pistons, their second straight win in the new season.
February 22, 2014 |
It was the trade deadline that was nearly D.O.A. Besides the last-minute deal that sent Evan Turner from Philadelphia to Indiana, it was mostly a day of high-profile inactivity. There have been minute-long slug races that produced more movement. Pau Gasol, Rajon Rondo and Harrison Barnes all remained with their respective teams. Only two former All-Stars - Danny Granger and Antawn Jamison - changed addresses, and their heydays came last decade. Theories abounded as to what caused the inertia.
February 21, 1990 |
Eight players, including Chuck Person of Indiana and Bernard King of Washington, were fined a total of $10,500 by the NBA today for fights over the weekend. Person received the largest fine, $4,000, for his part in a fight with King that spilled into the front row of the stands during Sunday's game in Baltimore. A child in the first row was shaken up but uninjured after a player fell into the stands.
February 1, 2009 |
RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY *--* FOUR ACES 1. LAKERS (37-9) Lakerdom holding its breath, waiting for the word on Andrew. (1) 2. BOSTON (39-9) Remember Christmas when Lakers started them on 2-7 nose dive? So do they. (2) 3. CLEVELAND (36-9) Oops: After complaining Magic got three all-stars, Magic wallops them. (3) 4. ORLANDO (35-10) Booby prize: Boston-Cleveland loser looking at them in second round. (4) 11 JACKS 5.