August 7, 2012 |
LONDON — Through the frantic thrashing in the pool and the supercharged racket at the Water Polo Arena, Adam Krikorian thought he saw his goalie grab the ball. He was sure of it. So the U.S. coach kept his eye on play while pivoting toward officials, signaling for a timeout. His goalie, however, did not have the ball. It was loose in the desperate muddle of Australia scraping to sustain gold-medal hopes, down a goal in a women's semifinal game. And there are five reasons for officials to award a penalty shot in water polo, and calling a timeout without possession is one of them.
May 19, 2012 |
When Didier Drogba's penalty kick hit the back of the net in Munich's Allianz Arena on Saturday, giving Chelsea a 4-3 win over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final, David Engelberg leapt to his feet in a bar half a world away and pumped his fist. Engelberg then quickly surveyed the room and noticed he was the only one standing — indeed, he was the only one smiling — and quietly sat back down. Celebrating a Munich loss in a faux German beer hall, it turns out, is bad form.
May 16, 2012 |
DALLAS — Betsey Armstrong has an anchor tattooed on her right calf. Why it's there, though, she's no longer sure. "There's not a really specific meaning behind it," she says with a shrug. "People ask me all the time if I'm in the Navy. I'm just kind of a water person. " But Brenda Villa, a teammate on the U.S. women's water polo team, says the body art has come to symbolize the role Armstrong has grown into over the last four years, becoming the best goalkeeper in the world and the anchor of a team that is a heavy medal favorite in this summer's Olympic Games.
April 28, 2012 |
Last season the Galaxy bludgeoned teams on their way to a Major League Soccer title. This year, however, many of their victories have been of the moral variety. But hey, a win's a win, right? Take Saturday, for example, when the Galaxy scored two minutes into stoppage time to escape with a 1-1 tie with FC Dallas. And they did it behind a backup goalkeeper playing his first MLS game in nearly six years and a goal from a player who has started just twice in the last two seasons.
March 9, 2012 |
Reporting from Doral, Fla. -- Bubba Watson isn't all that fond of the TPC Blue Monster. "This golf course really doesn't suit me," Watson said Friday. "Not a big fan of No. 18. I normally play it really bad. " Imagine if he actually felt comfortable around the joint. Carving shots around the landscape that others might not even visualize, Watson chased down playing partner Justin Rose with a 10-under-par 62 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship that was that lowest seen around the Monster in a decade and one off the course record.
January 23, 2012 |
Four words almost always bring forth a smile and a knowing nod. Gordie Howe hat trick. That would be a goal, an assist and a fight in one game, and Kings left wing Kyle Clifford pulled off the feat in a 4-1 victory Monday against Ottawa at Staples Center, not even needing two full periods to do so. Maybe somewhere, someplace, the great man himself was kicking back with his remote control, watching and smiling. Then again, Howe mostly lives with his kids in the Eastern time zone, so it would be a little late for him to be watching the Kings and Senators.