April 25, 1991 |
Bob Caffrey could easily point to a chronic shoulder injury as the sole reason his professional baseball career went from boom to bust in five years. The evidence is undisputable: Caffrey, a first-round draft pick by the Montreal Expos in 1984, had arthroscopic surgery in 1985, just a year after he received a $100,000 signing bonus and was considered one of the nation's best catching prospects.
June 4, 1990 |
Merchandise licensed by professional sports leagues and universities has found an ever-broadening range of outlets. Where once the only places to buy a Lakers' T-shirt or a Kings' jersey may have been the Forum or a sporting goods store, such products are now being sold through specialty fan-shop chains, discounters, department stores, mass-merchandisers and mail-order catalogues.
December 22, 1992 |
After the professional basketball team in this southwestern French city lost its first nine games this season, the owners sent identical letters to the two American players on the squad. The letters instructed the players, veterans Donald Petties and Kevin McDuffie, to turn in their car keys, pay their phone bills and clear out of their apartments. It offered them $2,000 cash and a one-way ticket to the United States.
August 20, 2006 |
More than 2,000 years before Mike Tyson bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear and was disqualified in the boxing ring, Eupolus of Thessaly, a boxer in the Olympics of 388 BC, bribed three of his opponents to take dives. Historians consider Eupolus' crime the first recorded act of cheating in sports. History also tells of how wide the chasm was between the way Olympic champions and also-rans were treated back in the day.
March 20, 2000 |
The Internet world has joined the professional tennis tour for the first time. Estyle Inc., which sells a series of women's products on various Web sites originating on http://www.estyle.com will be announced today as the title sponsor for the Manhattan Beach women's tour event Aug. 7-13. This will be the 30th year of the tournament, which is played at the Manhattan Country Club. Last year's Manhattan Beach event, a Women's Tennis Assn. Tier II event, was won by Serena Williams.
April 20, 1999 |
TEAM RECORD: COMMENT 1. Dallas (51-19-12): But are Stars ready for real season? 2. Colorado (44-28-10): Fast finish of 9-2-1. 3. New Jersey (47-24-11): Loosened reins do the trick. 4. Detroit (43-32-7): A-one, and a-two, and a-three . . . 5. Ottawa (44-23-15): Late 1-2-4 slide costly. 6. Toronto (45-30-7): Surprise top-scoring team. 7. Boston (39-30-13): Solid defense, goaltending. 8. St. Louis (37-32-13): 11-4-3 in final five weeks. 9. Philadelphia (37-26-19): Held together with spit and tape.
July 21, 2007 |
Time to take a deep breath, folks. Yes, the world of pro sports had a scandalous week. Yes, we have a famous NFL quarterback accused of having dogs fight for his amusement and killed for his disdain. Yes, we have an NBA referee accused of wagering on games he worked and making calls favorable to the line he bet. And yes, if true, any and all of that is disgusting and stupid.
July 5, 1998 |
(Headline: "Michael Jordan Turns Down City of Hope Victor Awards Although Charity Agrees to Send Film Crew to Tape Wherever He Is.") * Every year or so, I have this dream. It's recurring. . . . It is this: Newspapers and magazines and periodicals suddenly turn away from sports. They stop giving pages and pages of free advertising to the games people play (for money). It has its effect.