August 5, 2012 |
LONDON — The amazing Olympic run of the Williams sisters continued Sunday when they teamed to win the gold medal in women's doubles. Venus and Serena Williams defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-4, in the final. The sisters' victory came a day after Serena had won the singles title, completing her career Golden Slam and, in the minds of many, separating herself from all other tennis players. No one else in the sport's history has won all four major championships and Olympic gold in both singles and doubles.
August 3, 2012 |
LONDON — Let's play a game of "What If?," since after the Czech Republic's sizzling first quarter, the U.S. women's team didn't have much of a basketball game Friday night. If the U.S., which improved to 4-0 in pool play with its 88-61 cakewalk at Basketball Arena, could play and practice together for more than the seven weeks they have had, how good could they be? "Oh, man," U.S. forward Maya Moore said. "That'd be scary. " PHOTOS: London Olympics, Day 7 Added teammate Candace Parker: "I'd like to think we'd be amazing.
July 30, 2012 |
When Manny Ramirez arrived as a Dodger, he asked me to sit in his lap. Maybe it was the female hormones we would learn later he was taking, but so much for immediately disarming Page 2. Think what you like of him now, but upon his mid-season arrival here a few years ago, Manny Ramirez just overwhelmed Los Angeles. He made baseball entertaining and that's not easy to do most nights. As an example, check out Monday night's game. OK, so later we would learn of the stuff Manny was using, and as awesome a hitter as it made him, I still don't understand why all the Dodgers weren't eating it like candy.
July 16, 2012 |
Virgin America's pilots and flight attendants are going to look a lot more stylish in midair. The airline partnered with Banana Republic to design new uniforms for its 2,000 in-flight and airport crew members that will debut Aug. 8. The uniforms -- which look like pieces that might be worn by a chic world traveler with a penchant for the colors red, black and white -- include apparel for both men and women. Both Banana Republic and Virgin Atlantic will sell clothing items inspired by the new uniforms starting Aug. (for security reasons, the pieces available for sale won't be exact replicas)
July 12, 2012 |
"Ballplayer: Pelotero" is not your usual sports film, no sentimental excursion into "the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat. " Not even close. And though it examines the lives of two teenage boys from the Dominican Republic who are hoping to collect significant signing bonuses and play professional baseball, thinking of this as only an up-close and personal documentary is limiting as well. Rather, as directed by Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jon Paley, "Ballplayer" is a damning film with a political edge.
July 9, 2012 |
One of the most engaging stars in baseball today is the Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, a Big Gulp-sized Dominican Republic-born slugger who'll show off his talents in Tuesday's All-Star game in Kansas City. In 1992, when he was 16, Ortiz was given a $10,000 bonus to sign his first Major League Baseball contract with the Seattle Mariners. That same year, a now-forgotten American college player named Jeffrey Hammonds was paid a $975,000 bonus to sign with the Baltimore Orioles. In that same draft of U.S. high school and college players, an unheralded high schooler named Derek Jeter signed with the New York Yankees for $800,000.
June 30, 2012 |
CAIRO - Mohamed Morsi, the son of a peasant farmer who rose through the ranks of the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood, was sworn in Saturday as Egypt's first freely elected president in a historic and potentially dangerous transition from military rule to a democratic government. The spirit of an unpredictable new era marked the day as Morsi sought to project a populist's air while brushing up against the pillars of the old guard. Dressed in a dark suit and wearing a trimmed beard, he symbolized the region's rising political Islam even as the authority of his office has been diminished by the generals in charge of the transitional government.
June 30, 2012 |
-- Banana Republic will launch a holiday collection in October inspired by the film "Anna Karenina," the big-screen adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy novel coming out this fall. The retailer brought on Jacqueline Durran, the movie's costume designer, to style a capsule collection based on 19th century Russian fashions -- but with a modern spin. Banana Republic has previously enjoyed success plumbing history with its "Mad Men"-inspired collections of sheath dresses and suits. The "Anna Karenina" collection will include apparel and accessories using velvet, faux fur, lace and other materials evoking that period of Russian history.
June 21, 2012 |
When Iranians rose up and marched against their rulers, people around the world felt they were there. Facebook bristled with video from the streets of Tehran. Revolutionary-green avatars sprouted across the Web. Commentators heralded a coming "Twitter Revolution. " The euphoria was pervasive - until a radical skeptic punctured the conventional wisdom. Evgeny Morozov, a virtually unknown writer and sometime technology advocate, launched his counteroffensive three years ago at the annual TED ideas conference.
June 16, 2012 |
Petr Jiracek scored a second-half winner to give the Czech Republic a 1-0 victory over Poland and a place in the quarterfinals of the European Championship on Saturday at Wroclaw, Poland. Poland, the tournament co-host, was knocked out with its defeat in the team's final Group A game. The Czechs finished top of the group and will now play the runners-up in Group B. Pushing forward in the 72nd minute, Jiracek collected a pass from Milan Baros in the box, cut right to clear past Poland's Marcin Wasilewski and slotted the ball inside the far post.