July 9, 2012 |
RUGBY URBAN LEGEND : A player used a blood capsule to fake a cut as part of an elaborate scheme by his team. One of the more annoying aspects of sports like football and basketball is the concept of "flopping," players pretending to be fouled when they did not actually get foul. How can the referees possibly tell what happened when the "flopper" does a good acting job? After all, it is easy enough to pretend that you were hit by someone. However, it is a whole other story to try to fake being cut and bleeding.
April 21, 2012 |
CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Hammer throwers don't have many places to practice their sport. So Britney Henry is happy to have this vast, green field overlooking the Lower Otay Reservoir, complete with a concrete throwing ring and, on this particular morning, a built-in audience. A duck watches her fling one metal ball after another into the air. When she walks out to retrieve the hammers, her impromptu fan follows along, quacking. "It's nice having this facility," Henry says.
April 19, 2012 |
A Welsh urban legend says that "Every time Wales wins the rugby grand slam, a pope dies, except for 1978, when Wales were really good and two popes died. " A grand slam in rugby occurs when one nation beats all the others in the Six Nations League in one year. The six nations are England, France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Italy. Although many men on the street in Wales appear to believe the legend, Dr. Gareth Payne of University Hospital Wales and his colleagues disproved it -- sort of. In a 2008 article in the BMJ, they concluded that this event occurs only about 62% of the time.
March 31, 2012 |
Samsung, AT&T, I'm sorry. I smashed the Samsung Rugby Smart. It's busted, broken and unusable. In my defense, I was told I could drive over the rugged smartphone with a car and it'd come out OK. To test out the car-versus-Rugby Smart selling point, I enlisted Times auto critic David Undercoffler to drive over the durable handset with the nicest car we could find -- a Bentley Continental GT convertible. The Bentley came out fine, but the Rugby Smart is trashed. It won't even turn on. And the screen is shattered.
January 10, 2012 |
Tom Barrack, a former USC rugby player who launched a real estate fund that has expanded into international sports and entertainment investments, is interested in pursuing the Dodgers. Barrack heads Colony Capital, a Santa Monica firm that controls $34 billion in assets, according to Forbes. Barrack's interest was confirmed by two people familiar with the matter but not authorized to comment. Owen Blicksilver, a spokesman for Barrack, declined to comment. The Dodgers reached a legal settlement with Fox Sports on Tuesday night, all but ending months of courtroom battles over the future of the team and setting the stage for a bidding war so spirited that outgoing owner Frank McCourt believes he might fetch double the previous record price for a Major League Baseball franchise.
June 29, 2011 |
In a game of word association, Abbey Road equals the Beatles and nothing else. But the Fab Four are but one part of this illustrious studio's history. For the first 20 years of its life, Abbey Road Studios was home to classical music recordings made by EMI. The first recording at the studio was "Land of Hope and Glory" conducted by Edward Elgar in 1931. To mark its 80th birthday, Abbey Road has a devised a competition that gives composers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to have a piece recorded at the studio with the London Symphony Orchestra and some of the U.K.'s best singers.