November 11, 2013 |
Officials in all sports are supposed to ensure fairness and, to a lesser degree, sportsmanship in the games they oversee. But one Saudi Arabian soccer referee apparently didn't get the memo. Early in the second half of Thursday's match between Al Nahdha and Al Ittihad, Taisir Al Antaif, the goalkeeper for Al Nahdha, paused before a goal kick when he noticed the shoelace on his left boot had come undone. Because he was wearing his large white goalie gloves, Al Antaif was unable to rectify the situation himself so he began gesturing to teammates to come help him out. Instead Brazilian striker Jobson of visiting Al Ittihad rushed over.
June 14, 2013 |
The NHL's awards gala - based in Las Vegas the last few years - was a casualty of the lockout, so the league is handing out its awards over two days during the Stanley Cup Final. Still, there was a major emotional component to the first batch of awards Friday. Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the fall, won the Masterton Trophy. It is given each year to the player best exemplifying the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
March 13, 2013
Lakers center Dwight Howard was "hacked" by Orlando Magic players over and over Tuesday night, and he made them pay by making 16 of 20 free throws when intentionally fouled. Still, it might have seemed like a good strategy for the Magic going in, seeing that Howard was averaging just 47.8% from the foul line until that point. Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss whether the "Hack-a-Howard" play, while legal, should be considered unsportsmanlike. Feel free to join the discussion by leaving a comment of your own. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times Of course not. Intentionally fouling Dwight Howard is no different from trying to post up Roy Hibbert on Nate Robinson or switching to a 3-2 zone against a team with good interior players but poor outside shooters; it's all about exploiting a team's weaknesses.
November 16, 2012 |
UCLA and USC had retreated to neutral corners. The Bruins came out swinging. The Trojans came out with a letter. UCLA put an end to a tradition — the pregame ritual of the USC drum major stabbing the turf with a sword — then went wild at its own annual event. A bonfire rally at UCLA Thursday night brought out some of the rivalry's rancor. "We hate those dudes across town," senior fullback David Allen told the crowd. "We're taking it back this year. " Meanwhile, across town, there was displeasure with UCLA not allowing the drum major to stab the field.
November 16, 2012 |
In the name of good sportsmanship, what's going on around here? I don't know the gladiator or whatever USC calls the brute with the sword, but I believe he's a college kid. And if you're a college kid like every other college kid and someone tells you not to do something, what do you do? You do it. If there is one thing we've always been able to count on from our younger generation it's defiance. The whole college experience is pretty much built on it: protests, sit-ins, marches or whatever.
September 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Arnie's Army, at least the congressional battalion, turned out at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday for presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to golfing legend Arnold Palmer. "I'm particularly proud of anything that the House and Senate agree on," Palmer, 83, joked to a crowd that included a number of golfing lawmakers. In 2009, Congress approved -- and President Obama signed -- legislation by Rep. Joe Baca (D-Rialto), an avid golfer, awarding Congress' highest civilian honor to Palmer. At the presentation Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)