February 16, 2010 |
Jen Rodriguez elected to march and soak in the majesty and malfunction of the opening ceremony for the first time since 1998. She veered away from training to visit the Nike House. She made an excursion to the Oakley House. Instead of drowning herself in preparation and rigid routine, the speedskating veteran of four Winter Games opened her eyes and her schedule to these sidelights for, in effect, one reason. "I have zero expectations," a chipper Rodriguez said Monday. She participated in her first Olympics in 1998, won bronze medals in 2002 and then retired from the sport for two years after 2006, and now returns to the Winter Games blithely unwound.
February 3, 2010 |
What's good for Bode Miller is good for America. What? Ridiculous as that reads, four years after his enfant terrible turn at the 2006 Turin Olympics, there may be a ski tip of truth to it. With the Vancouver Olympics fast approaching, we'd like to report Miller is reciting acts of contrition while negotiating a couch summit with Oprah to explain his boorish behavior in Italy, where he failed to win anything or anybody over --...
January 23, 2010 |
If soccer were a game of checking boxes, Omar Gonzalez would be off to a flying start. Just look at his resume: In 2005, play for the U.S. at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Peru. Check. In 2007, play for the U.S. under-20s at the Pan-American Games in Brazil. Check. In 2008, win an NCAA championship with Maryland and pick up first-team All-American honors along the way. Check. In 2009, get selected in the first round of the Major League Soccer draft by the Galaxy and go on to win the MLS rookie-of-the-year award.
October 11, 2009 |
Conor Casey scored two second-half goals Saturday night and Landon Donovan added a third as the United States rallied to defeat Honduras, 3-2, to earn a place in soccer's 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Casey can pack his bag right now. The 28-year-old from Dover, N.H., almost certainly will be going along. At the World Cup, Casey can rub shoulders with players from the likes of defending world champion Italy and former champion Germany, not to mention Chile, Denmark, the Ivory Coast and Serbia.
March 23, 2009 |
They call it the World Baseball Classic. But don't let the name fool you. Because although the tournament began nearly three weeks ago with 16 teams from six continents playing in four countries, it will end tonight at Dodger Stadium almost as it began -- with Japan playing South Korea.
March 9, 2009 |
Like everyone else in charge of teams in the World Baseball Classic, Davey Johnson is conflicted. Is his priority to prepare players for the major league season or to win games? It's a migraine headache trying to do both.
March 8, 2009 |
There were 42,314 at Rogers Centre, and seats were not required. Certainly not in the ninth inning, and frequently throughout a captivating game in which a strong United States team sweated out a 6-5 victory that wasn't decided until the last of eight pitches that J.J. Putz threw to Jason Bay. Until Bay lifted a soft fly ball to right fielder Shane Victorino, another Team Canada upset -- the kind served at the original World Baseball Classic in 2006 -- had been on the table, for the taking.
December 14, 2008 |
Tina Ellertson scored her first international goal to give the United States a 1-0 victory over China in a women's soccer exhibition Saturday night at the Home Depot Center. Goalkeeper Hope Solo made four saves for her 13th shutout of the year and the 41st of her international career. Kristine Lilly, who has played in more international soccer games than any man or woman, made her first appearance since October.
December 12, 2008 |
Pssst, China -- got a secret. Shannon Boxx isn't as scary as she looks. The U.S. women's national soccer team plays China at the Home Depot Center on Saturday. It might surprise China's team to know that Boxx, a U.S. defensive midfielder whose tackles can terrify, who shoots to kill, whose forehead is weirdly resilient (remember that game-winner she headed past you in January?) is, get this, a laugher. "I've just been enjoying myself so much," Boxx said after a recent practice.
October 11, 2008 |
Coaches Bob Bradley and Sven-Goran Eriksson are treading two very different paths, but both are headed in the same direction -- to soccer's 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Bradley's U.S. national team plays Cuba today at RFK Stadium in Washington (4 p.m., ESPN Classic). With a win, the Americans will secure a place in the final round of qualifying in 2009, when six teams will vie for three spots at the World Cup, with a fourth going to a playoff.