December 9, 2005 |
Gary Barnett reluctantly stepped down as football coach at Colorado on Thursday, ending a seven-year tenure that was riddled by off-the-field problems but ultimately was done in by recent bad results on the field. Barnett, accepting a $3-million settlement, said the decision was made by Athletic Director Mike Bohn. "In the last 24 hours, Mike has made a decision to change the football coach at the University of Colorado," he said.
December 7, 2007 |
Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones pleaded no contest Thursday to a reduced charge in a Las Vegas strip club melee which preceded a triple shooting that left a man paralyzed. The Tennessee Titans cornerback appeared in Clark County District Court to take a plea deal that officials said will get him probation in return for his testimony about the gunman who opened fire outside the club at the end of NBA All-Star weekend in February.
February 18, 2006 |
The Olympic tournament is over for Czech goaltender Dominik Hasek, who strained a groin muscle while making a save in the first period of his team's opener Wednesday. The team's training staff recommended that Hasek not play again here and repeated that advice to forward Patrik Elias, who suffered a rib injury in the first game. Hasek, 41, was the key to the Czech Republic's triumph in 1998, the first Olympics in which NHL players were allowed to represent their homelands.
November 14, 2006 |
Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins won a tight race for Major League Baseball's National League rookie of the year, and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander took home the American League award Monday. Ramirez beat Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman by four points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America -- the closest NL vote since the format was adopted 26 years ago. The shortstop got 14 of 30 first-place votes and finished with 105 points.
October 25, 2005 |
Jim Shea Jr., a third-generation Olympian who recited the athletes' oath at the Salt Lake City Games and won the men's skeleton gold medal with a dramatic finish, announced his retirement after failing to make the U.S. national team for the World Cup season. With the U.S. squad for the Turin Games in February to be chosen based on World Cup results, Shea, 37, couldn't have defended his title and chose to leave the sport he helped restore to the Olympic program. At the U.S.
January 13, 2006 |
Bebe Liang of Granada Hills added a dash of drama to the women's competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with a short program that showcased her power and dizzying spins. Johnny Weir added a dash of controversy to the men's event by being himself. Liang ranked a strong third behind favorite Sasha Cohen of Corona del Mar and Emily Hughes of Great Neck, N.Y., shaking up the scramble for the three women's spots at the Turin Olympics. Cohen, a four-time U.S. runner-up, earned 65.
January 11, 2006 |
Defending champion Marat Safin and French Open winner Rafael Nadal are out of the Australian Open. Bothered by a left knee injury, Safin played in only one tournament in the last five months of 2005. Nadal, the world's second-ranked player, said he was pulling out because of the left foot he injured in October at the Madrid Masters, the last event he played. The Australian Open begins Monday.
January 16, 2006 |
Michelle Kwan won't perform her short and long program without a break. She won't be scored according to figure skating's new Code of Points. And Emily Hughes, who finished third at last week's U.S. championships, apparently won't fight U.S. Figure Skating's decision to bump her off the Turin Olympic team in favor of Kwan. At least, as of Sunday night Hughes had not notified the U.S. Olympic Committee that she might file a grievance, a USOC spokesman said.
February 13, 2009 |
The only other time the Winter Olympics have been in Canada, at Calgary in 1988, the U.S. team did so poorly the U.S. Olympic Committee called on volatile and voluble George Steinbrenner to fix the mess. The Yankees owner, then a USOC board member, calmly and quietly headed a commission that a year later issued a report reducing the USOC's previously amorphous mission to this bottom line: "Winning medals has always been the primary goal." And the U.S.
February 8, 2006 |
The axels are spinning, the skeletons are coming out of the closet, and I know what you're thinking: The Winter Olympics are a snow job. True Olympians are runners and jumpers, not schussers and pushers. Curlers belong in your hair, not on a podium. You're thinking these are the Junior Varsity Olympics, the Undercard Olympics, the Scandinavian Dudes Wandering Through the Woods Olympics.