The lure of a big city isn’t enough anymore, because players have figured out they can have a fancy spread in Malibu or Manhattan in the offseason while competing rather than watching once the playoffs commence. The lights just don’t seem as bright.
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The Americans should win and be crowned World Cup champions Sunday for a third time. We should always win, at least until the rest of the world takes women’s soccer seriously. Which it probably never will. We care about it more, invest in it more, nurture it more.
If we really have reached a time when it’s politically wrong to discuss what should be considered politically correct, the only progress we make is sensitizing our society to the point that freedom of speech and expression doesn’t exist without fear of retribution. And that’s a sad truth.
The level of disappointment for former UNLV star Chris Wood had to have reached epic levels, and yet this is the risk one takes when deciding to forfeit remaining college eligibility and chase a professional dream.
Las Vegas took its next anticipated step toward welcoming its first major league professional sports franchise when the NHL agreed to formally open an expansion process, meaning there is enough interest from 30 owners to pursue those folks with the means to join their fraternity.
I suppose the only thing left now is a nationally televised sit-down with Oprah, because it appears Lance Armstrong was just keeping the chair warm for Pete Rose.
I never imagined it would last this long, that in predicting three years ago Tiger Woods would never again win a major championship, so much time would pass without my seemingly faulty forecast being proven wrong. But his streak without a major has reached 27 events. I’m more confident now than ever he will retire stuck on 14.
In his push to bring an NHL team to Las Vegas, Bill Foley would prefer to build an expansion team from the ground up. Neither Foley nor Las Vegas wants to take over the castoff Phoenix Coyotes.
We are again seeing why Australia’s best imports in the sport of baskets are so valuable to a team’s overall success, why there isn’t a roster at any level that couldn’t benefit from the presence of one or two players from the world’s sixth-largest country. They embrace a role of unselfish teammate like nobody’s business.
The Little League World Series U.S. champion banner that arrived this week and reportedly will be officially presented to Mountain Ridge on July 6, to hang somewhere in the city where locals and victors alike can view it, has no reasonable place here.
When a fan was seriously injured by a flying bat at Fenway Park, Major League Baseball that each pitch brings the potential for catastrophe. It’s hard to convince those in power that safety should come before ambiance.
ESPN will present the Arthur Ashe Courage Award next month to the female identity of former Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, saying that the selection is because of “courage and for giving comfort to those facing similar circumstances as well as for educating people about the transgender community.”
That the NFL continues to brazenly champion an anti-gambling stance when it knows a profit margin that handsomely lines the pockets of owners is directly linked to those who wager on games and play fantasy football is a disingenuous ruse that has grown boring.
After California Chrome lost his Triple Crown bid last year, owner Steve Coburn sounded like a sore loser in his criticism of horses who skip the Preakness to run in the Belmont Stakes. He could have used better timing — but his message wasn’t necessarily wrong.
This isn’t to suggest what the United States did in handing down those indictments last week is wrong. But before we decide to police the world, it might be smart to understand our own skeletons when it comes to sports and corruption.
The gift that is the corrupt and disgraced governing body of soccer just keeps on giving. Sepp Blatter, the smug and defiant president who on Friday was elected to an unprecedented fifth term, resigned Tuesday amid the worst scandal in FIFA’s 111-year history.
This is what makes the World Series of Poker so inviting each year, players such as Paul Conelly and those journeys that bring them to the Rio, regular people with fascinating backgrounds who dream of reaching a final table and watching a river card turn in their favor to earn them massive amounts of cash.
In a week during which U.S. authorities indicted 14 people on bribery, racketeering, fraud and money-laundering charges within international soccer dating to the 1990s, Sepp Blatter’s 17-year run as president of FIFA continued when his opponent surrendered after one round of voting.
Palo Verde High School lacrosse coach Gary Campo was in Philadelphia over Memorial Day weekend to watch the collegiate Final Four, but more so to offer support for Jeremy Huber’s family, which also made the trip. Jeremy, who played for Campo, was found dead in his dorm at Johns Hopkins on Jan. 26.
The teenager who rushed Roger Federer at the French Open meant no harm when requesting a selfie, but other such snapshots across the sports world have led to horrible endings and rightly suggested the security in charge of protecting athletes is often negligent. Not that it’s always their fault.
John Dodson comes back from a serious knee injury Saturday night to face Zach Makovsky on the UFC 187 preliminary card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. “I’m going to knock somebody out and do a flip off the cage,” says the ever-confident Dodson.
Wally Backman is still old-school enough to prefer a mix of metrics and instinct, the 51s manager who should be running the Miami Marlins right now but isn’t because owner Jeffrey Loria is a bigger lunatic than we ever imagined.
NCAA officials hope proposed rule changes, including a shorter shot clock, will help increase scoring in college basketball. But it looks as if the rule changes will make things much tougher for lesser-talented teams to upset bigger, faster, more athletic ones.
Like most college sports in this era of the BCS and now playoff football, the national championship for men’s golf is more about generating fan interest than fretting over what might be the most demanding test for its participants. It’s all about the number of eyeballs watching. Just ask UNLV coach Dwaine Knight.
Jelan Kendrick on Saturday walked in a procession far more important than any half-court set he has been part of, graduating from UNLV with a degree in sociology. His journey to the reality of a cap and gown, more than anything else, is best described as complex.
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