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Gisele Bundchen Stands Up for Her Man And Other Inspiring Moments in Sport

Sat, 18 Feb 2012 05:07:52 EST

It is with trepidation that I offer any views about the Super Bowl, a fading subject where my comments are afflicted by my ignorance of football. I dimly followed the sport 50 years ago as a teenager and can still cope with the trivia question about the front defensive four of the New York Giants of that era: Messrs. Katcavage, Modzelewski, Robustelli and Grier.As a sports fan generally, I'm a bit of a disappointment, even to myself. I lost interest in the National Hockey League when it...

Stranglehold of Nadal, Federer On Men's Tennis Appears To Have Been Broken by Djokovic

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 07:20:41 EST

Has the stranglehold exerted over men's tennis by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer finally been broken? Yes. Probably.The 23 year-old Serb, Novak Djokovic, on Sunday placed the cherry on an 18-match winning streak by defeating world no. 1 Nadal in the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. He also overtook Roger Federer (whom he beat in the semi-finals) to become the world's second-ranked player.All in all, not a bad Sunday's work.Since losing to Federer at the 2010 year-end championship...

Ghosts of the Superbowl

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 20:23:36 EST

For the 182nd time, the Green Bay Packers will play the Chicago Bears on Sunday this time for the championship of the National Football Conference. No two teams have played each other longer and more often. Although the record is pretty even (Bears 92, Packers 83, and 6 ties), it's not just Packer and Bear fans that will be heading to Soldier Field in downtown Chicago this weekend. There will be a lot of ghosts there as well.There have been other championship games. One of the great ones came...

Soccer Emerges As A Flourishing Academic Pursuit, Full Of Beauty, Bigotry, Hooliganism, Economics

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 14:50:13 EST

Whether or not soccer is destined to become a genuinely popular sport in the United States, as opposed to an ingenious way to exhaust children, it is already a flourishing academic pursuit. Because of its transnational, multi-racial nature, its mix of beauty, bigotry, hooliganism, and rapacious economics, its ties to controversial politicians (Silvio Berlusconi owns A.C. Milan) and billionaires (the Russian oil magnate Roman Abramovich presides over Chelsea), not to mention its frenzied looting...

Idiots' Guide to Roland Garros

Tue, 25 May 2010 10:06:13 EST

If you were one of the tens of thousands who descended on Roland Garros Monday afternoon with a ticket that allowed you onto all of its 18 courts except the three main ones, then you could hear a lot of tennis...

Two-Headed, Racket-Wielding Monster Known as 'FedNadal' To Sizzle on Court at Madrid

Sat, 15 May 2010 16:59:28 EST

Finally, the historic rivalry between tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is set to sizzle rather than fizzle. Federer, the Swiss world no. 1, closed out his semi-final against Spain's David Ferrer 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 Saturday night in Madrid. Earlier in the day, Nadal, Spain's world no. 3, dispatched his countryman Nicolas Almagro 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.Sunday's final at the Madrid Open will be remarkable for the fact that the two men have not played each other in exactly a year when Federer...

Santana Delivers, Mets Cling To Playoff Hopes

Sat, 27 Sep 2008 17:47:50 EST

Any chance Johan Santana can pitch on no days' rest?Desperate to stay in the playoff race, the New York Mets brought back their ace early and he delivered, pitching a three-hitter that led them over the Florida Marlins 2-0 on a rainy Saturday."I just went out there and tried to finish it. I didn't do anything crazy," Santana said. "I knew the situation we were in."With the crowd standing and chanting his name, Santana (16-7) assured the Mets will play at least one more meaningful game at Shea...

Mets Fall Behind in Playoff Race With 2 Games Left

Sat, 27 Sep 2008 01:01:33 EST

It's all slipping away for the New York Mets again.With a listless loss to the Florida Marlins on Friday night, New York relinquished control of its playoff fate. Now, the desperate Mets will start ace Johan Santana on three days' rest Saturday, but they need help to reach the postseason.Mike Pelfrey lost to Florida for the fourth time this year and New York's offense fizzled in a 6-1 defeat that put the fading Mets on the brink of elimination with two games remaining.New York fell two games...

Jets Could Suffer Due To Arizona's Leisurely Week

Fri, 26 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Brett Favre and Kurt Warner are older players playing a young man's game. On Sunday, they'll try to get back on track against each other as starting quarterbacks coming off disappointing performances in Week 3."When you've been in this league for a long time, it's kind of like a badge of courage to say, 'I'm still playing, I'm still being able to accomplish things, even at this stage,'" Warner said this week.Favre's ankle, which he sprained against the Chargers on Monday in a mistake-filled...

What the Wall St. Crisis Means for Sports

Thu, 25 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

While lawmakers refine the Wall Street bailout plan, the American and global sports industries are watching closely. The fallout of Treasury Secretary Paulson's $700 billion bailout plan could determine whether or not baseball teams have the financial wherewithal to be able to pay huge money this winter to free agents such as CC Sabathia and others.One of the more interesting aspects of the federal government's $85 billion loan to save insurance giant AIG is that American taxpayers are now...

Jets Smell the Blood in Water Against Patriots

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The Brett Favre era in New York began in earnest last week. So did the Matt Cassel era in New England.With one hit from Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard, Brady's season was over as he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee and was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Favre, however, opened the possibility of a new AFC East champion with a strong debut in the win over the Miami Dolphins.Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss, however, says hang on."I think the New England Patriots have...

Despite Alleged Collapse, Mets Are Very Much Alive

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Before beating Washington last night, they were losing mostly by small margins, mostly to bad teams, and mostly because their best hitters stopped hitting just as the wretched state of their bullpen was fully exposed. It's no wonder so many scented the stink of death on the Mets. They were losing ugly.Curiously, though, given the apocalyptic feel of the situation, they weren't losing that much. On September 4, the Mets held a three-game lead over Philadelphia in the National League East. A pair...

SEC Pecking Order To Be Determined This Weekend

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

College football remains a sport that relies on beauty pageant-style judging to rank its teams and decide which ones get to contest its championship. Though the Bowl Championship Series has injected a measure of objectivity into the process through the use of computer polls, it is the human votes that still carry the most weight.It can be hard to take the polls seriously when they continue to churn out results such as Ohio State (who struggled with Ohio and were destroyed by USC) ahead of Penn...

Giants, Jets End Talks With Company With Nazi Past

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 13:50:51 EST

NEWARK, N.J. The New York Giants and New York Jets have canceled negotiations with a German insurance company that once had ties to the Nazis.Allianz had been looking to buy naming rights to the new stadium being built in northern New Jersey.The move was criticized by Jewish groups and Holocaust survivors. The company says it has atoned for its past history and should not be judged by its World War II record.A statement from The New Meadowlands Stadium company said they are no longer in...

Delgado Surge Has Put Other Contributions in Shadows

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

When I was a teenager, my high school class was dominated by Yankees partisans. The Mets fans were small and harried, small mammals scurrying between the dinosaurs' toes. Then came a day, about this time in 1986, that the roles were suddenly reversed. With the Mets rampaging through the NL East, the hitherto shamed Mets fans were suddenly standing tall, joined by a huge number of supposedly devoted Yankees fans, newly outfitted in Darryl Strawberry jerseys and Dwight Gooden T-shirts. The...

All Signs Point to a Giant Romp in St. Louis

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

In weighing strengths against weaknesses, there's no better place to start in this week's Giants-Rams game than in the trenches.The Giants boast one of the five best offensive lines in the NFL and though it might not feature a star within it, it's one of the more consistent, cohesive groups you'll find. Right guard Chris Snee often is mentioned as the most talented member, but right tackle Kareem McKenzie was dominant in the season opener.The Rams have the name value Adam Carriker and Chris...

Week 2: Around the NFL

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Week 1 of the 2008 NFL season featured an unbelievable string of injuries. From Tom Brady's torn ACL and MCL to Shawne Merriman's torn PCL and LCL, the league's injury report was all-encompassing. The Jacksonville Jaguars lost both starting guards, and at one point this week, the Seattle Seahawks had a total of two receivers left on their roster. It could be argued that the losses of Brady and Merriman deny the NFL its single most dynamic offensive and defensive players, but teams all over are...

Much of K-Rod's Value Is Derived From Context

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

As soon as this coming week, 26-year-old Francisco Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Angels, wunderkind of the 2002 playoffs and the American League's career leader in strikeouts per inning, will become the first pitcher ever to save 60 games. Going into last night's game against Seattle, he had 56 saves, one shy of the record Bobby Thigpen set with the Chicago White Sox in 1990. Thigpen set his record in the 159th game his team played that year; last night's game was the Angels' 146th. If things go...

NFL Players Association Finds Itself at a Crossroads

Thu, 4 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The NFL season begins tonight, and there is no talk of labor strife or negotiations between the owners and players even though the owners want a new collective bargaining agreement. There are three years still to go before the owners could lock out the players, or the players can strike.But this much is known: The players are in no rush to fill their association's post of executive director, which was left open after the death of Gene Upshaw. The players are now in season, and there will not...

Saints To Kick Off at New Orleans Superdome on Sunday

Tue, 2 Sep 2008 15:18:49 EST

NEW ORLEANS The New Orleans Saints are returning to the Superdome for their NFL season-opener Sunday.Forced to flee to Indianapolis ahead of Hurricane Gustav, the Saints will be able to open their season as scheduled against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a person with direct knowledge of the situation said today.The person declined to be identified because an official announcement had not been made.The Louisiana Superdome was not used as a refuge during Gustav as it was during Katrina three years...