When Yasiel Puig licks his bats , Dodger Stadium laughs. When he stands at the plate admiring a base hit , the fans' initial cheers hilariously morph into a group exhortation to "Go! Go!" — which he eventually does. The Cuban outfielder's entire baseball career has been a quest to learn how to direct his prodigious talent without losing the fundamental joy he derives from the game. Just 14 months ago, that quest appeared to be over, at least in Los Angeles. Puig had been demoted to Triple-A and seemed unlikely to return to the Dodgers amid frustration with his consistency and discipline. The Wild Horse just might have it all figured out now, and LA is thrilled to be along for a redemptive ride
Rory McIlroy’s season is officially over — he’s busy resting and recovering as he prepares for a big 2018 — but this video from his closing stretch on the European Tour is just starting to make the rounds on social media. And for good reason. It’s pretty common practice for players to hand over their golf balls to members of the crowd — usually young kids — in between holes. What’s not as common is just how happy those kid was after receiving his souvenir. Total joy on his face. Just a small act of kindness, inspiring a young golf fan for life.
It was meant to be an eternal reminder of Olympic ideals and the glory of the Games. The "sacred" flame from Tokyo's 1964 Olympics was meant to burn forever... but an embarrassed official has revealed that it actually went out four years ago. Before the 1964 Games, the flame, lit in Olympia, Greece, wound its way through 10 countries before landing in Okinawa. It was then divided and sent to the cities of Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Chitose. The flame in Kagoshima was kept in a a sports training facility where it remained without incident for many years. But the flame found its way back into the spotlight in September 2013, when Japan's capital was awarded the right to host the 2020 Games. An official,
Sports | Perspective In a few short years, a crime-fighting idea born at the Glenarden Community Center in Prince George's County became a national sensation. It was called Midnight Basketball. A retired government worker turned town manager, G. Van Standifer, started it in hopes of grabbing the attention of young men who seemed to occupy themselves with little more than trouble at the most troubling time of day, after dark. President George H. Bush was so taken by the success he saw one night at the Glenarden gym in 1991 that he made it part of his Thousand Points of Light public service campaign. By 1994, Midnight Basketball spread to other cities and towns. President Clinton even tacked it
The Pittsburgh Penguins are on their way back to non-embarrassing form, the Edmonton Oilers are struggling to look anything like a legitimate Stanley Cup contender and the Toronto Maple Leafs are making sure the league doesn't forget how much of a game changer that Auston Matthews really is. It's a new week, and that means it's time for another edition of our 2017-18 NHL Power Rankings. To some of our readers' credit, the Penguins probably never should've retained a top-five spot after their 10-1 debacle of a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, so even their recent on-ice improvement appears in this week's edition as a demotion to the middle of the pack.