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
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,
Four top-10 teams losing to unranked opponents in one week tends to shake things up a bit. For starters, Alabama is now unanimously viewed as the No. 1 team in the country. The Tide earned every available No. 1 vote in Sunday’s Coaches’ Poll and the companion AP poll, released Sunday. Penn State moved up to No. 2, the program’s highest ranking since 1999. Georgia followed behind at No. 3, while TCU and Wisconsin filled out the top five. A fifth straight blowout was enough for Ohio State to jump three spots forward to No. 6, putting the Buckeyes at the front of the 1-loss train, ahead of Clemson. LSU re-joined the poll after knocking off then-No. 10 Auburn, but remained three spots ahead of the
It’s time for our weekly look at the top fantasy football adds and drops to be making on your waiver wire entering Week 7. ADD Arizona Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson AP is officially back. After being traded from the Saints to the Cardinals, it took all of one game for Peterson to show he’s still got it. On Sunday, Peterson rushed for 134 yards on 26 carries in the team's 38-33 victory over the Buccaneers. He looked like the old AP that was an RB1 every week, no matter the matchup. It remains to be seen if that will be the case in Arizona, but he’s at least the No. 1 pickup to make on your league’s waiver wire this week. Washington RB Samaje Perine Washington is finally making Samaje Perine the
Boxing faceoffs are all about mind games. Fighters try to look intimidating, they talk trash, and they get up in each other’s grills all in the name of mind games. Swedish professional boxer Mikaela Laurén took the theatrics to a whole other place during a press conference on Monday when she stood toe-to-toe with undefeated champion Cecilia Braekhus. As cameras clicked away, Lauren approached Braekhus, stared deeply into her eyes and planted a kiss on her lips.
The irony is of a spectacular, Trumpian sort: A top NCAA official said Friday during a conference call with the press about an outrageous college sports scandal that the organization should hire Dan Kane, a reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer, as an investigator. Kane is among a cadre at the daily that's covered for years, and in many instances revealed, outright academic fraud by the University of North Carolina. The fraud assured the eligibility of athletes, primarily in its football and fabled basketball programs. There were other media who did good work, including The New York Times, but nobody like the Raleigh daily, and nobody quite like Kane. Now comes the resolution, as Kane himself wrote while