Olympics

Nike and Oakley Pull Endorsments as the Oscar Pistorius Story Continues to Unfold

on February 21 2013 11:33 AM

One week after South African Olympic hero, Oscar Pistorius, was arrested and charged with murdering his girlfriend in his home, more twists and details come out that add more drama to an already scrutinized case.

Pistorius became the first double-amputee track star to compete at the Olympics when he ran in last year's London Games. He is being accused of premeditated murder in the death of his supermodel girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius claims he entered his home and mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and that the shooting was purely accidental and unintentional. 

Pistorius is not the only one coming under scrutiny in this now internationally renowned murder case.

Add the South African legal process to the list.

 

After it was revealed that the initial investigator, Hilton Botha, was facing attempting murder charges, South Africa's police head appointed a new lead on the case in detective Vinesh Moonoo.

 

TEAM USA Wins Gold Over A Surprisingly Tenacious Spain Squad

on August 13 2012 5:55 AM

USA Men's Basketball Team finally garnered the gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics Men's Basketball event, after a thrilling 107-100 over reigning European champions Spain. It was unexpectedly a very close match, too close for comfort that Team USA's lead margins never really wandered very far all game long. In fact it was a game that either Team USA or Spain could have won.

Spain opened up a scoring salvo led by gunner Juan-Carlos Navarro who struck and surprised the Americans' defense with quick and swift outside shots. He shot 12 of Spain's first 14 points.

Carmelo Anthony had to swoop in from the bench and puts his own version of a shooting spree to keep Team USA leading towards the half time.

From then on, both team, traded baskets and tested each other's focus and determination. In the end, it was Team USA's combination of guts and superior individual talents that reigned over the remarkably smooth and fluid offensive approaches of Spain.

London Olympics 2012: Bad Officiating Throws Olympic Boxing into Doldrums

on August 12 2012 10:38 PM

With great fanfare and extravaganza, the 2012 London Olympics came to festive end just hours ago on very high notes, gaining huge television success and with record medal haul for the host country, Great Britain.

But caught amidst the whirling celebrations is a reverberating issue in the sporting world, the waning patronage for the boxing events. 

Is Olympic boxing on an irretrievable decline?

In a sport that had seen many rule and procedure changes in recent years, most notably the use of head gears and the installation of computerized scoring system in lieu of the usual manual tallying of assigned judges, Olympic boxing is slowly sliding into opprobrium as more and more results ends up being questioned and reproved. In this year's Olympic boxing, one referee was expelled for improper officiating, one suspended and a total of 12 bouts protested. 

True Coronation: King James Strikes Gold Again With Team USA

on August 12 2012 7:07 PM
True Coronation: King James Strikes Gold Again With Team USA

LeBron's hell began with the utterance of eight words: "I'm going to take my talents to South Beach." The hubris of the now-infamous "decision" stunned the basketball world and left the city of Cleveland paralyzed with shock. What followed was a series of admonishments from the basketball community. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert expressed his disappointment with a letter criticizing LeBron, a letter that was also infamous as it was written in comic sans (an internet no-no). Fans of the team burned LeBron's jersey throughout Cleveland and the rest of the basketball world chided LeBron for embarrassing Cleveland in such a public way.

Such was a low point for LeBron James, heralded at a young age to be the next Michael Jordan. During his formative years, Lebron always stood out. When he started playing high school basketball, his games were televised. Before his senior year of high school he had already been on the cover of ESPN and Sports Illustrated. Entering one of the best drafts in NBA history, as an 18 year old, Lebron was chosen first by his hometown team.

The London Olympics Have Been A Jolly Good Show

on August 10 2012 6:28 AM

The London Olympics' NBC primetime coverage approaches a fortnight and satisfying everyone remains a probable impossibility.  Sport fans naturally pine, but my wife, 22 month old daughter, and I watched men's and women's swimming, bike racing, water polo, gymnastics, volleyball, beach volleyball, tennis, diving, and an array of track and field events and have discovered a bit of the sublime.

My family bonding experiences expanded, but even greater things have happened such as two 18 mile bike rides with our daughter in a Burley.  Certainly, our family has been watching our tube differently and awe-inspiring occurrences happened.  Strangely and out of character, I readily admit that it is not so important that I am not getting men's basketball and that only gold medal men's tennis and snippets of track and field coverage delivered preferred, sustained and specific adrenalin rushes.  I am satiated in another way.  Could it be something is happening around here and I don't what it is Mr. Jones? 

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