The Week: Most Recent Sports:Sports recent posts.en-usMon, 11 Mar 2013 13:00:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Sports:Sports from THE WEEKMon, 11 Mar 2013 13:00:00 -04007 adorable animals that interrupted sporting events [Updated]<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. The marten who wouldn't go quietly</strong><br />Just as FC Thun and FC Zurich were starting their Swiss Super League soccer game on Sunday, a wild marten &mdash; a small, ferret-like animal &mdash; ran onto the field, brazenly bobbing and weaving through the players, managing to evade capture, and finding refuge in the stands. But it wanted more, and soon after play resumed, the stubborn little star zipped across the field once again. Zurich defender Loris Benito made an impressive jump and tackle, grabbing the marten with both bare hands, but was bitten on the finger. (See the photo above.) The animal almost...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:00:00 -0400The weirdest injuries in baseball history<img src="" /></P><p>Who among us hasn't strained a neck muscle by leaping eagerly from a Camaro while in pursuit of tasty sandwiches?</p><p>That's the freak injury that sidelined Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta earlier this week. The good news for Peralta is that he's not expected to miss much time and the sandwiches were, reportedly, quite tasty.</p><p>Peralta is hardly the only major leaguer to suffer a dumbfounding, non-baseball-related injury. In fact, the game's history is littered with players who injured themselves in the weirdest, most unbelievable ways.</p><p>Counting Peralta, there have already been at least four such...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:53:00 -0500Oscar Pistorius: Did the 'Blade Runner' kill his girlfriend?<img src="" /></P><p>Before Thursday, the most controversial thing about Oscar Pistorius, the double-leg-amputee Olympic runner, was whether his prosthetic blade legs gave him an unfair advantage over other runners. Now, police in his native South Africa are charging the 26-year-old "Blade Runner" with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his home in an upscale gated community outside of Pretoria, the capital. Pretoria police haven't released the name of the victim or the suspect, following South African law, but Steenkamp's agent, Sarita Tomlinson, confirmed that the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:40:00 -0500Why are the Olympics dumping wrestling?<img src="" /></P><p>In a surprise move, the International Olympic Committee has reportedly voted to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympics. The ancient sport, which has been part of the modern version of the Games since their debut in 1896, was deemed unworthy of inclusion in the 25 "core sports" that comprise the Olympic program.</p><p>The IOC made the decision after several rounds of secret balloting at the organization's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Other contenders for elimination included the modern pentathlon, taekwondo, and field hockey. IOC members used 39 criteria, "including television ratings, ticket...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:49:00 -0500Why parents should let their kids play dangerous sports<img src="" /></P><p>"Are you not entertained? Are you NOT entertained? Is this not why you are are here?"</p><p>So shouts Russell Crowe's character Maximus in the most powerful scene of Ridley Scott's award-winning film <em>Gladiator</em>, after Maximus vanquishes his opponent with such aggressiveness that it leaves the crowd in stunned silence. Maximus' point &mdash; that the crowd was there for the violence and the danger &mdash; remains as true as ever. But today, our collective fascination with bigger, faster, stronger, higher, more aggressive, more dangerous, and more powerful athletic enterprises has very real costs for the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Sat, 02 Feb 2013 09:10:00 -0500The alleged Manti Te'o dead-girlfriend hoax: Is it the media's fault?<img src="" /></P><p>Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's heartbreaking tale of loss was one of the biggest human interest stories of the 2012 college football season. Te'o's girlfriend, identified as Lennay Kekua, was in a car accident, then found out she had leukemia, and died in September &mdash;within hours of the death of Te'o's grandmother. Te'o, who placed second in voting for the Heisman Trophy and was the emotional leader of a Notre Dame team that made it to the national championship game, had his heartwrenching story reported over and over again by a wide variety of mainstream media outlets.<br /><br />The trouble is,...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:25:00 -0500What Lance Armstrong could gain from confessing to Oprah<img src="" /></P><p>After a decade of denials, Lance Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey in a Monday interview that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, an informed source tells <em>The Associated Press</em>. The former cycling champion, who has been stripped of his seven Tour titles, had long insisted that he never cheated, even after former teammates from the U.S. Postal Service team implicated him in what the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's chief executive, Travis Tygart, called "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." If reports of Armstrong...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:33:00 -0500The Hall of Fame's ridiculously unfair double standards<img src="" /></P><p>Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, two of the greatest baseball players of all time, did not gain entrance to the Hall of Fame Wednesday because they (almost certainly) used performance-enhancing drugs. In their first year on the ballot, Clemens got 37.6 percent of votes and Bonds 36.2 percent &mdash; well short of the 75 percent needed for entrance into the Hall. Indeed, no one made it into the Hall of Fame this year.</p><p>In barring those two retired stars &mdash; plus several known users &mdash; the Hall's voters sent a clear signal that PEDs are a black mark against even the most accomplished, storied...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:06:00 -0500The NHL lockout ends -- but will fans come back?<img src="" /></P><p>After 113 days, hundreds of canceled games, and seemingly immeasurable ill will, the NHL lockout has finally drawn to a close, with players and owners striking a deal on a salary cap and how to split hockey-related revenue. But the real struggle may only have just begun, as the league must now try to woo back fans frustrated by pro hockey's third massive labor dispute in 20 years. "I'm hoping that our fans understand this was something that had to be done for the strength of the league, for the strength of the Players Association," says Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider in an interview at the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:51:00 -0500A brief history of Kobe Bryant tirades<img src="" /></P><p>Kobe Bryant is mouthing off again. After a recent loss to a young Philadelphia team, Bryant, 34, told reporters that the team lost because "we're old as shit." Of course, this isn't exactly new for Bryant. In recent years, he's increasingly taken to the public square to vent his frustrations. It's been nearly a decade since the Lakers&nbsp;officially turned the team over to Bryant, after his&nbsp;early years in Los Angeles were marked by an infamous feud with teammate Shaquille O'Neal. And Bryant has had a Hall of Fame career. His five championships and consistent scoring prowess easily make him...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/danny-groner" ><span class="byline">Danny Groner</span></a>Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:15:00 -0500Why baseball's National League should adopt the DH<img src="" /></P><p>Pitchers are terrible hitters. We all know it. Of course, it's completely understandable. Aspiring young pitchers are so busy perfecting their&nbsp;curveball, their grip, their form &mdash; and more, or course &mdash; that they just don't have much time to take cuts during batting practice. It's an understandably low priority. Nonetheless, for fans, having to dread at bats from the number-nine slot in the lineup only to suffer through watching pitchers crouch in an awkward stance, bat dangling somewhat askew, and then feebly swinging through fastballs that they stand no chance of hitting &mdash...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Anna HiattTue, 01 Jan 2013 11:25:00 -0500The 10 sports stories that defined 2012<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Linsanity</strong><br />In early 2012, the Knicks' top players were injured, and famously grumpy New York fans were sick of losing. Down against a superior Boston Celtics team in early February, Coach Mike D'Antoni, running out of options, strangely called the number of a little-known, 6-foot-3, Asian-American kid who slept on his teammate's couch. Then unexpectedly, D'Antoni&nbsp;once again gave Jeremy Lin playing time in the next game. He scorched the Nets for 25 points, five rebounds, and seven assists, and led the Knicks to victory. Then things got even weirder: Lin continued to put up mind-blowing numbers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Wed, 26 Dec 2012 10:40:00 -0500Why the Mets should trade R.A. Dickey, but probably won't<img src="" /></P><p>Only three times in the history of baseball has a reigning Cy Young winner been traded away before the start of the next season. If the New York Mets want to reverse their losing ways, they should make R.A. Dickey the fourth.</p><p class="p2">The long-struggling Mets are far from contention. They just finished second-to-last in their division. They haven't won their division since 2006, and haven't had a winning season since 2008. Trading Dickey would replenish their farm system, and potentially stock the team with enough young talent to prepare the Mets for a playoff run in a few years.</p><p class="p2">With a shortage of available...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:20:00 -0500Is Lionel Messi the best soccer player of all time?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Soccer is not usually considered a sport for number crunchers. Unlike baseball fans, for example, who often use players' statistical breakthroughs &mdash; Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, Ted Williams' .406 batting average in 1941 &mdash; to define greatness, soccer aficionados pride themselves on finding greatness in moments of grace: Diego Maradona weaving through a field of players, or Dennis Bergkamp bringing down a long-range pass with the lightest of touches. The only number that really matters is one, the minimum number of times most of soccer's legendary players have won the World...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:34:00 -0500How the Tampa Bay Rays hosed the Kansas City Royals<img src="" /></P><p>After days of rumors, small moves, and inaction at baseball's winter meetings in Nashville, the MLB hot stove truly heated up over the weekend. The Los Angeles Dodgers, flush with cash thanks to an impending TV rights contract, signed right-hander Zack Greinke to a six-year, $147 million contract, making him the league's highest-paid pitcher (per year), and recipient of the biggest contract ever given out to a right-hander. The signing shores up the Dodgers' starting rotation, as Greinke and perennial Cy Young candidate Clayton Kershaw form a lethal 1-2 punch. And yet, this historic, division-shaking...</p> <a href="">More</a>By David MatthewsMon, 10 Dec 2012 14:00:00 -0500Why MLB's new free agency rules fail to bring parity to the league<img src="" /></P><p>In the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft, most teams selected one player. The Oakland Athletics picked three. In the following round, they chose three more.</p><p>That haul, immortalized in Michael Lewis' bestseller <em>Moneyball</em>, was made possible because the low-budget A's had allowed their two best players, All Stars Johnny Damon and Jason Giambi, to leave via free agency after the 2001 season. The A's got extra draft picks in exchange. That allowed them to draft future All Star Nick Swisher and respectable pitcher Joe Blanton with first round picks acquired from the Red Sox (who'd...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 07 Dec 2012 07:21:00 -0500