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Apr 21 2014 Rubin Hurricane Carter Dead At 76

WASHINGTON - Well-known former U.S. professional boxer Rubin “Hurricane’’ Carter has died in his adopted home of Toronto, Canada, from prostate cancer at age 76.
Carter’s wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice. The African-American spent 19 years in prison for the 1966 murders of three white people at a tavern in the […]


Apr 15 2014 US Olympic Legend Michael Phelps To Make Comeback

WASHINGTON - The most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement.
USA Swimming announced Phelps, who retired from the sport after taking six medals at the 2012 London Olympics, will make his competitive comeback next week at a meet in the western U.S. state of Arizona.
Phelps, who has 22-time Olympic […]


Jan 12 2014 Alex Rodriguez Suspended For Doping

WASHINGTON - A U.S. arbitrator has ruled that Major League Baseball star Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season and playoffs for alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The arbitrator on Saturday upheld about 75 percent of the 211-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball in August of last year.
Rodriguez appealed that suspension […]


Sep 19 2013 Heavyweight Champ Ken Norton Dies At 70

WASHINGTON - Former U.S. heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton has died at the age of 70.
 His friend and former manager says Norton passed away at a rehabilitation center in Arizona. He was living at the center after suffering a stroke last year.
 Norton took up boxing while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1960s […]


Aug 24 2012 Lance Armstrong Banned From Cycling

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said late Thursday it will strip famed cyclist Lance Armstrong of his titles and ban him from competitive cycling.
The USADA made its announcement after Armstrong said he would stop fighting the agency’s doping charges, following a U.S. federal court decision to dismiss his lawsuit against the agency. Armstrong won […]


Jun 29 2012 US Track Team Prepares For Olympics Near London

BIRMINGHAM - Crowded London will be even more crowded during the Olympics. More than 200 Olympic teams will descend on London this summer to compete for medals in dozens of sporting events.  The city will be crowded with athletes, fans, officials and dignitaries.  But the USA Track & Field team will escape the crowds and […]


May 25 2012 Michael Phelps Seeks More Olympic Gold

WASHINGTON - American swimmer Michael Phelps made history at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, becoming the first athlete to win eight gold medals at a single Olympic Games.  He now has has his sights on the London Olympics hoping to add to his medal haul.
Phelps made his first U.S. Olympic swimming team at the age […]


Feb 6 2012 New York Giants Win Superbowl 46

WASHINGTON - The New York Giants are this season’s champions of American football, beating the New England Patriots in the NFL’s Super Bowl 46, 21-17, played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
These same two teams met in the Super Bowl four years ago when the New York Giants scored a surprising 17-14 upset, preventing the […]


Jan 22 2012 Joe Paterno Dead At 85

WASHINGTON - Legendary former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who was fired in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal, died on Sunday from lung cancer. He was 85.
Paterno’s family said in a statement that he “fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how […]


Nov 10 2011 Penn State Fires Football Coach Joe Paterno

WASHINGTON - The career of a legendary figure in the North American sports scene has ended in scandal and disgrace.  The governing board of Penn State University fired head football coach Joe Paterno late Wednesday night, days after a former member of his coaching staff was arrested on charges of sexually molesting several young boys. 
Penn […]


Nov 8 2011 Joe Frazier Dead At 67

PHILADELPHIA - Former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier, who was known for his personal and professional battles with Muhammad Ali, has died after a brief fight with cancer at the age of 67.
The youngest of 12 children, Frazier was born in 1944 into a working-class family on a farm in the racially-segregated southeastern U.S. […]


Nov 6 2011 Joe Frazier Suffers Liver Cancer

WASHINGTON - Former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier is near death as he battles advanced liver cancer.
His personal and business manager said Saturday the 67-year-old boxer was diagnosed four or five weeks ago and is under hospice care.
Frazier won a gold medal for the United States at the 1964 Olympic Games before enjoying a […]


Oct 17 2011 Dan Wheldon Dead At 33

WASHINGTON - British race car driver Dan Wheldon has died in a massive crash during an IndyCar race in Las Vegas.
The 33-year-old died of injuries he suffered after his car went sailing through the air during a 15-car wreck early in Sunday’s race.
Wheldon was airlifted to a hospital following the crash just 12 laps into […]


Oct 11 2011 NBA Scraps Early Start To Season

NEW YORK - The National Basketball Association has cancelled the first two weeks of the 2011-’12 regular season, after franchise owners and players failed to settle their dispute over a new collective bargaining agreement.
The league announced the cancellations Monday after a seven-hour negotiation session in New York. NBA Commissioner David Stern told reporters the two […]


Feb 6 2011 Super Bowl Security At Cowboy Stadium Increased

DALLAS - As Super Bowl fans and the international media stream into Dallas for the U.S. National Football League championship, federal authorities are guarding against a possible terrorist attack. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency is watching from the air and on the ground, as they have at Super Bowls since the terrorist attacks […]


Jul 13 2010 George Steinbrenner Dead At 80

NEW YORK - The owner of the famed New York Yankees baseball team, George Steinbrenner, has died at the age of 80. He transformed the Yankees franchise he bought in 1973 for $8.7 million into a $2-billion empire.
It has been a week of sad news for the New York Yankees, the baseball team many consider […]


Feb 20 2010 Tiger Woods Issues Public Apology

WASHINGTON - Golf pro Tiger Woods ended nearly three months of silence Friday to speak publicly for the first time about the marital infidelities that led to his public fall from grace.  In what many say was a scripted and highly managed appearance at PGA Headquarters in Florida, the world’s number one golfer apologized for […]


Feb 13 2010 Winter Olympic Games Begin In Vancouver

VANCOUVER - The 2010 Olympic Winter Games have officially begun in Vancouver, Canada.
World-famous Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky lit the Olympic cauldron in the stadium along with three other Canadian athletes and medalists, despite a sight mechanical error.  Gretzky then headed outdoors to light a second cauldron, visible across the city.
Earlier, representatives from Canada’s indigenous […]


Feb 8 2010 New Orleans Saints Wins Superbowl XLIV

MIAMI - Just four years after Hurricane Katrina decimated the city of New Orleans, the Saints are the champions of the National Football League.  The New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17, Sunday night in Super Bowl XLIV.
The Saints made the most of their first Super Bowl appearance in the team’s 43-year history, overcoming […]


Dec 31 2009 Golfer Tiger Woods Looses AT&T Sponsorship

WASHINGTON - U.S. telecommunications giant AT&T says it has ended its sponsorship deal with world number one golfer Tiger Woods, who is taking a leave of absence from competition after admitting to marital infidelities.
An AT&T statement Thursday said the company would no longer sponsor Woods, but it would continue to sponsor the AT&T National PGA […]


Dec 15 2009 Tiger Woods Scandal Results In Sponsor Angst

WASHINGTON - The global consulting firm Accenture now says famed golfer Tiger Woods is “no longer the right representative” and is ending its relationship with him.   This follows a move by Gillette to drop Woods from its advertising campaigns for now, following the personal controversy surrounding the golfer. 
This Accenture advertisement reads, “It’s what you do […]


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