NEW YORK (Reuters) – Considered too short to thrive as a quarterback, Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks has proved doubters wrong all the way to the pinnacle of his sport – the Super Bowl.
Wilson fought his way to a starting role in high school and college but slipped to the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft as evaluators felt the 5-foot-11 signal caller would not be a big-time player in the pro ranks.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Seattle Seahawks landed at Newark Airport on Sunday with a blue “12th Man” banner stuck out the cockpit window after the NFC champions were given a rousing sendoff by thousands of fans backing their bid for a first Super Bowl crown.
Thousands of raucous green and blue clad fans lined the streets back home as buses headed to the airport carrying the team that will face Denver and quarterback Peyton Manning next Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Receiver Wes Welker arrived with his Denver team mates in wintry New Jersey on Sunday, confident that weather would not slow the Broncos’ vaunted attack in the February 2 Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
“Weather is part of what it is. And part of what football is supposed to be,” Welker said about the National Football League title game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where more than a foot of snow fell earlier in the week.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Seattle Seahawks, who hail from the northwest corner of the United States, aim to break into the limelight with their first Super Bowl crown in a February 2 showdown against the Denver Broncos in wintry New Jersey.
Seattle, an expansion team that joined the National Football League in 1976, reached their only previous Super Bowl following the 2005 season but fell 21-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers under the dome in Detroit with snow falling outside Ford Field.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The arbitrator ruling on Major League Baseball’s suspension of Alex Rodriguez painted a picture of secret meetings, coded message exchanges and years of doping that led him to ban baseball’s highest paid player for the entire 2014 season.
The 34-page decision written by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz became a matter of public record after lawyers for Rodriguez asked a federal judge on Monday to throw out his ruling, charging he had exhibited “blatant partiality” toward MLB.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Losing a 14-time All-Star for a season would usually be seen as a bad blow for a team, but in the case of Alex Rodriguez a lost season would mean a $25 million windfall for the New York Yankees.
That figure represents the 2014 salary for Rodriguez, who would forfeit the sum after Saturday’s ruling by an independent arbitrator suspending Rodriguez for all of next season due to his involvement in the Biogenesis doping scandal.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has vowed to carry his fight against a season-long doping suspension into the courts, but win or lose the controversial player is not likely to disappear from the scene.
The man popularly known as A-Rod, the best-paid player in Major League Baseball history, has never shied from the spotlight and the 38-year-old will probably be commanding attention for years to come.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shoelace-tying prankster J.R. Smith took a seat on the bench and watched his New York Knicks team mates keep up their New Year’s resolution by playing team basketball in a 102-92 victory over the NBA champion Miami Heat on Thursday.
Smith, last year’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year, was fined $50,000 on Wednesday by the league for tying an opponent’s sneaker laces during a free throw attempt in a repeat of an earlier incident for which he was warned.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Frank “Big Hurt” Thomas may have suffered from comparisons to doping cheaters during his major league career but is enjoying the last laugh as a newly elected member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Thomas, elected to baseball’s shrine along with former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine in results announced on Wednesday, called himself “the happiest man in the world” on Thursday for honestly slugging his way to Cooperstown.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who were former Braves team mates, and slugger Frank Thomas were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in results announced on Wednesday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
The three were elected in their first year of eligibility after waiting the required five years after their retirement.