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Pittsburgh – the champion of Champion Cities?


Penguins fans take to the streets on Pittsburgh's Southside to celebrate the team's Stanley Cup victory

Pittsburgh held a parade on Monday to celebrate the Penguins’ Stanley Cup triumph along the same route that the Super Bowl trophy was carried in triumph by the NFL’s Steelers in January.

It was the second time the city had claimed two of North America’s four top team sport prizes – the Superbowl, World Series, NBA championship and Stanley Cup — in the same calendar year after 1979, when the Steelers were NFL champions and the Pirates won Major League Baseball’s World Series.

The Steel City was re-dubbed “Champion City” after that double achievement 30 years ago and a quick skim through the winners of the four prizes since 1970 indicates that it is a pretty rare achievement.A supporter is lifted by the crowd after the Los Angeles Lakers won their 15th NBA Championship, in Los Angeles

Los Angeles did it in 1988 when the Lakers took the NBA title and the Dodgers won the World Series and if we give the New England Patriots to Boston, which only seems fair, Beantown also doubled up when the Pats won the Super Bowl and Red Sox were baseball’s champions in 2004.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Which soccer players would make good Star Trek characters?

With the new Star Trek film out, we thought we'd have a bit of fun and see which soccer players could play the famous characters.

They've changed all the actors anyway and brought in a youthful crop, so why not?

Could Europe’s top basketball sides compete with the NBA?



The above question is one that comes up now and again around Europe and my colleagues were at it again after CSKA Moscow beat Partizan Belgrade to reach their seventh consecutive Euroleague Final Four.

A lot of them think CSKA and the like could indeed pose a threat to many NBA teams today because the era of great players in the world’s toughest league is gone.

Sports picture of the day



Herewith the latest selection from Sports Pictures Editor Greg Bos:

A well executed shot using a remote camera above the net shows Shaquille O’Neill jumping up to score. Lucy Nicholson is one of the best in the business at operating remote cameras to capture great sports action moments.

ORIGINAL CAPTION: Phoenix Suns’ Shaquille O’Neal (top) goes up to slam dunk over Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol of Spain during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles February 26, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES)