WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Apolo Ohno made a career of frenzied, 40-second bursts around the track so the speedskating champion knows his crusade to join the exclusive Ironman fraternity is daunting.
It is also downright frightening, admits the eight-time Olympic medalist, who will have television cameras documenting his every stride.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amanda Blackhorse decided one afternoon to attend a rally outside a game between the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins.
Being a member of the Navajo nation, she felt it was her duty to protest the use of Native American monikers and logos by the football teams.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s involvement in a fatal on-track accident over the weekend may wave a caution flag for the big-money corporate sponsors backing the three-time champion’s team, industry analysts said.
While no charges have been filed against 43-year-old Stewart, who is one of auto racing’s biggest names, the incident that killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a race in upstate New York on Saturday could still spook the backers whose brand logos cover Stewart’s sleek race car.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Moments after the San Antonio Spurs completed their demolition of the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, speculation about whether the LeBron James-led Big Three would stay in South Florida kicked into high gear.
James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are all eligible to become free agents this offseason but, following Sunday’s crushing loss to the Spurs, they deflected questions about their NBA futures.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Tim Duncan insists that last year’s agonizing loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals played a big role in this year’s championship victory.
“What happened last year definitely helped our drive and helped us stay focused for an extended period of time,” he said. “It very easily could have hit us in different ways and we could have reacted in different ways.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Minutes after the Miami Heat were beaten in the NBA Finals in a Game Five rout, LeBron James conceded the San Antonio Spurs were simply a better team.
“That’s how team basketball should be played,” James told reporters after the 104-87 drubbing on Sunday that closed out the series and gave the Spurs their fifth championship.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The San Antonio Spurs delivered a decisive end to LeBron James’ two-year reign atop the basketball world by routing the Miami Heat 104-87 on Sunday to win the NBA Finals four games to one.
San Antonio, which outscored the Heat 55-29 over the decisive second and third quarters, was paced in scoring by finals most valuable player Kawhi Leonard who had 22 points, while Argentina’s Manu Ginobili added 19.
(Reuters) – Having been down that agonizing road a year ago, San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan understands that until the two-time defending champion Miami Heat are eliminated from the NBA Finals they still have a pulse.
“We know the caliber team they are, and we have a lot of respect for what they’re able to do,” said Duncan, the Spurs’ 38-year-old spiritual leader and 14-time All-Star.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Chris Bosh is so accustomed to taking a backseat to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade that he sometimes believes the Miami Heat’s Big Three should be called the Big 2.5.
And he’s all right with it.
“Validating yourself is a constant process,” he said. “I really let that go a long time ago. I don’t care about those things. I just care about the game.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The NBA champion Miami Heat, boosted by LeBron James’ 35 points defeated the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 in the NBA Finals on Sunday to level the best-of-seven series at one game each.
The Heat were trailling 93-92 with 2:25 remaining then scored the next six points to take a 98-93 lead before a three-pointer by the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili at the final buzzer ended the scoring.