Defending champion Spain will play its opening World Cup game against the Netherlands, a repeat of the 2010 final, while host Brazil faces a relatively easy path to the knockout stage after Friday’s draw. (Photo: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)
As I slipped Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games into my Wii U I thought: Two awesome game icons doing a little curling and getting into snowball fights? What’s not to like?
But now that I’ve played through the game’s 24 events scattered across a handful of modes, I’m honestly wondering whether there’s anything about it that I really and truly enjoyed.
This is a deeply middling cartoon simulation of the snowier Olympic Games, with events that range from competent but unexciting, to others that are confusing and border on frustrating. It looks great, and you’ll get to take control of loads of loveable characters, but broad-smiling fun is as elusive as Jamaican bobsledding gold.
Amid the jerseys and baseball bats held in a secure room at SCP Auctions, there’s a piece of sports memorabilia that speaks to much more than athletic prowess: an Olympic medal won by track star Jesse Owens at the 1936 Games in Berlin.
The medal — being auctioned online — recalls both the Nazi propaganda myths that Owens busted with his world record-setting 100-yard dash, and the American segregation that he came home to when he returned to the U.S. after the Games, which Adolf Hitler orchestrated to showcase his ideas of Aryan supremacism.
“Almost singlehandedly, Owens obliterated Hitler’s plans,” SCP Auctions partner Dan Imler said. “You’ve got an African American, son of a sharecropper, grandson of slaves who overcame these incredible circumstances and delivered a performance for the ages.” (Photos: The Associated Press)
Winnipeg stays classy: It may be all to promote his new movie but actor Will Ferrell delighted curling fans Sunday, and a few curlers as well, as he brought anchorman Ron Burgundy to the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials.
He even tried his luck on the ice, with a little tutoring from Ontario skip Glenn Howard, and then donned a kilt.
“I’m really enjoying Winnipeg, the Paris of Canada,” he said later, staying in character for the entire visit.
“The limo ride from the airport was first class all the way. They had roast pig for me. An entire roasted pig there in the limo.” (Photo: John Woods/The Canadian Press)
Ford and football, together again:Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continued his tradition of attending major football games in the city, arriving fashionably late to watch the Buffalo Bills play their annual game at Rogers Centre.
Ford arrived after the first quarter began on Sunday. He sat in an aisle seat, 35 rows off the field.
Fans lined up to have their picture taken with him. A stadium security guard took a seat on the armrest of a seat in front of the mayor, trying to usher fans along — to varying degrees of success.
The scene became increasingly chaotic, forcing Toronto police to try to step in and usher Ford away. (Photo: Gary Wiepert/The Associated Press)
The 12-year, $5.2-billion agreement announced this week gives Rogers national rights to all NHL games and will see the beloved broadcast shift to the telecommunication giant’s multiple platforms, including City and Sportsnet.
Such a radical transformation — from must-see “appointment” viewing to “hockey a la carte” — could call for a shake-up when it comes to on-air talent, including the man many consider the face of “Hockey Night in Canada,” said David Kincaid, managing partner and CEO of the Toronto-based Level 5 Strategy Group.
No company invests billions of dollars in a brand only to leave it as it is, said Kincaid, who helped Labatt Breweries wrest sponsorship rights to the NHL from Molson-Coors in the 1990s.
“If they want to say it’s the fresh new face of hockey, available across all these different mediums and all this different type of integrated content, if a certain personality is seen as an on-air television commentator, it’s off strategy,” he said. (Photo: CBC Sports)
The accident could delay the delivery of the stadium in Sao Paulo by FIFA’s December deadline to have all 12 venues ready. Work was immediately halted at the Itaquerao Stadium, which was practically completed before the collapse.
Television images showed a huge metal structure buckled atop the stadium, destroying part of the stands in the east side of the venue. A LED panel installed outside the venue also was hit. (Photo: Nelson Antoine/The Associated Press)
Evander Holyfield has been made whole again. On TV, at least.
A new Foot Locker commercial features former boxing opponent Mike Tyson making amends with the retired heavyweight champion, offering Holyfield an apology and returning a piece of his ear. Tyson famously bit off the top of Holyfield’s ear during a 1997 bout — an act for which he was disqualified.
At 400 pounds, Tony Picard racked up 576 yards rushing and seven touchdowns this year at White Swan High School. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that his coach put Picard at running back because he was so athletic for his size. Many NFL running backs weigh half as much as Picard.
Current NFL rushing leader LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles weighs in at 208 pounds. Picard’s size also rivals some of the largest NFL linemen around.
Video of Picard’s rumbling runs has drawn more than two million views on YouTube. The clips show the 17-year-old plowing through defenders while also showing swiftness on his feet. Picard hopes to go on to play college football. (Photo: Andy Sawyer/Yakima Herald-Republic/The Associated Press)
Participants run during a marathon organized to mark the birthday of late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Allahabad on November 19, 2013. Indira Gandhi was India’s prime minister from 1966-77 and from 1980-1984. (Photo: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)
Rob Ford gets Grey Cup, Argos not so lucky: In a quiet corner of a quiet dressing room, Chad Owens was speaking a register above the background murmurs of his teammates. He was still in his cleats, his wrists and ankles were still taped: “I want another quarter, I’m not ready for the off-season, man.”
Perhaps an hour earlier, it was Owens who made the final, desperate attempt to extend his season, and help the Toronto Argonauts defend their Grey Cup title. Owens fielded a punt deep in Toronto territory as the final seconds dripped off the clock, and he slashed upfield until there was no more room, and no more time.
The Argos lost the East Division final to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, losing their grip on a game they had threatened to turn into a blowout. Toronto fell, 36-24, after being shut out in the second half. (Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)
After his contentious showdown with council on Wednesday, Ford chose to switch up his workday wardrobe Thursday and wore his Toronto Argonauts sweater, complete with “Mayor Ford” on the nameplate and the No. 12, the year the Argos hosted and won the Grey Cup.
But while wearing the sweater to promote this weekend’s CFL East final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ford made comments on media reports coming from the second round of revelations coming from Toronto Police’s Information To Obtain document. Ford’s comments included a profane response to allegations he made sexually explicit comments to a former female staffer, for which he later apologized.
The team released a statement expressing their displeasure at being dragged into the the Mayor’s theatre of the absurd.
"The situation with respect to the Mayor and his leadership is unseemly at best," the team said in the statement and on Twitter. "These latest remarks, while wearing our team’s jersey, are particularly disappointing given our organization’s work in the community to help youth deal with issues of bullying prevention." (Photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post)
Mike Tyson was high on drugs during some of his major fights and used a fake penis filled with someone else’s urine to fool drug-testers, he has admitted for the first time.
The former world heavyweight -boxing champion discloses in a new tell-all memoir that he spent a significant stretch of his turbulent career addicted to cocaine and marijuana.
“I was a full-blown cokehead,” Tyson says in Undisputed Truth, published Wednesday. Recalling his shock 2004 loss to Britain’s Danny Williams, he reveals he was taking drugs until shortly before the fight. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/GettyImages)