Finals day for the contest was run in perfect Supertubes conditions. Too bad Kelly Slater and Jordy Smith were eliminated in lesser quality surf - it would have been amazing to have both of them out on the final day of competition.
Alberto Contador was in tears. The rider known as “El Pistolero,” the man who has overcome a brain aneurysm, defeated Lance Armstrong, and been at the center of a controversial doping suspension, had, for the first time in his career, abandoned a grand tour, brought down by a violent crash early on stage 10 of the Tour de France.
Though he’d attempted to continue on, the pain of what would later prove to be a fractured tibia was too much for the Spaniard. He chased for about 30 minutes, surrounded by his teammates, but was losing time to the overall race favorites. And then, with a hug to teammate Michael Rogers, Contador pulled over, dismounted his bike, and climbed out of the fog and into his team car. His head was in his hand, doing little to mask the tears, the pain, and the bitter disappointment of a lost opportunity.
“Mentally he’s destroyed,” said TInkoff-Saxo manager Bjarne Riis. “He was in the shape of his life. This was his Tour. It’s a mess. We were here to win the Tour de France. He’s in super good condition, never better. It’s a big, big pity.”
They dressed up in gaudy gear and preened for the ESPN camera that kept flashing to the scene, so many times it might have seemed as if Kansas City were the center of the U.S. soccer universe.
They roared every time Sporting KC’s Matt Besler or Graham Zusi were on the big screen and ooohed when fleeting scoring opportunities were squandered and sagged when Team USA fell behind 2-0 to Belgium.
Then they were resuscitated when 19-year-old Julian Green made the rally seem possible with a goal in the 107th minute.
RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA’s plea to eliminate racism at this year’s World Cup continues to fall on deaf ears.
Despite a vehement campaign from the organization and pleas and public service announcements from teams and players, it has been one of the overriding themes of the 2014 World Cup.
The anti-discrimination Fare network, which made reports to FIFA about the matter on Thursday, noted that there were several neo-Nazi signs at matches involving Russia and Croatia.
And on Saturday, it took center stage again when a Nazi sympathizer rushed the field during the Ghana-Germany game. No security attempted to stop him as he took his shirt off to reveal a pro-Nazi message. He had to be ushered off the field by Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari.
The World Cup round of 16 in Brazil is taking shape.
Already in: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Netherlands. The big question: Will the United States join that distinguished list today?
The U.S. soccer team has a tough match-up against Portugal. Win and the Americans are in. Lose or tie, and the road gets a lot tougher with next Thursday’s game against Germany.
The U.S. is playing in the so-called “Group of Death” paired with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Germany is number two in the world. Portugal is ranked fourth, and Ghana eliminated the United States from the past two World Cups. But last Monday, the U.S. squad defeated Ghana 2-1 and Germany embarrassed Portugal 4-0. Saturday, Ghana and Germany played to a thrilling 2-2 tie.
GoPro of the World Powered by Surfline entry on 05.29.14 in Namibia. Filmed by Benji Brand. Entry #030
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Ever wonder what’s going through Adriano’s head during a WCT event? Come on in and find out.
You’ve probably heard the gist of Adriano de Souza’s story by now. He grew up with nothing in one of Brazil’s roughest ‘hoods. He fought tooth and nail for every single opportunity that has come his way. He’s earned everything that he now has in life, and he appreciates all of it with a virtuous perspective.
Frankly, he’s the man. And in Waiting Period, the man gives us a deeper look into his life as we follow him around during the 2014 Billabong Rio Pro. Watch it, and be warned - it’ll be impossible to root against this guy once you get to know him.
BERTHOUD PASS, Colo. - Scores of bicycle riders participating in the 2014 Ride the Rockies even were stranded at the top of 11,306-foot-high Berthoud Pass by snow and poor road conditions.
It happened late Sunday afternoon, according to the Grand County Office of Emergency Management, which said the riders were not prepared for the snow and cold.
A private bus company in Winter Park transported some riders to Grand County and some to Clear Creek County.
It was estimated that 200 riders were stranded at the top of the pass. At 5 p.m. the temperature at the top of the pass was 34 degrees with 15 mph winds and light snow.
The six-day ride began Sunday morning in Boulder with about 2,000 riders who were slated to cover 89 miles, eventually crossing 471 miles and six mountain passes, according to The Denver Post, sponsor of the yearly event.
ELMONT, N.Y. — If you listen to horsemen during the Triple Crown chase year after year, they talk as if a special racehorse becomes a champion not only because of how fast he runs, but also because of who he is.
So what makes California Chrome a special racehorse and a champion, instead of just a horse with a great backstory? Co-owner Steve Coburn, the Wilford Brimley lookalike in the 10-gallon hat, fingers the trait that all of Chrome’s handlers cite: “It’s been amazing to watch his personality develop and watch his mind develop.”
His mind? Really?
Angel Cordero Jr., the Hall of Fame jockey who won six Triple Crown races before becoming a rider’s agent, nods and says Chrome’s handlers are onto something: In a great racehorse, a beautiful mind can be a wonderful thing