Aaron Boone’s 11th inning homer in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series sent the New York Yankees on to the World Series. Boston’s season was, of course, over, another chapter in the team’s long history of pain and futility.
Ten years ago, former pro cyclist Tyler Hamilton was at the top of his game, facing intense pressure to win, which, he said, led to pressure to cheat. Hamilton raced and doped alongside Lance Armstrong, but now he speaks publicly against performance-enhancing drugs , most recently at the MIT Sloan Sports Conference.
Curling might not get the same attention as other Olympic sports like skiing and figure skating, and some might not even consider it a sport. But contrary to popular belief, it has all the ingredients for Olympic drama: strategy, precision, teamwork and endurance. And for one pair of local athletes, curling has been a ticket to another world. WGBH's Edgar B. Herwick has the story.
Olympic fever is focused on Sochi right now. But closer to home, there’s renewed interest in bringing the Games to Boston. A special commission charged with studying the pros and cons of the hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics met Tuesday on Beacon Hill.
Skeptics point to the hefty price tag, but some proponents say the games could jumpstart improvements to the T and other infrastructure projects.
With the Olympics underway in Sochi, Boston's Olympic commission is talking about the costs involved in hosting the games. The panel is considering whether Boston should bid to bring the Olympics to New England in the summer of 2024.
The United States women’s Olympic ice hockey team is among us. They’ve been living and practicing in the Boston area since September.
In red, white, and blue TEAM USA uniforms and pads, they’re skating, shooting, stick handling, and even slamming into the boards. The 21 members of the U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team are swirling around the Belmont Hill School’s Olympic-size rink. Five of them are from Massachusetts, which is why they’re training here.
Come Saturday night, eyes across New England and the nation will be glued to the Patriots and their playoff duel against the Indianapolis Colts. While the post-season brings thrills, there’s also serious risk in every game. And for football's youngest players, the risk is greater, and the recovery is more delicate.
As principal owner of the Red Sox, John Henry is used to winning. And even though the newspaper business has been languishing as of late, Henry said at a Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast that he plans to keep up his winning ways as the new owner of the Boston Globe.
Gretchen Donlan of Hingham and skating partner Andrew Speroff hope their performance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston this week will help them make it to the Winter Olympics in Russia,
[UPDATE 1/10/14: Donlan and Speroff finished 6th out of 12 in the afternoon short program on 1/9/14. They will skate again on Saturday in the long program. There is still hope for the Olympic team. It is not determined by score. It's hand-picked by the US Figure Skating committee.]
This week, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships begin in Boston. It’s the nation’s most prestigious annual figure skating event and its winners are eligible for the U.S. Olympic team. The last time Boston hosted, in 2001, the event set a new record for attendance.
Lance Armstrong was once one of the Gods of cycling- overcoming cancer, winning seven consecutive Tour de France championships and establishing a monster charity effort in the process. But it all evaporated when he admitted to using performance enhancing drugs earlier this year.
The NFL is having a rocky year- at least from a public relations standpoint.
This year alone, more than 40 players have been arrested- most notably New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who stands trial for murder. Then, there's the bad press generated from the Frontline documentary League of Denial, which exposed the NFL's efforts to cover up concussion risks to players.
There are a lot of ways to describe the Red Sox World Series victory last night and a lot of ways to describe the fans: dedicated, fanatical, spirited. You could also describe both the night and many fans who took part in it as fair-weather –by their own admission.
As the Fenway faithful know there are Red Sox Fans and there are Red Sox fans and the difference in the context of victory is like day and night.
Most Bostonians are rightfully proud that the Red Sox are in the World Series. But one player in particular, Dominican-Republic-born David Ortiz, a.k.a. Big Papi, has been pumping up Latino sports fans.
Alberto Vasallo is the editor of the Latino newspaper El Mundo and also happens to be a personal friend of Big Papi.
Are you tweeting up a storm during this Red Sox postseason? Do you mix it up on Facebook during tense late-inning action? Margery Eagan and Sue O'Connell — filling in for Jim Braude — asked callers if cell phones, laptops and social media interfere with enjoyment of America's simple, low-tech pastime.
Have you dodged work by taking a sick day when you weren't, exactly ... um ... sick? Jim Braude and Margery Eagan discussed workplace subterfuge — those "mental health" days we take from time to time — and the best and worst excuses we've used.
The World Series is baseball’s grandest stage. Tens of thousands of people are making their way towards Fenway Park, tickets in hand, with only one game in mind. But outside Fenway, another type of game is well on display.
It’s the game of getting in at the last minute, and one famous – or infamous – way to do that is through a scalper.
At the corner of Brookline and Lansdowne, right outside the Cask ‘n Flagon bar, the black market for World Series tickets is up and running.
There is nothing quite like the sound of 37,000-plus Red Sox fans, crammed into every nook and cranny of baseball's oldest ballpark on Yawkey Way in Boston's Fenway neighborhood. The swelling chorus of approval for each David Ortiz home run, each John Lester strike out, each Drew-to-Pedroia-to Napoli double-play can be heard for miles.
But as the Red Sox filtered onto the field at Fenway Park earlier this week for an afternoon workout in preparation for the 2013 World Series, it was quiet at the ballpark. A tour guide led a small group along the mezzanine as batting practice got underway. You could even hear the buzz of the fluorescent stadium lights echoing through the empty stands. That is, until TJ Connelly went to work.