Maryland, Basketball Feeder of the 70s-80s

May 9, 2021

For much of the 1970s and 1980s, basketball was dominated by Maryland's Riva Road to River Road Corridor ("The Corridor"). Running from Washington, DC to Baltimore and encompassing portions of Montgomery, Anne Arundel, and Prince George's counties, The Corridor housed a concentration of leading players and teams like no other region in the country.

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May 2, 2021
Behold, Sneaker Mania

From sports, to fashion, to collectibles, the athletic shoe has seen it all. The latest chapter in sneaker mania witnessed a pair of Nike Yeezy footwear fetch $1.8 …

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April 25, 2021
Recalling Glory with ‘Miracle on Ice’ Captain, Mike Eruzione

Mike Eruzione, a gold medal winner for the 1980 U.S.A. hockey team, was center stage in the most significant team-sporting event of the 20th …

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April 18, 2021
Anne and Zara, Royals Who Ruled the Saddle

Princess Anne is 15th in line to the throne of the British Monarchy, but she was 1st and 2nd in several international sporting …

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April 11, 2021
Pro MiniGolf On a Roll

The U.S. Professional Minigolf Association (USPMGA) is celebrating. Twenty-five years ago, its President, Bob Detwiler, launched a cash-prize minigolf …

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April 4, 2021
The Greatest Goal Keeper of the 20th Century

If Pele was soccer’s greatest striker of the 20th century, then Lev Yashin was its greatest goal tender. An imposing …

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March 28, 2021
'When We Were Kings', Revisited

So far, 2021 hasn’t been kind to the boxing world. On February 5th, 2021, former heavyweight fighter Leon …

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March 21, 2021
Veteran Karrie Webb, Still on Top of the LPGA Tour

She doesn’t play as many tournaments today, but Karrie Webb is still swinging with the best and the youngest in the …

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March 14, 2021
Marathon Legend, Bill Rodgers, Looks Back

“I always needed someone to pull me along”, says Bill Rodgers about his early years. The veteran long-distance runner, who still holds the …

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10 years ago

HORSE RACING May 7, 2011  Animal Kingdom, drawing 21/1 odds at post time, wins the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, clearing the finish line in 2:02:04. With John Velazquez aboard, the chestnut-colored thoroughbred was in 10th position going into the final turn when he broke out to move 4 wide, advanced to 5th place at the mile pole, and completed the race 2¾ lengths ahead of second place, Nehro. Two weeks later, Animal Kingdom came in second at the Preakness, but was out of the money at Belmont.

20 years ago

SOCCER May 23, 2001  Bayern Munich defeat Valencia in penalties at the UEFA Champions League Final. With a 1-1 score at the end of official time, the match went into penalty kicks where the Germans prevailed 5-4. It was the 4th overall victory for Bayern and first in a quarter-century at the annual Champions League tournament. For Valencia, it was their second consecutive trip to the Final, having lost to Real Madrid a year earlier. German goalie Oliver Kahn received the ‘Man of the Match’ award.

30 years ago

BASKETBALL May 20, 1991  Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls is named the NBA’s MVP. It was the second of what would be 5 total league MVP designations for the hoops superstar. A 14x NBA All-Star, Jordan’s numerous accolades include 6 NBA Championships and 5 NBA Finals MVP awards. Playing the majority of his career with the Chicago Bulls from 1984-1993 and 1995-1998, the basketball prodigy posted career statistics of: 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 5.3 apg.

40 years ago

TENNIS May 1, 1981  Billy Jean King becomes the first prominent sportswoman to come out with her sexuality, acknowledging a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett. Winner of 12 grand slam singles titles, King is regarded as one of the greatest female tennis players of all time. Throughout her career, the California native fought for gender equality and was a founder of the Women’s Tennis Association and Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2006, the USTA National Tennis Center in NYC was renamed after her.