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Last week’s soccer match between Danish rivals FC Copenhagen and Brondby IF introduced the latest form of fan misbehavior- tossing dead rats on the field. more
“The Runners Are Coming, The Runners Are Coming!”. Famous for launching the American revolution in the 18th century, Boston was also the first city to kick off an annual marathon in 1897. more
When nerves take over at the Masters’ final round, even the best and most experienced on the course can be thwarted. Over the decades, at least a dozen leaders had their dreams shattered in dramatic fashion at the back nine of the tournament’s home stretch. more
Football fans are once again reminded they don’t own their home teams. The Oakland Raiders’ planned move to Las Vegas marks the 11th time since the 1940’s that an NFL franchise is packing up for “greener” pastures. more
Major League Baseball takes the field for another season of hard hitting numbers- the league is now worth $36 Bil, its wealthiest team is valued at $3.4 Bil and its highest paid athlete is salaried at $33 Mil. more
Though less celebrated, Ireland’s place in the sporting world is still an integral part of the country’s outsized contribution to western culture and civilization. more
Southern California in the 1960's- sun, surf, beach and of course, UCLA basketball. The Bruins go back to 1919 yet it was only during a short historic period in 1964-75 when they forged UCLA’s legacy as the NCAA’s winningest Division I men’s basketball team. more
With some 1,000 miles of frozen landscape to conquer, Alaska’s annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is no ice-cream picnic. Few sporting events claim extreme weather as a fundamental racing challenge. more
Hollywood released plenty of sports films over the decades but few managed to score an Oscar.  Since 1929 when the annual prize gala debuted, 89 Best Picture awards were handed out and only three went to movies in the sports genre- more
A decade before they were reincarnated into the Wizards, the Washington Bullets drafted the two tallest and shortest players in NBA history and paired them for a season- other than providing for a colorful sideshow, the synergies failed to raise the team's octane.  more
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10 years ago

AUTO RACING May 24, 2009  Brazil’s Helio Castroneves wins the 93rd edition of the Indianapolis 500, becoming the first foreign-born driver to claim the famed chase three times (2001, 2002). Starting out from pole position in car #3, Castroneves clocked the 200-lap race in 3:19:35. Placing 2nd at the 500 in 2003, 2014 and 2017, Castrovenes is regarded as the best driver who never won an IndyCar Series championship.

20 years ago

RUNNING May 18, 1999  American running champion Betty Robinson dies at the age of 87. The Riverdale, Illinois native was the first female to win gold at the 100m sprint when the race was introduced to women at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. She went on to claim gold again in the 4 x 100m relay at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin after the heavily favored Germans, who were leading, dropped the baton.

30 years ago

HORSE RACING May 20, 1989  Pat Valenzuela wins the Preakness Stakes aboard Sunday Silence, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:538 and edging out rival Easy Goer by just a nose. Both jockey and horse had won the Kentucky Derby earlier, but would miss out on a Triple Crown three weeks later at the Belmont Stakes after trailing Easy Goer by eight lengths.

40 years ago

BASEBALL May 16, 1979  The NL approves the sale of the Houston Astros by the Ford Motor Company (Credit) to John McMullen. The team would sign up pitcher Nolan Ryan, baseball’s first $1 million contract, and go on to reach the playoffs the following year for the first time in franchise history. Founded as the Houston Colt .45’s, the Astros were renamed in 1965 as a reference to the nation’s space center.