Newman's Own: An Actor Embraces Pro Racing

October 14, 2018

Among the sports figures who made it on the big screen in Hollywood, film icon Paul Newman stands on his own as an accomplished actor who was also a successful race car driver. Sportsmen Johnny Weissmuller (swimming), Chuck Norris (martial arts) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (body building) parlayed their athletic careers to movies, but Newman went the other way

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When It Comes To Sport, This Island Punches Above Its Weight

It is an article of faith for many New Zealanders that their country ‘punches above its weight’ in sport. Rugby union, where the All Blacks and Black …

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September 30, 2018
Locker Rooms Open Up To Female Journalists

Few landmark court decisions come down in the world of sports but 40 years ago this month, a federal judge ruled that women reporters …

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September 23, 2018
"A Good Guy In A Mean Sport"

If modern boxing ever produced a gentleman champion, then Floyd Patterson would wear that belt. Forty-six years ago this month, the shy and private ring …

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September 16, 2018
The Day Sport Venues Changed In Oklahoma

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September 9, 2018
"I Can't Die, It Would Ruin My Image"

Decades before Jane Fonda sent millions of American women into their living rooms with her pop-in exercise videos, Jack LaLanne was busy …

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September 2, 2018
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With pre-season football upon us, I yearn for the days, now buried deep in the scrapbook, when the beloved old man George Halas and the Bears …

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August 26, 2018
The US Open Finds A New Home

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August 19, 2018
Greatest Athlete of All-Time? A Case for "The Babe”

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10 years ago

FOOTBALL October 12, 2008  The Arizona Cardinals beat the Dallas Cowboys 30-24 in overtime. The Cards started off the game with a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and ended it with a blocked punt recovery for 3 yards. They wrapped up the season 9-7 and eventually made the Super Bowl, but were taken down by the Steelers 27-23 for the crown.

20 years ago

BASEBALL October 14, 1998  The San Diego Padres defeat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 to win the National League title. They went on to face the NY Yankees at the World Series but lost the championship after being swept 4-0.  Founded in 1969, the Padres never won a World Series but were National League champs twice, in 1984 and 1998.

30 years ago

HORSE RACING October 13, 1988  Jockey Mike Venezia is killed in an accident at Belmont Park after he is thrown off his horse and trampled by a trailing horse. Venezia rode 2,313 winners in his career and was President of the Jockeys’ Guild from 1975-81. In December, 1964, he won 6 races in just a single day at Aqueduct Racetrack.

40 years ago

AUTO RACING October 8, 1978  American race car driver Mario Andretti wins the F1 Driver’s World Championship. Andretti claimed 6 of the 16 Formula One races that season and today remains the last American to lift an F1 trophy. The Italian-born racer is only one of two drivers to have won the F1, Indycar, NASCAR, and World Sportscar Championship.