| Nov 23, 2013
| 3:54 PM
It was a steamy August morning, one of those tongue-dragging days when you can't stop imagining how good a mouthful of ice would feel.
Ice was part of Aja Evans' midsummer day's dream too. Evans was thinking about how good she wanted to feel when she...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 5:54 PM
The demise of quality high school boys' soccer in California is underway, thanks to the U.S. Soccer Federation's insistence on forcing top high school players to choose between its academy program and high school competition.
As Sasha van der Most,...
| Mar 10, 2012
| 8:39 AM
In what had been her weakest event over the past two seasons, Glenview's Lana Gehring put herself in the same company as the greatest women's speedskater in U.S. history.
Saturday in Shanghai, Gehring won the bronze medal in the 500 meters at the...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 6:00 PM
It took three years, but Mexico finally got the man it wanted to manage its national team in World Cup qualifying.
The question now is, is it too late?
By the time Mexico got around to introducing Victor Manuel Vucetich as its coach Thursday, El Tri...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 5:25 PM
Landon Donovan is going be honest here. He is going to be brutally honest. He knows this isn't going to sound good, but the last few weeks have reminded him that only by mining the darkest moments can one discover his light.
Donovan is admitting that...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 7:47 AM
The Fifty/50 expected a big crowd Monday for the U.S. men’s national team’s World Cup game against Ghana. It just didn’t expect that big crowd to show up so early.
There were no tables available on the main floor or patio at the...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Random thoughts while waiting for FIFA to hand out Oscars for best actor, best flop:
Soccer needs a World Cup every year....
For a few weeks, the American team brought fans together in the way only football usually does, with beer, chicken wings,...
| Jun 25, 2014
In an exclusive interview, Raffaele Raia — the noted Italian soccer aficionado from Oliveto Citra, near Salerno — said America is missing only one thing to fully grasp World Cup soccer.
"Until Americans live and die with it, as we Italians...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 6:01 PM
It’s time the U.S. Olympic Committee stepped into the Hope Solo situation, because U.S. Soccer said Monday it has not changed its mind.
Before getting to that, let me join the ever-louder chorus on the Solo case, which USOC chief executive Scott...
| Mar 12, 2009
Kellogg Co. donated thousands of boxes of cereal with Michael Phelps' picture on them to the San Francisco Food Bank. Kellogg declined last month to renew its endorsement deal with the Olympic swimming star and Baltimore resident after a photo surfaced...
| Aug 7, 2010
My wife, Miriam, is a natural-born mimic blessed with extraordinary powers.
She learned five languages as a kid — then picked up a sixth as an adult — all the while using her unusually well-honed ear to master each one with little or no trace...