Manu Ginobili y los “abuelitos” de San Antonio Spurs

El deporte es muy exigente y por eso los deportistas son considerados “viejos” a los 30 años y “abuelos” a los 35, pero hay muchos como el argentino Manu Ginobili y el ídolo de las Islas Vírgenes, Tim Duncan, a punto de cumplir los 38 y 39 años de edad, respectivamente, que siguen disfrutando del básquetbol al más alto nivel con los San Antonio Spurs. Esta pareja de veteranos son la base de un equipo tejano que este año está …

Michael Jordan es un Rey Midas fuera de las canchas

El estadounidense Michael Jordan, el otrora estelar número 23 del equipo de básquetbol Chicago Bulls, se retiró hace 12 años, pero aún su carisma le permite ganar $100 millones anuales, sólo $5 menos que su compatriota boxeador Floyd Mayweather y 20 millones más que el portugués Cristiano Ronaldo, goleador del Real Madrid. Hay un refrán que dice que el que tuvo, retuvo. En el caso de Jordan, quien en sus días de jugador activo era una máquina de ingresar dinero …

Earl Lloyd: First Black NBA Player

On Oct. 31, 1950, Earl Lloyd took the court as a member of the now-long-defunct Washington Capitols basketball team for a game against the Rochester Royals in New York. Lloyd’s six points and 10 rebounds were no game-changer, but his performance definitely was in another sense: It was the first time that an African American player appeared in a National Basketball Association game. >> Famous People We’ve Lost in 2015 Here are some facts about Lloyd, who passed away on …

Tom Verna: He Invented Instant Replay

There was a time when sports fans watching a live game on TV had no choice but to play close attention throughout. If they missed a spectacular play while reaching for the bowl of chips, they didn’t get a second chance to see it. TV sports director and producer Tony Verna changed that. Verna, who passed away on Jan. 18 at age 81, introduced the instant replay in 1963, basically videotaping the game and rerunning key moments to fill time …

This Week in Boomer History: Rumble in the Jungle … ‘Car Talk’

Notable events from our shared experience In a daring heist, thieves steal 24 valuable gems — including the golf ball-size sapphire Star of India — from the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Oct. 29, 1964. Authorities quickly arrest the burglars, including the colorful Jack “Murf the Surf” Murphy. Ultimately, 10 of the stones are recovered, and three, including the Star of India, are among AMNH’s most popular exhibits today. After 10 years on the air in …

Why Is Basketball Legend Bill Russell Suing the NCAA?

This month, after five years of legal wrangling, the NCAA finally finds itself facing off in court against basketball legends Ed O’Bannon, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell and more than a dozen other former college athletes, some long since graduated and even retired from professional sports. The issue in the class-action lawsuit? Whether former student athletes should, on graduation, be entitled to financial compensation for commercial uses of their images by the NCAA. The NCAA, which governs all college sports, has …