Lamentation for sports in 2020: A year of living virally
File-This Jan. 28, 2020, file photo shows a remembrance board at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center in Los Angeles. LeBron, on court, gives heartfelt shout,A declaration: “Mamba out.”Sports still reeling by Super Bowl,Where Patrick Mahomes takes control. Defying odds, even reason,Baseball makes it through its season,Leaving summer and into fall --Bob Gibson ’s time, October ball. Through it all, a truth emerges:Games go on while COVID surgesAnd records fall, that much is clear --Consider Tara VanDerveer. But we’ll toast, of course, don’t think twice --Take a deep breath and roll the dice.
Summer of Women: Females stole the show at 1996 Olympics
It remains the biggest jump at a single Olympics in the number of women competitors. Both wound up being two of the most popular sports at the Atlanta Games. On the other side of that curtain, the U.S. captured its first team gold medal in women's gymnastics with a group that became known as the Magnificent Seven. Then, for the gold medal game, I heard they were scalping tickets. You had some of the biggest, tallest women in the Olympics, and some of the shortest women in the Olympics going by each other.All of them stood tall in Atlanta.
10 Things to Know for Today
A doctor takes a swab from a woman to test for the COVID-19 virus at a fever clinic in Yinan county in eastern China's Shandong province on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (Chinatopix Via AP)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. CHINA VIRUS TOTALS SPIKE China reports 254 new daily deaths and an increase in new daily virus cases of 15,152 after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of Hubei as to how cases are categorized. BUFFETT'S DRUG WAR Howard Buffett, the eldest son of the billionaire investor, is spending $200 million to help Colombia kick its cocaine curse. ROENICK OUT AT NBC SPORTS The NHL analyst won't return to the network after he was suspended for making sexually suggestive comments about his co-workers during a podcast.
Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey headline arena like rock stars
Michelle Obama, left, and Oprah Winfrey participate at "Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus" tour at the Barclays Center on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in New York. “Does this feel like déjà vu for you?” Winfrey asked. “He’s going to kill me.”When Winfrey asked if the energy in their home was different now that the kids are gone, Obama exclaimed: “It is so good, y’all.”“OK, you guys, get out of the gutter!” Obama added. “Just vote.”The conversation turned slightly political, again, when Winfrey asked Obama what the next chapter of her life would entail. When the topic turned to health and Winfrey asked Obama what she appreciates about her body, she said: “It’s mine.
CBS News head calls threats against Gayle King reprehensible
“We fully support Gayle King and her integrity as a journalist,” CBS News President Susan Zirinsky told The Associated Press. “We find the threats against her or any journalist doing their job reprehensible.”CBS would not discuss the nature of any private threats against King. Her friend, Oprah Winfrey, said in an NBC interview that King had received death threats and was traveling with security. “You come against Gayle King, you come against an army,” R ice wrote. “You will lose, and it won't be pretty.”On Saturday, Snoop Dogg posted a message on his Instagram that said he meant King no harm.
Winfrey says King not doing well after social media backlash
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oprah Winfrey says her friend Gayle King is facing death threats following a social media backlash caused by an interview with retired WNBA star Lisa Leslie that concerned the late Kobe Bryant. On an appearance on “Hoda & Jenna & Friends” on Friday, Winfrey said King “is not doing well'' and has to travel with security because of threats. In the clip, King asks Leslie whether the 2003 case made Bryant's legacy complicated for her. Critics lashed out at King on social media for bringing up the old allegations. "I can see how people would obviously be very upset if you thought that Gayle was just trying to press to get an answer from Lisa Leslie,” Winfrey continued.
King angry at CBS promo of interview questions about Bryant
King responded via Twitter on Thursday to address the reaction to a video clip from her wide-ranging “CBS This Morning” interview with Leslie that aired Tuesday. The clip, distributed online and on CBS News' social media accounts, focused on a portion of the interview where Leslie addressed a sexual assault charge that had been brought against Bryant and dismissed. In the interview, King asked Leslie whether Bryant's legacy had been complicated by the assault case. When Leslie noted that she had never seen improper behavior from Bryant, King said that she most likely wouldn't have been in a position to see it. King was taken to task on social media for bringing the topic up.
WNBA suspends LA Sparks' Riquna Williams
1996: The creation of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is announced at a press conference with Rebecca Lobo, Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes in attendance. Riquna Williams is suspended for 10 games, according to a statement on the WNBA's website. The Womens' National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) said it disagrees with the suspension and is filing a grievance. We will provide whatever resources we are allowed to help Riquna learn and grow from this unfortunate situation," the LA Sparks said in a statement. Williams has been with the Sparks since 2016 after playing four seasons with the Tulsa Shock.