March 26, 2013
Men's college basketball Towson's Benimon named ECAC All-Star Towson junior forward Jerrelle Benimon has been selected to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I men's basketball All-Star team, the conference announced. Benimon, the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, recorded double doubles in 20 of the Tigers' 31 contests, which is tied for the second-most in Division I. He was the league's fourth-leading scorer with 17.1 points per game and reached double figures in 27 of 31 outings.
March 7, 2013
Harford Gymnastics, along with 2,600 other athletes from across the country, competed at the Pink Invitational in Philadelphia, Pa.., Feb. 22 to 24 to support Unite for Her and breast cancer awareness. Harford's Level 7 team shined, taking first place in a field of tough competitors. Additionally, Harford took second at Levels 6 and 8, third at Level 5 and fourth at Level 9. The entire Harford team (Levels 4 to 9) had 22 athletes score above 36 in all-around and four gymnasts tallied all-around scores above 37. A new club beam record was set at Level 7 and one of Harford's Level 9 athletes was recognized with the Strength of Character Award.
February 28, 2013
Under Armour solidified its push to market to women and change the company's often masculine image Thursday by announcing a deal to become the official gear provider for USA Gymnastics for the next eight years. The partnership marks the first time Under Armour has sponsored an entire national team for the Summer Olympic Games, meaning the sports apparel company's logo will appear during televised events and could be seen on the medal stand in 2016 and 2020. Other athletes sponsored by the Baltimore-based company, such as Michael Phelps, were forced to wear competitors' gear, like Nike's, because of strict rules governing branding during the Olympics.
August 7, 2012
The darkened arena pulsed with anticipation, the thousands of spectators roaring and their cameras flashing like giant fireflies as the boxers swaggered in, punching the air, bouncing on the balls of their feet and glaring like gladiators. And then, the chanting started for the favorite of this particular crowd: "Katie!" "Katie!" "Katie!" Despite the deafening cheers - officials at the ExCel Arena said it was one of loudest crowds of the Games so far at 113.7 decibels - you might also have heard a glass ceiling shattering: Boxing, the last Summer Olympics sport to be limited to men, opened its ranks to women for the first time here.
August 1, 2012
Driven by gold for Michael Phelps and the women gymnastics team, NBC's prime-time coverage of the Summer Olympics Tuesday hit a new high in overnight ratings topping those earned by the record-setting opening ceremonies. And maybe it's me, but the complaints in social media didn't seem quite as loud yesterday. Or, maybe they were just drowned out by Phelps becoming the most decorated athlete in Olympics history. I know I saw both Phelps events and some of the women gymnastics on live stream in real time Tuesday afternoon, but still wound up watching the tape-delay version through prime time.
July 30, 2012
Before I went radio silent during my vacation last week (sorry about that -- computer time proved refreshingly scarce), I wrote about my reactions to the last summer Olympics , when I was a new parent, finding myself relating to the moms and dads in the audience for the first time, especially Debbie Phelps. Now there's a new standard in Olympic parents-in-the-stands moments, courtesy of U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman's folks, who followed along with her routine in the prelims yesterday, looking like they were trying to perform it themselves.