In the United States, Bo Jackson is revered as one of the country’s greatest ever athletes. He broke no world records and is in no Hall of Fame, yet those who saw him simultaneously in the NFL and MLB still spread his legend.
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On the agenda: Animal Art Fair; Comme des Garçons; Francis Ford Coppola; Stephen King; Laurie Anderson; The Summerhouse
Sunday 11 April 2010
Friday 26 February 2010
Half way through Woody Allen's film Manhattan, the Allen character attends a lavish New York party. The talk is of American neo-Nazis marching in New Jersey and a prominent "satirical piece in the Times" poking fun at these tin-pot fascists. Allen argues for a direct confrontation: "bricks and baseball bats really get to the point". The joke is, of course, that it is hard to imagine anyone wielding a baseball bat with less effect than Woody Allen.
Tuesday 12 January 2010
Former St Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire has admitted using steroids when he was a player, including 1998 when he broke the single-season home-run record.
Thursday 29 October 2009
Wednesday 28 October 2009
In this World Series, all eyes will be on the four men in blue who run it. A run of glaringly bad calls by umpires during the 2009 play-offs could see Major League Baseball finally joining cricket, tennis and many other sports and allowing instant replays of contested decisions.
Friday 18 September 2009
Despite his recent disparagement of golf as "a bourgeois sport for people... who are lazy", Venezuela's revolutionary leader is not antipathetic to all American sport. So obsessed by baseball that he once wanted to turn pro, Hugo Chavez described his election victory in 2000 as "a home run with all the bases loaded".
Sunday 16 August 2009
They may have won the right to slug it out in London's Olympic ring – but now the battle begins for the women who want to box for Britain in 2012.
Thursday 13 August 2009
International Olympic leaders selected golf and rugby today for proposed inclusion in the 2016 Summer Games, rejecting bids from baseball, softball and three other sports.
Thursday 13 August 2009
A bare stage, and a man in jeans, T-shirt and baseball boots. This, it turns out, is all you need for as engaging and devastating a piece of theatre as you're likely to find at this year's Fringe.
Wednesday 12 August 2009
The prospect of Tiger Woods competing for an Olympic gold medal could come closer to reality on Thursday.
Friday 31 July 2009
Something will replace the Harry Potter franchise although it will take time and effort to match the success of the boy wizard. But Warner Bros is hungrier than ever to make sure that when Potter fizzles out on the big screen, there is a replacement multi-picture property cloaked in the wings.
Friday 17 July 2009
Friday 05 June 2009
Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's first film, Half Nelson, explored the life of a high-school teacher addicted to crack.
Their second puts a heavy spin on the American baseball movie, taking as its subject young hopeful Miguel "Sugar" Santos (Algenis Perez Soto), whose "million dollar" pitching arm takes him from his impoverished home in the Dominican Republic to top flight baseball in prosperous bible-belt Iowa. The film is compassionately aware of the abyss over which Sugar's career unfolds – his loneliness in the US, his awareness of his family's financial dependence back home, the constant threat of injury or loss of form – yet the story's slow-burn never quite flares into dramatic wildfire. Soto, with his disarming smile and liquid eyes, has real presence, and makes us feel the dreadful pressure of carrying so many expectations. Yet one always senses the film as an illustration, a Third World case study, rather than individualised as a boy's own life.
Thursday 14 May 2009
The presents: Michelle brings a baseball bat for PM's son – signed by the heavy hitter himself
Thursday 02 April 2009
It must be the ultimate piece of sporting memorabilia for the son of a world leader.
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
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- 4 Lady al-Qa’ida: On the trail of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the world’s most wanted prisoner
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'