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The lighter side of sports

The ball keeps going in the net: An NBA game was played Sunday in London, and the Daily Telegraph noted, "As far as value for money goes, not much can beat basketball. Nonstop on-court action breeds scores that reach triple figures, keeping you entertained every minute the ball is in play."

In other words, it's not the least bit like soccer.

Reason to cheer: The fast pace notwithstanding, not all British fans were impressed by what they saw in the Nets-Heat contest. The sideline show was a different matter.

"It didn't help that the Heat started anything but hot, and got roundly thrashed in a first quarter that ended 30 points to 16," the Daily Telegraph continued. "And while they rallied in the second quarter, the biggest cheer was reserved for the team's dancers, who bounded onto the court at every opportunity clad in Union Jack T-shirts and little else."

No longer a fillies' man: Oak Tree Racing Association's "Living Legends Race" on Saturday at Santa Anita features retired Hall of Fame jockeys such as Angel Cordero, 65, Gary Stevens and Julie Krone, each 45. It's a betting race so fans should take it seriously.

The jockeys are. Cordero, the eldest, gallops horses in mornings to stay fit but draws the line at going to the gym.

"The only thing I ever liked about going to the gym was looking at the girls," he explained. "And none of them are looking at me anymore."

Sad commentary: Toledo players had reason to celebrate their upset of Michigan on Saturday. But one, team captain and star receiver Nick Moore, partied a bit too hard and got arrested outside an Ohio bar.

Writes Fark.com: "Saturday afternoon, Nick Moore lit up Michigan for 20 catches. Saturday night he got himself lit, started a fist fight, and jumped to the top of the Bengals' draft wish list."

Caught in the act: Seven fans were arrested during Game 2 of the ALCS between the Red Sox and Rays, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

Most arrests were on suspicion of disorderly conduct and one involved a man who sneaked into a dugout. Mused a blogger on Sportsbybrooks.com: "He later snuck into the Red Sox's bullpen, stole a uniform and tried to disguise himself as Mike Timlin, but was caught when he accidentally threw too many strikes."

-- LOS ANGELES TIMES

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