Is the demise of football imminent? The sport is at its all-time popularity peak, but decisions are being made in both the NFL and college football that imperil its future.
And naturally, money is at the root of it all. Read More
Yuri Morales takes the pass with his back to the goal. He volleys the ball straight up in the air and as he flips backward, executes a perfect bicycle kick and a lethal strike to the corner of the opposing net.
A move like that would surely sting on the grass of a soccer field. But not on the sand, where Morales hops up, hugs his teammates and blows a little kiss to the camera. Read More
“Wear a Helmet 4ST” is a battle cry from Freebord, a San Francisco-based niche skateboard company, for riders to protect their heads.
Sam Trowbridge (ST), a Freebord pro team member, was not wearing a helmet when he suffered a fatal brain injury last year while Freebording. The company coped with the tragic loss of one of its own by trying to inspire preventative measures.
Running the campaign at Freebord is Nick Cruit, 26, a passionate skateboarder who is attempting to impact a culture change, focusing the message directly to the boarding community. Read More
The Emerald Across the Bay 12K is considered by Dave Rhody, promoter and producer of 400 local events spanning nearly 30 years, as his flagship race. Since 1984, there have been various changes, including its name, course and sponsors, but the event’s beneficiary has remained a constant.Edgewood Center for Children and Families was and continues to be an ideal charitable partner for RhodyCo Promotions. Recreational running is a key element in the Edgewood approach of treating and helping kids, many of whom have experienced abuse and neglect. Read More
Tony Rossmann was only a college sophomore when, at Fenway Park, he witnessed one of the most memorable moments in American sporting history.But watching Ted Williams knock a homer in the final at-bat of his big league career was more than a great moment. It was a lesson in life. Read More
It was a childhood experience from more than 50 years ago, but Sharlet Gilbert clearly remembers sprinting along the sidewalks of Richmond to a dental appointment after she and her mom were forsaken by the city bus. “It was consciously a decision early in life,” Gilbert said. “I decided right then that running felt right, [it was] what I wanted to do and continue doing for as long as I could.” Read More
By age 43, it is standard for most professional athletes to have completed or to be in the process of wrapping up their play-for-pay careers. Not fisherman Scott Dipman, however, who has plans to launch his career as a pro angler.
Dipman recalled getting hooked on the sport as a kid, fishing off the old pier under the San Mateo Bridge and spending time with his dad on Clear Lake.
“I just really enjoy the outdoors, the boating,” the San Mateo native and resident said. “It’s peaceful, tranquil.” Read More
Two weeks after scoring two goals to lead his high school to its district soccer championship, Mukesh Nath moved from his native Fiji to the other side of the world.
Nath came with his parents to the U.S. in 1978, settling in South San Francisco. He enrolled for his senior year at South San Francisco High School, paving his way in the new culture with a familiar friend: the game of soccer. Read More
It feels like an old friend left town. A week after the 49ers’ season ended, there’s definitely something missing around The City. The discussions around town, between strangers, in the sports bars, the restaurants, in buses and the taxis. By the end, The City was just like it was in the good old days of Montana, Rice and Young. Read More
Hollywood honors its finest with an Oscar, and the adult athletic world acknowledges its stars with an ESPY; the national youth sports community now has its own award, the Youthee.Among the five nominees for Female Athlete of the Year is San Francisco native and Atherton resident CiCi Bellis, a 5-foot-3, 80-pound fireball on the tennis court.“She’s one out of a million,” said Monique Javer, one of Bellis’ coaches who has been with the 12-year-old since she began playing tournaments at age 7. Read More