(CBS/AP) When then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama played a pick-up game with the University of North Carolina men's basketball team in 2008, the players didn't exactly go all-out.
But the Phoenix Mercury had a much different mindset when the city's mayor decided it would be a good photo op to practice with the team on Monday. While running drills with the WNBA team, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton went up for a rebound against the Mercury's Nakia Sanford and came down with a broken nose.Continue »
(CBS News) As the NFL referee lockout drags on through the preseason, the replacement officials have come under great scrutiny from fans, players and coaches. It appears that scrutiny may last into the regular season.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Some of the most enduring Olympic moments are also the most heartbreaking. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, injured British runner Derek Redmond limped to the finish line with the aid of his father. Just two days ago at these 2012 Games, Canadian triathlete Paula Findlay, who was battling an injured hip, refused to give up despite finishing in last place.
And now we can add Liu Xiang to the list of inspiring Olympic athletes. The former champion left the Olympics Games in the first heat of the 110-meter hurdles for the second time in a row, clutching his right Achilles after he crashed into the first obstacle.Continue »
(CBS News) In a matter of days, Gabby Douglas has become a household name. The 4-foot-11 16-year-old became the first African-American woman to win an all-around Olympic gymnastics title - the sport's ultimate prize. She's won two gold medals so far and is already on the cover of a Corn Flakes box.
But the rise to the top wasn't easy. As you can see in this video, Douglas has been training for two years with coach Liang Chow in West Des Moines, Iowa and hasn't been home to Virginia Beach since then. Douglas' mother, Natalie Hawkins, discussed the difficulty of living apart from her daughter for so long - and the gratification of seeing her hard work pay off.Continue »
(CBS News) On Friday morning, U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas woke up with her second Olympic gold medal.
But now the 16-year-old Douglas stands to really strike it rich with product endorsements.
Kellogg's was quick to pounce, putting the golden girl on Corn Flakes boxes just hours after the gymnast claimed the all-around title Thursday.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Here's an unofficial tally of reasons Olympic athletes and coaches have been sent packing from the 2012 London Games: racist tweets, doping, drunk driving, booze-fueled rampages, and throwing badminton matches.
Now we can add a new one to the list: ties to a neo-Nazi group.Continue »
(CBS News) After Chinese diver Wu Minxia and partner He Zi won their sport's first gold medal of the London Olympics with a dominating performance in the women's 3-meter synchronized event on Sunday, Wu was more stoic than ecstatic.
"It feels normal," Wu said in Mandarin. "I really don't have that many emotions."
But her parents would drop an emotional bombshell moments later when they told Wu secrets they had kept for several years, according to media reports.Continue »
Asheville, N.C. boasts some great attractions: the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Biltmore Estate and world-class beer, to name a few. According to the city's chamber of commerce: "The Asheville area has something to intrigue every visitor."
At the top of that list of intrigue should be Joe Mikulik, the manager of the single-A Asheville Tourists. Mikulik has earned quite a reputation for on-the-field antics and he was up to his old tricks Friday in a game against the Charleston RiverDogs.Continue »
(CBS News) In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, Penn State tore down the famed bronze Joe Paterno statue.
Now the university's new football coach Bill O'Brien is apparently angling toward another image makeover: changing the school's iconic uniforms.Continue »
(CBS News) If the Czech Olympic team needs any extra encouragement to train while in London, they need only look out the window of the team headquarters.
That's where an artist has transformed one of the city's iconic double-decker buses into a grunting push-up machine.
According to the Telegraph, Czech artist David Cerny dreamed up the robotic sculpture, dubbed the "London Booster," which features gigantic red arms hoisting the 6-ton vehicle up and down - with a cacophony of labored groaning to boot. Watch video below:
Cerny said he thought the Routemaster bus doing pushups was "universal" because it symbolizes both athletic exercise and a form of punishment.
"It's in a way very ironic, of course," he said.
Ironic, robotic and hypnotic, if you ask passers by.
"It's very eye catching, and very pretty, and really interesting," one Londoner told Reuters TV.
The NCAA took the sanction sledgehammer to Penn State on Monday morning: A four-year postseason ban. Forty scholarships axed over four years. Five years of probation. Not to mention a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno's victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Now some current and former players are reacting on social media with a mix of shock, sadness and defiance.Continue »
(CBS News) It's no secret that Jeremy Lin's value to the Knicks transcended basketball. His story from undrafted Harvard grad to NBA sensation inspired fans worldwide. Interest in the team - and the value of Madison Square Garden shares - skyrocketed after the player burst onto the scene last February.
What a difference a few days makes. Over the last four days, MSG shares have collectively fallen $93 million in value, according to sports business reporter Darren Rovell.Continue »