From the Archives — Betty Cuthbert

Betty Cuthbert—the Olympic champion Australians have fondly tagged “Golden Girl”— has always loved to run fast!

She was born (along with twin sister) in 1938 at Merrylands, Sydney, no more than 10 kilometers from the site of the 2000 Olympic Games.

As a child, she would win all her school races, even beating the boys—and her teacher encouraged her to join an athletics club.

From 13 on, she was winning New South Wales state championships, yet without the fuss and hype that would accompany such success today. In fact, a hallmark of Cuthbert’s career has been her loathing of publicity… Continue reading

Musings — Thoughts from around the world of sports

If you wondered why Kansas City Royals fans were booing New York Yankees All-Star Robinson Cano last night and also on Monday night during the Home Run Derby, it was because he seemingly lied.

Most commentators, writers, etc., failed to mention that fact when they derided the Kansas City fans for booing. The booing was merciless and constant… Continue reading

Around the Net – Beltran and McCutchen in HR Derby, Thunder in Texas, Teixeira in war of words with Padilla

1) Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen will compete in tonight’s Home Run Derby, and he will be taking his high school baseball coach as his pitcher. McCutchen has been featured in Sports Spectrum as has Carlos Beltran, who will also compete in tonight’s derby. Beltran, a switch-hitter, will have to decide which side to hit from…

2) An extremely loud clap of thunder scared the Rangers and Twins off of the field Sunday night as players from both sides ran to take cover after one of the loudest sounds of nature you will ever hear… Continue reading

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