Football Focus 2014

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  • Who needs ice? Youngsters gather in Westmont for national luge tryout May 18, 2014 6:59 PM
    Suburban youngsters gathered in Westmont over the weekend for the "Slider Search," a recruiting event hosted by the U.S. Luge Association in hopes of identifying talented young luge standouts. Those who do well can wind up on the U.S. Olympic team.

     
  • Phelps still yearns to win May 15, 2014 6:08 PM
    Michael Phelps is trying some new things: A more relaxed approach. A lighter workload. A willingness to accept that things aren’t going to be perfect every day. He insists that one thing hasn’t changed at all: His desire to win.

     
  • Gay suspended 1 year, returns Olympic silver medal May 2, 2014 5:19 PM
    Sprinter Tyson Gay accepted a one-year suspension Friday after testing positive for a banned substance nearly a year ago and returned the silver medal he won in the men’s 400-meter relay at the 2012 London Olympics.

     
  • Paralympic coaches spot suburban talent Apr 27, 2014 8:04 PM
    Paralympic hopefuls had a chance to learn from elite level coaches and athletes, as well as test their skills, Sunday at Elk Grove High School. “Once they get over that fear and actually get out here, it just opens up so many doors,” said U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Coach Teresa Skinner.

     
  • Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case Apr 16, 2014 6:21 PM
    Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete’s shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned.

     
  • Prosecutor accuses Pistorius at end of questioning Apr 15, 2014 2:22 PM
    Wrapping up five days of relentless cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial, the chief prosecutor insisted Tuesday that he intentionally shot his girlfriend to death after they argued and — in a final exchange — urged the Olympic athlete to take responsibility for the Valentine’s Day killing.

     
  • Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement Apr 14, 2014 5:42 PM
    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

     
  • Prosecutor: Pistorius' story doesn't add up Apr 11, 2014 6:06 PM
    The prosecutor cross-examining Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial Friday tried to shred his version of events on the night he shot and killed his girlfriend, saying they do not add up and go completely against how people would react in the situation the double-amputee Olympian has described. Instead, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the “only reasonable explanation” for what happened was that Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet door from around three meters away as they argued.

     
  • Rio mayor says workers must make up lost time Apr 11, 2014 4:59 PM
    More than 2,000 workers at Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic venues remained on strike Friday, and the city’s mayor warned that the workers will have to make up for lost time.

     
  • IOC official: Slopestyle injuries “unacceptable” Apr 12, 2014 3:41 PM
    Maybe Shaun White was right all along. An International Olympic Committee official charged with monitoring injury rates at the games says the new discipline of slopestyle produced an “unacceptably high” number of injuries in its debut at the Sochi Olympics and should be dropped in future if that doesn’t improve.

     
  • Jamaican sprinter banned for doping Apr 10, 2014 2:51 PM
    A Jamaican disciplinary panel on Thursday banned former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell from athletics for 18 months after the veteran sprinter tested positive for a banned stimulant last June.

     
  • Prosecutor mocks Pistorius’ version of events Apr 10, 2014 7:12 PM
    The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius during the Olympic athlete’s murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. The judge sternly instructed the prosecutor to restrain himself and he apologized — then went right back to trying to pick holes in the testimony of the double-amputee runner.

     
  • Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead lover Apr 9, 2014 9:01 PM
    A shaken Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a gruesome photo of his slain girlfriend’s bloodied head on Wednesday, telling a prosecutor through tears, “I don’t have to look at a picture. I was there.”

     
  • Pistorius sobs while recalling shooting Apr 8, 2014 7:28 PM
    A subdued Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday described dinner at home, chatting and looking at cell phone photos with Reeva Steenkamp on the last night of her life. Then he erupted in anguished howls and heaving sobs while testifying at his murder trial about the moments when he says he realized he shot his girlfriend through a closed toilet door.

     
  • Meet U.S. Olympian Bozek at Special Olympics fundraiser Apr 2, 2014 7:27 PM
    U.S. Olympian Megan Bozek will meet and pose for pictures with fans Friday at a fundraiser in Buffalo Grove to benefit Special Olympics. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at the Continental Restaurant, 788 Buffalo Grove Road in Buffalo Grove.

     
  • Bozek honored in Buffalo Grove Mar 24, 2014 9:57 PM
    Olympic silver medalist and Buffalo Grove resident Megan Bozek was honored Monday night at the Buffalo Grove Park District board of commissioners meeting. “Because of her success on the hockey team we wanted to honor her accomplishments.” Dan Schimmel, executive-director for the Buffalo Grove Park District said.

     
  • U.S. beats Russia in Paralympics hockey final Mar 15, 2014 5:22 PM
    Lining up on the Sochi ice to receive their gold medals, members of the American ice sledge hockey team anticipated abuse from the Russian crowd. It never came. Just cheers and applause. However serious the Ukraine-related tensions between the U.S. and Russia are in the backdrop of these Winter Paralympics, they weren’t evident in the Shayba Arena on Saturday.

     
  • Olympian Megan Bozek returns to Stevenson High Mar 12, 2014 2:52 PM
    Olympic hockey player and Stevenson High School alumna Megan Bozek returned to her alma mater Wednesday for the first time since winning a silver medal in Sochi. Bozek, of Buffalo Grove, received a standing ovation from more than 100 students, teachers, coaches and administrators when she took the stage in an auditorium.

     
  • Pistorius trial: Bullet-holed toilet door in court Mar 12, 2014 2:29 PM
    Kneeling, a South African police officer on Wednesday swung a cricket bat at a toilet door erected in the courtroom at Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, using two key pieces of evidence to partially re-enact the night the athlete killed his girlfriend by shooting her through the same door more than a year ago.

     
  • Friend: ‘Mad’ Pistorius shot gun out car sunroof Mar 11, 2014 2:30 PM
    Oscar Pistorius’ friend testified Tuesday that the Olympian twice fired guns in public in the six months before he killed his girlfriend, once without warning through the sunroof of a moving car following an angry altercation with a policeman who had handled Pistorius’ pistol. Darren Fresco said he asked Pistorius immediately after the sunroof shooting if he was “mad” and the world-famous runner “just laughed” at him.

     
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