Passions are high. Crowds are big. Alcohol is consumed. That can be the toxic mix that sparks rioting at or after big sporting events – a phenomenon that can feed on itself by drawing in those who are at first bystanders, experts say. The history of fans turning rabid is a long one, with a new chapter added Wednesday night in Vancouver, where street riots erupted toward the end of pro hockey’s Stanley Cup final. No deaths were reported, but more than 100 people were injured, according to the Toronto Sun. Here are five notable riots linked to sporting events through history.
Tiger Woods is not competing in this year's US Open golf tournament, but a field of 156 golfers provides a number of story lines to consider. Phil Mickelson, who has finished second five times, is but one of many.
The Masters, US Open, British Open, and PGA Championship make up professional golf's four majors every year. Take our history quiz and test your knowledge.
The Dallas Mavericks got 43 points from their bench Sunday night in defeating the Miami Heat, 105-95, to win their first NBA title.
The Dallas Mavericks, behind Dirk Nowitzki's 29 points, went on a 17-4 scoring run with just over four and a half minutes remaining to defeat the Miami Heat Thursday night, 112-103 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Tuesday night, the Dallas Mavericks overcame a nine-point, fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Miami Heat, 86-83, in Texas. The best-of seven series is now tied at two, with Game 5 in Dallas on Thursday night (9 p.m. Eastern time, ABC).
LeBron James and his Miami Heat will face the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Tuesday. Off the court, however, he is being challenged by pediatricians over his new caffeine-heavy energy product, Sheets Energy Strips.
Tiger Woods announced on his website and Twitter account Tuesday that he will not be playing in this month's US Open golf championship at Congressional Country Club, outside Washington, D.C.
The Miami Heat used a strong inside-the-paint offensive game Sunday night to defeat the Dallas Mavericks, 88-86, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
The Dallas Mavericks, led by Dirk Nowitzki, went on a 22-5 scoring run with six minutes remaining to cap an epic comeback against the Miami Heat and win Game 2 of the NBA Finals Thursday night. The series now stands tied at one game apiece.
Shaquille O'Neal, one of the most dominant centers in pro basketball history, announced his retirement Wednesday. Both on and off the court, he was an original not likely to be duplicated.
In 2011, the Dallas Mavericks trounced the Miami Heat in six games (4-2) to take the championship series. Remember how Dirk Nowitzki won the MVP? Now’s the time to put your pro basketball IQ to the test. Try answering the following 10 questions about the history of the NBA Finals.
The Miami Heat's aggressive perimeter offense and suffocating defense collaborated to defeat the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night, 92-84, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
The resignation of Ohio State coach Jim Tressel holds lessons for the university, college football programs elsewhere, and the NCAA, say sports analysts. But few expect rule-breaking to abate.
The Dallas Mavericks face the Miami Heat Tuesday night at Miami's American Airlines Arena in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The game will be televised, starting at 9 p.m., Eastern time, on ABC.
As the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks commence their best-of-seven championship series, here’s your opportunity to step up and test what you know about the two teams.
The Indianapolis 500 race, which celebrates its centennial this year, is scheduled for Sunday at noon Eastern time. The 'greatest spectacle in racing' has been a part of the writer's Memorial Day weekend for over 40 years.
The biggest spectacle in auto racing celebrated its 100th year in 2011, as 33 drivers took to the oval track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Test your knowledge of the Indy 500 by taking this quiz.
NBA playoffs: The Miami Heat overcame a 12-point deficit late in the game Thursday night to defeat the Chicago Bulls, 83-80, in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Miami closed out Chicago in the series, four games to one, and now meets the Dallas Mavericks in the next round of the NBA playoffs.
Fans of ESPN are all abuzz about the newly released 770-page book about their favorite sports cable network. James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales conducted 560 interviews in writing “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN.” To determine how closely you’ve been following this “world,” we offer this quiz of your ESPN aptitude.