NBA lockout means fewer games for fans. So who's the problem in this NBA lockout? Looking at you, owners.
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.
NBA playoffs: The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center. Game 1 of the NBA playoffs best-of-seven Western Conference finals starts at 9 p.m., Eastern time.
The Los Angeles Lakers play the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of their NBA Western Division playoff series. What must the Lakers do to win? The game starts Wednesday 10:30 p.m. Eastern time.
The Portland Trail Blazers hope to fight off elimination by the Dallas Mavericks tonight in Game Six of their best-of-seven NBA Western Division playoff series at Portland's Rose Garden Arena. 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, TNT.
NBA playoffs: The Memphis Grizzlies visit the San Antonio Spurs tonight for Game 5 of their best-of-seven NBA Western Conference playoff series.
Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment who presented herself as a shrewd businesswoman, was beaten for the US Senate seat by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
Election 2010 has no shortage of nail-biters. According to The Cook Political Report, eight Senate races and – amazingly – 17 gubernatorial races remain toss-ups. While this list leaves off a few of those (the Senate races in Washington, Alaska, and Kentucky, for instance), here’s what’s going on in 10 of the closest statewide elections: