- The_stir | Parenting | Tue, Sep 18, 2012 2:36 PM EDT | CommentsIt was supposed to be Wioletta Roslan's last base jump. She was four months pregnant and an avid extreme sports addict, but she knew with a baby growing inside her, it was time to take a break. She just wanted to do it one last time.
It was that last time that killed both her and her unborn baby. According to The Sun, last weekend, the 37-year-old Swedish woman was attempting the jump from a cliff despite her mother begging her not to do it.
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Halina Zaniewska-Pettersson told the paper:
But she always wanted to carry on. I couldn't force her not to do it -- she was old enough to make up her own mind about things.
Roslan's boyfriend, Aleksander Domalewski, jumped with her -- from her favorite spot at Via Ferrata cliff in Switzerland -- and watched helplessly as she struggled to get her parachute open on the way down. But she could not do so. A source told the paper that he s...Read More »
- Wed, Sep 19, 2012 12:08 PM EDT | Comments
It's been 40 years since the federal government's Title IX legislation mandated equal athletic opportunities for men and women - but athletic departments haven't kept pace. A Bloomberg News article from earlier this week notes that only four women head up the sports departments at the 120 schools in college football's top tier. That's an anemic 3 percent.
"The numbers are really, really small," Sandy Barbour, athletic director of Cal Berkeley, told Bloomberg's Curtis Eichelberger. "Frankly, we've actually gone backward. At one point, there were eight of us." And they're about to get smaller; Cary Groth, AD at the University of Nevada, is set to retire after this academic year.
Big-time college programs pull in big-time revenues - and face big-time scrutiny, but pluses and minuses alike, it's still mostly the domain of a boys' club. Let's meet the members of the tiny sorority in the top jobs of college sports - Barbour, Groth, Western Michigan University's Kathy Beauregard, and North Carolina State's Debbie Yow.
- Kevin Kaduk | Big League Stew | Wed, Sep 19, 2012 5:30 PM EDT | Comments
Earlier this season, Chris Carpenter had one of his right ribs removed in an unusual surgery designed to alleviate the pressure on the nerves that run to his right arm.
But what the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher claims he did with that rib once it was out was even more unusual: Carpenter brought the bone home and gave it to his 7-year-old daughter Ava after she asked for a souvenir from her daddy's stay in the hospital.
Carpenter told Fox Sports Midwest of his daughter's unusual request as he prepares to make his first start of the 2012 season in a game against the Chicago Cubs on Friday:
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"My daughter asked me to bring something back from the hospital and she said 'your rib.' So I broug
- Sarah D. Bunting | Healthy Living | Wed, Sep 19, 2012 2:07 PM EDT | Comments
engaged to model and former Cal volleyball player Morgan Beck, 25. (And said ring is fierce.)Olympic champion and alpine "bad boy" Bode Miller has put a ring on it – he's
The world learned about the engagement via Twitter when Miller, 34, tweeted, "I have found the one!!! And convinced her to marry me."
Beck retweeted her new fiancé, but apparently she made him work a little bit for that "yes"; Miller tweeted later that "It was a process MorganEBeck is hard to convince. I'm super excited."
Beck plays beach volleyball professionally. At six foot three, Beck occasionally gets comparisons to another model/volleyballer, Gabrielle Reece. Beck was previously married to Penn State volleyball player Matt Proper....Read More »
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Beck wrote on her blog earlier in the month of her plans to move to San Diego and live with Miller on his yacht. (She also wrote about some disappointments at the Association of Volleyball Professionals championship – and tha
- Shutdown Corner | Wed, Sep 19, 2012 12:22 PM EDT | Commentsthe passing of Steve Sabol, the Emmy Award-winning president of NFL Films who battled brain cancer over the last 18 months. Sabol was a central figure in how we all — fans, players, coaches — came to see the National Football League.
Sabol co-founded NFL Films, working as a cameraman and writer before eventually taking over "the family business" from Ed Sabol, his Hall of Fame father.
As the NFL mourned his passing, those who knew and worked with Sabol reflected on his life, his work, and his impact on the game he loved.
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"When you walk around the NFL Films library, I call it a working museum because each picture on the wall has a Steve Sabol symbolic memory to it. He put each picture there and every day you're reminded of his genius, his talent, his unbelievable passion for football. I would love passing him in the halls and we would stop and have a five-minute conversation about the history of the league, comparing an old player to a new player. H
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