The modern Olympic Games have always been a chick-flick moment for women who finally have the camera long enough to turn America's head. They haven't batted their eyes, but performed flips for enough mass adoration to last Mary Lou Retton's lifetime. They haven't vanished as fly-by darlings, but endured as women who have delivered iconic nicknames (Suzy "ChapStick" Chaffee) and haircuts (The Dorothy Hamill 'do) and first-name familiarity (Mia, as in Hamm).
Over the five years we've tracked the money game, the Sports Illustrated Fortunate 50 has featured hundreds of athletes worth billions of dollars. As we present our fifth annual rundown of the 50 top-earning American athletes (taking into account salary, winnings, endorsement and appearance-fee income), we drew a number of conclusions:
In early September the beautifully comported U.S. Walker Cup team went to Ireland and defeated a team of fellow amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland, 12 1/2 to 11 1/2. A week later the American women went to Sweden to play a European squad for the Solheim Cup and came back victorious, 16-12. Then in late September the American men, led by Tiger Woods and loosely managed by Captain Jack (Nicklaus), went to Canada for the Presidents Cup and won handily over Gary Player's International team, 19 1/2 to 14 1/2. The last time U.S. golfers had such a trifecta? Never.
Welcome to this week's edition of the Monday Awards, where ESPN has packed Dick Vitale back up in a box until late October and it's unclear why Knick fans are excited about Zach "I won't get into any trouble in NYC" Randolph.
PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) -- Michelle Wie will celebrate her 18th birthday this fall by playing in the Samsung World Championship for the fourth straight year, joining the 20-player field at Bighorn Golf Club where she made her professional debut.
Teeing it up for the first time as the No. 1 in the LPGA's Rolex Rankings and playing in her home country at the Corona Morelia Championship in Morelia, Mexico, Lorena Ochoa couldn't ice the cake with a storybook win, but she did birdie the final hole to tie for second with Julieta Granada at 18-under 274.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) -- Michelle Wie has a sore wrist and Annika Sorenstam is battling a bad back. But, if their doctors approve, both will tee up next month at the LPGA's new $2.6 million Ginn Tribute hosted by Sorenstam.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) - Michelle Wie will not play the Kraft Nabisco Championship next week while she recovers from a wrist injury, the first LPGA Tour major championship she has missed in two years.
Many of the Sony Open spectators came to follow one Hawaiian teenage golf prodigy, Michelle Wie, and ended up mesmerized by another, Tadd Fujikawa. The kid was almost a freak show: barely 16, a ball marker over five feet, sporting a game filled with swagger and a delightful, polite off-course manner. The amateur golfer marched down the fairways with his toes out, and his fist pumps brought to mind not Tiger Woods, always looking to bury the competition, but Seve Ballesteros circa 1979, when Seve oozed joy.
The new season began last week, at the Sony Open, the tournament the players all call Hawaii. The Mercedes-Benz Championship, the one Vijay Singh won at Kapalua in the first week of January? That's a dressed-up exhibition, winners only, another chance for the rich to get richer. The real start -- caddie changes in place, new gizmos on the practice tee, virgin irons in the bag, the exquisite grind of the Tour, all in the name of staying out there -- began for real last week. Charles Howell, who finished a shot back, said you start every season with all manner of golfing resolutions, but they're all on a short leash, one bad shot away from being discarded. The veteran Paul Goydos, a master of deadpan with a fitting nickname, had only one good week in 2006, a second-place finish in the Chrysler Championship, the final full-field event of the year, providing him with a $466,400 paycheck that allowed him to save his card. "I spent 10 weeks hoping that what worked at the end of last year would work in the new o
Somehow, it figures that Paul Goydos, the everyman hard-luck Linus of the PGA Tour, finally wins a tournament for the first time in 11 years and he's not even the main headline. The biggest story at the Sony Open was that of a local Hawaiian teen sensation who made the cut and won the hearts of fellow Hawaiians.