As Brazil takes another step onto the world stage by hosting soccer’s Confederations Cup, a prelude to the 2014 World Cup, protests have erupted across Brazil on a number of issues facing the emerging country. The protesters first took to the streets of Sao Paulo over a bus fare increase and now they have grown to include citizens concerned about the cost of living, education, health care, the cost of the World Cup, and the police crackdown on protesters. Continue reading →
It’s been five years since the San Antonio Spurs last made it to the NBA Finals and won their fourth championship. After beating Memphis in the Western Conference finals, the Spurs are back in The Finals where they look to stay a perfect 5-0 in finals appearances. Three of those championships came with the help of Manu Ginóbili – who was a winner before he got to the NBA – and hopes to add another NBA Championship to his resume. Continue reading →
Only one year ago Oscar Pistorius was preparing to make history as the first man with no legs to compete in the Olympics. Now the Olympian finds himself preparing for trail where he faces the charge of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius is due back in the Pretoria, South Africa courtroom Tuesday, June 4th for a hearing on his case. All the people around the world that watched him compete in the Olympics will now watch him in the courtroom as his case will be one of the biggest trials of the year. Continue reading →
During the Stanley Cup playoffs the pressure on goaltenders gets tuned up to an astronomical level with their play often being the difference between winning and losing. As the New York Rangers look to surpass last year’s playoff success they have the luxury of one of the best between the pipes in Henrik Lundqvist. Still in search of his first Stanley Cup, the pressure won’t break Lundqvist who has already won with the pressure of Sweden on his shoulders. Continue reading →
In the NBA the ring is the thing and once you got one you want the second and third. As Tim Duncan’s career nears an end he is looking to bolster his hall-of-fame resume with a fifth championship ring with the Spurs. San Antonio finds themselves in a great position to make a run after a great regular season – but in the wild western conference nothing is guaranteed. Continue reading →
Fuzhou Sports School is a school in the Fujian province of China where children are hand selected to train in hopes of bringing home gold in future Olympics. Some of the children are as young as four. China implemented this program in the 1950′s, and since then China has shown considerably more talent at the Olympic games, and their future doesn’t look like it will change.
Fuzhou is an amateur school, which means children attend class in the day then practice in their individual sports afterwards, sometimes up to eight hours of practice! Once a child has proven themselves valuable, they can be transferred to a professional school to be on a municipal or national team. Sometimes these children become the breadwinners in the family, as they win international contests and bring honor to their families. Continue reading →
It takes a lot to empty out the city that never sleeps, but Hurricane Sandy brought New York to a literal standstill. For whatever reason, this picture of a lone tourist in a virtually empty Times Square really seemed to show what Sandy did to New York. And while we’re still trying to make sure we get things cleaned up and get aid to the people who need it, this picture seemed like a good one to lead with when talking about iconic, beautiful, tragic, and funny images from 2012.
We’ve put together a collection of some of the Newscom staff’s favorite images. The pictures range from ones that best represent the most dramatic events of the year to others that we just liked. I’ve included a few pictures in this blog along with quotes from the Newscom team about why they liked these pictures and why they were included in our “favorites of 2012″ list. Continue reading →
In an email they sent out about their collection, our partners at Reuters said they produce “up to 1,600 images a day covering top news, sport, entertainment, and features from all over the world. This selection highlights the best of this content.” Continue reading →
With technology the sports world is moving faster than ever and that is very apparent looking back over the sports photos from the last year. Some of the stories seem so far in the past I can’t believe they only happened a few months ago – but that is what an active year it was in the wide world of sports. Continue reading →