NHL fans have their eyes on the puck: the Stanley Cup playoffs hit the ice earlier this month and have skated into the second round. But whether or not you follow the sport, you can still appreciate the hot hockey players duking it out for the coveted cup. Sexy Swedes, cute Canadians, and even some adorable Americans make up the players from the 16 teams in the playoffs. I've rounded up the steamiest snaps of these stick-wielding athletes on and off the ice — with and without shirts — to get in the spirit of the Stanley Cup season. Now take a skate on the sexy side!
David Beckham has become a global superstar for his athletic moves and good looks. We're taking a look at his career and exploring what his next big move could be!
After Brittney Griner was chosen first in this week's WNBA draft, she sat down with Sports Illustrated to talk openly about sports and sexuality. While pro men's sports are still struggling with acceptance, it seems the women's game has tolerance down. Brittney said it really wasn't difficult to go public as a lesbian, since she's always been open about her sexuality. And she hopes being comfortable with herself will inspire others, explaining: "If I can show that I'm out and I'm fine and everything's OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way."
When asked why she thinks there's a greater level of acceptance of gay female athletes, Brittney said she really couldn't answer that. But she did provide this advice that everyone can use, regardless of their sexuality:
"Being one that's out, it's just being who you are. Again, like I said, just be who you are. Don't worry about what other people are going to say, because they're always going to say something, but, if you're just true to yourself, let that shine through. Don't hide who you really are."
It's hard to ignore the fact that if the NBA's top pick came out as gay, it likely would be a much bigger story. The New York Times spoke with LGBT advocates in the sports world about why gay female athletes are more accepted. The story uncovered another, perhaps unexpected, difference between men's and women's sports. Patrick Burke, the founder of You Can Play, identified two stereotypes: that there are no gay male athletes and that every female athlete is gay. He said when trying to get athletes to talk about tolerance, "We've had tremendous success in getting straight male players to speak to the issue; we're having a tougher time finding straight female athletes speaking on this issue because they've spent their entire careers fighting the perception that they're a lesbian." Maybe everyone involved could use Brittney's advice to not worry so much about what other people think.
Adam Scott (no, not that Adam Scott) won the Masters Sunday, winning over a slew of women who normally wouldn't be caught dead watching a golf game. Why the interest, you say? For starters, the 32-year-old Australian golfer is beefy, he's got a megawatt smile and curly locks, and, most importantly, he's single — what's not to love? The former University of Nevada frat boy also has some famous exes in his past, including tennis world champ Ana Ivanovic and Kate Hudson. We find the Aussie quite adorable, so much so that we'd even consider watching a game of golf to catch a glimpse of his well-toned bod and dimpled grin. If you're not convinced, take a look back at his hottest moments on and off the greens now!
Baseball's back! Today is opening day, and baseball fans will be tuning in or sitting in the stands tonight for MLB's return. And not only are the Spring months full of baseball excitement, they're also prime for throwing a wedding. If you and your husband-to-be are fans of the all-American sport, there are a plethora of fun ways to incorporate baseball in your engagement shoot, bridal parties, and wedding day. From the location to the decor to the food, here are some creative ideas for adding a little game day spirit to your big day!
March Madness is officially in full swing! For anyone who's feeling a little clueless about the rules of basketball, you'll be glad to know that the game is relatively easy to follow. Once you understand the basics, you'll be feeling like a pro in no time.
The General Game
Two teams have five players on the court at all times. The game starts with a tip-off, where two opposing players attempt to gain control of the ball after it is tossed up into the air in between them by an official. Once a team gains possession of the ball, it has 35 seconds to take a shot. If the shot is made, the other team starts with the ball and a new shot clock. If the shot is missed, the team that rebounds gets a new shot clock.
Depending on who has control of the ball, each team takes turns playing offense or defense. The offense moves the ball up and down the court by dribbling or passing; the defense does everything they can to make sure the offense doesn't shoot and score. Either the offense makes a basket and the defense takes possession of the ball, or the defense steals the ball from the offense. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins.
Every college basketball game is played 40 minutes total; each half is played for 20 minutes. At the start of the second half in a college basketball game, the teams change baskets, shooting at the opposite end from the one they shot at during the first half. If there's a tie at the end of 40 minutes, the game goes into a five-minute overtime.
The game is played on a rectangular court with a 10-foot-high hoop at each end. The court is divided in half by the midcourt line, where the tip-off takes place to start the game. The three-point line is the designated arc surrounding the basket, and the free-throw lane (commonly referred to as the key or the paint) is the colored area underneath the basket. Although it's a small section of the court, the majority of the action takes place in the free-throw lane.
How to Score
When one player makes a traditional basket, they score two points. Then the ball goes to the other team to give them a chance to score. If a basket is made outside of the three-point arc, that basket is worth three points. A free throw, shot from the top of the free-throw lane, is worth one point.
Keep reading for the most common fouls and violations that stop the game.
Even nonfootball fans can appreciate this year's Super Bowl, which has already been coined the "Har-Bowl" thanks to the two handsome head coaches at the helm: brothers John and Jim Harbaugh. Love the game or not, it's easy to fall for the story of two close brothers facing off in the big game for the first time in NFL history. John coaches the Baltimore Ravens, while his little bro, Jim, heads ups the San Francisco 49ers.
Good looks aside, the Harbaughs also boast a bit of pop-culture cred, as one of them played Screech's cousin on Saved by the Bell: The New Class (don't worry — that clip is included in this slideshow). Whether you're counting down to kickoff or just hope to catch Beyoncé's halftime show on Sunday, you can make this the year you impress your friends with all your Super Bowl knowledge. Check out these fun Harbaugh facts you may not know, and see plenty of head-coach eye candy from the brothers' player days and today!
The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and while it doesn't take an expert-level knowledge of the sport to enjoy the big game in front of the TV, knowing the basics can help you appreciate what's happening on the tube. Read our guide to the very basics of football — once you get these five elements down, you'll be able to follow along throughout the whole game with the best of them!
Now that the NHL lockout is over, we can't wait to see our favorite hockey hotties hit the ice again! And let's get real — you don't need to be a die-hard sports fan to appreciate these sexy skaters. We've rounded up some of the best NHL eye candy from all over the globe, so get ready for the start of the season by checking out the hottest players in the NHL!
Organizers of most anticipated tennis match of the year, the US Open, knows fans can't spend the workday in the dark about the competition. So they created an app to bring you point-by-point scoring updates to help you keep up with the action of this star-studded event on the go. Download US Open on the Go (available for all mobile devices and tablets) for the latest news — both on and off the court — throughout the tournament.
With new photos, schedules, and draws, this app has you covered for one of the sport's biggest events. Join in on the conversation and stay connected to the US Open via social media and US Open Radio. Have a favorite athlete? Watch full-length videos of athletes like Roger Federer or the Williams sisters. The courts stay in action until Sept. 9, so it's time to get up to speed on the current standings.