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Ten years ago a friend said, ‘Let’s go to Rainbow Skate, a gay-friendly skate night,’ and I’m like, ‘Isn’t roller skating already gay? Isn’t that an oxymoron?’ But then there’s this music—where else can you go on a Wednesday night and listen to Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé at a roller rink?” » 5110 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, 818-241-3630.

The drills all involved end-zone  breakouts, offensive-zone entries, and crisp cross-ice feeds: the ingrained choreography of attack. Flanked near the glass, right winger Marian Gaborik whizzed by on a 3-on-2 entry with his linemates Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, his stride leaving fumes.

In a no-tell motel on Isla Mujeres, eight miles off the coast of Cancún, Yasiel Puig’s escape had come to a halt. Confined to a corner room at the end of a shabby horseshoe-shaped courtyard, he could only wait and hope, for his value to be appraised, his freedom to be bought.

En a motel in Isla Mujeres, eight miles off the coast of Cancun, the flight of Yasiel Puig had come to an end. Confined to a corner room at the end of a dingy courtyard with a horseshoe, could do nothing but wait and hold on to your hopes while evaluating their value and bought his freedom. There was nothing personal in the transaction, any loved one who undertook to pay anything; there was only a crude estimate of the business.

Almost anyone who loves tennis and follows the men’s tour on television has, over the last few years, had what might be termed Federer Moments. These are times, as you watch the young Swiss play, when the jaw drops and eyes protrude and sounds are made that bring spouses in from other rooms to see if you’re O.K.
LONDON -- When Sochi was awarded this month’s Winter Olympics in 2007, there were celebrations by locals. "We needed this victory,” one resident told reporters. "For the whole country, this is a great resurgence.”

Among coffee aficionados, the AeroPress is a revelation. A small, $30 plastic device that resembles a plunger makes what many consider to be the best cup of coffee in the world. Proponents of the device claim that drinks made with the AeroPress are more delicious than those made with thousand-dollar machines.

American target shooter Josh Lakatos faced a conundrum. Halfway through the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, he and his rifle-toting teammates were finished with their events, and the U.S. Olympic Committee and team officials had ordered them to turn in the keys to their three-story house and head back to the States. 

Sheer boredom -- and nothing else -- sparked the prank.It was the spring of 1974, and the National Hockey League was facing a serious threat. The nascent, cash-flush World Hockey Association had begun to sign top players. To keep the upstart WHA from poaching young talent, the NHL held its annual draft in private. Prior to every selection, league president Clarence Campbell phoned each team, then read and spelled out the names of the round's previous picks.

The secret was already weighing on him as the team bus pulled out of Washington and headed north Tal Bayer, coach of one of the District’s most unlikely athletic success stories, sat at the front, his pale bald head a beacon to his roster of two dozen teenagers. He called them his boys, and the physical expression of their relationship — cleats, gym bags, rugby balls — were strewn all over the bus.

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