July 11, 2006 |
Toshi Sasa has a lot in common with many of the players in the independent Golden Baseball League, one of the lowest rungs in the minors. He played at a small college and was overlooked by big league organizations in the draft. And now, even as his youth fades at age 26, he has just enough optimism and hope to hang on to the dream that one day a major league team might give him a chance. But there is one major difference that separates Sasa from his Fullerton Flyers teammates.
March 4, 2006
THE poor television ratings for the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin ["Olympics' New Reality," by Scott Collins, Feb. 28] can be explained in a few ways: Perhaps viewers grew tired of occasional event coverage interspersed by long commercial breaks and "up close and personal" melodrama. Alternatively, the coverage may not have been democratic enough for the average American consumer. Next time, NBC and the Olympic committee should follow the lead of shows like "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars" and bring in untrained, amateur athletes and let them crash, burn and cry their hearts out. Imagine all those great personal stories beamed from hospital beds.
February 5, 2004 |
The Amateur Athletic Foundation will honor five women today who were standout performers in sports that only recently have become open to female athletes on a large scale. Weightlifter Abbye "Pudgy" Stockton, boxers Lucia Rijker and Lili Rodriguez, boxing referee Gwen Adair and wrestler Shannon Williams Yancey will be saluted by the foundation as part of its annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
September 28, 2000 |
Oh, sure, it was lovely seeing Cathy Freeman's winged run into fluttering hearts worldwide, her 400-meter flight to Olympic gold. A triumph of spirit, a symbol for the Aboriginal people. But when I watched her race this week in Sydney, hard as I tried to focus on what the Olympic Games are really about, my mind kept veering to the trite ponderings of the casual athlete that I am: What's up with that hooded unitard?
December 31, 1999 |
Trying to revisit every notable sporting event or pay tribute to every deserving athlete from the Valley and Ventura County region over the last 100 years would fill volumes. In that respect, this exercise falls grossly short. But it would be inconceivable, as the century comes to a close, not to remember some of the memorable sports moments that enriched the region, that gave it essence and tradition.
November 7, 1999 |
"Boomeritis" isn't a formal medical condition, but Dr. Nicholas A. DiNubile has seen enough boomers with exercise injuries to want to call it something. "There is a mini-explosion of these injuries," said DiNubile, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. "Even though we are a sedentary country, there is one segment that the message [about exercise] has hit, and it's the baby boomers," DiNubile said.