April 21, 1988 |
Ivan Lendl didn't expect it to be easy, and it wasn't. Lendl, the world's No. 1 tennis player, returned from a two-month layoff caused by a foot injury and struggled past Christian Bergstrom of Sweden, 7-6, 7-5, Wednesday in the $492,500 Monte Carlo Open in Monaco. "I always have a hard time on clay at the beginning," Lendl said. Lendl had no problems with his right foot, where he had a stress fracture in a bone under the big toe, but his forehand gave him trouble.
September 3, 1989 |
As usual, the U.S. Open has had its share of first-week stories that didn't make the front page, or any other page for that matter. They all deserve some mention, however slight it may be. So as a public service, here are the mini-highlights: Dress code violation: Officials sent Ann Grossman, 18, of Ohio, to the locker room to change after she showed up for her first-round match wearing tight Spandex bicycling shorts and a halter top.
December 11, 1991 |
Thinking about learning to ski? Before you invest in expensive clothing and gear, you might want to buy yourself--or a friend interested in the sport--the new Gift of Skiing Kit, a 24-page booklet and 22-minute video that guides novices to the slopes. Produced by United Ski Industries Assn. and Visa, the how-to kit also contains a coupon for a free beginner's package (usually equipment rental, a lesson and access to beginner slopes) at almost 100 ski areas throughout the United States.
February 20, 1992 |
If the U.S. hockey team beats the Unified Team and Czechoslovakia beats Canada on Friday, it will set up a rematch of the 1960 gold-medal game at Squaw Valley, Calif. But whether the Americans could expect some coaching help again from their United Team counterparts is another thing. In 1960 final, the U.S. team trailed, 4-3, after two periods. At the break, the Americans were in their locker room when Nikolai Sologubov, captain of the Soviet team, came in to offer them some advice.
March 11, 1991 |
Clouds and a light snowfall moved into the Roaring Fork Valley Sunday, but that was no excuse for some of the confusion obscuring events on the final day of the 1991 Aspen Winternational. When the fog finally lifted: --Marc Girardelli had won a record-equaling fourth World Cup men's overall championship. --Rudi Nierlich of Austria was still the winner of the slalom.
July 30, 1988
From Rod Beaton of USA Today: "Mike LaValliere has joined the prestigious 1-1 club." Translation: The Pittsburgh catcher now has one home run and one stolen base after getting his first steal Tuesday against St. Louis. LaValliere, 5 feet 10 inches and 200 pounds, hadn't stolen a base since 1982, when he played for Class AA Reading (Pa.) "The pressure's off me now," he said. "I can run at will." Steve Garvey, whose No.
August 11, 1988 |
The 1988 U.S. Olympic women's tennis team--including past and present members--wasn't exactly having the best of luck this week at the Manhattan Country Club. Pam Shriver? Dismissed in the second round by a 15-year-old amateur. Elise Burgin? Dismissed by the U.S. Tennis Assn. last month, all the way off the Olympic team. And at Manhattan Beach, she went out the first day--courtesy of Susan Sloane--in the $300,000 Virginia Slims of Los Angeles.
August 10, 1988 |
For 15-year-old Amy Frazier, the confusing part about Tuesday night didn't come on the tennis court against No. 4-ranked Pam Shriver, rather, it came after the teen-ager recorded the biggest victory of her career. Frazier, playing a match under the lights for only the second time, stunned the second-seeded Shriver, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, in the second round of the $300,000 Virginia Slims of Los Angeles on Tuesday night at the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach.
September 2, 2007 |
Talk about grounds for celebration. Tom Shearn, a 30-year-old pitcher who works as a groundskeeper for a minor league team in Texas during the off-season, won his first major league start Aug. 26 for the Cincinnati Reds after 11 seasons in the minors. "Shearny knows how to pick up a shovel, so somebody must have raised him right," Texas Rangers grounds director Dennis Klein, his former supervisor, told the Associated Press.
March 22, 1988 |
Chris Evert won in straight sets and made big news. For the record, Evert beat Pascale Paradis of France, 6-4, 6-2, Monday and advanced to the quarterfinals of the $2.1-million Lipton International Players Championships at Key Biscayne, Fla. So much for tennis. Afterward, in an effort to end the rumors, she announced that she is engaged to marry former U.S. Olympic skier Andy Mill later this year.