November 16, 2008 |
The 30-second spot is called "Dunk. " Its script has six lines of dialogue, the cast numbers seven. It stars Sparks forward Candace Parker -- she of NCAA title, Olympic gold medal, WNBA rookie of the year and MVP all-in-one-year fame. Thirty seconds, and with that, she joined what is mostly an athletic boys club whose members include ESPN "SportsCenter" anchors, athletes and a roly poly, furry, fruity collection of college mascots tapped to do wickedly funny "SportsCenter" promo spots.
April 27, 2001 |
Porchea Carroll of Rio Mesa High hasn't run as fast this season as she did last year. Nor has she jumped as far. But assistant Brian FitzGerald of Rio Mesa says she's on pace to turn in her top performances of the season in the state track and field championships June 1-2. Carroll, runner-up in the 100 meters in the state championships last year, will compete in the 100, long jump and 400 and 1,600 relays in the Ventura County championships at Moorpark High today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2000 |
In a small red home guarded by six eucalyptus trees in the Tustin foothills, Anne Vrana O'Brien pushes her walker through a narrow hallway and into a room no larger than 10 feet square. She shuffles around her walker and falls wearily into a soft armchair. "This," O'Brien says, "is my Olympic room." There is a desk and a cabinet and bookshelves and a chest of drawers shoved together lining more than half the room.
July 22, 2000 |
Krista Muhlenkamp has learned to navigate past her fears. Just close your eyes and think positive thoughts. Breathe deeply and concentrate on the task at hand. But when that piece of kelp floated by as she was swimming 100 yards offshore last week, it opened up a brand new case of the heebie-jeebies. "It was only a piece of seaweed," Muhlenkamp said, "but it looked like an eel."
March 1, 2000 |
When she was in first grade, Crystal Davis entered a 50-yard dash. Without thinking, without doing anything but listening to her father, Patrick, tell her to run as fast as she could, Davis left all those other little kids 25 yards behind her. Crystal doesn't remember exactly what her time was in that monumental race, but she knows she set a first-grade record and she knows that from then on her nickname became "Speedy Gonzalez." Davis is a junior now at Santa Ana Valley High.
December 29, 1999 |
The Angels were a disaster from start to finish. The Mighty Ducks, while providing moments of enthusiastic overachieving, were issued a quick and desultory drubbing in the playoffs. The UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton basketball teams were nothing but bad, and even when Fullerton's baseball team made it to the College World Series it was only after four of its players were arrested after a childish prank while in Indiana for an NCAA regional. But you know what? So what.