October 12, 2007 |
Lots of people remember the career of former Buffalo Bills safety Mark Kelso because of the cartoonishly large helmet he wore. Thanks to that helmet, Kelso also can remember his career. Kelso, 44, is an administrator and assistant football coach at a Catholic high school in western New York. As a dad with two teenage sons who play, and as a pro football fan with a better understanding than most, he shudders when he sees a player knocked out the way Miami quarterback Trent Green was last Sunday.
October 8, 2007 |
The Beijing Olympics are less than a year away, and one of the hottest races shaping up is not among the athletes but the companies that outfit them. China is one of the largest emerging markets and a top focus for shoemakers fighting for market share. And as the 2008 Beijing Olympics approach, the intensity is reaching a new high. "The Beijing 2008 Games are set to be the greatest sporting event in modern Chinese history," said Paul Pi, head of marketing for Adidas in greater China.
September 23, 2007 |
Depending upon the will of the people, the baseball might go untouched, or it might get blemished with a big, fat asterisk. Then again, it just might be strapped onto the back of a rocket and launched into the ether. A deep drive, hit to heaven. Talk about a tape-measure home run. The orb in question is the baseball that Barry Bonds famously launched into the bleachers during a Giants game last month in San Francisco. This was no hum-drum hit, and this is no everyday ball.
September 19, 2007 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Manhattan Beach man who submitted the winning bid on Barry Bonds' record-tying 755th home-run ball said Tuesday that he also will let the public decide what to do with it. Ben Padnos said he would follow the lead of Mark Ecko, who bought Bonds' No. 756 ball, and let fans vote on whether he should give it to the Hall of Fame or destroy it. Padnos said he was surprised when he heard that he wasn't the only one with a voting plan. "What are the odds?" Padnos said.
August 10, 2007 |
Their golf clubs regularly face off on the green, and now two of the biggest golf equipment manufacturers are facing off in court over another kind of green. Callaway Golf Co. has filed two suits accusing TaylorMade Golf Co. of violating its patents on three golf clubs and a ball-covering material. The maker of Big Bertha and Steelhead brand clubs is seeking monetary damages and an order that all the infringing TaylorMade products be destroyed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2007 |
Soccer shoes and other athletic footwear made with prized kangaroo skin are banned under a state law that was upheld Monday by the California Supreme Court. The court unanimously decided that a 36-year-old ban on the import and sale of products made from various wildlife species, including kangaroo, was not preempted by federal wildlife law.
July 2, 2007 |
It's an instinct perhaps as old as baseball itself. When a ball is batted outside the field of play, whether fair or foul, fans give chase. Richard Arndt was no different. So when Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Brewers belted his 755th home run, lining a slider from Dick Drago of the Angels into the left-field bleachers at Milwaukee County Stadium, Arndt took off running.
June 3, 2007 |
It's a weekend adventure trip. You'll hike. Maybe you'll bike. You might jump in a kayak or just hang out by the pool. So you need to pack at least four pairs of shoes, right? Yeah, right. Instead, pack a pair of what shoe manufacturers are calling "performance footwear," an impressive-sounding term for all-purpose shoes. The idea is that you need only one pair for most outdoor activities. We put three styles through their paces, while hiking, kayaking, bouldering and running.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2007 |
After years of assertive lobbying by Adidas, the California Senate voted Tuesday to legalize the import and sale of kangaroo skins so that soccer players can buy shoes made from the marsupials' coveted leather. While the kangaroo bill advanced, the Assembly refused to ban certain plastics used in children's products, but agreed to require bullets to carry identification numbers to help police trace them back to their guns.
May 18, 2007 |
Nancy Ramirez can't help it. She cringes every time she watches her daughter, Mission Viejo Trabuco Hills senior Heather Ramirez, do an inward or backward dive off a one- or three-meter springboard. "From the perspective of where you're sitting, it looks really close, like they're going to hit the board," she said while watching the Southern Section Division I diving championships earlier this month.