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December 31, 2005 | MIKE PENNER
1. White Sox Win It All * They swept the defending champions and media darlings, the Boston Red Sox, in the first round of the playoffs. They beat the Angels in the American League championship series, four games to one, with a controversial assist from umpire Doug Eddings. They swept Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros to win their first World Series since 1917. The only thing they did wrong was not play their home games in Boston or New York. 2.
December 8, 2005 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The rules of engagement, handwritten on a page of an elementary school math book, were spelled out clearly enough: "Due to the explosive nature of this dangerous break in shallow water only 75 yards off the beach, the win will go to the surfer who can ride the deepest in the tube for the longest period of time, reappear and then complete the wave without falling off his surfboard." And so the brainchild of Fred Hemmings, the Hawaiian Masters, became a reality on Dec.
May 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
More than two dozen people were detained Saturday after taking part in a foot race that included women, defying a ban that was issued after Muslim hard-liners attacked participants in a similar mixed event last month. Asma Jehangir, the former chief of Pakistan's human rights commission, a woman, and about 30 other participants were detained at the race, police official Waqar Abbasi said. The event was canceled.
May 15, 2005 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
He's the two-time defending Pacific 10 champion at 200 meters and could complete a sprint double today in this year's conference meet at UCLA. But he's best known as being the older brother of Allyson Felix. For USC senior Wes Felix, that's life when your younger sister is considered one of international track and field's brightest stars at just 19.
May 2, 2005 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
The luxurious ballroom at the Irvine Marriott is typically a place of trade conventions, consumer expos, fashion shows and wedding receptions. In that same ballroom Thursday, a ponytailed man in silk shorts took a vicious right uppercut to the jaw, slumped against some ropes and collapsed to a sweat-stained canvas. He finally collected himself enough to stumble out of the ring, dazed. Quaffing beers and sipping margaritas, hundreds of rowdy fans grew impatient for the next bout.
February 3, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
It was supposed to be an exercise in state-of-the-art ticketing when U2 put seats for its Vertigo tour on sale over the Internet. But if this week's hullabaloo over one of the year's hottest tickets proves anything, it's that buying one ranks among the most aggravating experiences of the modern world.
November 9, 2004 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Andy Irons will return home to Hawaii this week riding about as high as a pro surfer can get, having clinched his third consecutive world championship as he prepares to defend his Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title. Irons, 26, of Princeville on Kauai, had entered the Assn. of Surfing Professionals' second-to-last World Championship Tour event in Florianopolis, Brazil, holding a comfortable points lead over his last remaining challenger, Joel Parkinson of Queensland, Australia.
July 4, 2004 | Bill Plaschke
"Rockets red glare!" Lt. Ryan Parsons, standing behind home plate at Dodger Stadium, is shouting into a radio. Maj. Chris Hamilton, in one of two F-16 fighter planes circling high above the Rose Bowl, is listening. "Oh say does!" Parsons, like the thousands who surround him on this warm summer night, is listening to the singing of the national anthem. Yet Parsons is the only one relaying bits of it as a countdown. "Land of the free!"
June 26, 2004 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
A lot of civic hope is hovering over two plastic portable pools in a downtown Long Beach parking lot. Over the next month, 1,000 of the world's best swimmers and water polo players will glide through the 1.4-million gallons of chlorinated water they hold -- nine feet above ground. Assembled beside the Long Beach Arena and flanked by grandstands, one is a practice pool, and the other will be used for the U.S. Olympic swim trials, starting July 7.
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