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December 31, 2005 | MIKE PENNER
1. USC x 3 * To try to put this 34-0 run by the Trojans in some kind of context, the last school to win three national football championships in a row was Minnesota in 1934-36. USC is one Rose Bowl victory away from equaling that feat. In today's environment -- more travel, more media, underclassmen leaving early for the NFL -- the Trojans' three-year ride might be the most impressive in college football history. 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!"
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