April 23, 2007 |
Mention the word "triathlon" to beginning exercisers and they'll likely quake in their running shoes, conjuring up images of uber-athletes and intense competition. But a multisport event doesn't have to be intimidating. Scaled-down versions are both motivating and doable -- even for those just getting started. They're also increasingly popular, says Mike Reilly, vice president and co-founder of Active.com, an online resource for sport and fitness events.
April 8, 2007 |
GLOBALIZATION may lessen exotic experiences around the planet, but an American could find inscrutable mystery right now in the Caribbean. That's because a handful of English-speaking nations deep in the Snorkel Belt speak a popular but eccentric lingo in which "over" is a noun and "wicket" has up to six definitions. In other words, they're talking cricket -- and now more than ever.
December 2, 2006 |
Today is a show-and-tell for Los Angeles sports. Today, we respond to Herb and Gus in the ice-fishing shack in Minnesota. They once went to a Dodgers game, then went home and laughed to their friends about how we all left early. Button your parkas, guys, and flick on your portable TV. Today, we atone for when we used to sell quiche at concession stands at hockey games at the Forum.
October 13, 2006 |
The Dew Action Sports Tour will conclude its second season with the PlayStation Pro this weekend in Orlando, Fla. Despite the absence of several notable athletes, and complaints among others, the season and the tour already are being labeled a success. Attendance is up over last year and, though TV ratings are down, corporate support has grown to where sponsorships are sold out, according to Wade Martin, general manager of what is commonly referred to as the Dew Tour.
October 12, 2006 |
USC athletic officials said Wednesday they have set aside 1,930 seats for students at the Galen Center, necessitating the use of a still-to-be-determined lottery system for men's basketball games. Jose Eskenazi, an associate athletic director in business development, estimated that an average of 400-500 students attended men's basketball games last season at the Sports Arena. But he acknowledged increased interest in the team's new 10,258-seat home.
August 5, 2006 |
It has become a rite of summer in the United States the last few years and shows no signs of dissipating. Visitors from overseas invade our shores, eager to spread their message, display their world-renowned talent and try to conquer another piece, albeit a large one here in America, of soccer fandom.
August 1, 2006 |
It was the Kerri Strug vault, landed with her left ankle sprained, so far beyond pain that she told Coach Bela Karolyi, "I can't feel my leg." And he told her, "You can do it." So she did. Under the bright spotlight of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
July 24, 2006 |
Hard to tell which was the stranger development last week: that I had a phone conversation that began with, "Hey, it's Rampage," or that the former star of my 8-year-old Boys Club basketball team now puts on sporting events that feature men who punch, kick, grab and choke each other and call themselves "Mayhem" ... and "Rampage."
July 10, 2006 |
Red versus yellow. Blue versus gray. Those colored jerseys do more than help teammates find their players on the field. The uniforms also help them -- and their fans -- keep up with the action. If athletes didn't wear different color uniforms, the spectators, refs and teammates would have trouble tracking more than three players at a time, a team of psychologists has demonstrated. Without color-coding, most people can focus on only three objects simultaneously.
June 6, 2006 |
Most think that Caesars Palace is a place in the Los Angeles suburb of Las Vegas where you take your money and give it to poor, indigent casino owners. It is that, and more. In the last 40 years, Caesars has been where you can go to a blackjack table, or a slot machine, and a weird sports event will break out. Caesars has seen, really close up, Robert "Evel" Knievel, James "the Fan Man" Miller, non-designer garbage bags, and the Great One and the grasshoppers.