March 23, 2010 |
After Frank McCourt wrapped up a spirited conversation with San Fernando Valley business leaders on Tuesday, he peeked inside the wrapping of his thank-you gift. He had a twinkle in his eye as he held the bottle of wine aloft. "With the off-season I've had, the fact that this has a cork is a good thing," he said. The acrimonious divorce between the Dodgers' owner and his estranged wife Jamie has dominated the off-season headlines. However, two weeks before the Dodgers open the defense of their National League West championship and two days after Frank McCourt's relaunch of the Los Angeles Marathon, he noted the question that has dogged him all winter did not follow him to the 26.2-mile race course.
May 9, 2009 |
Let's see. Lance Armstrong is still working through the discomfort of a broken collarbone. He is reportedly conducting negotiations to buy his financially struggling Astana team. He is expecting a fourth child in June. He is 37 and is making a cycling comeback, the success of which will be determined by many by how he does in two races -- the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France.
February 23, 2009 |
Levi Leipheimer of Astana won his third consecutive Amgen Tour of California championship Sunday in a time of 31 hours 28 minutes 21 seconds after an emotional final stage where the crowd at the top of Palomar Mountain formed a rowdy tunnel of noisy exuberance and filled the streets of almost each of the 98.6 miles ridden between Rancho Bernardo and Escondido. Frank Schleck of Team Saxo Bank won Stage 8 in a time of 3 hours 48 minutes 39 seconds.
January 23, 2009 |
Lance Armstrong never came to the Tour Down Under to win it. He came to test his racing mettle and discover what rhythms in his body have changed after being away from road race competition for almost three years. Before Friday's fourth stage, one that rolled through South Australia's well-regarded wine country in the Barossa Valley, Armstrong said he harbored no hidden agenda, had no plan to bust out some hidden moves and jump to the front of the peloton.
January 20, 2009 |
Not everybody knows Lance Armstrong. Milton Checker, an 80-year-old sheep farmer whose 30 acres of land include Checker Hill, the highest climb of the first day of the Tour Down Under, said that until last week he had never heard of the cyclist who has set worldwide records and helped raise $250 million for cancer research.
November 5, 2008 |
Inside the San Diego Air and Space Technology Center wind tunnel, while a steady rain fell outside, Lance Armstrong was dripping wet and pedaling hard. "The seat is five inches too high," Armstrong said and bike technicians came running with screwdrivers and furrowed brows. Armstrong squinted to look at numbers that measure his pedal cadence, his oxygen intake, his calorie burning. He was here to re-perfect his bicycle form. His competitive urge? That is just fine.