August 23, 2010 |
Fifteen years ago, I gained the dreaded "freshman 15" — times two. I packed on 30 pounds in what felt like a blink of an eye. Sophomore year, things were going to change. I adopted a Spartan regime: limiting my calories and fat intake, emulating Greg LeMond on the stationary bike and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the weight room. By my junior year, after a Herculean amount of effort and willpower, I had lost a grand total of 3 pounds. The weight I effortlessly gained seemed impossible to shed.
May 18, 1988
Michael Spinks will earn a guaranteed $13.5 million for his heavyweight championship fight with Mike Tyson June 27, yet Spinks has some unusual ideas about the fight game--and the money. "I could be happy without the fighting and the money," Spinks told the Wall Street Journal. "After I won the Olympics, I thought it was over, and went home to St. Louis and took a regular job. I liked it, too, except that (Manager) Butch (Lewis) kept bugging me to get back into the ring.
April 30, 2012 |
ROME — Quiet and bookish, a little colorless, Mario Monti doesn't seem the kind of man to inspire religious epiphanies. But his leadership of Italy in the last five months has moved one leading politician to declare it not just a "miracle," but proof that God exists. Granted, his transformation from mild-mannered technocrat to the man charged with saving Italy has been a bit startling. From a photo op with President Obama in the White House to a whistle-stop tour of Asia to woo foreign investors, Monti is on a tear, busy telling the world that his country is back in business.
July 4, 2008 |
It's four weeks before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Do you know where your big bat is? That has become an annual question for the offensively challenged Angels, who are perusing a hitters market that could include the likes of Colorado's Matt Holliday and Garrett Atkins, Pittsburgh's Jason Bay, Cincinnati's Adam Dunn and, if Atlanta falls out of contention, Mark Teixeira. "You're always looking to see what you can do to improve your team," Angels owner Arte Moreno said.
April 27, 2004 |
Until recently, an enlarged photograph of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant in happier times hung at the forefront of the hallway gallery leading to the gym in the Laker practice facility. They were wearing leather Laker varsity jackets and sitting amid their three NBA championship trophies, beaming. They were so happy, it would later become wrenching to look at and remember how simple Bryant's world was then, and the team's -- and how recently.
December 1, 1988 |
"If I were to really, really know, I feel certain that I should then ask, 'Please, may I now leave?' " writes writer Jamaica Kincaid. "Any answer is blasphemy," says a Hindu scholar. But Life magazine persisted in asking, and in the December issue, everyone from Muhammad Ali to Jackie Mason, Mike Ditka, Richard Nixon, Willie Nelson, Armand Hammer, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar offers answers to the age-old questions: "Why are we here? What is the meaning of life?"