February 2, 2001 |
You remember Steve Sampson, the scourge of U.S. soccer. He was the coach who resigned amid a firestorm of criticism after guiding the U.S. men to their one-goal, last-place performance at the 1998 World Cup in France. How quickly he was forgotten. And how quickly he has rebounded. He no longer coaches in a spotlight. But, in his role as a director of elite youth soccer programs, he might have even more influence than he did.
May 16, 1998
Quincy Watts, 1992 Olympic champion in the 400-meter dash, has signed a free-agent contract with the San Diego Chargers, a team spokesman said. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound graduate of Taft High did not play football in high school. Watts played wide receiver for USC during the 1990 season but did not catch a pass. The Chargers will try him at cornerback. "It was something he always talked about, wanting to give football a try," said Lon Rosen, his former agent.
April 19, 1985
Professional drag boat racing returns to Southern California on Saturday and Sunday at Irvine Lake when more than 100 of the fastest quarter-mile racers compete in the National Drag Boat Assn. sanctioned Coors Championships. At least 10 blown fuel hydros, which reach speeds of 200 m.p.h., will compete at Irvine. Nationally ranked drivers Tim Morgan, Dexter Tuttle and Billy Todd are expected to compete.