June 19, 2003 |
Tasha Schwikert missed her senior prom because she was at a gymnastics training camp, and she has missed most of this season while recovering from ankle surgery last December. But she won't miss the chance to pursue her third consecutive all-around title at the U.S. gymnastics championships, even though she can't perform her toughest moves.
June 22, 2003 |
Courtney Kupets apparently is as good at math as she is at tumbling and vaulting. Second before the final rotation of the all-around finals at the U.S. gymnastics championships Saturday, she knew a solid balance beam routine would win her the title and a berth on the U.S. team at the world championships in Anaheim in August. "I heard the announcements," she said of her placement, "but I tried not to let it get in my head. I tried to stay calm." While the young girls in the crowd at U.S.
March 6, 2003 |
American James Blake failed on five match points in the second set before pulling out a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (1), 6-2 victory over Sweden's Thomas Enqvist in the second round of the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic on Wednesday at Scottsdale, Ariz. Blake improved to 1-1 lifetime against Enqvist, who eliminated second-seeded Andre Agassi in the first round. "At the end of that set [the second], I was disappointed because I knew I had my chances to do it then," said Blake, who had eight aces.
August 16, 2002 |
It would have taken a lot more than a broken toe to keep Tabitha Yim out of the U.S. gymnastics championships. Or a broken toe and an injured hip. Or the broken toe, injured hip and fractured ankle the Irvine teenager suffered in miserable succession over six months within the last year. "It was pretty tough," she said of her enforced training break. "I did a lot of conditioning and strength exercises." That work served her well at last week's U.S.
April 18, 2004 |
Venus Williams defeated Jelena Kostanic, 6-4, 6-1, Saturday at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., capitalizing on a strong serve to reach her first final of the year. She will play Conchita Martinez, who defeated Patty Schnyder, 6-4, 6-3, in the other semifinal. Martinez, seeded 16th, won the tournament in 1994 and '95. Williams was playing in her first semifinal of the season and first clay-court event.
June 4, 2004 |
If there is no Olympics for Annia Hatch, if it turns out she cannot overcome the knee she tore up nine months ago in Anaheim, gymnastics has still been a blast, a way of fulfilling dreams she didn't know she had, a way of making her way in a country she never knew would accept her. Hatch, the 25-year-old whose native Cuba wouldn't send her to the 1996 Olympics even though she had qualified, because it didn't want to take on the expense, won a U.S.
August 23, 2004 |
Second thoughts and random shots on the weekend in sports, starting with the Olympic Games in Athens (plenty of good seats still available).... * I would feel more comfortable saying the United States' men's basketball team still has an outside shot at a gold medal if anyone on the U.S. team actually had an outside shot. * Look for Carly Patterson's gold-medal victory in the gymnastics all-around to land her on a Wheaties box.
June 26, 2004 |
For gymnasts vying for the six spots on the U.S. Olympic women's team at the Athens Games, an approving nod from Martha Karolyi is the equivalent of having fate smile on them. And Karolyi, who wields immense power as coordinator of the women's program and a member of the Olympic selection committee, smiled at, and on, a number of competitors Friday during the preliminary all-around competition at the Olympic trials.
August 23, 2003 |
Svetlana Khorkina is still the Queen, still capable of swatting away the perky little princesses who cavort at her long, pale feet and plot to dethrone her. The 24-year-old Russian emoted, tumbled and twisted her way through an intricate and intense floor exercise routine Friday that was worthy of an Academy Award. It also proved worthy of her third all-around world title when Carly Patterson of the U.S.
October 15, 2009 |
Galaxy midfielder David Beckham says a deal for another loan to AC Milan is "95% done." Beckham was loaned to AC Milan from last January through the end of the Serie A season, then returned to Major League Soccer in July. He wants to play in Europe again to ensure he'll stay sharp and earn a place on England's World Cup roster for the fourth time. "It's close," Beckham said. "I've always said I want to go back there if they want me. AC Milan have said they wanted me back since I left to go back to the United States and they're saying the same now. "It's 95% done so I don't know why it wouldn't happen now. It will be sorted out in the next month, and I will probably be going there at the end of December.