October 29, 1986 |
Just when it seemed that USC had brought tailback Steve Webster back from the injury list to add a little pizazz to the running game, his status is now doubtful. Webster, a sophomore who was inactive most of last season with an ankle injury, made his season debut last Saturday against Stanford and contributed 60 yards in 16 carries. More important, he got some of his yardage on a crucial field goal drive in the fourth quarter that helped put Stanford away, 10-0.
March 22, 1998 |
Tim Salmon may be the Angels' most marketable player, an attractive blend of personality and performance, but most people east of the San Bernardino Mountains wouldn't recognize Salmon if they walked right past the Angel right fielder. How else can you explain the fact that Salmon, one of baseball's best players for five years, has never been to an All-Star game? Salmon, 29, hopes to change that, though, and he's even willing to venture out of his comfort zone to do so.
July 9, 2009 |
Part meteorologist, part agronomist, part mad scientist, Mike Davis is the most feared person (at least among the women playing) at this week's 64th U.S. Women's Open. The USGA's course-setup head is the guy who, with a few orders to the folks controlling the mowers and sprinklers, can turn the Old Course into Oakmont. Or he can make it a benign home to a parade of birdie-binging 65s. It's clear which option the players predict.
March 23, 1986 |
"CANDY APPLE GREY." Husker Du. Warner Bros. Minneapolis rock band with impeccable underground credentials makes the move from small independent label to big-time record company. That was the line on the Replacements last year, and exactly the same applies now to Husker Du, the trio whose early hard-core velocity has been gradually easing up to reveal a bracing blend of rock power and pop finesse.
March 10, 1992 |
To her teammates on the Garden Grove High softball team, pitcher Kim Taylor is affectionately known as "Turtle." "It started my freshman year, when I was playing JV (junior varsity)," Taylor said. "I'm not fast at all and I tripped over second base in one game. I had to crawl back to the base. Now I got turtle stickers on my car and my license plate says KMZ TRTL. They (teammates) even gave me a live turtle." But to opposing batters, there's nothing slow about Taylor's pitches.
June 24, 1998 |
The St. Louis Cardinals are glad Justin Thompson is in the American League. "He had the best changeup I ever saw," Gary Gaetti said after Thompson pitched seven shutout innings in the Detroit Tigers' 8-1 interleague victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night at St. Louis. "He was overpowering with his changeup," Gaetti said. Thompson gave up only three singles and helped extend Mark McGwire's homerless stretch to five games and 20 at-bats. McGwire went one for three with a single.
July 5, 1995 |
Pedro Martinez discovered his changeup is almost as good as his fastball. "I think a lot of the Cardinals were looking for the fastball and they couldn't handle the changeup very well," Martinez said Tuesday after his four-hitter led the Montreal Expos to a 5-0 victory over the Cardinals at St. Louis. Martinez (6-4) had been 1-3 since pitching nine perfect innings against the San Diego Padres on June 3.
November 6, 1998 |
Going into halftime Thursday night, Western Coach Toby Howell needed to find a way to stop Jason Annis, the Valencia quarterback who scorched his defense for three first-half touchdowns. Howell and the host Pioneers made the right adjustments and held Annis to just four second-half completions in Western's 27-24 Orange League victory. Annis finished 12 of 22 for 202 yards, but his offense was held in check in the second half. "He and [wide receiver Marquis] Johnson were tough," Howell said.
April 14, 1994 |
Baltimore Oriole pitchers have tried everything against Cecil Fielder, and not much has worked, so Jamie Moyer had an idea Wednesday in Detroit. Forget fastballs. Slow it down. "The times I've faced Cecil, I've had some success getting him out with my changeup," Moyer said. Not anymore. Fielder went four for four, including one of three Tiger homers, and John Doherty pitched seven strong innings of a 6-3 victory over the Orioles.
June 22, 2011 |
Fans of bombast and ideological purity welcomed one of their champions, Keith Olbermann, back to television this week. His first hour on Current TV on Monday made clear Olbermann will deliver the same raw meat his liberal fans so missed since he was run off by MSNBC. (On Ronald Reagan: "He's dead. He was a lousy president. And he helped keep Kadafi in power. ") The host's Current TV debut seemed to confirm another truth of the conventional wisdom, 2011 edition: that the winning formula for political talk requires perfecting a single ideological pitch and then throwing it over and over again.