November 17, 2011 |
There was just a minute left in an otherwise routine midweek practice, a minute Galaxy forward Chad Barrett had the option of spending on the sideline. Instead, he stayed on the pitch, taking a pass and turning to race upfield. And that's when everything went terribly wrong, with Barrett's cleats catching in the wet grass, twisting his right ankle grotesquely and dumping him to the turf. "I've never seen anything like that in person," teammate Todd Dunivant said. "That's unsettling when you see that.
August 31, 2010 |
There are a couple of hefty questions about the UCLA defense that could get answered this weekend — defensive tackles David Carter and Justin Edison are the nearly 600 pounds worth of elephant in the room when the Bruins face Kansas State on Saturday. A year ago, the Bruins handled the Kansas State running game, holding the Wildcats to 69 yards as a team and limiting running back Daniel Thomas to 54 yards. Kansas State averaged 180 rushing yards per game for the season, and Thomas rushed for 1,265 yards.
January 22, 2010 |
Imagine if there were a 7-footer walking around a high school campus who could dunk like Shaquille O'Neal but refused to play for the basketball team. It would be a travesty and the subject of much debate. Michael Beals of Manhattan Beach Mira Costa was that teenager -- except in volleyball. For three years, living in a beach community that cherishes volleyball, Beals declined to join the high school team. He was a lanky 6-foot-6 pitcher for the baseball team who also played club volleyball.
January 11, 2010 |
Retirement rumors are swirling around Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner, who didn't help quash them when he spent an extra long time on the field after Sunday's victory over Green Bay. No matter what happens, it was the Cardinals' last home game of the season. "Everybody relax," Warner joked with reporters after being asked if that was something of a last hurrah. "That was my way of saying thanks to the fans because we're not coming back here this year. I appreciate them." Warner, 38, who has battled concussions, said he has not decided whether he will hang up his cleats after this season.
January 1, 2010 |
At 9 tonight, about three hours after the Rose Bowl game has ended, another high-pressure game begins. The stadium's world-class grounds crew will "scalp" the existing field, cutting the grass to a mere quarter-inch, then roll out a brand-new field on top. The goal: to ensure the playing surface for the Bowl Championship Series title game Thursday is equally lush and pool-table smooth. It will mark the first time two new fields have been installed at the stadium for consecutive games (a new one was installed after UCLA's last home game Nov. 21)
December 11, 2009 |
Jesse Lozano saw the black cleats and wanted to wear them. Size-11 Nikes, same as his. Nothing extraordinary about them. They belonged to Kevin Telles, a friend of Lozano's from all the way back in kindergarten. Telles no longer wore the cleats. A fullback and linebacker, he was running down the field looking for someone to block late in Garden Grove High's season opener in September when he collapsed. He died later that night. He was 17. About a month later, Lozano saw a classmate carrying his friend's cleats on campus and a thought struck him: Why not honor Telles by wearing his cleats?