November 14, 1996 |
His coach says he runs with the grace of a gazelle and he hails from a nation that has produced world-record distance runners such as Kip Keino, Ben Jipcho, Henry Rono, Moses Kiptanui and Daniel Komen. Truth be told, Kenyan-born Paul Muite (say Moy-Tay) of North Hollywood High had to be coaxed into giving up basketball to concentrate on running. "I had to hound him to get him to come out for cross-country as a junior," Husky Coach Gary Smith said.
July 9, 1996 |
Michael Johnson ran the sixth-fastest time ever in the 200 meters Monday night in Stockholm, hoping that his victory in the Galan Grand Prix will grow into a new winning streak. Johnson was clocked in 19.77 seconds, leading all the way in his first race after a bitter loss to Frankie Fredericks of Namibia in Oslo on Friday snapped a two-year, 21-race streak. Fredericks did not race Monday.
July 15, 1996 |
In a fitting Olympic tuneup, Monica Seles helped her adopted country sweep Japan in the Fed Cup semifinals. "I can't wait to be in Atlanta. I can't wait until the opening ceremonies. It will be hot there, so that is my only worry," said Seles, who routed Kimiko Date, 6-0, 6-2, on Sunday at Nagoya, Japan. Seles, a Yugoslav native who became a U.S. citizen in 1994, led the United States into the Sept. 28-29 final against three-time defending champion Spain at a U.S. site to be determined.
September 2, 1996 |
Graham Marsh shot a five-under-par 67 to win the $800,000 Franklin Quest Championship by two shots at Park City, Utah, with a 14-under 202 total to claim his second victory of the year on the senior tour. Kermit Zarley shot a 68 to finish second and Jack Kiefer birdied the 18th hole for a 70 and finished alone in third at 205. * LPGA Hall of Famer Betsy King was among seven players tied for the lead after the second round of the Rail Classic at Springfield, Ill.
June 11, 2007 |
After struggling through the early season, Xavier Carter is back. He surged at the finish to edge Wallace Spearmon in the talent-laden 200 meters on a misty Sunday at the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet in Eugene, Ore. Carter, winner of an unprecedented 100-400 double for Louisiana State at last year's NCAA championships, struggled without the discipline and regular competition of a college program.
June 29, 1997 |
Scott Sharp made a memorable return to the cockpit, taking the pole position for today's inaugural Samsonite 200 Indy Racing League event at the new Pikes Peak International Raceway at Fountain, Colo. Sharp, who was not allowed to drive for five weeks after suffering a head injury in a crash during practice for last month's Indianapolis 500, bumped Tony Stewart out of the top spot with a lap of 176.117 mph.