August 20, 2012 |
They don't allow much room for error in pitching duels. One key hit or one poorly timed mistake can prove all the difference. The Dodgers and Giants were matched in a duel of two outstanding young left-handers Monday, and on a muggy Los Angeles summer night enough little things went the Giants' way for them to take a 2-1 victory before a disappointing Dodger Stadium crowd of 36,878. Winning the opener of the three-game series enabled the Giants to regain the lead over the Dodgers by half a game in the National League West, and take some momentum out of an L.A. team buoyed by their just-completed 7-3 road trip.
May 7, 2010 |
Seventy minutes. That's all the time it took to complete a seven-inning Marmonte League baseball game Friday between Simi Valley Royal, ranked No. 1 in Southern Section Division 1, and host Moorpark. And the pitchers were every bit as good as the quick game suggests. Cody Buckel of Royal pitched like a top pro prospect should, retiring 16 consecutive batters to end the game while striking out six, walking none and yielding two hits. But the big surprise was that Moorpark junior Matt Higginbotham (5-1)
July 12, 2009 |
Even as he approaches his 60th birthday, Tom Watson rarely looks back. He is more interested in competing than relishing memories of his eight major championships, including his most famous victory of all at Turnberry in the 1977 British Open. There was one time, however, when Watson couldn't escape history. He returned to Turnberry in 2003 for the Senior British Open, and the television monitors in the clubhouse had continuous replays of his epic battle against Jack Nicklaus, now known as the "Duel in the Sun."
December 17, 2010 |
Comma to the Top will come in with an impressive streak and Gourmet Dinner with an impressive wallet in Saturday's $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park, a Grade I race over 1 1/16 miles for 2-year-olds. Last year's CashCall provided another springboard for Bob Baffert's 2-year-old star Lookin at Lucky, who went on to win the Preakness in May. Comma to the Top, trained by Peter Miller, will seek his fifth straight victory, which would put him high up in the Kentucky Derby conversation, along with Uncle Mo and Boys of Tosconova, the 1-2 finishers in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile this year.
February 26, 2010 |
This will be the heavyweight championship of sliding sports, two drivers at the top of their game manhandling 1,400-pound rockets that want to go airborne and flip upside down. The reigning four-man bobsled champion is the most decorated pilot in the sport's history. The challenger holds the world title. They like and respect each other, like World War I aces who dipped their wings in salute before dueling to the death. Germany's Andre Lange is the man to beat. Steve Holcomb thinks his USA-1 entry is the sled for the job. Over the next two days, they will test each other -- four runs, fastest man wins.