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September 4, 2005 | Merrill Balassone, Times Staff Writer
TURN on TV sports this fall and you will see more evidence of an evolution in progress: traditional lineups (the baseball playoffs and World Series, football, basketball and hockey) cheek-by-jowl with nontraditional ones (extreme sports, professional poker). Viewership trend lines tell some of the tale: Cornerstones like the NFL and NBA still pull in throngs, but audience drift, especially among the young, is toward strategy and risk of the Las Vegas and X Games varieties.
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SPORTS
August 5, 2005 | Dan Arritt
The skateboard street competition Thursday afternoon at the X Games had more obstacles than just rails, ramps and benches. The nine competitors also had to withstand heat that scorched the course outside Staples Center. Paul Rodriguez Jr. of Chatsworth, the event's defending champion, didn't wilt from the heat or pressure. Rodriguez, 20, performed a variety of tricks on the challenging layout to average 92.50 points and defeat Greg Lutzka of Huntington Beach (85.
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August 5, 2005 | Dan Arritt; Pete Thomas; Jonathan Abrams, From Times Staff Reports
Jeremy Stenberg's "back-flip, no-footer, one-hander" earned him his first X Games medal -- a gold, no less -- as he emerged the winner Thursday evening of the Moto X best-trick contest. But was it the best trick?
SPORTS
August 4, 2005 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
One by one, the featured athletes for the 11th X Games were introduced on the sun-splashed balcony overlooking the Staples Center parking lot. Danny Way, whose 200-foot-tall illustration served as a backdrop on a building that fronted the Los Angeles skyline, limped through the crowd of reporters and photographers with cane in hand Wednesday, his right ankle supported by a brace and a thick wrap of athletic bandage.
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August 4, 2005 | Dan Arritt
No racer has been more successful changing disciplines than Jeff Ward. Ward, a 44-year-old Newport Beach resident, was a supercross champion long before the sport's most famous name, Jeremy McGrath, won his first race. He quit in his prime to begin open-wheel racing and soon began a string of top-five finishes at the Indianapolis 500. Ward accepted a late offer to drive in the Indy 500 in May, but his passion the last two years has returned to two-wheel racing.
SPORTS
August 4, 2005 | Ben Bolch
Cara-Beth Burnside has never been shy about going after what she really wanted. When she turned 10, her grandmother bought her a pair of roller skates, but Burnside had her heart set on a new skateboard to use at the skateboard park that had just opened near her home in Orange. So Burnside took her birthday money and bought one. And those roller skates? "I don't think I ever used them again," she said. "They just sat there collecting dust."
SPORTS
August 4, 2005 | Pete Thomas and Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writers
Ten television cameras will track Shaun White as the red-headed skateboarder soars high above the Staples Center arena floor during Friday night's vert competition. ESPN clearly hopes that the 18-year-old will generate some "SportsCenter" moments by pulling a new trick or two during his 2005 X Games debut. But the subsequent volley of slow-motion television replays also will capture the clothing labels and stickers adorning White's helmet and skateboard.
SPORTS
August 4, 2005 | Ben Bolch
Parks Bonifay has been leaving people in his wake practically since birth. His parents were professional show skiers who made their son an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records by placing him on water skis at the tender age of 6 months and 29 days. Bonifay marvels at video footage of becoming the youngest skier, with his tiny feet planted in training skis and his father poised to jump in after him at the first hint of trouble.
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August 4, 2005 | Dan Arritt
Jamie Bestwick is one of the most well-known athletes living in State College, Pa., though you'll never see him in a Penn State uniform. Bestwick, 34, is a two-time X Games gold medalist in the BMX freestyle vert competition. Raised in Riddings, England, he moved to State College in 1998 to pursue a career as a BMX rider. State College is home to Woodward Camp, a state-of-the-art BMX training facility that features 17 parks.
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