August 16, 2011 |
This was supposed to be Rancho San Diego's year, the summer its league reached youth baseball's mecca, the Little League World Series. The majority of its major division All-Star team — consisting of players 12 years old or younger as of April 30 of this year — had won consecutive state titles in younger age groups the previous two years. The next step on the Little League ladder was expected to come in a leap, those same talented and now playoff-tested boys poised to shine under the lights of large, filled stadiums and in the glare of cameras beaming their games to a national television audience.
March 13, 2011 |
The Beauty of Humanity Movement A Novel Camilla Gibb Penguin Press: 312 pp., $25.95 It begins and ends with pho ? in a noodle shop in Old Hanoi. Old man Hung is a true professional ? his delicious soup is a metaphor for a dying way of life. Each morning, he spoons the broth for customers, a broth that depends on his long-standing relationships with local butchers. He remembers the days back in the '50s when his shop was a gathering place for dissident artists, until many of them were taken to reeducation camps.
July 12, 2010 |
When Sepp Blatter says you've stepped out of line, you know you've really made a big mistake. And the FIFA president was full of contempt for the two World Cup finalists Monday, the day after Spain won its first title with an ugly, foul-filled 1-0 win over the Netherlands in extra time. "It was not exactly what we have, or what I have, expected for fair play on the field of play in the final," Blatter said at a news briefing to mark the end of the tournament. English referee Howard Webb showed 14 yellow cards — more than twice the previous record for a World Cup final — and one red card for Dutch defender John Heitinga . But Blatter made clear he wasn't blaming the officials for their handling of an often bad-tempered match, which was watched by an estimated global television audience of 700 million people.
December 22, 2009 |
'Tis the season to be jolly, so let's have a giggle or two over big-time college sports. What a joke. We'll dedicate our belly laughs to Joe McKnight's Land Rover, only the most recent chuckle. Yuk yuk. We can toss in Brian Kelly's coaching departure from Cincinnati to Notre Dame, leaving an undefeated team to play in a major bowl with a bad taste in its mouth. How about the rub-it-in play at the end of the USC-UCLA football game this year? Got a wound? Call in Pete Carroll's salt-pouring specialists.
August 2, 2009 |
He stepped to the podium, nervous in front of the tens of thousands at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and the millions watching on television. Awestruck, halting at times, he spoke these words: "In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams." This was 25 years ago, the opening ceremony at the Olympics.
March 17, 2009 |
Love is zero in tennis. It also is what James Blake and Fernando Gonzalez have little of for each other. Without some history, Blake's third-round match against Gonzalez in Monday's BNP Paribas Open was merely another day at the office for two players in the top 20 -- Blake 13th and Gonzalez 17th. Both are big names in the sport, Blake for the United States and Gonzalez for Chile.