August 14, 1992 |
Kent Steffes grew up idolizing Jim Menges, and for two summers watched Menges and Greg Lee dominate the pro beach volleyball tour. Fresh off outstanding athletic careers at UCLA, Menges and Lee won a record 13 consecutive tournaments in 1975-76, a streak few figured would be matched. Then along came two other former Bruins--Steffes and San Clemente's Karch Kiraly.
August 11, 1989 |
To the average sports fan, it's not exactly Koufax and Drysdale returning to Chavez Ravine. But on the beach, the names Selznick and Vogelsang and Von Hagen and Menges also conjure visions of heroic summers long ago. They played volleyball. They were kings of the beach before the tour went pro and the "beach" was extended to Phoenix and Milwaukee and Boulder, Colo. Before light beer and cable television.
August 10, 1992 |
Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes defeated Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos, 15-11, in the championship match of the Pro Beach Volleyball Miller Lite Open at Cleveland. It was the 13th consecutive victory for Kiraly and Steffes, which ties the record for consecutive victories, set by Greg Lee and Jim Menges in 1975-76. Steffes has been in 19 of 20 finals and has 16 victories, which ties the season record set by Smith and Stoklos in 1987.
March 14, 1993 |
In late January, Larry Farmer was still in Kuwait, where he coaches and oversees the development of basketball. But after returning to Los Angeles on Jan. 29, he figured it was time to get going on something he had wanted to pursue for some time--broadcasting. His previous experience consisted of two 1987 Denver Nugget telecasts when, on Feb. 8, he worked as a commentator on an ESPN telecast of a Cal State Long Beach-Nevada Las Vegas game. CBS was impressed.
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June 5, 2010 |
John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach who became an icon of American sports while guiding the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 national championships in the 1960s and '70s and remained in the spotlight during retirement with his "Pyramid of Success" motivational program, has died. He was 99. Wooden died Friday evening of natural causes at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the university announced. He had been hospitalized since last week for dehydration. Though the stern, dignified Midwesterner's fame extended beyond the sports world, it was Wooden's achievements during 27 seasons at UCLA that put him in the company of such legendary coaches as the Green Bay Packers' Vince Lombardi and Notre Dame's Knute Rockne.
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March 28, 1990
Children playing with matches sparked a small fire in an Altadena kindergarten classroom Tuesday, forcing a brief evacuation of the elementary school and causing some damage but no injuries, authorities said. A teacher noticed the fire about 8:45 a.m. in some wooden lockers at the rear of the classroom at Benjamin Franklin School at 527 W. Ventura St., County Fire Capt. Greg Lee said.