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January 5, 1988 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
The list of renowned, world-class athletes who completed their careers undefeated is a short one. Rocky Marciano, a heavyweight boxing champion of the 1950s, comes to mind. He went 49-0 and called it a career. Bob Mathias, the 1948 and 1952 Olympic decathlon champion, was 11-0. If you're going to put decathletes on the list, then you need Jim Thorpe, who was 1-0. And the flying Scot of the 1920s, Eric Liddell, of "Chariots of Fire" fame, was 14-0 in 400-meter and 440-yard races.
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January 5, 1988 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
The list of renowned, world-class athletes who completed their careers undefeated is a short one. Rocky Marciano, a heavyweight boxing champion of the 1950s, comes to mind. He went 49-0 and called it a career. Bob Mathias, the 1948 and 1952 Olympic decathlon champion, was 11-0. If you're going to put decathletes on the list, then you need Jim Thorpe, who was 1-0. And the flying Scot of the 1920s, Eric Liddell, of "Chariots of Fire" fame, was 14-0 in 400-meter and 440-yard races.
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May 11, 1986 | JIM MURRAY
The 1,500-meter race in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics was formful in one important respect: For the 16th straight Olympiad, an American didn't win it. For the fourth straight, and the 12th out of the last 16, one didn't even get a medal. It's one of sport's enduring mysteries: What happens to the Yanks in this most American of foot races and distances and events? We never expect to win the luge or the coxed fours or the small-bore rifle prone. But to go 80 years without winning the metric mile?
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May 16, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1977, in Lansing, Mich., Earvin Johnson led the Everett High basketball team to the state championship. Two years later, he led Michigan State to an NCAA championship. And one season after that, at 20, he led the Lakers to an NBA championship. He completed that triple sweep 19 years ago tonight. For all his later NBA triumphs, that first championship in his rookie season remains perhaps his most stunning show, a victory that revealed the heart and character of a player called "Magic."
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June 23, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a lap to go, prospects weren't good that the best miler in American history, Jim Ryun, would break his own world record of 3:51.3. This was Ryun's goal at the AAU championships in Bakersfield, 32 years ago. Ryun, a 20-year-old University of Kansas sophomore, had covered the half-mile in 1:59, well off his planned record pace of 1:56. And with nobody pacing him, he did it the hard way, by himself. After a third lap of 58.6 seconds, he streaked around the track on the last lap in 53.
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July 8, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
That ticking sound you hear in Los Angeles, in the Convention Center district, is the countdown to a grand opening for the Staples Center. Or . . . could it be the countdown to demolition of the Sports Arena? When the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was completed in the summer of 1959, it was the most modern indoor sports facility in America.
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May 20, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many Southern California track nuts were unhappy when the Dodgers moved West from Brooklyn and set up temporary quarters in the Coliseum. Surely, they figured, this means the end of track and field at the stadium. Nope. Not yet. But it meant a nontraditional running surface. For the 1960 Coliseum Relays, 31,566 showed up to see the great Australian miler, Herb Elliott, run on a grass track. Elliott, 22, already the world-record holder at 1,500 meters (3:36.
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July 17, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Olympic 1,500-meter silver medalist Steve Cram of Britain, challenged by Said Aouita of Morocco, set a world record of 3 minutes 29.67 seconds Tuesday night at the 10th Nikaia Grand Prix track and field meet. Cram, 24, blistered the current world record of 3:30.77 set Sept. 4, 1983, in Rieti, Italy, by fellow countryman Steve Ovett.
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September 8, 1987
Notre Dame football Coach Lou Holtz says, "I've always felt it was extremely important to set goals for yourself." Recalling his days as an assistant coach at South Carolina, he said: "After the 1967 season, our entire staff was fired. So I sat down and made a list of all the things I still wanted to accomplish in life, and there were 107 of them. "Some of them involved traveling, some of them were a little crazy.
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September 7, 1993 | MAL FLORENCE
It's doubtful that quarterbacks Jim Harbaugh and Jim McMahon will exchange pleasantries Sunday when the Chicago Bears play the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. McMahon, a former Bear, now with the Vikings, told Inside Sports: "A lot of guys can't figure out why (Chicago President Michael) McCaskey threw all that money at Harbaugh, because a lot of guys on the Bears don't think Harbaugh should even be playing. "Harbaugh doesn't even have instinct.
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August 8, 1995 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jonathan Edwards' historic performance so uplifted not only the crowd at Ullevi Stadium, but also his competitors, that it was virtually a religious experience. But Gwen Torrence's victory was met with an entirely opposite reaction as the third day of track and field's World Championships offered the best and worst of the competitive experience.
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