March 22, 1996 |
After a false start last month, spring skiing has truly arrived in the mountains of California, and the timing couldn't be better. In the Southland, there's more than adequate snow for at least the next couple of weeks through Easter, meaning skiers and snowboarders should be able to take full advantage of the various spring break periods--and pick up a partial suntan along the way. Special events are scheduled at almost every resort from Big Bear to Mt.
December 20, 1997 |
Prince Naseem Hamed entered the Madison Square Garden ring Friday night in a shower of confetti and to loud music and spotlights. His entrance was nearly as spectacular as his fourth-round victory over Kevin Kelley. Each man was knocked down three times in a wild fight that ended when Kelley was counted out at 2:27 of the fourth round.
January 3, 2002 |
Alpine Skiing: Daron Rahlves of Sugar Bowl was pleased with his sixth-place finish at a tough downhill last weekend in Bormio, Italy. "We're not totally on yet, but we're on our way," Rahlves said of the men's speed team. "I really feel good about my skiing right now." Chad Fleischer's 16th-place finish in that race was his best of the season....
January 28, 1998 |
Track and field's world governing body is pursuing the Mary Slaney drug case. The International Amateur Athletic Federation's drug commission has ruled that the case will go to arbitration--five months after USA Track & Field cleared Slaney. A test at the 1996 Olympic trials showed that Slaney had high levels of testosterone. USATF said it fully supports the outcome of its hearing panel and will vigorously oppose any efforts to overturn the decision.
February 12, 1998 |
Top three jokes making the rounds here about Ross Rebagliati, the smokin', tokin', busted snowboarder from Canada: "O Cannabis!" "He was going for the gold, the Acapulco Gold." "Welcome to Fast Times at Nagano City." Of course, drug usage in sports, of any kind, is very serious business, not to be taken lightly, no laughing matter. And did you hear the one about Rebagliati getting caught because they found crumpled Ding Dong and Doritos wrappers stuffed inside his snow boots?
February 13, 2002 |
A Salt Lake Winter Olympic scandal involving a controversial figure skating decision, an internal investigation by the International Skating Union and a Chinese judge suddenly and mysteriously taking ill? How quaint. No under-the-table freebies? No behind-closed-door gratuities? Just an old-fashioned squabble over who really won the pairs gold medal, coupled with accusations of political back-scratching and bloc voting? It's enough to make you misty-eyed, and you don't even have to be Canadian.
March 4, 2002 |
A recap of the news while recovering from post-traumatic Olympic security syndrome and wondering what marathon runners think about during miles 2 through 23. News item: Austrian Hannes Trinkl wins important Alpine downhill race in Norway. Second thought: This is a huge story because Trinkl didn't even make the cut for the mighty Austrian Olympic team, yet ... what's that? The Olympics are over? They blew out the torch? The translators have gone home?
December 19, 1997 |
Those traveling to any of California's major ski areas during the holidays can be sure of one thing: a white Christmas. Therefore, in an effort to determine which area is exhibiting the most holiday spirit, I made some calls, sent some e-mail and opened some press releases, and came to the conclusion that, if I were taking a family on a skiing vacation for Christmas vacation, I would go to Lake Tahoe.
March 16, 1997 |
Green Bay Packer defensive star Reggie White, speaking to high school students in Knoxville, Tenn., said that police provoke young black men to put them behind bars. White also said he believes in a conspiracy to prevent a cure for AIDS and to promote practices that lead to abortions and fetal-tissue research, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported in Saturday's editions. "There's a lot of focus on you all and a lot of that focus is on [putting] you in jail.
January 10, 1996 |
Pro skiing is alive and as well as ever, and the entire troupe--men and women--will again race in California this winter. The men's division is called the U.S. Pro Ski Tour, but don't be fooled. It's really the Austrian Pro Ski Tour with most of the leading racers heading home to that country every spring with fanny-packs full of U.S. dollars.