January 6, 1996 |
A breakthrough in federal budget negotiations Friday appears to have saved next week's CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament in Southern California from having to be postponed. Chuck Blazer, general secretary of the regional confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean soccer federations, said the nine-nation championship will probably be played as scheduled Jan. 10-21 in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego.
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....
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?
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.
February 8, 1998 |
If it's better to be lucky than good, Ann Battelle is in great shape for Wednesday's mogul finals in freestyle skiing. But Jonny Moseley might want to think about his position. Battelle, second in this season's World Cup standings, qualified for the 16th and last berth in the women's finals, thanks to a piece of luck Sunday at the Iizuna Kogen ski area that defied belief.
February 15, 1998 |
There is one in every crowd, especially when that crowd is a scrum of cold and cranky sportswriters vacuum-packed into the holding cell at White Ring arena they call the figure skating "mixed zone." While waiting, and waiting, to see if Elvis Stojko might limp by for a word about Canada's latest failed attempt at winning the men's figure skating gold medal, one wise-guy scribe began singing to the tune of "O Canada": "We're NUM-ber Two!" Oh, Canada, 0-for-the-Olympics, still.
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.