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....
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?
January 23, 2002 |
U.S. Olympian Ed Moses set short-course world records in the 50-and 200-meter breaststrokes in a World Cup swim meet Tuesday at Stockholm. Moses was timed in 26.28 seconds in the 50, an impressive improvement on the previous record of 26.70, set by Mark Warnecke of Germany on Dec. 11, 1998. Less than an hour later, Moses broke his 200 breaststroke mark by finishing in 2:03.28. He had set the previous record of 2:04.37 on Friday in a World Cup meet at Paris.
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?
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 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.
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.
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 13, 1998 |
While whiteout conditions forced one postponement after another of the skiing and snowboarding events at the Nagano Games, John Koulouris made the comment, "They should hold the Olympics at Baldy." Fat chance of that ever happening, but Koulouris' point was well made. Heavy snow also fell throughout the San Gabriel Mountains last weekend, and the Mount Baldy ski area was one of the prime beneficiaries.