September 23, 1991 |
The Sockers begin defense of their championship today (9 a.m. at Folsom's) when Coach Ron Newman opens training camp for his 12th indoor season with only eight players signed. Another, Thompson Usiyan, will fly in tonight. The Sockers acquired Usiyan in a trade with St. Louis for disgruntled midfielder Branko Segota. Usiyan is expected to sign a contract upon his arrival. "We've already discussed what we're going to pay him and he has agreed," Newman said.
May 21, 2008 |
Cooing softly in baby talk, German Viasus gently uses a toothbrush to bathe the little animal he has raised since infancy and then pampers it with a fresh meal of mango, bananas and melon. The object of his affection? A beetle the size of a hamster with a hard, shiny shell and 2-inch-long horns. Viasus, 36, is a Colombian entrepreneur who is exploiting the beetle-mania sweeping Japan by raising and exporting hundreds of the creepy-crawlies every month.
May 22, 2001 |
Fire swept through an overcrowded prison in northern Chile early Monday, killing 26 inmates who suffocated or were burned inside their sleeping quarters, authorities said. The government and inmates gave sharply conflicting reports about the cause of the fire. Authorities said the fire began when rebellious inmates set mattresses and blankets ablaze near their dormitory door.
August 17, 1991 |
In the medals race that has been waged by the region's two sports superpowers, the United States and Cuba, there has been a tendency to overlook 37 other countries from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean that also sent athletes to compete in the Pan American Games.
August 16, 1991 |
The Pan American Games race that no one talks about but everyone watches is getting closer, and it appears that the United States will pass Cuba in the gold medal count Saturday. Ever since Alberto Cuba won the marathon, the Games' first event on Aug. 3, Cuba has won the bulk of the gold medals. Now, while U.S. officials have spent a week downplaying the significance of the medal race, they can't resist noticing that Americans are gaining ground.
August 14, 1991 |
U.S. Olympic Committee officials attempted Tuesday to defuse another Pan American Games drug-testing controversy, saying that they are satisfied that alleged inconsistencies in the drug-testing procedure during the first 10 days of competition have been resolved. USOC President Robert Helmick said that he sent a letter Monday detailing his concerns about irregularities in the drug-testing protocol to Pan American Sports Organization (PAS0) President Mario Vasquez Rana of Mexico.