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December 17, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
You'll know it's springtime in the Santa Monica Mountains when wildlife biologists start alerting curious visitors to keep their distance from the first red-legged frog reintroduction effort ever attempted in Southern California. Biologists are gearing up to transfer fragile batches of California red-legged frog eggs from a tiny, isolated population in the nearby Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve to separate streams in the Santa Monicas where the species has not been seen in nearly half a century.
November 29, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
You'll feel like Superman after this press-and-pull exercise that works most of the major muscle groups in your body. Demonstrated here by Long Beach fitness instructor John Garey who uses it in his "Core Total Body Tone With Tubing" DVD, it's a great get-it-all-done move to use on days when you're short on time. What it does Crouch to Superman works your legs, back and shoulders. What to do Grab the tubing by the handles and step onto it with feet hip-width apart.
November 29, 2013 | By Bill Kirby
Lou Brissie, a decorated World War II veteran who overcame serious combat injuries to become an All-Star pitcher in the major leagues, has died. He was 89. Brissie, a longtime resident of North Augusta, S.C., died Monday at a veterans hospital in Augusta, Ga., his family announced. The cause was not given. Born June 5, 1924, in Anderson, S.C., and raised in nearby Ware Shoals, Leland Victor Brissie Jr. began playing baseball in a textile mill league as a 14-year-old, 6-foot-4 pitcher and first baseman.
November 28, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The former UCLA football player glistened with tough, his blade prosthetic a shiny blur as he sprinted into the Rose Bowl. This popular offensive lineman who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident 16 months ago brought the blue-clad crowd to its feet Saturday night as he led UCLA out of the locker room for the second half against Arizona State, thousands cheering the epitome of a gutty little Bruin. If only they had seen what happened next. If only they had seen their powerful Bruins symbol jog off into the deep embrace of the popular volleyball player who has been quietly carrying him through this nightmare.
November 25, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
It was "Friday Night Lights" in Corona, high school football center stage. The joy of anticipation bubbled over. Teenage players couldn't wait. Parents and friends were in the stands. The communities that embrace Corona Santiago High and Upland High were bundled up and full-throated. This was a quarterfinal game in the Southern Section Inland Division playoffs. Winning meant advancing to another game, more joyful anticipation, more pats on the back and maybe even longer looks from college scouts.
November 19, 2013
Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore underwent emergency surgery Monday to stanch bleeding in the muscle sheath in his lower left leg, a condition known as lateral compartment syndrome that can cost patients a limb or even their life. Moore is out indefinitely. Moore left the Broncos' 27-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half Sunday night in Denver and was replaced by veteran Mike Adams . During the night, Moore called the team's athletic trainer, Steve Antonopulos , because he was still experiencing pain and swelling, interim Coach Jack Del Rio said.
November 15, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
Take your leg stretches to the next level with these moves demonstrated by orthopedist and fitness trainer Levi Harrison, developer of the Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout. These two moves provide a 360-degree stretch of the leg muscles after a long workout. What it does By bringing the quadriceps stretch in front of your body, you stretch the inner and outer heads of the quadriceps as well. Add in a core-challenging hamstring stretch and your legs will feel loose and limber.
November 15, 2013 | Wire reports
Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the battle of the superstar forwards to give Portugal the edge over Sweden in the World Cup playoffs, while France's chances of qualifying took a big hit by losing, 2-0, in Ukraine. Ronaldo transferred his prolific scoring form for Real Madrid to the international stage, diving to head home an 82nd-minute winner and give Portugal a 1-0 cushion to take to Stockholm for Tuesday's second leg. France faces the prospect of missing a major tournament for the first time since 1994 after Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko scored second-half goals for Ukraine in a feisty match that saw both teams finish with 10 men. Kostas Mitroglou's double helped Greece claim a 3-1 win over Romania, and tiny Iceland overcame a sending-off early in the second half to hold on for a 0-0 draw with Croatia, keeping alive its hopes of becoming the least populous nation to reach a World Cup. All four return matches take place on Tuesday, when the 13 qualifiers from Europe will be finalized.
November 13, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
The Harlem Globetrotters are known worldwide for their crazy stunts on the basketball court. One recent Globetrotter dunk definitely lived up to that reputation ... a little bit too much so. William “Bull” Bullard barely avoided being seriously injured during a recent game against Honduras at the Nacional de Ingenieros Coliseum in Tegucigalpa. Bullard hung on to the rim after a dunk, sending the entire apparatus crashing to court. “When I dunk, I put my feet on the backboard, put the ball through my legs and dunk it again, so that's the motion I was going with,” he said.
November 9, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
This wasn't the way it was supposed to end for Bob Bradley's Egyptian team. In a just world, Bradley, who has given Egyptian soccer fans hope during some of the darkest days in the country's recent history, would see his Cinderella team end up in Brazil next summer with a spot in the World Cup, a tournament Egypt has played in once since 1934. Instead, Bradley's Quixotic World Cup qualifying quest figures to end in disappointment next week in the second leg of a two-match African qualifier with Ghana.
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