August 17, 2013 |
Usain Bolt almost worked up more of a sweat dancing Saturday than he did in dashing to the 200-meter title at the world track and field championships in Moscow. Bolt, who had tired legs and an aching foot, clocked 19.66 seconds despite easing up about 60 meters to go. He hopped and skipped to the reggae sounds of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds," much to the thrill of the crowd. In the women's 400 relay, Russia beat the United States, which was without the injured Allyson Felix , by 0.22 seconds.
August 15, 2013 |
Olympic 200-meter champion Allyson Felix ran a season-best time of 22.30 seconds in the semifinals of her specialty Thursday evening at the World Championships in Moscow, giving her a place in Friday's final. Jeneba Tarmoh also advanced after recording a season-best 22.70. Charonda Williams of the U.S. qualified with a 22.80, but the fourth American entrant, Kimberlyn Duncan, was timed in 22.91 and didn't qualify for the eight-woman final. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, who won the women's 100 earlier in the meet, kept alive her chance for the sprint double with a time of 22.54 in winning her semifinal heat.
August 11, 2013 |
Usain Bolt, a six-time Olympic gold medalist from Jamaica, won his second 100-meter world title by avenging an early-season defeat to American Justin Gatlin on Sunday in rainy Moscow, but the victory came with little fanfare. The usually ebullient Bolt struck his famous "Lighting Bolt" pose only after encouragement from the crowd. There was no high stepping to the finish line with arms spread wide or oh-my-gosh facial expressions. Maybe it's because Jamaican rival Asafa Powell and American Tyson Gay are serving suspensions for using performance-enhancing drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 |
For the last three years, drivers who left their cars at broken parking meters in Los Angeles risked getting a ticket. It was an unpopular enforcement policy, but one that officials said was needed to scare off drivers who broke meters or wrapped them in bags to avoid paying to park. But on Wednesday, the City Council unanimously agreed to reverse course, saying the policy is unnecessary because new, high-tech parking meters have made a dramatic difference in the equipment's reliability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 |
Drivers will no longer get a ticket for parking at a broken parking meter in the city of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to overturn a policy that allowed vehicles to be ticketed when parked at broken or inoperable meters. City officials had said the ticketing policy would discourage drivers from vandalizing meters and parking for free. Since that time, new parking meter technology has made such a law unnecessary, said Councilman Mike Bonin, who introduced the motion . The city's new high-tech smart meters , which accept credit cards, send a text message to the city's repair crew when a meter's coin slots or card readers jam. The average response time to repair a meter is now about two hours, Transportation Department engineer Daniel Mitchell said.
July 14, 2013 |
Just weeks before the world championships in Moscow, the sport of track and field has suffered a major blow with three marquee sprinters testing positive for banned substances. American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay and Jamaica's Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson all acknowledged Sunday they had failed drug tests. Gay, who owns the fastest 100-meter time in the world this season, plans to withdraw from the championships. That would deprive the meet of its most-anticipated event, a showdown with six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt.