September 3, 2013 |
Beijing 2008 saw one of the most incredible sporting feats the Olympics has ever known. On Aug. 20, Japanese softball pitcher Yukiko Ueno hurled eight scoreless innings before Japan fell to an indomitable U.S. squad in the bottom of the 9th. Two hours later, she pitched 12 more innings against Australia, sending Japan to the gold medal match against the U.S. The next day, she came back with seven more sterling innings as Japan defeated the three-time...
June 10, 2012 |
The Olympic Games offer competitors the chance to bathe in national glory and international acclaim. The victors - indeed, all the athletes who aspire to victory - are celebrated in the Olympic motto of "Citius, Altius, Fortius. " Faster, higher, stronger. Yet celebration and aspiration sometimes share the Olympic spotlight with controversy, with scandal and with athletes who train and compete outside the bounds of Citius, Altius and Fortius. One ranking of the 10 least pure moments in the history of the Summer Games: No. 10 (1912)
June 22, 2012 |
Chris Paul, who was at the Clippers' facility Friday to present season-ticket holder Chance Lavitch with keys to a new Jeep Grand Cherokee because he was the half-court shot winner during an April Clippers game at Staples Center, said he still plans on playing on the USA Olympic basketball team. Paul said he especially is looking forward to going to camp next month in Las Vegas with Clippers teammate Blake Griffin. “The last time I played, I was the only member from my team there,” Paul said.
August 7, 2012 |
LONDON - It was a cool evening. The setting sun found a tiny hole in the clouds. The occasional sprinkle fell on Regent's Park, and tall grasses that looked as if they belonged on a Midwest prairie began to sway. Then you looked at the grass, looked through the mind's eye, and you saw it move even more as the women pushed through it. There were Tanya Harding and Crystl Bustos, Lisa Fernandez and Yukiko Ueno, Stacey Porter and Laura Berg and all the other great softball players whose sport was banished from the Olympics.
February 28, 2013 |
I watched a video of the movie "Argo" as I flew into Tehran recently. I couldn't help but wonder why I was willingly accompanying a group of Americans into a city that not so long ago was the scene of one of the greatest exfiltrations ever. I wondered if Ben Affleck would rescue me if things were to go poorly. Honestly, I wasn't really worried; I was traveling with the USA Wrestling team and we had been invited by the government of Iran to participate in the World Cup, a tournament where the top wrestling nations vie for international glory.
October 18, 2013 |
Jen Kessy, a 36-year-old from San Juan Capistrano, was one of the happiest athletes in the world a year ago. She was an Olympic beach volleyball silver medalist with partner April Ross and no one was happier than her sports-crazy father Ron Kessy. This year Ron, only 57, died in his sleep of a heart attack, shortly after Kessy had returned from a tournament in China. "It's just been one of the worst years of my life," Kessy said Friday after she and partner Rachel Scott, seeded fifth at the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour event in Huntington Beach, were upset in the first round by Sarah Day and Kaitlin Nielsen, 21-17, 21-23, 15-13.