December 25, 2000 |
Only two weeks removed from a retirement party marking the end of an improbable and often brilliant professional soccer career, Thomas Dooley is beginning the next phase of his life in Orange County. "I've had great success playing soccer, but everything I've done before is history," said Dooley, a former U.S. national team captain who played professionally for 16 years in his native Germany and four years in Major League Soccer with Columbus and New York/New Jersey. "I'm starting from zero."
October 18, 2000 |
Chances are the ABA isn't coming to Orange County. Thank goodness. The people who were pouring into the Pond Tuesday night by the ones and twos and sometimes even in huge groups of three to see the most famous basketball team in the world, had two questions about the ABA. What is it? And why would we want it? Answer No. 1 is easy. It is a minor-league attempt to bring an alleged version of pro basketball to arenas with empty dates in January. Answer No. 2 is easy also. We don't.
September 14, 2000 |
The 10 or so players representing Orange County at Saturday's Southern California Ultimate disc competition admit they aren't exactly the stuff of champions. Some players could easily lose a few pounds. Several have never entered formal competitions of a sport players describe as a cross between soccer and football--with a Frisbee, or disc, as Ultimate players call it. Others haven't seen competitive play in years. They don't even have a team captain.
September 4, 2000 |
It was the morning after, just before noon. Peter Vidmar sat alone outside his apartment in West Los Angeles. He had boosted himself up onto a cement planter. His legs dangled as he waited for his wife, Donna, to return from work and ferry him across town, back to the Olympic Village and the other athletes. It was 1984, the summer of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. But the traffic wasn't so terrible, and Vidmar wasn't at all concerned that he had to wait.
September 2, 2000 |
Twelve years after listening to the radio as Jesse Owens won four track and field gold medals and smashed Adolf Hitler's theory of Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, diver Sammy Lee won a gold and a bronze of his own in London. As a child, swimmer Bruce Furniss entertained his parents with an imitation of TV announcer Keith Jackson introducing the field in an Olympic final. All grown up by 1976, Furniss won two gold medals in Montreal.
August 18, 2000 |
Amanda Beard slipped quietly back to Tucson. Aaron Peirsol, Gabrielle Rose, Jason Lezak and Staciana Stitts received a hero's welcome at John Wayne Airport. Chad Carvin finally came home, after lingering at the U.S. Olympic swim trials as long as possible. After nearly two weeks of intense competition in Indianapolis, members of U.S. team returned to neutral corners. They will have two days to revel in making the team.