March 19, 2011
Los Angeles Marathon When: The women's field is scheduled to start at 7:11 a.m. Sunday. The men's field is set to start at 7:28 a.m. Where: The 26.2-mile course starts at Dodger Stadium and heads downtown before stretching into West Hollywood and Beverly Hills and finishing at Ocean Avenue and California Avenue in Santa Monica. On the air: TV: Ch. 5; Radio: 570. Defending men's champion: Wesley Korir of Kenya, who finished last year's race in 2:09:19, the third-fastest time in race history.
February 2, 2011 |
The United States Anti-Doping Agency will be taking over the drug testing for the Amgen Tour of California for the first time and will be free to test any athlete at any time beginning Feb. 15 and continuing through the race that runs May 15-22. In the past, the international cycling union, UCI, has overseen drug testing for the Tour of California and operates under its own rules. USADA executive director Travis Tygart said Wednesday that the chief difference is that his agency will not limit its testing to only stage winners and overall leaders during the race, but that all riders will be subjected to "target tests.
July 24, 2010 |
Misty May-Treanor returned to her hometown of Long Beach with three straight wins Saturday, as she and partner Nicole Branaugh easily made the semifinals of the Long Beach Open. But the victories were bittersweet, as Sunday's play could be the last domestic competition of 2010. In a conference call with players on Wednesday, the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals discussed its financial situation, outlined its investors' timeline and raised the possibility that the Long Beach tournament could be the last in the U.S. this season.
February 16, 2011 |
Lance Armstrong and Brett Favre are tied for worst sports comeback. Early last month, Favre retired for good (we think) from football. On Wednesday, Armstrong retired for good (we think) from cycling. If the record-setting NFL quarterback and the record-setting Tour de France winner hadn't changed their minds, both probably would be left alone to live life as sports heroes. Instead, Favre got caught in an unseemly incident involving a female employee of the New York Jets and Armstrong is a focus of a wide-ranging grand jury investigation into doping and cycling.
July 23, 2010 |
Beach volleyball partnerships can often seem like business deals, a way for each party to benefit from the other. Friendship is not always an outcome — but it was for Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal. "We go out together, we golf together," Gibb said. "We spend our time outside the volleyball arena together and it becomes somewhat of a marriage. I see the kid more than I see my wife sometimes." As in any relationship, the two are having some problems. They will try to work those issues out in a familiar location beginning Saturday at the AVP Long Beach Open.
July 30, 2010 |
The U.S. Open of Surfing, the world's largest professional surfing competition, begins its nine-day run Saturday in Huntington Beach, where top surfers will compete for a piece of the $350,000 purse, including the $100,000 first prize in the men's division. Huntington Beach native Brett Simpson, who last year became the first Surf City USA native to win the Open, is back. He faces heavyweights Mick Fanning ( Australia), Taj Burrow (Australia), Andy Irons ( Hawaii), C.J. Hobgood ( Florida)
April 26, 2013 |
Saturday marks the opening of trout season, and for more than 40 years the senior class from tiny Big Pine High - enrollment 36 - has tried to cash in. Outside the school on U.S. Highway 395 starting at 6 a.m. Friday, the 12-member senior class will line up to welcome fishermen and visitors headed toward Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. They will offer coffee, doughnuts and a friendly smile. And worms. Lots of worms. Selling the worms - a container of 10 goes for $5.50 - is the way the students pay for their senior trip.
August 21, 2010 |
From wavering confidence a couple of weeks ago to a dazzling four gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships. But that's not the complete journey Jessica Hardy of Long Beach was talking about Saturday night in Irvine. "It's really, really, really, really gratifying," she said. "Being forced to sit for a year and struggling emotionally the past year, I'm really happy to have gotten the confidence and just everything is clicking and I'm loving it. " On a night of bright smiles around the pool, perhaps hers best defined the word incandescent.
August 1, 2010 |
Mechanical issues and vehicle failure. Super rally, making its X Games debut, could have been a super dud. That's the way it was going at the Coliseum on Saturday night in the qualification rounds. Finally, though, the machine did not fail the man. Tanner Foust put his name into X Games history, winning the first super rally event here, and capped off a golden night: two golds in two races. Brian Deegan finished second to Foust in the super rally and the earlier rally car event in which he took a wrong turn on the new course, resulting in the red flag.
August 20, 2010
Manhattan Beach Open The volleyball tournament takes place Saturday and Sunday. Play begins each day at 9 a.m. (A qualifier will be held Saturday morning in the men's competition.) Admission is free. Total teams: Men, about 70-75; women, about 40. Total prize money: $15,000, with $7,500 each for the men's and women's divisions: $4,000 for first place, $2,000 second, $1,500 third. Top men's players include: Aaron Wachtfogel, Sean Rosenthal, Ed Ratledge.