July 11, 2010 |
Reporting from Morzine, France — Lance Armstrong will not win an eighth Tour de France. Armstrong knew that as soon as his wheel hit the curb Sunday in a roundabout, as quickly as he felt himself rolling on the ground, when he saw his tire fly off, exactly when he noticed his saddle was no longer attached to his bike. The 38-year-old seven-time champion rode the last 32 miles of the 117.5-mile Stage 8 with a hole torn in the back of his shirt, with his RadioShack number, 21, flapping in the wind, with a bandage on his elbow and his left hip aching.
July 28, 2010
X Games 16 When: Thursday through Sunday. Where: Coliseum, Staples Center, Nokia Theater, Event Deck at L.A. Live. Who: World's top action sports athletes competing in BMX, moto X, skateboard and rally car events. TV: ESPN, ESPN 2. Tickets: Available via Ticketmaster, prices beginning at $9. Ticketmaster's X Games website is http://www.ticketmaster.com/ESPN-X-Games-tickets/artist/976171 For more information: http://espn.
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.
July 12, 2010 |
Reporting from Morzine, France — On this first 2010 Tour de France rest day, Lance Armstrong rode a historic Alps climb, the Col de Joux Plane, one of the steepest of cycling's mountain rides. It was a training trip for Armstrong, cyclist Levi Leipheimer said. It was not a ride done for fun. Armstrong, 38, was working out his kinks, bumps and bruises, his aches and pains and maybe his wounded pride. His job for the next two weeks is an unexpected one — he will be a helper for Leipheimer.
July 29, 2011 |
Of the action sports featured over the weekend at X Games 17, one of the most popular remains absent: surfing. That is where the Nike U.S. Open of Surfing comes in, beginning Saturday and extending through Aug. 7, at Huntington Beach. The annual event attracts more than half a million fans and the top surfers in the world, as well as skateboarders and BMX riders who join in on the action next weekend. "Essentially, it's like action sports Mardi Gras," said James Leitz, the event organizer from IMG, which owns and operates the U.S. Open of Surfing.
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 2, 2010 |
When Lance Armstrong appears at the start line Saturday in Rotterdam, Holland, for the 2010 Tour de France, it will be for the last time. The last time he takes off on the three-week, 21-stage marathon that has defined his cycling career. The last time he aims at climbing some of the highest mountains in the world. The last time he measures himself against the best in the world. Armstrong, the seven-time champion, won't be the favorite. That would be Spaniard Alberto Contador, the defending champion who was uncomfortable having Armstrong as a teammate last year.
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.
July 29, 2010 |
Bob Burnquist had one shot Thursday night. Sitting in second place behind Jake Brown, the man who beat him for an X Games gold medal last year, Burnquist settled on a 900-degree spin, 2 ½ full air rotations — skateboarding's most difficult trick. Burnquist tore down the 80-foot ramp that launched him across the 70-foot gap, then sped up the 27-foot high quarterpipe. He went into the spin as he and his skateboard skied past the lip of the pipe. All looked good, but he failed to nail the landing, giving Brown gold again in the skateboard big air event, this one at X Games 16 in the Coliseum.