February 28, 2010 |
Rafael Furcal had his first normal off-season in three years. Because Furcal didn't spend any time on the disabled list last season, he didn't play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic. There were no games to make up, no instincts to regain. "Playing in the Dominican Republic is a huge help, but I had almost 700 at-bats last year," the shortstop said. "We thought it would help me more if I rested over the three months of the off-season because of how much I played.
June 13, 2010 |
I have so many memories of Coach Wooden, but the one that's most vivid for me came in 1964 when we were playing Duke for the national championship — the first UCLA championship. We're 29-0 at the time and the No. 1 team in the country, but Duke is still favored. In the locker room before the game, Coach gets up for his pregame talk. He says, "We got here playing a certain way — making this a 94-foot game. How many of you remember who finished second last year?" No one raised their hand.
May 14, 2010 |
Reporting from San Diego -- Rafael Furcal's planned return to the Dodgers was delayed Friday when the shortstop and leadoff hitter said his injured left hamstring was still nagging him. The Dodgers expected to put Furcal, 32, back in the lineup for their series with the San Diego Padres, but Furcal said before Friday's game that "they don't want me to play today" because the hamstring was "still bothering me a little bit." Furcal, who was batting .309 when he went on the disabled list, said, "I don't want to say I can play and then go play two innings and then [they]
September 15, 2012 |
Even without facing Rafael Nadal, the United States is on the brink of elimination by the clay-court masters from Spain. Sam Querrey and John Isner lost their opening singles matches Friday, giving the defending champions a 2-0 lead in the Davis Cup semifinals at Gijon, Spain. David Ferrer put the hosts ahead in the best-of-five series with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win over Querrey. Nicolas Almagro beat Isner, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, to leave Spain one point from its fourth final in five years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2001
Re "Just Settle Back and Enjoy," editorial, Nov. 1: Why is it that a celebrity is always judged by what people think of him? Michael Jordan, a legend in his own right, is being criticized simply for returning to play the game he loves professionally. People have mentioned his age or their thoughts of having the legend stay gone after leaving that "unstoppable" imprint of a basketball star, and there are those people who feel it's great that he has made yet another comeback. So? What about that boy who grew up playing basketball?
August 28, 1993
We read with interest Coach John Robinson's countless promises to the USC alumni that his team will be in the Rose Bowl this season. Perhaps the coach has not carefully reviewed his schedule, which shows that the USC-UCLA game this year will be played in the Coliseum. Next year is guaranteed. KEN PASSON STEW SUCHMAN Irvine
February 18, 2010 |
Kobe Bryant probably won't play Thursday against Boston, but, then again, who are the Celtics these days? Bryant did not practice Wednesday and didn't try to hide the fact that his left ankle was bothering him when asked whether he would play against the Lakers' longtime rival. "Right now it's a no," Bryant said Wednesday. "If I wake up [Thursday] and I feel drastically different, then I'll play, but I doubt it." Bryant revealed that he wasn't bothered as much by a sprained left ankle as he was by a sore small tendon on the outside part of the lower leg that runs behind the ankle bone.
April 19, 2010 |
Terry Murray's decision to take Randy Jones out of the lineup and pair Peter Harrold with Jack Johnson worked out well for the Kings in Game 2, and the Kings' coach stuck with the new configuration for Game 3. That was fine with Johnson. "I enjoy playing with Peter a lot. He's a quick player. Skating is one of his strengths," Johnson said. "I always enjoy having a partner that skates well, and I think he handles the puck well. "He's very reliable. I always know where he's going to be and I trust him. In any partnership, trust is the biggest thing.
March 18, 2010 |
Each game Sasha Vujacic plays, it is a step in the right direction for him. After missing eight games with a sprained right shoulder, Vujacic has played in four consecutive games, the one against the Sacramento Kings Tuesday night at Arco Arena being his best. He had six points on three-for-four shooting. "I said at the beginning, when I decided that I was going to play, I'm going to play," Vujacic said. "There's no more holding back." Lately, Vujacic has played at the expense of Jordan Farmar.