March 1, 2010 |
With his self-described "reality check" behind him, Howie Kendrick is looking forward to the Angels' new season, and by that he means the full season. Kendrick began 2009 with a career .306 batting average but slumped badly three months into the season. Hitting only .231 in early June, he was sent to triple-A Salt Lake. It was a loud wake-up call for Kendrick, who everyone agreed was pressing too hard. And after he was called back to the big leagues in early July, Kendrick made the most of it. The Florida native batted .351 from July 4 through the end of the season, lifting his average to .291 for the year, and hit safely in 22 of his last 27 games.
March 4, 2010
Jack Nicklaus said Wednesday that "it would surprise me" if Tiger Woods did not return to competitive golf in time for the Masters, a tournament the embattled world No. 1 has won four times in his career. "I suspect he'll play something before Augusta," Nicklaus said behind the 18th green at PGA National, where the Honda Classic opens Thursday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.. "Your guess is as good as mine. I'd be very surprised if he doesn't play something before Augusta."
November 30, 2013 |
Holy Cow. That's my reaction after watching the play made by Muir quarterback Dejon Williams at the end of the first half (see video) on Friday night in a 35-28 playoff loss to Norwalk. He scrambled and scrambled and scrambled and still completed a 38-yard touchdown pass. Rashaad Penny rushed for 321 yards and scored five touchdowns for Norwalk (13-0), which plays La Serna next week in the championship game. Eric.email@example.com
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.
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.
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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.