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July 11, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Dodger rookie Yasiel Puig hasn't had many problems with opposing pitchers since being called up to the major leagues six weeks ago. Dealing with the media, however, has proved another issue. Puig joined teammate Juan Uribe in a heated confrontation with an ESPN reporter Thursday that eventually became so loud, Hanley Ramirez turned the clubhouse stereo all the way up in an effort to keep Spanish-speaking reporters from understanding what the three men were arguing about.
February 17, 1993
Notre Dame High senior Monte Marcaccini learned a lesson about Bob Knight: There are few tricks the Indiana basketball coach won't try. Marcaccini, who has signed to play for Knight, asked the coach's son, Tim, about reports that the Hoosiers had signed a 6-foot-8 player named Ivan Renko from the former Yugoslavia. Turns out, to the surprise of few, it was a hoax. "They made it up to take some pressure off Indiana being No. 1 in the country," Marcaccini said, relaying what Tim Knight told him.
October 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
New York City Comptroller William Thompson said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was strong-arming City Council members to support his bid to change city laws so he could run for a third term. Some members had been threatened with losing committee chairmanships or funding for programs in their districts. Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser said no inappropriate pressure was applied. The mayor announced this month that he would aim to modify the city charter so he could seek a third term.
April 11, 1987
As a teen-ager growing up in the 1980s, I have some insight into the problem of drugs and youth. Everywhere I turn there is alcohol and drugs being pushed toward me. The authority figures tell me to simply turn around and walk the other way, but I just bump into more drugs. I think the problem is more serious than they realize. My peers have pushed me out of the group because I continue to try and get them to walk with me. I am beginning to wonder if there is something special about these drugs that I don't see. I know that I can become dependent on, or even die from the first consumption.
September 6, 2009 | GRAHAME L. JONES
Pressure, pressure everywhere, nor any time to think. With apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge and all that, but sometimes the game can get to you. It certainly did in at least a couple of cases recently. Take, for example, what happened to Rene Simoes, the Groucho Marx look-alike who is best remembered as coach of Jamaica's 1998 World Cup team and later as the coach who led Brazil's women to the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Until just the other day, Simoes, 56, was coaching Portuguesa in the Brazilian second division, and things were not going well.
August 20, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Almost 1 in 3 American adults is believed to have high blood pressure, which increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, dementia and such non-life-threatening problems such as erectile dysfunction. In principle, the condition is easy to diagnose, and physicians have a highly effective and growing arsenal of medications available to drive blood pressure down. But hypertensive patients still go undiagnosed. And even when they are diagnosed, physicians often struggle to get patients to do what they must to control their high blood pressure.
August 29, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK---Top seed and defending champion Serena Williams took a hard fall in her second-round match but had no other troubles in beating Galina Voskoboeva 6-3, 6-0 at the U.S. Open. Fourth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy wasn't so lucky. Errani lost to fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 6-0, and afterward seemed distraught and in tears, speaking about the pressure of being so highly seeded and expected to reach the semifinals. "The worst for me is to find the way, because sometimes there are difficult things because you never have been at this place.
August 3, 1997
We have just returned from a trip to England, during which we paid a visit to Harrods department store, one of the remaining jewels of Britain. Unfortunately, we arrived there with full bladders, only to find that it costs 1 pound--approximately $1.67--to use their "luxury restrooms." Apparently they hope the pressure in one's bladder will help reduce the pressure on their profits. DAVE STEINER San Clemente
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