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SPORTS
July 26, 1999 | RANDY HARVEY
Ten athletes who had careers interrupted by injuries or illness and returned to achieve at the highest levels of their sports: BEN HOGAN When his car was hit head on by a bus on Feb. 2, 1949, the golfer known as "Bantam Ben" suffered broken ribs and a broken ankle. Yet, only 16 months later, he won the U.S. Open at Merion in Ardmore, Pa. TONY CONIGLIARO An errant fastball thrown by Angel pitcher Jack Hamilton on Aug.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 1999 | LIBBY SLATE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The John Hancock Champions on Ice summer tour, which performs in Southern California today, Friday and Saturday, is skating its 21st edition with a new director and a crystallized sense of identity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN
Boxers Evander Holyfield and Sugar Ray Leonard were among a host of athletes and entertainers participating in Parkman Middle School's first "Salute to the Children Celebrity Carnival" on Monday, sponsored by DARE America, the anti-drug education program. Nearly 80% of Parkman students take part in DARE Plus, an after-school activities program that is available at only 25 schools across the U.S., according to Glenn Levant, president and founding director of DARE America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1999 | RICHARD E. LAPCHICK, Richard E. Lapchick is the director of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society
Everyone is trying to make sense out of the nightmare in Littleton, Colo., as the grief has touched the community, the state and the entire nation. As we grieve, fingers are pointing every which way: parents, hate, groups, guns, teachers, fellow students, TV, movies, music and the Internet. It was reported that the shooters targeted minorities and athletes. I am 53 years old and have been around sports since the day I was born.
NEWS
May 3, 1999 | BILL PLASCHKE
The horizon is full now, a sleek number 23 and a quick number 99 joined by a stocky No. 7. Jordan, Gretzky and Elway. Into the shadows they step, together, too soon, a loss too high to calculate, a sight almost too much to bear. A sports era of character and virtue appropriately ended in weeping and gratitude Sunday when football's John Elway officially retired less than four months after the retirements of basketball's Michael Jordan and hockey's Wayne Gretzky.
SPORTS
April 20, 1999 | HELENE ELLIOTT
TEAM RECORD: COMMENT 1. Dallas (51-19-12): But are Stars ready for real season? 2. Colorado (44-28-10): Fast finish of 9-2-1. 3. New Jersey (47-24-11): Loosened reins do the trick. 4. Detroit (43-32-7): A-one, and a-two, and a-three . . . 5. Ottawa (44-23-15): Late 1-2-4 slide costly. 6. Toronto (45-30-7): Surprise top-scoring team. 7. Boston (39-30-13): Solid defense, goaltending. 8. St. Louis (37-32-13): 11-4-3 in final five weeks. 9. Philadelphia (37-26-19): Held together with spit and tape.
NEWS
February 28, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
Every once in a while, a personality in the public eye gets under the public skin. Something about his (or her) attitude, appearance, ethical boundaries or ethnic background is so provocative, it makes others intolerant, no matter what this individual's skill might be. It can be a Jerry Lee Lewis wedding and bedding a cousin or the conscientious objection and proselytization of a Muhammad Ali; you never know.
SPORTS
February 21, 1999 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Top three things that make sports journalists squirm: 3) Chit-chat on deadline in a press box. 2) An urgent message to "call the office." 1) An athlete talking about religion. Nothing triggers writers' cramp faster than the juxtaposition of deadline, locker stall, born-again shortstop and a reading from Ecclesiastes.
SPORTS
February 21, 1999 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Golfer: "I'd move heaven and earth to be able to break 100 on this course." Caddie: "Try heaven. You've already moved most of the earth." * Baseball belongs to the Babe, hoops to Jordan, boxing to Ali. But golf, clearly, is God's sport. If you think not, try reciting a tennis joke that begins "Jesus, Moses, a priest and a rabbi met at center court. . . ." There is something about golf--a man, a ball, a patch of grass, the banshee cries of "Fore!"--that makes it uniquely otherworldly.
SPORTS
February 21, 1999 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Safe to say that wasn't the kind of "action" the religious group "Athletes in Action" had in mind Super Bowl week when it bestowed the Bart Starr Award to Atlanta Falcon safety Eugene Robinson. Hours after receiving the honor, presented to the NFL player who exhibits high moral character, Robinson was arrested in Miami on charges of soliciting sex from an undercover police officer.
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