April 25, 2000 |
There was a time when athletes' endorsement deals were predictable. Shoes. Sports equipment. Beverages. Cars. Then you see the caddie for Fred Funk pick up a golf bag emblazoned with the words Whitten Laser Eye, the same words Funk wears on the sleeve of his shirt. Funk underwent a LASIK procedure performed by Dr. Mark Whitten in suburban Washington in 1998. Two days later, he shot a first-round 64 at the Kemper Open and went on to lead the tournament for three rounds.
March 15, 2000 |
Midway through the third quarter, the crowd sliding from the edge of its seats, the star teetering on the edge of his nerves, Sean Elliott did the only appropriate thing. He performed another transplant. A basketball, taken from his right hand, fitted into a metal rim. A soaring slam dunk that rattled not only 26,708 screeching Alamodome fans, but medical and sports history.
January 3, 2000 |
Marketed under such names as Blue Nitro, Firewater and Invigorate, a dietary sports supplement popular with fitness buffs and athletes promises to help muscles recover faster and aid in sleeping after an intense workout. But the supplement is being blamed for the near-fatal seizure suffered by Phoenix Suns forward Tom Gugliotta recently after the athlete took some at a friend's suggestion.
December 31, 1999 |
Trying to revisit every notable sporting event or pay tribute to every deserving athlete from the Valley and Ventura County region over the last 100 years would fill volumes. In that respect, this exercise falls grossly short. But it would be inconceivable, as the century comes to a close, not to remember some of the memorable sports moments that enriched the region, that gave it essence and tradition.
December 29, 1999 |
In these final years of the American Century, the American Dream waded ashore in Italy. In the land of the papacy, of Michelangelo and Galileo and Leonardo Da Vinci, within sight of the canals of Venice and within earshot of the romantic singing gondoliers, a kid hawked his wares to tourists. Jewelry? Leather? Postcards? Good guesses all. The kid was selling baseball caps. Chicago Bull baseball caps. A Chicago bull?
December 29, 1999
Who is the greatest athlete of the 1900s? The answer might be different in New York or London than in Los Angeles, the city that twice hosted the Olympic Games, that cherished Jackie Robinson not only as a giant in race relations but as a four-sport star at UCLA, that marveled at the wizardry of Gretzky and Koufax, Magic and Kareem. The Times assembled a panel of distinguished Southern California sports figures and asked them to provide a local perspective.
October 28, 1999 |
Sports agent Leigh Steinberg, moving to launch his high-profile roster of celebrity athletes into new ventures, agreed Wednesday to sell his Newport Beach company for $120 million to Assante Corp., a Canadian money management firm.