May 10, 1990 |
The waves are lining up and peeling off the point at Malibu with their usual uncanny precision. A dark figure drops into a wave and cranks a sweeping turn across the face, a strange black veil flapping madly behind. As the camera zooms in, it becomes clear the surfer is a woman . . . wearing a habit. The scene seems to give new meaning to the term "flying nun."
July 24, 2001 |
The sport of kings won't necessarily get rich by allowing marketers to place advertisements on jockeys' apparel and horse owners' bright silks. That's because sports marketers say horse racing won't command the big-dollar sponsorship deals enjoyed by NASCAR and other big league sports. "The bottom line is eyeballs equal exposure value," said Don Hinchey, director of creative services for Bonham Group, a Denver-based sports marketing company.
June 25, 1997 |
Women's professional basketball is just plain fun. A creature of the men's NBA, the televised new WNBA is the answer to a basketball junkie's (blush) summer blahs, featuring lots of quickness, flying bodies, over-dribbling, sporadic good shooting and inconsistent play that's wild, wild, wild. Think of good boys' high school basketball, where energy often exceeds the uneven skill level, and you pretty much have the picture. In other words, a real hoot.
April 25, 1991 |
Bob Caffrey could easily point to a chronic shoulder injury as the sole reason his professional baseball career went from boom to bust in five years. The evidence is undisputable: Caffrey, a first-round draft pick by the Montreal Expos in 1984, had arthroscopic surgery in 1985, just a year after he received a $100,000 signing bonus and was considered one of the nation's best catching prospects.
June 4, 1990 |
Merchandise licensed by professional sports leagues and universities has found an ever-broadening range of outlets. Where once the only places to buy a Lakers' T-shirt or a Kings' jersey may have been the Forum or a sporting goods store, such products are now being sold through specialty fan-shop chains, discounters, department stores, mass-merchandisers and mail-order catalogues.
December 22, 1992 |
After the professional basketball team in this southwestern French city lost its first nine games this season, the owners sent identical letters to the two American players on the squad. The letters instructed the players, veterans Donald Petties and Kevin McDuffie, to turn in their car keys, pay their phone bills and clear out of their apartments. It offered them $2,000 cash and a one-way ticket to the United States.
March 29, 1995 |
Andrea Gaston, two-time defending Women's State Amateur golf champion, has decided to turn professional at age 37. Gaston, who played at Granada Hills High and San Jose State in the 1970s, quit the game for 14 years because of a debilitating case of the putting yips. She began playing in tournaments in 1992, using a cross-handed putting grip, and quickly started piling up victories. She was one of the nation's top-ranked amateurs last year.
July 26, 1996 |
Donna Simms never listened to the naysayers, the ones who told her that waiting for the rebirth of women's professional basketball in the United States was like waiting for a bus at the Atlanta Olympics. In other words, don't hold your breath. Well, guess what? Within a year, two women's pro leagues are scheduled to begin play in cities across the nation. Finally, after years of training and hoping, Simms is in position to realize a dream she was forced to abandon in 1984, when the last U.S.
May 9, 2004 |
Dr. Norman Fost recently appeared on a national radio program in which the host referred to him as "the loneliest man in America." The doctor insists this is not true. But it might not be far off the mark. Amid the outrage over steroid abuse in sport -- a whirlwind of drug tests, federal investigations and Congressional hearings -- Fost offers an unpopular, if not unthinkable, suggestion: Athletes should be allowed to use performance-enhancing drugs.