July 13, 2011 |
Presidential contender Tim Pawlenty declined Wednesday to sign a highly criticized marriage-themed pledge sponsored by an Iowa Christian activist group, while at the same time praising the aims of the document. The pledge, a four-page commitment drafted by former Iowa gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats and his group The Family Leader, promotes traditional male-female marriage and reproduction and strongly condemns same-sex marriage, abortion rights, divorce, Sharia law, pornography, and women serving in forward combat roles in the military.
September 22, 1991 |
Strangely enough, a 10-yard punt by Mission Viejo quarterback Payson LeMeilleur was the Diablos' key play in a 21-14 victory over Rancho Buena Vista Saturday night at Mission Viejo High School. Mission Viejo (2-0), Orange County's No. 1-ranked team, broke a 14-14 tie in the fourth quarter on Deron Drake's third touchdown run of the game, but it was LeMeilleur's punt on the final play of the third quarter which set up the victory.
November 2, 2000 |
Good thing Todd Feiereisen didn't sprain his foot. The Westlake High junior has missed two games at quarterback because of a slightly separated shoulder, but he has continued to punt with deadly accuracy. Feiereisen pinned Royal inside its 10-yard line three times Friday with perfectly placed punts. Feiereisen, averaging almost 38 yards per punt, also thwarted Thousand Oaks with a similar coffin-corner performance in a Marmonte League opener.
October 22, 1997 |
Eric Scott caught some passes from Drew Bennett in practice, which was nothing new, except that Bennett was throwing from punt formation and Scott was standing well downfield. It's all part of UCLA's search for a punt returner to back up Jim McElroy, who is still recovering from a concussion suffered Oct. 11 at Oregon. Bennett was throwing because the Bruins have no punter to back up Chris Sailer, who was resting his leg.
August 26, 1999 |
Nebraska quarterback Bobby Newcombe, hampered last season by a knee injury, is so sure he's healthy he'll go as far as returning punts to prove it. Newcombe, battling Eric Crouch for the Cornhusker quarterback job, fielded three punts during a two-hour workout Wednesday. He said it wouldn't be a surprise if he returns kick during the season. "There's always a risk involved.
June 3, 2003 |
Center fielder Darin Erstad has one hit, a single, in the first six at-bats of his rehabilitation assignment with triple-A Salt Lake. Erstad, a punter at Nebraska, is expected to play three games in Salt Lake City when the Stingers return home later this week. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, a Nevada sports book is taking bets for which will be greater: the number of hits Erstad gets in Salt Lake City, or the number of punts Nebraska makes in its game against Utah State on Sept. 6.
September 28, 2008 |
Part of the reason the Dallas Cowboys wanted Adam "Pacman" Jones was for his dazzling punt returns. Through three games, he's yet to dazzle. Jones has a total of 32 yards on eight returns, an average of 4.0. The longest went 8 yards. He's also fumbled one away. "We have a guy back there that can make things happen," coach Wade Phillips said. "That is an area we need to keep working on to get him loose, to give him an opportunity and for him to get a feel for where we are setting up the blocks and so forth."
April 24, 1988 |
The crowd was cheerful in the new casino near the harbor of Townsville, a tropical city that serves as a jumping-off place for Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Girls strolled in wearing summer dresses that seemed more church than Las Vegas. Men were mannerly. Bets were small. Maybe the night was young, but it rang with decency and humor. Most amazing was the pervasive good will of casino employees, who took the time to coach neophytes at roulette wheels and craps tables.
September 18, 2002
The Laguna Beach Artists seldom won on the football field, but you had to love them for their moniker. No one could claim that this high school's nickname belittled Native Americans (the rap on the Indians and Braves) or glorified religion-based war atrocities (the Crusaders). It didn't chase after the qualities of four-footed carnivores. No, Artists was a name for a school and kids who were daringly different, for football players who weren't afraid to show their sensitive side.
August 25, 2009 |
Are you ready for some football? Not as ready as Roger Goodell is, trust me. You might tire of all the non-football NFL news of the last several weeks, but at least you're not living it. The commissioner must long for the days when "Cable fight" meant trying to get the NFL Network in more households, not trying to pry apart Oakland Raiders coaches. Goodell is fond of saying the NFL is the "ultimate reality show," and who can argue? Not with every other story having to do with Michael Vick coming back, Plaxico Burress going away and Brett Favre doing a little of both.