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February 14, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The highly anticipated debut of drag racer Brittany Force in Thursday's first round of qualifying at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona ended before it began. Force, the 26-year-old daughter of drag-racing legend John Force, was making her first run in the top-fuel division, the National Hot Rod Assn.'s most prestigious class. After John Force poked his head into Brittany's cockpit to give her last-minute instructions, Brittany eased the 8,000-horsepower dragster up to the starting line -- also known as the staging area -- at Auto Club Raceway.
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March 31, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The veteran skydiver who died Sunday after his chute failed to open during a jump in eastern San Diego County was the brother-in-law of famed NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson. In a message posted on his website Monday, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion  said his family was "saddened by the tragic passing" of his wife's brother, identified by the county medical examiner as 27-year-old Jordan Janway, of San Diego. "Jordan was an incredible son, brother, uncle and friend and will be dearly missed," the statement read.
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March 17, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
IndyCar legend Gary Bettenhausen has died at age 72, officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Monday. Bettenhausen drove in 21 Indianapolis 500s between 1968 and 1993, finishing as high as third in 1980 and leading 138 laps in 1972. He also was the top qualifier in 1991. A member of a famous racing family, Bettenhausen's father, Indy 500 veteran Tony Bettenhausen, was killed in a practice crash at the speedway in 1961. “Gary Bettenhausen was the perfect definition of a race car driver of his time," Indianapolis Motor Speedway  President J. Douglas Boles said in a statement.
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March 17, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
IndyCar legend Gary Bettenhausen has died at age 72, officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Monday. Bettenhausen drove in 21 Indianapolis 500s between 1968 and 1993, finishing as high as third in 1980 and leading 138 laps in 1972. He also was the top qualifier in 1991. A member of a famous racing family, Bettenhausen's father, Indy 500 veteran Tony Bettenhausen, was killed in a practice crash at the speedway in 1961. “Gary Bettenhausen was the perfect definition of a race car driver of his time," Indianapolis Motor Speedway  President J. Douglas Boles said in a statement.
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SCIENCE
May 5, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A gene that helps control muscle development makes all the difference between an elite racing dog and a freak that is put down at birth, scientists reported in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Genetics. Racing whippets that carried one copy of the mutated gene were among the fastest runners, but those that carried two copies became unattractively bulky and were usually destroyed by breeders, the researchers said. The gene is the blueprint for a muscle protein called myostatin.
NEWS
November 15, 2009
Drag racer Ashley Force Hood: A label over a Sports article Saturday on drag racer Ashley Force Hood said "NHRA Winternationals." The event, in Pomona this weekend, is the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google took a trip back to the 1970s on Tuesday with a new Chrome game called Racer that lets users connect multiple devices to hold slot-car races. The game is one of two new Chrome Experiments that show off the Web browser's capabilities to run video games and sync across multiple devices. Racer lets users hook up all sorts of different smartphones and tablets, regardless of their operating systems, using the Chrome mobile browser app to create large race tracks that span across all the devices' screens.
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February 21, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - Mikaela Shiffrin said she played the Olympics out in her head a thousand times before she arrived here. In reality, it was a thousand times more intense. She wrote down all the questions she thought reporters would ask and believed she had every course angle covered. But two days before Friday's race, the world's top slalom racer got a head cold. Her legs burned so intensely over the last pitch on Friday's first run she wondered if she could make the finish line.
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February 16, 2014 | Jared S. Hopkins
The suits showed up. The racers in them did not. When U.S. speedskaters took the ice Saturday in the men's 1,500 meters, they wore racing suits by Under Armour made for their successful World Cup season. Gone were the Mach 39 suits Under Armour debuted for these Games, the ones that had come to symbolize American futility. But the day ended as every day in Sochi has since the opening ceremony: no U.S. skaters on the podium at Adler Arena. Brian Hansen finished seventh and Shani Davis -- who took silver in the 1,500 the last two Games -- was 11th.
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February 14, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - An Olympic medal had eluded Noelle Pikus-Pace in the cruelest of ways during her career. In 2005, a runaway bobsled struck her in an outrun of a Canadian track, shattering her leg and causing her to miss the Turin Games in 2006. Five years later, she missed a medal by one-tenth of a second in Vancouver. So, her jubilation was understandable Friday after she finished second in the women's skeleton event. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "This is better than gold for me," she said, through a mixture of tears and laughter.
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February 13, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia -- With a heavy heart and a distracted mind, U.S. skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender pushed through her final training runs this week. Wednesday was the fifth anniversary of her father's death, an event so devastating she contemplated quitting her sport. Her two practice runs that day were among the slowest she had posted since arriving here nearly two weeks ago. "She tried to push through it, but it was an emotional day," U.S. coach Tuffy Latour said. "[Thursday] we can focus on the race.
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February 8, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Alexis DeJoria on Saturday became the first woman in NHRA drag-racing history to make a pass of under four seconds in a funny car, one of the sport's two elite classes. During the third round of qualifying for the Circle K Winternationals, DeJoria made a sizzling run of 3.997 seconds at 318.32 mph at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. That was the quickest time for a woman driving funny cars since the National Hot Rod Assn. in mid-2008 went to 1,000-foot races for funny cars and top-fuel dragsters, the other 300-mph class in its premier Mello Yello Series.
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February 7, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Tony Schumacher not only is the most successful top-fuel drag racer in NHRA history, he's also a huge hockey fan. So he was thrilled to drop the ceremonial opening puck at the Kings' game Thursday night at Staples Center, where they snapped a four-game losing streak. Now Schumacher hopes to end a drought of his own. After winning a remarkable six consecutive top-fuel championships from 2004 through 2009, giving him a record seven overall, Schumacher hasn't won a title since then.
HEALTH
January 5, 2013 | By Dana Sullivan Kilroy
Eight out of 10 women are wearing the wrong size sports bra, says Heather Cvitkovic, a product manager at Moving Comfort, the women's fitness clothing company that sells more sports bras than any other brand. But when it comes to choosing a sports bra, size isn't the only thing that matters. "The style of bra you wear needs to fit the type of activity you're doing in it," she says. A compression bra, one that presses the breasts against the chest wall to restrict movement, is best for small-breasted women who do low-impact activities like swimming.
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December 8, 1985 | MIKE CLARK, Associated Press
The women's portion of the World Cup ski tour, always separate and never equal to the men's, could become a media darling this season, thanks to a controversial new competition format designed to boost sagging television ratings for ski racing. The format change could also strengthen the relationship between the women's tour and the United States, where the women have become almost as popular as the men.
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January 30, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
Jack Mortell leaned in and his eyes widened at the scenario he dreamed up: Who would win if all the gold medalists in speedskating from the upcoming Winter Olympics faced off against one another? "I think people would want to know, don't you?" Mortell asked, grinning. "I think that kind of race would generate some interest. " Fans may find out. In May, Mortell and well-heeled investors plan to launch Ice Derby, an entertainment ice show centered on a professional speedskating tour and featuring figure skating and ice dancing.
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