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September 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
After top-seeded Victoria Azarenka jumped into a 3-0 lead over defending champion Samantha Stosur on Tuesday, rain that had been predicted finally arrived, and matches were suspended. Other key matches on the day's schedule include third-seeded 2006 champion Maria Sharapova against Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, who had upset Serena Williams at Wimbledon two years ago; and what could be 20th-seeded Andy Roddick's career-ending match Tuesday night against 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro.
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February 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It took nearly 10 hours to complete the Daytona 500 on Sunday and for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to complete his 10-year bid to return to Daytona's Victory Lane. Earnhardt held off Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski on a restart with two laps left to win NASCAR's most prestigious race, and the Sprint Cup Series' season opener, for the second time. "I cannot believe this," Earnhardt screamed over his car radio after crossing the finish line at 11:25 p.m. EST after a 61/2-hour rain delay at Daytona International Speedway.
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October 17, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS -- The San Francisco Giants might well have worried that Carpenter would beat them. But not this one. The Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter on Monday, but Matt Carpenter just might beat the Giants on Wednesday. The unheralded rookie delivered the Cardinals' biggest hit in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals and Giants entered what might be a lengthy rain delay in the seventh inning, with St. Louis leading, 3-1. Lightning could be observed within minutes after the players left the field.
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June 13, 2013 | By Teddy Greenstein and Mark Wogenrich
ARDMORE, Pa. - Because of two rain delays, the first round of the U.S. Open won't be completed until Friday morning. Phil Mickelson might not have to tee it up again for another 24 hours. Enough time to fly back to San Diego? "I don't want to push it, no," Mickelson said with a tired smile. Tiger Woods faced a tougher road. He appeared to hurt his left hand after trying to gouge out of the deep rough on the opening hole. He grimaced and shook his left wrist again after hitting a five-wood out of the rough on the fifth hole.
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June 12, 2000 | GARY KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stanford right-hander Justin Wayne became anxious during a one-hour rain delay that interrupted the Cardinal's game against Clemson Sunday in the College World Series. "A lot of things were going through my head," Wayne said. 'I got a little nervous." Stanford's timely hitting and solid defense calmed Wayne when play resumed in the fourth inning and the top-ranked Cardinal went on to defeat the Tigers, 10-4, before 23,016 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
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April 1, 1998 | JULIO V. CANO
The anticipated El Nino rains could slow down cleanup of the city's shoreline areas that for the past 10 days have been covered with large amounts of tangled wood, bamboo and other trash. A crew of four has been working since last weekend cleaning up the debris that could fill 120 industrial-size dumpsters when the work is completed, said Larry Neishi, beach maintenance supervisor. "This is very strange to be getting this amount of debris at this time of the year," he said.
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June 16, 1999 | LON EUBANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Florida State Coach Mike Martin says he has no doubt about Cal State Fullerton's potential in the College World Series. "They can win the national championship," Martin said. "They're that good." That's why Martin thinks the decision on his starting pitcher for today's elimination game (4:30 p.m., PDT, ESPN 2) against the Titans is so important. Martin had decided late Monday that he would give reliever Chris Chavez (7-5, 2.20 earned-run average) his third start of the season.
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June 13, 1998 | From Associated Press
Donna Andrews survived a double bogey, a shot she double hit and a 2 1/2-hour rain delay to shoot a four-under-par 68 Friday and remain in the lead after the second round of the LPGA Oldsmobile Classic at East Lansing, Mich. Andrews, who is the tour's leading money-winner this season, is at 12-under 132, leading Canadian Lisa Walters by two strokes. * A drenching, wind-whipped rain washed out most of the second round of the Buick Classic at Harrison, N.Y.
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February 22, 1987 | United Press International
Steffi Graf of West Germany waited out a three-hour rain delay, then won six games in 19 minutes Saturday to beat Pam Shriver, 6-4, 6-3, in the semifinals of the $250,000 Virginia Slims of Florida tennis tournament. Graf, seeded No. 2, will meet No. 4-seeded Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia in today's final. Sukova earlier defeated Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
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July 25, 2003 | From Associated Press
Frank Thomas hit a go-ahead single in the 13th inning as the Chicago White Sox won their season-high seventh straight game, 4-3, over the Toronto Blue Jays in a rain-soaked SkyDome on Thursday night at Toronto. A sudden shower forced a rare rain delay at SkyDome, where the retractable roof was open when bad weather moved in during the top of the sixth inning. The 26-minute stoppage was the fourth and longest rain delay at SkyDome, which opened in 1989.
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June 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
BALTIMORE  - When it rains, it pours for Angels, figuratively and literally, and they were drenched in the controversial sixth inning Monday night when they gave up the decisive runs in a 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards. The Angels still had a chance to win after a 2-hour, 14-minute rain delay, trimming the deficit to 4-3 in the seventh when Orioles first baseman Chris Davis threw late to second on Josh Hamilton's bases-loaded slow roller, allowing a run to score.
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March 31, 2013 | Wire Reports
Andy Murray erased a championship point Sunday and rallied past David Ferrer, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), in a grueling, dramatic final in the Sony Open at Key Biscayne, Fla. One point from defeat in the last set, Murray skipped a forehand off the baseline to stay in the match. He then dominated the tiebreaker, and Ferrer appeared to cramp and collapsed to the court after one long exchange. The match was filled with grinding baseline rallies, including at least a dozen of more than 20 strokes and one lasting 34. Murray and Ferrer dueled for 2 hours 45 minutes, and as a result, the 11:30 a.m. EDT start on Easter turned out not to be early enough for CBS. The network cut away from the final when it went to the tiebreaker, switching to the tipoff of the NCAA tournament game between Michigan and Florida.
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October 17, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS -- The San Francisco Giants might well have worried that Carpenter would beat them. But not this one. The Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter on Monday, but Matt Carpenter just might beat the Giants on Wednesday. The unheralded rookie delivered the Cardinals' biggest hit in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals and Giants entered what might be a lengthy rain delay in the seventh inning, with St. Louis leading, 3-1. Lightning could be observed within minutes after the players left the field.
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September 28, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
ARLINGTON, Texas - The odds are against the Angels, and now Mother Nature might be too. The Angels entered play Friday two games out of a playoff spot, with six to play. Their weekend series in Texas could be interrupted by rain, forcing the Angels into what Manager Mike Scioscia called “a worst-case scenario.” Thundershowers are in the forecast Friday night and steady rain Saturday. A postponement either day could force a doubleheader Sunday, an unsettling proposition for a team with a leaky bullpen.
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September 9, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have split their last four meetings. Two of them were big-occasion events. Djokovic outlasted Murray in an enthralling five-set Australian Open semifinal. In an Olympic semifinal at Wimbledon, Murray, riding home-nation crowd cheers and playing clever all-court tennis, beat Djokovic in two close sets. In Australia, Djokovic went on to win his fifth major title. At the Olympics, Murray won the gold medal. Djokovic, seeded second and the defending champion, will play the third-seeded Murray on Monday at 1 p.m. PDT in another big-occasion event, the weather-delayed U.S. Open men's final.
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September 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Victoria Azarenka outlasted a 65-minute rain delay and the scrambling all-court tennis of Samantha Stosur to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Open with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (5) victory Tuesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Stosur, the defending champion and seventh seed, had never beaten the top-seeded Azarenka or even taken a set off her. But Azarenka, a 23-year-old from Belarus, with the help of a gutsy drop shot that produced her one and only match point, withstood the attacking tennis of the 28-year-old Stosur.
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March 26, 1994 | From Associated Press
Fuzzy Zoeller finished off a 67 after a lengthy rain delay and was the leader in the clubhouse Friday in the uncompleted second round of the Players Championship at Ponte Vedra, Fla. There was no assurance, however, that Zoeller's advantage would stand up when Greg Norman and 71 others complete second-round play this morning. They were stranded by darkness on the TPC at Sawgrass after an early-morning squall stopped play for almost three hours.
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October 28, 2000 | DARIN ESPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a three-hour rain delay, former Palmdale resident Ronnie Hornaday III was the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck series driver to make a qualifying attempt on Friday for today's Motorola 200 at California Speedway. Hornaday, whose father Ron Hornaday Jr. is a two-time Craftsman Truck series champion, clocked 170.495 mph and will start from the 27th position. "It was a green track," said Hornaday, who ran 24 laps in practice on Thursday.
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September 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
After top-seeded Victoria Azarenka jumped into a 3-0 lead over defending champion Samantha Stosur on Tuesday, rain that had been predicted finally arrived, and matches were suspended. Other key matches on the day's schedule include third-seeded 2006 champion Maria Sharapova against Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, who had upset Serena Williams at Wimbledon two years ago; and what could be 20th-seeded Andy Roddick's career-ending match Tuesday night against 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro.
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September 2, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Maria Sharapova was dominating Nadia Petrova. Then she wasn't. Then it rained at the U.S. Open. And, boy, did that make a difference. Sharapova, seeded third at the U.S. Open and a one-time champion here, overcame a third-set deficit and held on to beat 19th-seeded Nadia Petrova. A 75-minute weather break in the third set, when she was behind already, 2-0, seemed to reinvigorate Sharapova. Petrova blasted a 116 mile-per-hour ace as her first point after the rain delay, but Sharapova withstood that big shot from the 30-year-old Russian veteran and earned a decisive win in the seventh game of the final set by pounding her service returns harder and harder.
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