August 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK---Sloane Stephens, who upset Serena Williams at the Australian Open earlier this year, seems headed for a rematch. Stephens, seeded 15th at the U.S. Open, dominated fellow American Jamie Hampton and won 6-1, 6-3 over the 23rd-seeded Hampton. Williams had been hampered by a sprained ankle when she lost to Stephens in the Australian Open quarterfinals 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Stephens ended a 20-match Williams winning streak with that victory and the two haven't been chummy since then.
August 28, 2012 |
Timothy Bradley doesn't know what Manny Pacquiao is thinking as he continues to wait for the Filipino superstar to announce his next opponent, but he has a simple case to make. "This guy can choose anyone he wants to fight, but I don't know how he can pick anyone other than me," Bradley told The Times Tuesday in a telephone conversation. "I'm the champion. "If he wants his belt back, he has to come through me to get it. He relinquished it to me. Regardless of what everyone might think of how I beat him -- the controversy -- I've got a win on my resume over Manny Pacquiao, and it's going in the history books that way. "If he doesn't want to fight me, that's on him. " Palm Springs' Bradley (29-0)
November 30, 2013 |
It will be an all-Foothill League final in the Northern Division championship game next Friday after Valencia and Hart cruised to semifinal victories. Valencia defeated Foothill foe Saugus, 45-8. Connor Wigenroth had five touchdowns in Hart's 42-7 win over West Torrance. Valencia defeated Hart, 24-19, when the two teams met in league play on Nov. 1. But Valencia will be without perhaps its best player, defensive back-receiver Jay Jay Wilson. He was ejected from Friday's win, which means he'll miss the championship game.
November 26, 2013 |
In the City Section Division III semifinals on Friday, Bernstein (10-1) gets to play the only team it lost to this season, Sun Valley Poly (8-4), in a rematch at Poly. Poly won, 26-13, back on Sept. 6, a game in which Bernstein defensive players had a difficult time tackling. D.J. Jones, a physical running back, will be one of those Poly players Bernstein must deal with. Bernstein running back Julio Quintero has rushed for 1,371 yards and 13 touchdowns. In the Division II semifinals, South Gate (7-5)
March 1, 2014 |
For the third consecutive season, Narbonne and Fairfax will face off in the City Section Division I girls' basketball championship game. In Saturday's semifinals, TyBriann Jones scored 17 points and La'Tecia Smith had 13 points in Narbonne's 52-37 win over Palisades. Kylie Bethel scored 15 points for Palisades. Fairfax, seeded No. 1, knocked off Granada Hills, 44-33. Marguerite Effa scored 16 points. Fairfax has lost each of the last two seasons in the final to the Gauchos, but Coach Judi Edwards seems confident her team can end the drought next Saturday at 6 p.m. at L.A. Southwest College.
September 6, 2013 |
Defending champion Serena Williams advanced to the U.S. Open final with a 6-0, 6-3 victory on Friday over Li Na of China, setting up a rematch of last year's championship match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. The second set was full of clever shot-making by the top-seeded Williams and fifith-seeded Li, the first Chinese player to reach a U.S. Open semifinal. They were willing to play at the net, vary service speeds by up to 20 mph, use lobs and cross-court shots. Unfortunately for Li, she didn't make enough of her shots, and Williams advanced to her 21st Grand Slam singles final.