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February 10, 1986 | STEVE BEATTY
By winning Saturday night's San Diego Supercross at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium, Rick Johnson hopes he accomplished more than taking the lead in the AMA Supercross season points standings: He hopes he finally proved himself to San Diego fans. Broc Glover has been San Diego's motocross hero since 1981, when he won his first of three 500cc national championships. Glover, a resident of El Cajon, was one of the most consistent and flashiest riders on the tour.
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February 13, 1994 | STEVE KRESAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rick Johnson found the best way to stay out of traffic in the Grand National Sport Truck class of the Mickey Thompson Off-Road racing series Saturday at Anaheim Stadium. Johnson, starting on the outside of the first row, got ahead of Roger Mears Jr. early in the first lap and pulled away to easily win the 12-lap main event before a sellout crowd of 47,833. "I think everyone got hung up behind Roger and it gave me some room," Johnson said. "I had to just focus in and run my race."
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February 14, 1987 | CHRIS DE LUCA
During the car ride to his first motocross race, Rick Johnson, then 9, sat motionless, wearing his helmet, goggles and gloves. "I was scared to death," Johnson, 22, recalled. "I couldn't wait to get out and race. When I got on the starting line, I didn't know what to do. I was afraid I didn't know if I would go the right way or what. I didn't know when to go, when the flag dropped or what was going on. "I was a little bit paranoid." Johnson finished last.
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March 14, 1991 | SHAV GLICK
Rick Johnson, the winningest rider in stadium motocross history, has retired at age 26. Johnson, who came out of El Cajon a decade ago to win 28 Supercross races, two stadium championships and five other American Motorcyclist Assn. national outdoor championships, never recovered from a wrist injury he sustained in a fall during practice in 1989 at Gainesville, Fla. He announced before this season that 1991 would be his final hurrah, but after five stadium races he decided it was time.
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February 1, 1987 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Only a year ago, Kawasaki factory rider Jeff Ward saw his chances of repeating as the stadium motocross champion all but wiped out when a $5 throttle cable broke in the Supercross series-opening race at Anaheim Stadium as Ward failed to score a point. On Saturday night, Ward watched Rick Johnson, the rider who replaced him as the series champion, crash on the second lap of the main event in the Coors Supercross Kickoff as the series jinx continued to plague its champions.
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June 16, 1988 | Shav Glick
Rick Johnson of El Cajon, very likely the finest motocross rider in the world, has already clinched the American Motorcyclist Assn.'s Supercross series for stadium racing, but he says he'll be riding in the season finale Saturday night at the Coliseum as if the championship depended on it. "Los Angeles is an important market for us," Johnson, a Honda team rider, said. "And besides, I'd like to be the first to win three straight in the Coliseum."
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May 24, 1990 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Quarterback Mark Herrmann said he was "shocked" when he learned that the Rams had acquired Detroit Lion quarterback Chuck Long. Imagine how he feels now that they have signed yet another quarterback. Rick Johnson, a five-year veteran of the Canadian Football League, will be another candidate for the Rams' backup quarterback job . . . or jobs.
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May 23, 1990
Quarterback Rick Johnson, a five-year veteran of the Canadian Football League, signed with the Rams. While with Calgary in 1986, he led the league in passing yardage, with 4,379, and touchdowns, with 31.
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June 27, 1987 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Seldom have two motorcycle riders been so evenly matched, and so far in front of the competition, as are motocross riders Jeff Ward and Rick Johnson this year. In 21 national motos in Supercross, 250cc and 500cc, they have 18 wins. Ward, 26, a Kawasaki factory-supported rider who lives in Mission Viejo, already has won the Supercross series for stadium races, which will conclude tonight with the Coors Superbowl of Motocross at the Coliseum.
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December 18, 1987
A 28-year-old man was accidentally shot to death late Wednesday during an argument in a motel room, police said. The victim, identified as Antonio Sotomayor Alonso, 28, was at the Tahiti Inn on Victoria Street with six friends drinking beer about 9 p.m. when an argument began, Costa Mesa Police Lt. Cliff McBride said. The others told police that Alonso had brandished a handgun and that it went off as they tried to disarm him, McBride said.
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February 11, 1991 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rick Johnson took a solitary ride on the Camel Supercross Series track in a pre-race ceremony Saturday night, looked into the stands and got a lump in his throat. Making his final hometown appearance on a 17-city farewell tour, the San Diego native waved. The 32,862 fans rose to their feet. A letter from Gov. Pete Wilson--congratulating Johnson for his contribution to motocross--was read over the San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium public address system.
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May 24, 1990 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Quarterback Mark Herrmann said he was "shocked" when he learned that the Rams had acquired Detroit Lion quarterback Chuck Long. Imagine how he feels now that they have signed yet another quarterback. Rick Johnson, a five-year veteran of the Canadian Football League, will be another candidate for the Rams' backup quarterback job . . . or jobs.
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May 23, 1990
Quarterback Rick Johnson, a five-year veteran of the Canadian Football League, signed with the Rams. While with Calgary in 1986, he led the league in passing yardage, with 4,379, and touchdowns, with 31.
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June 10, 1989 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Before the 1989 motocross season started, Jeff Stanton was a little-known rider from Sherwood, Mich., and a house guest of Supercross champion Rick Johnson in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, where he rode, trained and talked shop with his Honda riding partner for two months. Johnson, as expected, won the first five Supercross races of the season, passing Bob (Hurricane) Hannah and becoming the sport's all-time leader in victories with 28. Stanton, in the meantime, was learning what it takes to become a champion.
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February 11, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
It is just past 2 p.m. Thursday, and a few sprinkles of rain are beginning to put a shine on the parking lot at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. Rick Johnson has just tested the soggy motocross track, where he will ride tonight in the Coors Extra Gold Super Challenge. Johnson's bike is a mess, caked with dirt. He sits crouched beside it, meticulously picking the mud out of the tires' grooves. Remember, this is the Rick Johnson. Not your ordinary rider.
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January 28, 1989 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
During the last 4 years, the American Motorcyclist Assn.'s Supercross series has become a showcase for Rick Johnson and Jeff Ward. Johnson, the reigning champion from El Cajon, and Ward, the former world minibike king from Mission Viejo, have each won 2 of the last 4 stadium championships. In the last 2 years, one or the other has won 20 of 24 races.
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January 30, 1988 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Rick Johnson and Jeff Ward, professional motocross riders who have dominated the sport for the last three years, will continue their rivalry at 8 tonight in the first round of the Coors Super Crown of Stadium Motocross at Anaheim Stadium. Ward, 26, of Mission Viejo, won the race at Anaheim last year and went on to take the Supercross series title. He broke his ankle in the second series second race, at San Diego, but rode the rest of the season with the injury.
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March 14, 1991 | SHAV GLICK
Rick Johnson, the winningest rider in stadium motocross history, has retired at age 26. Johnson, who came out of El Cajon a decade ago to win 28 Supercross races, two stadium championships and five other American Motorcyclist Assn. national outdoor championships, never recovered from a wrist injury he sustained in a fall during practice in 1989 at Gainesville, Fla. He announced before this season that 1991 would be his final hurrah, but after five stadium races he decided it was time.
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June 16, 1988 | Shav Glick
Rick Johnson of El Cajon, very likely the finest motocross rider in the world, has already clinched the American Motorcyclist Assn.'s Supercross series for stadium racing, but he says he'll be riding in the season finale Saturday night at the Coliseum as if the championship depended on it. "Los Angeles is an important market for us," Johnson, a Honda team rider, said. "And besides, I'd like to be the first to win three straight in the Coliseum."
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January 30, 1988 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Rick Johnson and Jeff Ward, professional motocross riders who have dominated the sport for the last three years, will continue their rivalry at 8 tonight in the first round of the Coors Super Crown of Stadium Motocross at Anaheim Stadium. Ward, 26, of Mission Viejo, won the race at Anaheim last year and went on to take the Supercross series title. He broke his ankle in the second series second race, at San Diego, but rode the rest of the season with the injury.
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