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February 5, 1992 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not many triumphs have escaped Rick Leach in what has been a distinguished tennis career. From those early days on the junior circuit through the professional ranks, Leach has claimed some of the most important and prestigious tennis titles in the world. His athletic life has been devoted to the sport. But, if he could relive his years at Laguna Beach High, Leach said he wouldn't limit himself to tennis. "I kind of regret I didn't play basketball," the 6-foot-2 Leach said.
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March 3, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Lindsay Davenport has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Knowing her, when word got out, she probably asked for a recount, just to make sure she hadn't bumped out somebody else more deserving. She is 37 now, lives in Orange County, is married to Jon Leach of the famed USC tennis family of dad and coach Dick Leach and longtime pro doubles star Rick Leach, Jon's brother. Jon was a USC All-American and is now an investment banker. Davenport had her fourth child in January and was notified of her Hall of Fame selection as she was about to give birth.
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March 20, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Outfielder Rick Leach, 33, suspended Aug. 6 for 60 days after failing a drug test, was placed on waivers by the San Francisco Giants.
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January 5, 2003 | Lisa Dillman, From Staff and wire reports
Lindsay Davenport and her longtime coach Robert Van't Hof, who guided her to three Grand Slam singles titles and the No. 1 ranking, have parted ways. The move was amicable. Davenport's new coach is doubles specialist Rick Leach, who also happens to be her future brother-in-law. Leach has been training with Davenport and accompanied her to Australia last week. "It was a combination of things," Van't Hof said. "She was working with Rick, and I wanted to stay home more."
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May 11, 1989
Rick Leach of the Texas Rangers, who disappeared for 24 hours this week and was issued a summons for marijuana possession, is undergoing medical evaluation, the baseball commissioner's office said. Leach, the Rangers' designated hitter, disappeared Monday in New York and was not heard from until he contacted the team Tuesday afternoon. He was in uniform for the Rangers' 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees Tuesday night, but did not play. While searching his New York hotel room for clues to his whereabouts, police found a small amount of marijuana.
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August 18, 1987 | Associated Press
The National Collegiate Athletic Assn. said Monday that it had reprimanded USC tennis Coach Dick Leach and his son, player Rick Leach, for verbally abusing and threatening spectators during the Division I tennis tournament last spring at Athens, Ga. The NCAA also said it was withholding a portion of USC's reimbursement for travel expenses of the incident, which occurred after Rick Leach had lost a third-round singles match.
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May 10, 1989 | Associated Press
Rick Leach returned to the Texas Rangers Tuesday night after a 24-hour absence, during which he was issued a summons for possessing a small amount of marijuana. Leach refused to answer specific questions about his disappearance, his second in three seasons. "Basically, right now it's a personal problem that will be handled between me and the team," Leach said before the Rangers' game against the New York Yankees. "That's all I have to say about it. I don't feel good about it. I talked to the players on the team and that was a tough thing to do."
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July 7, 1990 | THOMAS BONK
They lost last year in the Wimbledon doubles final, but they're back for another try. The top-seeded team of Rick Leach of Laguna Beach and Jim Pugh of Rancho Palos Verdes will meet South Africans Pieter Aldrich and Danie Visser in the final today. Leach and Pugh, two-time Australian Open doubles champions, had a shot at a third Grand Slam title here last year but lost to John Fitzgerald and Anders Jarryd. "I think we learned a lot after last year," Leach said.
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February 16, 1988 | LISA DILLMAN
For Michael Chang, his debut as a professional on the men's tennis tour will be memorable enough tonight at the U.S. Indoor Championships in Memphis, Tenn. It isn't quite the norm--at least not yet--to see a 15-year-old male player hitting ground strokes on the circuit. However, adding a bit of a twist to the event, is Chang's first-round opponent. Chang, who moved to Placentia from the San Diego area last year, is scheduled to meet Laguna Beach resident Rick Leach.
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May 27, 1990 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ugly incident in 1987 prompted the NCAA to eventually move its championship tennis tournament from the University of Georgia in Athens to a neutral site this year. The tournament was held at Henry Feild Stadium on the Georgia campus in Athens, Ga., for 13 consecutive years because of the quality conditions of the university's tennis complex and the crowds of 5,000 to 6,000 that attended the 10-day event. Athens exuded tradition. The tournament was more like a festival.
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May 7, 2002 | LISA DILLMAN
Where have all the adults gone? Maybe it all had to do with hearing about the exploits of one teenager who made quite an impact in Monte Carlo last month. Or the combination of hearing about that kid, and another teenager causing a stir in Mallorca, Spain, last week. Each of these two youngsters is 15 years old. Now, 15 years old is hardly shocking on the women's tour. But on the ATP Tour?
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October 9, 2001 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rick Leach, who will turn 37 in December, and his doubles partner, David Macpherson, 34, of Australia weren't getting much respect from the New Balls generation in Tokyo. They won a round-of-16 match in the AIG Japan Open tennis tournament against Barry Cowan of Great Britain and Irakli Labadze of Georgia, and the 20-year-old Labadze was incredulous. "This guy [Labadze] said afterward, 'I can't believe I lost to two guys who are going to be using canes,"' Leach said, chuckling.
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March 12, 2001 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
Rick Leach may be a bit shy, but he certainly is not retiring. Not this year, at least. Leach is a 36-year-old grizzled veteran of the men's professional tennis wars. He is a doubles specialist, winner of close to $4 million since he ventured out on the tour in 1987, fresh from a career at USC in which he became the first men's player to be an All-American in both singles and doubles for four years.
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July 26, 2000 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rick Leach swears he's really leaving this time. A former standout at Laguna Beach High who has won 40 ATP Tour doubles titles, Leach has contemplated retirement for five years. But this time, he's serious. "You get to a point where you know it's time," he said. "I've been fortunate to stay at the highest level for a long time. But my mind and my body are telling me it's time. I just want to stay home and be with my family."
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February 6, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The name of Saturday's fifth-set, last-second doubles hero will give you a broad hint, an indicator of just how U.S. captain John McEnroe and his players are doing in the Davis Cup. Kevin Ullyett. Indeed, the United States is in a fair bit of trouble. Two service returns down the line in the 12th game of the fifth set from Ullyett and a Rick Leach double-fault on match point have the Americans teetering on the brink of first-round elimination.
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January 29, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN
One of the vacant U.S. Davis Cup spots is expected to be filled by Rick Leach of Laguna Beach, replacing an ailing Todd Martin. Leach, 35, most recently played Davis Cup for the United States in 1997 in the quarterfinals against the Netherlands. Leach, one of the most experienced doubles players on the tour, has been playing exceptionally well with his partner Ellis Ferreira of South Africa.
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January 29, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN
One of the vacant U.S. Davis Cup spots is expected to be filled by Rick Leach of Laguna Beach, replacing an ailing Todd Martin. Leach, 35, most recently played Davis Cup for the United States in 1997 in the quarterfinals against the Netherlands. Leach, one of the most experienced doubles players on the tour, has been playing exceptionally well with his partner Ellis Ferreira of South Africa.
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January 5, 2003 | Lisa Dillman, From Staff and wire reports
Lindsay Davenport and her longtime coach Robert Van't Hof, who guided her to three Grand Slam singles titles and the No. 1 ranking, have parted ways. The move was amicable. Davenport's new coach is doubles specialist Rick Leach, who also happens to be her future brother-in-law. Leach has been training with Davenport and accompanied her to Australia last week. "It was a combination of things," Van't Hof said. "She was working with Rick, and I wanted to stay home more."
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April 6, 1997 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seemingly, Rick Leach had everything going for him Saturday afternoon at the Palisades Tennis Club. Home-court advantage, hometown crowd, a 7-1 Davis Cup doubles record and a doubles partner, Jonathan Stark, with whom he felt comfortable. But Leach learned Saturday that familiarity does not always breed content. Sometimes you run into a team that also knows a little bit about familiarity. In doubles, familiarity is called chemistry.
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February 5, 1992 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not many triumphs have escaped Rick Leach in what has been a distinguished tennis career. From those early days on the junior circuit through the professional ranks, Leach has claimed some of the most important and prestigious tennis titles in the world. His athletic life has been devoted to the sport. But, if he could relive his years at Laguna Beach High, Leach said he wouldn't limit himself to tennis. "I kind of regret I didn't play basketball," the 6-foot-2 Leach said.
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