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February 23, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND : A catcher once picked off a runner at third with the use of a potato! One of the most legendary plays in the annals of baseball history is the so-called "Hidden Ball Trick. " It is when an infielder pretends to hand the baseball back to the pitcher but instead secretly holds on to the ball. Once the pitcher steps on to the rubber, the play is not allowed, so the pitcher has to really sell that he is getting ready to step on to the rubber without actually doing so. When the runner is convinced that the pitcher has the ball, he will typically take a small lead off of the base.
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April 26, 2014 | By James Barragan
The NCAA and its member institutions often refer to "student-athletes," but the front side of the term isn't often highlighted in a sports section. We asked officials from the Southland's Division I universities to point us toward their best and brightest - the teams that made classroom performance a priority. Here is what we found at Loyola Marymount: The Seaver School of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount is not for the faint of academic heart. But it's where a fair share of Loyola Marymount athletes - 27 of 395 to be exact - focus their studies.
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July 23, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Mariem Alaoui Selsouli of Morocco has tested positive for doping, jeopardizing her place at the London Olympics. French sports daily L'Equipe reported Monday that the World Anti-Doping Agency found a banned diuretic in her urine sample taken July 6. That is the same day she finished a 1,500-meter race in 3 minutes 56.15 seconds at the Paris Diamond League meeting, the best time in the world this year. Selsouli finished serving a two-year ban last August for using EPO before the 2009 world championships.
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April 19, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
It was an unusually gray and chilly April morning, even for Boston, but that didn't stop a swarm of Boston Marathon runners from expressing their joy at picking up their race pins. The elite runners were joined by race sponsors and officials Friday morning at a Boston news conference. "You're in the presence of royalty," said Jim Gallagher, an official with sponsor John Hancock. "Combined, they have won over 80 marathons. " MORE: 6 returning marathon runners remember 2013 The atmosphere is euphoric, but it's underlined by the tragic events of a year ago. Without a doubt, the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013 will color this year's event.
NEWS
December 10, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Farrow & Ball, the high-end British paint and wallpaper company, has a different way of adding glamour to your holiday house: a new, limited edition paper table runner. Forget about ironing last year's cloth runner. Farrow & Ball's paper simply unrolls on your table. The colors -- grays called Plummet and Calluna, plus festive silver -- are elegant complements to silver or gold table settings. And when you're done with dinner, perhaps you can use the paper to wrap gifts? The piece is inspired by Farrow & Ball's Ringwold wallpaper design.
NEWS
August 30, 1985 | Associated Press
The runner-up in the Miss New Jersey Pageant lost her court battle today to represent the state in the Miss America pageant when a state appeals court refused to dethrone the winner. The Appellate Division of Superior Court denied a request by second-place finisher Laura Ann Bridges that the reigning Miss New Jersey, Toni Georgiana, be stripped of her title.
NEWS
April 3, 1986 | BOB MUIR, Times Staff Writer
When John Barnes, coach of the Glendale High boys and girls track and field teams, says one of his competitors has potential, people tend to listen. He said it about Dwight Stones when he was at Glendale, and Stones went on to be a three-time Olympian and a two-time medal-winner. Now Barnes is speaking the praises of Richard Erbes. And the 17-year-old distance runner has done nothing to disappoint.
SPORTS
August 2, 1987 | Associated Press
After nearly six seasons in the shadow of the St. Louis Cardinals' all-time leading rusher, Stump Mitchell is looking forward to being the team's No. 1 running back. Mitchell, 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds, spent most of his last six years with the Cardinals as a punt and kickoff returner, periodically filling in for Ottis Anderson. But he thinks he can stand up to the pounding of a 16-game season now that Anderson is gone, having been traded to the New York Giants midway through last season.
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October 26, 1987 | STEVE KRESAL
With each cross-country race that Marcial Beltran runs for Fullerton College, Coach Jim Keifer becomes more intrigued. Beltran, a 19-year-old freshman, is one of the most pleasant dilemmas Keifer has ever had. Beltran is the top runner for Fullerton and among the best community college cross-country runners in Southern California. But Beltran hasn't had much formal training at distance running, and Keifer is working to find the style that will work best for him.
HEALTH
July 6, 2009 | Jeannine Stein
Oscar Pistorius is faster on two prosthetic legs than many athletes are on two intact legs, which makes some people believe those legs give the South African runner an advantage. Controversy has been simmering about the curved Cheetah carbon fiber legs for some time, and a new study comparing various aspects of his athletic performance with that of able-bodied runners aimed to clarify the prostheses' benefits -- or lack thereof. Ultimately, it might make things muddier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The arrest of a front-runner in the race for California secretary of state on corruption charges has made ethics a key issue for the seven candidates still in the contest. State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) quit the race after his arrest last month on charges of taking payments in exchange for official favors and conspiring to illegally traffic in firearms. He has pleaded not guilty. As the remaining candidates focus on the best way to clean up Sacramento, Yee's stumble has thrown the June primary competition wide open.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A runner who disappeared on a Sierra foothills trail two days ago was found Tuesday, Placer County sheriff's officials said. Robert Root, 55, of Modesto, was talking to rescuers, but no further information was available, a sheriff's spokesman told the Sacramento Bee . He was found about two miles from the command area, Fox40 reported. Root, an experienced trail runner, went missing during a training run Sunday after he became separated from other runners. He was last seen 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
WORLD
March 11, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- In court testimony during the athlete's murder trial Tuesday, a friend of South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius offered a portrait of a young man who “loved weapons” and shouted angrily at a policeman who picked up his gun and ejected a bullet from it. The friend, Darren Fresco, recounted Pistorius' angry reaction when questioned about his gun by police who had stopped Fresco for speeding. Pistorius and the athlete's then-girlfriend were passengers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
They've fought torrential rain and strong winds before, but L.A. Marathon runners have rarely seen the heat they did Sunday - or the large number of first-aid calls the warm weather produced. At the L.A. Marathon's finish line in Santa Monica, city firefighters aided 95 runners, sending 16 to area hospitals, for such problems as dehydration, cramps, chest pains and exhaustion, according to Battalion Chief Jeff Furrows. That was twice the usual number of runners requesting aid, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy and Jack Dolan
Two portable medical facilities set up near the L.A. Marathon's finish line in Santa Monica were packed Sunday afternoon with injured and dehydrated runners seeking relief from the 26.2-mile race. Alexis Perez-Rogers, a first-year medical student working at one of the facilities, said more than 50 people had stopped for help since 11 a.m.  VIDEO:Crossing the finish line "We have everything from ibuprofen to IV fluids, if necessary,” said Perez-Rogers.  Most needed ice or water, but others sought additional aid in cots set up in the back.
SPORTS
March 7, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The first active Division I-A athlete to sue the NCAA over concussions wants out of the lawsuit. "I am no longer a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vs. NCAA," Stanford runner Jessica Tonn wrote in an email. "While I am supportive of advocacy for concussion awareness, I have no desire to be involved in legal matters of this or any other sort. " Filed Wednesday, the 65-page complaint alleges that the NCAA inadequately educated athletes and coaches about concussions and didn't implement return-to-play guidelines.
SPORTS
August 29, 1985 | From Associated Press
Sam Randolph survived a traffic jam that almost caused him to miss his starting time and shot a one-under-par 69 Wednesday to take medal honors at the U.S. Amateur golf tournament with a record-tying 36-hole total of 134. Randolph, of Santa Barbara and USC, finished the two rounds at Montclair Golf Club at six under par. He was three strokes ahead of Walker Cup teammate Duffy Waldorf of Tarzana and UCLA.
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October 22, 1999 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lying on his back in the Sierra Nevada, bleeding from a two-inch hole in his head, Brian Harrison wasn't asking for much. "I remember thinking, 'I don't want to spend the night on the side of this mountain,' " said Harrison, a freshman cross-country runner at UC Irvine. That was June of 1998. Stepping out his front door, taking newborn-deer steps on his first jog in four months, Harrison wasn't expecting much. "I just wanted to see if the legs still worked," he said. That was last October.
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Marathoner Erick Mose of Kenya spent most of the last five years living and training in Toluca, Mexico. The near 9,000-foot altitude and proximity to races in Mexico, the United States, Canada and Central and South America have made the region a popular training destination for many Kenyan runners. Last March, Mose traveled from Mexico to Los Angeles to run the ASICS LA Marathon for the first time. He won and collected $25,000 - the biggest check of his career. On Sunday, the 27-year-old Mose will try to become the third male runner to repeat as L.A. Marathon champion in consecutive years.
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