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July 20, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
NEW WAVERLY, Texas -- Bridget Sloan sat next to Jana Bieger. One huge smile on the right. Two teary eyes on the left. Sloan, 16, recovered from March knee surgery with pizazz and steady improvement and earned her spot on the 2008 U.S. women's gymnastics team with a sparkling vault Saturday night and competent work on the uneven bars. Bieger, 18, has gone from 2006 all-around world championship silver medalist to the most painful place -- an Olympic team alternate.
June 5, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
BOSTON -- Mattie Larson is trying to break into an all-star lineup, and perhaps because of that she is easily able to deliver the most forthright criticism of her gymnastics from USA team coordinator Martha Karolyi. "She says I have to be more confident in my face and be more expressive and just, you know, project better," Larson said last weekend after her practice session at All Olympia Gymnastics Center in Los Angeles. As the daughter of two actors, she sees the irony.
Pat Dubar, singer of the alternative hard-rock band Mindfunk, spent much of last year getting depressed and writing song lyrics about it, which is not a bad career move considering the success that such kindred bands as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains have had doing precisely that. Then, on the day they were set to begin recording, Mindfunk's five members learned that their record company was dropping them. Now there was something to get depressed about.
March 30, 2008 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
SAN JOSE--A year ago, Nastia Liukin was recovering from ankle surgery and had to concede her U.S. all-around gymnastics title to Shawn Johnson. If Liukin's performances this year are an indication, their competition for national supremacy -- and for medals at the Beijing Olympics -- should be spectacular.
February 15, 1986 | STEVE HENSON, Times Staff Writer
Trying to bolster its football program with the caliber of players able to improve on last season's 1-4 record in the Western Football Conference, Cal Lutheran signed two more high school seniors to national letters of intent on Friday. Cal Lutheran Coach Bob Shoup said that additional players are close to signing and that another--Canyon High's Joe Zacharia--is working to improve his grades so that he is eligible in June for a scholarship to Cal Lutheran.
August 27, 2008 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Of course, we are all familiar with money-back guarantees on purchases of everything from clothing to appliances to Venetian blinds. But football games? That's what they're doing at Stanford, where buyers of certain season-ticket plans have the chance for a "Gridiron Guarantee" option. The premise: You say you didn't get the proper entertainment value at the end of the season. The pitch: You get the cost of your season tickets refunded. It's the brainchild of the Cardinal sports marketing department, which is trying to fill up the refurbished 55,500-seat Stanford Stadium.
October 22, 2000
Peter Belden and Steven Jendrusina scored four goals each to help Newport Harbor, ranked third in the county, defeat No. 7 Los Alamitos, 11-4, in a nonleague boys' water polo game Saturday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Los Alamitos. Newport Harbor (14-4) took a 7-4 halftime lead and shut out Los Alamitos (12-12) the rest of the way. Sailor goalies Shawn Johnson and Brandon McLain combined to turn back 13 Griffin shots.
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