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SPORTS
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.
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WORLD
August 26, 2008 | Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer
If anybody feels a pang of jealousy over China's haul of Olympic gold medals, they need only pause to consider what the athletes went through to get them. The only mother on China's team, Xian Dongmei, told reporters after she won her gold medal in judo that she had not seen her 18-month-old daughter in one year, monitoring the girl's growth only by webcam. Another gold medalist, weightlifter Cao Lei, was kept in such seclusion training for the Olympics that she wasn't told her mother was dying.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
April 25, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The more the Angels' offense stagnates, the more fans clamor for Mike Trout, the dynamic outfield prospect who is tearing it up at triple-A Salt Lake, to be called up. But there was no indication from Manager Mike Scioscia on Wednesday that the Angels are considering such a move at this time. “I don't believe anything is imminent, but when you play at the level Mike is playing at now, you become more of a focal point of fans, the media and the organization,” Scioscia said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2009 | Denise Martin
Fox's "American Idol," the nation's most popular program, proved its mettle once again Tuesday by beating out a strong field of competitors that included finales for ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" and a pair of highly rated CBS dramas. The season's penultimate episode of "Idol," in which contestants Adam Lambert and Kris Allen duked it out for the final time, delivered 23.7 million viewers overall, and a night-leading 8.
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