June 5, 2008 |
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.
September 27, 2011 |
McKayla Maroney is the daughter of a former Purdue quarterback, Michael Maroney. She is 5 feet 2 and gets her size from her mother, Erin, not her 6-foot-2 dad. But Maroney has some athletic talent from her father. The 15-year-old from Laguna Niguel will compete for the U.S. at the 2011 world gymnastics championships in Tokyo, to be held Oct. 7 to 16. It is the competition where the top eight teams will earn spots at the 2012 London Olympics and where international judges will get a sense of who will be most competitive for the Games next summer.
August 26, 2008 |
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.
March 30, 2008 |
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 |
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 |
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.