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August 29, 1993 | IRENE GARCIA
The biggest upset at Saturday's $750,000 Miller Lite U.S. Championships in Hermosa Beach took place when Sinjin Smith, pro beach volleyball's winningest player, was eliminated in a late-afternoon losers' bracket match. Smith, a two-time U.S. Championship winner, placed ninth with partner Bruk Vandeweghe. Sixth-seeded Smith and Vandeweghe fell into the losers' bracket Friday and were eliminated after losing, 15-6, to fifth-seeded Tim Hovland and Brian Lewis.
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August 26, 2001 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a page out of beach volleyball history, players staying on the sand until the sun went down, the remaining spectators trading their T-shirts for turtlenecks as the ocean breeze got colder and stronger. Sinjin Smith can relate. The volleyball legend, now 44, won several tournaments in similar conditions throughout his 25-year career. But a fairy-tale finish didn't materialize for Smith in his final tournament Saturday at the Assn.
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August 25, 2001 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sinjin Smith leans forward in his chair at a bustling Pacific Palisades deli and points to his biggest adversary. No, not Karch Kiraly. It's Smith's right knee. The knee used to be a willing co-conspirator, helping Smith win 139 tournaments, second most in history, while thrusting him into a cultural spotlight as the top man on the sand. But after six operations, the knee has had enough. Smith, 44, is retiring after the Michelob Light Manhattan Beach Open, which continues today and ends Sunday.
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August 25, 2001 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sinjin Smith leans forward in his chair at a bustling Pacific Palisades deli and points to his biggest adversary. No, not Karch Kiraly. It's Smith's right knee. The knee used to be a willing co-conspirator, helping Smith win 139 tournaments, second most in history, while thrusting him into a cultural spotlight as the top man on the sand. But after six operations, the knee has had enough. Smith, 44, is retiring after the Michelob Light Manhattan Beach Open, which continues today and ends Sunday.
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August 27, 1993 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's as if something is missing watching Randy Stoklos play beach volleyball. The ability to block a shot or dive for a save is apparent, as always. After a few minutes, you realize it's not Stoklos. His partner for more than a decade, Sinjin Smith, is gone. In May, Stoklos and Smith--the most successful team on the pro beach tour--split up. They stayed together for more than a decade and 184 tournaments before Stoklos initiated the breakup.
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May 24, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes defeated the newly formed team of Randy Stoklos and Brian Lewis in the final, 15-5, to win the Miller Lite Open at San Diego. Stoklos was playing his first tournament without his longtime partner, Sinjin Smith, who teamed with Tim Hovland to tie for ninth.
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June 6, 1988 | AL PRESTON
Mike Dodd of Manhattan Beach and Tim Hovland of Playa del Rey used a series of sparkling defensive plays and timely spikes to pull off a 15-11 victory over Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos, both of Santa Monica, in the final of the $100,000 Orange County Open beach volleyball tournament Sunday at Seal Beach.
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April 12, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Football standouts Ken Easley and Jerry Robinson, and pitcher Tim Leary are in a group of seven to be inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Sunday at 7 p.m. Others are triple jumper Willie Banks, swimmer Brian Goodell, volleyball player Sinjin Smith and the late Briggs Hunt, UCLA wrestling coach for 30 years. Ceremonies will be held at the James E. West Center.
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August 20, 1992 | MIKE REILLEY
Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos have been fined $35,000 each and suspended for one tournament because they skipped last weekend's $100,000 Seal Beach Open pro beach volleyball tournament. The Assn. of Volleyball Professionals' board of directors voted late Tuesday night to fine Smith and Stoklos the tour-record amount and ban them from playing in Santa Cruz this weekend.
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August 28, 1992 | MIKE REILLEY
Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos will sit out the $250,000 Miller Lite U.S. pro beach volleyball championships this weekend unless the tour's board of directors rescinds a $70,000 fine against them. Smith and Stoklos, both of Pacific Palisades, met the Tuesday entry deadline for the three-day tournament, which starts today at the Hermosa Beach Pier. They are seeded second in the 48-team field behind Kent Steffes of Pacific Palisades and Karch Kiraly of San Clemente.
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August 11, 2001 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sinjin Smith, one of the top players and most recognizable names in volleyball history, will retire in two weeks after the Manhattan Beach Open. Smith, 44, won two national titles at UCLA and parlayed his indoor talents into international fame and fortune as a pro beach volleyball player. Smith, who has had six surgeries on his right knee, has won 139 career beach volleyball tournaments, second only to archrival Karch Kiraly (142).
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June 2, 2001 | J.A. ADANDE
If you just got around to digesting the concept of Shaquille O'Neal calling Kobe Bryant his idol, try swallowing the sound bite of Karch Kiraly referring to Sinjin Smith as his "role model." In the world of beach volleyball, this qualifies as a major peace accord. Former teammates at UCLA, on the indoor Olympic team and one-time professional beach partners, Kiraly and Smith spread to opposite sides of the net in the contentious beach volleyball scene. Kiraly was a major proponent of the Assn.
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September 11, 1997 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Together, they once formed the Dream Team of beach volleyball, a pair of old UCLA Bruins who became the Lewis and Clark of the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Tour, although, for symmetry's sake, the analogies must end there. Lewis never split in the prime of his pioneering career to join a rival expedition company, Clark never trashed Lewis' exploratory abilities in the newspaper and members of the Dream Team do, on occasion, still exchange pleasantries.
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August 29, 1993 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The biggest upset at Saturday's $750,000 Miller Lite U.S. Championships in Hermosa Beach took place when Sinjin Smith, pro beach volleyball's winningest player, was eliminated in a late-afternoon losers' bracket match. Smith, a two-time U.S. Championship winner, placed ninth with partner Bruk Vandeweghe. Sixth-seeded Smith and Vandeweghe fell into the losers' bracket Friday and were eliminated after losing, 15-6, to fifth-seeded Tim Hovland of Manhattan Beach and Brian Lewis.
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August 29, 1993 | IRENE GARCIA
The biggest upset at Saturday's $750,000 Miller Lite U.S. Championships in Hermosa Beach took place when Sinjin Smith, pro beach volleyball's winningest player, was eliminated in a late-afternoon losers' bracket match. Smith, a two-time U.S. Championship winner, placed ninth with partner Bruk Vandeweghe. Sixth-seeded Smith and Vandeweghe fell into the losers' bracket Friday and were eliminated after losing, 15-6, to fifth-seeded Tim Hovland and Brian Lewis.
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August 28, 1993 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The idea of Randy Stoklos playing beach volleyball without Sinjin Smith still seems strange, even though they haven't competed as a team in the last 13 tournaments. The sport's winningest duo played together for more than a decade and 184 opens before Stoklos initiated the breakup earlier this season. "It was the hardest thing I've ever done," said Stoklos, who has come back strong from shoulder surgery. "This is the guy I played with from the time I was 21 years old till the time I was 32.
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August 12, 1991 | MIKE PENNER
It's not easy being king, especially when your castle is made of sand, the enemy comes to kill and every weekend brings with it another coup attempt. Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos, the Lewis and Clark of professional beach volleyball, are also the sport's Louis and Ali. Bronze bombers. Heavyweight champions of the world. The greatest of all time.
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August 27, 1993 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's as if something is missing watching Randy Stoklos play beach volleyball. The ability to block a shot or dive for a save is apparent, as always. After a few minutes, you realize it's not Stoklos. His partner for more than a decade, Sinjin Smith, is gone. In May, Stoklos and Smith--the most successful team on the pro beach tour--split up. They stayed together for more than a decade and 184 tournaments before Stoklos initiated the breakup.
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August 15, 1993 | MIKE REILLEY
Sinjin Smith advanced to the winners' bracket finals at the $150,000 Miller Lite Open volleyball tournament at Seal Beach Saturday, but this time without longtime partner Randy Stoklos. Smith and new partner Ricci Luyties advanced with a 15-10 victory over Eduardo Bacil and Jose Loiola of Brazil. The victory was a significant one for Smith. He won more than 100 tournaments with Stoklos, but hasn't reached a championship match since they ended their partnership in mid-May.
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