December 31, 2009 |
Notable sports deaths of 2009: Preston Gomez The longtime Angels scouting consultant who had been a third base coach for the Dodgers when they won the 1965 World Series died Jan. 13 at 86 after being seriously injured in a freak accident at a gas station. Ingemar Johansson The Swede stunned the boxing world by knocking out Floyd Patterson in 1959 to win the heavyweight title. He died Jan. 30 at age 76. Jeremy Lusk The star of freestyle motocross died at 24 on Feb. 10 of head injuries after a crash in a competition in Costa Rica.
May 6, 2008 |
On the Monday after, when it should have been just the opposite, the sport of horse racing was riding low in the saddle. Saturday, at the grotto of the sport, a star named Big Brown was born into public consciousness by storming down the homestretch, under the twin spires of Churchill Downs, and winning the Kentucky Derby in dominating fashion. It was what racing wanted, needed, lusts after.
December 7, 2007 |
A surfer's biggest worry in large waves, such as those that have been pounding Southland shores this week, is getting caught in the impact zone and held under for an excruciatingly long time. Many have wiped out, then flailed mightily against the downward churning surf, thinking they might drown, only to poke their heads above water at the last possible moment, gasping for air. Perhaps because of this fear, most surfers know their limits.
November 4, 2007 |
NEW YORK -- Five-time U.S. distance running champion Ryan Shay collapsed and died during the men's U.S. Olympic marathon trials Saturday, leaving race winner Ryan Hall mourning the loss of a friend and former training partner whose wedding Hall had attended four months ago. "I can't think about the race right now," Hall said. "I've trained with him, and he has inspired me. I will dedicate my race in Beijing [the 2008 Olympics] to him and Alicia [his wife] and his family."
September 25, 2007 |
The California State Athletic Commission on Monday said it will conduct an inquiry into last week's death of boxer Jackson Bussell after his sanctioned, six-round bout outside a Calabasas restaurant. Bussell, 28, a light-welterweight from Reno, fought opponent Javier Garcia to a draw in an undercard bout Thursday night, a decision that was announced just after Bussell collapsed in the ring after congratulating and hugging Garcia.
March 2, 2007 |
As the runners, one by one, crossed the finish line at last year's Los Angeles Marathon, Terry Reyna waited for her husband, Raul, to join them. But there was no Raul, and each passing minute fueled her uneasiness. "He was going for the five-hour mark. At about 1 p.m., I knew he had to have been in by then," she said. "It's easy to get lost in that crowd, though, and I was just about to go to try to find out where he was, when I got the phone call."