June 6, 2012 |
The U.S. men's basketball team, at one point overflowing with All-Stars, is now oozing something else -- injuries. Derrick Rose won't be available for the Olympics because of a knee injury. Same for LaMarcus Aldridge because of hip surgery. Dwight Howard won't be at Team USA's July 29 Olympic debut after undergoing back surgery. Chauncey Billups is out because of a torn Achilles' tendon. The pain is just beginning. Lakers center Andrew Bynum said he'd rather rest after a ridiculously condensed NBA season than risk injury, leaving Team USA to face the world with Tyson Chandler at center.
June 1, 2012 |
It's amazing how easily the smallest healthcare mix-up can spin out of control and leave the patient on the hook for thousands of dollars in medical bills. In Jim Furlan's case, his journey into the healthcare Twilight Zone began in September when his then-15-year-old daughter injured her knee playing in a volleyball tournament in Las Vegas. "She was rushed to the hospital in extreme pain," he recalled the other day. "They had to give her morphine. " The girl then flew home to Manhattan Beach, where her doctor ordered an MRI at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
February 4, 2012 |
Sunday, on the most sacred day of the football year, there will be several thousand older men with gnarled fingers and replaced hips watching with mixed emotions. Mostly, for the four hours or so it will take to get through the game and any accompanying halftime wardrobe malfunctions, they will swell with pride. The Super Bowl is their legacy. Part of the time, they will just swell -- ankles, knees, hips, wrists. If there is a body joint, it will have fluid on it. It is a condition of having played in the NFL. They knew, going in, that this wasn't tap dancing, that they'd get hit a lot and hurt a lot. The game is tackling and being tackled.
December 14, 2011 |
The horror stories in pro sports are coming so fast and furious that their significance is being lost in their numbers. It should be the other way around, but it's not. Another concussion. Ho hum. Player A will sit out two games, Player B a month. Page 5. Another league investigation, maybe some fines. Yawn. — After the Oct. 23 game against the New York Jets, San Diego Chargers guard Kris Dielman got on the plane to return home. During the game, he had taken a hit loud enough to be heard on TV. He staggered, looked disoriented and was approached by two concerned game officials.
November 8, 2011 |
A rainy, chilly Sunday in Los Angeles was a perfect day to catch up on the NFL. A fireplace and a TV remote were the perfect tools. But there was a big void. Missing was that quarterback, standing in the shotgun formation, dissecting the defense, spotting the openings, then flapping his arms and shouting directions like a traffic cop on a busy corner. Nobody in the NFL has ever tapped the baton on the lectern the way he does. There are other greatly talented players, calling signals, throwing passes and leading their teams.
July 29, 2011 |
It's a trick Travis Pastrana has been trying to land for years. But Thursday at X Games 17 in downtown Los Angeles, the action sports star failed again and, worse, broke his right foot and ankle in the process, which puts into question his participation in other events this weekend. The injury occurred during the Moto X best trick final when Pastrana crash-landed on a dirt ramp in Staples Center after trying to flip and spin his dirt bike 720 degrees in the air, a trick he calls a "toilet paper roll.