September 20, 2010
It's her money to spend Re "Record set in gov.'s race," Sept. 16 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg "bought" his election, spending "$109 million on his 2009 reelection bid. " He is so successful that two years ago he persuaded the City Council to change its term-limits rules. Yet Meg Whitman is criticized for "self-funding" her campaign. Both of these people are putting their money where their mouths are. They owe no one, and can take the credit or the blame for what happens.
August 7, 2010 |
Former Chicago Cubs ace Mark Prior has heard the stories from players who gave up too soon and wished they had one final shot at returning to the major leagues. He didn't want that to be his story. On Tuesday, Prior, 29, pitched a scoreless inning in relief for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League. Goodwin Field in Fullerton is a long way from the hallowed confines of Wrigley Field. "It's not the problem of reinventing myself," Prior said Friday after practice.
February 20, 2010 |
It might be over-the-top dramatic -- like the launching-pad jump on the women's course known as "Hot Air" -- to suggest that Saturday's super-giant slalom at Whistler Creek will be Lindsey Vonn's last appearance of the Olympics. It would be conjecture to think that Vonn, once considered a five-medal threat, will bow out after the super-G, perhaps with her second gold, forgoing next week's giant slalom and slalom. The thinking: Why endure more excruciating pain from her bruised right shin in the two events in which see is least likely to win a medal?
February 11, 2010 |
Lindsey Vonn was supposed to be a game-changer at the 2010 Olympics, but the game might have just changed. On Wednesday, a day before her first scheduled training run in Whistler and in advance of her first of five medal chances -- Sunday's women's super combined -- Vonn dropped a black-diamond bombshell. The most talked-about American athlete entering the Olympics announced she had sustained a shin bruise during a training run last week in Austria, only two days after she had won her ninth World Cup race of the season -- a super G -- in Switzerland.
February 7, 2010 |
No Kobe Bryant. No problem. No Andrew Bynum for the second half. No problem. A nine-game losing streak against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden staring the Lakers in the face. No problem. The spell the Lakers always seemed to be under when they went to Portland has been broken, a 99-82 victory over the Trail Blazers on Saturday halting a losing streak that dated to Feb. 23, 2005. And they did this with Bryant in the Lakers' locker room getting treatment on his sprained left ankle that knocked him out of the game.
January 30, 2010 |
Stafon Johnson can take a hit. Four months after suffering near-fatal throat injuries, the former USC running back proved that this week as NFL coaches and scouts looked on during practices for the Senior Bowl. But Johnson is eager to take the next step, to prove to the pro football cognoscenti and fans that he can absorb -- and deliver -- game-speed contact when he carries the ball for the South team today at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. "I want to show them I can complete the football game and do things right and be a complete player," Johnson said in a phone interview.
November 24, 2009
Kasey Cunningham, a forward on the USC men's basketball team who has missed all or most of the last three seasons because of injuries to his left knee, probably will be sidelined for the remainder of this season. Cunningham, a redshirt junior, started the Trojans' first two games before injuring the same knee early in the second half of Saturday's 67-59 loss to Loyola Marymount. The Trojans were ahead, 46-36, when Cunningham suffered the injury. David Borchardt, the USC team trainer, said an MRI exam revealed ACL and medial meniscus tears.
September 7, 2009 |
As the kids head back to school they'll also head back to team sports. So brace yourselves, moms and dads, for the injuries that can come with that. A new study sheds some light on which sports are more likely to produce severe injuries, derailing athletic participation for weeks. Injury data on nine sports were collected during the academic year from 2005 through 2007 in 100 high schools nationwide by researchers from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and the Center for Injury Research and Policy in the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, both in Columbus.
July 7, 2009 |
Josh Hamilton smiled and pointed his index and middle fingers at his eyes, the universal sign for "watch closely." "Watch batting practice. Watch the game tonight," he said when asked about his readiness to play the outfield after collisions with the wall put him on the disabled list twice this season. "Actions speak louder than words." The Texas Rangers activated Hamilton from the DL for Monday's game against the Angels, his first since May 31.