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August 17, 2008 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
BEIJING -- Usain Bolt isn't among the many athletes who listen to music with headphones before they compete. His coach, Glen Mills, doesn't allow it, worrying it will interfere with Bolt's concentration. But that didn't stop Bolt from doing a little dancing before he stepped into the blocks Saturday night at the Olympics, before the crowd of 91,000 at the Bird's Nest went quiet for the start of the men's 100-meter final. He was moving to a music in his head that he later said was nothing specific, undoubtedly just something in the lifeblood of athletes from the Caribbean, six of whom were in the race.
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June 2, 2008 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
In a blink of an eye, the long-standing dynamic of track and field's glamour event at the upcoming Olympics has changed. Since last September, the 100 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics shaped up as a classic mano a mano -- Asafa Powell of Jamaica against Tyson Gay of the United States. That story had enough subtexts to be intriguing in its complexity.
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April 14, 2008
Nineteen world long-course swimming records and 20 world short-course records have fallen this year. All but one of the new long-course marks and 17 of the short-course marks have one thing in common: all the swimmers were wearing a Speedo LZR Racer. Noteworthy exceptions: Federica Pellegrini of Italy was wearing the Arena R-Evolution on her way to the 400-meter free standard, and Russia wore that suit on its way to victory in the medley relay at the world short course championships, which concluded Sunday in Manchester, England.
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March 23, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alain Bernard broke the 100-meter freestyle record for the second time in as many days Saturday, clocking 47.50 seconds at the European swimming championships at Eindhoven, Netherlands, to win his first major title. In Friday's semifinals, the Frenchman swam 47.60 to shatter the world record that Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband set at the 2000 Sydney Games.
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November 5, 2007 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
It was a special day for special teams Sunday around the NFL and a day for defensive units to get defensive. Nine players scored touchdowns on returns of all varieties: three kickoff returns, a punt return, three interception returns, a fumble return and, for good measure, a field-goal return. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in league history that players scored touchdowns with every possible type of return on the same day.
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September 23, 2007 | Kurt Streeter
Depending upon the will of the people, the baseball might go untouched, or it might get blemished with a big, fat asterisk. Then again, it just might be strapped onto the back of a rocket and launched into the ether. A deep drive, hit to heaven. Talk about a tape-measure home run. The orb in question is the baseball that Barry Bonds famously launched into the bleachers during a Giants game last month in San Francisco. This was no hum-drum hit, and this is no everyday ball.
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September 19, 2007 | From the Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Manhattan Beach man who submitted the winning bid on Barry Bonds' record-tying 755th home-run ball said Tuesday that he also will let the public decide what to do with it. Ben Padnos said he would follow the lead of Mark Ecko, who bought Bonds' No. 756 ball, and let fans vote on whether he should give it to the Hall of Fame or destroy it. Padnos said he was surprised when he heard that he wasn't the only one with a voting plan. "What are the odds?" Padnos said.
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September 10, 2007 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
No sprinter can beat the clock like Asafa Powell. It's beating opponents at major meets that gives Powell problems. Fresh off a defeat in the 100 meters at the World Track and Field Championships in Japan, where Powell confessed to caving in to pressure, the Jamaican sprinter emphatically broke his world record in the 100 at a third-tier meet Sunday in Rieti, Italy. Running in a preliminary race, or heat, Powell clocked 9.74 seconds to erase the mark of 9.
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