June 12, 2013 |
NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after he crashed during a sprint car race Wednesday night at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey. Leffler, a 37-year-old native of Long Beach, was pronounced dead at about 6 p.m. PDT, the New Jersey State Police reported. His sprint car, a small open-wheel vehicle raced on dirt tracks, was heavily damaged, and he had to be extricated from the wreck. Bridgeport Speedway, located near Camden, N.J., is a five-eights-mile, high-banked dirt oval. Leffler was taking part in a heat race during qualifying for the main event.
June 2, 2013 |
Ariana Washington has often been described as the fastest teenager on the planet, and she did nothing to discredit that description on Saturday in the CIF state track and field finals at Buchanan High in Clovis. The junior from Long Beach Poly repeated as 100- and 200-meter champion, an achievement matched by Khalfani Muhammad of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, who ended his high school career with five state track championships. Washington wanted to cap off her historic night by running on the 1,600 relay in hopes of becoming the first female to win two sprints and two relays at the state meet, but Coach Don Norford chose to rest his star with national summer meets on the horizon.
May 14, 2013 |
When it comes to tech, users normally only hear about delays, but this week, Verizon announced it will be moving up the release of its version of the Galaxy S 4 smartphone by one week. The highly anticipated Samsung device was set to go on sale in stores for Verizon on May 30, but the New Jersey-based carrier announced it will now launch the phone next week on May 23. Verizon is the last major U.S. carrier to launch the GS4, which has become available for customers of Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T over the last few weeks.
May 14, 2013 |
The country's largest wireless carriers have joined together for a national advertising campaign to discourage mobile users from texting while driving. AT&T announced that competitors Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile and more than 200 other organizations have joined its "It Can Wait" campaign. The effort will focus on the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which have been called the 100 deadliest days on the roads for teen drivers. The campaign kicks off Monday, with the four wireless carriers bringing a multimillion-dollar co-branded advertising blitz to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving.
May 12, 2013 |
Despite temperatures that reached as high as 105 degrees in some places along the 102.7-mile route and climbs that took the cyclists as high as 11,000 feet, Lieuwe Westra of the Vacansoleil-DCM team sprinted to a win in the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday. The riders began and finished their day in Escondido. In between they climbed Mt. Palomar. This is the first time in the race's eight-year history that riders will be traveling from Southern California to the north.
May 7, 2013 |
Had the rain lingered a bit longer in central Alabama, Bob Jenkins and his Front Row Motorsports team might still be looking for their first win in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. Instead, they're now the little NASCAR team that could. Front Row's David Ragan, exploiting a push from teammate David Gilliland, won Sunday's race in near darkness at Talladega Superspeedway after a 31/2-hour rain delay. Gilliland, who grew up in Riverside, finished second. It was the first time in nine years of trying that Jenkins' team, which operates on a shoestring compared with powerhouse teams such as Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing, reached Victory Lane in a Cup race.
April 29, 2013 |
Sprint Chief Executive Daniel Hesse was in Irvine last week to pick up two J.D. Power awards given to the Kansas-based carrier and Boost Mobile, one of its prepaid brands. The awards, given for rating the highest for customer purchase experience, come at a time of enormous change for the wireless carrier. Sprint is currently in the process of purchasing spectrum from U.S. Cellular, buying Clearwire and being in the middle of a takeover bid by both Japan's SoftBank and Dish Network.
April 28, 2013 |
You know the zombies that pop back to life even after you stab them with a pitchfork? It's the same with smartphones. That's the bitter lesson I learned after returning home from Greenland and getting a $1,106 bill from Sprint for international data roaming, even though data roaming on my iPhone 4S was turned off. How could this zombie data usage happen? And how can I find out if it's happening? Smartphones are the undead of phones. They keep looking for a way to connect to data, even when you don't want them to. Even when you think data service is turned off. The formula is: smartphone + international travel = watch out. I had a BlackBerry before my iPhone and never had a single data charge when traveling internationally.
April 26, 2013 |
Matt Kenseth said Thursday the massive penalties that NASCAR levied against the driver and his Joe Gibbs Racing team were "grossly unfair" and "borderline shameful. " NASCAR on Wednesday stripped Kenseth of 50 championship points and suspended his crew chief Jason Ratcliff for several races, among other penalties, because last weekend Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota had an engine part that was too light. The faulty part -- a rod that connects a piston to the crankshaft and normally weighs just over one pound -- was detected in an inspection after Kenseth won Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.
April 24, 2013 |
Sprint and T-Mobile, citing inventory "challenges" faced by Samsung, are delaying the rollout of Galaxy S 4 smartphones. Sprint said it will not sell the phone in its store this Saturday as originally planned. It did not say when the phone would be available in stores. It will take online orders Saturday, but Sprint also did not say when phones ordered online would ship to customers. Sprint is selling the phone for $250 with a two-year contract. Meanwhile, T-Mobile said customers will not be able to order the phone online Wednesday as scheduled.