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June 27, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Australian sprinter Daniel Batman, who competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was considered one of the best sprinters in his country's history, was killed  Tuesday in a car accident near Darwin, Australia. He was 31. Batman's car hit a culvert and rolled. Police say speed and alcohol are believed to have been factors. Batman was the Australian national 200-meter champion in 2005 and 2008. "It's a massive loss for the athletics fraternity," Matt Shirvington, Batman's former training partner, told Australia's SEN radio.
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April 12, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
Nine days after breaking the Orange County record in the 100-meter dash, Santa Ana Mater Dei sprinter Curtis Godin made more history Saturday night at the Arcadia Invitational, running the event in a state-best 10.36 seconds. Godin's 100 time was the third-fastest in the country this season and equaled the meet record set by Jamere Holland of Woodland Hills Taft in 2006. The UCLA-bound senior, who ran the 200 in a wind-aided 21.11 (fastest in the state) at the West Coast Relays a week earlier, clocked 21.03 in the race Saturday, finishing second to Paul Lucas of Mountain Pointe, Ariz., who clocked a national-best 20.84.
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August 12, 2013 | By David Wharton
While Usain Bolt electrified the track-and-field world championships over the weekend, the specter of performance-enhancing drugs continued to hover over the competition like a dark cloud. Marquee sprinters Tyson Gay of the U.S. and Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson of Jamaica did not make the trip to Moscow after failing recent drug tests. Other Jamaican athletes were similarly found to have banned substances in their systems. Now comes word that Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago has withdrawn from the 100 meters.
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March 10, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The state champion in the 100 meters, Khalfani Muhammad, has graduated from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and moved on to California, but there's plenty of speed left in the Mission League this spring. It starts with T.J. Brock, who had the fastest 100 meters time by a freshman last season. He transferred from Crespi to Chaminade and will become eligible next month just in time to compete in the Arcadia Invitational. Alemany's Dominic Davis ran 10.83 last week . Loyola has the fastest 400-meter relay time in the state and is led by Mekai Sheffie and Nico Evans.
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September 23, 2013 | By David Wharton
At least one person feels sympathy for Lance Armstrong. The disgraced cyclist got a vote of confidence over the weekend from fellow drug cheat Ben Johnson. "We are all human beings," Johnson told  insidethegames.com . "We all make mistakes in life. I feel for him. " Twenty-five years ago, Johnson won the 100 meters at the 1988 Seoul Olympics only to fail a drug test and be stripped of his gold medal. The incident ranked as sport's biggest doping scandal -- until Armstrong came along.
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May 25, 2012 | By Steve Galluzzo
Facing loaded fields in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Khalfani Muhammad of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame wanted to give his competition something to think about heading into next week's state track and field championships. The Knights' junior sprinter did just that — winning both events in Friday night's CIF Southern Section Masters Meet at Cerritos College and positioning himself as one of the favorites after also doubling at the Southern Section Division 3 finals the week before. First, Muhammad ran the 100 in 10.51 seconds, beating San Clemente's Herbert Gamboa by eight-hundredths of a second.
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April 25, 1987 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Paul Peters, Santa Ana Valley High School's sprinter extraordinaire, had a goal Thursday as he warmed up for his team's dual meet against Canyon in Anaheim. Peters wanted to record the fastest time this season among Orange County athletes in the intermediate hurdles, eclipsing the previous best mark of 40.2 seconds by Western's Kirk Ayers. Peters stretched one of his long, powerful legs across the top of one of the hurdles, contemplating his task ahead. Strategy? There wasn't any.
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June 16, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Phil Jackson coached Shaquille O'Neal with the Lakers.  In his playing days, Jackson was occasionally charged with guarding Wilt Chamberlain. Jackson compared the two legendary centers Wednesday night in Glendale at the Alex Theatre at his "Live Talks Los Angeles" event. "Shaquille didn't have quite the same athleticism that Wilt had," said Jackson. "He had the bounce and he had the speed, but he didn't have the endurance. " As detailed in his memoir, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success," Jackson told O'Neal that Chamberlain's greatest accomplishment came in the 1961-62 season when he averaged 48.5 minutes a game.
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August 13, 1985
Tito Horford, a highly sought basketball recruit from the Dominican Republic, and sprinter Joe DeLoach, a former national high school record-holder, have been ruled ineligible by the NCAA to compete at the University of Houston. Houston Athletic Director Tom Ford said the school plans to appeal the ruling against Horford. If the NCAA subcommittee hearing rules against Houston, the 7-foot center will be released from his national letter-of-intent and can attend any school.
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July 5, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Andre Greipel of Germany won Stage 5 of the Tour de France on Thursday, once again avoiding a late crash for his second straight stage victory. "Somehow I stayed on my bike," said Greipel, who finished a split second ahead of Matt Goss of Australia. "It was quite a tough finish there ... and it was also luck on our part to catch the breakaway. " With about 3 kilometers left, U.S. sprinter Tyler Farrar tumbled in the middle of the pack. But his bike kept going and took down at least two other riders, including Stages 1 and 3 winner Peter Sagan of Slovakia.
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October 3, 2013 | By David Wharton
Sprint star Veronica Campbell-Brown can resume competing immediately after Jamaican sports authorities resolved her doping case with only a public warning. Five months ago, Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic. While under suspension, she missed Jamaica's national championships and could not compete in the recent world championships. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Assn. said in a statement Wednesday that its disciplinary committee "recommended that a reprimand without any period of ineligibility would be appropriate.
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September 23, 2013 | By David Wharton
At least one person feels sympathy for Lance Armstrong. The disgraced cyclist got a vote of confidence over the weekend from fellow drug cheat Ben Johnson. "We are all human beings," Johnson told  insidethegames.com . "We all make mistakes in life. I feel for him. " Twenty-five years ago, Johnson won the 100 meters at the 1988 Seoul Olympics only to fail a drug test and be stripped of his gold medal. The incident ranked as sport's biggest doping scandal -- until Armstrong came along.
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August 16, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee Olympic sprinter, may face additional charges when he is indicted Monday for the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend, according to news reports. National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Medupe Simasiku told the Associated Press on Friday that Pistorius would be formally charged with premeditated murder in the death of model Reeva Steenkamp, who would have turned 30 on Monday. Other charges could be added to the indictment, Simasiku said without elaborating.
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August 12, 2013 | By David Wharton
While Usain Bolt electrified the track-and-field world championships over the weekend, the specter of performance-enhancing drugs continued to hover over the competition like a dark cloud. Marquee sprinters Tyson Gay of the U.S. and Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson of Jamaica did not make the trip to Moscow after failing recent drug tests. Other Jamaican athletes were similarly found to have banned substances in their systems. Now comes word that Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago has withdrawn from the 100 meters.
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July 15, 2013 | By David Wharton
Italian police raided the hotel where Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were staying after news broke that the Jamaican sprinters had tested positive for banned substances. The rooms of the athletes and their Canadian physical trainer, Christopher Xuereb, were searched and drugs were confiscated, authorities told Sky Sports . The raid took place Monday morning at a hotel in northeast Italy. No arrests were made and it was not known if the confiscated drugs were illegal or banned.
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July 15, 2013 | By Philip Hersh
Hey, pro cycling: Move over on that trash heap so there is some room for track and field. Almost exactly a decade after the BALCO scandal all but destroyed track's credibility, the sport is facing another legitimacy crisis. Sunday, leading U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay and Jamaica's Asafa Powell, Olympic gold medalist and former world-record holder in the 100 meters, confirmed they had tested positive for banned substances. There were news reports saying Powell was among five Olympic gold medalists from Jamaica who tested positive for stimulants at their national championships last month.
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August 9, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
You gotta love watching the Olympics - for the sports, of course, but also for the style. Uniforms are designed primarily for function, and ostensibly they level the playing field. Photo Gallery: Best 2012 Olympic style moments But they actually ratchet up the competition sartorially, as teams try to intimidate and outdo one another using only the skimpy canvas of a swimsuit, a leotard or a pair of shorts, and having to dress within the confines of official Olympic brand sponsors.
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July 14, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Tyson Gay, the reigning U.S. sprint champion at 100 and 200 meters, has tested positive for a banned substance, he said Sunday in Amsterdam. Gay, the American record-holder in the 100, will not compete in the world championships next month in Moscow after he said he was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Friday that an out-of-competition drug test was positive. "I don't have a sabotage story," said Gay, who battled injuries in the last two Olympic Games and turned in disappointing results.
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