January 4, 2014 |
Rookie Ken Roczen of Murrieta won the season-opening supercross race at Angel Stadium on Saturday night. "This is insane, I can't believe it," Roczen, 19, said after winning his first race in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. Supercross is the stadium version of off-road motorcycle racing, or motocross. James Stewart, a two-time series champion, was just about to pass Roczen for the lead on the 16th lap of the 20-lap main event when Stewart lost control of his Suzuki and crashed.
January 3, 2014 |
The Dodgers are introducing lookout spots above the bullpens next season, enabling fans to consume a Dodger dog or a drink while watching Clayton Kershaw or Kenley Jansen warm up. The lookouts are the focal point of a modest Dodger Stadium expansion beyond the foul poles in left and right fields. The Dodgers would like those spaces to develop into gathering areas for fans, with concession stands to be added there and the merchandise tents to be replaced by permanent team stores. Since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962, fans seated in the pavilions have been restricted to that area.
January 1, 2014 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil - When two workers were crushed by a crane in late November on the construction site of the Sao Paulo stadium due to host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup, the tragedy led to investigations of working conditions and the threat that completion will be delayed until just before the opening whistle. Two more men died Dec. 14, from a fall and a heart attack, on the site of another soccer stadium under construction, in the Amazonian city of Manaus. Authorities quickly halted parts of the project as attention intensified on Brazil's rush to finish its flashy temples to futebol . "So much is being done in a hurry and at the last minute that it puts tremendous pressure on the workers," said Antonio de Sousa Ramalho, president of the Sao Paulo civil construction workers union and a state legislator.
December 30, 2013 |
Major league hitters rarely rave about Angel Stadium. The marine layer seems to knock down balls at night, the high wall in right field can turn potential home runs into doubles, and the vast outfield dimensions tend to favor pitchers. But you'll hear no such complaints from Raul Ibanez, the 41-year-old designated hitter/outfielder who was formally introduced via conference call on Monday after signing a one-year, $2.75-million contract with the Angels on Dec. 18. Ibanez's .349 average (103 for 295)
December 28, 2013 |
The Rose Bowl game is 100 years old, but the stadium - - or at least part of it - - is new. The city of Pasadena has invested more than $140 million to modernize the iconic Rose Bowl stadium. During the last two years, the stadium has been upgraded with a new video board, restorations to the south and east scoreboards, 10 LED panels and clocks, new aisles and handrails, expanded tunnels, improved bathrooms and a new broadcast building. The electrical and plumbing systems have also been upgraded, as have the locker rooms.
December 26, 2013 |
Prices for a category of seating for a highly anticipated Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25 are being dropped from $249 to either $189 or $199, according to Kings spokesman Mike Altieri . The move was made with the Stadium Series game less than a month away after sales at the higher price point were less than brisk and the subject of some fan displeasure. But the NHL, not the Kings or Ducks, sets the prices and corrected the miscalculation now rather than later. Fans who already purchased $249 tickets will be refunded the difference.
December 4, 2013 |
World Cup organizers, who have been highly critical of delays in construction and infrastructure improvements in preparation for next summer's tournament in Brazil, accepted the obvious this week and pushed back deadlines for the completion of three venues. All 12 World Cup stadiums were supposed to be ready for test events by the end of the year, but FIFA, the global governing body for soccer, admitted that stadiums in Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Cuiaba won't meet that deadline. The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, proposed site of the tournament opener, was nearly completed before a fatal crane accident last week killed two workers.
December 3, 2013 |
Tom Brady is a real nice guy. Maybe a little too nice. His kind spirit ended up costing a couple of part-time security guards at Reliant Stadium in Houston their jobs. Joel Williams told KHOU-TV that he was about to clock out following the Texans' 34-31 loss to New England on Sunday when he ran into the Patriots' star quarterback. “I said, 'Hey Tom Brady, good job, good game man.' He looked at me and smiled,” Williams said. “He was very polite, very nice guy, humble.
December 2, 2013 |
It's football championship week in the Southern Section, and one player who has separated himself as special is Jaleel Wadood , a senior receiver and defensive back for top-ranked Bellflower St. John Bosco. As a receiver, Wadood has 68 receptions for 1,123 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a safety, he has 115 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks. He's down to UCLA or USC as his college choices. "He's been the pin that's kept us together," Coach Jason Negro said. St. John Bosco (13-0)
November 29, 2013 |
From the opening week of the prep football season in August through Week 13, teams from the powerful Trinity League have been setting the standard for excellence. So it should come as no surprise that next Saturday's Pac-5 championship game at Angel Stadium will be an all-Trinity League matchup. Santa Ana Mater Dei earned the right to take on unbeaten Bellflower St. John Bosco in a rematch game by turning in a defensive performance that was nothing short of sensational in 30-0 dismantling of defending champion Long Beach Poly on Friday night in a Pac-5 semifinal at Veterans Stadium.