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November 2, 1988 | JEFF MEYERS, Times Staff Writer
Sandra de la Riva was standing on the White House lawn with the other members of the U.S. Olympic team last week. It was the standard-issue government reception for distinguished heads of state, returning astronauts and high-profile athletes and came with a short speech by the President of the United States. When Ronald Reagan read the part about Olympians being heroes, de la Riva got the good-time feeling she had not felt since the Seoul Olympics ended a month earlier.
August 17, 1985 | JOHN PENNER
Meg Gallagher and Rhonda Weyer played basketball together for four years at Cal State Fullerton, where they not only developed into good players, but became good friends. Though their collegiate careers have ended, they still are teammates, working together on their passing, shooting, dribbling and fast breaks. But the sport they are playing isn't basketball. It's team handball, which was introduced to the United States several years ago, and gained exposure last year during the Olympics.
It is one of Europe's favorite team games. In most countries, it is second in popularity only to soccer. European boys and girls play this contact sport daily in the schools. Yet, in the United States, team handball is virtually nonexistent. In a way, that is good news for Fullerton College softball Coach Lisa Bassi. Team handball's obscurity here has helped Bassi, 28, make the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival West team--despite having virtually no experience playing the sport.
The man with an Olympian amount of tattoos on his arms was waving them in an effort to attract the attention of the East goalkeeper, who was a reserve with little team handball experience. No luck. He yelled in a thick accent. No response. Suddenly, a bolt of inspiration zapped Sandor Rivnyak, the U.S. Olympic Festival coach of goalkeepers. "Duuuuude," bellowed Rivnyak, an emigrant from Hungary, where he says that team handball is second in popularity only to soccer.
June 30, 1996 | Duane Noriyuki, Duane Noriyuki is a staff writer for Life & Style
The students have gone home and the fragile April sun has dropped behind a jagged, snowcapped horizon on the Blackfeet Reservation in northern Montana. Jonson and Kyle Running Crane, cousins, wander into the high school gym and climb into the upper deck to get a better look at three men playing catch with a ball the size of a large cantaloupe. Six-year-old Kyle tugs at a piece of green gum. No, he says, he has never seen this game. Seven-year-old Jonson nods his head in agreement.
July 16, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
He was the face of the Los Angeles Police Department, and forever frozen in a where-were-you moment, grimly stepping up in front of a media throng on that June afternoon in 1994. That's when LAPD Cmdr. David Gascon braced himself and announced that O.J. Simpson was a fugitive and that the department was "very unhappy" with the activities surrounding Simpson's failure to surrender. He pledged that the LAPD would find Simpson, and by nightfall, Simpson was taken into custody, which, of course, is the shorthand version of one of the wilder days in Los Angeles.
July 28, 1992 | MIKE DOWNEY, The Times
Iceland's goalie in team handball is named Bergsveinn Bergsveinnson.
May 25, 1996
I can't believe that my sports section today [May 16] had pictures and comments about synchronized swimming and team handball. When is The Times going to write a story on the competitive spirit of some ballroom dancer? Hey folks, just because the IOC wants to add entertainment events to bring in the non-sports crowd doesn't mean you have to cover it. Synchronized swimming (solo is my favorite) looks likes some kids goofing around at the local YMCA pool. Team handball has the excitement of a basketball layup line.
August 3, 1996 | BILL PLASCHKE
Where's the wall? Armed with only that question, and only two days to answer it, you set off Friday to expose the dumbest sport in the Olympics. It is called team handball. You know this because earlier this week, you were sitting at your 56th different sporting event when a sideline TV showed a highlight and you shouted, "What is that?" Team handball, you were told, leading to the question that led to the search. Where's the wall? The U.S.
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