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September 18, 1997 | LARRY STEWART
Sportscaster Van Earl Wright, who developed a cult following during his four years at CNN (1989-93), will soon be back on the national scene as an anchor on "Fox Sports News," The Times has learned. Wright, 35, of Hermosa Beach, came to Southern California in January to pursue an acting and voice-over career after working for three years in local news in Detroit, where he was the 1994 sportscaster of the year.
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September 18, 1997 | LARRY STEWART
Sportscaster Van Earl Wright, who developed a cult following during his four years at CNN (1989-93), will soon be back on the national scene as an anchor on "Fox Sports News," The Times has learned. Wright, 35, of Hermosa Beach, came to Southern California in January to pursue an acting and voice-over career after working for three years in local news in Detroit, where he was the 1994 sportscaster of the year.
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SPORTS
February 5, 2002 | Larry Stewart
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, played, heard, observed, worn, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. What: NBA Courtside 2002 video game Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Left Field Productions Price: $49.95 Video games are getting more and more realistic, and this new one is another example.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2001 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
NBC's "Inside Schwartz" is a guy show, a dumb guy show, edging the same network's "Emeril" as the most witless new comedy of the season. Here is one of those series that looks bad on paper, then does the unforeseeable, the utterly unthinkable by playing even worse on the screen.
OPINION
May 25, 2006
Re "L.A.'s Play for NFL Raises Concerns," May 19 Thanks for calling attention to what sounds like the very strong possibility of L.A. being the latest U.S. city to be seduced by the carpetbaggers who are National Football League owners. These men have an uncanny ability to seduce local politicians into selling their city's soul so NFL owners can continue to line their collective pockets with billions of dollars in profit. To think that well over $100 million in tax breaks will benefit billionaire owners and millionaire football players instead of areas such as, gee, I don't know, schools, police, road improvements?
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February 19, 2005 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Bill Sharman, who will be presented with an award by John Wooden at the Paralysis Project of America dinner on Feb. 26, recalled an amazing story about Wooden's free-throw shooting prowess. Sharman, one of the greatest free-throw shooters in NBA history, conducted a basketball camp for boys at Oxnard with Wooden in 1973, when Sharman was coaching the Lakers and Wooden was coaching UCLA. While showing the campers free-throw techniques, Sharman made 25 of 25 free throws and Wooden made 24 of 25.
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December 18, 2004 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Not everyone thinks a college football playoff would be good. Among them is Chuck Lyon, coach of College of the Canyons, which a week ago won the state junior college championship. The Santa Clarita school upset the nation's No. 1-ranked junior college, City College of San Francisco, 39-32, last Saturday in a heavy fog at Visalia, Calif. College of the Canyons became the first California junior college to go 14-0 by winning four tough playoff games after finishing the regular season 10-0.
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November 4, 2004 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
The latest edition of Travel & Leisure Golf magazine has Tiger Woods on the cover with this headline: "Swing-Vote Special: President Woods -- It Could Happen." Inside, the headline reads, "Run, Tiger, Run," with this subhead: "It's no joke: Top political strategists think Woods could one day be a formidable political player -- even president of the United States." One problem, though, is pointed out in the story by John Paul Newport: "First and foremost, he would have to want to seek office."
SPORTS
June 26, 2005 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Asked if John Madden might do anything else for NBC besides football, such as the 2008 Olympics, NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol said, "That's really up to John. I know at this point, unless I can find a boat that's enormously large, he probably won't be in Beijing." In 1992, CBS asked Madden, who has an aversion to flying, if he was interested in serving as a host at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
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December 1, 2004 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
John Papadakis, middle linebacker and defensive captain of the USC team that traveled to Birmingham to play Alabama in 1970, has written a movie proposal with Mark Houska about that game and the significance it played in integrating the South. The authors discuss the role that energetic assistant coach Marv Goux played in making the USC football program a leader in integrating sports. "His approach was simple," they wrote. "Goux saw only two colors -- cardinal and gold."
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November 29, 2004 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
A Detroit ballplayer was once heckled so mercilessly that he went into the stands and beat a fan senseless, reported Mike Downey of the Chicago Tribune. The fan was an amputee. The ballplayer was Ty Cobb, who played for the Tigers, and the incident happened 92 years ago. Added Downey: "It happened in New York, by the way, not in Detroit." Trivia time: Ron Artest played two seasons at what college? Quick on his feet: "Did you see Ron Artest during that fight?"
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