March 3, 1986 |
To protect their investments, major league teams often prohibit players from engaging in risky endeavors. Sky-diving, for example. Dirt biking. Surfing. Even basketball. Any activity that might result in injury. Sunday, the Dodgers may have been tempted to add another one to the list: The dangerous task of baby-carrying. It cost them the services Sunday of their million-dollar baby, Orel Hershiser IV, who came up with a lame back after toting 15-month-old Orel (Quinton) Hershiser V.
March 17, 1990
Irish-bred Kanatiyr celebrated St. Patrick's Day one day early by winning Friday's $37,000 feature race on the Santa Anita turf course in his U.S. debut. Kanatiyr had raced in France last year as a 3-year-old before being bought by Clover Racing Stable and turned over to trainer Rick Mettee. Unraced since September, the son of Chief Singer had been brought up to his first race on American turf with outstanding workouts and was sent away as the 3-2 favorite. He returned $5.
February 19, 1999 |
Andres Galarraga, cleanup hitter and first baseman for the Atlanta Braves, has a cancerous tumor in his lower back and will miss the entire season. Doctors are optimistic he will be able to return in 2000. "It's isolated to a small bone in his lower back and we expect his treatment to be successful," said Lee Kelley, a team orthopedist. The 37-year-old Galarraga, a native of Venezuela who hit .305 with 44 home runs and 121 RBIs last season, will not require surgery.
September 20, 2009 |
As a beginning hurdler for the track team at Ventura County's Oak Park High School, Brian M. Wolverton fell and hit the ground more than a few times. He would then quietly talk to himself about how to improve his form and technique, his coach said. And he would try again and again. In track competition and in later challenges in his life, Wolverton "demonstrated a determination and persistence to overcome all obstacles," recalled his high school coach, Kevin Smith. Former teammate Gary Fong also remembered Wolverton's positive attitude in a sport with its share of injuries and pain.
December 15, 2003 |
If you've got a fitness enthusiast on your holiday list, the world is your gym bag when it comes to gift ideas. Buy a health club membership to get someone started, surprise them with some new apparatus, such as stability balls or kickboxing gloves, to give them a new twist on a boring routine. Or pick up some fashionable fitness apparel.
October 25, 1999 |
Looking for something different and fun, I found a way to see Georgia while participating in the world-famous Athens-to-Atlanta skating event earlier this month. That something would be the hardest thing I would ever set out to accomplish. To in-line skate from Athens, Ga., to Atlanta, I would need to roll over 86 miles of rural and city roads, maintaining an average of 17 mph to finish in five hours. Mentally, I knew that I could finish with the help and camaraderie of more than 800 U.S.
August 7, 1994 |
Ten years ago, a spunky sprite with a 1,000-watt smile and a girl-next-door name, Mary Lou Retton, vaulted from the Los Angeles Olympics across television screens into the homes of millions of Americans who fell in love with her. Sweet 16, 4-feet-9, a red-white-and-blue, stars-and-stripes ball spinning through the air, she made an entire country cheer on Aug. 3, 1984, when she landed firmly on her feet and flung up her arms, absolutely sure of a perfect 10 that gave her the first U.S.
March 8, 1988 |
Can't seem to stick with your exercise program? An Irvine health fitness equipment company has a product designed to motivate you with a high-tech twist. Life Fitness Inc., a division of Bally Manufacturing, has been marketing its computerized rowing machine, the Liferower, for about a year. An unusual feature of the rowing machine is a 13-inch color video screen resembling a computer video game. The screen depicts two racing sculls in the water.
January 12, 2013 |
The band Shinedown has been around for more than a decade, selling more than 10 million albums worldwide. In 2012 they launched their fourth album, "Amaryllis," which made its debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. But the last year has been more than just about launching a new album for Brent Smith, the band's lead singer. After battling drug and alcohol addiction, becoming obese and being insulted on national television for his weight, a loving woman and the inspiration of his son and fans straightened him out, he said.
November 28, 2011 |
I'm an outdoorsy type, and you won't get me on a stationary bike unless there are a few inches of snow on the ground. But I've pedaled my way through enough indoor-cycling classes to know that instructors need to be engaging and entertaining to keep you coming back. Which brings me to SoulCycle. It's a hot name in fitness, and it's on its way to Los Angeles. This 5-year-old New York City-based chain of indoor cycling studios became famous for merging upper-body exercises with traditional stationary bike workouts.