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February 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
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 | Larry Gordon
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 | Debbe Geiger, Newsday
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 20, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
In an era when families are torn over what schools to attend and what sacrifices are needed to succeed academically and athletically, the Hilinski brothers have embraced their life of long-distance traffic-congested car pools and early morning wake-up alarms. It started two years ago when Kelly Hilinski was a tall, gangly eighth-grade quarterback living in Claremont. His parents, Mark and Kym, went to great lengths to research what high school he should attend, because his younger brothers would one day follow.
October 25, 1999 | JAY SMITH
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.
February 2, 2013 | By Chris Woolston
Of all of the muscles in the body, the ones in the midsection get an outsized share of attention. They even have their own brand name: "the core. " As in core workouts, core training and core strength. The core is a hot commodity right now because it supports some of the fundamental ideals of our culture: athletic ability, attractiveness and, not least, our birthright as Americans to spend a lot of money on exercise DVDs and workout machines. The core has also become a focal point for baby boomers hoping to hold on to their strength and flexibility.
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 | DAVID OLMOS
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.
September 29, 2009 | Gary Klein and Ben Bolch
USC running back Stafon Johnson underwent more than six hours of throat surgery Monday after he was injured in a weight-room accident on campus. Johnson, a senior, was still in surgery at California Hospital Medical Center as of 9 p.m., the school said. Johnson was in "critical but stable" condition, a hospital spokeswoman said at 7:20 p.m. Johnson, who starred at Dorsey High, was just starting a set of bench-press lifts near the end of a midmorning workout when he apparently lost control of the bar and it landed on his neck, Coach Pete Carroll said.
January 12, 2013 | By James Fell
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.
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