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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 6, 2010
Apathetic observers have transformed into rabid fans. People are learning names they can't pronounce, everyone all over the world is talking about the same thing, but in different languages and parks are starting to look more like pitches as more soccer balls seem to be flying around. There is no doubt the World Cup has left a mark on the United States this year, as the U.S. national team made it to the round of 16 for the first time since 1994, but not only that, American soccer now has a viral video to their credit.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 11, 2010
GLENDALE — Smashing softballs over the fence became a common occurrence when Jenny Dalton starred for the Glendale High softball team nearly 20 years ago. It seemed like Dalton could do no wrong, as the 1992 Glendale graduate proved to be arguably the most dominant female athlete to ever dot the local scene. She earned All-CIF honors in softball, basketball and volleyball. But, it was on the diamond where she made a name for herself, hitting a then-CIF record 28 career home runs and leading the Nitros to a pair of Pacific League championships.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | June 29, 2010
When Argentina has a match at the World Cup, Rene Vildoza, owner of El Morfi on Brand Boulevard, arrives at 3:30 a.m. to get his restaurant ready. On Sunday, he hosted dozens of devotees who came to watch Argentina's Albiceleste top Mexico 3-1 to advance into the quarterfinals. Most of El Morfi's early-morning visitors are Argentina natives, Vildoza said. "The funny thing is, you can watch it at home," he said. "But these people, they come here." Some local restaurateurs have taken advantage of World Cup fever to market their spots to crowd-seeking fans.
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April 3, 2000
Art Bentley The long and the short of the ski industry is that skis have gone from long to short in the past few years. Nowhere is this trend more apparent than in the hottest new model to hit the market this year, a super short, surprisingly wide slalom race ski. With little fanfare, three companies are making these skis for retail this year, Rossignol, Atomic and Salomon. Other companies, suck as Volkl, make a limited number for racing teams only.
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July 13, 2006
Player's head-butt was a despicable act I do not like soccer, but with the hype of the World Cup and the encouragement of my high-school students, I decided to take part and be a fan. As a former athletic director, I came to loath the sport, since I was constantly preventing and breaking up fights during soccer matches. Players, coaches, parents, fans and even officials were among the guilty of causing an uprising. So I was not surprised when I saw the same thing happen during the championship match of the World Cup on Sunday.
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By PATRICK AZADIAN | July 1, 2006
The soccer World Cup is killing me. Not literally, but I am losing some sleep while challenging my clients' resolve to keep me on their books in the face of my occasional unavailability. This is the event that gives some local sport commentators the opportunity to take cheap shots at the sport by branding it as un-American. I'd like to challenge that argument when I grow up, but for now, let me concede that soccer is not as American as baseball, football or basketball. The World Cup is a chance for some Glendale residents ?
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By PATRICK AZADIAN | July 29, 2006
"I had a feeling you'd be calling," my therapist said when I gave him a jingle a few weeks ago. I was a bit surprised. After all, Jake is supposed to be a psychologist, not a fortune-teller. His response was clever: "Well, I knew the World Cup ended, and I figured there would be a void in your life." Right, he was about the void(s) ? but not about the cause of my phone call. That week, I considered myself cured. I had called in for someone else. When I escorted my out-of-town friend (gossip mongers relax, she is not from here)
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By Timithie Gould Valley Sun | August 10, 2007
It?s Sunday morning, about 7:45 a.m. Foothill Boulevard is nearly empty of traffic, and most of the foothills community is just waking to enjoy breakfast with the family before heading to church. The situation is a little different, however, on the main field at La Cañada High School. There, a group of more than 30 area soccer enthusiasts gather on the dewy synthetic turf, pulling on shinguards and lacing up cleats. ?We?ve actually had more people lately, because we are so much fun,?
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By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the News-Press | July 14, 2010
SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — They described it as one of the best trips of their lives. It was memorable. It was thrilling. It was also devastating. Burbank High graduate Christine Kepenekian and Arpine Amirkanyan — who have each played for the Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Women's Basketball team — had what seemed like a perfect trip to Armenia. They were chosen to play for Armenia's women's national team and led their team to one victory after another in the European Championship Women Division C Tournament in Yerevan.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 23, 2010
GLENDALE — Jenny Dalton-Hill and the United States Baseball Women's National Team didn't leave Venezuela empty handed. Though the United States didn't win the gold medal at the 2010 International Baseball Federation World Cup, it did manage to grab a medal. The United States received two hits and two runs batted in from Jenny Dalton-Hill, a former Glendale High and University of Arizona softball star, to earn a convincing 15-5 win against Venezuela on Sunday at Jose Perez Stadium in Maracay, Venezuela in the bronze-medal game.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 11, 2010
GLENDALE — Smashing softballs over the fence became a common occurrence when Jenny Dalton starred for the Glendale High softball team nearly 20 years ago. It seemed like Dalton could do no wrong, as the 1992 Glendale graduate proved to be arguably the most dominant female athlete to ever dot the local scene. She earned All-CIF honors in softball, basketball and volleyball. But, it was on the diamond where she made a name for herself, hitting a then-CIF record 28 career home runs and leading the Nitros to a pair of Pacific League championships.
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By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the News-Press | July 14, 2010
SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — They described it as one of the best trips of their lives. It was memorable. It was thrilling. It was also devastating. Burbank High graduate Christine Kepenekian and Arpine Amirkanyan — who have each played for the Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Women's Basketball team — had what seemed like a perfect trip to Armenia. They were chosen to play for Armenia's women's national team and led their team to one victory after another in the European Championship Women Division C Tournament in Yerevan.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 6, 2010
Apathetic observers have transformed into rabid fans. People are learning names they can't pronounce, everyone all over the world is talking about the same thing, but in different languages and parks are starting to look more like pitches as more soccer balls seem to be flying around. There is no doubt the World Cup has left a mark on the United States this year, as the U.S. national team made it to the round of 16 for the first time since 1994, but not only that, American soccer now has a viral video to their credit.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | June 29, 2010
When Argentina has a match at the World Cup, Rene Vildoza, owner of El Morfi on Brand Boulevard, arrives at 3:30 a.m. to get his restaurant ready. On Sunday, he hosted dozens of devotees who came to watch Argentina's Albiceleste top Mexico 3-1 to advance into the quarterfinals. Most of El Morfi's early-morning visitors are Argentina natives, Vildoza said. "The funny thing is, you can watch it at home," he said. "But these people, they come here." Some local restaurateurs have taken advantage of World Cup fever to market their spots to crowd-seeking fans.
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By Michael j. Arvizu | May 3, 2010
For the local soccer fan, the World Cup tournament ? hosted in a nation half a world away ? can seem like a daunting, if not financially impossible, must-see event. But local travel agents say the steep price tags to South Africa of just a few months ago have dropped significantly, putting the world sporting event within reach of those die-hard fans who want to experience the field through more than just a flat screen. Travelers today can expect to pay around $1,650 for a round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Johannesburg, compared with $3,000 about three months ago, said Dave Herbert, managing director of Glendale-based African Travel.
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By Timithie Gould Valley Sun | August 13, 2007
It’s Sunday morning, about 7:45 a.m. Foothill Boulevard is nearly empty of traffic, and most of the foothills community is just waking to enjoy breakfast with the family before heading to church. The situation is a little different, however, on the main field at La Cañada High School. There, a group of more than 30 area soccer enthusiasts gather on the dewy synthetic turf, pulling on shinguards and lacing up cleats. “We’ve actually had more people lately, because we are so much fun,” says Mario Gomez.
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By PATRICK AZADIAN | July 29, 2006
"I had a feeling you'd be calling," my therapist said when I gave him a jingle a few weeks ago. I was a bit surprised. After all, Jake is supposed to be a psychologist, not a fortune-teller. His response was clever: "Well, I knew the World Cup ended, and I figured there would be a void in your life." Right, he was about the void(s) ? but not about the cause of my phone call. That week, I considered myself cured. I had called in for someone else. When I escorted my out-of-town friend (gossip mongers relax, she is not from here)
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July 13, 2006
Player's head-butt was a despicable act I do not like soccer, but with the hype of the World Cup and the encouragement of my high-school students, I decided to take part and be a fan. As a former athletic director, I came to loath the sport, since I was constantly preventing and breaking up fights during soccer matches. Players, coaches, parents, fans and even officials were among the guilty of causing an uprising. So I was not surprised when I saw the same thing happen during the championship match of the World Cup on Sunday.
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