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November 25, 1999
EDMONTON, Alberta Canada - Aaron Peirsol from Newport Harbor High, took third place in the 200-meter backstroke for the Irvine Novaquatics in the second stage of the World Cup competition with a time of 1:57.16. The 16-year-old was beaten out by Gordon Kojulz of Croatia, a member of the Croatia Olympic Team and 29-year-old Rogerio Romerio of Brazil. His time improved by more than two seconds from his qualifying time. In his third-place finish, Peirsol out-swam Canadian Olympian and World Championship Bronze Medalist Mark Versveld, who ended up in seventh place.
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By ERIN KENNEDY | June 30, 2006
For one glorious night, I had air conditioning. And then it died. Naples is getting hotter every day and the nights don't offer much relief. Unless you count a free concert, featuring an iconic rocker, which, in this case, I certainly do. On Sunday night, I walked a short distance from my hostel to Piazza Plebiscito to watch Sting perform, and I didn't have to spend a dime ? or a euro! It was the Cornetto Free Music Festival, so there were many performers, but since I was technically on the clock at the hostel, I stayed just for Sting.
SPORTS
August 22, 2010
The U.S. national women's water polo team — which includes Newport Harbor High alumna Anne Belden — defeated China, 10-9, Saturday in the semifinals of the FINA World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand. The victory propels the Americans into the title match against Australia, as Team USA assured itself its first World Cup medal since 2002. It was the first time in five games that Belden, who also starred at UCLA, has not scored. She had three goals in three games and a single tally in another previously in the tournament.
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By Dominic Perrone | August 16, 2006
Kim Voisard is a baseball player. She used to be a softball player and a good one, but then she played in a baseball game and things changed. The slower pace of the game, the camaraderie it built; it was baseball, it was different and she could not go back. So, just like all baseball players with a passion for the game, when her name was called, she was ready. Voisard was formerly Kim Braatz, who starred in softball at Estancia High before moving on to Saddleback College, where she played her way into the California Community College Sports Hall of Fame before moving on to the University of New Mexico to be an All-American.
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By Tom Ragan | June 10, 2010
L eave it up to sports, in this case soccer's World Cup in South Africa, to break down cultural barriers. In some cases, Mexican Americans are pulling for Mexico's team while Mexican immigrants who have long since become U.S. citizens are cheering on the U.S. squad. If basketball greats Julius Erving and Magic Johnson forced a predominantly white audience to forget about skin color for the moment and simply see them as fantastic athletes in a sport they truly loved, the World Cup, which begins early Friday morning with a match between Mexico and South Africa, provides a different twist to the polarization that's been sweeping the country lately, sports enthusiasts say. "Hey, I think Mexico has the better team.
SPORTS
By Tish Venturini-Hoch | July 17, 2011
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tish Venturini-Hoch was a member of the U.S. women's soccer team that won the first gold medal in the sport at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She was also a member of the U.S. team that won the World Cup in 1999. She is a Costa Mesa resident. I must say congratulations to Japan on its first World Cup title and for an incredible tournament.  The Japan team played with such skill, heart and class, and most importantly gave its country hope and something to cheer for in such tough times.
NEWS
December 26, 2000
Terry Phillips It hangs forgotten in a closet, stained with the salt from its triumphant owner. On the surface, it appears to be just a shirt with a number emblazoned across the back. Upon further examination it becomes clear that it's more than just a piece of material with a number -- it's the uniform of a warrior. Newport Beach resident Tisha Venturini has accomplished a great deal in her 27 years. She began playing soccer in her hometown of Modesto when she was only 4. By the time she was 10, she played on an all-boys club team and, at 13, was asked to participate in the state Olympic development program.
FEATURES
By Felipe Basco | August 10, 2006
If traveling makes you feel small, the World Cup makes you feel even smaller. Every four years, the world's most popular sporting event commands the largest TV viewership. One in every four people around the planet is glued to the tube for four solid weeks. What TV viewers witness (besides some pretty strange referee calls) is a powerful display of ballet-like footwork with one simple purpose — to put the ball in the net. But there's a lot television viewers don't see, hear or feel.
NEWS
December 1, 1999
Newport Harbor High sophomore Aaron Peirsol, the youngest American to eclipse two minutes in the 200-meter backstroke and the CIF Southern Section champion in the 100-yard backstroke last spring, will compete in the U.S. Open Swimming Championships Friday-Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. Peirsol, 16, who aims to make the U.S. Olympic team at the trials in August, said he will compete in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and probably the 200 and 400 freestyle events in Texas.
SPORTS
July 21, 2007
GOTHENBERG, Sweden — The Slammers Futbol Club's girls' 14-and-under team is playing in the championship match of the Gothia Cup in Sweden today. Scarlett Fallon, Tessa Andujar, Jordan Dillion and Lindsey Luke are on the club team that's based out of Newport Beach, the city the quartet is from. The four girls will also all be freshmen at Corona del Mar High in the fall. They've been a part of some dominance while at the Gothia Cup. On Friday, they reeled off 2-0 and 7-1 wins, before taking out a club team from San Diego, 3-0, to reach today's final against a squad from Louisiana.
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August 29, 2013
Former UC Irvine men's soccer standout Brad Evans has burst onto the national soccer scene in his recent appearances for the U.S. men's national team, and will now look to solidify his standing after making the 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Team USA has four qualifiers remaining to try starting in Costa Rica on Sept. 6 to try and earn a spot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Americans follow that up with a match with Mexico, Sept. 10, in Columbus, Ohio before a brief hiatus that finishes with Jamaica on Oct. 11 and Panama on Oct. 15. The U.S. is atop the hexagonal with 13 points with its next opponent, Costa Rica, close behind with 11. The consensus seems to be that four points are needed to secure a spot which would constitute at least one win in the final four matches with the occasional draw also being acceptable.
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SPORTS
July 30, 2013
April Ross and Jake Gibb both cashed in on the final day of the World Series of Beach Volleyball on Sunday at Marine Green Park in Long Beach. Ross, a Costa Mesa resident and Newport Harbor High product, teamed with Jennifer Kessy to defeat the Brazilian duo of Taiana Lima and Talita Antunes, 15-21, 21-18, 17-15, in the final of the four-team women's World Series Cup. The Brazilians are the top-ranked team in the world. Gibb, a Costa Mesa resident, and Huntington Beach resident Casey Patterson defeated Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins from Latvia, 22-20, 21-11, in the men's final of the World Series Cup. Gibb and Patterson, who finished fourth in the Federation Internationale de Volleyball Grand Slam event that concluded Saturday, defeated the Grand Slam event winners, Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal, 21-19, 21-17, in the World Series Cup semifinals to avenge a loss to their American rivals in the Grand Slam event semifinals.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | July 27, 2013
LONG BEACH - It was somehow fitting that the team with the most history behind it came out on top in the inaugural final of the World Series Cup as part of the World Series of Beach Volleyball on Saturday at Marine Green Park. This was, after all, a celebration of beach volleyball's past as much as a postcard to its potential future, with the return of the refurbished Assn. of Volleyball Professionals domestic tour ready to kick off a schedule next week that includes six events in seven weeks.
SPORTS
May 30, 2013
CAMPINAS, Brazil — Newport Harbor High product April Ross, as well as Costa Mesa resident Jake Gibb remained undefeated in their respective women's and men's divisions during the first round of beach volleyball play at the World Cup Final on Wednesday. Ross, who lives in Costa Mesa, teamed with Jennifer Kessy to defeat the No. 10-seeded duo from Argentina, 21-17, 21-16, in 37 minutes. The 2012 Olympic silver medalists, who are seeded No. 2 in Brazil, later defeated the No. 7-seeded duo from Australia, 21-18, 21-19, in 36 minutes.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | October 4, 2012
COSTA MESA - It was an exciting day for Landon Donovan and Los Angeles Galaxy fans who packed the second floor at Macy's South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa Thursday. Luis Santiago and his family were definitely anxious for the Galaxy captain who made an appearance to sign little soccer balls to raise money for the L.A. Galaxy Foundation, which provides help to various charities. Santiago, 37, his wife Irma, 32, and daughter Leslie, 6, came from Orange and arrived at 2 p.m., four hours before Donovan was scheduled to appear.
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By Jim Carnett | July 18, 2011
They broke my heart. I'm referring to0020America's women's soccer team, which turned in an inspirational performance over the past month in FIFA's Women's World Cup 2011 in Germany, but came up short in Sunday's final. Underdog Japan - an obvious team of destiny - beat the Americans on penalty kicks. What mere mortals can trifle with destiny? Still, I won't lie to you. This guy who used to belittle soccer was bummed. I fell hard this summer for America's Hope Solo, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Cheney, et al. I watched every U.S. game during the competition (they played six)
SPORTS
By Tish Venturini-Hoch | July 17, 2011
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tish Venturini-Hoch was a member of the U.S. women's soccer team that won the first gold medal in the sport at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She was also a member of the U.S. team that won the World Cup in 1999. She is a Costa Mesa resident. I must say congratulations to Japan on its first World Cup title and for an incredible tournament.  The Japan team played with such skill, heart and class, and most importantly gave its country hope and something to cheer for in such tough times.
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By Leigh Steinberg | July 16, 2011
No sooner had I written a column for last week's Daily Pilot analyzing why soccer is the first sport that every youngster in this country plays yet it doesn't translate toward a high level of interest in pro soccer, then the U.S. women's team goes out and rocks the world. The U.S. women defeated Brazil last week in a stunning come-from-behind thriller that has sparked a national craze. In the gym where I work out, a rapt group of men were gathered around the television set cheering loudly.
SPORTS
August 22, 2010
The U.S. national women's water polo team — which includes Newport Harbor High alumna Anne Belden — defeated China, 10-9, Saturday in the semifinals of the FINA World Cup in Christchurch, New Zealand. The victory propels the Americans into the title match against Australia, as Team USA assured itself its first World Cup medal since 2002. It was the first time in five games that Belden, who also starred at UCLA, has not scored. She had three goals in three games and a single tally in another previously in the tournament.
SPORTS
August 17, 2010
Belden producing for national team Newport Harbor High product nets goal to help Team USA defeat Russia in World Cup opener. Newport Harbor High alumna Anne Belden was named to the U.S. women's senior national water polo team Sunday. She's already making a difference. Belden scored a goal Tuesday as Team USA opened the FINA World Cup with a 14-10 victory over Russia in Christchurch, New Zealand. Belden, who graduated from Newport Harbor in 2005 before helping UCLA to four straight national titles, was originally named to the travel roster for the senior national team.
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