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Sports: USA Men’s Volleyball vs. Russia in World League Action

Americans rarely get to see world class indoor volleyball in the United States. The game is popular in Europe, Asia and South America, but the US treats it as a second or third class sport so there is little incentive to hold competitions here. Fortunately for US fans, the men’s national team faced the Russians in Long Beach, California on June 6 and 7. It was a special treat to see two of the best teams in the world battle it out on US soil. [...]

Sports: Pro Beach Volleyball returns in style at the Manhattan Beach Open

For the first time in 2011, it felt like the glory days of professional beach volleyball. The Manhattan Beach Open, the sport’s most prominent event in the United States, and maybe the world, took place before enthusiastic crowds on a beautiful, late August weekend. The United States Volleyball Association, with expert production from IMG Action Sports, and flagship sponsorship from Jose Cuervo, put on a successful, fun, and exciting tournament. [...]

Sports: Gulbis Is Surprise Winner of 2011 Farmers Classic Tennis Event

The men’s professional tennis tournament hosted by UCLA each summer may not get the world’s greatest talent or the biggest crowds, but it is the only chance for fans to see world class tennis in the LA area. In spite of the less than stellar field, the fans that chose to check things out during the week of July 25-31, 2011 were rewarded with some great matches at the intimate venue. The good weather, beautiful setting, and fierce competition made the 2011 Farmers Classic Tennis Open a success. [...]

Sports: Farmers Classic Tennis Stars Under the Stars

The 2010 LA Tennis Open at UCLA had a new title sponsor in Farmers Insurance and, in addition to some exciting tennis, brought fun back to the event. Last year, with some financial struggles, the event eliminated the celebrity and pro charity exhibition that usually opens the tournament. This year’s special evening, the Farmers Classic "Stars Under the Stars," saw the return of some legendary tennis talent and a couple of celebs who take their tennis quite seriously. The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education (www.agassifoundation.org/) was the beneficiary of the exhibition. [...]

Sports: The LA Tennis Open

“I went to the ATP tennis event and nobody showed up.” That could have been what people said upon leaving the disappointing LA Tennis Open Presented by Farmers Insurance Group at UCLA (www.LATennisOpen.com) in late July. No top 10 players. Sparse crowds. Player defaults. Not exactly the showcase hoped for by the Southern California Tennis Association (http://www.scta.usta.com) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (http://www.atpworldtour.com), the organizers of the event. However, there was good news amid the bad. The setting was beautiful, the weather was great, and it was a rare opportunity to see some local, and not so local, pros compete in southern California. [...]

Destinations: “Sportcations,” Beach Volleyball Style

Looking for a fun, active, sports-themed vacation? Then consider the new breed of active trips known as “sportcations.” How about a long weekend of soaking up California’s sun, sand, and beautiful views, paired with watching the best of professional beach volleyball? Or if watching isn’t close to being enough activity for you, what about taking a trip to paradise to get into the action yourself and take on the pros at their own games? [...]
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