December 13, 2009 |
NFL teams don't take pride in their turnovers, but the league as a whole sure does. Only these "turnovers" aren't interceptions or fumbles, but worst-to-first turnarounds when a team goes from the bottom of its division to the top in only one season. When that happens, it underscores the competitive balance of the league. And it has happened nine times since realignment in 2002. The New Orleans Saints are the latest franchise to pull off a U-turn, clinching the NFC South last weekend, a year after finishing buried beneath Carolina, Atlanta and Tampa Bay. Teams that have made the bottom-to-top climb over the last seven seasons, with record and previous season record: Year Team Record Previous 2003 Kansas City 13-3 8-8 Carolina 11-5 7-9 2004 Atlanta 11-5 5-11 2005 Chicago 11-5 5-11 2006 Philadelphia 10-6 6-10 New Orleans 10-6 3-13 2007 Tampa Bay 9-7 4-12 2008 Miami 11-5 1-15 2009 New Orleans 12-0 8-8 Through 12 games Source: NFL Streaking Indianapolis is four consecutive...
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April 8, 2002 |
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Gidley, who flew rescue missions as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War and led medical troops during the Gulf War, was named Sunday to lead California's largest National Guard division. Gidley, 54, became the 26th commanding general of the 40th Infantry Division during a ceremony at the Joint Task Training Base in Los Alamitos, succeeding Maj. Gen. Peter J. Gravett, who is retiring.
January 5, 2003
Weekly Survey of 60 Southland Lenders as of Dec. 26, 2002 *Reflects new loan limits that took effect Jan. 1, 2003. Compiled by National Financial News Services *--* Latest week One week previous Six months previous Rates for loans up to $322,700* 30-year fixed 5.66%/1.40 pt 5.71%/1.42 pt 6.21%/1.51 pt 30-year ARM 3.01%/0.83 pt 2.99%/0.92 pt 3.81%/0.94 pt start rate 15-year fixed 5.00%/1.65 pt 5.04%/1.69 pt 5.58%/1.83 pt Rates for loans over $322,700* 30-year fixed 5.89%/1.36 pt 5.95%/1.41 pt 6.
January 29, 1991 |
For the first time in 20 years, no one stood outside the Soviet Embassy on Monday demonstrating on behalf of Jews trying to emigrate from the Soviet Union. The Kremlin's relaxed policies led the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington to suspend, as of Sunday, the daily 15-minute protests that began in December, 1970, a year when only 28 Jews were given permission to emigrate to the United States.
April 20, 1998 |
The American musician Garrick Ohlsson has actually grown up before our eyes. He was already a well-known competition winner when he captured the top prize in the international Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1970. A year later, the young pianist played at the Hollywood Bowl, and has returned here many times. Friday night, coming back to UCLA--but not Royce Hall, scene of his local recital debut in 1976--Ohlsson again made a musical and personal triumph.
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February 9, 1993
In his own intense and meticulously informed way, the late Arthur Ashe, a gentleman athlete, championed justice on and off the tennis court, at home and abroad. He fought the stigma of AIDS, which he believed he contracted a decade ago from a blood transfusion he received after heart surgery. As tough as that fight was, Ashe insisted that nothing was as difficult as the battles he had faced as a black man.
January 25, 1999 |
"Eagles Go Ker-Plunkett, 27-10," read the morning headline, saluting the NFL's first wild card team to run the table (4-0) in the playoffs and win a Super Bowl. The Raider quarterback, Jim Plunkett, had a three-touchdown day at New Orleans, and Philadelphia's Ron Jaworski threw three interceptions. The game's most spectacular play was an 80-yard Plunkett-to-Kenny King touchdown.
October 13, 2010 |
The trial of former Getty Museum antiquities curator Marion True ended in a bureaucratic whimper Wednesday in Rome when a three-judge panel halted the proceedings, ruling that the statute of limitations had expired on criminal charges that she had conspired to traffic in looted art. The development is an ambiguous end to a legal saga that has had a profound effect on American museums. When True was charged by an Italian prosecutor in 2005, it sent shock waves through the art world and was the first time an American museum official had been criminally charged by a foreign government.