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January 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Maria Sharapova turned a third-round match against Venus Williams at the Australian Open on Friday into a straight-set rout. The 6-1, 6-3 victory for the lanky Russian ended with an ace at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. “I think when we both looked at the draw, it was a matchup we were both looking forward to,” Sharapova said afterward. “I was a really determined player out there because I knew the tennis that she's capable of producing and playing. She's a tremendous athlete and a great champion.” Sharapova, who won her first two matches of the tournament without dropping a game, will play unseeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in the fourth round.
January 17, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Australian comic Jim Jefferies, who worked for years out of England and is known in the U.S. for some HBO comedy specials and whatever else winds up on YouTube, is now the star of his own American situation comedy, "Legit," in which he plays Australian comic Jim Jefferies. It premieres Thursday on FX, which is home to the best television series starring a stand-up comedian as himself, Louis C.K.'s "Louie," and to "Wilfred," which, like "Legit," features an Australian (Jason Gann)
January 15, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Not even a bad ankle can slow Serena Williams at the Australian Open. Early in her first-round match against Edina Gallovits-Hall, Williams appeared to turn her right ankle while chasing down a ball. She called for a medical timeout and received treatment. Then, she went ahead and routed Gallovits-Hall, 6-0, 6-0. After the match, Williams said there was pain and swelling in her ankle and X-rays were an option, but she wanted to leave any decisions about treatment for a few hours.
January 14, 2013 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
When modern humans left Africa as far back as 70,000 years ago, they dispersed across the world, reaching Australia 50,000 to 40,000 years ago. From then until the 18th-century arrival of European colonists, aboriginal Australians did not mix their DNA with anyone else in the world - or so many scientists believed. Now a study has turned up evidence of much more recent interbreeding between native Australians and people who came from India. The findings, based on a detailed examination of the DNA of aboriginal Australians and hundreds of people of other pedigrees, found that mixing occurred as recently as 4,200 years ago. Reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the results dovetail with interesting archaeological and fossil changes, said study leader Mark Stoneking, a molecular anthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.
January 13, 2013
What: Australian Open. Venue: Melbourne Park. When: Sunday-Jan. 26. Surface: Plexicushion 2012 MEN'S CHAMPION Novak Djokovic, Serbia TOP-SEEDED MEN 1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia 2. Roger Federer, Switzerland 3. Andy Murray, Britain 4. David Ferrer, Spain 5. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic 2012 WOMEN'S CHAMPION Victoria Azarenka, Belarus TOP-SEEDED WOMEN 1. Victoria Azarenka,...
January 12, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Can Serena Williams win a calendar year Grand Slam? Where's Rafael Nadal, and when will he be back? As the 2013 tennis season begins in earnest Sunday (Monday in Melbourne) at the Australian Open, we know that Nadal is not back. He has withdrawn from the first major of the year, as he did from the Olympics and the U.S. Open last year, saying his knee tendinitis has now been trumped by a stomach virus. Williams, though, seems in the best shape of her career and is still on the high of winning Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open.
January 11, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Maria Sharapova is scheduled to play in the Australian Open, which begins Monday. But she was already turning heads in Melbourne on Friday, at what she's calling the international launch of her Sugarpova candy line. She was sporty and flirty at the same time in an orange and white David Koma dress and Jimmy Choo's Lance sandals. And note, when you're a tennis star/business mogul, you can accessorize with two guys holding umbrellas to shade you from the Australian summer sun.   Although Friday's event at Melbourne's Crown Entertainment Complex is considered the official global launch, the candy -- which includes gummies, gum balls and sour candies -- is already available online and at select stores in the U.S., London and Paris.
January 7, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Flames continued to lick Monday at the Australian island of Tasmania, while officials warned that other stretches of the country faced some of the most dangerous conditions for fires on record. “I cannot say it more plainly: The risk is real and potentially deadly,” said Shane Fitzsimmons, rural fire service commissioner for the state of New South Wales. “People need to act now.” Scores of fires have erupted in southeastern Australia as temperatures have soared to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
December 28, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Rafael Nadal's comeback has been put on hold for a few more weeks -- or perhaps, a couple of months -- following his withdrawal from the Australian Open. But it is not the troublesome left knee preventing him from playing in Melbourne. The Spanish tennis star issued a statement on Friday saying a stomach virus had disrupted his preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year. The event starts Jan. 14. Nadal has been out of action since a second-round loss at Wimbledon in June because of tendinitis in the knee.
December 23, 2012 | By Holly Myers
In a sunny, wood-paneled, south-facing room on the second floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, visitors who've come to peruse the Flemish Madonnas and Constable landscapes, the cases of stately British silver and florid French porcelain, will happen upon something a little unusual over the next couple of months. It's not obvious at first. At the end of a hallway at the top of the staircase, a tall, slender sculpture appears framed in a window. It has a delicate and graceful mien, not dissimilar from those of the 18th century ladies in the portrait gallery downstairs.
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