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April 4, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC's quarterback competition stalled Friday, though the players vying for the starting job were mostly blameless. There just wasn't much Aaron Corp, Mitch Mustain or Matt Barkley could do to push things forward. Not with defensive linemen constantly in their faces. "They just kind of wiped us out today," Corp said. Junior end Everson Griffen led the charge as the defense recorded sack after sack after sack during the full-team scrimmage portion of the workout.
March 17, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Millard Kaufman, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "Bad Day at Black Rock" and the co-creator of Mr. Magoo who waited until he was 90 to become a first-time novelist, has died. He was 92. Kaufman died of heart failure Saturday, two days after his birthday, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his son, Frederick Kaufman.
February 27, 2009 | DANA PARSONS
My first instinct was to sneak out the back door and not say a word to you. Not even leave a note. Just sort of slink away and assume you'd figure things out on your own. Isn't that just like a man? Then it dawned on me that I owe you a lot more than that. So, here's how the note begins: This is my last column for the paper. Note the use of italics. That is an intentional rhetorical flourish, meant to suggest that this represents a watershed moment in journalism and, perhaps, in your life.
November 9, 2008 | Mark Heisler
As things turned out, the problems that surfaced in Honolulu were just a tuneup. On media day, the organization set up a picket line outside the El Segundo practice facility and barred some members of the media, hoping to lessen the hysteria. Perhaps thinking he could redirect the media, like Moses parting the Red Sea, [Phil] Jackson reminded them there were more important things, like the war in Iraq, going on.
October 17, 2008 | Diane Pucin and Chris Foster, Times Staff Writers
UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft is not all polished, and his coach has taken occasional public notice of the less shiny parts of his game. Rick Neuheisel has suggested that Craft needs to slow down and let the game develop more, and after last week's 31-24 loss at Oregon, he said that Craft has the tendency to stare at his intended receivers too long, a major fault that leads to interceptions.
June 18, 2008 | MARK HEISLER
BOSTON -- Maybe the Lakers should have quit this rivalry while they were ahead. After a 21-year break to enjoy their 1987 Finals victory that followed their 1985 breakthrough -- after having lost the first eight -- the Lakers saw the Celtics turn the hands of time all the way back to the '60s when Boston ruled everyone, especially them. In those days, Bill Russell dominated them. In this Finals, it was no single Celtic but a suffocating team defense, although the effect was the same.
June 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Wal-Mart said a reinvigorated focus on price was allowing it to beat out competitors despite a challenging retail environment. "We're winning in the marketplace. You should feel very proud," Eduardo-Castro Wright, chief executive of the U.S. division, said at the annual shareholder meeting. But Wal-Mart did not change its outlook for the year as some analysts had expected. Its stock fell $1.43 to $58.37 on a bad day on Wall Street.
May 17, 2008 | Chris Foster, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Serena Williams withdrew from her quarterfinal match at the Italian Open in Rome on Friday because of a back problem, and older sister Venus Williams was defeated by defending champion Jelena Jankovic, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. Jankovic, seeded fourth, will next play second-seeded Maria Sharapova, who rallied past ninth-seeded Patty Schnyder, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-2, to reach the semifinals with her 300th career win. Sharapova will become No. 1 in the rankings Monday, courtesy of Justine Henin's retirement.
May 10, 2008
Let's not kill the messenger. Gabriel Saez was just doing his job by whipping Eight Belles at the finish of Saturday's Kentucky Derby. And let's not lose ourselves in the pseudo-science of breeding for skeleton versus muscle. The composition of the tracks is not a factor either. The fault lies with the owners. Racing these immature animals at 2 and 3 years of age is the real crime. They aren't even physically mature until they are 5. Unfortunately it's all about return on investment in this business and the welfare of the horses is obviously secondary.
January 27, 2008
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" Judith Viorst Alexander is having a very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and now he has gum in his hair. At breakfast, his brother's cereal boxes have toys in them and his does not. Everyone's lunches at school have dessert in them and his does not. To hear the rest, read the book!
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