September 4, 2013 |
A key member of the Chicago Bears' defense for the past 13 seasons, Brian Urlacher is as an eight-time Pro Bowler, a former AP defensive player of the year and a future Hall of Famer. In his new role as an analyst on Fox Sports 1, the recently retired linebacker revealed another member of those defenses who played a key role in slowing opposing teams' offenses -- the dive guy. In other words, it was someone who would fake an injury in order to stop the clock, particularly during long drives or early in the season, when the athletes tend to get gassed.
August 21, 2013 |
Mike Ditka returned to the Chicago Bears' practice field at Halas Hall on Tuesday, a sight that brought back memories of the team's glory days back in the 1980s. And that's exactly why first-year Coach Marc Trestman invited the former Bears player and coach to practice, providing a link from the team's triumphant past to the new era that started when Trestman replaced Lovie Smith during the off-season. "I thought that was a great place to start, somebody who knew as much about the Bears and the tradition of the Bears as he does," Trestman said . The man who coached the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX had plenty of inspirational words for the current players.
August 19, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant continued to push his way back from a torn Achilles tendon, releasing a video of his workout via Instagram on Monday. The clip shows Bryant running on the Alter-G, the weight-bearing treadmill. While he has been walking on the Alter G for some time during his recovery, Bryant has clearly increased his pace. The Lakers All-Star guard was injured April 12 in a win over the Golden State Warriors. He had surgery the following day. While touring China, Bryant said he has "shattered" his recovery timetable, but more recently, Bryant said he's not sure if he'll make it back in time for opening night (Oct.
August 16, 2013 |
A couple of violent encounters with grizzly bears in and near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming have left four people wounded. In the first incident, a sow grizzly lunged at a group of four hikers in Yellowstone after a grizzly cub met them on a trail Thursday morning, the National Park Service said. A minute-long tussle ensued with the mother bear, leaving one person with injuries that were treated at the scene and another with bite and claw marks that required hospital care.
August 15, 2013 |
Got plans for Earth Day 2014? If not, Disney has an option for you that's sure to tug on your heart strings. Following up on its 2012 nature documentary "Chimpanzee," which also opened on Earth Day and went on to make $29 million, Disneynature will debut the documentary "Bears," about a family of bears living in Alaska, on April 18, 2014. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The studio just released the first trailer for the film that tracks...
August 12, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Preparing for months of battle over who should pay the estimated $4.1-billion cost of permanently shutting down the San Onofre nuclear power plant, which closed in June, Southern California Edison has launched a public relations campaign suggesting that ratepayers pick up part of the cost. Who pays - ratepayers, stockholders, equipment manufacturers or insurers - is expected to be a long and thorny dispute before state and federal regulatory agencies as well as in the courts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- California officials failed to adequately oversee a stalled $373-million upgrade to the state's outdated payroll system, according to a report released by a Senate office on Monday. The report is critical of the state controller's office, which was responsible for the project, and said officials withheld evidence of problems from lawmakers. The upgrade, known as the 21st Century Project, was halted in February, and the contractor, SAP Public Services, was fired after testing revealed serious problems. The state had already spent $254 million on the project, and it was five years overdue.
August 10, 2013 |
The Great Reads had a lovely arc this week: Two were by reporters at the opposite ends of their careers, both having their first-ever Column Ones (the retro print name for the feature). Kate Mather is one of the Times' young talents, and she proved she has a great eye for an offbeat story with Monday's Great Read about Southern California's "celebrity bears. " And Paul West tweeted this about his profile of politician Cory Booker, which ran Wednesday: “my 1st-ever Column One in LAT and end of my daily journo run since 1973.” Bookends like that make me happy, because they honor our richness of experience -- and also give us hope for the future.
August 5, 2013 |
You work with the tools available. California hasn't been to the Rose Bowl since losing to Iowa, 38-12, in 1959. Probably few, if any, current Golden Bears players have heard of Joe Kapp. So first-year Coach Sonny Dykes tapped the only piece of Cal lore that still makes the rounds on television: The Play . Dykes opened training camp Sunday by showing his team the multi-lateral kickoff return that beat Stanford on the final play of the 1982 Big Game. “I thought that was a great way to start off camp,” Dykes said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2013 |
SAN JOSE - Dario Lerma peered over a front fence in his neighborhood at verdant garden beds bursting with tomatoes, squash and sunflowers. The retired Santa Clara County worker has lived in this pocket of central San Jose for a quarter of a century. So when San Jose State teamed with the city to offer residents a hand in improving the onetime gang haven, Lerma was on board. Since 2005, thousands of students have added their intellectual and physical muscle to the city's resources - improving life in a cluster of predominantly immigrant neighborhoods while nurturing community leaders.