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February 20, 2014 |
Screenwriter Eric Bercovici knew he was not the first choice to adapt "Shogun," the blockbuster 1975 novel by James Clavell about an English seaman marooned in 17th century Japan. Bercovici, who worked on the Paramount lot, read the novel anyway. "I knew right away how to adapt it," he said in a 1981 Los Angeles Times interview. "But damned if I would tell them. " Other writers fell by the wayside, and he was called to meet with Clavell, who had creative control over a proposed TV miniseries based on the book.
February 14, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - American Emily Cook finished her Olympic career and moved on to her continuing task - taking care of the next generation. Cook spent a long time comforting an emotional Ashley Caldwell, the 20-year-old American who put down the highest score of the day in qualifying in women's aerials. But the high was soon replaced by a gut-wrenching low when she faltered in the first round of finals and failed to advance. The 34-year-old Cook, who served as Caldwell's mentor, left the world stage having competed in three Olympics.
February 14, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- Emily Cook was doing a facile job of providing a summation of her Olympic career and the future of American aerialists, all neatly done in the confines of the mixed zone on Friday. One question took slightly longer for Cook to answer. Cook was asked what Jeret "Speedy" Peterson would have had to say about her career. “He would have been bummed I didn't hit that second jump,” Cook said, laughing. “But no, he's with me. He's here. I'm positive of that.” Cook's close friend, Peterson, was a major figure in the sport by virtue of his skill and considerable charisma and helped her deal with a devastating injury in 2002, which kept her out of the Olympics.
February 11, 2014 |
Joe Winkelsas, Brian Sikorski, Brandon Knight, Adam Pettyjohn and Brad Thomas combined for a 12-19 record and 6.32 earned-run average in 154 major league games from 1999 to 2011. A fab five, it isn't. But when Mark Mulder hears the link between them, the 36-year-old left-hander who was the American League Cy Young Award runner-up in 2001 jumps at the chance to be included. They are the only pitchers in the last 15 years who had spans of at least five years between big league appearances.
February 9, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - The future of luge racing belongs to Germany's Felix Loch, who successfully defended his Olympic title and will probably bid farewell to his two biggest rivals later this week. Loch executed two perfect runs Sunday to beat Albert Demchenko of Russia by .48 of a second and Italy's Armin Zoeggeler by 1.27 seconds over four weekend runs at the Sanki Sliding Center. At the end of the two-day competition, the normally reserved Loch jumped off his sled and slid down the deceleration zone in his track shoes.
February 8, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - He was the NHL's golden boy, "Sid the Kid," long before he scored the golden goal at Vancouver in 2010 that restored Canada's supremacy at the game it claims as its own. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was 22 when he added an Olympic gold medal to the Stanley Cup title he had won eight months earlier and his future appeared to be limitless. The Crosby who will lead defending champion Canada against Norway at the Bolshoy Ice Dome on Thursday, isn't a kid anymore.