July 9, 2009 |
Part meteorologist, part agronomist, part mad scientist, Mike Davis is the most feared person (at least among the women playing) at this week's 64th U.S. Women's Open. The USGA's course-setup head is the guy who, with a few orders to the folks controlling the mowers and sprinklers, can turn the Old Course into Oakmont. Or he can make it a benign home to a parade of birdie-binging 65s. It's clear which option the players predict.
January 24, 2013 |
Horror movies can often be so rote in their mercenary trajectory to scare/shock/disgust that it's unnerving sometimes to encounter any different approach. The simmering DIY oddity that is "Resolution," from co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead, does just that, offering up a strangely tense and humorous meta-narrative about two friends experiencing weird goings-on at a remote cabin. Level-headed Mike (Peter Cilella) has shown up alone and unannounced to force his paranoid, drug addict bestie Chris (Vinny Curran)
March 23, 1986 |
"CANDY APPLE GREY." Husker Du. Warner Bros. Minneapolis rock band with impeccable underground credentials makes the move from small independent label to big-time record company. That was the line on the Replacements last year, and exactly the same applies now to Husker Du, the trio whose early hard-core velocity has been gradually easing up to reveal a bracing blend of rock power and pop finesse.
March 10, 1992 |
To her teammates on the Garden Grove High softball team, pitcher Kim Taylor is affectionately known as "Turtle." "It started my freshman year, when I was playing JV (junior varsity)," Taylor said. "I'm not fast at all and I tripped over second base in one game. I had to crawl back to the base. Now I got turtle stickers on my car and my license plate says KMZ TRTL. They (teammates) even gave me a live turtle." But to opposing batters, there's nothing slow about Taylor's pitches.
June 24, 1998 |
The St. Louis Cardinals are glad Justin Thompson is in the American League. "He had the best changeup I ever saw," Gary Gaetti said after Thompson pitched seven shutout innings in the Detroit Tigers' 8-1 interleague victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night at St. Louis. "He was overpowering with his changeup," Gaetti said. Thompson gave up only three singles and helped extend Mark McGwire's homerless stretch to five games and 20 at-bats. McGwire went one for three with a single.
July 5, 1995 |
Pedro Martinez discovered his changeup is almost as good as his fastball. "I think a lot of the Cardinals were looking for the fastball and they couldn't handle the changeup very well," Martinez said Tuesday after his four-hitter led the Montreal Expos to a 5-0 victory over the Cardinals at St. Louis. Martinez (6-4) had been 1-3 since pitching nine perfect innings against the San Diego Padres on June 3.
November 6, 1998 |
Going into halftime Thursday night, Western Coach Toby Howell needed to find a way to stop Jason Annis, the Valencia quarterback who scorched his defense for three first-half touchdowns. Howell and the host Pioneers made the right adjustments and held Annis to just four second-half completions in Western's 27-24 Orange League victory. Annis finished 12 of 22 for 202 yards, but his offense was held in check in the second half. "He and [wide receiver Marquis] Johnson were tough," Howell said.
April 14, 1994 |
Baltimore Oriole pitchers have tried everything against Cecil Fielder, and not much has worked, so Jamie Moyer had an idea Wednesday in Detroit. Forget fastballs. Slow it down. "The times I've faced Cecil, I've had some success getting him out with my changeup," Moyer said. Not anymore. Fielder went four for four, including one of three Tiger homers, and John Doherty pitched seven strong innings of a 6-3 victory over the Orioles.
May 31, 2001 |
Theater loves to cannibalize itself. One of the more zany devourings is Michael Frayn's "Noises Off." The 1982 comedy follows a small company as it stumbles madly through something called "Nothing On," a play with a plot too convoluted to explain. All we need to know is that Frayn is making a satiric farce about staging a farce. At the Curtis Theatre in Brea, the Vanguard Theatre Ensemble has mounted a passable version.
March 13, 1988 |
Figuring out the Dodgers' starting pitching alignment, even in the early spring, used to be easy. But now that Bob Welch and Rick Honeycutt have moved their spring-training headquarters to Arizona with the Oakland Athletics, the Dodgers have three openings in the rotation instead of one, after Fernando Valenzuela and Orel Hershiser. A traditional Dodger strength has become a question mark, if not a weakness. Competition among pitchers this spring has been intense.