October 2, 2008 |
CHICAGO -- There was an unusual amount of facial hair on Chad Billingsley's boyish face Wednesday, but the 24-year-old right-hander said he wasn't growing a playoff beard. "I haven't had a start in a long time," Billingsley said. Billingsley says he only shaves on the day of his starts, something he hasn't had in eight days. He plans to maintain his routine this morning, though not everything about the latest cycle in his life is routine.
October 1, 2008 |
STATS Corner The numbers may tell the story when the Dodgers and Cubs meet in the best-of-five-game National League division playoff series beginning this afternoon at Wrigley Field. Here are some facts and figures about the two clubs that might prove pivotal, provided by STATS LLC: Ramirez is a road warrior Manny Ramirez has hit 14 postseason home runs on the road, more than anyone else in baseball history. Ramirez's 29 runs batted in in playoff road games rank third all-time. Ramirez's .
August 14, 2008 |
Tribune Co., publisher of the Los Angeles Times, reported a second-quarter net loss of $4.53 billion after writing down the value of its publications. The loss compared with a profit of $36.3 million a year earlier and included a $3.83-billion expense to reflect the falling value of its newspapers, the Chicago-based company said. Sales fell 5.7% to $1.11 billion. Newspaper advertising sales tumbled 15%, Tribune said. The worsening advertising slump has made it harder for investor Sam Zell, who took Tribune private in December, to manage $12.5 billion in debt after the buyout.
July 25, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Tribune Co. is inviting at least three potential buyers who submitted bids for the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field near or above $1 billion to participate in a second round of proposals, according to a person involved in the process.
July 4, 2008 |
Tribune Co. signed a $300- million asset-backed commercial paper credit agreement with Barclays Bank, using $225 million to repay a term loan. The deal allows Tribune, the newspaper publisher taken private in December by real estate billionaire Sam Zell, to borrow against receivables, the Chicago-based company said. The loan gives Zell breathing room to find buyers for assets to reduce $13 billion in debt. Tribune is selling the Chicago Cubs baseball team and exploring options for the buildings housing its two biggest newspapers, the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.
June 26, 2008 |
Cash-strapped Tribune Co. is considering putting two of its signature properties -- the Los Angeles Times' main office downtown and Tribune Tower in Chicago -- on the block. Tribune Chief Executive Sam Zell told employees in an e-mail Wednesday that the company had contacted "several of the country's leading real estate firms" about the Times property and Tribune Tower, the company's 40-story headquarters in Chicago. "Both Tribune Tower and Times Mirror Square are iconic structures," Zell said.