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May 25, 2013 | By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
Serena Williams has won the French Open only once, and that was 11 years ago . . . and yet it is difficult to find anyone to pick against her this year. The 31-year-old Williams, winner of 15 major titles including the 2012 U.S. Open, is on a 24-match winning streak and ranked No. 1 in the world. Last summer, after being upset in the first round of the French Open (it happens), she went on to win Wimbledon and Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles before the Open. And she seemed on the way to winning the 2013 Australian Open before being upset by 17-year-old American Sloane Stephens in the semifinals.
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SPORTS
May 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Serena Williams continued her career-best winning streak, now at 23 matches, on Saturday to advance to the Italian Open championship match in Rome. The top-ranked American stopped Simona Halep of Romania, 6-3, 6-0, in the semifinals and will try to win her fourth consecutive tournament, and second in a row on clay, on Sunday against third-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who beat seventh-seeded Sara Errani, 6-0, 7-5, in the other semifinal. Williams last lost in a final to Azarenka at the Qatar Open in February, when the former top-ranked player and two-time reigning Australian Open champion from Belarus defeated Williams, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3. If Williams can win on Sunday, she'll try to repeat her performance from more than a decade ago when she followed a win in the Italian Open with her only title run in the French Open.
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May 2, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is one of the hottest players in baseball, leading the majors with a 6-0 record, but a Toronto Blue Jays radio color commentator believes he knows the young right-hander's secret: He's cheating. “I just saw video of Buchholz loading the ball with some Eddie Harris worthy slick'em painted up his left forearm,” former major league pitcher Dirk Hayhurst, who works for 590 CJCL-AM, claimed on Twitter . “Wow.” Buchholz, who gave up two hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts Wednesday during Boston's 10-1 victory over Toronto, shook off the claims, explaining that he puts rosin on his arm and wets his fingers for improved grip.
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April 26, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Tennis star Venus Williams was in Santa Monica on Thursday, doing fitness demonstrations, leading regular, less-in-shape folks in some exercise and promoting Jamba Juice because she likes to be able to add wheatgrass shots to her juice. Since announcing at the 2011 U.S. Open that she suffered from Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects her energy levels and can leave her eyes and mouth exceptionally dry, Williams has taken the lead in learning about nutrition, diet and just about everything else about her body.
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April 17, 2013 | Wire reports
The Green Bay Packers locked up star linebacker Clay Matthews with a long-term extension Wednesday as the team took care of one of its top two stars in need of new deals. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is also in negotiations for an extension. Matthews posted a picture of himself on Twitter signing the deal, saying, "Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!" The Packers did not announce terms of the extension, but NFL.com's Albert Breer reported the deal as a five-year extension worth $66 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2013 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
As Urs Fischer stood inside the Geffen Contemporary last month preparing for his big MOCA survey, the museum's much-discussed financial troubles did not seem to be weighing on him. "I don't care about any of that; I care about art," said the beefy 39-year-old artist in jeans and a long-sleeve black T-shirt, with assorted tattoos snaking up his arms. And he noted that his show has not been shortchanged because of any budget crunch. "Putting on a sculpture show always takes a lot of effort, but we didn't have to compromise much.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Sharon Mizota
Dan Finsel's intriguing show at Richard Telles revolves around a 1974 book he found in his parents' collection: "The Inward Journey/Art as Therapy for You. " The sculptures, paintings and photographs that Finsel created in response seem to be a Freudian exploration of family dynamics, with plenty of references to the inputs and outputs of at least two important orifices. They are also send-ups of the notion of art as a direct conduit to self-discovery. The show opens with a faux copy of the book, its title translated into pig Latin, and a portrait of Finsel sitting at a table with a variety of clay objects.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2013 | By August Brown
The L.A. duo The Milk Carton Kids have the interesting distinction of being just as famous for their live banter as for their music. It's no accident that Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan's act has risen in the ranks of Largo's folk-comedy crossover: part Smothers Brothers cheeky repartee, part Conchords -ian self-awareness about singer-songwriterdom, the time between their songs at shows can be just as compelling as the music.   But the music is even better. On their debut  album "The Ash & Clay" for Anti- , the duo makes four sounds - two voices, two acoustic guitars - sound as big as a prairie.
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March 18, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Clay Matthews does not have two broken legs. Or even one for that matter. As far as we know, that is. Since when is it news when someone is not horribly injured? Ever since some sicko created a website that claims to allow other sickos to concoct fake news reports about "any player, any team, two broken legs in glorious traffic accident!" How nice. Apparently just one broken leg isn't quite horrific enough. Anyway, the alleged purpose of this site is to help fantasy football owners get a competitive advantage over everyone else in their league (a.k.a., cheat)
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February 23, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC Coach Lane Kiffin on Saturday officially announced the addition of three new assistants and the promotion of quarterbacks coach Clay Helton to offensive coordinator. The news release sent out by USC did not address whether Kiffin would give up play-calling duties. "I am excited to have completed the reconstruction of our staff," Kiffin said in a statement. "It was a very exhaustive and thorough process. " Helton will continue to coach quarterbacks as the Trojans transition from four-year starter Matt Barkley to sophomores Max Wittek or Cody Kessler or freshman Max Browne.
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