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December 20, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
ESPN on Thursday suspended commentator Rob Parker for 30 days for calling Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III a "cornball brother" during a discussion about race. "ESPN has decided to suspend Rob Parker for 30 days for his comments made on last Thursday's episode of 'First Take,' " the network said in a statement. "Our review of the preparation for the show and the re-air has established that mistakes both in judgment and communication were made. As a direct result, clearly inappropriate content was aired and then re-aired without editing.
March 26, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
An Anaheim councilwoman is being asked to resign following her online remarks that the fatal police shooting of a 21-year-old man had "saved us a trial. " Lucille Kring, who is running for mayor in the resort city, quickly apologized for her comments, but some residents said it was too late and urged her to step down instead. The relationship between police and residents in the densely packed core of Orange County's largest city has been strained for years and came to a head in the summer of 2012 when a series of shootings ignited days of street protests and angry demonstrations.
December 4, 2013 | By Scott Collins, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Martin Bashir has learned something Alec Baldwin already knows: Even a cable news host can say too much. MSNBC announced Wednesday that Bashir, a commentator and host of the 4 p.m. hour, is leaving after an uproar over his remarks last month about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Disputing Palin's position that compared the national debt to slavery, Bashir during an on-air segment called Palin "America's resident dunce" and then suggested a slave-like scatalogical punishment for her. (Entire video is below; warning: strong language.)
March 25, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Top Federal Reserve officials said financial markets overreacted to Chairwoman Janet Yellen's comments last week indicating the central bank could start raising interest rates early next year. In speeches and interviews, the officials stressed that Fed policy on its near zero short-term interest rates hadn't changed and that rates would remain low for a long period of time. "I don't think the Fed changed its position," Charles Plosser, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, told CNBC-TV Tuesday.
April 5, 1986
So ABC and Dennis Swanson want to move Frank Gifford from play-by-play to commentator. Please, Roone, say it ain't so. A move like this would be like having Vin Scully only do the postgame interview. STEVE BITTICK Newhall
December 2, 1986 | RICHARD SIMON, Times Staff Writer
Rep. Bobbi Fiedler, who gave up her west San Fernando Valley-southern Ventura County congressional seat to run for the U. S. Senate, is negotiating with KABC-TV Channel 7 to become a political commentator for the Los Angeles station after her term expires Jan. 3. The three-term Chatsworth Republican said in a recent interview that she has no plans to run for political office again but would not rule out the possibility.
January 8, 1985 | LARRY STEWART
Quarterback Joe Theismann of the Washington Redskins has been hired by ABC to work as a commentator on the Super Bowl telecast Jan. 20, the network announced Monday. Theismann will work with Frank Gifford, the play-by-play announcer, and Don Meredith, the other commentator. It had been reported earlier that both Meredith and O.J. Simpson, the regular "Monday Night Football" commentators, would not be in the booth during the telecast, but ABC apparently changed its thinking about Meredith's role.
October 15, 1986 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
It's Jess Marlow "who's coming home" to KNBC Channel 4 Nov. 24. KNBC has launched a mystery ad campaign to promote the return of the calm, reasoned Marlow to Channel 4 as a commentator on its 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts to succeed Jack Perkins. Newspaper ads show the facial outline of an unidentified man beneath the headline: "Guess Who's Coming Home?"
February 15, 1996 | LARRY STEWART
The budding broadcasting careers of Joe Montana and Warren Moon ended, at least for now, on Wednesday. Montana, through his management company, IMG, announced he has decided to give up his job as a studio commentator for NBC after one season so he can spend more time with his family. Turner Sports, meanwhile, announced that Moon, quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, was told in January his services would no longer be needed.
April 7, 1987
Arraignment of former U.S. Sen. John V. Tunney on a misdemeanor drunk driving charge was postponed until April 28 after his attorney said he needed more time to confer with the 52-year-old California Democrat. The California Highway Patrol said Tunney was arrested on March 6, when he was allegedly speeding and weaving in his 1985 Mercedes-Benz on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. Officers said it was a first offense.
March 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia - Even on the other side of the world, the Dodgers have been cast as the villains. The buildup to their season opener Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks is reminiscent of the scenario the Dodgers faced when they played the St. Louis Cardinals last year during the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers' wealth and perceived arrogance have made them the bad guys here. Catcher A.J. Ellis wasn't surprised. "We're the bad guys back in the States," Ellis said.
March 16, 2014 | By Jen Leo
From the co-founder of Flickr comes a new travel app that's three parts photo-inspired sticky notes and one part treasure map. Name: Findery Available for: Website and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch What it does: Geo-tags "notes" all over the world connecting people with places, and places with stories. Create your own "notemaps," or list of notes. Even better - discover the world through other travelers' lists. Cost: Free What's hot: Lots of hyper-local travel apps point out brag-worthy hotspots, but Findery delves deeper, encouraging travelers and locals to imprint their memories and stories on a place.
March 16, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Twenty years ago, Ed O'Bannon's geography skills had an unfortunate lapse after he learned UCLA would play Tulsa in the NCAA tournament's first round. β€œTo tell you the truth,” O'Bannon said at the time, β€œI didn't even know Tulsa was in Oklahoma.” Tulsa went on to end UCLA's tournament early in 1994, history that won't be far away when the schools meet Friday in San Diego to start the NCAA tournament. After beating Louisiana Tech to win the Conference USA tournament, Tulsa's first NCAA appearance since 2003 is the latest twist in an unpredictable season.
March 8, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
For old-timer's sake Washington Wizards Coach Randy Wittman , on the collective play of Andre Miller , 37, Al Harrington , 34, and Drew Gooden , 32: "We had the AARP group in there. It was doing pretty good. You can see it in practice and out here on the floor. They're getting their legs under them a little bit more and more each day. They gave us a big boost. " The silent treatment San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich , on how he handles his team in games when things aren't going well: "Sometimes in timeouts I'll say, 'I've got nothing for you. What do you want me to do?
February 26, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Steve Elkington just can't help himself. Even when he's trying to make a situation right, his attempt seems to have the opposite effect. At least that appears to be the case this week, when the former PGA Championship winner tried clearing up his controversial comments about a gay football player while using a word considered offensive toward another group of people. On Tuesday morning Elkington tweeted a couple of now-deleted comments on Michael Sam, the former Missouri defensive end who came out publicly as gay earlier this month.
February 26, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
For most Oscar viewers, the red carpet is little more than a fluffy delight - a few hours filled with insanely expensive dresses, over-caffeinated commentators and false modesty. But for Joe Lewis, whose job is to make sure the red carpet is ready to be tread upon come Sunday, it's serious business. For the past seven years, Lewis has been contracted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to hire hundreds of vendors for the big day, overseeing everything from power and lighting to fan bleachers and porta-potties.
September 5, 2003 | John Weyler
Incessant mist and drizzle that forced U.S. Open tennis officials to postpone more than 100 matches this week turned into a good old-fashioned rainstorm Thursday morning in New York. The USA network had already televised virtually every minute of tennis played to that point, in tape delay, along with half a dozen classic matches featuring the likes of Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras. At one point, commentator Jim Courier quipped, "Coming up next, a first-round match from Cincinnati."
June 2, 1998 | LARRY STEWART
What: Golf infomercials. Any golfer knows golf infomercials on television aren't to be believed. No one hits a perfect shot every time, except on a golf infomercial. The message is always, use this club and you'll never hit another bad shot, and the ball will go higher, farther and straighter. You hear announcers say, "The ball exploded off the club face," or "It's so effective it's like teeing up your driver in the middle of the fairway."
February 21, 2014
The most important part of the agreement, however, was devoted to early presidential elections, to be held no later than December. The two sides also agreed that an objective investigation into the recent protester deaths would be conducted under monitoring by the opposition and the Council of Europe. The agreement buried the idea of introducing a state of emergency in the country and compelled parliament to pass a new amnesty for protesters involved in the recent clashes. The agreement bound the opposition to hand over to authorities all illegal weapons within 24 hours as soon as a special law to that effect is passed.
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