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No stars, just talent Toronto Raptors Coach Dwane Casey , on his team's efforts to continually improve: "Until we get four or five Michael Jordans in here, we've got to stick with our plan with a young team and see which way it takes us. " Analyze this Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , on a Facebook post regarding troubled protege Andrew Bynum , who has been excused from all team activities after a suspension from...
December 24, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The Secret Santa of Glendora works swiftly, cheerfully, her blond ponytail bouncing out from underneath her fuzzy red hat on this December afternoon as she glides from table to table. The guy eating the scrambled eggs gets a nudge about his sorry Raiders. The couple with the waffles gets an earful about that crazy Yasiel Puig. Statistics are liberally poured out like syrup. Opinions are plunked into the middle of the table like a bottle of hot sauce. She loves the Kansas City Chiefs.
December 24, 2013 | By Haim Saban
In recent weeks, the media have had a field day reporting on a so-called rift in the U.S.-Israel relationship over the nuclear negotiations with Iran. The story makes for great headlines, but it's poor analysis. Despite the heated rhetoric, the pillars that have anchored America's most important alliance in the Middle East for more than six decades are just as firmly rooted today as they have ever been. Just hours after Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced the interim deal to halt Iran's nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on American television and called the agreement "a historic mistake.
December 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson has been put on an indefinite hiatus from filming the smash hit A&E reality series following inflammatory remarks about gay people he made in an interview with GQ magazine. In a statement, A+E Networks said, "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty.' His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.
December 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY - Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni had a suggestion for Pau Gasol and any other Lakers who didn't like their role in his offense. "Everybody, to a man, we've just got to play harder and worry about things less," he said Friday before the Lakers played Oklahoma City. "That's one thing, if they just don't want to do it that way. Then you have to accept it or not. But there's no reason to not play hard. " Most players like D'Antoni's high-scoring scheme, but Gasol told The Times on Thursday that he felt less aggressive because D'Antoni kept him too far from the basket.
December 12, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
The Federal Communications Commission took a key step toward allowing cellphone calls on planes, but other government officials don't expect travelers will be chatting from 35,000 feet any time soon. Commissioners voted 3 to 2 on Thursday to allow public comment on a proposal to end a 22-year-old ban on mobile phone use on commercial flights. Chairman Tom Wheeler, who supports lifting the ban, said the decision is all about keeping up with new technology. But even Wheeler and the rest of the commission said they realize an FCC decision would not require airlines to allow cellphone calls.
December 9, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The question swirling around the Washington Redskins has shifted. It is no longer, will Mike Shanahan be the coach next season? It's will he survive the week? A day after an embarrassing 45-10 loss to Kansas City, and the smallest announced crowd in the 16-year history of FedEx Field, Shanahan tried Monday to stay on the topic of his 3-10 team's upcoming game at Atlanta. Instead, he was asked about an ESPN report that he was ready to quit after last season, and even cleaned out his office before the Redskins played host to Seattle in a playoff game.
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.)
November 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 During his days as football coach at Woodland Hills Taft, Troy Starr could be counted on to say something controversial about once a week. He was the one who coined the phrase, "What time does the JV game start?" regarding the City Invitational final before the City championship game. Now the head coach at Helix in San Diego, Starr still says what's on his mind. So it comes as no surprise in a story in the San Diego newspaper  about a top running back, Royce Freeman, and his chances of being selected player of the year, Starr said, "At the L.A. private schools, if they'd have known he was down here, they would have expanded their Christian outreach from vans to include small airplanes.
November 24, 2013 | By Bradley Zint
If you want to address the Costa Mesa City Council about something that's not on the night's agenda, you might have a long wait. Negative reaction, primarily from City Hall regulars, has grown since the quiet implementation a few weeks ago of Mayor Jim Righeimer's adjusted process for hearing public comments. Now, instead of an unlimited number of people awaiting a turn at the lectern at the beginning of the council meeting, only 10 randomly chosen speakers will be allowed the standard three minutes to talk.
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