November 9, 2013
Re "A crisis of competence," Editorial, Nov. 7 Listening to the discourse in Washington, many Americans feel that compromise is not feasible in the near future. I cannot help but think of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when representatives from the 13 states came together and compromised on principle, for the survival of the nation, to create the government that currently exists. For the sake of our nation, can we now compromise on principle again and focus on other matters such as the national debt and avoid another government shutdown?
October 26, 2013 |
Most people think next weekend's horse racing extravaganza at Santa Anita is the Breeders' Cup. It's actually the Mike and Gary Show. They are Mike Smith and Gary Stevens, the Peyton Manning and Tom Brady of their sport. They are long in experience and tooth, star jockeys who have been around ... and around ... and around. Each has won more than 5,000 races and millions of dollars in racing purses. Each has won each Triple Crown race at least once, Stevens three times each. Stevens has won eight Breeders' Cup races, Smith has the record with 17. Each has been inducted into racing's Hall of Fame, Stevens in 1997 and Smith in 2003.
October 21, 2013 |
Long after nearly all USC players had left the practice field Monday, special-teams coach John Baxter oversaw and evaluated kick after kick by Andre Heidari and walk-ons Alex Wood and Craig McMahon . With Heidari struggling, USC interim Coach Ed Orgeron had announced a competition for field-goal duties. USC plays Utah on Saturday at the Coliseum. "We feel that Andre has done a lot of good things for us," Orgeron said in a video posted on the school's website on Mondays during the season.
October 18, 2013 |
Sanya Richards-Ross is a four-time track-and-field gold medalist for the United States. In the WEtv reality show "Sanya's Glam & Gold," her life training for the Olympics and living - and working - with her family was documented. Richards-Ross, 28, talked to us about what it takes to stay in shape for the world's highest-stakes sporting event, how she manages to work alongside her family and whether her workouts have changed over the years. Will you be competing in the next Olympics?
October 17, 2013 |
The frantic action-comedy "Chinese Zodiac" may please non-discriminating fans of its co-writer/director/star (and more) Jackie Chan, but will likely leave most other viewers dazed, confused and eagerly watching the clock. The fact that this awkwardly dubbed, stateside version reportedly runs about 15 minutes shorter than the cut released in China may in part account for the movie's convoluted plotting. On the upside, there's now less of this cartoonish mishmash to wade through. Blasting, brawling and close-calling his way through the mayhem is Chan, cheesing it up as a bounty hunter known only as J.C. (which one, er, prays stands for "Jackie Chan")
October 16, 2013 |
With a documentary about Lance Armstrong's fall from grace already set for release next month, two feature films about the cyclist are now in a race to hit theaters. On Tuesday , the production company Working Title announced Ben Foster had been cast as Armstrong in a Stephen Frears-directed biopic set to begin filming Friday . Based on sportswriter David Walsh's "Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong," the picture will detail Armstrong's rise and fall, along with his contentious relationship with Walsh (played by Chris O'Dowd)