February 18, 2014 |
It's not true that the San Antonio Spurs have been playing together since the Stone Age. The Bronze Age, perhaps, but definitely not the Stone Age. The Spurs' cohesiveness and heady play is largely a result of such familiarity. It's why guys like Tony Parker can go down and Cory Joseph can step up and it's as if nothing has changed at all. The Spurs gave the Clippers another lesson in togetherness Tuesday night at Staples Center throughout a 113-103 victory that revealed a template for playing through less than ideal circumstances.
February 13, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - There is a compelling race taking place in the mountains that has nothing to do with Austrians, timing devices or finish lines. It's the mad dash to complete the Olympic Alpine events before the snow melts and Rosa Khutor becomes a water slide. The hill has held up well through three Alpine races thanks to meticulous course grooming and the injection of hardening agents (salt). FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi The downhill portion of Friday's men's super-combined race, however, has been moved from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the hope one less hour of sunlight will help keep the track firm.
February 8, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - It might sound odd to hear one of the most successful ski jumpers in history talk about luck. But, for all his accomplishments, Gregor Schlierenzauer has never been an individual Olympic champion and he knows that winning the men's normal hill event Sunday won't be easy. "Gold medal is my goal," he said. "To win at the Olympic Games, you need not only good form but also luck. " Schlierenzauer figures to be pushed by the likes of Kamil Stoch of Poland, Austrian teammate Thomas Diethart and Simon Ammann of Switzerland.
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February 7, 2014 |
Robert A. Dahl, an esteemed and influential political scientist who in such books as "Who Governs?" championed democracy in theory and critiqued it in practice, has died. He was 98. A professor emeritus at Yale University, Dahl died Wednesday at a nursing home in Hamden, Conn., according to his daughter Sara Connor. His career lasted for more than half a century, but he was best known for the 1961 publication "Who Governs?" Cited by the Times Literary Supplement as among the 100 most influential books since World War II, "Who Governs?"
February 4, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Moscow hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics but the Americans weren't there, and Los Angeles hosted the 1984 Games but the Soviets stayed home. The Houston Rockets claimed two NBA titles in the 1990s while Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan was off chasing curveballs. Tiger Woods was recovering from knee surgery when Padraig Harrington captured the 2008 PGA Championship and British Open. The Detroit Pistons swept the Lakers in the 1989 NBA Finals with injured Lakers Magic Johnson and Byron Scott on the bench.
February 3, 2014 |
As California's drought continues, and more than a dozen rural communities ponder what to do when their drinking water runs out sometime in March, it would be nice if the state's Republican politicians brought some straightforward plans for relief to the table. But what many of them are bringing instead is a tired political tactic barely, and laughably, disguised as a remedy for the lack of rainfall. The "man-made California drought" is the term House Republicans use to describe the state's current dry condition, as if it were somehow the hand of humankind, environmentalists or, even worse, Democrats that has stopped the snowfall over the Sierra and kept the dams that store water for fields, orchards and homes from being replenished.