March 20, 2013 |
PHOENIX -- Despite complaints that they are fundamentally changing the game, NFL owners voted almost unanimously Wednesday to ban players from ducking their heads to initiate contact in the open field. The rules change, which capped the league's annual meeting, passed by a 31-1 margin, with the only vote against it coming from the Cincinnati Bengals. The rule imposes a 15-yard penalty if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the crown (top) of his helmet when both players are clearly outside the tackle box. The tackle box is defined as an area extending from offensive tackle to tackle and from three yards beyond the line of scrimmage back to the end zone behind the line of scrimmage.
March 19, 2013 |
PHOENIX - In the name of player safety, the NFL is weighing a ban on running backs initiating contact in the open field by lowering their heads and using the crown of their helmet to strike defenders. But the proposed rule is jarring to many, including some prominent former ballcarriers who are concerned the potential change fundamentally alters the game and could leave running backs even more vulnerable. "This is a joke," Hall of Fame back Marshall Faulk said Tuesday on NFL Network, for whom he's an analyst.
March 18, 2013 |
The Kings announced Monday that they will retire what they call their crown/black jerseys after wearing the official alternate sweaters in their next two games, Monday and Tuesday against Phoenix at Staples Center. The jerseys were the team's primary home jersey from 2002 to 2011. The silver and black jerseys that are now their primary jerseys were introduced in November 2008. Here's a look at the Kings' jerseys through the years. The Forum Blue and Gold still rank as the best, and the despised “Burger King” jerseys as the worst.
March 2, 2013 |
There were 10 lead changes in the second half of a hard-fought City Section Division I championship boys' basketball game Saturday night, just what was expected in the long-anticipated duel between Westchester and Woodland Hills El Camino Real at Cal State Dominguez Hills. But when the going got tough, the Comets turned to senior guard Matthew Grant. He contributed a three-pointer with 2 minutes 44 seconds left, then another basket with 2:03 remaining, and Westchester finally pulled away for a 65-59 victory to win a 12th City championship for Coach Ed Azzam.
February 20, 2013 |
PHOENIX - With their first Cactus League game not scheduled until Saturday, the Dodgers are finding different ways to amuse themselves. A double-elimination doubles ping-pong tournament started on Wednesday, with the team of nonroster relievers Peter Moylan and Mark Lowe defeating Carl Crawford and Tony Gwynn Jr. in straight sets. Later, tournament organizer Clayton Kershaw and Shawn Tolleson beat A.J. Ellis and Mark Ellis. Earlier in the day, Andre Ethier overtook Hyun-Jin Ryu as the chopsticks competition leader.
February 15, 2013 |
Antron Brown was in constant motion before qualifying Friday, what with fans wanting his autograph, crew members wanting his ear and no less than drag-racing legend John Force wanting a bit of his guidance. But Brown wasn't complaining because it comes with having won the top-fuel championship in the National Hot Rod Assn. last year, when Brown became the first African American driver to win a major U.S. motor-racing title. Now Brown is starting his quest to win back-to-back championships at this weekend's season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona.
January 5, 2013 |
Horse racing's road to the triple crown has begun, and there is a touch of déjà vu already. Trainer Doug O'Neill's Goldencents outbattled two Bob Baffert horses Saturday at Santa Anita in one of the several winter 3-year-old prep races to the Kentucky Derby, and its following Preakness and Belmont Stakes. The race was the Sham Stakes, a Grade III race worth $100,000, and the appearance of Goldencents was much anticipated, especially because, in a recent workout, he turned six furlongs in a lightning 1 minute 10 seconds.
December 18, 2012 |
From its first moments to its last, "The Voice" struck a perfectly pitched emotional chord in this season's final performance Monday night, highlighting music's power to access pain and sorrow, to heal and to uplift. Friday's heartbreaking tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, never far from our thoughts in the intervening days, was directly addressed in the show's initial moments. The coaches, contestants and hosts gathered onstage amongst flickering candles to sing a tribute - Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" -- to those killed.
December 1, 2012 |
- Alabama will play Notre Dame for the national championship in the game everyone wants to see, but only after playing the game no one wanted to end. File it to your smartphone memory or even carve it in a park bench: Alabama 32, Georgia 28. The attendance was 75,624 and the venue was the Georgia Dome. Crimson Tide fans will tell their grandkids about this game in 25 years while Bulldogs fans stomp their feet and plug their ears. It was tremendous, glorious, stressful and painful - all in the same three Saturday seconds.
November 30, 2012 |
PALO ALTO -- The hopping and bopping on the UCLA sideline began as soon as the third quarter ended. Stanford players held off on their dancing until the end. When a 52-yard field-goal attempt by UCLA kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn came up short with 34 seconds left, so had the Bruins. Moments later, Cardinal players exploded from the sideline and all that was left for the Bruins was a long walk out the tunnel, with Stanford fans tossing rose petals on them. Stanford's 27-24 victory in the Pac-12 championship game on a drizzly Friday night in Stanford Stadium meant the Rose Bowl for the Cardinal (11-2)