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)
November 20, 2012 |
Nicki Minaj took a break from her usual fashion escapades to make another kind of sartorial statement in her latest music video (warning: explicit lyrics) for the single "Freedom" off her album "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up. " In the video Minaj wears a crown of thorns and a long black dress, making a comparison to Jesus Christ. [ MTV ] Leslie Mann, wife of funnyman screenwriter Judd Apatow wears Gucci on the December cover of Marie Claire. Mann broke her toe on the shoot after attempting to jump for the photographer to get her dress to billow.
November 16, 2012 |
Many Angels fans are up in arms today over the fact that Detroit's Miguel Cabrera won the AL MVP award over Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who finished a distant second. The voting wasn't even close, with Cabrera being placed first on 22 of the 28 ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers Assn. of America . Trout received the other six first-place votes and finished with 281 points. Cabrera finished with 362 points. But really, it was an easy pick. Let's compare the two players.
November 9, 2012 |
“The world's most dangerous wave. Seven seconds of sheer terror. A force of nature.” With that prose, the Oahu 's North Shore Chamber of Commerce invites visitors to share in the thrill of surfing's biggest event of the year, the Van's Triple Crown of Surfing . The event is actually three contests along North Shore beaches. The action gets underway Monday at Alii Beach in the town of Haleiwa and continues through Dec. 20. Admission is free. The surfing action began shifting from Waikiki northward in the 1960s as new, shorter boards prompted surfers to chase the faster, hollower waves (tubes)
November 6, 2012 |
Nancy Howell has been at Ocean View Farms community garden in Mar Vista since it opened in 1977. She grows crops common to many plots -- artichokes, squash and beans. However, one neat planting box contains something strikingly exotic: pineapple. When she planted a cut-off crown of a Costco pineapple from Costa Rica and stuck it in the ground, everyone laughed at her, Howell said. Now she's the one laughing. “Two years later I had a pineapple,” she says, grinning.
October 29, 2012 |
The long-awaited reopening of the Statue of Liberty went off Sunday on the landmark's 126th anniversary. But it abruptly closed, as did everything else in New York City, because of Hurricane Sandy. The public will have to wait a few days longer to see the $30-million year-long makeover -- the new 393 steps to the crown, the new wheelchair access area and other upgrades. (Visiting the crown requires advance tickets .) The statue is closed Monday and Tuesday with no word yet on plans for Wednesday.