September 21, 2013 |
What a perfect situation for UCLA Coach Jim Mora. The Bruins defeat New Mexico State, 59-13, and he is able to show some class at the end by emptying his bench and having his third-string quarterback take a knee at the one-yard line in the final seconds instead of piling on another touchdown. Plus -- and this is big -- he has plenty of reasons to chew out his team, should he choose to do so, after a lopsided win. Yes, there were plenty of positives for UCLA, but also way enough mistakes to keep the undefeated and No. 13-ranked Bruins humble.
September 17, 2013 |
Amber Riley, was that really a 27 out of 30 we saw you earn with the cha-cha on "Dancing With the Stars" Monday night? The first night of the 17th season of "Dancing With the Stars"? Even Kellie Pickler, last season's winner, notched only a 21 with the cha-cha her first night on the dance floor. Riley, who's a singer by training and a dancer only as "a dream deferred" - she said on the show that her family could afford only one of the pursuits - took to the ballroom thing like a fish to water, despite early nerves.
September 10, 2013 |
People can't resist watching Miley Cyrus -- even when she's not twerking. The former Disney Channel star's new music video, "Wrecking Ball," dominated the Vevo Internet streaming service, wracking up 19.3 million views in 24 hours and setting a record for most views. Cyrus displaced the previous record holder, One Direction, whose "Best Song Ever" video had set the previous high water mark for one-day views (12.3 million views). It's not hard to imagine why the music video attracted notice.
September 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK - What Rafael Nadal did to Tommy Robredo was just punishment - pure, powerful punishment. Nadal, seeded second at the U.S. Open, beat fellow Spaniard Robredo, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2, Wednesday night in a quarterfinal pummeling on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Robredo had upset five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer in the fourth round, but against Nadal, Robredo had no room to place shots where Nadal couldn't find them. And pound them back. "I don't know the way he felt," Robredo said, "but obviously I felt he was doing pretty good out there.
September 3, 2013 |
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has had a crush on "Sam and Cat" star Jennette McCurdy for a while, mentioning her often on Twitter, hoping to one day meet her. It looks like Drummond's wish came true. Drummond and McCurdy took to Instagram and Twitter over the weekend to document their first meeting -- and it looks like all went well. For the last few months, Drummond has taken part in #WCW on Twitter and Instagram, which stands for "Woman Crush Wednesday" (sorry to disappoint you, World Championship Wrestling fans)
August 31, 2013 |
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley didn't burst into this season with a long touchdown run on the first play. He waited until the eighth play. The No. 21 Bruins entered the 2013 season with high expectations and with their first appearance in a preseason poll since 2007. Yet they waited until the second half before putting away a pesky Nevada team. The 58-20 victory in the Rose Bowl on Saturday was a start. The start of what? Well, for that answer, Bruins fans will have to wait.
July 30, 2013 |
HOMS, Syria - A pair of slender minarets and the silver dome of the Khalid bin Walid mosque arise like a fairy castle from a foreground of rubble in the Old City of this war-ravaged city, dubbed the "birthplace of the revolution" by antigovernment activists. "Khalid bin Walid is the protector of us, after God," said a city resident, referring to the revered figure in Islam who is the mosque's namesake. "We hope to be able to pray there soon," the man, who goes by the nickname Abu Farhan, said as he emerged Tuesday from his building in the Ghouta district.
July 8, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before going for Dwight Howard's job at the Lakers. The Skinny: Spent the weekend watching some of season one of "The Sopranos. " Forgot how great that show was. Monday's headlines include the box office recap and a look at "The Lone Ranger," which is the summer's latest big flop. Also, Richard Nanula resigns from Miramax and Colony Capital and Legendary Entertainment is nearing a decision on a new home. Daily Dose: Kicking the tires of the online video site Hulu isn't the only thing DirecTV is up to these days.
July 3, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out how early to sneak out today. The Skinny: Isn't it so nice when Wednesday feels like Friday? Most of this town already seems to have headed out the door. Wednesday's headlines include the July 4 box office preview, reviews of "The Lone Ranger" and "Despicable Me 2" and the latest Jeff Robinov rumors. The Morning Fix will be off on the Fourth of July and Friday. Have a safe holiday and see you back here Monday. Daily Dose: Lost in all the talk about potential mergers among cable operators is what this might mean for consumers.
June 20, 2013 |
ANDKHOY, Afghanistan - When Esmatullah got engaged in 1999, he was a 26-year-old day laborer eager to wed, through an arranged marriage, a young girl from a village near his native Andkhoy, in western Afghanistan. Fourteen years later, Esmatullah is still waiting. Afghan weddings brim with long-standing traditions, and one of them is the custom known as walwar . It requires the groom-to-be to pay cold cash to the bride's father. The amounts negotiated between the families can exceed $20,000, a sum far beyond the means of working-class Afghans.