January 7, 2013 |
Alabama has won its third Bowl Championship Series title in four years, overwhelming top-ranked Notre Dame, 42-14, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Coach Nick Saban's teams have won four national championships. He won his first as coach at Louisiana State. Former Alabama Coach Bear Bryant won six national titles. Notre Dame came into the game unbeaten but still a nine-point underdog. And it was a far bigger mismatch than that. Alabama dominated from the start Monday night, scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions against a Notre Dame defense that was giving up a national-best 10.3 yards per game.
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January 6, 2013 |
A group of friends gathered in Roman Weiser's Newhall garage one September day in 2005. They had with them crushed grapes from Paso Robles, compressed in an oak barrel. They added yeast. And then they waited, periodically monitoring the barrel's contents, straining it of pulp and sediment. A year later, the friends - most of them amateur vintners - had produced a barrel of wine. "Our hopes were not really to create outstanding wine," said Weiser, 51, a graphic designer in the advertising industry.
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January 1, 2013 |
A curious high-schooler hurls a flurry of questions at a UC Riverside advisor. The student asks about tuition, SAT scores, study-abroad programs, diversity and whether she would need a car. Once she gets her answers, she leaves. She doesn't bother to say goodbye. The student was sitting at a computer in the Northern California town of Watsonville. And the advisor was on a computer at UC Riverside. Colleges nationwide have taken to using online chat rooms as a way of reaching high school students in what these days is their natural habitat: the Internet.
December 14, 2012 |
James Badge Dale has that familiar, handsome face that many a solid actor or high school sweetheart might have when you pass him at the coffee shop or traffic light. What you don't know is that you already love Dale -- or "Badge," as he's affectionately referred to. Soldiering on in HBO's "The Pacific," or his scene-stealing turn as Michael Fassbender's adulterous boss in "Shame," or the gaunt and haunting turn in Denzel Washington's "Flight," Badge is a chameleon who by this time next year will likely be a household name.
December 12, 2012 |
Remember e-book readers? You know, those neat little electronic gadgets that let you read digital copies of books, and just books. The Nook. The Kindle. Ringing any bells? If not, ask someone you know who can recall a time before tablets, about two years back, and they'll tell you all about them. See, once upon a time, those little devices were the hottest consumer electronics product around. In 2008, we bought 1 million of them , according to market research firm IHS iSuppli . By 2010, we bought 10.1 million.
November 14, 2012 |
Facebook Inc. is on the verge of a Goliath rollout of its new Gifts program. But one David isn't quivering in his Santa boots. Matt Brezina, chief executive of Sincerely Inc., said Wednesday that in the next few weeks his company is going to dive deeper into the mobile gifting business. Sincerely doesn't have the global reach of Facebook. But Brezina said there's room enough in the gift business for more than one player, even if the dominant player has more than 1 billion users.
November 5, 2012 |
SEA GATE, N.Y. -- Michael Szajngarten stopped picking up pieces of his shattered home to look through the hole Hurricane Sandy ripped in his living room wall, giving him an unobstructed ocean view. “I hear we'll get snow soon,” he said. “I just feel like it's insult to injury.” Just outside were remnants of a concrete sea wall, a barrier built to protect homes here from high surf and storm surge. But super storm Sandy crushed parts of the wall, and a new storm -- a nor'easter -- is brewing in the Atlantic, threatening to hit the coast again.
November 4, 2012 |
It's official. The Lakers won't go 0-82. They beat the unimpressive Detroit Pistons, 108-79, gladly taking victory Sunday and avoiding their first 0-4 start since 1957. Dwight Howard had 28 points and Lakers fans could briefly forget the news that Steve Nash might miss up to four weeks because of a small fracture in his left leg. The Lakers acknowledged publicly that Nash would miss at least one week, but another three weeks could ultimately be tacked onto that assessment in a worst-case scenario, according to a person familiar with the situation.
November 3, 2012 |
It was Johnathan Franklin's night. Will it become UCLA's season? The Bruins wake today with a new all-time leading rusher, as Franklin chased down Gaston Green's career record on the first possession against Arizona on Saturday. But when the Bruins wipe the sleep from their eyes, the realization may come that the college football monopoly in Los Angeles just might be over. Franklin's serpentine 37-yard touchdown pushed him past Green and started a long and profitable evening for the Bruins.
November 1, 2012 |
Disney's new "Wreck-It Ralph," set in the world of video games will likely take the high score at the box office this weekend, but studio executives are unsure what effect the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will have on movie attendance. The animated feature about a fictional game villain seeking acceptance in an arcade filled with characters licensed from real games such as "Street Fighter," "Pac-Man" and "Q*bert" should open to between $45 million and $50 million this weekend, according to people who have seen pre-release surveys.