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July 20, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A malnourished bear cub abandoned by its mother after it suffered a broken leg has been rescued from a tree in Truckee, officials said Saturday. The cub, named Charlie, was injured when it was hit by a car two weeks ago, officials said. "Its mother had left it because it couldn't keep up with her ... he wasn't able to walk fast enough," said Ann Bryant, executive director of the BEAR League, an advocacy group. "Mother probably had another cub and had to do the best she could," Bryant said.
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SPORTS
July 10, 2013 | Mike DiGiovanna
Sending Joe Blanton to the mound with a stiff breeze blowing out on a steamy Tuesday evening in Wrigley Field was akin to dropping a match onto a pile of charcoal briquettes doused in lighter fluid. A combustible mix, it was. So it was no real surprise when Blanton, who is known to give up long balls in the best of atmospheric conditions, was rocked for four home runs, including Darwin Barney's game-breaking three-run, sixth-inning shot, in a 7-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs that dropped the Angels 10 games back in the American League West.
SPORTS
July 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs were grateful the temperature cooled to 74 degrees and the wind was blowing in at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night. Otherwise, the Angels might have hit a dozen home runs. One night after high heat and humidity and a stiff breeze blowing out sent balls flying out of the ballpark, conditions hardly seemed conducive to a game of power ball. That did nothing to deter the Angels, who hit five home runs, two by surging outfielder Josh Hamilton and one by Albert Pujols, in a 13-2 victory over the Cubs in which they bunched all of their home runs and 11 of 15 hits in a five-run first inning and a six-run fifth.
SPORTS
July 2, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
That'll shake things up in the National League West. Or maybe not. The Dodgers and Cubs completed their expected trade of relievers Tuesday, essentially exchanging bullpen disappointments. As it worked out, there was nothing in the deal to send critics of General Manager Ned Colletti screaming into the night. Not one prospect was involved in the deal, let alone a highly prized one. The Dodgers get Carlos Marmol, a one-time All-Star, the Cubs get Matt Guerrier, a onetime bullpen workhorse.
SPORTS
July 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER - The Dodgers temporarily fixed Brandon League last year after picking him up from the scrap heap. They hope to do the same this year with Carlos Marmol, the deposed closer they acquired Tuesday from the Chicago Cubs. While there is no guarantee Marmol will ever recover the form that made him an All-Star in 2008, the Dodgers aren't taking much of a gamble. The Dodgers sent the Cubs right-hander Matt Guerrier, who, like Marmol, was designated for assignment last week.
SPORTS
July 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER -- The Dodgers will attempt to revive the career of another floundering former All-Star closer, as they acquired Carlos Marmol, cash and cap space from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Matt Guerrier. They got Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners under similar circumstances last year and League pitched well enough to convince the Dodgers to re-sign him for $22.5 million. As was the case with League last year, Marmol has lost his job as the closer on a non-contending team.
SPORTS
July 1, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers appear to be making progress on a deal to acquire embattled reliever Carlos Marmol from the Chicago Cubs, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because a trade hasn't been finalized. Marmol, 30, was designated for assignment last week. He was an all-star in 2008, but was 2-4 with a 5.86 earned-run average this season and lost his job as the Cubs' closer. Marmol is in the final year of a three-year contract and is still owed around $5 million.
SCIENCE
June 18, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
The latest robot with legs is designed to mimic a house cat. Why? Because a robot tiger would have been too big. Seriously, the smaller feline version of the robot was much more practical, Swiss researchers say, plus there's much to be learned from cats, small or large. PHOTOS: Weird sea creatures Video shows the robot kitty's legs spinning madly. According to Alexander Sproewitz, biomechanical roboticist and lead author of the new research, the headless robot, also referred to as a "cheetah-cub" robot , can run up to 1.4 meters per second.
SCIENCE
June 17, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Here's a cat that will do more whirring than purring: a robotic cheetah cub designed to trot at the fastest clip of any legged machine in its class. The mechanical running feline, described in the International Journal of Robotics Research, could help blaze a trail for engineers designing fast and agile rescue robots. The headless, four-legged robot is about the size of a house cat, and its legs were designed with a typical kitty in mind, said lead author Alexander Sprowitz, a biomechanical roboticist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.
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