July 1, 2013 |
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.
June 18, 2013 |
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.
June 17, 2013 |
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.
June 5, 2013 |
The Angels had the proverbial golden opportunity to get back into the race in the American League West. They blew it. The Angels' 8-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs in 10 innings Wednesday capped a string of 29 consecutive games against teams with losing records. All of those teams occupy fourth or fifth place in their division. BOX SCORE: Chicago Cubs 8, Angels 6 (10 innings) And how did the Angels do during this time? They were 15-14, even including an eight-game winning streak.
June 4, 2013 |
When Jered Weaver arrived for work Tuesday afternoon, the first thing he did was ask clubhouse attendant Angel Miranda to turn up the air conditioning. Getting swept by the lowly Houston Astros at home, it would seem, had made things uncomfortably warm for the Angels. Weaver generally thrives in that kind of heat, though: Ten times in the last two seasons he's taken the mound following a loss and pitched the team to victory. But turning the Angels around this time proved to be more than a one-man job. So it fell to Albert Pujols to follow a strong performance by Weaver with a long two-run home run into the left-field bleachers in the eighth inning to give the Angels a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs, ending a four-game losing streak.
June 3, 2013
Left-hander Patrick Corbin became the major leagues' first nine-game winner, laboring through six innings Sunday in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 8-4 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Corbin (9-0) gave up four runs and six hits, tying the team record for consecutive wins at the start of the season, set by Brandon Webb in 2008. The Diamondbacks are 11-0 in his starts. The Angels traded Corbin in 2010 as part of the deal for right-hander Dan Haren . Etc. Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 20th home run to ignite a three-run seventh inning, and the Baltimore Orioles got a strong pitching performance from rookie Kevin Gausman in a 4-2 comeback victory over the Detroit Tigers at Baltimore.
May 27, 2013 |
The San Francisco Zoo's 3-month-old Sumatran tiger cub finally has a name: Jillian. Born Feb. 10, the cub now eats solid food and weighs almost 30 pounds. On May 11, at Zoofest, the nonprofit zoo's annual fundraiser, comedian Robin Williams assisted in auctioning off naming rights to the cub. Literary agent Jillian Manus won the naming rights to the cub with a $47,000 donation to the zoo. “I was going to donate a certain amount of money anyway and my kids started texting me: 'Get the baby tiger,'” says Jillian Manus.
May 23, 2013 |
LONDON -- Minutes after a British soldier was hacked to death in an apparent terrorist attack on a London street, a former teacher and Cub Scout leader stepped off a passing bus to offer assistance at what she thought was the scene of an accident. Ingrid Loyau-Kennett's matter-of-fact account of how she tried to reason Wednesday with the two suspects, who were clutching knives, a pistol and a meat cleaver in blood-soaked hands, caught the attention of the media and earned her a tribute from British Prime Minister David Cameron.
May 18, 2013
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at two first basemen who have been surprising through the season's first quarter, and another who is off to a dreadful start. ON THE UPSWING Mark Reynolds, Cleveland Despite averaging more than 27 home runs per season, Reynolds is known for his ability to not hit the ball. After all, he did strike out more than 200 times three times. But in the last three years, it has been Reynolds' batting average that has kept fantasy owners at arm's length.
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May 2, 2013 |
We're pretty sure Meatball the bear wasn't trying to make a great escape. Maybe it was his alter ego? A bear cub had to be rescued Wednesday evening after somehow managing to get stuck in an unlocked truck in Truckee, a town outside north Lake Tahoe, Fox 40 Sacramento reported. Truckee police say it somehow got inside and the door shut behind it. Officers were able to quickly release the bear -- but not before it did some damage. They found the passenger door panel mangled.