CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2012 |
Growing up amid the deterioration of Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia, artist Iva Hladis sought out the beauty and craftsmanship of the aged burgher houses along Nerudova Street and the sublime architectural stew of Prague Castle. When she settled in Los Angeles in the 1980s after a daring escape to freedom over the Alps, she felt surrounded by mini-malls, glitzy high-rises and faux palaces - architecture she found to be "very mundane, boring, almost ugly. " In her meanderings through the city, however, she gradually located buildings of character, charm and, yes, beauty, if not the antiquity of Czech castles.
September 6, 2012 |
Tomas Berdych giggled after he hit good shots on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night. Sometimes it almost felt as if a situation comedy were being filmed. The sixth-seeded Berdych, who had shocked Roger Federer at the Wimbledon quarterfinals two years ago, tickled and teased the top-seeded Federer with whipping forehands and timely volleys until he upset him again with a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday night. And then Berdych couldn't stop smiling.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON -- Modern pentathlon has been in the Olympics since 1912, when Baron Pierre de Coubertin thought soldiers and cavalrymen needed their own event. He came up with the modern version (there had been pentathlon in the ancient Greek Olympics) that included fencing, swimming, shooting, horseback riding and running over the course of five days. De Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympics, probably didn't envision a Mexican food stand at the riding grounds hawking burritos and chips and salsa, but, hey, times change.
August 5, 2012 |
LONDON -- The United States has locked down at least one medal in women's beach volleyball, the color or colors to be determined, after two quarterfinal wins Sunday. Defending Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings quickly defeated Italians Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti in two sets, and Jennifer Kessy and April Ross beat the Czech Republic's Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova to advance to the semifinal round. The victories mean the American teams can finish no lower than third and fourth, ensuring the U.S. at least a bronze medal in the tournament at Horse Guards Parade.
August 5, 2012 |
LONDON — The amazing Olympic run of the Williams sisters continued Sunday when they teamed to win the gold medal in women's doubles. Venus and Serena Williams defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-4, in the final. The sisters' victory came a day after Serena had won the singles title, completing her career Golden Slam and, in the minds of many, separating herself from all other tennis players. No one else in the sport's history has won all four major championships and Olympic gold in both singles and doubles.
August 3, 2012 |
LONDON — Let's play a game of "What If?," since after the Czech Republic's sizzling first quarter, the U.S. women's team didn't have much of a basketball game Friday night. If the U.S., which improved to 4-0 in pool play with its 88-61 cakewalk at Basketball Arena, could play and practice together for more than the seven weeks they have had, how good could they be? "Oh, man," U.S. forward Maya Moore said. "That'd be scary. " PHOTOS: London Olympics, Day 7 Added teammate Candace Parker: "I'd like to think we'd be amazing.