June 14, 2013 |
Dan Henderson had one of those fights that can prompt a 42-year-old to rethink his place in life. In February, Henderson couldn't catch the evasive, karate-disciplined former Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and lost a split-decision at Honda Center. For Henderson, who was denied a title shot at UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones in September when he suffered a knee injury in training, defeat to Machida meant he was even farther removed from the belt.
June 11, 2013 |
The pitcher with the best statistics in the National League will start Wednesday for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Dodgers in the finale of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. Left-hander Patrick Corbin, who is 9-0 with a 1.98 earned-run average, is a big reason why the no-name Diamondbacks are the early leaders the NL West. He's also the reason why some Angels fans may be dreaming about what might have been. Corbin was chosen by the Angels in the second round of the 2009 amateur draft but was traded to the Diamondbacks about a year later as part of a four-player package that brought Dan Haren to Anaheim.
June 10, 2013 |
After weeks of speculation (and then tweeted confirmation ), it's official: Dan Harmon is returning as show runner of NBC's "Community" for its coming season. Sony, the studio behind the show, confirmed the news early Monday morning; NBC followed up with a news release Monday evening. Harmon was pushed out of his position last year after much behind-the-scenes discord. He was replaced by David Guarascio and Moses Port , who were brought on to take command of the show's fourth season.
June 9, 2013 |
The two large video screens at Dodger Stadium turned out to be a portent of Sunday's game. Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was giving his usual pregame comments on the screens when they suddenly lost their feed, flickered chaotically and went dark. The same thing more or less happened to Dodgers starting pitcher Matt Magill once he faced the Atlanta Braves. BOX SCORE: Atlanta 8, Dodgers 1 It was the second time in a week that Magill was called up from the minor leagues to make a spot start for the injury-plagued Dodgers, and for the second time it was rough sledding for the right-hander from Simi Valley.
June 1, 2013 |
Dan Harmon is reportedly moving back to the "Community" he created. Sources close to the NBC sitcom -- which Harmon left last year following widely publicized clashes with star Chevy Chase -- said a deal is expected to close next week that would reinstate Harmon as show runner. NBC did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation. Writers David Guarascio and Moses Port oversaw Season 4 of the cult comedy, which concluded last month. Some fans criticized the direction "Community" took in Harmon's absence, though ratings remained steady.
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May 23, 2013 |
A former Los Angeles police homicide detective was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in a Hawaii prison for beating his wife to death, authorities said. Dan DeJarnette, 59, pleaded guilty in March to manslaughter. The plea came shortly before he was to face trial in the death of Yu DeJarnette, 56, who was found in November 2006 on a lava embankment a short distance from the couple's home in Ka'u, on the southern end of the Big Island. The retired LAPD detective initially told police he woke up and found his wife outside the home suffering from injuries after falling over the embankment while hanging laundry.
May 18, 2013 |
Some years ago, I was on a book reviewing panel when someone in the audience asked what we, the panelists, thought of "The Bridges of Madison County," which was then a fixture on bestseller lists. We hemmed and hawed, tried to talk around the question, until our moderator acknowledged that, most likely, none of us had read the book. This led to a discussion of the difference between critics and readers. How, if the book was selling so widely, could we not have read it? What did that say about us?
May 16, 2013 |
Two years, two states. In 2009, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad laid out a plan to end the decades-long territorial stalemate between Israel and the Palestinians. But by 2011, despite Fayyad's efforts, including a successful campaign to improve Palestinians' economic and institutional infrastructure - a kind of "if you build it, statehood will come" - the situation remained deadlocked. This period of hope, progress, frustration and fracture is examined with equanimity and clarity by Israeli filmmaker Dan Setton in the absorbing documentary "State 194. " Setton focuses on the seemingly level-headed, optimistic Fayyad as he navigated the choppy waters of domestic politics and international diplomacy while pressing the United Nations for statehood and to make it its 194th member nation.
May 15, 2013 |
Bestselling author Dan Brown appeared on Comedy Central's " The Colbert Report " on Tuesday night to promote his new thriller "Inferno," which is out this week. The novel, which once again features symbologist Robert Langdon (or, as host Stephen Colbert put it, "Tom Hanks"), draws inspiration from Dante's "Inferno," which Brown said was "a thriller of its day. " But, according to Colbert, that just means most people will know how it ends: "Spoiler alert!" he quipped.