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ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Allyssa Lee
Now that we're halfway through Season 18, “Dancing With the Stars” has made a nod to ABC's parent company and star Meryl Davis' uncanny resemblance to Jasmine the princess in Disney theme night, which host Tom Bergeron likened to Disney on Ice -- but without the ice! All the original star/pro partnerships are back, to the delight of most. “We're doing some conscious recoupling,” Tom quipped. Though the couple who did not end this evening happily ever after came as a shock: Cody Simpson and Witney Carson.
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SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The Times is pleased to have Amy Purdy, who won a bronze medal in snowboardcross at the 2014 Paralympics , guest-blogging for us while she competes on "Dancing With the Stars" with pro partner Derek Hough. This week, Purdy talks about Week 5 of the competition, in an email Q&A. Judging entirely by the rehearsal footage they air on the show, this seemed to be your most frustrating week. What has been the hardest part of appearing on the show? The hardest part of appearing on the show has been when I've come upon times where my legs wouldn't allow me to do what I wanted to do, to move the way I wanted to, the way I felt like I should be able to.  That's frustrating, feeling like I could do it, if not for my legs.  That's something I felt more than ever this week, because the nature of the waltz forced me into positions that were very challenging.  But those feelings of frustration, which are feelings I have felt many times before in my life, are also the catalyst to getting creative and figuring out a way to do want I want to do, even when it appears that my prosthetics have reached their limits.  That's something that Derek has taken to very well throughout my time on the show, finding creative solutions.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" grooved its way to the top as the most watched TV program on Monday, making ABC the most watched network of the night. With 14.2 million viewers, the reality show, which increased its viewership 5% from last week, was No. 1 for the fifth week in a row, according to early numbers from Nielson. NBC's "The Voice," which was second in overall viewership, nabbed the No. 1 spot among the key 18-to-49-year-old viewers with a rating of 3.3. In 18-49, a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Peta Murgatroyd and her "Dancing With the Stars" partner James Maslow "Let It Go" all the way to a perfect score Monday. The dance pro and the Big Time Rush star performed in the lift-filled contemporary style to the Oscar-winning "Frozen" song, clinching Season 18's first perfect score from the judges as well as guest judge and former champion Donny Osmond. Former champ Murgatroyd, 27, was costumed as a plaited Queen Elsa and Maslow, 23, was a supportive tree trunk to the shimmering nymph.
OPINION
April 14, 2014 | By Susan Brenneman
The 118th Boston Marathon, next week, will actually be the first of its kind - the first running of the iconic American foot race after two bombers killed three people, injured 263 (many horribly) and shook the nation a year ago Tuesday. A race that had long since settled into familiar ritual was suddenly fraught. Security, high last year, will be doubled this year. Nine thousand additional participants are expected, along with 1 million spectators, twice the usual number. Media coverage, never shabby for the event, will multiply.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2014 | By Lewis Segal
Paul Taylor served the first generation of modern dance pioneers as a performer, then helped create and redefine the second as a choreographer. Other societies would long ago have named him a Living National Treasure. Here, at 83, he continues to assert his power to delight, amuse and possibly even anger audiences with programs such as the varied and challenging one his company danced on Friday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.   In the first of three performances, his 16-member ensemble offered a familiar Taylor parley: something bright and beautiful ("Airs," from 1978)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Allyssa Lee
The glitterverse had a little more swing in its step this week on “Dancing With the Stars,” as the producers took a cue from those key parties in the 1970s and had stars switch up their pro partners while their original pro partners (and an entire nation) watched. Guest judging this week was Derek's sister Julianne Hough, who showed up to offer her dancing critiques, act as a buffer between Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, and distract viewers with her newly shorn hair and peekaboo dress.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The Times is pleased to have Amy Purdy, who won a bronze medal in snowboardcross at the 2014 Paralympics , guest-blogging for us while she competes on "Dancing With the Stars" with pro partner Derek Hough. On this week's show, each celebrity had to switch pro partners for one week. Purdy talked about Week 4 of the competition, in an email Q&A. You switched from Derek Hough to Mark Ballas this week. How would you compare the two? They are very, very different, which I noticed the moment Mark and I first began to dance.
SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Monday night's NCAA championship game at AT&T Stadium sets up as a matchup of over-achieving seedlings. If you didn't know the history you'd say it was nice to see the "little guys" finally breaking through the plexiglass backboard. This No. 15 combination platter is the highest total number to play for the title since the NCAA started seeding in 1979. NCAA BRACKET: Track how UConn and Kentucky got to the final Poor old No. 7 Connecticut hasn't won an NCAA title since 2011 and luckless No 8 Kentucky hasn't hoisted a banner since 2012.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Gary Klein
As USC reached the midway point of spring workouts Thursday, Coach Steve Sarkisian decided to shake things up. About an hour into the Trojans' eighth practice, players gathered in an end zone at Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field for a competitive one-on-one drill. A dance contest. Players whooped and hollered as teammates squared off in the surprise competition as music blared from sideline speakers. "Guys have some moves and some guys don't," Sarkisian said. "I think some guys might listen to country music.
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