October 30, 2013 |
David Beckham is coming back to Major League Soccer. Some day. The former Galaxy midfielder had a clause in his MLS contract that allows him to start an expansion team for $25 million -- a quarter of what a fledgling New York City team paid earlier this year to join the league in time for the 2015 season. Now Beckham is showing signs that he intends to invoke that clause and place a team in South Florida, a market that has twice seen professional soccer teams leave for financial reasons.
October 29, 2013 |
BOSTON - If the St. Louis Cardinals lose another game, they lose the World Series. This ought to be the point when they decide they are not going to let David Ortiz beat them. "It's past the point of when I would have done it," Jarrod Washburn said Tuesday. When the Angels won the World Series in 2002, Washburn was their ace, and Troy Percival their closer. Barry Bonds played the role of Ortiz. The Angels beat the San Francisco Giants, in large part because the Angels determined Bonds would not beat them.
October 28, 2013 |
David Mitchell, whose complex novel “Cloud Atlas” was adapted into a film last year, has quietly hit bestseller lists again as one of three authors of “ The Reason I Jump .” He shares credit with KA Yoshida and young Japanese writer Naoki Higashida. Higashida has a severe form of autism, but, as a 13-year-old, wrote this book about what it's like to live inside his head. Mitchell collaborated with his wife, Yoshida, on the translation from the Japanese; as parents of an autistic child, they see the book as a way to break through the speechlessness of autism.
October 27, 2013 |
British artist David Hockney is the focus of a major exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco that explores the past decade of his work. It's been an extremely busy decade for the 76-year-old artist, who is known for his paintings, drawings, prints and photography. Hockney spends much of his time at his second home in the Los Angeles area. The exhbition, called "A Bigger Picture," is massive, the museum's largest ever. It opened Saturday and runs through Jan. 20, 2014.
October 26, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - The debate over whether baseball should make both leagues play under the same rules is alive and well. Usually, it's good fodder for the bar, and for talk shows. One guy likes the designated hitter, the other does not, and the two agree to disagree. It's good fodder for the World Series too, the breathless questions about which bench player on the National League team can be trusted with a few extra at-bats in the American League park, and which bat the AL team might have to omit from its lineup in the NL park.
October 26, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS -- For the hard-core baseball fan, this was the finest in inside humor. On last week's episode of the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," the fake law firm name was " Babip, Pecota, Vorp and Eckstein ," a nod to three sabermetric concepts and David Eckstein, the former Angels infielder who defied them. In the entertainment department of Major League Baseball, this was an opportunity. So MLB one-upped the fake law firm name with a fake commercial , rounding up Eckstein and handing him a script in which he poked fun at his sabermetric reputation as a scrappy, high-grit, low-talent player.
October 25, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - Pitching aside, Boston's margin for error in the next three games of the World Series could be razor thin. Because the Red Sox are one of the few teams that use one player - David Ortiz - exclusively as the designated hitter against American League teams, they could feel the loss of that position more than any AL team in recent history. Ortiz will shift from DH to first base Saturday night for Game 3. Manager John Farrell had little choice but to sit Mike Napoli , who usually plays first base but is resigned to coming off the bench.
October 24, 2013 |
Lena Dunham, Lily Collins, Diane Kruger, Lea Michele, Jessica Pare, Victoria and David Beckham, and many more descended on the Chateau Marmont on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate up-and-coming fashion talent, the 10 designer finalists of the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund . Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour hosted the runway show and tea, which brought together a who's who of Hollywood and American fashion, including Reed Krakoff...
October 23, 2013 |
BOSTON - This really did not matter much to the Dodgers. They did not qualify for the World Series, and the effort put forth on behalf of the National League was not their concern. To the fans of the Dodgers, however, this was a jolly good evening. After a week of hearing ad nauseam about how the St. Louis Cardinals played the game the right way - the Cardinal way, if you will - Dodgers fans could take solace in the way the Cardinals played in Game 1 of the World Series. If, that is, the Dodgers fans could stop laughing.
October 22, 2013 |
After 14 years, a new installment of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones series is out this month, with a surprise twist: Some copies mistakenly included passages from another book released the same day -- a memoir by 73-year-old British actor Sir David Jason. Vintage chalked it up to a printing error. But in today's author-eat-author jungle, it's tempting to imagine a juicier scenario. What if it wasn't an error at all? Monday Number of my books pre-ordered on Amazon: 0; interview requests from Kathie Lee and Hoda: 0; projected royalties: $0, remaining Xanax: 0 Bollocks.