March 23, 2014 |
Denny Hamlin was a late scratch from Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Fontana due to a sinus infection that affected his vision, Hamlin's team announced. Sam Hornish Jr. was tapped to replace Hamlin in his No. 11 Toyota prepared by Joe Gibbs Racing, team president J.D. Gibbs said. The announcement came only 30 minutes before the start of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Hamlin had qualified to start 13th in the 43-car field. But under NASCAR rules, Hornish will have to start at the rear of the field due to the driver change.
February 28, 2014 |
Dennis V. Arriola, the son of Mexican immigrants who first settled in a trailer home in Compton, has been named chief executive of Southern California Gas Co. The 53-year-old becomes the company's first Latino chief executive, taking the helm of the largest natural-gas distribution firm in the country. Arriola will oversee a utility that had $364 million in earnings last year, up from $289 million in 2012. The company, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, serves nearly 21 million customers through 5.8 million meters at homes and businesses.
February 24, 2014 |
Many people haven't known what to make of former NBA player Dennis Rodman's bizarre diplomatic efforts in North Korea, but 20th Century Fox may have found an answer: a big-screen comedy. The studio has bought the pitch for "Diplomats," a movie inspired by Rodman's "basketball diplomacy" efforts in the rogue nation, to be helmed by "Ride Along" director Tim Story, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The film is described as "a two-hander that takes its cues from the antics of the 6-foot-7 former NBA player.
February 20, 2014 |
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The first Budweiser Duels were downgraded to something with a little less buzz at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday night. Obviously, nobody was drinking. And for sure everyone was driving responsibly, trying to avoid any major dust-ups that could derail plans for Sunday's Daytona 500. Matt Kenseth won the first 150-mile sprint race in an exciting three-wide finish featuring Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne as his major threats. The difference in first and third place was 0.063 seconds.
January 17, 2014 |
HOUSTON - An Ohio inmate's drawn-out execution this week led to an outcry about the increased use of new lethal injection drugs by the country's 32 death penalty states, a practice that experts predict will lead to more problems. Dennis McGuire took more than 15 minutes to die Thursday, appearing to gasp and snort, according to witnesses. His lethal injection was a combination of two drugs never tried before in a U.S. execution, according to experts at the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C. McGuire, 53, was sentenced to death for the 1989 rape and stabbing death of Joy Stewart, 22, who was seven months pregnant.
January 13, 2014 |
Dennis Rodman said Monday that he was sorry he could do nothing for American prisoner Kenneth Bae during his controversial visit to North Korea last week. “I'm sorry, I'm sorry I couldn't do anything,” Rodman told reporters at Beijing airport Monday after his weeklong trip. “It's not my fault. I'm sorry. I just want to do some good stuff, that's all I want to do.” The flamboyant basketball Hall of Famer was making his fourth visit to North Korea in the last year. This time he brought along a group of retired NBA players for an exhibition game with the North Korean team on the birthday of dictator Kim Jong Un, whom Rodman considers a good friend.