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December 17, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Dennis Rodman is going through with his plans to return to North Korea this week to train the national basketball team and help celebrate leader Kim Jong Un's birthday, despite the recent execution of Kim's uncle . Rodman has already visited the insular country considered to be one of the world's most repressive regimes twice this year. He has famously declared the dictator a friend for life and still insists that his own basketball diplomacy can help ease the tensions between North Korea and the U.S. “Yes, I'm going to North Korea to train the basketball team,” the flamboyant former NBA star told the Associated Press by phone.
November 17, 2013 | By George Diaz
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson began the 2013 NASCAR season celebrating a victory at the Daytona 500, accidentally tearing up his car during a celebratory burnout. He finished the season in celebratory mode again at Homestead on Sunday, completing the perfect bookends to a 36-race grind by winning his sixth NASCAR Cup title. "Yes, yes, yes!" Johnson screamed over the radio after the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Denny Hamlin's first victory of the 2013 season was obliterated by Johnson's amazing "Six Pack" - a title that brings him to within one championship of tying Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. for most Cup titles in the sport's history.
November 17, 2013 | By Juan C. Rodriguez
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Over the last 75 laps or so of Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400, it became increasingly apparent either Denny Hamlin or Dale Earnhardt Jr. would not end the Sprint Cup season winless. Five lead changes spanning the final 44 laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway were between Hamlin and Earnhardt. Hamlin in the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota retook it for good on Lap 244 and left Earnhardt to duel Matt Kenseth for second place Hamlin's second win at Homestead-Miami (23rd of his career)
October 4, 2013 | Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic
"All is Bright" - "All Is Bright" is a bit of holiday melancholy masquerading as black comedy. Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd and Sally Hawkins star in this sweet, sad tale of thieves and other lost causes tangled up in a Brooklyn Christmas tree lot one very cold December. Love of the same good woman, Therese (Amy Landecker), has both trying to go almost straight, selling bootleg Christmas trees in the big city. The film is rather rough and seedy as holiday fables go, and quite often the ideas and characters are only half baked.
September 30, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone knows what his opposite number, Utah coordinator Dennis Erickson , will throw at the Bruins on Thursday. He has a copy of those schemes. "I learned my football from Dennis Erickson," Mazzone said. "Most of the concepts I really believe in, I learned from him. He was the father of these one-back offenses. He loves the vertical passing game. " Mazzone was Erickson's offensive coordinator at Oregon State in 2002 and Arizona State in 2010 and 2011.
September 29, 2013 | By Bob Pool
The neighborhood seemed perfect for the two Hollywood artists. Nestled beneath the Hollywood sign, the duplex that first-time homeowners John Sullivan and Carrie Dennis bought was near the studios he deals with and the Hollywood Bowl where she performs. The place was built in 1924 by a man who used a mule and gold-mining equipment as collateral, then bought by a woman who had gotten a loan from actress Mary Pickford. When Sullivan and Dennis acquired the home, it was owned by a painter who used one of the units as a studio.
September 27, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Denny Hamlin said a new treatment is helping his injured back but the NASCAR driver won't know until the season ends if he'll still need surgery. The driver of the No. 11 Toyota suffered a compression fracture in his lower back in a last-lap crash in March at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. He was sidelined for several weeks. A new regimen of painkiller injections in his spine have helped, the Associated Press reported. "These last two weeks, I've gotten some treatment done and I've felt as good as I did before the accident," Hamlin said.
September 23, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Major Dennis , who was the baseball coach at Crenshaw High for 22 years until his retirement after the 2009 season, died on Saturday in Artesia after a heart attack. He was 74. Dennis also coached Crenshaw's girls' basketball team to six City Section championships. He was an important contributor in helping top male and female athletes move on to college and the pro level. He is survived by his wife, Stella, and six children. A funeral will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. at the Bible International Fellowship Church, 400 East Kelso in Inglewood.
September 22, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
Dennie Gordon, who has directed U.S. films such as "What a Girl Wants" (2003) and "New York Minute" (2004) and numerous American TV shows, including "Burn Notice" and "30 Rock," recently helmed her first movie in China, "My Lucky Star. " A romantic comedy with a dash of James Bond-y adventure, it stars Ziyi Zhang of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" fame and Leehom Wang, a Taiwanese American singer and actor. In "My Lucky Star," Zhang plays Sophie, an aspiring cartoonist who wins a trip to Singapore and crosses paths with a dashing secret agent (Wang)
September 16, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Welcome back to Seattle, Gus Bradley! Your Jacksonville Jaguars are 191/2-point underdogs! What kind of homecoming is that? The 0-2 Jaguars, unquestionably the NFL's worst team, are heading into the wood chipper that is the Seattle Seahawks, a team fresh off a 29-3 thrashing of mighty San Francisco. Las Vegas clearly doesn't think Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll is going to take it easy on Bradley, his old defensive coordinator, who is in his first season as coach of the Jaguars.
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