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October 8, 2007 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Three weeks ago, after a 3-1 home loss to the Houston Dynamo, the Galaxy players trudged off the field in Carson with heads bowed and a 4-13-5 Major League Soccer record. They were headed nowhere. Today, after a 2-1 win over that same Houston team in Texas on Sunday -- on goals by Carlos Pavon and Gavin Glinton -- the Galaxy is 8-13-6 and three wins from clinching an improbable spot in the MLS playoffs. The Galaxy has won four in a row and is unbeaten in five.
August 12, 2007 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Borglum or Ziolkowski? Within a day of arrival in the Black Hills of South Dakota, you'll run into this question, probably somewhere along U.S. 16 as you roll between two of the largest sculpted mountains on the face of the Earth. Gutzon Borglum's Mt. Rushmore, of course, is your old friend from elementary school, and you think you know it well. Begun in 1927. Completed in 1941. Scrambled upon by Cary Grant in 1959's "North by Northwest."
April 20, 2007 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
Nicole Avant grew up in the family business -- music and politics. There were always politicians at the house. Her parents -- recording industry mogul Clarence Avant, onetime head of Motown Records, and wife Jackie -- enjoyed political fundraising as much as they loved listening to rhythm and blues. Nicole Avant remembers President Jimmy Carter and Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley working the crowds in the family's living room.
November 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
While Taylor Twellman and the New England Revolution were playing their way to another MLS Cup, Freddy Adu sat on the D.C. United bench for much of the second half with his head buried in his gloved hands. Twellman scored in the fourth minute, and Matt Reis made eight saves Sunday to lead the Revolution to a 1-0 victory over United in the Eastern Conference final at Washington, earning New England a second consecutive appearance in the MLS championship game.
October 30, 2006 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
If you're going to get knocked out of the playoffs, at least go down swinging. That might not have been Coach Bob Bradley's instruction Sunday night to Chivas USA, but it most certainly was the way his team ended its second Major League Soccer campaign. In an explosive match that at one point threatened to get out of control, the Houston Dynamo scored two second-half goals to defeat Chivas, 2-0, and clinch the two-game, total-goal series, 3-2, in front of 17,440 at Robertson Stadium in Houston.
October 29, 2006 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
It's not much in the way of bulletin board material, but it's all that the Houston Dynamo has provided. "I don't think they have players who can sit and defend a lead," Dynamo forward Paul Dalglish said last week. "They're an attacking team." "They" are the players of Chivas USA, who need only a tie today against Houston to advance to Major League Soccer's Western Conference final.
October 23, 2006 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Francisco "Paco" Palencia sees himself as a rock star. His long, dark hair is pulled back in a ponytail. He wears tight-fitting leather clothes. His fingernails are painted blue. These are all clues to Palencia's alter ego. And on Sunday afternoon, as one of many high points in Chivas USA's memorable 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo in the Major League Soccer playoffs, the 33-year-old former Mexican national team star lived his dream to the fullest.
September 17, 2006 | Geoff Boucher
THE boy seemed destined to work in the dark. The son of a miner, he grew up in the 1940s under the bleak umbrella skies of South Wales in the village of Treforest, where local life was as hard as the coal and iron that sustained it. Thomas Jones Woodward was expected to join the other men in the mines, but tuberculosis changed that. He was bedridden for two years and then sent off to church with the girls to learn to sing. He not only learned about singing, he learned about girls.
September 11, 2006 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
There was an interesting comment made Saturday by Columbus Crew Coach Sigi Schmid, a remark that easily could have been applied to Sunday's Galaxy game at Home Depot Center. "At some point you've got to make history and you've got to change things," Schmid told the Columbus Dispatch after the struggling Crew had given up an early goal and lost, 2-1, at home to the Chicago Fire. "It's not just a Columbus problem. It's a problem in the mentality of all the players in this league.
September 10, 2006 | Grahame L. Jones
Site -- Home Depot Center. Radio -- 830, 1700. Records -- Galaxy 9-12-5, Dynamo 9-8-9. Record vs Dynamo -- 1-1-1. Update -- The Galaxy defeated the Dynamo, 3-1, on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup, and Houston Coach Dominic Kinnear was unhappy with his team's performance. "The quicker we forget about this, the better we are," he said. Kinnear blamed the loss on "lack of execution" by the offense and "absolute mental breakdowns" by the defense.
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