October 4, 2013 |
Who needs an NFL team in Los Angeles when high school football can be as entertaining as Friday night's wild nonleague game between neighborhood rivals West Hills Chaminade and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame? There were six lead changes in the second half and an individual effort by Notre Dame's Koa Farmer that will make many TV highlight shows. When the final second ticked off the clock after a 37-yard field goal attempt by Notre Dame's Lucas Alfonso was ruled wide right by the officials, Chaminade had come away with an emotional 46-43 victory.
October 3, 2013 |
This week's top high school football games Friday Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (4-1) at West Hills Chaminade (3-1), 7 p.m. (Fox Sports West Prep Zone): Notre Dame's defense has shut down high-powered offenses belonging to Gardena Serra and Canyon Country Canyon, but Chaminade has great balance on an offense led by quarterback Brad Kaaya and running backs Donovan Lee and Cory Watkins. Running back Chris Colarossi will need a big game for Notre Dame. The pick: Chaminade. Saturday Concord De La Salle (5-0)
October 2, 2013 |
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. The Forum The Eagles, Jan. 15, 17-18 (now); Justin Timberlake, Jan. 20 (Fri.) Hollywood Bowl Katy Perry's Can We Survive -- Music for Life, Oct. 23; Avicii, Nov. 9 (now) Belasco Theatre M.I.A., Nov. 11-12 (now) RELATED: Best albums of 2013 so far | Randall Roberts Hollywood Palladium Robin Thicke, Oct. 26 (Fri.) The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church Andrew Bird, Dec. 19-20 (Fri.)
October 1, 2013 |
It wasn't always clear, at least not right away, who was joking and who was serious at a contentious June community showdown over plans to rethink and remake Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock. The woman who warned that removing a traffic lane in each direction would turn her neighborhood into a Bantustan, like those ethnic enclaves in South Africa where ingress and egress were tightly controlled - it turns out that she was being serious. The man who listed a dozen or so dangers associated with re-striping for bike lanes - for example, city workers might accidentally stripe over small animals and become distraught at what they had done, and cyclists wearing tight-fitting outfits would be a titillating distraction to motorists - surely he was just having some fun at the expense of the bike opponents.
September 27, 2013 |
So the German people have spoken, and Chancellor Angela Merkel has been reelected. That means the European Union will continue to be a tortoise. Next May, following the European Parliament elections, we will discover just how slow and unhappy a creature it is. Then, across the next decade, a larger, Aesopian question will be posed: Can the European tortoise outrun the American eagle and the Chinese dragon? Or can it at least keep pace with them? Resounding though Mutti ("Mom") Merkel's election victory was, Germany's new government still has to be formed.
September 24, 2013 |
Biologists have released remarkable photographs of a golden eagle attacking a deer in far eastern Russia after a remote digital camera designed to shoot wandering tigers accidentally captured the beasts' mortal struggle. The images, which were published recently in the Journal of Raptor Research and by the Wildlife Conservation Society , are the first documented photographs of a golden eagle preying upon a sika deer. Up until now, it was a matter of debate whether or not the raptors preyed upon the medium-sized Asian deer.
September 17, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The first opportunity to buy tickets for three Eagles shows that will open the reinvigorated Forum in Inglewood in January begins Friday before they go on general sale on Sept. 28. Those who register online by Thursday for a “fan invitation” program will be eligible for an e-mail offer to buy tickets starting Friday. Instructions state that “select fans will receive invitations by email to purchase tickets.” Those who buy tickets through the random selection process also will receive a commemorative poster from the shows.
September 17, 2013 |
Every employee union involved in the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways has endorsed the marriage that would create the nation's largest carrier. Well, almost every labor group. The flight attendants for American Eagle, the regional carrier owned by AMR Corp., the parent company of American, are the first employee group speaking out against the merger. The 1,800 flight attendants for the small carrier say they fear their jobs are at risk because of a series of outsourcing plans announced since November.
September 15, 2013 |
How did the San Diego Chargers prepare to face Philadelphia on a quick turnaround? In part, they spent last week turning around quickly. To prepare for Sunday's game at Philadelphia after a Monday night opener and to adjust to Chip Kelly's fast-forward offense, the Chargers secretly employed a novel strategy at their closed-to-the-media practices. Instead of getting a long look at the formation they were facing, defensive players turned their backs to the offense and instead trained their eyes on defensive coordinator John Pagano.
September 12, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Eagles have an even higher gear, and Coach Chip Kelly is determined to find it. Yes, the team that tore off 53 plays in the first half of Monday's 33-27 victory at Washington - more than the 49 plays the Carolina Panthers ran all game in their opener - is capable of going even faster. "I felt like it was slow, to be honest with you," Kelly said this week. "I'm not joking. We've got to do a better job. We left the ball on the ground too much. We didn't get the ball to the officials.