September 24, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Catcher A.J. Ellis was alarmed when he first set eyes on Hyun-Jin Ryu in spring training. This was the Clayton Kershaw of South Korea? Whereas Kershaw reported to camp looking as if he was already in top shape, Ryu was noticeably overweight. When the Dodgers ran on the first day, Ryu finished far behind all of his teammates. "This guy has to pick it up or this is going to be a failed experiment," Ellis thought at the time. Ellis laughed as he recalled his initial impressions of Ryu. What was once a cause for concern is now a source of humor, as the addition of Ryu has turned out to be one of the smartest moves made by the Dodgers in the last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2013 |
More people are flocking to downtown Los Angeles - and they have more money to spend, downtown advocates declared as they unveiled the results of a new study. "We have more people. They're making more money. They are more educated. And they are demanding more," said Carol Schatz, president and chief executive of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. Schatz based her comments on an online survey promoted through community newspaper ads, postcards and door hangers.
September 20, 2013 |
Jay Z and Beyonce can flaunt all they want -- the husband and wife have been named Forbes' highest-earning celebrity couple for the second year in a row. The music moguls, who married in 2008, locked in an estimated $95 million in earnings in the past year, the mag said . The magazine compiled the list by talking to managers, agents, producers and other "in-the-know folks" to get the estimates between June 2012 and June 2013. However, the earnings do not take into account taxes, agents fees and other celebrity-releated expenses.
September 16, 2013 |
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Shortly after Zach Johnson tapped in on No. 18 at Conway Farms, he bent over, taking a deep breath. It was a moment of reflection after he fired a final-round, six-under-par 65 to win the BMW Championship by two shots. "I just had to gather myself," he said. "I feel blessed. The peace I had out there …" The Iowa native felt the love all day from the 10,000-plus fans who endured muddy conditions to witness the Monday finish. "I'm not from Chicago," Johnson said, "but I feel local.
September 13, 2013 |
The Hyatt Mountain Collection -- which features three of the Hyatt brand's top mountain resorts and lodges in Lake Tahoe, Utah and Colorado -- is offering avid skiing and boarding guests a snowy deal this winter. When schussers book a three-night stay (nine nights' total) at each of three properties in the collection - - Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa in Colorado, Hyatt Escala Lodge at the Canyons outside Park City and the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino -- they will receive a complimentary Vail Resorts' Epic pass for the 2014-2015 winter season.
September 11, 2013 |
And here we thought we had some hard-core Kristen Stewart fans following us on Twitter - turns out one Middle Eastern prince was willing to donate a half-million bucks to charity for a 15-minute chat with the "On the Road" actress. The story comes from mega-producer Harvey Weinstein, who helped organize 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief and was at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday to screen the documentary "12-12-12. " The concert reportedly helped raise at least $50 million in storm relief money for those affected on the East Coast, administered by the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
September 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK - It's hard to rate 17 Grand Slam titles. Is the first one the best, or the one achieved on a surface most unfriendly to your game? Is it the time you came back from injuries, or the rally from a two-game deficit in the final set? Or perhaps it's this one - the U.S. Open championship Serena Williams won Sunday with a 7-5, 6-7 (6) 6-1 victory over Victoria Azarenka in 2 hours 45 minutes on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court. Williams, the defending champion, once led, 7-5, 4-1, and CBS announcer Mary Carillo left the television booth during the second set to be ready for the trophy presentation.
September 6, 2013 |
In a 14-0 loss to Huntington Beach Edison on Thursday, Los Angeles Garfield earned the respect of Edison Coach Dave White. "That's the best Garfield team we've played," White said. "They are athletic. They're very young. That's scary. " It was the third time Edison and Garfield have played, and the two schools will meet again next season. Garfield has been competitive with two top Southern Section teams _ Edison and Ventura St. Bonaventure despite being 0-2. "I think we're representing the City well," Garfield Coach Lorenzo Hernandez said.
September 6, 2013 |
The USA 18U baseball team stayed on track in its quest of a gold medal by rallying for a 7-5 victory over Chinese Taipei on Friday at the IBAF World Cup in Taiwan. Scott Hurst, who will be a senior at La Puente Bishop Amat and has committed to Cal State Fullerton, had two hits, including a triple. The USA team ralllied from a 5-2 deficit, scoring two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth. USA will play Japan for the gold medal on Sunday. Jack Flaherty from Harvard-Westlake and Jacob Nix from Los Alamitos have also been key contributors.
September 6, 2013 |
Sergio C. Garcia was brought to the United States illegally by his parents when he was a minor. Since then, he has earned a college degree and worked his way through law school. He's met all the requirements necessary to become a lawyer, passing the bar exam and receiving a positive moral character determination from the Committee of Bar Examiners. The only thing Garcia lacks is a law license. The State Bar of California, which normally determines who should receive a law license, has recommended he be given one, and Atty.