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February 15, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Slovenia's hockey team traveled a long and difficult road to qualify for the Olympics for the first time, a journey it had to make without help from its only NHL player, standout Kings center Anze Kopitar. But Team Slovenia on Saturday gave hope to every so-called lesser hockey nation by upsetting Slovakia for its first-ever Olympic hockey victory, a 3-1 decision that was well-executed and well-deserved. “It's definitely a big thing for Slovenian hockey,” said Kopitar, whose father, Matjaz, is the team's coach.
February 14, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - An Olympic medal had eluded Noelle Pikus-Pace in the cruelest of ways during her career. In 2005, a runaway bobsled struck her in an outrun of a Canadian track, shattering her leg and causing her to miss the Turin Games in 2006. Five years later, she missed a medal by one-tenth of a second in Vancouver. So, her jubilation was understandable Friday after she finished second in the women's skeleton event. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "This is better than gold for me," she said, through a mixture of tears and laughter.
February 12, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Ben Hogan won at Riviera Country Club. So did Byron Nelson and Sam Snead too, all before the Dodgers or Lakers ever showed up here. This is the week when Los Angeles shares its cherished course with the PGA Tour, and all that history and tradition generally matters little to the traveling circus. On Sunday, the golfers will pack their bags and head to the Arizona desert, another tournament in the books, another weekend of work done. It isn't like that for John Merrick. He grew up in Long Beach, went to UCLA, then moved back to Long Beach.
February 10, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - Julia Mancuso knows that trying to catch Lindsey Vonn in World Cup victories is futile, like a baseball pitcher saying he wants to catch Cy Young. Mancuso and Vonn both are 29 and with Vonn leading by the World Cup score of 59 to 7, that ballgame is over. Mancuso has been left to carve out a different legacy, but it's the one America, and NBC, will probably remember longer. FRAMEWORK: Best images from the Sochi Olympics Mancuso's ski racing legacy will be the Olympics.
February 6, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. posted a small increase in fourth-quarter profit but its results for the period disappointed Wall Street as business deteriorated in Asia and South America and the costs of restructuring operations in Europe mounted. The nation's biggest automaker said its fourth-quarter net income edged up to $913 million, or 57 cents a share, from $892 million, or 54 cents, in the same period a year earlier. Revenue in the quarter rose 3% to $40.5 billion. Earnings also were hurt by a higher-than-expected tax rate, said Chuck Stevens, GM's chief financial officer.
February 6, 2014 | By Mike Kupper, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ralph Kiner, who spent 10 seasons hitting towering home runs in the major leagues, then spent most of the rest of his life joyfully calling baseball games on radio and TV, died Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 91. The Baseball Hall of Fame announced his death, citing natural causes. An outfielder, Kiner played for three clubs - he was a shining star for the otherwise dreary Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1940s and early '50s - but New York fans knew him as the funny guy who broadcast Mets games for more than 40 years, mixing up the players' names and goofing up the language.
February 5, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Got a burning question for Twitter as it reports its first earnings as a publicly traded company? Twitter says it will field some tweeted questions during its conference call with analysts on Wednesday. Anyone can ask Twitter's investor relations team a question @TwitterIR using the hashtag #TWTRearnings. Twitter's investor relations team will look over the questions to decide which ones will be answered during the call, said Twitter spokesman Jim Prosser.
February 5, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Twitter reported its first earnings as a publicly traded company on Wednesday afternoon and soundly beat expectations. The San Francisco company reported a loss of $511 million for the fourth quarter. Revenue totaled $243 million, up 116% from $112 million in the same quarter a year earlier. Wall Street had expected revenue of about $218 million. "Twitter finished a great year with our strongest financial quarter to date," Chief Executive Dick Costolo said. "We are the only platform that is public, real-time, conversational and widely distributed and I'm excited by the number of initiatives we have underway to further build upon the Twitter experience.
February 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- No pressure, Twitter. Fair or not, Facebook's blockbuster earnings last week has investors anticipating very good things from its social networking rival. Twitter on Wednesday will report its first quarterly results as a publicly traded company, giving investors a first glimpse of its progress in growing advertising revenue and its user ranks. Twitter shares have been on a tear since the company made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange in November. Shares have surged to their current trading price of $66 from $26. They jumped again at the end of last week after Facebook reported its fourth-quarter earnings on hopes that Twitter can pull a rabbit out of its advertising business the way Facebook has for three straight quarters.
February 1, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Michael Parkhurst was still playing in the German Bundesliga in December when the pairings for this summer's World Cup were announced. And he remembers few of his teammates at FC Augsburg felt the need to hide their feelings about a draw that placed powerful Germany in the same group as the U.S. "Guys on the team were talking about the group and I just got the feeling that, basically, they still don't think that we can get a victory against a...
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