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September 15, 2007 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
CHICAGO -- Bartolo Colon was not the problem Friday night. He wasn't the solution, either, but to pin a 5-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on a so-so linescore by the Angels right-hander -- 4 2/3 innings, eight hits, five runs, three earned, two walks, four strikeouts -- wouldn't be fair.
June 3, 2007 | Susan King
The Life After: After taking the easy route in movies for several years, Eddie Murphy revitalized his career with the musical "Dreamgirls," winning the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award -- and earning an Oscar nomination -- for his powerful performance as an ill-fated R&B singer. But Murphy lost a lot of ground with the critics for his next film, "Norbit," which arrives Tuesday on DVD.
June 2, 2007 | Helene Elliott
Daniel Alfredsson is the only member of the Senators who has played in all 96 of the team's Stanley Cup playoff games since 1997. That means the Swedish-born right wing has been on the wrong side of a lot of post-series handshake lines. Fairly or not, Alfredsson has become the symbol of the Senators' postseason failures and unfulfilled promise.
March 7, 2007 | Greg Miller and Adam Schreck, Times Staff Writers
There was a "tremendous amount of sympathy" for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby among the 11 jurors deciding his fate. According to one panel member, some believed he was being made a "fall guy" for his White House superiors. But when it got down to the basic question facing the jury, there was little doubt: Libby, they easily decided, was guilty as charged on four of the five counts lodged against him.
October 27, 2006 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Consider this dream sequence: As the final buzzer sounded ending the 2006 NBA Finals, Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal held the ball high above his head in triumph as his teammates mobbed him near midcourt at Staples Center.
March 4, 2005 | From Associated Press
A former HealthSouth Corp. finance chief testified Thursday that then-Chief Executive Richard Scrushy referred to him as the potential "fall guy" for a huge fraud as an earnings overstatement scheme swelled out of control.
January 11, 2005 | Peter Garrison, Peter Garrison writes a monthly accident analysis column for Flying magazine.
Ever heard of Sten Molin? He was the pilot whose overaggressive use of the rudder pedals of an American Airlines Airbus brought the airplane down on Long Island late in 2001 with the loss of 265 lives. His name was in all the papers. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was his fault. Close reading of the NTSB report, released in late December 2004, reveals, however, that Molin was merely a convenient fall guy.
January 4, 2005 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
A midday rain falls in gusts, sweeping across the practice field, splattering off helmets and shoulder pads, and Pete Carroll could not be happier. "Isn't this great?" The USC coach scurries from one drill to another, splashing through puddles, teasing and goading his players. "Man," he says, "I wish I could put on some pads." No Florida cloudburst can slow him down.
October 9, 2004
While J.A. Adande [Oct. 4] is on the right track, he is a bit off the mark. Kobe is no rat but rather a gutless, spineless coward willing to sully anybody to save his own worthless hide. Anyone who looks up to Bryant as a role model is a sad case indeed. Since when is an adulterous coward a role model? Skip Houston Laguna Beach A note for J.A. Adande and his idea of men being men. Despite all the white noise of the off-court drama that seems to keep you so amused, and despite the real facts, I agree that Shaq is the fall guy. Last time I saw him on the court, he was lying down at the feet of Ben Wallace.
October 5, 2003 | Ross Newhan
When baseball's Super Saturday of four games and 10 hours of television and division series drama had ended, even the most jaded and bleary-eyed viewer would have to admit this was the October game at its best.
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