February 28, 2014 |
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - I go to sleep each night watched over by a portrait of Roberto Clemente. I wake up each morning and see a baseball signed by Sandy Koufax. In between, I can glimpse Los Angeles, Washington and Cleveland baseball caps hanging from the mirror in the guest room. I don't live in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It just sometimes feels as though I do. The home-field artifacts that make up part of our oddball décor - which I allow and he adores - are bush league when viewed through the prism of the real hall.
February 22, 2014 |
There is an ocean full of canned sardines at local markets, but which ones are really worth buying? Tasting through more than a dozen samples, the range of quality was astonishing. There were sardines that were as bland as beige, and then there were fish that were absolutely magnificent. To help make sense of the journey, I enlisted Lou Amdur, owner of Lou Provisions & Wine and a sardine lover from way back. We sampled sardines from a variety of sources: regular supermarkets, high-end markets, Asian markets and specialty markets such as the Harbor City Spanish store La Española Meats.
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February 21, 2014 |
At the home he shares with his parents, Bryan Stow does his best, but he struggles. It's hard to move his left arm and that hand will barely close. He must wear a diaper, needs help to take a shower and has to be reminded why a plastic shunt juts from the base of his skull. The members of Stow's family who addressed a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Thursday wondered if the two men who attacked the paramedic and father of two outside Dodger Stadium in 2011 knew any of that, or if they cared.
February 21, 2014 |
TEL AVIV - Before the Israeli rock band 9 Lives takes the stage, its members gather for a rowdy group hug. They slap one another on the back, jump a few times in unison and gulp shots of arak, a popular anise-infused spirit. The nine musicians have overcome crippling injuries and post-traumatic stress to arrive together at a popular Tel Aviv nightclub, where on this night they share billing with Israeli rock legend Ehud Banai. "This band keeps me alive," said 9 Lives vocalist Dekel Darchani, 37, who wears his black hair in a rockabilly pompadour.
February 19, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout is 22, a mere two years into his big league career, and he's considered to be among the best players in baseball. He could soon also be one of the game's highest-paid players if his agent and the Angels can work out a contract extension. President Obama invoked the center fielder's name in an early-February speech about a farm bill, saying the legislation was "like Mike Trout … somebody who's got a lot of tools. " Trout tweeted Monday that he was flying to Phoenix, and about 200 people greeted him at the airport.
February 17, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - So you think playing on the wider international ice surface would be the best way to increase scoring in the NHL and liven up the game? Think again, according to Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and forward Jeff Carter, who are playing for Canada in the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament. Neither player is a fan of the international dimensions being used here. NHL rinks are 85 feet wide and 200 feet long, but international rinks are 100 feet wide. The 2010 Vancouver Olympic hockey tournament was played on an NHL-size rink.