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February 4, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - Moscow hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics but the Americans weren't there, and Los Angeles hosted the 1984 Games but the Soviets stayed home. The Houston Rockets claimed two NBA titles in the 1990s while Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan was off chasing curveballs. Tiger Woods was recovering from knee surgery when Padraig Harrington captured the 2008 PGA Championship and British Open. The Detroit Pistons swept the Lakers in the 1989 NBA Finals with injured Lakers Magic Johnson and Byron Scott on the bench.
February 4, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - As his plane approached Sochi-Adler International Airport, flying low over the coast, Erik Guay glanced out the window. Warships sat anchored on the Black Sea below. "That's the first sight you get," the Canadian skier said. "In a way, it makes you feel safe. " Security has been a major concern leading up to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. These Games are considered particularly vulnerable to terrorist attacks because of their proximity to the North Caucasus, a region where Islamic militants have waged a violent insurgency.
February 3, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
A highlight of the Super Bowl celebration, on a large platform amid a cheering crowd and a rain of confetti, was a past Trojan hero bringing the championship trophy to another past Trojan hero. Presumably, at that moment, there was an outbreak of goose bumps in Trojan Nation. After all, if you live and breathe the Cardinal and Gold, how could it get much better than having Marcus Allen deliver the Lombardi Trophy to Pete Carroll? There is no question about goose bumps for Allen.
February 2, 2014 | By Betty Hallock
For decades, Toshiaki Toyoshima has followed the same ritual each morning at his downtown restaurant: He ties on his indigo happi - a short-sleeved Japanese chef's jacket - and dons a white cap before he begins cutting fish for nearly 500 customers who dine at Sushi Gen daily. But in January, Toyoshima's tradition-bound routine was upset. He had to add a step: A new law now forces him to snap on a pair of thin vinyl gloves before he can touch the fish. His gloved hands seem to move no less deftly as he stands behind mounds of tuna fillets glistening on his counter and slices the raw fish with a long knife.
January 29, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
A coffee shop on Hollywood Boulevard seemed a strange place to talk about Merle Haggard with country singer Suzy Bogguss, who's about to release her new tribute album to the Bard of Bakersfield,  “Lucky.” But while she was briefly in town this week, we connected to talk about the latest project from a singer who first surfaced in 1989 with her album “Somewhere Between,” which drew its title from the Haggard song that also was her first...
January 27, 2014 | By David Wharton
California leads all states with 20 athletes on the U.S. Olympic team headed for the 2014 Sochi Games next month. The U.S. Olympic Committee finalized its roster on Monday, officially naming 230 athletes -- the largest delegation of any nation in the history of the Winter Games. That includes 125 men and 105 women, featuring slightly more than 100 returning Olympians. The Americans won the overall medal count with a total of 37 in Vancouver four years ago. "This year's team is an exceptional blend of youth and experience," said Alan Ashley, the U.S. chef de mission and USOC chief of sport performance.
January 27, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Greg Whiteley's random access memories documentary, "Mitt," available on Netflix and being shown at a Pasadena theater, is a viewing experience both familiar and strange. As a private glimpse inside the swirl that began with the former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 2008 primary run to be the Republican presidential nominee (losing to John McCain) and concluding with his 2012 status as an also-ran, "Mitt" feels like the kind of behind-the-scenes campaign doc that's eager to clue us in on how candidates function day in and day out. There's Romney in hotel suites hashing out strategy with his family while cracking jokes, tidying the room, playfully arguing, weathering setbacks and staying optimistic in the face of defeat.
January 25, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Paul Lieberstein was ready for a change. In 2000, he purchased a two-bedroom, one-bath Crestwood Hills home that was clinging to a hillside and sold as a tear-down. But a decade later, he and his wife, Janine Poreba, were expecting their first child, and he knew it was time to expand. "We brought in some floors and painted, but it was hardly enough," he said. The process began after architect Peter Grueneisen moved in next door. "He was not initially interested, as he was too busy," said Lieberstein, an actor, writer and producer known for his role as Toby on "The Office.
January 25, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Let's first just lay this harsh fact on the table: Research tells us very clearly that a lot of us lie to benefit ourselves. We lie often, about things large and small. And even when we're caught, many of us cling to our mendacious ways: We either double down and stick to our story, or make a partial confession, acknowledging just a bit of the whopper we may have told. Why we humans depart so routinely from the social values we purport to embrace intrigues psychologists, and it's the subject of a provocative study out this week in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
January 22, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Darren Collison limped out of the training room to his locker and plopped his weary body into a chair, his sprained left big toe now the biggest worry the Clippers have to face. Collison gutted through "some discomfort" for 29 minutes, 50 seconds during the Clippers' tough 95-91 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena. He was forced to sit the final 4:28 of the game, forced to watch the Clippers tie the score at 89-89 on a shot by Jamal Crawford (20 points)
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