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June 20, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Our final Battle of the Burgers finalist is Winston Woo of Orange County. Think this is just another chicken burger? You're wrong. With homemade Thai chili paste and a medley of flavors, it's what Woo calls "ultimate fusion. " He wrote: “The Green Curry Chicken Burger (“GCCB”) creation is an inspiration of my travel experiences across the Pacific, combined with the touches of Americana. My GCCB Ultimate Fusion Burger may be more than the 'best and baddest' burger -- quite simply, it might be the most memorable Asian-inspired fusion experience ever!
June 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA relief pitcher David Berg has been named one of three finalists for the National Pitcher of the Year award. Berg, a sophomore, set a school record with 21 saves this season. He is 7-0 with an 0.88 earned-run average, the lowest in the nation. The Bruins will face another finalist when playing Louisiana State in their College World Series opener at 5 p.m. Sunday. The Tigers will start Aaron Nora, who is 12-0 with a 1.68 ERA. He has 117 strikeouts in 118 innings. The game will be on ESPN2.
June 10, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Southern California-raised Sean Chen, at 24 the first American to make the finals of the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition since 1997, won the third place "crystal award" Sunday. As the 17-day competition ended at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, the six finalists played concertos accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony led by Leonard Slatkin. Vadym Kholodenko, 26, of the Ukraine won the gold medal -- worth $50,000. Chen and the silver medalist, Beatrice Rana of Italy, each will get a $20,000 prize.
June 6, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Sean Chen first met the Southern California music public in 2002, when the New West Symphony tapped him as one of its “Discovery Artists,” a program that paired precocious teens with the orchestra's professional players in an annual concert for general audiences. A feature story in The Times reported that the then-13-year-old from Oak Park in Ventura County “likes to draw and build model cars but makes time to practice the piano 1 1/2 hours a day.” The practice hours have mounted since then, as Chen moved on to Oak Park High School, then the Juilliard School, and now Yale.
May 30, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
For 10 high school baseball teams, this weekend's championship games at Dodger Stadium must feel like Christmas morning. The anticipation could be felt after players won their semifinal games. Austin Olivas, a left-handed starting pitcher for Huntington Beach Marina, said: "Just thinking about it, it's amazing. I've been playing with most of these kids since I was 10 years old. To have this opportunity to go out there with them is amazing. Clayton Kershaw is my favorite player.
May 17, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau was named Friday as one of three finalists for the NHL's Jack Adams Award, honoring the league's coach of the year. “Bruce and his staff have done a terrific job leading our team," Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said. "We have a hardworking group that was prepared to play and meet the challenge of a short regular season, which is a credit to our coaching staff and the players. This is certainly a deserved honor.” Joel Quenneville, who guided the Chicago Blackhawks to the NHL's best regular-season record, and the Ottawa Senators' Paul MacLean, whose team navigated a slew of key injuries, are the other finalists.
May 12, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Alexander Soto, a 14-year-old forward from Elizabeth, N.J., won Major League Soccer's Sueño MLS youth talent search Sunday, becoming the youngest winner in the competition's eight-year history. Luis Aranzazu, a 17-year-old from Pembroke Pines, Fla., was selected top goalkeeper. Both players, discovered at open tryouts with MLS team D.C. United, have been invited to join an MLS club Academy Team.  “I'm very proud and will keep chasing my dream of becoming a professional soccer player,” Soto said.
May 8, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Former USC football player Khaled Holmes is a finalist for Sports Illustrated's award for college athlete of the year. Holmes, profiled last October in The Times, earned an undergraduate degree in classics and a masters in communication management. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound center was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of last month's NFL draft. Sports Illustrated will choose two athletes -- one female and one male -- as winners May 22 and feature them in the magazine's May 27 issue.
April 26, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Tate Britain announced its four finalists Thursday for the 2013 Turner Prize. Among them is Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the first black woman to be named a finalist for the Tate's modern art prize. The prestigious - and often controversial - annual award is given to UK-born or -based artists who are under 50 for an "outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the 12 months preceding. " A prize of £25,000 (about $38,600) goes to the winner. The remaining three finalists receive £5,000 (about $7,700)
April 15, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
The South Florida Sun Sentinel was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism Monday for its investigation of off-duty police officers who endangered the lives of citizens by speeding. The newspaper, owned by Tribune Co., started its investigation after an off-duty Miami police officer was pulled over by a Florida state trooper for driving 120 mph in fall 2011. The resulting three-part series, "Above the Law," found that accidents caused by officers driving at high speeds - in many cases when off duty - caused at least 320 crashes since 2004, killing or maiming 21 people.
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