November 8, 2012 |
Angels outfielder Mike Trout is a finalist for the American League's most valuable player and rookie of the year awards. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Jered Weaver of the Angels are finalists for the Cy Young Awards in the National League and the American League, respectively. Members of the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America voted for the awards. Winners will be announced next week on the MLB Network. Trout, 21, figures to be a lock to win the AL rookie of the year award Monday over fellow finalists Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics and Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers.
November 7, 2012 |
He might not be the favorite, but Clayton Kershaw could yet win a second consecutive National League Cy Young Award. Kershaw was one of three NL finalists announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Assn. of America on the MLB Network, along with the Mets' R.A. Dickey and the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez. Kershaw might not have had the jaw-dropping numbers of last season when he won the Cy Young (21-5 record, 2.28 ERA, 1.02 WHIP), but the left-hander still put together some impressive numbers (14-9, 2.53, 1.02)
October 24, 2012 |
The folks at TNT (Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal) recently voiced skepticism about the Lakers' offense this coming season. On Wednesday, Magic Johnson and Jeff Van Gundy, of ESPN/ABC, were slightly more open-minded about the Princeton offense hybrid that Coach Mike Brown is working to install. "The Princeton offense should be fine, and if it's not, trust me, Kobe Bryant will say, 'Hey, let's go back to the triangle,' if it's not working," said Johnson. "Mike is smart enough to know and then Kobe is smart enough to know.
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October 24, 2012 |
Pairs of eyes peered through the dark Corona High School auditorium at a projector screen hanging above a stage flanked by flags and plastic plants. About 60 Corona-Norco Unified School District teachers and administrators gathered Tuesday morning to watch a live stream of the unveiling of this year's Broad Prize for Urban Education. For the first time, the 53,000-student, largely Latino and low-income school district in the Inland Empire was a finalist for the prestigious national education competition.
October 17, 2012 |
The San Francisco 49ers' future home in Santa Clara will be an upgrade for the Bay Area team -- heck, it's already a Super Bowl contender. At the NFL's fall meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, team owners selected South Florida and San Francisco as finalists to host Super Bowl L in 2016. The owners are expected to make the final choice in May. If San Francisco isn't named the 2016 host, it still has another shot at the big game. The city not selected to host the 2016 game will compete against Houston, which was selected as a finalist to host the 2017 game.
October 10, 2012 |
The National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the National Book Awards on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show Wednesday. Junot Diaz, who was recently named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, is among the fiction finalists for his short-story collection, “This Is How You Lose Her.” Two other fiction finalists -- Ben Fountain's “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” and “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers -- deal with America's long military...
September 22, 2012 |
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Inside his airy loft last week, Andrew Norman was nervous as he talked about his childhood and God. The 32-year-old composer, a finalist this year for the Pulitzer Prize in music, spoke in anxious halts and starts about his upbringing in "a strict religious environment" in Modesto, where his father is a pastor at an evangelical church. Norman was tense because he rarely spoke about his personal life and wasn't quite sure what to say. And since he had left home as a teenager to study music at USC, he had wrestled with his faith, an inner conflict heard in his music, notably his searing, Pulitzer-nominated work for violin, viola and cello, "The Companion Guide to Rome," a portrait of nine churches and saints.
September 7, 2012 |
Nicely done, America. Nicely done. The voters on "America's Got Talent" put the two best semifinalists from Tuesday night's show through to next week's finals (which, possibly just to confuse us, will take place Wednesday at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central). They also lined up two worthy contenders for the third and final slot, with the judges making the call as to which went through. And while it was fun to see Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider hop onstage to perform his anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It" with young upstarts Haunted by Heroes and to groove to Train's admirable "Drive By," the best part of the whole night rested squarely in the results: Thanks to the show's voters, we didn't have to see that little girl from the Untouchables sob again.
September 5, 2012 |
Time and time again on this season of "MasterChef," chef Gordon Ramsay asked sight-impaired competitor Christine Ha: Am I being pranked? Are you really blind? True, it's an un-P.C. question. But it's the question that everyone has been thinking as Christine continued to cook her way ahead of her fellow competitors on Season 3 of "MasterChef," the search to find the best home cooks in America. Under most circumstances, the compelling story line going into next week's finale would be Josh Marks.