December 3, 2012 |
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein were announced Monday as finalists for the Heisman Trophy. The winner will be announced Saturday in New York. USC receiver Marqise Lee, who caught a nation-leading 112 passes and is third nationally in all-purpose yardage, averaging 215.7 yards a game, was regarded as a contender to earn a trip to the Heisman ceremony. But Lee finished too far behind the top three in balloting that concluded Monday at 5 p.m. EST. Manziel, a redshirt freshman, passed for 3,418 yards and 24 touchdowns, with eight passes intercepted.
November 28, 2012 |
USC receiver Marqise Lee was selected to the American Football Coaches Assn. All-America team and is one of five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award. Lee, a sophomore, leads major college football with a Pac-12 Conference-record 112 receptions. He has scored 15 touchdowns and ranks third nationally in all-purpose yards, averaging 215.7 yards a game. Lee, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o are finalists for the Walter Camp award.
November 27, 2012 |
Major League Soccer tweaked its playoff format before this season, moving its championship game from a neutral site to the home field of the finalist with the best regular-season record. Still, the prospect of the Galaxy getting home field seemed unlikely when it entered the postseason with the eighth-best record among the 10 playoff teams. But after beating Vancouver in a wild-card game and upsetting top-seeded San Jose and Seattle in the next two rounds, the Galaxy finds itself right back where it ended last season: at the Home Depot Center playing Houston, the Eastern Conference wild-card winner, in the MLS Cup final Saturday.
November 20, 2012 |
It's Bad Sex Day on the Internet today. Of course, every day is bad sex day on the Internet. But today's bad sex is actually enjoyable, and it arrives via the respected Literary Review of London and its Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Call it coitus ridiculous. It's sex that's so bad as to be laughable, in a delightfully literary kind of way. Eight authors were named finalists for the Bad Sex in Fiction award Tuesday. All the buzz is that J.K. Rowling didn't make the cut. Rowling's "The Literary Vacancy" was a favorite to walk away with the award, in part for a passage in which a vulva and Santa Claus manage to squeeze themselves into the same sentence.
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November 14, 2012 |
Asked to compete in a grant contest, officials in Cincinnati responded with a proposal to reduce infant mortality. In High Point, N.C., they sought to reduce domestic violence. And in Santa Monica? The city where the sun shines and the waves beckon decided to establish the nation's first municipal well-being index to measure just how well its residents are doing. Santa Monica city officials and researchers at Rand Corp. have proposed tracking such measures as residents' physical health, social connectedness and community resilience.
November 11, 2012
Five things to watch this week in college football. 1. Stanford at Oregon is the game of significance on a pre-holiday weekend schedule in which a lot of teams are playing turkeys. Stanford's bruising style presents an interesting challenge for a fast-paced Oregon team that is battling significant injuries on defense. 2. Just as important as the USC-UCLA rivalry's being relevant again is the fact the game is being played at noon instead of at night. USC has lost only once in the series since 1998, that classic 13-9 upset of 2006, but UCLA enters this week looking nothing like the team that was embarrassed last year at the Coliseum.
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)
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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 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.