December 22, 2013 |
Philadelphia plays at Dallas in a winner-take-all game next Sunday with the NFC East title hanging in the balance. That means another mental matchup between Eagles Coach Chip Kelly and Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Kelly and Kiffin are familiar foes, as Kelly was head coach at Oregon when Kiffin was defensive coordinator at USC. A year ago, Kelly's Ducks generated the most yards ever against the Trojans. USC's biggest meltdown in 2012 was a 62-51 loss to Oregon, in which the Ducks gained 730 yards, including 321 on the ground by Kenjon Barner.
October 15, 2013 |
For the true baseball fan, Cuba is a mecca. There are no giant video screens with animated hands demanding that you clap. There are no overcaffeinated and overamplified cheerleaders pressuring you to make some noise. In Cuba, there is no artificial passion. The excitement comes from within the hearts of the fans, and from the joy of the players. That is the essence of watching Yasiel Puig, and the Dodgers are more than happy to put up with the occasional culture clash.
July 23, 2013 |
Van Dyke Parks has a story for everything in his life, from the name of his pet schnauzer to the mug in which he served a visitor coffee on a recent morning at his antique-lined home in Pasadena. "You know where I got that cup?" asked Parks, an important figure on the margins of the Los Angeles pop scene since the mid-1960s, when he wrote allusive lyrics for the Beach Boys' ill-fated "Smile" album. The mug was emblazoned with the logo of the New York Flute Club, founded nearly a century ago by Georges Barrère, whose grandson Paul went on to play in the band Little Feat with one of Parks' best friends, the late Lowell George.
July 15, 2013 |
Asked to describe the Dodgers' season up to the All-Star break, Manager Don Mattingly didn't know what to say. "Well . . . " he started. He leaned his head to one side, then the other. "It's been obviously unscripted," Mattingly said. "It ended up OK. We survived it. " Even after a 3-1 defeat by the Colorado Rockies on Sunday at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers went into the All-Star break only 21/2 games behind first-place Arizona in the National League West. Winners in 17 of their last 22 games, they are 47-47.
June 25, 2013 |
Don't let the word "pub" in the name Pub 1842 name fool you. At the culinary helm of the new MGM Grand eatery is Michael Mina, who's taking a step back from his usual fine dining. Mina, whose other Las Vegas outposts include American Fish at Aria and his namesake Michael Mina at Bellagio, has brought his creative culinary skills to his newest eatery with dishes diners are unlikely to find elsewhere. The place features a variety of burgers, but they're far from the traditional fare.
June 12, 2013
SAN ANTONIO — Who said the San Antonio Spurs couldn't have a good time? And show a little flash? They ran up, down and over the Miami Heat, 113-77, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night, discarding their bland, vanilla reputation for something a lot more peppery. They never trailed, completely quashed LeBron James and kept their fans roaring the entire time while taking a 2-1 series lead at AT&T Center. Here's all that needed to be known: Danny Green and Gary Neal outscored James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, 51-43, as the Spurs took a step closer to their fifth championship since 1999.