August 11, 2012 |
NBC's coverage of the London Olympics has blown away the most optimistic projections for audience performance in an increasingly fractured media landscape. More than 210 million Americans have watched a portion of the Games. The network attracted an average of about 32 million viewers a night in prime time - though the time difference with London meant NBC was showing highlights from events that occurred long before the telecast. Younger viewers, including those typically tethered to laptops or cellphones, have been watching the coverage, often with groups of friends.
August 3, 2012 |
The Dodgers recently traded for a three-time All-Star who has spent most of his career at shortstop, Hanley Ramirez. They also added a leadoff hitter, Shane Victorino. Meantime, Dee Gordon, the Dodgers shortstop and leadoff hitter until he fractured his right thumb on a head-first slide July 4, had a pin removed from the injured area Thursday. Gordon had struggled hitting and, at times, fielding this season. But he's also only 24 years old and his 30 stolen bases still lead the National League.
May 11, 2012 |
— The Angels suffered a significant loss Thursday, on the eve of a highly anticipated series against the Texas Rangers. Chris Iannetta will need surgery on his right wrist, a procedure that is expected to sideline the catcher for six to eight weeks. Iannetta is hitting .197 with a .312 on-base percentage, three home runs and nine runs batted in. He suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch on May 2, the night he caught Jered Weaver's no-hitter against Minnesota. Iannetta played one inning in the next three games, as a defensive replacement, but returned to the lineup Sunday and played three straight games before sitting out Wednesday night's game against the Twins, when the wrist worsened.
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May 5, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO — Under pressure from state lawmakers and environmentalists, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has agreed to write regulations for one controversial oil extraction method and reexamine rules for another that led to a worker's death last year. The administration is seeking money in the next state budget to regulate the booming oil industry and assuage public concern over hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking. " Officials plan to develop rules that would ensure the integrity of oil wells and establish reporting requirements for operators that inject chemical-laced water and sand deep into the ground to tap oil, according to a California Department of Conservation document released this week.
May 5, 2012 |
Chris Paul thought Caron Butler was "crazy" for playing in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against Memphis with a fractured left hand. Paul also said he had to commend Butler for gutting out 22 minutes of pain Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. Butler was injured in the third quarter of Game 1 in Memphis last Sunday night. He didn't play in Game 2 and was supposed to be sidelined four to six weeks recovering from the injury. But Butler practiced Friday and decided to play Sunday.
May 2, 2012 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Perhaps it's wishful thinking on the part of Clippers small forward Caron Butler , but he said, "If there's a will, there's a way," regarding the possibility of his playing before the first-round series with Memphis is over. Butler will see a hand specialist Thursday in Los Angeles after the Clippers return home to determine how bad his fractured left hand is. The diagnosis said Butler would be out four to six weeks with the injury, meaning the earliest he could return would be the end of May. Butler, who was replaced in the starting lineup for Game 2 Wednesday night by Bobby Simmons , was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's night's game when his hand got caught in Rudy Gay's jersey.
April 29, 2012 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Caron Butler fractured his left hand during the third quarter of the Clippers' playoff game against Memphis on Sunday. Butler was holding his hand after he scored a basket in the third quarter. He had 12 points on five-for-12 shooting. The Clippers said Butler's status for the rest of the best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series against the Grizzlies will be determined later. Butler missed the Dallas Mavericks' championship run last season after rupturing the patellar tendon in his right knee on Jan. 1, 2011.
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March 24, 2012 |
Reporting from Goleta, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that he was taking a closer look at a controversial method of oil extraction known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," as he seeks to help California maintain its role as one of the country's top crude producers. Speaking to business leaders at a renewable energy conference in Goleta, Brown said he was studying fracking, which oil companies are touting as a potential key to tapping previously unreachable deposits in the Golden State.
March 23, 2012 |
Juan Gris, recipient of a Google Doodle on the 125th anniversary of his birth, was a Cubist painter who was a legend in his own right. But he seems to have rubbed another legend -- Pablo Picasso -- the wrong way. Gris was a minor player in the art world before he went to France. He was an engineering student in Madrid, took painting lessons and created humorous drawings for local newspapers. But in 1906, he left the country for a French tenement -- a "gloomy heap" that was in the midst of a transformation into an artists enclave.