December 20, 2012 |
The NHL on Thursday canceled two more weeks' worth of games and pushed its dispute with the NHL Players' Assn. near the point of no return. The league wiped out games through Jan. 14 for a total of 625 canceled games, or 50.8% of the schedule. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said via email Thursday that there had been no recent contact between the two sides and that no new negotiations were planned. The NHL's latest announcement - made, like those that preceded it, in a terse statement - for all intents creates a short-term deadline for preserving even a severely shortened season.
August 27, 2013 |
No stranger to the art of campaigning, Washington has thrown its hat into the ring as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics. The announcement came Tuesday as District of Columbia officials said they have formed a nonprofit group that will seek to bring the Summer Games back to the United States for the first time since 1996 in Atlanta. "We are the only major capital city in the world not to have hosted the Games yet," said Bob Sweeney, president of DC 2024. Washington joins Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Tulsa, Okla., as places where officials have openly discussed their interest in hosting the Olympics.
December 10, 2012 |
The dribs and drabs -- almost like an annoying dripping faucet -- have taken a large toll. Hockey's labor dispute has now accounted for the loss of 42.8% of the NHL season, 526 regular-season games. The NHL announced on Monday the cancellation of games through Dec. 30 because of the absence of a new collective bargaining agreement. This means the loss of eight more games for the reigning Stanley Cup champion Kings, including three home dates at Staples Center. They were to have played at Ottawa on Dec. 15, Boston on Dec. 17, Detroit on Dec. 18 and San Jose on Dec. 20 before returning home to play the Sharks on Dec. 22 and the Coyotes on Dec. 26. The other canceled games were at Phoenix on Dec. 27 and the Ducks at Staples Center on Dec. 29. In addition to the game against the Kings, the Ducks will be losing six more games in the latest round of cuts.
December 9, 2012 |
The Lakers have a 4-6 record under Coach Mike D'Antoni, losing 15 of 40 quarters (37.5%). In comparison, the team went 1-4 under Mike Brown, losing 11 of 20 quarters (55%). In the six-game Bernie Bickerstaff interim period, the Lakers lost just four of 24 quarters (16.7%), but three were in the same game (San Antonio Spurs). In the five Bickerstaff victories, the Lakers lost just a single quarter. The team has won 70% of their first quarters (7-3) under D'Antoni, suggesting the issue may go beyond questions in the starting lineup.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2002 |
This is a gambling tale about a casino boss who took a seat at history's card table and bet the house on a royal flush of an invention. He watched it change the course of California gaming and sweep the world -- then he walked away in anonymity as the revolution he created left him behind. Pai gow poker is the game. It is steeped in Asian superstitions, and even Hong Kong high rollers think it originated in China.
August 4, 2011 |
Every day, before his morning coffee, Frank Nunes takes stock of his domain. The 39-year-old makes sure his walls are secure, his allies are freshly supplied with troops and his fields well tended. Only then can Nunes begin his real-life workday as a furniture installer in Hayward, Calif. Nunes' day job is tame compared with life in Kingdoms of Camelot, a social game on Facebook developed by Kabam Inc., where a lot can happen overnight. In a matter of minutes, a player's realm can be leveled, its crops looted and soldiers killed.