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SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
It came down to free throws and Sierra Canyon made them when it counted to upset Gardena Serra, 59-52, in the Southern California Regional Division IV final at Colony High. Alexis Griggsby and Kennedy Burke each scored 15 points as the second-seeded Trailblazers (27-4) pulled away in the final eight minutes of a game that was tied 38-38 after three quarters. Sierra Canyon made 22 of 26 foul shots, including 15 of 18 in the fourth quarter. "Every practice we shoot free throws because it's kind of our weakness," said Burke, who was 7-of-8 from the foul line.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
As "Girls" heads into its season 2 finale Sunday night, water coolers everywhere are bracing for dull conversations devoid of tips on cotton swab usage and talk of bodily fluids. The modestly rated HBO show, which follows a group of twentysomething friends navigating career and relationship troubles, has been a generator of critical reaction since its debut last spring.  That talk hasn't muffled in its sophomore season -- including in this newsroom: Exhibit A and Exhibit B . And Lena Dunham, the wunderkind behind the show, is sure to keep the conversation going with whatever she has in store for the season 2 swan song.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 13 - 19, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SUNDAY If you were hoping for a Ricky Gervais four-peat, you are out of luck, my friend. This year, it'll be gal pals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler manning - make that "womaning" - the podium at "The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. " (NBC, 5 and 8 p.m.) Remember how Sarah Jessica Parker would get splashed by that bus with her picture on it in the opening credits of "Sex and the City"?
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
Amber Melgoza has been Santa Barbara's leading scorer and rebounder all season and she was once again Saturday night as the Dons held off Santa Margarita, 58-48, to win the Southern California Regional Division III championship at Colony High. Melgoza, a sophomore forward, had 20 points, eight rebounds and three steals, Desirea Coleman added 15 points and Jada Howard had nine for the top-seeded Dons (30-5), who outscored Santa Margarita 19-5 in the second quarter to take a 30-16 halftime lead.  Zaire Williams had 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, Tori Anderson had 13 points and Sheldon Cornwell added 11 points for the third-seeded Eagles (21-14)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Toward the end of the first episode of HBO's "Girls," Hannah (Lena Dunham), in the hopes of persuading her parents to continue supporting her, hands them the half-dozen pages of the "book" she has been writing for the last two years. To finish this proposed nine-chapter opus, all she wants is $1,100 a month, for two more years. It's a wonderful moment, capturing the inevitable divide between generations. With all the gloriously narcissistic conviction of an academically coddled, white, upper-middle-class publishing "intern," Hannah truly believes she is writing a memoir - she just has to live it first.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Though not credited as a remake, "Breaking the Girls" takes the basic premise of "Strangers on a Train," the Patricia Highsmith novel famously adapted to the screen by Alfred Hitchcock - I'll kill for you if you'll kill for me - and transports it to the modern day. Law student Sara (Agnes Bruckner) has had a run of misfortune brought on in no small way by a jealous classmate, costing her a job, a scholarship and a place to live. She also meets the rich, troubled Alex (Madeline Zima), setting in motion a series of events to solve all their problems.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK--Lena Dunham found her show "Girls" under criticism earlier this year for an absence of minority characters. The controversy only mushroomed after, in an apparent bid to make light of the issue, "Girls" writer Lesley Arfin tweeted sarcastically that she didn't think "Precious" offered a representation of her either. At an event Sunday hosted by the New Yorker and its TV critic Emily Nussbaum, Dunham offered some context on the incident. After saying that Arfin had actually no longer worked on the show at the time she sent the tweet, Dunham elaborated on what was happening on the "Girls" set during the controversy.
SPORTS
September 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Santa Ana Mater Dei holds the No. 1 spot in this week's Southern Section Division 1AA girls' volleyball rankings. Here's the link to complete rankings.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jordin Canada of L.A. Windward has been named the state player of the year in girls' basketball by CalHiSports.com. Here's the link to story. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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