July 22, 2013 |
Apparently Selena Gomez wasn't quite ready to leave the neon-splattered emotional hellscape of "Spring Breakers" just yet. The first sounds one hears on her sassy new album are an oxygen-sucking sub-bass, trap snares and a note to her fellow party nihilists that she only parties this hard on her birthday (and every day is her birthday). It's almost as good as having shorts in every color. "Stars Dance" is exactly the kind of album one makes in 2013 if you want to keep the pop sugar of the Disney tween cabal but mix in some broken glass and a club bathroom nosebleed.
July 7, 2013 |
WIMBLEDON, England - In many ways, Andy Murray's career was encapsulated in the last game he played before he became a first-time Wimbledon singles champion and the first British man to win the title since Fred Perry's 1936 triumph. The 26-year-old Scot was quick and assertive in building a 40-love edge over Serbian Novak Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion. But Murray allowed Djokovic to come back and gain three break points, echoes of the fragile mental toughness that once held him back.
June 6, 2013 |
For those marveling at the toughness and grit of Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in Game 3 -- more about that later -- there was another incredible display of perseverance in the Bruins-Penguins series. Bruins forward Gregory Campbell was injured during a penalty kill during the second period of Game 3 on Wednesday night, taking one in the leg via an Evgeni Malkin slap shot. Campbell stayed out for about another minute, helping kill the penalty. The news emerged later that Campbell had broken his right leg and will miss the rest of the playoffs, according to media reports.
May 24, 2013 |
In the fall leading up to his first season as Dodgers manager, Don Mattingly was asked if he could control his frustration as he relied on players who were unlikely to ever reach the individual heights he reached as a first baseman with the New York Yankees. Mattingly said he believed he could empathize with his players. Even though he was one of the best players of the 1980s, Mattingly said the game never came easily to him. He was a 19th-round draft pick with below-average speed and a modest throwing arm. But as the last-place Dodgers head into the opening game of a three-game home series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, the under-fire manager finds himself wondering why his players can't do what he used to do. Mattingly's comments implying the Dodgers lacked mental toughness came in response to questions about why they had so much trouble hitting with runners in scoring position.
April 28, 2013 |
Now it is time to see what sort of resolve the Clippers have. They failed the test presented to them in Memphis in Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series, leaving the Clippers looking vulnerable against a tough-minded Grizzlies team. The Clippers still have the opportunity to prove that they are gritty enough because Game 5 of this best-of-seven series that's tied at 2-2 is at Staples Center on Tuesday night. "That's why you work so hard for home court," point guard Chris Paul said after Saturday's game.
April 20, 2013
Festival of Books What: Rob Roberge is on the panel "Fiction: True Grit" in conversation with Frank Bill, James Greer and Joshua Mohr, moderated by Jim Ruland. Where: Annenberg Auditorium, USC When: 2 p.m. Sunday Price: Free. Tickets are available online. There is a $1 service fee applied to each ticket reserved. Information: latimes.com/festivalofbooks