January 13, 2014 |
Happy birthday, A.A. Milne! The author of "Winnie-the-Pooh" was born 132 years ago today. Milne brought us Pooh, that silly old bear, and his child companion, Christopher Robin, along with children's rhymes, and plays, essays and fiction for grown-ups. Alan Alexander Milne was brought up in England and, as a boy, took classes from a young teacher who was a mentor to him -- the writer H.G. Wells. Milne went to Cambridge, married his wife Daphne, and in 1920 the two of them had a son: Christopher Robin.
January 10, 2014 |
I was having a period of bad health - quite a long period. I had a hip replacement, and another, and a hand surgery. Then a broken leg. Then a spinal surgery. Then another spinal surgery. I was falling apart faster than the doctors could put me back together. When they told me I needed a third spinal surgery, I declined. I knew they were right. I'd seen the MRIs. I was in constant pain and unable to work, or drive or do anything that brought me pleasure. But I just couldn't face the surgery, the hospital stay, the long recovery, the physical therapy.
January 8, 2014 |
Less than three months before he signed a new three-year contract, Don Mattingly insinuated he might not return to the Dodgers next season. With his deal formally announced Wednesday, Mattingly talked for the first time about the infamous October news conference at which he sounded as if he were demanding a contract extension. Speaking on a conference call from his off-season home in Indiana, Mattingly said his end-of-the-season comments weren't a premeditated attack designed to pressure ownership into offering him a new deal.
January 8, 2014 |
BEIJING - Dennis Rodman helped Kim Jong Un mark his 31st birthday Wednesday with sport and song, serenading the North Korean dictator with a warbly rendition of “Happy Birthday” in a Pyongyang gymnasium and then leading fellow ex-NBA players in a game against a local squad. Spectators were not allowed to bring cameras into the modestly appointed arena, but video posted later online showed Rodman in sunglasses leading the crowd - many of them in sport coats and dress shirts - in a singing tribute to “The Marshal.” Then the Americans, in blue and white uniforms, faced off against the North Koreans, or the “Torch Team,” in red. Simon Cockerell, a tour guide with Beijing-based Koryo tours who is traveling with Rodman's group, described the event as a “bizarre and unusual occasion.” In a video dispatch from Pyongyang posted to Koryo's Facebook page, he said the teams played two 10-minute halves, with the North Koreans prevailing at the final buzzer (by a score of 47-39, according to Associated Press)
January 4, 2014 |
Javorius Allen's emergence as USC's top tailback this season was not lost on several players who will be participating in Monday's Bowl Championship Series title game. Ryan White, a senior defensive back for Auburn, played with Allen at Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High, where Allen got the nickname “Buck.” Allen, a third-year sophomore, got his first significant playing time in the Trojans' sixth game against Arizona, and he finished the season with 785 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns.
January 4, 2014 |
The lunch-pail work ethic of Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano was appreciated Saturday when the Ducks awarded the pending free agent with a four-year contract extension worth $12 million, according to a team official unauthorized to speak publicly on player salaries. Cogliano, 26, Tuesday played in his 500th consecutive game dating to the start of his career, and produced his 13th goal this season Friday by knocking down a shot by Edmonton's Jeff Petry and racing for a breakaway past Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov . Edmonton traded Cogliano away in 2011.
December 31, 2013 |
EL PASO - That, as the folks in the industry say, is a wrap. UCLA labored, even struggled at times, but in the end the Bruins had a glitzy Hollywood ending for the 2013 season. Quarterback Brett Hundley dipped and dodged on the field and off, leaving defenders in his wake along with the idea that he just might hop, skip and jump into the NFL draft. Linebacker Jordan Zumwalt appeared to be auditioning for the lead in the next Incredible Hulk movie. Zumwalt Smash? Linebacker Myles Jack scored another touchdown, this time while playing defense.
December 30, 2013 |
Major league hitters rarely rave about Angel Stadium. The marine layer seems to knock down balls at night, the high wall in right field can turn potential home runs into doubles, and the vast outfield dimensions tend to favor pitchers. But you'll hear no such complaints from Raul Ibanez, the 41-year-old designated hitter/outfielder who was formally introduced via conference call on Monday after signing a one-year, $2.75-million contract with the Angels on Dec. 18. Ibanez's .349 average (103 for 295)
December 28, 2013 |
Stanford is back in the Rose Bowl for the second consecutive season, which is just fine with fifth-year senior linebacker Shayne Skov. Skov made eight tackles in last season's Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. This season, he has made 100 tackles, including 10 for losses. Stanford is playing in its fourth consecutive Bowl Championship Series bowl game. The Cardinal's five-year bowl run began in the 2009 Sun Bowl, its first postseason game since 2001. “We're all incredibly happy,” he said of playing in the 100 th Rose Bowl game against Michigan State.
December 27, 2013 |
It wasn't until late Thursday night that Blake Griffin responded to the NBA's decision from earlier in the day in which the league stated that the Clippers forward shouldn't have been ejected from Wednesday night's game against the Golden State Warriors. Griffin, who doesn't talk to the media before games, said the NBA's ruling made little difference because it couldn't change the fact that he was in the locker room and unable to help the Clippers down the stretch in a 105-103 loss to the Warriors.