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March 9, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX -- Manager Don Mattingly confirmed Sunday what everyone has known for a long time: Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers starter when the team begins its season next week against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia. "Any time you get to start opening day, no matter what continent, it's an honor," said Kershaw, who has started the Dodgers' first game in each of the last three seasons. "It's pretty special. I don't take it for granted. " Kershaw prepped for that start with a steady five-inning outing against the San Francisco Giants, one in which he gave up two runs and five hits.
March 9, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Players and coaches for USC's 2013 NCAA champion men's and women's water polo teams are scheduled to be among the national championship teams honored Monday at the White House, a USC official said. The teams are scheduled to meet with President Obama. The USC women's team won the title by defeating Stanford. The men's team won a record sixth consecutive championship by defeating Pacific. The last USC teams to visit the White House were the 2009-10 men's and women's water polo and men's tennis teams.
March 7, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Don Murray is a man of convictions. When he was 19 and working as an usher at CBS in New York City for $17 a week while attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Murray turned down an offer to sign a contract with Universal for a whopping $150 a week. FOR THE RECORD: Don Murray: An article in the March 7 Calendar section about a UCLA film event honoring actor Don Murray gave the actor's age as 83. He is 84. "They could put you in whatever picture they wanted," explained the genial actor, 83, over the phone recently from his home in Santa Barbara.
March 5, 2014 | Staff reports
The Los Angeles Times was named one of the top-10 daily Sports sections among large-circulation papers and received five top-10 writing awards in the annual section and writing contest conducted by the Associated Press Sports Editors, which concluded Wednesday in Indianapolis. The Times also received top-10 honors for its special section on the life of former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, and for its website and multimedia presentation. Bill Plaschke received three top-10 awards in the writing divisions.
March 3, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
The Oscars' annual "In Memoriam" tribute included images of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Walker and James Gandolfini, as well as Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who died Feb. 20 in Georgia after being struck by a train during preproduction of "Midnight Rider," a biopic of musician Gregg Allman. Jones' name and photo briefly appeared in an onscreen banner just after Bette Midler finished singing "Wind Beneath My Wings," a performance that accompanied the four-minute montage of photos of notable movie industry figures who died in 2013 and early 2014.
March 3, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Lindsay Davenport has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Knowing her, when word got out, she probably asked for a recount, just to make sure she hadn't bumped out somebody else more deserving. She is 37 now, lives in Orange County, is married to Jon Leach of the famed USC tennis family of dad and coach Dick Leach and longtime pro doubles star Rick Leach, Jon's brother. Jon was a USC All-American and is now an investment banker. Davenport had her fourth child in January and was notified of her Hall of Fame selection as she was about to give birth.
March 3, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
In the once-grand foyer of a dark mansion, with rain whipping at the windows, Tobey Maguire raises a glass of Champagne and offers a toast to Catherine the Great. Although it sounds like a scene straight out of "The Great Gatsby," it wasn't West Egg but Beverly Hills. And Maguire was among the guests gathered in an electricity-challenged (thanks to the storm) Greystone Mansion on Friday night to honor the addition of "Gatsby" costume and production designer Catherine Martin -- a two-time (and soon to be four-time)
March 3, 2014 | By John Horn
In the end, Oscar voters couldn't truly avert their gaze from "12 Years a Slave. " Even though many Oscar voters found filmmaker Steve McQueen's searing chronicle of enslavement almost too harrowing to watch, "12 Years a Slave" prevailed Sunday to win the best picture trophy in one of the closest contests in modern Academy Awards history. In a ceremony in which the space thriller "Gravity" collected a leading seven statuettes - including the first directing Oscar won by a Mexican-born filmmaker - the biggest honor went to the true-life account of the kidnapping and auctioning of Solomon Northup, a New York freeman bartered as a Louisiana cotton picker.
March 2, 2014 | Lalita Clozel
Federal Prohibition agent Eliot Ness' legendary campaign against Chicago mob boss Al Capone inspired the 1960s TV series "The Untouchables," a blockbuster Hollywood movie, countless books and perhaps even the comic-strip hero Dick Tracy. But a recent move in the Senate to name the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' glassy new Washington headquarters after the 1930s lawman has sparked an acrimonious debate over whether the storied crime fighter really deserves the honor.
March 1, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As the final stop on the awards-show circuit before the Oscars, the Film Independent Spirit Awards serve as both a warm-up for the main event and a chance for some smaller non-Oscar-contenders to step into the spotlight for a moment. The race for best feature, the Spirit Awards' top honor, includes two Oscar nominees for best picture: the historical drama "12 Years a Slave" and the father-son road movie "Nebraska. " The other three candidates are "All Is Lost," about a sailor stranded in a damaged boat; "Frances Ha," about an aspiring dancer; and "Inside Llewyn Davis," about a down-on-his-luck folk singer.
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