April 26, 2010 |
The Kings had no practice Monday, no charter flight to Vancouver for the seventh game of a playoff series they believed they could win until the final buzzer signaled the end of their 4-2 loss to the Canucks and their season. Their first postseason experience as a group and the first for the franchise since 2002 concluded Sunday in ways that were both disheartening and encouraging. The team that was 29-0-2 this season when leading after two periods lost Games 4 and 6 after squandering third-period leads at home.
January 14, 2005
Jack Johnson, the first black man to become the heavyweight champion of the world, may be this country's most famous forgotten athlete. Filmmaker Ken Burns aims to correct this memory lapse in a two-part documentary airing on PBS, Monday and Tuesday nights. "Unforgivably Black: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson" is not, of course, just about boxing.
July 5, 2013 |
The Big Smoke Adrian Matejka Penguin: 128 pp., $18 paper Boxing may be a brutal blood sport, but its devotees range from ringside brawlers to ringside literary gentility such as Joyce Carol Oates. Boxing's history offers not only opportunities for poetry (Muhammad Ali's "Float like a butterfly/ sting like a bee") but also for a shocking chronicle of America's racism -- in and out of the ring. Adrian Matejka's new collection, "The Big Smoke," is a series of dramatis personae poems: swift uppercuts, fast hard-hitting insights.
December 15, 1999 |
Big Jess Willard, once the most famous athlete in America and the world heavyweight boxing champion between the eras of Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey, died 31 years ago today. Willard was a true-to-life Oklahoma cowboy when he began a years-long quest to wrest the heavyweight championship from Jack Johnson, the widely hated black champion who had so easily beaten popular ex-champion Jim Jeffries in 1910. "I never had a glove on until I was 28," he said, years later.
July 14, 2004 |
Researching a documentary on Jack Johnson, filmmaker Ken Burns decided that racism, not justice, sent the first black heavyweight boxing champion to jail nearly a century ago. Burns decided to seek a presidential pardon to right the wrong. On Tuesday, civil rights leaders and Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Orrin G. Hatch of Utah joined Burns to announce the filing of legal papers with the Justice Department seeking the pardon.
October 6, 2013 |
“There's a lot we could talk about,” John Mayer told the crowd Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl, but his plan, he added, was to keep the banter to a minimum. A semi-legendary source of off-the-cuff (and sometimes off-color) stage chat, Mayer was putting some distance between himself and the guy who set off a spasm of negative publicity in 2010 with comments he made about his famous ex-lovers and his taste for pornography, among other topics. The resulting backlash - along with a series of surgeries to remove a recurring growth on his vocal cords - led to an extended hiatus from the road, during which Mayer launched a kind of warm-and-fuzzy rebranding campaign.
January 8, 2013 |
As was often the case, television personality Huell Howser captured the Coachella scene perfectly. Howser, who died Sunday at age 67 , traveled throughout Southern California during a career highlighting its myriad cultural offerings. As such, he journeyed to Indio, Calif., with typically boundless curiosity for a segment on KCET-TV in 2008 on the annual festival. Howser's take comes near the end of the feature: "It's just a beautiful, beautiful feeling here. Everybody is mellow and kind of chilling out here waiting for the particular group that they're here to listen to. It's all good.
March 26, 2007 |
Jack Johnson, the prized young defenseman acquired in a trade during training camp, and the Kings are in contract talks, with the possibility he could join the team Tuesday in San Jose. Johnson, a sophomore at the University of Michigan, will get a standard entry-level contract, but the bonuses still need to be worked out. He remained in Denver on Sunday, a day after the Wolverines were eliminated by North Dakota in the NCAA playoffs.
March 7, 2012 |
When: 4 PST. Where: Nationwide Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 31-23-12, Blue Jackets 21-38-7. Record vs. Blue Jackets: 2-1. Update: It is bound to be a rough reception for former Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter of the Kings, who spent a short but eventful time in Columbus, mostly injured and mostly unhappy. Carter was traded to the Kings for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round draft pick on Feb. 23. Carter, who has scored twice for the Kings in five games, had 15 goals and 25 points for the Blue Jackets in 39 games.