October 6, 2013 |
Asked about protégé Don Mattingly's uncertain future, former Dodgers manager Joe Torre explained Sunday why Mattingly might be concerned about his lame-duck status. As the New York Yankees manager in 2007, Torre found himself in a situation similar to Mattingly's. Torre's contract was about to expire and there was mounting speculation he wouldn't be back the following season. "Players have to answer a lot of questions and that's the tough part for a manager," Torre said.
October 2, 2013 |
For years to come, Sheriff Joe Arpaio can expect to have a federal judge looking over his shoulder, watching almost his every move and those of his deputies. A federal judge Wednesday approved a plan to place an independent monitor inside the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office to ensure the department is not racial profiling. Maricopa County deputies - once described by a Justice Department expert as conducting "the most egregious racial profiling in the United States" - will have every traffic stop monitored statistically and with video cameras, with strict orders to ignore suspects' race.
September 27, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. As a rule, composers of musicals are happy about any productions anywhere of their work. But Mike Stoller, the surviving half of the fabled songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, is particularly excited about the Pasadena Playhouse's impending revival of "Smokey Joe's Café," the jukebox musical built around more than three dozen of the signature hits he and longtime partner Jerry Leiber cranked out in the 1950s and 1960s.
September 26, 2013 |
A moment in the second act of the Pasadena Playhouse's revival of “Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller” took me back to my teenaged years, when my brother strictly forbade me to sing any song he liked. Merely hearing a song in my voice, with its corny musical-theater inflection, could drain all the coolness out of it for him. For the entire first act of this musical revue, which ran on Broadway from 1995 to 2000, I was happily tapping my toes to songs both deeply familiar (“Kansas City,” “Poison Ivy,” “On Broadway”)
September 26, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Angels are so desperate for starting pitching depth that they probably will bring struggling right-hander Joe Blanton, who is 2-14 with a 6.04 earned-run average and was banished to the bullpen in late July, to spring training next season. “Obviously, he did not have a good year, but he's on our roster, he's had success at the major league level, and I'm not going to kick that to the curb,” General Manager Jerry Dipoto said before Thursday night's game against the Texas Rangers.
September 25, 2013 |
Joe Flacco might have given former Baltimore Ravens teammate Ray Lewis the ultimate insult Wednesday, saying the retired-player-turned-analyst "is one of them" now. When he says "one of them," he's talking about the media. And he doesn't mean it as a compliment. Apparently, Flacco thinks all media members do is sit around and stir up trouble while discussing things they know nothing about. Which is pretty much true, at least in my case. Can't really speak for Lewis, who works for ESPN, or anyone else in the business though.
September 23, 2013 |
A man who was missing and presumed dead after Colorado's historic flooding has turned up alive, officials said Monday. The 46-year-old man from Drake, north of Boulder, had been spotted in his cabin just before floodwaters claimed it, Larimer County sheriff's spokesman John Schulz said. "He told us that he was able to climb out of a window just prior to the home being washed away," Schulz said. Officials also said Monday that of the 1,200 people unaccounted for after floods deluged Colorado this month, only six remained missing.
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September 21, 2013 |
More people are flocking to downtown Los Angeles - and they have more money to spend, downtown advocates declared as they unveiled the results of a new study. "We have more people. They're making more money. They are more educated. And they are demanding more," said Carol Schatz, president and chief executive of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. Schatz based her comments on an online survey promoted through community newspaper ads, postcards and door hangers.
September 6, 2013 |
DENVER -- Peyton Manning is a quintessential student of the game, so the Denver Broncos quarterback didn't draw a blank Thursday night when asked about tying old-school Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp with seven touchdown passes in a game. Kapp pulled off the feat on Sept. 28, 1969, and before him the record was shared by Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda and Y.A. Tittle. "Yeah, Joe Kapp, great Canadian quarterback out of Cal," said Manning, who got it mostly right.
August 31, 2013 |
You might have thought Southern California freeways are difficult to negotiate during construction, but former Angels coach and Rays Manager Joe Maddon says it's worse in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the closing of the Bay Bridge to remove the old eastern span this weekend made travel tough to Oakland for Tampa Bay's game against the A's. Now, the greater Los Angeles area does not have a large body of water to negotiate when traveling east-west...