October 25, 2012 |
"The Last Fall" is a modest, well-performed drama that asks, "What happens when a professional football player can no longer play football?" If, like the film's Kyle Bishop (a solid Lance Gross), he's a young, less-sought-after athlete short on savings, direction or career options, the situation can prove particularly crushing. But as they say, you can go home again, which is what Kyle, an undrafted free agent, does after being cut from his most recent team. Kyle's return to L.A., however, is a mixed bag: His divorced mother (Vanessa Bell Calloway)
June 5, 2012 |
PHILADELPHIA - Elian Herrera stepped into the batter's box to face Cliff Lee and the hostile crowd behind him. The fans at Citizens Bank Park smelled blood. More than 40,000 were on their feet and screaming. But Herrera was smiling inside. "Thank you, God, for this moment," he said. Seven pitches into the eighth-inning at-bat, Herrera drove a ball off the left-field wall for a two-out, two-run double that reversed a one-run deficit, lifting the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
December 2, 2011 |
The Dodgers signed left-hander Chris Capuano to a two-year deal Friday, giving him a place in the starting rotation and all but eliminating the possibility that they would bring back Hiroki Kuroda. Capuano, 33, was 11-12 with a 4.55 earned-run average for the New York Mets last season. His contract is guaranteed for $10 million, of which he will be paid $3 million next year and $6 million in 2013. The deal includes an $8 million mutual option for 2014 that the Dodgers can buy out for $1 million.
September 4, 2011 |
Reporting from Salt Lake City -- It is five hours before game time and Spring Mobile Ballpark, the picturesque home of the minor league Salt Lake Bees, is empty except for two figures on the field. Reggie Willits, wearing a gray T-shirt and black athletic shorts with No. 7 on one thigh, is at the plate, bat in hand, honing his craft with a hitting coach. For Willits, 30, an outfielder unassuming in character and undersized at 5 feet 9 and 185 pounds, this does not involve slugging baseballs over the fence; in 414 major league games, he has never hit a home run. Instead, he spends 45 minutes bunting balls toward third base and first, polishing one of the fundamental skills he used to carve out a niche as a valued Angels reserve from 2007 until this past June.
August 12, 2011 |
The anger of a day earlier was long gone in Tiger Woods by the time the final holes played out. Only resignation. And maybe an eagerness to just move on after a lost 2011 PGA Tour season was unceremoniously put to rest with an early exit from the PGA Championship. "It's a step backward in the sense that I didn't make the cut," Woods said after Friday's three-over-par 73 left him with an idle weekend for only the third time as a pro in a major championship. "But it's a giant leap forward in the fact that I played two straight weeks healthy.
July 24, 2011 |
Rocky Bridges never took himself too seriously. A major league journeyman, minor league manager and major league coach, he joked that he didn't like the national anthem because every time he heard it, he had a bad day. In truth, every day in baseball was a great day for Everett Lamar Bridges, whose infectious enthusiasm and proclivity for making people laugh superseded his playing ability. "I had fun playing baseball," he says. "Many of the players now, I'm not sure they have fun playing the game.