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December 10, 2009 | By Henry Chu
Not even Stieg Larsson could've dreamed up "The Girl Who Fought for a Share of the Inheritance." But five years after his untimely death and millions of book sales later, the Swedish crime writer's estate is caught in a bitter feud worthy of one of his thrillers, complete with a strong-willed female protagonist, a murky bog of possible villains and a plot that has transfixed this Scandinavian country. It's a saga of love, literature and the law. Of blood versus bond, pitting Larsson's relatives against his lifelong companion for control of a posthumous publishing juggernaut that shows no sign of slowing.
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July 21, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
Serena Williams won her 53rd WTA title by beating Johanna Larsson, 6-4, 6-1, in the final of the Swedish Open on Sunday at Bastad. The 24-year-old Swede broke to lead 3-1 in the first set before Williams fought back to 3-3. Larsson advanced to 4-3 before caving in to the American's strong serve and losing the next three games. Williams dominated the second set, breaking Larsson's serve twice. Williams also defeated 76th-ranked Larsson in their only previous match in the Fed Cup earlier this year.
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SPORTS
June 8, 2002 | Associated Press
Henrik Larsson still has the touch. Eight years after his last World Cup goal, the striker netted two Friday as Sweden beat Nigeria, 2-1, and sent the Super Eagles out of the tournament in the first round. Larsson scored the game-winning goal in the 62nd minute after he was fouled in the area by Ifeanyi Udeze.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2011 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
The Girl With the Sturgeon Tattoo A Parody Lars Arffssen St. Martin's/Griffin: 201 pp., $9.99 paper In "The Girl With the Sturgeon Tattoo," somebody's strangling female reindeer all over Sweden. These strange deaths are somehow tied to the decapitation murders of two writers: the author of a bestselling book on Baltic sturgeon and a thriller writer with a manuscript that reveals the Nazi origins of furniture giant UKEA. Got that? As for the Swedish authorities, they think a single culprit is responsible, someone described as "a psychopathic serial killer who's probably also a world-class surgeon … or an experienced samurai warrior.
SPORTS
June 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
Henrik Larsson marked his first competitive game out of retirement with two goals in 71 seconds on Monday to lead Sweden to a 5-0 victory over Bulgaria in a Group C game of the European Championship at Lisbon. Larsson, who quit the national team after the 2002 World Cup, was persuaded to come back for Euro 2004. Against Bulgaria, he scored in the 57th and 58th minutes at the Jose Alvalade Stadium after Fredrik Ljungberg had given his team a first-half lead.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Stieg Larsson Our Days in Stockholm: A Memoir of a Friendship Kurdo Baksi, translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson Pegasus Books: 144 pp., $22 What does a writer leave behind? Unfinished work, clues about the creation of his characters, experiences that worked their way into his writing. And, like everyone else, relationships. Kurdo Baksi met Stieg Larsson (author of the trilogy that begins with "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") in 1992. Larsson was 38 and editor of the leftist magazine Expo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2002
Arne Larsson, a Swedish heart patient who received the first implanted pacemaker more than 40 years ago, has died at 86. Larsson died Dec. 28 of skin cancer at his home in the Stockholm suburb of Saltsjoe-Duvnaes, his wife, Else-Marie, said Tuesday. Prepared to die in 1958, Larsson always credited his persistent wife and the pioneering spirit of his doctors for what he called his "new life.'
SPORTS
December 11, 1994 | From Associated Press
Pete Sampras and Magnus Larsson will play for the richest prize in tennis after taking vastly different routes Saturday to the final of the Grand Slam Cup. Sampras, No. 1 in the world, took more than three hours and five long sets to beat Goran Ivanisevic. Sampras, the champion here in 1990 and loser last year of another marathon in the semifinals, survived 41 aces by Ivanisevic and prevailed, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 10-8. In today's final for the $1.
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January 3, 1991 | From Associated Press
Magnus Larsson of Sweden, who upset top-seeded Boris Becker in the opening round, struggled past Slobodan Zivojinovic of Yugoslavia, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (10-8), Wednesday to advance to the second round of the Australian Hardcourt Championships at Adelaide, Australia. Larsson kept his composure, saving set points in both sets before putting away the Yugoslav in a match of power hitters.
SPORTS
August 21, 1991 | From Associated Press
Magnus Larsson, a 21-year-old Swede who ranks 56th in the world, upset third-seeded David Wheaton, 6-1, 6-7 (7-2), 7-6 (7-5), in the rain-interrupted first round of the Norstar Bank Hamlet Challenge Cup Tuesday at Commack, N.Y. "It was slow and gritty on the court," Wheaton said. "They say it's supposed to be like the courts at the U.S. Open next week, but it's much slower. If I knew the court was that slow I'd never have played here."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2011
'There Are Things I Want You To Know' About Stieg Larsson and Me Eva Gabrielsson with Marie-Françoise Colombani, Seven Stories Press: 212 pages, $23.95
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Stieg Larsson Our Days in Stockholm: A Memoir of a Friendship Kurdo Baksi, translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson Pegasus Books: 144 pp., $22 What does a writer leave behind? Unfinished work, clues about the creation of his characters, experiences that worked their way into his writing. And, like everyone else, relationships. Kurdo Baksi met Stieg Larsson (author of the trilogy that begins with "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") in 1992. Larsson was 38 and editor of the leftist magazine Expo.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
During the Toronto International Film Festival, a Hollywood manager, an up-and-coming director and some executives from the Weinstein Co. had gathered for dinner at the city's Windsor Arms Hotel. It appeared to be a typical movie-business gathering ? except that most of the people at the table were speaking with Swedish accents. The diners were celebrating Weinstein's upcoming U.S. release of "Snabba Cash," a Swedish crime drama that created a sensation among American distributors when it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," the final book in the late Stieg Larsson's international bestselling Millennium Trilogy, the Swedish author torques up the mental chess and tones down the action. And so it is in the film from director Daniel Alfredson, who delivers an extremely satisfying ending to the story of Lisbeth Salander, the tough Swedish cyber punk that actress Noomi Rapace has turned into an iconic New Age heroine. Alfredson, who picked up directing duties with the second installment, "The Girl Who Played With Fire," uses the tonal switch to get us far closer to the enigma of a character so burned by life, so darkly brooding, that she keeps human connections and communication to a maddening minimum.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2010 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Massive, worldwide success often remains a bit enigmatic, but this publishing breakthrough seemed especially unlikely. The first novel begins with the dull thud of a family tree full of foreign names: The book starts slowly ? digging into arcane corporate finances ? and the ensuing novels get longer, sometimes nearly skidding to a halt while recounting the structure of a government bureau. The books' politics are radical-feminist and anti-capitalist left, they're set in a country most Americans have never visited and the prose is translated, at times inelegantly.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
In her native Sweden, actress Noomi Rapace has, as she says, lost her freedom. "Everybody knows me. If I was sitting like this," she said, glancing around the dimly lighted lobby of the Chateau Marmont during a recent trip to Hollywood, "people would be looking and somebody would come and ask for an autograph and people would probably be listening to us and what we're saying. I can't really just go out in Stockholm. I have to have a car waiting. I can't take the bus. It's not possible anymore.
SPORTS
August 15, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Top-seeded Pete Sampras was upset by Sweden's Magnus Larsson at the RCA Championships on Thursday in Indianapolis, ending the top-ranked player's winning streak at 13 matches. Larsson, seeded 16th in the tournament and ranked 37th in the world, used a strong serve to eliminate Sampras, 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5). Larsson had 18 aces to Sampras' 11 in the 2-hour 7-minute match. He led, 6-0, in the third-set tiebreaker but wasn't shaken when Sampras rallied to 6-5.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2010 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Early in the movie "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," central character Lisbeth Salander is bound and raped by her legal guardian. It's a harrowing scene from the first tale in novelist Stieg Larsson's so-called Millennium Trilogy that was nearly as difficult to film as it is to watch. Peter Andersson, the actor cast as the guardian, couldn't bring himself to manhandle Salander, who is played in all three of the crime-story film adaptations by Noomi Rapace. The petite, 30-year-old Swedish actress kept encouraging Andersson to dispense with any gentle stagecraft, worried that audiences would think the impending sexual violence wasn't authentic.
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