December 16, 2012 |
Friday's tragic events in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school, was marked around the soccer world this weekend with several teams paying tribute to the victims. In the English Premier League, four teams -- Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Aston Villa and Liverpool -- wore armbands in remembrance of those who died. Liverpool and Aston Villa have American owners, which may have influenced their decisions. But the players on Queens Park Rangers decided among themselves to wear the black armbands.
December 8, 2012 |
As a child growing up outside Glasgow, actor Gerard Butler found his first heroes not on the stage but on the soccer pitch. Back then he had less desire to follow Sean Connery's footlights than to follow the footsteps of Liverpool standout Kenny Dalglish or Celtic's Charlie Nicholas. What he didn't have was the talent. "It's every young kid's dream to be a soccer player, to play for Celtic or Rangers," says Butler, who portrayed U.S. goalkeeper Frank Borghi, a former World Cup hero, in 2005's "The Game of Their Lives.
September 15, 2012 |
Jiyai Shin opened a five-stroke lead in the Women's British Open, shooting an eight-under 64 on Saturday in the wild-delayed second round. Coming off a playoff victory Monday in the Kingsmill Championship, the 24-year-old South Korean player had a nine-under 135 total at Royal Liverpool. The nine-time LPGA Tour winner hit all 18 greens in regulation and needed only 28 putts. The 64 is the lowest round in competition at Royal Liverpool, breaking the mark of 65 set by four players in the 2006 British Open.
June 10, 2012 |
Rock 'n' roll was never just about music. It was also about the way Jimi Hendrix held a guitar and the look in his eyes when he set it ablaze onstage in 1967. Its essence could be found in the swirl of a mosh pit, in the epic pompadour of James Brown, in the provocative finery of Madonna and KISS. For this, fans have depended on the permanent record captured by generations of rock photography, from the gorgeous black-and-white reportage by Alfred Wertheimer of a young Elvis Presley on the road in 1956 to the vivid portraits of Kurt Cobain and Katy Perry by Mark Seliger for the cover of Rolling Stone.
March 25, 2012 |
Independent filmmaker Terence Davies, 66, has made only five narrative feature films in the last 24 years. After making several short films, including his trio of autobiographical works known as "The Terence Davies Trilogy," he made his feature directorial debut with his 1988 autobiographical drama "Distant Voices, Still Lives," about a young boy growing up in a large working-class Catholic family in Liverpool in the 1940s and '50s. Among his other films are 1992's autobiographical drama "The Long Day Closes" and his 2000 adaptation of Edith Wharton's "The House of Mirth.
December 10, 2011 |
It's just past 8 on a sparkling morning, and John Laslett is sitting in a corner booth of a darkened English pub in Santa Monica, sipping tea and watching soccer on a small television hung from the ceiling. "I love to get up Sunday morning and do this," he says. "This is kind of a ritual. " It's not just any soccer that will draw the UCLA history professor emeritus out of bed. It has to be the English Premier League -- and not just because the British expat is homesick. "The Premier League is a really fun league to watch," he says.