July 29, 2013 |
Three former top officials at Penn State, including the president, were in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Monday as they fought to avoid a trial on charges they covered up a sexual abuse scandal involving an assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky. The leadoff witness at the preliminary hearing was Mike McQueary, a former assistant football coach, who at other trials and grand jury investigations has testified that he told the administrators that Sandusky engaged in a sex act in 2001 with a boy the coach brought to a locker room at the university's football training facility.
June 21, 2013 |
Drake, we get it. Everywhere you go, lines part and doors open. Traffic lights probably even know to turn green when you're approaching. There's one place, though, where your celebrity won't work: An NBA locker room. After the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Drake wanted in on the party. Thing is, reporters are on this very evil thing called "deadline," so athlete-rapper social hour is not encouraged. The security guard at the locker room door succinctly broke it down for Drake: "There's no access," he said.
June 17, 2013 |
Phil Jackson and Jerry West did not have a strong relationship when the two were with the Lakers. Speaking at the Alex Theatre in Glendale at his "Live Talks Los Angeles" event last week, Jackson gave his account of the time he asked West to leave the Lakers' locker room. Without saying which game (it's believed to be during the Western Conference Finals against Portland Trail Blazers in 2000), Jackson felt his team needed a serious talk after a difficult night. "The Lakers were really struggling, not enjoying playing together," said Jackson.
May 18, 2013 |
For cornerback D.J. Hayden, the ability to thrive in one-on-one situations sets him apart. It was teamwork, though, that saved his life. Hayden, drafted 12th overall by the Oakland Raiders last month, nearly died on the University of Houston practice field Nov. 6, when a seemingly routine collision resulted in an injury that left doctors and trainers in utter disbelief. He suffered a torn vein to the heart, an injury that most often occurs in motor-vehicle accidents or on the battlefield, and, his doctors say, has a mortality rate of 99%. But for the urgent precision of medical personnel - coupled with some unbelievable good fortune - he almost certainly would not have survived.
May 8, 2013
Re "Transgender rights," Editorial, May 3 At any given school, transgender kids likely make up a tiny percentage of the student body. Why then should the vast majority be required to accept sharing a bathroom or locker room with a student who "feels at odds" with his or her physical gender? You blithely dismiss the "discomfort" others may feel and cast it as evidence of discrimination. I would never want to see such a student taunted. However, until a transgender person physically becomes the gender that he or she feels we must recognize, physical gender should determine access to bathrooms and locker rooms.
April 24, 2013 |
Chris Paul had just finished an amazing performance. In Game 2 of the Clippers first-round playoff series against Memphis, the point guard made a four-foot buzzer-beating bank shot with one-tenth of a second remaining in the game to give his team a 93-91 win. In the locker room afterward, Paul's teammates apparently wanted to ensure that his 3-year-old son follows in his footsteps. Grant Hill, a seven-time All-Star, gave Paul's son, Little Chris, a dunking lesson. Hill stuck out his arms and pretended to be a hoop.
April 17, 2013 |
Would it be a countdown to the playoffs for the Lakers, or would the clock strike midnight on their season? 5:58 p.m. - Dwight Howard walks into the Lakers' locker room wearing a smile and a white jacket with a black collar. The outfit draws raves from radio personality Vic "The Brick" Jacobs, clad in a black fur coat and white hat. Howard can only hope he doesn't emulate Jacobs' nickname when he steps to the free-throw line. 6:01 - Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni says he doesn't want to know the score of the Utah-Memphis game, even though a Jazz loss guarantees his team a playoff spot.
April 2, 2013 |
Shaquille O'Neal dominated the Staples Center court one more time Tuesday, in a halftime jersey retirement ceremony that perfectly mirrored his Lakers career. It was booming. It was poignant. It was funny. It had thousands of fans chanting and cheering. And Kobe Bryant appeared to blow him off. "Can ... you … dig … it?" asked O'Neal, repeating his trademark championship chant for a sellout Staples Center crowd that screamed its affirmation. Bryant apparently couldn't, as he chose to record only a brief video tribute that ran on the scoreboard at the start of the ceremony.
March 28, 2013 |
A day before LaQuinton Ross leaped, splayed his legs and downed Arizona with a decisive three-pointer Thursday, the 6-foot-8 Ohio State forward randomly won the locker-room lottery. He walked into the Lakers' locker room at Staples Center - his team's temporary digs in the NCAA tournament - and staked a claim to a corner locker that normally belongs to another clutch shooter. "I found out from one of the guys who worked here it was Kobe Bryant's locker," Ross said after the Buckeyes' 73-70 victory.
March 16, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Steve Blake had one thing on his mind. "Duhon!" he yelled through a giddy Lakers locker room, craning his neck. "Where's Duhon?" College ties were still binding Blake, a Maryland grad who wanted to rub it in that his Terrapins beat Chris Duhon's Duke in the ACC tournament Friday. Other people in the locker room wanted to know about a different game. The one Blake just played. He had a season-high 18 points and added seven assists in the Lakers' 99-93 victory over the Indiana Pacers.