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July 27, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Although unquestionably a sporting event, the Olympic Games, whose 30th summer edition officially got underway with a remarkable opening ceremony in London on Friday night, is also a kind of theater -- an unscripted performance on the theme of athletics as much as it is an athletic contest. It draws viewers who otherwise might spend no time thinking about such things and weaves them in with narratives of individual excellence, hardship overcome and global unity (within a framework of global competition)
April 7, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Sunday's decision to fire women's Coach Tom Sermanni less than seven months before the start of World Cup qualifying was not made in haste but was the result of consultation with several people inside and outside the team. "Whenever we have changes or possible changes or directional changes with our national team program we ... talk to players, we talk to staff, we talk to people who've observed the team and we also rely on our own assessment," Gulati said in a conference call Monday.
July 24, 2012 | Ed Stockly
The opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics will be held on Friday in London (though you'll have to wait until Friday prime time to see them on tape delay). Meanwhile, preliminary programs and early competitions are on offer. Here is this week's schedule. Fox Focus: London 2012 6 p.m. Tuesday, FS Prime: Profiles of athletes following their Olympic dreams. (N) Access Hollywood 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, NBC: In London: a countdown to the summer Olympics; Team USA gymnasts.
March 14, 2014 | By Deirdre Edgar
Announcing a promotion and two recent additions to The Times' staff: Stacey Leasca Stacey Leasca has been named social media editor. Stacey will work with Jimmy Orr to direct our social media strategy across the newsroom. She and her team will work with writers and editors in all sections to enhance the reporting process, assist with breaking news coverage, increase reader engagement and expand the audience for our journalism. Stacey joined us last April and quickly became known through her lively coaching sessions, entertaining videos and fun blog posts.
August 9, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- For the Olympic Summer of Love, the IOC insists on an official form of protection. Kidding aside, you know the Games are creeping to an end when these stories start to pop up in the second week. News gets a little slower, a little sillier. For instance, there was a TV crew doing a piece on the chair massage station in the Main Press Center. But back to the controversy. The Guardian newspaper detailed the story of unofficial condoms ending up in the Olympic Village.
August 3, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
LONDON -- If Michael Phelps has positioned himself as the retiring elder statesman of U.S. swimming, on the receiving end of a tweet and a call from President Obama, Ryan Lochte might be edging toward the role of swimming's bad boy. Lochte proclaimed these Olympics "my time" for months in advance, then won two gold medals in six events. He swam his last event on Thursday night and promptly embarked on a media blitz, including appearances on NBC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Eurosport, E!
July 26, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
There are a few things presidential candidates shouldn't do when they travel abroad: Don't bash the president, don't apologize for America, and don't insult the host country. Mitt Romney certainly knows not to do the first two. But his international jaunt, which began Wednesday in London, got off to an awkward start when Romney questioned the city's preparedness for the 2012 Olympic Games. Shortly after he landed in London on Wednesday, Romney remarked on reports that the city had struggled with its preparation for the Games.
August 12, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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March 3, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
PRETORIA, South Africa -- The murder trial of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius began dramatically in Pretoria's High Court on Monday, with a neighbor testifying that she heard “bloodcurdling screams” on the night his girlfriend was killed. Michelle Burger, the neighbor who lives close to Pistorius, told the court that she was awakened by the sound of a woman screaming in the early hours of Valentine's Day morning last year. She said that she sat up in bed and that her husband woke up and went out onto their balcony to listen.
December 24, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas have run a multicontinent theater empire, directed a number at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics and swum with great white sharks off the coast of Southern California and Guadalupe Island. But the hardware store was thwarting them. "We wanted a new bit for the show and couldn't find anything at the store. Every object we seemed to have used before," McNicholas said. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV They eventually settled on plumbing connectors used primarily to repair broken toilets.
November 14, 2013 | Wire reports
Michael Phelps has rejoined the U.S. drug testing program, the strongest signal yet that he's planning a comeback for the Rio Olympics. Phelps told the Associated Press on Thursday that "nothing is set in stone" though clearly he has enjoyed getting back into shape - he's down about 15 pounds - and working out with his former team at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. "If I decide to keep going and swim again, then I'll compete," Phelps told the AP in an exclusive telephone interview from Minneapolis, where he is attending an Arena Grand Prix meet this weekend.
November 13, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
College student Leslie Barrett was diagnosed with Bell's palsy in August , but she didn't let the disease that's temporarily paralyzing her face ruin her Halloween. In fact, she used the holiday as a chance to help herself cope. A year after McKayla Maroney stood on the podium at the London Olympics with her now-famous "not impressed" look, Barrett decided to dress as the U.S. gymnast for Halloween. Maroney's facial expression, which she displayed after falling during the vault competition and winning the silver instead of the gold, garnered instant fame after a Tumblr was created in its honor . Even President Obama got in on the joke . After Halloween, Barrett posted a photo of herself alongside Maroney to Maroney's Facebook page , saying someone had pointed out that her face looked like Maroney's unimpressed expression.
October 26, 2013
Re "Engaging N. Korea," Opinion, Oct. 21 Since 2009, during each of my three visits as a guest of the North Korean government, I have seen firsthand the value of the kind of low-key, people-to-people exchanges that British Ambassador to North Korea Mike Gifford is promoting with that country. In 2012 I was allowed to bring with me an American delegation of magicians to Pyongyang. The next step is bringing some of their magicians to the United States. North Korea's leadership has approved the plan, and now I must get the support of the State Department.
August 15, 2013 | By David Wharton
It was the talk of London before and after the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Queen Elizabeth II and actor Daniel Craig -- you may know him as James Bond -- collaborated on a videotaped skit that ended with a pair of stuntmen parachuting live into Olympic Stadium, one dressed as Craig, the other wearing the queen's pink dress. On Thursday, it was reported that the man doubling for Craig, former military officer Mark Sutton, was killed while wingsuit diving in Switzerland.
August 5, 2013 | wire reports
Kasey Kahne got the jump on Jeff Gordon off the final restart with two laps left and pulled away to win at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Kahne had the car to beat for the final half of Sunday's 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race until a late caution bunched up the field. Gordon, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, took the lead and seemed poised to win his first race of the season. After the final caution, Kahne was strong enough this time off the restart in the No. 5 Chevrolet.
August 1, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Two-time defending national champion Alabama has opened at No. 1 in USA Today's preseason college football poll. UCLA, coming off a 9-5 season, is No. 21 and USC, 7-6 last year, is No. 24. Alabama is followed in the USA Today coaches' poll by Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia. Rounding out the top 10 is Texas A&M, South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville and Florida. The Southeastern Conference, which has won the last seven BCS titles, has five schools in the top 10. Alabama, which picked up 58 of the possible 62 first-place votes, has never won a national title when it debuted at No. 1 in the coaches' poll.
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