January 31, 2011 |
A point out of a playoff berth entering the NHL's four-day All-Star break, the Kings return to the ice Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild to begin a 10-game stretch that could make or break their season. Problem is all 10 of those games will be on the road, where the Kings have one of the worst records in the league. It has been a remarkable slide for a team that led the NHL with 24 road victories last season. And Coach Terry Murray said the Kings, who are on a three-game winning streak, will have to recapture that magic or risk falling out of playoff contention by the end of the month.
September 13, 2009 |
President Obama set out a long list of worthy goals in his healthcare speech to Congress last week, but at least one of them was utterly unrealistic. "I am not the first president to take up this cause," he said, "but I am determined to be the last." If Obama succeeds in winning a comprehensive healthcare bill, he will have established, for the first time, a federal government obligation to make some kind of health insurance available to every citizen and require him or her to be insured.
April 15, 2014 |
Fleeing Cuba is harrowing and costly, whether it's done in a flimsy boat headed for U.S. shores or a speedboat headed for Mexico. Yasiel Puig, the gifted Dodgers outfielder, set off on the latter route, smuggled out by men who then threatened his life and held him hostage in a Mexican motel. A Florida man with a small-time criminal past helped get him out; in exchange, Puig promised to pay the man 20% of his lifetime earnings. Puig's difficult journey was the result of the longtime U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, which, among other things, makes it illegal for Major League Baseball to hire players directly from Cuba, a veritable incubator of baseball talent.
June 23, 2012 |
The longest night dragged on and on at the NHL's entry draft in Pittsburgh. Then again, a few more hours hardly mattered for left wing Tanner Pearson. The 19-year-old could have been drafted twice before but was not selected. Finally, in his third year of draft eligibility, the Stanley Cup champion Kings took Pearson with the last pick (No. 30) in the first round on Friday night. His immediate family was on hand for the big moment. "If I was a betting man, I'd probably say tears were shed by my dad more than my mom," he said in a telephone interview Friday night.
November 13, 2013 |
On Nov. 12, 1993, when the first UFC went live on pay-per-view, a young fourth grader named Johny Hendricks was a sports obsessed busybody at Will Rogers Elementary in Edmond, Okla. Hendricks has grown up with the sport and now 20 years later he has the opportunity to score the crowning achievement of his MMA career as the UFC celebrates its 20th anniversary. Standing in Hendricks' way is no minor obstacle: the great UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, he of an 11-fight win streak against the best welterweights in the world and no unavenged career losses.
October 30, 2012 |
WEST BEACH HAVEN, N.J. -- Sandy's departure from the Northeast on Tuesday brought no hint of relief, revealing instead a tableau of splintered trees, severed beaches, shuttered businesses and the harsh reality that the storm will test even the most hardened resolve in weeks to come. The U.S. death toll rose to 50, including three children, and estimates of the property damage soared to $20 billion, which would make Sandy among the nation's costliest natural disasters. More than 8 million homes and businesses in 17 states were without power, half of them in New York and New Jersey.