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December 30, 2009
'The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond' MPAA rating: PG-13 for some sexuality and drug content Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes Playing: In selected theaters
April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It could always be worse. The Lakers could have been pounded into a sad corner of team history with Dwight Howard in Houston's lineup. So they got hit with the next worst thing, losing to the Rockets without the injured Howard, 145-130, and clinching their most miserable win-loss record since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. With four games to go, the Lakers (25-53) already outdid the 1974-75 team that went 30-52. The Lakers keep seeking stability, a main reason team executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak recently sat down with Kobe Bryant for a clear-the-air meeting, The Times has learned.
June 8, 2013
Re "After suicide, singular grief," Column, June 4 Thanks for Sandy Banks' exploration of the severe emotional distress after the suicide of a loved one. I was shellshocked at the suicide in 1999 of my beloved daughter, Misty. The telephone words, just two, came simply: "She's dead. " And after the crisis, that paralytic chill - a parent's life is never the same. But unlike the family in Banks' column, I felt no guilt, just an unbelieving sense of loss. Today, however, it's more the wistfulness of missing her; for like Banks' respondent said, I understand that "her death taught me to live a better, more meaningful life.
April 6, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
Yasiel Puig made himself the story again Saturday. A day after he was benched for showing up late to batting practice, Puig slid headfirst into first base when he didn't have to, leaving the Dodgers waiting for X-rays of his left thumb to be reviewed by their medical staff. Puig played the final six innings of the Dodgers' 7-2 defeat to the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium, but could be sidelined for the series finale Sunday as the Dodgers try to avoid a three-game sweep.
December 6, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Chaminade has a chance to avenge its loss to Serra in the biggest game of the season -- tonight's Southern Section Western Division championship in Gardena. The Eagles (11-2) lost to Serra 36-0 in Mission League play and 30-28 in last year's section final. They are led by Miami-bound quarterback Brad Kaaya, who has thrown for 23 touchdowns and only five interceptions. The top-seeded Cavaliers (13-0) are playing not only for their fourth CIF title in five seasons but possibly a berth in next week's CIF Open division regional playoff game.
August 29, 1987
Now's the chance . . . cover the Coliseum and get this city the arena football team it so richly deserves. RICH GARON Mar Vista
July 13, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
What used to be the Yasiel Puig Home Run Watch has turned into the Puig Injury Watch. For the second consecutive game, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly pulled the 22-year-old outfielder from the game because of an aggravated left hip. "This is day to day," Mattingly said after the Dodgers' 3-0 loss to Colorado. "We just have to do a better job of communicating. Guys get banged up, if he needs a day off ... there's no shame in that. " Puig, who was pulled in the fifth inning after grounding out twice, said his condition improved from Thursday, when he was taken out in the eighth inning.
November 25, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Peyton Manning struggled Sunday night to come to grips with how the Denver Broncos could blow a 24-point halftime lead at New England on their way to a 34-31 overtime defeat. "You can pile on the disappointment however you want to," Manning told reporters. "I'm disappointed that we lost the game and everything that comes with that. " Asked how difficult it will be to get beyond the loss and get ready for Sunday's game at Kansas City, Manning said that's part of the job. "I think that's the test of football teams," he said.
March 6, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Colorado's 59-56 victory over Stanford on Wednesday night was felt in Westwood. The Cardinal loss made UCLA the second-seeded team in next week's Pac-12 tournament. The Bruins have two games left and have a two-game lead in the loss column over Colorado and Arizona State. UCLA holds the tie-breakers over both teams. The Bruins will open the Pac-12 tournament on March 13 Thursday at 6 p.m. at the MGM   Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. They will face the winner of the first-round game between the seventh- and 10 th - seeded teams.
May 20, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Maserati of North America is recalling 7,438 model year 2005-2008 Quattroportes, model year 2008 GranTurismos, and model year 2008 Alfa Romeo 8Cs for a corrosion problem that could lead to a loss of control of the cars. One of Maserati's slogans is "excellence through passion. " GranTurismos that sold for $120,000 or more when brand new still fetch as much as $68,200 after five years. But even Maserati owners have problems with their cars. PHOTOS: The 10 worst cars ever The rear tie rod assemblies on the cars "may have insufficient anti-corrosion material applied, allowing them to weaken and possibly fail," according to documents on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
April 5, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
VANCOUVER, Canada - This had the feel of a nicely paced scrimmage between the Kings and the Canucks with not much on the line. Then came the third period and an intense hockey game suddenly erupted on Saturday night at Rogers Arena. Kings defenseman Matt Greene got hit with a puck and his skate was soon bloodied. He left the game, came back to play and watched his team lose it with 1:23 remaining as Brad Richardson, the former King, gave the Canucks a 2-1 win and helped Vancouver avoid official playoff elimination.
April 4, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
San Francisco Giants 8, Dodgers 4 KEY MOMENT: With the Dodgers' early 8-0 deficit cut in half, Hanley Ramirez stole second base with Adrian Gonzalez at the plate and no outs in the seventh inning. However, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy challenged and successfully overturned the safe call involving Ramirez at second base. Gonzalez struck out on the next pitch, ending any realistic chance at a comeback. The sequence marked the first time the expanded replay system was used in a Dodgers game.
April 4, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Almost as impressively as the Nashville Predators hovered around the net Friday, the Ducks circled around their beaten veteran goaltender Jonas Hiller after a 5-2 trouncing at Honda Center. Hiller, returning from a three-game hiatus that Coach Bruce Boudreau said he hoped would enhance the goalie's sharpness for the approaching Stanley Cup playoffs, gave up four first-period goals on nine shots. After a 14-game win streak from Dec. 6 to Jan. 12, Hiller is 6-8-3 since. SUMMARY: Nashville Predators 5, Ducks 2 He was replaced with 2 minutes, 55 seconds left in the period by the emerging rookie Frederik Andersen, who's gaining serious traction for playoff use with a 19-5 showing this season that included three consecutive wins in Hiller's absence.
April 4, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Surely the Lakers wanted to send Steve Nash to the sidelines with something better than this. They might get another chance. In one of the final dramas of a long-ago discarded season, Friday was supposed to be the last game of 2013-14, if not a career, for the 40-year-old point guard. But Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Nash might be back for another game after the Lakers' 107-95 loss to the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center. BOX SCORE: Dallas Mavericks 107, Lakers 95 Nash had four points and seven assists in only his 14th appearance this season, his chronically sore back preventing him from playing so many other times.
April 2, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It will be weeks, probably months, before Don Baylor can return to the Angels as their full-time hitting coach after he underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured right femur, a freak injury Baylor suffered while catching the ceremonial first pitch before Monday night's season opener. But Baylor's soothing voice will remain in the heads of hitters when they step into the batter's box. "He talked a lot about confidence, about staying within yourself, about keeping the train going," third baseman David Freese said before Tuesday night's 8-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners in Angel Stadium.
April 1, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Desperate Hockey Teams, Part II. The other entry in the three-way battle between Minnesota, Phoenix and Dallas for two wild-card playoff spots in the Western Conference, the Coyotes, visits the Kings on Wednesday night. It's no coincidence that Minnesota and Phoenix are the only teams to beat the Kings this season when the Kings led after two periods. They both did so in March with the Wild rallying for a 3-2 win Monday night. "It's hard but you just have to realize the desperation of teams," Kings center Mike Richards said.
September 7, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Western Kentucky turned in a near-record performance against Tennessee but it wasn't anything you'd want to shout to the hilltops. The Hilltoppers committed five turnovers in a six-play span in the first quarter of Saturday's 55-20 loss in Knoxville. It was just the third time in 10 seasons a team has had five turnovers in a quarter.  Oklahoma State had six turnovers in the fourth quarter of the 2010 Cotton Bowl. The FBC record for turnovers on consecutive possessions is seven, set by Florida State in 1972.
May 24, 2013 | By Margaret Wappler, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Spectral girls and shadow fathers haunt the center and fringes of Veronica Gonzalez Peña's second novel, "The Sad Passions," but this isn't magical realism. These aren't spirits who visit in the middle of the night. These phantom girls and men are living, flesh-and-blood characters shaped by absence and loss, sickness and dead dreams. "The Sad Passions" knows that half-erased people are more devastating than any ghost. Peña's gorgeously dark chronicle revolves around a middle-class Mexican family that seems pretty ordinary, except for Claudia, a young woman who rages with unchecked manic depression.
April 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The two towers approach delivered a single, familiar result. Another Lakers loss. Pau Gasol got his wish, the chance to play next to fellow 7-footer Chris Kaman, but nothing really changed Tuesday in a 124-112 victory by the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Gasol and Kaman didn't show much chemistry together, but was that surprising at all this season? BOX SCORE: Portland 124, Lakers 112 Also in the predictable file: Steve Nash left in the second quarter because of a sprained left ankle.
March 31, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and Jim Puzzanghera
As General Motors Co. heads into congressional hearings examining its failure to fix a deadly safety defect, the automaker has moved swiftly to burnish its safety credentials by recalling millions of vehicles. GM said Monday that it will set aside $750 million in the first quarter to pay for repairs even as it recalled an additional 1.5 million vehicles. The car company has now called back about 5 million vehicles in the last two months to fix problems including faulty power steering systems, oil leaks and fractured axle shafts.
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