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October 5, 2013 | Sam Farmer
We see one side of Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck - the maturity, athleticism and solid decision-making. His backup, veteran Matt Hasselbeck, has an inside perspective on Luck, and knows the challenge of attempting to keep pace both mentally and physically with last year's No. 1 pick from Stanford. "There's no doubt to me that Andrew's going to be one of the great players of all time," said Hasselbeck, who backed up Brett Favre in Green Bay and is the only quarterback to lead the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl.
September 28, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Getting an edge on Peyton Manning in three easy steps: 1. Draw up a comprehensive list of blitzes and pressure packages. 2. Put those on a card and laminate it. 3. Feed that play sheet into the shredder. If there are blitzes that work against the Denver Broncos quarterback, they haven't surfaced this season, even with All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady out for the season. No NFL quarterback has been more effective against the blitz, with Manning completing 63.6% of his passes in those situations (14 of 22)
August 8, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
What I remember most about last season's BCS title game was fixing binoculars on Alabama and Notre Dame during pregame warmups and going "uh-oh. " I had seen both schools separately in person but not together on the same field The squad dressed in white and crimson looked like an NFL team. I started typing as fast as Alabama was scoring and completed my game story by the third quarter needing only the final score: 42-14. It didn't take away Notre Dame's great season, but it did bring some more things into focus.
July 17, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
GULLANE, Scotland - Every major golf tournament has a distinctive quality. This one will be the year of following the bouncing ball at Muirfield. This could be the British Open remembered not so much by who won, as by who putted for eagle the most on par fours. The ground is so hard here that it may be precedent setting. Riviera wants the U.S. Open back and it could use, as a selling point, the possibility of having the 405 Freeway as the first fairway. They could promote it as a British Open prep event.
June 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO - It has been more than a month since Clayton Kershaw won. He might be a 10-game winner this season. He is the best pitcher in baseball. Those statements should not go together, but Kershaw pitches for the Dodgers, the most disappointing team in baseball. They don't hit, particularly when he pitches. They don't play good defense - in fact, with two errors Friday, they tied the Houston Astros for the most errors in the major leagues. BOX SCORE: San Diego 5, Dodgers 2 And so the Dodgers don't win. The San Diego Padres beat Kershaw and the Dodgers on Friday night, 5-2. The Dodgers dropped deeper into last place in the National League West.
June 15, 2013 | By Steve Appleford, Los Angeles Times
For decades, the question from fans and journalists was constant and predictable: Would the heavy metal originators of Black Sabbath ever make another album? Not that they hadn't tried. In 2001, singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward convened in England to work on new music. And nothing came of it. For years afterward, Osbourne openly fretted in interviews about tampering with the band's legacy. This week, Black Sabbath finally delivered "13," the band's first album with Osbourne in 35 years.
June 7, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The comeback of Gary Stevens was never intended for a real Triple Crown race aboard a horse named Oxbow. No preconceived game plan put him in the winner's circle at the Preakness last month, much less on his way to Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Stevens' comeback was supposed to be fictional, made for TV, on an HBO series called "Luck. " His redemption was coming through his portrayal of Ronnie Jenkins, the Jack Daniels-drinking jockey character executive producer David Milch based on Stevens, who retired in 2005 after a Hall of Fame career.
May 21, 2013 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The city of Moore, Okla., was struck by a devastating tornado Monday because all the familiar ingredients were in place to spawn such a massive storm. It was also a victim of simple bad luck. At least twice before in recent years, in 1999 and 2003, destructive twisters have struck the Oklahoma City suburb. Experts said they knew of no scientific reason why Moore became a target yet again. "If I gave you 1,000 darts and blindfolded you, and you threw the darts, some would cluster together," said Robin Tanamachi, a postdoctoral researcher at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in nearby Norman, Okla.
May 14, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
There's nothing easy or predictable about the 40-team Southern Section Division 1 baseball playoffs that begin Tuesday with eight wild-card games. "The Division 1 games are a juggernaut," Coach Matt LaCour of No. 3-seeded Studio City Harvard-Westlake said. "Single-elimination playoffs are about a team getting hot at the right time and having a little luck. " Santa Ana Mater Dei (24-2) ended the regular season as the best team in Southern California and received the No. 1 seeding for the Division 1 playoffs.
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