February 21, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - It's all going to come down to Steven Holcomb's left calf. The United States hopes to make history in the four-man bobsled this weekend, but it needs Holcomb to fully recover from the calf strain he suffered during the two-man event Sunday for that to happen. If he's hobbled, the chances diminish greatly for him to become the first American driver to win successive Olympic titles in 82 years. "There are a lot of treatment options I can do, but they're all illegal," said Holcomb, who won gold in Vancouver four years ago. "I'm sticking to acupuncture, massage and laser stuff to help increase blood flow....
February 20, 2014 |
DOUALA, Cameroon - For Cameroonian Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, being gay came with a prison sentence, and ultimately, a death sentence. A few weeks ago, I had to say goodbye to Jean-Claude, my dear friend and client. He died at the age of 35 in his home village of Ngoumou due to complications from a hernia he developed while in prison that never got proper treatment. Jean-Claude was imprisoned after he sent a text message to another man, which read: "I think I am very much in love with you. " In Cameroon, because of homophobic laws that were personally championed by President Paul Biya, that was enough to be considered a criminal offense, punishable with time in prison.
February 19, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Ted Ligety's first Olympic gold medal in 2006 was such a gift, it all but fell out of the sky from a gondola. It was like a kid winning an Oscar without taking acting lessons. Ligety was 21 in Turin, Italy, when he struck gold in the super combined, only because Bode Miller blew gold by missing a gate in his first slalom run and Austria's Benny Raich blew gold by hooking a second-run gate within feet of the finish line. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Ligety's second Olympic gold medal, won Wednesday at Rosa Khutor under postcard conditions, lifted the weight of his world.
February 19, 2014 |
It was a good night for Lakers fans. Lots of venting. Dwight Howard was in town. He hadn't been back here for a game against the Lakers since he sinned against the 11th Commandment. Thou Shalt Not Leave the Lakers. He not only left, but says now that it was the right thing for him to do, that it just didn't work here. Maybe he meant that he and Kobe didn't work here. Who knows? He is a member of the Houston Rockets, who came to town with a 36-17 record. The Dwight-less Lakers entered the game an almost mirror-opposite 18-35.
February 17, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Steven Holcomb tried to hide the pain as he limped from interview to interview after the first day of competition in the two-man bobsled. He blamed the limp on his shoes, saying he accidentally brought the wrong pair and they made him walk funny. He didn't want his competition to know he was vulnerable, hobbled by a left calf strain suffered a few steps into the push on his second run Sunday. In fact, the pain was so intense, he wasn't sure whether to stop running or hop in the bobsled.
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February 17, 2014 |
It had already been a tough winter in the Central California farm town of Riverdale. The drought had crippled some farms and caused some of the almond trees, long a sign of pride and prosperity, to wither and die. "Everybody's been tightening their belts," said Kathryn Ervin, 60. "Times are hard. " But no one was prepared for what unfolded Saturday night: A horrific accident that sent an SUV carrying a mother and her four children hurtling in flames toward a nearby house. A man pulling up seconds later, sprinting toward the wreckage to help, burning his hands and arms as five people died in the flames - his people.
February 16, 2014
Re "Art versus scandal," Opinion, Feb. 13 I make no apology for enjoying the work of Woody Allen. Accountability is necessary, but punishment should be restricted to the guilty, without collateral damage. Any misdeeds of Allen's are a reason to punish him, not me. His debt to society is his and not mine, and I refuse to pay any of it for him by curtailing my cultural edification. Meghan Daum cites Picasso and Wagner who, because they are dead, are no longer capable of being punished.
February 15, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - There are few bigger honors for an Olympian than being asked to carry your nation's flag in the opening ceremony - especially when your country is playing host. Still, two-time Olympic medalist Alexander Zubkov, Russia's top bobsled driver, nearly refused the job. "I said I wanted to think it over, consult my family and especially my wife," he said. "I also talked to the boys on my team. Some of them are superstitious and there is a belief that if you carry the flag you won't win. " FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi In the end and with his team's blessing, Zubkov accepted the honor.
February 8, 2014 |
It's always more fun to be inclusive when it comes to NBA midseason awards. So for every Kevin Durant (our most valuable player), we like to mix in a Larry Sanders (most exasperating) or a Kendall Marshall (most unlikely rise to a starter). Here, then, are the picks for the most fascinating teams, players and entities besides Jeff Hornacek (our coach of the year), Michael Carter-Williams (rookie of the year), Lance Stephenson (most improved player) and Jamal Crawford (sixth man of the year)
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February 7, 2014 |
Clint Eastwood came to the rescue on the eve of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, performing the Heimlich maneuver on the event's chief executive at a dinner to honor volunteers. “I saw that look in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes,” Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone , the local newspaper. The event's director, Steve John, was snacking on hors d'oeuvres Wednesday night when a piece of cheese got stuck in his throat, setting the stage for Eastwood's rescue.