October 24, 2013 |
Manny Pacquiao provided an update from his Philippines-based training camp Thursday as he prepares for his Nov. 23 welterweight bout in Macao, China, against Oxnard's Brandon Rios. Pacquiao's most relevant words came as he closed the conference call from General Santos City, Philippines: “This is going to be a good fight. All-action. I'm going to do my best to put my name back on the top of boxing.” That's what this is all about: Seeing if Pacquiao, at 34, after being knocked out at the end of the sixth round in his December bout against Juan Manuel Marquez, still has it. Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 knockouts)
October 17, 2013 |
Nearly two years since Granada Hills Kennedy Principal Suzanne Blake put former baseball Coach Manny Alvarado on administrative leave in November 2011, and later tried to suspend him 15 days after an alleged hazing incident involving students outside the school weight room, an arbitrator has ruled in Alvarado's favor. "I feel after so many years, my word should be trusted," said Alvarado, who was Kennedy's baseball coach for 24 years until he was replaced before last season. "It's nice to have somebody say I was right.
September 8, 2013 |
A coach from a team that played in the 2005 season's BCS title game was dismissed Sunday after another woeful performance that riled up the fan base. Sorry, USC fans, it wasn't Lane Kiffin. Texas Coach Mack Brown announced he has reassigned defensive coordinator Manny Diaz in the wake of the Longhorns' 40-21 loss at Brigham Young on Saturday night. Replacing Diaz will be former Texas assistant Greg Robinson, a former head coach at Syracuse. Diaz will move to another job in the athletic department.
August 9, 2013 |
Whither goest the sport of boxing these days? How about to a country where it was banned in 1959 and not allowed back until 1986? That would be China. This is promoter Bob Arum's grand plan. He has had many over six decades of promoting the sport, and most have worked out. Arum is the New York lawyer who promoted the first fight he saw, was Muhammad Ali's promoter, and, at age 81, has slowed down about as much as a freight train running downhill. Much is at stake, much more than usual, when Arum and his Top Rank Promotions send out superstar Manny Pacquiao against Brandon Rios in November.
August 8, 2013
Perfection and aesthetics do not usually go together, but the deliciously mysterious monochromes in Maxwell Hendler's "All Summer Long" make their pairing seem natural. As a colorist he's a genius, and that's all he needs to make paintings so gorgeous you see everything in a split-second and cannot stop looking, well into autumn and far beyond. Manny Silverman Gallery, 619 N. Almont Drive, (310) 659-8256, through Aug. 17. Closed Sundays and Mondays. http://www.mannysilvermangallery.com
August 8, 2013 |
Is Manny Pacquiao done? That's the question that will sell the Filipino star's Nov. 23 pay-per-view welterweight fight in Macao, against former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 knockouts). "I need to prove I can still fight, that my boxing is not done yet, and I want to get the confidence of my fans back," Pacquiao said Thursday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, closing a worldwide press tour to promote the bout that included stops at the Great Wall of China, Beijing, Singapore and New York.
July 13, 2013 |
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three players whose surprising performances in the first half have earned them roster spots in Tuesday's All-Star game in New York. Patrick Corbin SP | Arizona When the Angels traded for Dan Haren in July 2010, many Angels fans were unhappy to see the team part with Joe Saunders, who had won 33 games over the previous two seasons. But it has turned out to be Corbin, the other pitcher the team threw into the deal, that has the Angels brass shaking their heads everytime Joe Blanton or Jerome Williams get roughed up. Corbin, whom the Angels drafted in the second round in 2009, has hit center stage in 2013 and has an 11-1 record with a 2.35 earned-run average and 1.00 WHIP in helping the Diamondbacks hold on to first place in the National League West.
July 11, 2013 |
Former Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez is back in North America after his Taiwanese baseball adventure, but there's something different about him. No, he's still washed up, but his trademark dreadlocks are now gone. As part of his minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, the polarizing ballplayer was told he'd need to get a haircut in order to comply with the team's organizational rules. So, Manny, being Manny, decided he'd make sure he was institutionally in sync with the franchise by shaving his head.
July 3, 2013 |
The Angels had their share of battles with - and laughs at the expense of - Manny Ramirez when he played for the Boston Red Sox and Dodgers, and they could get another dose of the enigmatic and always entertaining slugger this summer after he signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. “He's actually one of my favorite hitters to watch,” Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick said. “He stayed through the middle a lot, stayed on breaking balls, he was a great hitter.