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February 15, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Mark Mulder's comeback attempt from a five-year retirement went from heartwarming to heartbreaking Saturday when the Angels pitcher sustained a ruptured Achilles' tendon in his left foot. The 36-year-old left-hander will undergo surgery and is expected to miss the season. Mulder, who hadn't pitched in the major leagues since 2008, was scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring Saturday morning. He was injured doing a side-to-side agility drill and never made it to the mound.
February 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
King of the hill Miami Heat star LeBron James , putting himself among the four players on an NBA Mount Rushmore: "I'm going to be one of the top four to ever play this game, for sure. And if they don't want me to have one of those top four spots they better find another spot. " Feeling the love Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's email response, after being informed that new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had credited him with attracting a younger, more invested class of owners: "I like Adam.
February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
He's best known as a founding member of Devo, the plastic-domed new-wave band that gave the world "Whip It. " But musician Mark Mothersbaugh has flourished in a different guise in recent years: composing for film, television and video games, including the poppy and propulsive soundtrack for new animated hit "The Lego Movie" In other words, everything's, well, awesome? "I'm definitely a visually inspired guy," Mothersbaugh said on the phone from his studio in West Hollywood when asked about the movie.
February 13, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra clenched a narrow lead to win the 2014 Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon this month. The Aztecs garnered 46,23.70 points, only 36.30 more than second-place finisher South Pasadena High School, according to the L.A. County office of education. Decathlon teams competed to earn up to 65,400 possible points during the two-day competition at El Rancho High School and USC. Nearly 500 students from 55 teams, including 13 practice squads, participated this year.
February 12, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Doomed from the start. No phrase better captures the last two playoff-free seasons for the Angels, who were 18-25 and eight games back in the American League West by mid-May 2012 and 15-27 and 12 games back by mid-May 2013. After lavishing $240 million on Albert Pujols before 2012 and $125 million on Josh Hamilton before 2013, the Angels spent modestly this off-season, their only free-agent splurge on reliever Joe Smith for three years and $15.75 million. Expectations are lower for 2014 - most projections have the Angels finishing third in the division - but if they are to contend, they must hit stride opening day, a mission they hope to accomplish by infusing spring training with a keener focus and greater sense of urgency.
February 12, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly are writing a book on gun control. And while publisher Scribner describes it as a "book on America's gun debate," the title makes it clear that Giffords and Kelly are taking a side. The book will be called "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence. " Giffords was an Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head during a 2011 attack on a public meeting she was holding with constituents at a Tucson mall. Giffords was among 13 injured; six people were killed, including a 9-year-old girl.
February 12, 2014 | By Amina Khan
It took 192 lasers and a building big enough to contain three football fields, but physicists have finally produced a pair of nuclear fusion reactions that created more energy than was in the fuel to start with. The reactions lasted less than a billionth of a second, and they released only a few thousand joules - enough to power a 100-watt light bulb for less than three minutes. But it marks the first time scientists have been able to harness the power of stars here on Earth. "This is really an important milestone," said Warren Mori, a plasma physicist at UCLA who was not involved in the effort.
February 11, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Joe Winkelsas, Brian Sikorski, Brandon Knight, Adam Pettyjohn and Brad Thomas combined for a 12-19 record and 6.32 earned-run average in 154 major league games from 1999 to 2011. A fab five, it isn't. But when Mark Mulder hears the link between them, the 36-year-old left-hander who was the American League Cy Young Award runner-up in 2001 jumps at the chance to be included. They are the only pitchers in the last 15 years who had spans of at least five years between big league appearances.
February 11, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Justice Joyce L. Kennard, a Republican appointee who forged a largely liberal path on the California Supreme Court, announced Tuesday she will retire April 5, giving Gov. Jerry Brown another chance to put his mark on the state's highest court. Kennard, 72, is the court's longest-serving justice, with a 25-year tenure. She has been regarded as a highly independent judge, often siding with the underdog. Though she owed her place on the top court to former Gov. George Deukmejian, a law-and-order conservative, she bucked expectations and sided so often with the late liberal Justice Stanley Mosk that the pair was dubbed "the odd couple.
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