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SPORTS
September 20, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks are already facing an elimination game. They lost Game 1 of their best-of-three first-round playoffs series against the Phoenix Mercury at Staples Center on Thursday, 86-75. If they lose Game 2 in Phoenix on Saturday (7 p.m., TWC/TWC Deportes), they will be out of the playoffs. On offense, the Sparks were stagnant in Game 1. They shot 41.1% from the field and had only 12 assists, compared to the Mercury's 20. "If you look at our offense in the second half, we had four people on the perimeter and one person at post and everyone was just standing," said Candace Parker, who had 28 points, eight rebounds but no assists.
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SPORTS
September 19, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
At least Thursday began as a good day for Sparks forward Candace Parker. The WNBA announced that she won the most-valuable-player award in the early evening. It was downhill from there, as the Sparks lost, 86-75, to the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs at Staples Center later that night. So much for a celebration. "We let it slip away," Parker said after scoring a team-high 28 points and grabbing eight rebounds. In front of an announced crowd of 8,500, including boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, the Sparks fell apart in the third quarter.
SPORTS
September 15, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks' final was a preview, or so they hope. The Sparks trampled the Phoenix Mercury, 89-55, in their last game of the regular season. The same teams will play in the first round of the playoffs in a best-of-three series that begins Thursday. The Sparks were dominant from the beginning, opening up a 19-point lead in the first quarter and expanding it to as many as 38 points. The Sparks forced the Mercury to commit 20 turnovers, and held it to 34.5% shooting from the field.
SPORTS
September 14, 2013
When: Noon. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TWC, TWC Deportes Records: Sparks 23-10, Mercury 19-14. Record vs. Mercury: 1-2. Update: The Sparks will finish the regular season against the Phoenix Mercury, the same team they're playing in the first round of the playoffs. The Sparks have clinched second place in the Western Conference, and the Mercury is in third. The Sparks will have home-court advantage in their best-of-three playoff series, which begins Sept.
SCIENCE
August 28, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Mercury found in high levels in deep Pacific Ocean fish such as swordfish has a chemical fingerprint, and it implicates coal-burning power plants in Asia, according to a new study. A research team from the universities of Hawaii and Michigan looked at mercury in the flesh of nine species common to the massive North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, the largest ecosystem on the planet, at 7 million square miles. Four years ago, the team found that mercury levels in such fish as tuna increased with the depth of the fish's habitat.
SCIENCE
August 1, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Children and women of childbearing age should not eat bass, carp and larger brown trout caught in California lakes and reservoirs because they contain unhealthy levels of mercury, according to a state health advisory issued Thursday. Instead, they should opt for wild-caught rainbow trout and smaller brown trout, which have less mercury and higher amounts of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment says. The agency also suggests women over 45 and men limit themselves to one serving per week of bass, carp or brown trout more than 16 inches long.
SPORTS
July 17, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
WNBA star Brittney Griner remembers a day in seventh grade as if it were yesterday. Class had just let out and the hallway was flooded with students. As Griner made her way through the crowd, a boy stopped her. "You're a dude," he said. "I just stood there and took it. I was humiliated. The whole school was laughing at me," Griner recalled. In college at Baylor, Griner was a phenomenon on the court. She finished as the NCAA's second-leading women's scorer of all time and created a buzz with her dunks and athleticism, twice winning player-of-the-year awards.
SCIENCE
June 20, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
NASA has signed on to a mission to explore Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden inked the agreement to join the BepiColombo mission Thursday in Rome. The mission is already being built and tested by the European Space Agency. Enrico Saggese, president of the Italian Space Agency, also signed the memorandum of understanding. As currently designed, BepiColombo will include two spacecraft that will orbit Mercury and map the planet at multiple wavelengths.
SCIENCE
May 27, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
As you head home from the barbecue or the beach Monday evening, take a moment for a little planet gazing. Jupiter, Mercury and Venus form a close triangle in the night sky Monday, and they shine brightly enough that even light pollution from a city like Los Angeles won't get in the way of their visibility. To find the planetary trio, wait 45 minutes after the sun has set. You will need an unobstructed view of the Western night sky. Look for the planets low in the sky, just above where the sun has set. You can find a map of where the planets will be in the sky here . PHOTOS: Awesome images from space Jupiter and Venus will be shining brightly, respectively making up the left- and right-hand points of the base of this planetary triangle.
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