March 23, 2008 |
It was two guys, the center and the point guard, demanding the basketball for themselves and for each other. All the commotion around Kevin Love and Darren Collison -- all the noisy fouls and clanking shots, all the bumps and thuds, the thunderous pleas from an arena full of desperate fans -- was white noise around UCLA's 6-foot-10 center, who made fall-away jump shots, and its 6-foot guard, who made driving layups when it mattered most.
June 8, 2007
Before the 2006-07 season, Anaheim shortened its nickname from Mighty Ducks to Ducks. On Wednesday night, their name again got longer: Stanley Cup champions. After a strong regular season, the Ducks were overpowering in the playoffs, winning 16 of 21 games.
May 23, 2007
Starting today, check out latimes.com/sports for Christine Daniels' "Day in L.A.," a daily column on the sports events, personalities and themes that matter most to Southern Californians. Responsive, thoughtful, experienced commentary from one of the area's most talented and versatile journalists, updated throughout the day as events happen. Daniels has covered major sports in the Southland for more than 20 years. Here's a sample of what lies ahead: Funny sport, hockey.
December 18, 2006 |
If the Lakers were the top team in the NBA and had set a league record for road victories, all of Southern California would be talking about it. Lakers flags would be flapping outside car windows. The south wall of the Hotel Figueroa across from Staples Center would have those giant portraits -- maybe Bynum, Abdul-Jabbar, Chamberlain. No first names needed. Sports talk radio would be ablaze with Lakers callers.
June 23, 2006 |
No longer Mighty, the Ducks will concern themselves with merely being mighty -- in the standings and at the cash register. The break from the identity that defined them under the ownership of the Walt Disney Co. was made complete in grand manner Thursday as the team changed its name from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to the Anaheim Ducks and unveiled radically different uniforms. They hope the well-worn movie references will be in the past along with the old look.
May 29, 2006 |
After a year of upheaval, the Mighty Ducks would figure to have things a lot more settled this off-season after their surprising run to the Western Conference finals. Instead, change will be the theme heading into summer. Next month, they will simply be known as the Anaheim Ducks and will unveil a new uniform and logo in new colors -- believed to be black and orange -- to complete their break from the Disney era.