April 16, 2014 |
The crowd roared around him and the Dallas Stars pushed and shoved in front of him, but goaltender Frederik Andersen was the most composed person at Honda Center on Wednesday. That's exactly what the Ducks were hoping for when they chose the redheaded rookie to start their playoff opener. The more softly he speaks, the more controlled his movements are when he's in goal, the better the chance he will excel and they will benefit. They knew he was quiet by nature. After his 32-save performance Wednesday in their 4-3 victory, they also know he's immune to the jitters playoff hockey can trigger.
April 14, 2014 |
Ernesto Frieri felt as though John Jaso was late on his fastball, so with a 1-and-2 count and a runner aboard in the top of the ninth inning Monday night, the Angels closer, on to protect a one-run lead, tried to throw a two-seam fastball down and away to the left-handed hitter. Instead, the pitch was up and in, and for Angels fans who have followed Jaso during his five-year career with Tampa Bay, Seattle and now Oakland, they could almost predict what happened next. Jaso crushed a pinch-hit, two-run homer well beyond the high wall in right-center field to lift the Athletics to a 3-2 victory in Angel Stadium and spoil a night in which Angels left-hander Hector Santiago threw seven superb one-run, five-hit innings and Albert Pujols hit his 496th home run and a run-scoring single.
April 11, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius complained he was “tired” Friday in his murder trial in South Africa, prompting Judge Thokozile Masipa to ask if that was “the reason you're making all these mistakes” in testimony. The Olympic athlete, charged with murder in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, several times contradicted himself, recanted or apologized for “mistakes” in his statement. He said he was tired, adding that this was not going to change. But Masipa cautioned Pistorius that if he was making mistakes because he was tired, he must say so. “It's important that you should be all here when you are in that witness box," she told him. "If you are tired and that's the reason you're making all these mistakes you must say so. It doesn't help to say it won't change.” “The question is, are you too tired to proceed, because you can be at a disadvantage when you're in that witness box. Are you making the mistakes because you're too tired?
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April 10, 2014 |
Los Angeles County supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver on Thursday abruptly dropped out of appearing at a promotional event at a Rolls-Royce dealership in Beverly Hills, saying he had just learned about it and that it had been scheduled by mistake. Billed as an "intimate evening" featuring Shriver as a guest speaker, with "specialty cocktails and scotch tasting," the emailed invitations began circulating Wednesday. The invitation is topped with an image of a $285,000 Rolls-Royce Wraith, one of the dealership's newest models.
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April 10, 2014 |
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one, earlier this week as the men fled a knife-wielding captor in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday. John Winkler, a 30-year-old TV production assistant who had recently arrived from Washington state to pursue a career in entertainment, was hit once in the chest when three deputies opened fire on him Monday night at an apartment complex, officials said in a statement. UPDATES: Death toll rises in deadly bus crash He died at a local hospital.
April 4, 2014 |
Be careful what you wish for: That's the resounding message of Thursday's jam-packed "Scandal" episode, “The Fluffer," in which Olivia conspires to bring down B613, the covert operation responsible for so much of the personal misfortunes that have befallen her team of gladiators. With a little help from Huck, she succeeds, but little does she know that in shutting down the organization, she's also putting her boyfriend -- and, oh yeah, the leader of the free world -- directly in harm's way. It just goes to show you: Even Olivia Pope is capable of royally screwing up sometimes. This wild twist occurs in the closing minutes of an episode that felt like three or four episodes crammed into one. Even for a show with a typically breakneck pace like “Scandal,” there are a dizzying number of developments in this hour, which makes me wonder how much reworking had to be done to fit a season's worth of narrative into just 18 episodes. Let's begin with Mellie and Andrew who, like Olivia, learn that sometimes getting the thing you want can have dire unintended consequences.