April 5, 2014 |
VANCOUVER, Canada - All the years of near misses, tedious bus rides and one excruciating waiting game faded away on Saturday morning for Andrew Campbell. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter summoned the 26-year-old defenseman and told him that he would be making his NHL debut, against the Vancouver Canucks. Televised on "Hockey Night in Canada," no less. "I got like a shiver right down my body, 'Wow, This is going to be the night,'" Campbell said after the morning skate. Arguably, this was the most important conversation of Campbell's hockey life.
April 4, 2014 |
This was precisely why J.J. Redick wanted to come back when he did. So what if the Clippers shooting guard unfurled a clunker against the Dallas Mavericks in a game that will be forgotten by next week? Better than doing it in a playoff game, when an off performance could lead to an early off-season for a team with championship aspirations. That was the lesson Redick learned three years ago, when he sat out the final 17 games of the regular season for the Orlando Magic because of an abdominal injury and then came back for the first round of the playoffs.
April 4, 2014 |
Tom Umberg still remembers the Ducks' inaugural game at Honda Center in 1993. The Arrowhead Pond, as it was then called, was packed with more than 17,000 fans, all using their duck calls to accompany a Dixieland band in its rendition of "When the Ducks Go Marching In. " At one point during the pregame show Wild Wing, the team's greater than life-sized duck mascot, flew into the arena from the rafters. Umberg was in awe. So much so that almost 21 years later he remembers the pregame more than the final score.
April 1, 2014 |
CLIPPERS AT PHOENIX When: 5. Where: US Airways Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 53-22; Suns 44-30. Record vs. Suns: 2-1. Update: The Clippers have won three of their four games on the five-game trip that ends in Phoenix. The Suns are fighting Dallas and Memphis for a playoff spot in the West. Phoenix has won eight of 11 games since guard Eric Bledsoe returned to the lineup after sitting out two months because of knee surgery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 |
The magnitude 5.1 La Habra earthquake that shook Southern California isn't going into the seismic history books for its modest size and small damage totals. But it was an event on social media, which transmitted stories and images of the quake and its many aftershocks with a speed and breadth that left seismologists and emergency personnel taking notice. The first signs of damage came not from authorities but from residents posting photos on Facebook of broken dishes and fallen cabinets.
March 28, 2014 |
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - This mega city 270 miles southwest of Rio is the largest in South America and Brazil's main destination for culture, night life and cosmopolitan gastronomy. Where you'll see soccer: The action kicks off at the new Arena Corinthians, where Brazil takes on Croatia on June 12 in the opening match. This temple to soccer in the Itaquera district, a bit outside São Paulo proper, also hosts the semifinals on July 7. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is setting up a giant outdoor screen at Vale do Anhangabaú, a big public square in a beautiful but often sketchy part of downtown, where fans and festivities should be plentiful and rowdy.