January 22, 2014 |
Dodger Stadium in mid-January is peaceful after sundown. The distinctive scoreboard is barely visible through the twilight, the air is cool, and the quiet is almost a presence itself. "We've heard coyotes howling late at night," Dan Craig says. A ballpark at rest is a pleasant place to be … except this one isn't slumbering. It has an NHL-size hockey rink set in the infield, a beach volleyball court in left field, a small pond in right field, an in-line/street hockey area, and two performance stages waiting to be completed.
January 21, 2014 |
Coach Andy Enfield and his USC basketball team are still looking for their first Pac-12 Conference victory this season. The Trojans are 9-9 overall but have lost their first five Pac-12 games, a streak they hope to snap Wednesday night when they play host to California. It won't be easy. Cal is 14-4 and is tied with top-ranked Arizona at 5-0 in Pac-12 play. USC's most recent loss was 83-62 at No. 21 Colorado on Saturday. "We've played well in stretches," Enfield said on a conference call Tuesday.
January 19, 2014 |
"Saturday Night Live" returned from winter break last week with a new cast member, Sasheer Zamata, but give credit to host and musical guest Drake for shifting through characters as if he'd always belonged on the late-night sketch show. Whether it was impersonating Lil Wayne or Alex Rodriguez, or dressing as a cosplaying wizard or rapping a monologue that played off his Jewish roots, Drake showed he had a deft comedic hand Saturday. Not that his acting chops ever were in doubt, as his pre-hip-hop role on the Canadian soap "Degrassi: The Next Generation" made clear.
January 18, 2014 |
TORONTO - Ryan Kelly stopped walking down the hallway at Staples Center during a recent chat, a look of concern spreading across his face. He took several quick, long steps and knocked on some wood paneling. He had just been asked about his perennially sore foot. He felt the need to make sure it remained a nonfactor. "I've had no problems at all," he said. The Lakers are happy for his health. In fact, the gangly rookie forward is starting for them Sunday against the Toronto Raptors, taking the place of Jordan Hill after scoring 20 points Friday against Boston.
January 17, 2014 |
Through music, Joel Debus of Orange Lutheran tells stories of life as a teenager, its ups and downs, its triumphs and disappointments. He's a basketball player and rapper, and both skills make him feel energized, focused and unafraid to express himself. "You know it's funny, how nothing can turn to something, how people can rise up, take a step back, get back up. . . .We're just broken people living a day at a time. " His lyrics speak about the challenges he has encountered and how faith changed his life.
January 17, 2014 |
"Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?" Shakespeare asked in Twelfth Night. There were cakes and ale aplenty at the Sugar Games, a literary dessert competition presented by PEN Center USA at Angel City Brewery in L.A. Thursday night. KCRW's Evan Kleiman judged culinary merit, and I was the literary judge. Eleven entrants executed literary desserts for us to try, and there were three winners: Lady of the Rings was first, The Things They Curried came in second, and a book riffing on "A Tale of Two Cities" took third.
January 16, 2014 |
LAKERS AT BOSTON When: 4:30 PST. Where: TD Garden. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 14-25, Celtics 14-26. Record vs. Celtics (2012-13): 1-1. Update: The Celtics had lost nine consecutive home games until an 88-83 victory Wednesday over Toronto. Forward Jared Sullinger had 25 points and 20 rebounds to push the Celtics to a 9-11 record at home. Point guard Rajon Rondo will play Friday for the first time since sustaining a torn knee ligament last January.
January 14, 2014 |
The nasty fight-filled game Monday night against the Vancouver Canucks took its toll on the Kings after all, with defenseman Matt Greene going out of the lineup with an undisclosed upper-body injury. According to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, Greene will not be accompanying the team on its upcoming four-game trip, which begins Thursday in St. Louis, against the high-flying Blues. Greene was injured in the second period during a fight with Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa in a game that produced 109 penalty minutes.