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October 1, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Bud Selig really needs to stick to whatever it is he does. After Wednesday's fantastic wild-card finishes, Major League Baseball's commissioner proclaimed "only baseball could have produced a night like that. " Actually, only in Selig's baseball could an All-Star game end in a tie. It took baseball 162 games and a billion sunflower seed shells to reach the kind of hair-raising drama you get on several Saturdays during football season. Was Wednesday in baseball better than Saturday in football?
July 22, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
The most far-reaching overhaul of financial regulations since the Great Depression reached its first birthday with fresh criticism of its effectiveness and a new attack on one of its major reforms. Republicans and industry groups have used the occasion to lambast the law for what they call dangerous government overreaching. Not only has it failed to heal the economy, they said, but it has added to the uncertainty that has kept businesses from hiring more people. "It has turned the financial regulatory landscape into a nightmare," Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
July 17, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
From Sandwich, England — There is little doubt that there will be lots of Guinness drunk from the Claret Jug in the next few weeks. Make that months. Late Sunday afternoon, with the rain symbolically pausing over the 18th green on the links of Royal St. George's legendary course, a 42-year-old man with thinning gray hair, a beer belly and a wonderfully aged golf swing tapped in a three-inch putt for the happiest bogey of his life. Darren Clarke had become the British Open champion.
May 26, 2011 | Mark Heisler
From Chicago How you know it's past your bedtime: The young Bulls with 22-year-old MVP Derrick Rose played Miami even for all five games of the Eastern Conference finals, but the infamous Heat with two-time former MVP LeBron James out-finished them in four, the last Thursday's 83-80 come-from-behind victory, and that's all it takes in a best-of-seven series. Leading by 12, 3:02 from sending the series back to Miami, the Bulls gulped, Miami finished on an 18-3 run and it was summer in Chicago.
February 10, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
It's all about redefining yourself in the NBA, and Baron Davis helpfully did so when he was asked about his role on the Clippers in the Blake Griffin era. (Actually, it should also be called the no Eric Gordon era.) Both factors, the explosion of Griffin and the absence of the injured Gordon, have reshaped the role of Davis. Or maybe he's just fitting into it better on the Clippers' long trip through North America. "Obviously, I'm the oldest guy," the 31-year-old Davis said Wednesday, pausing for effect and knowing his audience would appreciate the sly sentiment.
February 5, 2011 | Chris Erskine
The Little German passed her smog check the other day. Naturally, it's a major source of pride in our family ? what passing the bar exam would be to normal people. I think it was the personal essay portion of the smog test that put us over the top. The folks at the DMV said it was one of the finest personal essays they'd ever received. Dear DMV, I wanted to tell you a little bit about this car we're having smogged today. It is as German as sauerkraut and bratwurst , which is the stink it emits after five minutes at highway speeds.
January 28, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Los Angeles Times
So Mike Pence is out. The question remains, as it has for some time: Who, exactly, is in? Here's the quick and dirty answer: Herman Cain, Fred Karger and Jimmy McMillan. Those are not the starting down linemen for the Green Bay Packers. Cain is an African American talk show host and former pizza company CEO from Georgia, Karger is a California political consultant and gay activist, and McMillan is the leader of the "Rent is Too Damn High" party in New York, and is now probably best known for being parodied on "Saturday Night Live.
January 21, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
In his biggest moment in golf, Stewart Cink also had his biggest opportunity to shank his entire career. A player with a deflated grasp of reality and an inflated sense of himself would have hit it into the water. It was the 2009 British Open at Turnberry, Scotland, and this is not a new story. Yet Cink's handling of this delicate situation remains a study in how to do the right thing at the right time. The world had watched in breathless anticipation as 59-year-old Tom Watson stood one par away from winning his sixth British Open.
January 20, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes, Los Angeles Times
Freshman guard Bryce Jones called his USC basketball career a wrap Monday after only 18 games, citing a lack of playing time. The Trojans (10-8, 2-3 in Pacific 10 Conference) already had a shallow lineup before he decided to transfer, so the 11.2 minutes he averaged over his final eight games probably will go to another freshman: Garrett Jackson . A 6-foot-7, 215-pound Portland native, Jackson is averaging 3.4 points in 9.9 minutes entering Thursday night's game at the Galen Center against Stanford (10-6, 3-2)
December 26, 2010 | By Beverly Beyette, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Just when you thought cruise lines had done it all — Central Park at sea (on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas) and Cirque du Soleil afloat (on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic) — here comes Disney with a roller coaster aboard the Disney Dream, which debuts Jan. 26. The Dream, the third and largest ship in Disney Cruise Line's family-oriented fleet, will carry as many as 4,000 passengers on three- to five-night cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla., to the Bahamas.
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