March 21, 2010 |
When David Beckham's left leg crumpled beneath him on an Italian soccer field last Sunday, a collective groan went up in England. It didn't come from England's fans, many of whom have long considered Beckham an increasingly unnecessary ornament on their country's national team, but from bookmakers. Gambling is as much a part of international soccer as dribbling. It was no surprise, therefore, that previously odds were given on whether Beckham, 34, would be chosen for England's 2010 World Cup squad.
April 27, 2012 |
Would "Safe"be as brutally fun as it is without Jason Statham's gravel-voiced comic timing and explosive physicality? Writer-director Boaz Yakin's urban shoot-em-up isn't exactly the most cohesive narrative, throwing together the Russian mob, the Triads, dirty cops (led by Robert John Burke) and a corrupt mayor (Chris Sarandon) into a New York turf war over a bunch of coded numbers that lead to … who cares, really? It's the pairing of Statham's disgraced cage fighter and ex-cop - pushed to the brink of suicide by gangsters who killed his wife - with an endangered 12-year-old Chinese math whiz (Catherine Chan)
May 10, 1987
R.E.M. has always seemed a bit too fey and sensitive for comfort. A Simon & Garfunkel for the '80s, they evoke images of a lovelorn swain gazing pensively at the rain through lace curtains. However, this pleasantly surprising collection of B-sides, outtakes and oddities reveals that the Athens, Ga., quartet has a fine sense of humor as well as excellent taste in outside material.
June 11, 2012 |
Someone wanted to know how it went with Stan Kasten , the Dodgers' new president, now that I have love in my heart after seeing a spiritualist. Here's what Kasten had to say Monday when we came together to commune: "I'm entitled to say, 'no comment.' I'm entitled to evade. I'm entitled to change the subject. " How do you think it went? Maybe Kasten is an acquired taste. Maybe he will turn out to be what the Dodgers need to make an economic go of it after being left bankrupt.
February 16, 2013 |
We compete for prizes ... for promotions ... for parking spaces. We compete to see who's fastest ... who's strongest ... who can eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes. "Competition makes the world go 'round," write Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman in their book, "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing," to be published Tuesday. Still, many of us are ambivalent about it. We may praise the competitiveness of some (say, certain popular athletes), disparage the competitiveness of others (say, certain obnoxious colleagues)
February 19, 2013 |
The Lakers are a sizable longshot to win the 2013 NBA Championship, at least according to the oddsmakers at Bovada . Currently in 10th place in the Western Conference at 25-29, the Lakers are 25-1 odds to win the title, according to Bovada. The sports betting firm has the Lakers ninth overall. The Miami Heat are the favorites, with odds of 3-2. The Clippers are fourth with 15-2 odds to win it all. The Oklahoma City Thunder are 3-2 favorites to emerge out of the Western Conference and 13-4 odds to finish on top overall.
June 17, 1990
What are my odds of being in an airplane crash versus being shot on a Greyhound this summer? FREDERICK CLEVELAND Hollywood DESERT PLAYGROUND