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September 3, 2013 | By Jonathan Kolatch
Beijing 2008 saw one of the most incredible sporting feats the Olympics has ever known. On Aug. 20, Japanese softball pitcher Yukiko Ueno hurled eight scoreless innings before Japan fell to an indomitable U.S. squad in the bottom of the 9th. Two hours later, she pitched 12 more innings against Australia, sending Japan to the gold medal match against the U.S. The next day, she came back with seven more sterling innings as Japan defeated the three-time...
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BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Danny Pudi, who stars on the show “Community,” has bought the Pasadena home of Olympic gold medalist swimmer Betsy Mitchell for $1.32 million. The 1925 house, near Caltech and the Huntington Library, retains original architectural details such as interior arches but has an updated kitchen and bathrooms. The living room, off the formal entry, has a barrel ceiling, red tile flooring and a fireplace. French doors in the formal dining and family rooms open to outdoor patio space.
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SPORTS
March 21, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND : Athletes during the Ancient Greek Olympic Games were amateurs. Until the 1970s, competition in the Olympic Games was reserved for amateur athletes, which in this sense is defined strictly as "athletes who do not get paid to perform their sport. " Slowly but surely various Olympic sports relaxed their rules to allow for professionals to compete in the Olympics and today, there are few Olympic events that only allow amateurs to compete in them (boxing is a notable exception)
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By David Wharton
One man's glitch is another man's gold. Immediately after the producers of the opening ceremony at the Sochi Games suffered their famous malfunction -- four electric snowflakes blossoming into Olympic rings while a fifth remained closed -- a Russian businessman began using the image in advertisements. Now the RBC Daily in Russia reports that Dmitry Medvedev, who is no relation to his country's prime minister, wants to trademark the unintended logo. Medvedev called the four rings "great public relations" and has applied to a Russian patent office because he worries about being sued by Olympics officials.
SPORTS
June 8, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Italy defeated Canada, 66-44, in the final game of the women's Olympic basketball qualifying tournament. The victory means the Italians will go to Barcelona if Yugoslavia is barred from the Olympic, as is being considered.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony has ended in Sochi, Russia. Tchaikovsky and fireworks marked the final moments of the proceedings Sunday. The Olympic flag was handed over by Sochi's mayor to the mayor of Pyeongchang, South Korea, host of the next Winter Olympics, and a huge animatronic bear, one of the mascots to these Games, blew out the flame in a version of the Olympic cauldron. MORE: REAL-TIME UPDATES International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach spoke to the crowd, commending Russia and President Vladimir Putin for their hosting of the Games, praising "a new Russia ... efficient and friendly, open to a new world.
SPORTS
June 10, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Olympic Games offer competitors the chance to bathe in national glory and international acclaim. The victors - indeed, all the athletes who aspire to victory - are celebrated in the Olympic motto of "Citius, Altius, Fortius. " Faster, higher, stronger. Yet celebration and aspiration sometimes share the Olympic spotlight with controversy, with scandal and with athletes who train and compete outside the bounds of Citius, Altius and Fortius. One ranking of the 10 least pure moments in the history of the Summer Games: No. 10 (1912)
SPORTS
June 22, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
Chris Paul, who was at the Clippers' facility Friday to present season-ticket holder Chance Lavitch with keys to a new Jeep Grand Cherokee because he was the half-court shot winner during an April Clippers game at Staples Center, said he still plans on playing on the USA Olympic basketball team. Paul said he especially is looking forward to going to camp next month in Las Vegas with Clippers teammate Blake Griffin. “The last time I played, I was the only member from my team there,” Paul said.
WORLD
February 6, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
SOCHI, Russia - Half a mile away, thousands of people waved flags, held balloons and cheered Thursday as the Olympic torch passed by. Nina Toromonyan stood in the gray rubble that remains of her home and cried. She recalled her elation in 2007 when her city was selected to host this year's Olympic Winter Games. She imagined that wonderful things were coming. She didn't think that riot police would throw 13 family members out of their three-story home to make way for a new highway two miles away.
SPORTS
October 18, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Jen Kessy, a 36-year-old from San Juan Capistrano, was one of the happiest athletes in the world a year ago. She was an Olympic beach volleyball silver medalist with partner April Ross and no one was happier than her sports-crazy father Ron Kessy. This year Ron, only 57, died in his sleep of a heart attack, shortly after Kessy had returned from a tournament in China. "It's just been one of the worst years of my life," Kessy said Friday after she and partner Rachel Scott, seeded fifth at the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour event in Huntington Beach, were upset in the first round by Sarah Day and Kaitlin Nielsen, 21-17, 21-23, 15-13.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By David Wharton
Swedish hockey player Nicklas Backstrom, hit with a doping charge during the Sochi Olympics, did not get to play in the gold-medal game against Canada. Now, at least he will get a silver medal. Backstrom was taking Zyrtec-D for his allergies during the Winter Games. A team doctor had assured him the medication conformed to Olympic rules, and Backstrom listed it on an official doping control form during the tournament. But the pseudoephedrine in those pills is banned at certain levels, and when testers detected an excess in his urine sample, the International Olympic Committee issued a provisional suspension shortly before the men's hockey final.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By David Wharton
Five cities interested in hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics have submitted application files to the International Olympic Committee. Beijing and Oslo head the list, which also includes Almaty, Kazakhstan; Krakow, Poland; and Lviv, Ukraine. The application files provide an overview of each city's vision and concept for the Games. An IOC working group will study the information and submit a report to the executive board, which will then select the official candidates. At that point, the chosen cities have until January 2015 to submit in-depth blueprints of their plans.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's currency is called the real, which in Portuguese means both "royal" and, simply, "real. " But with prices skyrocketing ahead of the World Cup finals this summer, some locals in this famed beach city have created a mock currency they've dubbed the "surreal. " Adorned with the mustachioed face of Salvador Dali, the bills exist only as an Internet meme. Still, they have become the symbol of a digital protest movement. Fed-up Rio residents have taken to social media to share photos of price tags, receipts and menu items so pricey, it almost seems they could only have been dreamed up by the Spanish surrealist artist.
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
EDMONTON, Canada - Goalie Ben Scrivens knew he would have to worry about the usual suspects among his former Kings teammates. Of course, there was leading scorer Jeff Carter and the two-way brilliance of center Anze Kopitar. Then there was the man who came to dinner: Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. Martinez put the Kings ahead for good in their 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at Rexall Place. Carter scored twice, his 23rd and 24th goals of the season. His first goal went off the left skate of Edmonton defenseman Philip Larsen, just 1 minute 36 seconds into the game, and Carter's other goal glanced off his own skate, giving the Kings a 3-1 lead at 10:16 of the second period.
SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Olympic ski champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety didn't take much of a break after the Sochi Games. They simply put their gold medals in a safe place and set out to make more memories. The whirlwind continued Saturday for America's heroes when Shiffrin and Ligety won historic World Cup races in different countries. Shiffrin, who at 18 become the youngest woman to win an Olympic slalom gold medal, became the youngest women to reach eight World Cup slalom wins with a victory at Are, Sweden.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Charlie White and Meryl Davis, who won an Olympic gold medal in Sochi, Russia, for ice dancing, will be contestants on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars," which starts March 17 on ABC. But they'll be competing against each other, not as partners. [Los Angeles Times] Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, 72, has shaved her head, partly as an activist move to draw attention to climate change, and partly to get rid or her signature red color and let the natural white show, "to show she's proud of her age," a spokesperson told the Telegraph.
OPINION
February 28, 2013 | By Noel Thompson
I watched a video of the movie "Argo" as I flew into Tehran recently. I couldn't help but wonder why I was willingly accompanying a group of Americans into a city that not so long ago was the scene of one of the greatest exfiltrations ever. I wondered if Ben Affleck would rescue me if things were to go poorly. Honestly, I wasn't really worried; I was traveling with the USA Wrestling team and we had been invited by the government of Iran to participate in the World Cup, a tournament where the top wrestling nations vie for international glory.
OPINION
July 21, 2012
Re "London's forecast for Games gets gloomier," July 13 Here we go again: Another gloom-and-doom forecast for the Olympics, similar to the predictions of gridlock in Los Angeles in 1984 and of oppressive air pollution in Beijing in 2008. The grand spectacle of the Olympic Games eventually rises above the darkness as a proud world displays the ability to come together for two magical weeks. Robert Langston Dana Point ALSO: Letters: The right to vote -- legally Letters: Private colleges are up to the task Wallis Annenberg: MOCA must look to the future
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The Edmonton Oilers were in a quandary Wednesday. They had traded backup goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota and newly acquired goalie Viktor Fasth had yet to arrive from the Ducks. That left them with just one goalie, Ben Scrivens, for practice. Unless they wanted to run Scrivens ragged, what to do? Place a call to Shannon Szabados, the goalie for Canada's women's hockey team, which just won a gold medal at the Sochi Games. "She's pretty good," Oilers right winger Jordan Eberle told Chris Purdy of the Canadian Press.
SPORTS
March 3, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week: + Jaromir Jagr on Saturday became the seventh NHL player to score 700 goals. The New Jersey Devils' enduring right wing joins Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717) and Mike Gartner (708) in the 700-goal club. + The Winnipeg Jets are 11-3-1 under Coach Paul Maurice, who replaced the fired Claude Noel. Their revival was well-timed - fans had become impatient with a team that seemed bound for another non-playoff finish, ending the love affair that began when the Jets moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta.
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