March 1, 2014 |
Before last year, Matt Besler had never played a game for the U.S. soccer team. And when he finally earned his first start, he played next to the Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez, who was making only his third international appearance. Now 14 months and 26 combined caps later, both could be starting in Brazil in June, becoming the two most inexperienced center backs to play in a World Cup opener for the U.S. since 1950. That's news Gonzalez greets with a smile and a shrug. "I guess it's kind of cool.
February 20, 2014 |
There are two distinct images that open "Omar. " One is a face; one is a wall. Both are as resilient as resistant - defining elements and powerful metaphors for all that connects and divides us in Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad's unnerving new drama. The film first drew attention during last May's Cannes Film Festival where it was the Un Certain Regard jury winner. Now it is in a tight race for the foreign-language Oscar. BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen The face is Omar's, portrayed by newcomer Adam Bakri, an excellent find for the filmmaker who relies on him to carry the emotional weight of this difficult movie.
January 17, 2014 |
In some ways, nothing speaks to the global impact of the Academy Awards quite like the international response to the nominations for best foreign language film. The five nominees in the category are Belgium's “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Cambodia's “The Missing Picture,” Denmark's “The Hunt,” Italy's “The Great Beauty” and the Palestinian film “Omar.” The final five were selected from a shortlist of nine films that had been whittled down from 76 submissions.
December 3, 2013 |
Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez and forward Robbie Keane were both named to Major League Soccer's First XI, soccer's equivalent of a postseason all-star team. They were joined by two former Galaxy players, goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, who helped the Portland Timbers to the best record in the Western Conference, and forward Mike Magee, who was traded to the Chicago Fire in May and finished the season with 21 goals. The postseason selection was the third for Gonzalez and the second for Keane, who led the Galaxy with 16 goals and 11 assists.
November 20, 2013
With every step he takes, with every dunk he makes, Omar Oraby is growing into a basketball star. USC's 7-foot-2 center played as if he was every inch of that Tuesday in the Trojans' 76-62 win over Cal State Fullerton at the Galen Center. Guard Byron Wesley continued his quiet dominance for USC, wiggling free for layups and leading the Trojans (3-1) with 22 points plus adding eight rebounds, but Oraby stood tall with his six blocked shots, nine rebounds and 15 points. Wesley finally shut down any hopes the Titans (2-2)
November 18, 2013 |
Omar Vizquel, the 11-time Gold Glove Award-winning shortstop who spent this past season as the Angels' roving infield instructor, is leaving the organization to become the first base coach for the Detroit Tigers, who recently hired Brad Ausmus as manager. Vizquel retired in 2012 after a 24-year big-league career in which he amassed 2,877 hits, made three All-Star Game appearances and was considered one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball history. Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto, a Cleveland Indians teammate of Vizquel in 1994, believes Vizquel, 46, has the potential to manage in the big leagues.