September 30, 2013 |
Among the many questions about the Lakers' lineup: Who's going to play power forward? Pau Gasol will take over at center, leaving a gap down low that might be filled by Jordan Hill . Might. The eighth pick in the 2009 draft worked on his outside shot during the off-season but hasn't necessarily held off several other candidates, Coach Mike D'Antoni said. None of them are perfect fits, including Hill, for decidedly different reasons. Chris Kaman has played center his entire career, though D'Antoni didn't rule out starting him at power forward on opening night.
August 31, 2013 |
If the Bruins are coming, as the billboards scattered about town suggest, then they are not coming alone. In the UCLA football opener Saturday night at the sweltering Rose Bowl, this town's most precocious college football team proved that its arrival into this promising season will be accompanied by plenty of adjectives. Breathtaking is coming. Boisterous is coming. Brash is coming. If Saturday was any indication, a whole bunch of jaw-dropping and eye-popping is coming, as the 21st-ranked Bruins spun Nevada dizzy in a 58-20 victory that even turned the heart of its perpetually cranky coach.
July 17, 2013 |
There was primping, flirting, laughing, betting, drinking - and that was before the first race went off on opening day at Del Mar. In what has become the social event of the year in San Diego County, a crowd of 43,030, the largest to attend a horse race in California this year, showed up on Wednesday to create a party-like atmosphere complete with hats seemingly designed from an unknown civilization. "Oh my God. Look at this," one female track visitor said in awe of a hat that included an iron replica of the Eiffel Tower covered with flowers and feathers.
July 17, 2013 |
Opening day at Del Mar is set for Wednesday, and it's the one day of the year when Southern California horse racing fans forget about any troubles surrounding the sport. Fans come out en masse (attendance on opening day was 47,339 last year), colorful hats pop up as if it were the Kentucky Derby and fields are so full that no one worries whether there's a shortage of horses. As usual, the opening day $100,000 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds going one mile on the turf has been split into two divisions, the sixth and ninth races on a 10-race card, after 22 horses were entered.
July 7, 2013 |
Alfonso Lopez left Mexico 26 years ago. But he didn't leave behind his passion for the Mexican national soccer team. "It's my country. It's my team," he said Sunday, speaking in Spanish from his seat near midfield at the Rose Bowl, where Mexico met Panama on the opening day of the biennial Gold Cup. "This is a chance to feel close to home, close to my roots. " The game didn't provide much of a chance to celebrate though, with Mexico's young "B" team losing a sloppy and mistake-filled 2-1 decision.
May 2, 2013 |
Is “Iron Man 3” as steely as “The Avengers?” The highly anticipated Marvel-Disney sequel opens domestically this weekend, a week after the Tony Stark update grossed nearly $200 million in its overseas premiere -- a faster start than “The Avengers” enjoyed in international markets last May. Breaking the “Avengers” box-office record in domestic theaters, however, may be a tougher task. “Iron Man 3” isn't expected to surpass the opening domestic weekend record of $207.4 million held by “The Avengers,” but the superhero sequel could gross $170 million or more in its first three days, according to marketing executives who have seen audience tracking surveys.