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November 24, 2013 | By Chris Foster
A football game is like a living organism. The environment changes, so does the game. Here are three tipping points during UCLA's 38-33 loss to Arizona State at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. - Quarterback Brett Hundley's swing pass was intercepted by Carl Bradford, who went 18 yards for a touchdown. It turned a four-point Arizona State lead into a 21-10 advantage early in the second quarter. - On second-and-goal at the five-yard line in the second quarter, UCLA had Myles Jack slam into the line.
November 23, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
Once again, UCLA felt ready for the roses. Once again, the Bruins clumsily bloodied their hands grabbing at them. In only two seasons, Jim Mora has changed the UCLA football culture and brought it to the brink of New Year's Day. But on the cold and barren brink it will remain, UCLA again falling out of Rose Bowl game contention in a late autumn chill Saturday with a 38-33 loss to Arizona State. Last season the Bruins' title quest ended in the Pac-12 Conference title game. This season it ended two games earlier, but just as painfully, UCLA left standing on a cold Rose Bowl field staring at a Sun Devils team dancing and doing grass angels.
November 19, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim
GENEVA -- Iran's foreign minister has embarked on a personal effort to promote the international talks over Iran's nuclear program, and appears to be suggesting a way Iran and the West can finesse the touchy question of Iran's “right” to enrich uranium. With a new round of talks scheduled to begin here Wednesday, Mohammad Javad Zarif released a five-minute online video Tuesday that describes the negotiations as a “historic opportunity” and urges the West to participate with respect and equal treatment of Iran so that they can lead to a successful outcome.
November 18, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
A woman who wants to travel but doesn't have a travel mate asked what she might do to avoid paying the singles supplement. She doesn't especially want to room with a stranger, but she doesn't want to pay the surcharge that solo travelers often are assessed either. What can she do? The On the Spot column of Nov. 10, "Opportunities Grow for Solo Travelers" ( ), focused on finding a travel companion or learning to make the acquaintance of strangers, whether you're paired with them by a tour company or you find them on your own. Readers had some good suggestions, as they always do. Marlene Frierson wrote: "Thank goodness for Grand Circle Travel/Overseas Travel [ ]
November 10, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Veteran TV director Michael Pressman got a surprising response when he asked students in his film directing class to describe their dream jobs. “Your job,” he said they told him recently. “We want to be the director in charge of a TV series.” Pressman, who has directed episodes of “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order” and many other series, was stunned. This class, at New York's New School, focused on film. But the students weren't “dreaming of Oscar,” said Pressman, who has also directed several movies, including a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” picture.
November 6, 2013 | Doyle McManus
After years of fruitless negotiations, the United States may soon face an unfamiliar problem in its long confrontation with Iran: Are we willing to take yes for an answer? Negotiators are scheduled to meet again in Geneva this week to try to move toward an agreement that would put reliable limits on Iran's nuclear program - limits strong enough to reassure other countries that the mullahs cannot build a nuclear weapon. Officials on both sides say they are still a long way from a deal, but they also describe the talks as an important moment of opportunity.
October 28, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC receiver De'Von Flournoy has been in the USC program for a long time. So the fifth-year senior was ecstatic about his role in the Trojans' 19-3 victory over Utah last week. Flournoy caught two passes for 45 yards, including a play that went 31 yards because of his extra effort after an initial hit. “It's a tremendous feeling to be be part of a 'W' and actually contribute on the stat sheet,” Flournoy said. Flournoy could get more opportunities Friday night when USC plays at Oregon State.
October 23, 2013 | By Mark Gonzales
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox's renaissance started during the regular season with a patient and powerful offense that provided ample cushion for a pitching staff that possessed one of the top bullpens in the major leagues. And in the postseason, the Red Sox have received even more help - from their opponents. The Red Sox offense took advantage of Adam Wainwright's lack of command and three errors by the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night to support the dominant pitching of Jon Lester and cruise to an 8-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park.
October 21, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Young people looking to escape their surroundings have been a thematic staple of issue-conscious filmmakers around the world since Fellini's seriocomic masterpiece "I Vitelloni. " Now Pakistani writer-directors Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi address their own country's significant population of twentysomethings itching to immigrate to the West in the feature "Zinda Bhaag," Pakistan's first submission for the foreign-language Oscar in half a century. Visions of international gold hang over the movie's trio of young, vibrant, lower-middle-class friends from bustling Lahore.
October 19, 2013 | By Gary Klein
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The fun stopped here. USC and interim Coach Ed Orgeron enjoyed a honeymoon of sorts after Lane Kiffin was fired, practicing and playing loose as they defeated Arizona and then prepared for Notre Dame. But on a chilly Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium there was mainly disappointment. Notre Dame defeated the Trojans, 14-10, ending USC's streak of five wins at the historic stadium. By the time the 85th meeting between the rivals was over, the Trojans were beat up and beaten down.
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