CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 |
I pedaled to work Monday morning, which I had never done before because all things considered, I'd like to go on living a while longer. Yes, I admit it. I'm afraid to bike city streets in Los Angeles. That's partly because I had a nasty bike accident several years ago, resulting in a head injury that erased all memory of what caused the crash. And it's partly because riding a bike on streets jammed with vehicles, many of them piloted by distracted and incompetent drivers, seems like a terrible idea.
February 4, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Moscow hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics but the Americans weren't there, and Los Angeles hosted the 1984 Games but the Soviets stayed home. The Houston Rockets claimed two NBA titles in the 1990s while Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan was off chasing curveballs. Tiger Woods was recovering from knee surgery when Padraig Harrington captured the 2008 PGA Championship and British Open. The Detroit Pistons swept the Lakers in the 1989 NBA Finals with injured Lakers Magic Johnson and Byron Scott on the bench.
February 2, 2014 |
In 2008, I attended a reunion for Miami Dolphins players who had played in the 1983 or 1985 Super Bowls. I was eager to go. It had been 25 years since I took off my pads and helmet for the last time, and since then, I'd had little contact with most of my former teammates. My path to the NFL started at Yale, where I was an All-American running back. However, after a season with the Dolphins, which included playing in Super Bowl XVII, I left football for medical school back at Yale, followed by an orthopedic residency and fellowship.
January 25, 2014 |
TORONTO - J.J. Redick was full of doubt about being able to return after he left the Clippers' game Saturday against the Toronto Raptors in the first quarter, saying "No, three times," about the prospect. Redick, already dealing with a sore right shoulder and bruised left knee, suffered back spasms and was forced to the locker room to get treatment. However, once Redick got what he needed, , he went to work for the Clippers, scoring 10 points in the final six minutes, 22 seconds of their victory over the Raptors.
January 22, 2014 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Darren Collison limped out of the training room to his locker and plopped his weary body into a chair, his sprained left big toe now the biggest worry the Clippers have to face. Collison gutted through "some discomfort" for 29 minutes, 50 seconds during the Clippers' tough 95-91 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena. He was forced to sit the final 4:28 of the game, forced to watch the Clippers tie the score at 89-89 on a shot by Jamal Crawford (20 points)
January 21, 2014 |
Clippers point guard Darren Collison said that if Chris Paul were healthy that “I probably would have sat out” instead of playing Monday at Detroit with a sprained left big toe that still “hurts” a lot. But starting point guard Paul remains out with a shoulder separation, and the Clippers need Collison to run the show. Collison said he wasn't going to practice Tuesday, but “I'm definitely playing” Wednesday when the Clippers play at the Charlotte Bobcats. “I'm trying to think positive,” Collison said.
January 18, 2014 |
J.J. Redick went down in the first quarter holding his left knee, which turned out to have sustained a bruise that required him to wear a black protective sleeve the rest of the game. Darren Collison sat in his chair with ice on his left foot, trying to get the pain from a sprained left big toe to go away. Matt Barnes sat in his chair looking at his swollen left thumb. Barnes said the X-rays that were taken after the game were negative. So there you have it, more injuries for the Clippers to deal with.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 |
When Tina Kinser showed up at the Fullerton police station Saturday morning, she had a flashback to the summer of 2011. Almost everything seemed the same. The demands for justice blaring out of bullhorns. The people in Guy Fawkes masks holding signs with pictures of her brother's bloodied face. And the way the crowd of protesters swelled so big it spilled onto Commonwealth Avenue. "It looks just like the protest I came to two years ago," said Kinser, the youngest sister of Kelly Thomas, the homeless man with schizophrenia who died after being beaten unconscious by Fullerton police officers.
January 9, 2014 |
"The Truth About Emanuel" isn't that she murdered her mother, as she claims in the film's opening voice-over - a literary monologue that strikes too coarse a tone for the psychological nuances to come. Rather, her mom died in childbirth, adding a sad and bitter layer to her birthday cake each year. As the 18th anniversary approaches, and with an eager new stepmom in the house, Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) takes unusual interest in the boho woman who moves in next door and bears a striking resemblance to her own mother.
January 6, 2014 |
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Good to see the late Ruslan Salei elected to the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. The former Ducks defenseman played internationally for Belarus; he was killed in the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv plane crash in 2011. Retired Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom also were chosen, with Soviet-era Olympic champions Viacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khumotov. + Ed Jovanovski returned to Florida's lineup on Saturday, eight months after undergoing a relatively new procedure called hip resurfacing surgery.