September 19, 2013 |
At least Thursday began as a good day for Sparks forward Candace Parker. The WNBA announced that she won the most-valuable-player award in the early evening. It was downhill from there, as the Sparks lost, 86-75, to the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs at Staples Center later that night. So much for a celebration. "We let it slip away," Parker said after scoring a team-high 28 points and grabbing eight rebounds. In front of an announced crowd of 8,500, including boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, the Sparks fell apart in the third quarter.
September 15, 2013 |
The Sparks' final was a preview, or so they hope. The Sparks trampled the Phoenix Mercury, 89-55, in their last game of the regular season. The same teams will play in the first round of the playoffs in a best-of-three series that begins Thursday. The Sparks were dominant from the beginning, opening up a 19-point lead in the first quarter and expanding it to as many as 38 points. The Sparks forced the Mercury to commit 20 turnovers, and held it to 34.5% shooting from the field.
September 14, 2013 |
Lara Parker played the woman everybody loved to hate on ABC's classic 1966-71 gothic horror daytime drama "Dark Shadows. " As Angelique, the powerful, vengeful witch, she kept fans on edge as she played out a love/hate relationship with the tormented vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid). But, much like many of the show's characters, just because the series was killed didn't mean it was dead forever. Parker has made it her mission to carry on the "Dark Shadows" stories through her writing.
September 5, 2013 |
You'd think it would have happened sooner, but wine critic Robert Parker has just released a mobile app that gives subscribers to eRobertParker.com access to thousands of Parker and company's tasting notes. Thirty-four years' worth, in fact. It's free, and there's a version for iPhones, Windows phones and Android devices. IPad and tablet apps will show up later this year. The searchable database encompasses more than 230,000 professional wine reviews from wine regions all over the world, with “approximately 4,000 new notes being added with each bimonthly issue....” You can search by vintage, by varietal, by producer and, what's all-important to Parker subscribers, by rating. So, for all those wine buffs who wouldn't think of drinking a bottle that garnered fewer than 90 points, it's possible to filter out everything with inferior scores and render a search result that includes only wines with those sought-after high scores. The wine's retail price will pop up too, and so will a feature called “Find It Online.” At the moment, the iPhone App store has just two reviews for the app. The first declares the app “Awesome!
August 28, 2013 |
The Sparks' 90-88 double-overtime win over Tulsa on Sunday was exciting, so exciting that even some of the players got a bit carried away. With 44 seconds remaining in the first overtime, Nneka Ogwumike made a layup, giving the Sparks a three-point lead. Candace Parker ran over to Ogwumike to celebrate. But while hugging her, Parker accidentally head-butted her teammate. The contact opened a massive gash above Ogwumike's eye, sending blood pouring down her face.
August 9, 2013 |
AT NEW YORK When: 10 a.m. PDT. Where: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. On the air: TV: TWC, TWC Deportes. Records: Sparks 15-7, Liberty 9-12. Record vs. Liberty: 1-0. Update: After missing three games because of a right wrist injury, Candace Parker returned Thursday against Indiana, helping the Sparks win their third game in a row, 74-64. The Sparks have one game remaining on their five-game trip before returning to L.A. for two games. The Sparks are in second place in the Western Conference, 2 1/2 games behind first-place Minnesota.
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August 7, 2013 |
Like an L.A. noir, this mystery begins with a mystery. I'm standing under the midday, midsummer sun. To the west, the skyscrapers of downtown rise like the steep palisades of a nearby island. The sky is cataract blue. I've parked next to a Buddhist temple and The One-Eye Gypsy bar and am walking east across the 1st Street bridge. Some people call it a viaduct, but it's a bridge to me, built in 1928 according to the commemorative plaque. Towers, like miniature Arc de Triomphes, rise from the bridge's abutments.
August 6, 2013 |
Sarah Jessica Parker couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to collaborate with footwear designer Manolo Blahnik, and Carrie Bradshaw would be shaking in her sky-high boots right about now. (Cue Bradshaw yelp of excitement!) The "Sex and the City" star, now 48, graces the cover of Harper's Bazaar September issue, the biggest issue the fashion glossy has after had. She wears a glitter gold Marc Jacobs gown on the cover, and is photographed by Terry Richardson in Chanel, Gucci and Oscar de la Renta inside the codex.
August 6, 2013 |
Sarah Jessica Parker says she is not as into fashion as people expect her to be, but at age 48, she believes in "buying as many anti-aging creams as possible. " [Express] Still, she is on the cover of September's Harper's Bazaar wearing a Marc Jacobs dress, and inside she models looks by Oscar de la Renta, Gucci and Chanel. [Harper's Bazaar] Supermodel Elle McPherson married hotelier Jeffrey Soffer in Fiji. [Los Angeles Times] Susan Koger, founder of online vintage purveyor Modcloth , has launched a plus-size line.