June 30, 2012 |
BALTIMORE -- It's easy to forget that Mike Trout, for all his otherworldly talent, was still living with his parents six months ago. His dad hasn't forgotten. Last Monday, when White Sox slugger Paul Konerko went hitless and Trout moved past him to take over the batting lead in the American League, Jeff Trout turned to his son and offered some fatherly advice: "Now get to bed. You've got a game tomorrow," he told his youngest boy, who was spending a rare off-day at home.
January 7, 2012 |
Memphis opened the New Year by getting walloped last Sunday by Chicago, 104-64, in the Bulls' home opener. Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo didn't help, missing seven of nine shots. "The crazy thing about [Chicago], we didn't even do any partying or anything the night before to celebrate the New Year," Mayo said. "We tried to keep it professional, and still came out and got beat by 40. " San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich was asked about Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Ricky Rubio , who was born in Spain, and his adjustment to American culture.
February 4, 2010 |
The Ducks' Jonas Hiller is playing like a million bucks. Make that $18 million. Four days after receiving a rich four-year contract extension, Hiller made 46 saves in a 3-1 victory over Detroit on Wednesday at the Honda Center. The win pulled the Ducks to three points out of a tie for the final Western Conference playoff spot as they prepare to play the Kings on Thursday night at Staples Center. "I think he has the confidence that he can play, and he's proven it to us," Coach Randy Carlyle said.
June 11, 2009 |
Kobe or not Kobe . . . I've covered Kobe Bryant for 13 years and I may have used that line for 10 of them. I only hope I thought it up -- or, actually, adapted it from "Hamlet" -- as opposed to copping it from someone who got it from "Hamlet." With Kobe, that always was the question, too, and it hasn't been answered to this day: Is this his time, and if it isn't, will it ever come? Actually, it came in Game 3 of the Lakers-Magic NBA Finals, like a bolt of lightning . . .
March 23, 2005 |
Could there be a bigger story under the great big California sun than the trial of Michael Jackson? Could anything top the topsy-turvy fortunes and misfortunes of a brilliant pop star who has sold about as many albums as there are people living in this country? A black man with moon-white skin? A former child star accused of child molesting? A multimillionaire with penury said to be snapping at his heels? Yes, absolutely.
March 2, 2005
Re "Last Gas Before Honolulu," Feb. 24: There's a problem with your proposed motto for Los Angeles, "Silicon Implant Valley." "Silicone" is not a fancy spelling of "silicon," but a distinct substance. Silicon made the Valley; silicone makes the peaks. Judith B. Herman Rancho Palos Verdes On a recent visit, while on a sightseeing drive, a friend who has loved Los Angeles for many years spontaneously declared that, for him, Los Angeles is the "Capital of Now." Not bad. Tom Gossard Los Angeles