October 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two Americans were taken hostage by pirates who attacked their ship off the coast of Nigeria, U.S. officials said Thursday. The captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, a U.S.-flagged oil supply ship, were kidnapped in the attack early Wednesday in the Gulf of Guinea, according to news reports. The ship is owned by Edison Chouest Offshore, a maritime company based in Cut Off, La. A company spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The identities of the hostages weren't released.
October 14, 2013 |
Barkhad Abdi is used to finding his way in strange new places: At age 7, he moved with his family from war-torn Somalia to Yemen, where he learned Arabic on the soccer field. At 14, he moved to Minneapolis and learned English from Jay-Z songs and "Seinfeld" episodes. Now, at 27, Abdi has made himself at home in another new town - Hollywood - by starring opposite Tom Hanks in the film "Captain Phillips. " In director Paul Greengrass' fact-based thriller, which opened Friday, Abdi plays Muse, a Somali pirate who hijacks an American cargo ship and takes its captain hostage.
October 11, 2013 |
The Tom Hanks movie "Captain Phillips," which opens Friday, will focus attention - again - on piracy off the coast of Somalia. The movie, in which (spoiler alert) the bad guys get caught, unfortunately might lead you to think that this is a problem that's been solved. After all, since the April 2009 seizure of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, recounted in "Captain Phillips," there has been only one hijacking of a U.S.-flagged vessel by Somali pirates, the February 2011 seizure of a U.S. yacht in which the Americans were killed.
October 10, 2013 |
When Paul Greengrass directs a thoroughly dramatic tale based on true events and Tom Hanks takes on the title role, you think you know what to expect. But just you wait - the piercingly realistic "Captain Phillips" will exceed your expectations. The story of the six days that Richard Phillips, captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, spent in April 2009 first trying to avoid a gang of Somali pirates and then as their restive captive, this film does an impeccable job of creating and tightening the narrative screws.
October 9, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - It was fitting that the St. Louis Cardinals waited for Adam Wainwright before beginning their victory celebration Wednesday. A bubble of plastic sheeting enveloped their clubhouse and large red tubs filled with ice and countless bottles of champagne stood at the ready in each corner. But in the center of the room the players, standing in a semicircle, waited impatiently for Wainwright to finally burst up the tunnel from the dugout. It was Wainwright, their ace, who threw the first pitch of their season.
October 8, 2013 |
The Dodgers set their internal temperature mode to "chill" on Tuesday. The team that was in last place on July 1 was the first to clinch a division title and the first to advance into a league championship series. It opens the National League Championship Series on Friday, either at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates or in St. Louis against the Cardinals. As Dodgers players enjoyed a day off Tuesday, the team's brain trust started its planning for the NLCS, in part to consider possible changes to the playoff roster between rounds.
October 8, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - Gerrit Cole shouldn't be here. Shouldn't be in the major leagues. Shouldn't be in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform. Definitely shouldn't be scheduled to start Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals in the deciding game of a National League division series. "I should be watching this game on TV," Cole said with a grin. "It's kind of surreal. " Cole was supposed to be the Pirates' future, not their present. As the first pick in the 2011 draft, he was expected to develop like fine wine - getting better with age and maturity.
October 8, 2013 |
The home team had the chance to clinch the National League division series. The father threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The son waited to see if he would play. Too bad for the Van Slyke family that father and son were 2,500 miles apart Monday. Andy Van Slyke, the center fielder for the last Pirates team to advance to the NL Championship Series, threw out the first pitch in Pittsburgh. Scott Van Slyke, a reserve outfielder for the Dodgers, sat on the bench at Dodger Stadium.
October 6, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - A.J. Burnett calls Pittsburgh Pirates teammate Andrew McCutchen the most humble superstar with whom he has played. "Just as loose as can be all the time," Burnett said. "He wears his pride on his sleeve when he plays. " When McCutchen gets to the plate, though, he fills another role for the Pirates. "He's the catalyst," Burnett said. "And he's been the catalyst. " Never more so than Sunday, when McCutchen had two hits and two walks, started three rallies and scored twice to lead the Pirates to a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of a National League division series, moving Pittsburgh to within a victory of its first League Championship series in 21 years.
October 2, 2013 |
SCHEDULE Game 1: Thursday, 2 p.m. Pittsburgh (A.J. Burnett, 10-11, 3.30) at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 19-9, 2.94) Game 2: Friday, 10 a.m. Pittsburgh (Gerrit Cole, 10-7, 3.22) at St. Louis (Lance Lynn, 15-10, 3.97) Game 3: Sunday, TBA St. Louis (Joe Kelly, 10-5, 2.69) at Pittsburgh (Francisco Liriano, 16-8, 3.02¿ Game 4: Monday, TBA* St. Louis (TBA) at Pittsburgh (TBA) Game 5: Wednesday, TBA* Pittsburgh (TBA) at St. Louis (TBA)