August 15, 2013 |
Xavier Grimble hears it often from friends and USC fans. Randall Telfer gets the same question. Why don't they throw you the ball more? The USC tight ends, both fourth-year juniors, are regarded as NFL prospects, "potentially premier players," Coach Lane Kiffin said. But on a Trojans team last season that featured All-American wide receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, Grimble and Telfer often appeared underutilized or overlooked. Grimble caught 29 passes, Telfer 12. Those totals could increase this season with Woods and quarterback Matt Barkley having gone to the NFL and the less experienced Max Wittek or Cody Kessler starting in Barkley's place.
August 3, 2013 |
Talented young pitchers are in abundance this season, and staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three who could play pivotal roles for contending teams real or fantasy. Chris Archer SP | Tampa Bay After the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs thought of him as expendable, the Rays are reaping the spoils of the talented Mr. Archer. The 24-year-old right-hander started the season in the minors, but has been a major cog for one of baseball's hottest team, and has a 6-4 record with a 2.65 earned-run average and a 1.08 WHIP.
April 11, 2013 |
David Mamet's "American Buffalo" is set in a junk shop, but there are jewels to be found in the play and they are thrillingly laid out for us in the Geffen Playhouse's dynamically acted production directed by Randall Arney. What a pleasure to experience again the ferocious gusto of Mamet's language when it was still being composed for individual characters. Lately, Mamet seems to be writing for his own bullhorn, but this relatively early work, which had its Broadway premiere in 1977, reminds us of the reason his style set off a revolution in American playwriting.
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February 26, 2013 |
Even as Irvine police were trying to confirm the identities of a young couple found shot to death in an Irvine parking garage early this month, the department's on-duty watch commander received a late-night call from former LAPD Capt. Randal Quan. According to an Irvine detective's search warrant affidavit released Monday, Quan had seen an early news report of the double homicide at the condo complex at 2100 Scholarship. Quan, the document states, was worried that his daughter, Monica, 28, who lived there, might be a victim.
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December 24, 2012 |
Jack Klugman, the three-time Emmy Award-winning actor best known for his portrayals of slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison on TV's “The Odd Couple” and the title role of the murder-solving medical examiner on “Quincy, M.E.,” died Monday at his home in Woodland Hills. He was 90. Klugman had been in declining health for the last year, his son Adam said. He had withdrawn from a production of “Twelve Angry Men” at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J., in Marchfor undisclosed health reasons.
December 2, 2012 |
The quirky violist known as Ljova, an ingratiating fixture on the New York new music scene, has just released a recording called "Melting River. " You can purchase and download it for as little as $2 on the artist-friendly website Bandcamp as either an inferior MP3 file or an HD-resolution FLAC file. Ljova says that there will be no physical release. "Unless we can find sponsorship for a vinyl release," he writes in an email, "the days of physical CDs are over. :)" The days of CDs aren't quite over - thousands of new ones come out every month.