January 29, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - On a glittery stage in a giant football arena, a smiling Ray Lewis is speaking to dozens of journalists about playing this Super Bowl for a higher power. "Rings fade, they tarnish, but the relationship I have with Him will never die," he says. "My ultimate goal is to leave a great name, so that one day when those skies finally spread, I'll hear those famous words, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.' " At the same time Tuesday, at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron, Ohio, a somber Greg Wilson visits Jacinth Baker's grave.
January 18, 2013 |
The verdict so far from Times readers on Lance Armstrong's image rehabilitation effort: Nice try, Lance. More than a dozen readers have sent their thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org following the broadcast Thursday night of the (former) seven-time Tour de France champion's interview with Oprah Winfrey . Many of the letters pull no punches on Armstrong: They call the admitted doper a liar, cheater, bully and more. Many also question Armstrong's sincerity. A selection of those letters follows.
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December 24, 2012 |
A Christmas tree is a luxury if you're not working steadily, if you're stretching just to pay the rent and keep your children fed. Cayetano Hernandez, 50, works as a pool plasterer, which he can't do in the rain. It's rained so much and he's earned so little of late that without giveaways, his children - Wendy, 12, and Eric, 3 - wouldn't have opened any Christmas presents. An East Hollywood church gave his girl makeup, anti-acne cleanser, toothpaste and perfume, and gave his little boy toy cars and a big teddy bear.
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December 18, 2012 |
Guitarist Wayne Kramer's loud, fast and stripped-down rock 'n' roll paved the way for the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and the Clash - before he was sentenced to four years in prison for dealing drugs. Throughout his time behind bars, a guitar was an uncomplaining companion of the former frontman for the Detroit band MC5. On Tuesday, Kramer, who now composes music for television and films, and a group of fellow musicians visited the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco to perform a Christmas concert and donate 14 new Fender acoustic guitars to inmates.
October 24, 2012 |
Matt Kemp's goals for the upcoming season are far more modest than they were for 2012, when the All-Star outfielder said he wanted to hit 50 home runs and steal 50 bases. “Be healthy,” Kemp said. “That's the main goal. Be healthy. If I'm healthy, good things should happen.” Kemp spoke to reporters on a conference call Wednesday. He was scheduled to start his rehabilitation program later in the day in Arizona. Kemp underwent an hourlong shoulder operation on Oct. 5. He was hoping the procedure would be minor, but the damage to the labrum in his left shoulder was worse than expected and required repair.
October 24, 2012 |
Around this time last year, Matt Kemp was talking about wanting to become the first player in baseball history to hit 50 home runs and steal 50 bases in the same season. The All-Star center fielder has scaled back his goals for 2013. "Be healthy," Kemp said. "That's the main goal. If I'm healthy, good things should happen. " Kemp spoke to reporters on a conference call Wednesday morning, making his first public comments since undergoing shoulder surgery this month. Later in the day, he was scheduled to start his rehabilitation program in Phoenix.
September 5, 2012 |
Chad Billingsley could sit out all of the 2013 season if he has to undergo surgery for a torn ligament in his right elbow. Billingsley will not pitch again this season, no matter how far the Dodgers might advance should they qualify for the postseason. The Dodgers put him on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday. The Dodgers first will try a rehabilitation program, allowing the right-hander four to six weeks of rest and treatment before he resumes throwing. Billingsley said he has a slightly torn ulnar collateral ligament, which often requires Tommy John surgery.
July 4, 2012 |
A 35-year-old veteran rarely gets caught up in the daily ups and downs of a grinding 162-game season. Sometimes it takes an injury for a player to realize how much fun he was having. In the case of Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis, who has been sidelined since May 19 by a leg injury, it felt good to simply be playing again, even if it was at the team's Class-A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga and not at Dodger Stadium. "I felt like a normal ballplayer again and it feels good for four games to jump back into big league baseball," Ellis said after the final game of his rehabilitation assignment Tuesday.
July 2, 2012 |
When Matt Kemp starts his minor league rehabilitation assignment for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, he will be met by a capacity crowd at the Epicenter. The first game of Kemp's rehabilitation assignment is sold out, a spokesman for the minor league club said. Kemp confirmed he plans to be Rancho Cucamonga's designated hitter Tuesday. Sidelined since May 31 with a strained left hamstring, Kemp will play in minor league games right up to the All-Star break, during which he will compete in the Home Run Derby.
June 30, 2012 |
Matt Kemp said he intends to return to the Dodgers lineup on July 13 against the San Diego Padres, the team's first game after the All-Star break. “I'll be ready,” Kemp said. Kemp is planning to start a minor league rehabilitation assignment next week. He is expecting to miss the All-Star game, but is certain he will take part in the home run derby. “I'm doing it,” he said. Bullpen catcher Rob Flippo will pitch to Kemp at the home run derby. Mark Ellis, who is scheduled to start a minor league rehabilitation assignment on Saturday, has talked about feeling guilty for being injured while his team is in a season-worst rut. “I feel the same,” Kemp said.