November 10, 2013 |
So much for silver platters. A couple of first-place NFL teams saw prime opportunities go poof Sunday, as they failed to make the most of their comeback chances. The Chicago Bears, who were in a three-way tie for first in the NFC North, scored on a touchdown pass against Detroit with 40 seconds left and were a two-point conversion away from tying. The Bears got two chances at the conversion - the second coming because of a roughing-the-passer call - and came up short.
November 6, 2013 |
Take a snapshot of these rankings because they could look different next week. Florida State and Ohio State could be the new 1-2 if Louisiana State and Stanford take out the nation's leaders in Tuscaloosa and Palo Alto. Clemson's Tigers should be embarrassed at No. 7 after losing so badly to Florida State, but where else are you going to put them? Good timing: Arizona State's athletic director left for unranked Texas the same week the Sun Devils got back in Rankman's top 25. Making a move down the stretch is racehorse Michigan State, so completely underrated by all of us that the Spartans should play Clemson just to prove it. 1; Alabama 8-0; After Sunday's segment, Saban says he could cut 15 minutes of fat out of "60 Minutes.
November 4, 2013 |
In a new line of attack on canceled health policies, two California residents are suing insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross, alleging they were misled into giving up their previous coverage. About 900,000 Californians and many more nationwide have received cancellation notices on their individual health insurance policies, triggering a public uproar against the rollout of President Obama's healthcare law. Some consumers have complained about hefty rate hikes from the forced upgrades because their current plans don't meet all the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Much of the consumer anger has been directed at Obama's repeated pledge that Americans could keep their existing health insurance if they liked it despite the massive overhaul.
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November 2, 2013 |
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, Flora Castaneda marched in Inglewood. She marched with hundreds of fellow El Super grocery store employees, supporters and clergy, at a labor rally in the parking lot of the El Super at West Century and Crenshaw boulevards. And here's what the employees, whose contract expired in September, were lathered up about: Their work schedules and total weekly hours are in constant flux, so tending to family matters and managing second jobs are more than a little challenging.
October 31, 2013 |
Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel "Ender's Game" has been a touchstone for adolescent readers for nearly 30 years, and watching this earnest, respectful film version it's easy to understand why. It's not just that the story of the rise of underappreciated misfit Andrew "Ender" Wiggin to a position of power and respect in the adult world is every bullied youngster's dream. It's the added notion that although those wretched adults need you, that won't stop them from being two-faced, devious and deceitful.
October 30, 2013 |
OAKLAND - The Lakers have won once and lost once, but there's a thread connecting both games this season. Opposing coaches keep lining up to praise Kobe Bryant . They're probably thankful he's not playing, but they still kiss his five championship rings while talking with reporters beforehand. Golden State Coach Mark Jackson called Bryant "legendary" and then admitted something unusual before the Warriors' victory Wednesday over the Lakers. Bryant, coincidentally, sustained a torn Achilles' tendon against the Warriors last April.
October 29, 2013 |
Let's hear it for the Inland Division poll voters who have Corona Centennial (6-2) ranked No. 3 behind No. 1 Vista Murrieta and No. 2 Rancho Cucamonga. I think they're showing a lack of respect for the Huskies. Since losses to Long Beach Poly and Alemany of the Pac-5 Division, the Huskies have scored 55, 43, 70 and 55 points. Their defense is getting better. Robert Webber has passed for 2,078 yards and 15 touchdowns. Tre Watson has rushed for 1,959 yards and 30 touchdowns.
October 22, 2013 |
SPARKS, Nev.--Flags in Nevada have been ordered to half-staff and tributes continued to pour in Tuesday for a teacher who died trying to intervene when a student at his middle school shot two schoolmates before killing the instructor and himself. Officials and witnesses said that Sparks Middle School eighth-grade math teacher Michael Landsberry, a former Nevada Air National Guardsman who had done two tours of duty in Afghanistan, tried to intervene before the boy shot him at the school early Monday morning.
October 21, 2013 |
The NHL's Wheel of Justice got several vigorous spins Monday, all dealing with infractions that caused head injuries. Colorado forward Cody McLeod was suspended five games for a boarding incident against Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall, New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner got two games for a hit to the head of Carolina forward Nathan Gerbe, and Dallas winger Ryan Garbutt was invited to an in-person interview regarding his ugly hit Sunday...
October 18, 2013 |
Call it a midterm exam. Ninth-ranked UCLA plays at No. 13 Stanford on Saturday at the midpoint of the regular season. The Bruins are 5-0 overall, 2-0 in Pac-12 Conference play, and this is the first time they have been in the Associated Press top 10 since 2005. Stanford, which is 5-1 overall, 3-1 in the Pac-12, is coming off a loss at Utah but still carries national weight. "This is a measuring stick game, for ourselves and the nation, just to see what's going on here in Westwood," said UCLA receiver Shaquelle Evans.