September 12, 2013 |
Justin Williams joined the Kings for the final 12 games of the 2008-09 season. The difference in the team -- in terms of makeup, culture and confidence -- in those four-plus years might make it seem more like 40 years. And throw in one Stanley Cup championship. The right wing has appeared in 47 playoff games with the Kings, including 38 the last two seasons. “When I got here, there were a lot of different guys on this team,” Williams said Wednesday on the eve of training camp's official start.
April 21, 2013 |
Heading into the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs looked to be a more favorable matchup for the Lakers than some other contenders, partly because of their health. Both Manu Ginobili (hamstring) and Tony Parker (neck, shin) were banged up to finish the regular season. If neither were on their game, perhaps the Lakers would be able to pull off an upset despite being without Kobe Bryant (Achilles). Of course once the game tipped off, Ginobili and Parker managed 18 points apiece to lead their team to a Game 1 victory.
April 14, 2013 |
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was limited to one goal in his first 37 games. In the last five games, he has put the puck in the net four times. His offensive resurgence started with an empty-net goal April 6 against Edmonton and continued Saturday night with a first-period goal in the Kings' 2-1 victory over the Ducks. "I think it did maybe help my confidence a little bit," Doughty said of the easy Edmonton chance. "I've been scoring a lot lately. A lot of times, it's the," puck "bouncing, going the right way. " The streak also coincided with a demotion from Kings Coach Darryl Sutter . Sutter took Doughty off the first unit of the power play for a while.
April 8, 2013 |
ATHENS - Greek bank stocks plunged 30% on Monday, the maximum allowed in a day, after plans to merge the country's two biggest lenders were suddenly frozen. The surprise freeze came amid testy talks between the government and international lenders, and renewed fears about Greece's efforts to fix its faltering economy. The European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund are keeping Greece afloat with a multibillion-dollar rescue package in exchange for strict fiscal reforms.
April 6, 2013 |
The last time viewers caught a glimpse of Roger Sterling, the rakishly charming advertising executive played by John Slattery on "Mad Men," he stood naked looking out a hotel window, arms raised in a state of LSD-induced bliss. The image of Roger's bare rear end brought a note of levity to a season that was otherwise exceptionally gloomy, even by the brooding standards of "Mad Men," which returns to AMC Sunday. In addition to the usual mix of ennui and infidelity, the specter of death loomed over the series last year, culminating with the suicide of agency partner Lane Pryce in the penultimate episode.
February 19, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - While Wall Street obsesses over Apple Inc.'s free fall and Facebook Inc.'s face plant, a global Internet giant is quietly growing ever more valuable. Google Inc.'s stock topped $800 for the first time Tuesday. The all-time high for Google is largely symbolic - and analysts say the stock could retreat in future trading sessions. But it underscored the dramatic resurgence of the undisputed king of online advertising. It's also vindication for the search giant that some had predicted would quickly be overshadowed by Facebook's meteoric rise and the spectacular growth of Apple's iPhone and iPad.