June 18, 2008 |
BOSTON -- The hat was placed on a little crooked. It was after, all, brand-new -- declaring him and his team as NBA champions. But the hoisting of Paul Pierce's MVP Finals trophy went straight and skyward to the rafters of the TD Banknorth Garden, where his number will probably someday join the same aging but everlasting ones of Larry Bird and Bill Russell. "This is unreal," Pierce said in a voice that was dry and raspy from celebrating his first championship.
June 1, 2008 |
Many baseball gamblers expected big things from the Colorado Rockies this season based on how they finished last year. The Rockies won 13 of their last 14 regular-season games and a one-game playoff over San Diego before sweeping Philadelphia and Arizona in the playoffs. But Colorado, which lost to Boston in last year's World Series, has been anything but a sure bet this season.
February 10, 2008 |
The truest thing any athlete ever said about being a role model was uttered by the worst role model ever. Keep that in mind when the "he said, he said" dispute between Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer unfolds in Congress next week. It might help you decide whom to believe. Mike Tyson's tailspin was just a twirl from hitting rock bottom in the middle of June 2002. He was standing in the ballroom of a Tunica, Miss., casino, shilling for the last big prizefight of his life, against Lennox Lewis three days later in nearby Memphis.
December 4, 2006 |
Once upon a time, holiday sales were quiet affairs, held a respectable time after Christmas in sedate stores with names like Lord & Taylor. Now they're launched the day after Thanksgiving, and conducted with all the civility of a wrestling smackdown, with pushing, shoving and warrior whoops as doors open before dawn.
August 19, 2006
I have attended UCLA football games for over 50 years, I have been a season-ticket holder since the Bruins moved to the Rose Bowl, and I am now totally disgusted and outraged with the program. The rescinding of Andrew Baumgartner's athletic scholarship [Aug. 13] is abominable. To couch the excuse as building for the future with many unproven freshmen defies logic and reason. I'm wondering how many of those recruits even will be in school two years from now. By any measure, Karl Dorrell is neither the best nor worst coach to ever guide the Bruins, but when it comes to style and class, Dorrell is rock bottom.
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October 17, 2005 |
A few hours after a homeless guy named Virgil died of an overdose in the portable toilet, the blue plastic outhouse at 6th and San Julian streets was back in business. Not as a toilet, but as a house of prostitution. Five portable toilets stand at that corner in the darkened heart of skid row. T.J. says she sometimes has a customer in each of them -- a john in every john -- and scurries from one to the next, taking care of business.
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September 19, 2003 |
The 16-year-old student sat down at a picnic table outside his classroom, not far from where a classmate was shot the day before. Since he turned 11, every day of his life has been the same, he told me, as he waited for his mother to pick him up. "I gotta watch my back, everywhere I go. If you live in L.A., you have to. You look to see who's around you, who's at the corner. That's why I always go with friends, because there's someone else to watch your back."
December 28, 2002
THANKS for Robert Hilburn's appreciation of Joe Strummer of the Clash ("A Force in the World of Punk," Dec. 24). I'm a 34-year-old singer-songwriter from East L.A. (whose only audience these days is my 4-month-old daughter) and, any sentimentality aside, Joe Strummer is the reason I picked up a guitar. I was influenced by Andy Partridge, the Cocteau Twins, Woody Guthrie and Los Lobos, but I wanted to write songs like Joe Strummer. He made it OK to write songs that were angry and purposeful.
December 22, 2002 |
There are things worse than being a Cincinnati Bengal, especially if one becomes a Bengal by being the No. 1 NFL draft choice and signing a contract worth millions of dollars. So this isn't intended as a plea for sympathy for Carson Palmer.
October 27, 2002 |
We're about to enter November, which means we have reached the beginning of the five-month off-season in transatlantic travel. This year, off-season vacation prices to Europe are so low that, short of an outbreak of hostilities in the Middle East, they should get people moving. Here are the leading programs today. Ireland: The most surprising air-and-land package is to Ireland. For $399, you get not only the round-trip flight from Los Angeles but also a rental car and accommodations.