October 20, 2013 |
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and partner April Ross, the top-seeded team at the AVP Championships beach volleyball tournament, were upset in the semifinals by third-seeded Lauren Fendrick and Brittany Hochevar, 21-15, 21-17, on Sunday at Huntington Beach. It was only the second loss in 18 matches for Walsh Jennings and Ross, who paired up this season after Walsh Jennings' partner in all three of her Olympic-winning performances, Misty May-Treanor, retired.
October 18, 2013 |
Sanya Richards-Ross is a four-time track-and-field gold medalist for the United States. In the WEtv reality show "Sanya's Glam & Gold," her life training for the Olympics and living - and working - with her family was documented. Richards-Ross, 28, talked to us about what it takes to stay in shape for the world's highest-stakes sporting event, how she manages to work alongside her family and whether her workouts have changed over the years. Will you be competing in the next Olympics?
October 17, 2013 |
While Uganda's parliament considers an anti-homosexuality bill, which would mandate the death penalty for serial "offenders," Western-supported megachurches flourish in the African country. Roger Ross Williams' incisive and absorbing documentary "God Loves Uganda" makes a compelling case for the link between the two situations without connecting all the dots for viewers, and without condemning the young missionaries who flock to "the pearl of Africa" believing they are saving souls. Williams' alarm is balanced by his measured observation of a group of twentysomethings from the Kansas City-based International House of Prayer.
October 14, 2013 |
It's been 25 years since "Big" came out, but Tom Hanks can apparently still play "Chopsticks" on an oversized piano. Or at least, approximate playing the song that he made famous in the 1988 dramedy. Hanks appeared on the BBC talk show "Jonathan Ross" to promote his new movie, "Captain Phillips," but Ross was really interested in having the two-time Oscar winner tap out a tune on the large keyboard carpet. But good sport that he is, Hanks was not alone in his trip down memory lane.
October 7, 2013 |
With the drumbeats building for the release of the second movie in the "Hunger Games" franchise -- "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opens Nov. 22 -- it seems reasonable for the film's cast to be shaping up their future plans. Star Jennifer Lawrence will soon be seen in "American Hustle," which reteams her with director David O. Russell and costar Bradley Cooper from "Silver Linings Playbook," for which she won a lead actress Oscar. The 23-year-old could likely have her pick of pretty much any project and filmmaker pairing she wants, and it now looks as if she will be reteaming with Gary Ross, director of the first "Hunger Games" (but not the sequel)
October 5, 2013 |
Simone Biles edged teammate Kyla Ross to give the U.S. women's gymnastics team a sweep of the first two places in the all-around competition Friday in the world championships at Antwerp, Belgium. Biles, 16, also qualified for all four apparatus finals this weekend, the first female U.S. gymnast to do so since Shannon Miller in 1991. Ross, a 16-year-old from Aliso Viejo, led by 0.016 points going into the floor routine, but Biles finished impressively for an overall score of 60.216 points to Ross' 59.332.
October 3, 2013 |
The calls for Nevada boxing judge C.J. Ross to vacate her ringside position for good following her Sept. 14 scoring of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as a draw were intense. Ross did indeed step aside days later. Guess who thinks that was a mistake? Timothy Bradley. Bradley, the Palm Springs' world welterweight champion preparing for an Oct. 12 HBO pay-per-view title defense against Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas, told The Times during a Thursday training session in Indio that Ross “should've never resigned.” Ross was a crucial advocate in Bradley's stunning June 2012 split-decision victory over Manny Pacquiao.
October 1, 2013 |
Kyla Ross, 16, a member of the U.S. women's gymnastics gold-medal-winning team at the 2012 Olympics, who trains at Gym-Max in Costa Mesa, posted the highest score Tuesday in the first subdivision of women's qualifying at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. Recently crowned U.S. all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas, and 2012 team gold medalist and vault silver medalist and defending world champion vault gold medalist McKayla Maroney of Long Beach will compete later Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
September 17, 2013 |
C.J. Ross, the Nevada boxing judge heavily ridiculed for turning in her second suspect scorecard in 15 months by scoring Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s dominant performance Saturday over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as a draw, has effectively resigned, according to reports. The Las Vegas Review-Journal and television station KLAS reported Tuesday that Ross has told the Nevada State Athletic Commission she is stepping down indefinitely. Ross scored Mayweather-Alvarez 114-114 while judges Craig Metcalfe (117-111)
September 17, 2013 |
McKayla Maroney of Long Beach and Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo are two of the four women's gymnasts selected to represent the United States at the world gymnastics championships Sept. 30-Oct. 6 in Antwerp, Belgium. Maroney became famous at the 2012 London Olympics for her facial expression after failing to win a gold medal in the vault, the apparatus on which she was the world champion. Ross was also a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. team last summer. Also on the team are Simone Biles of Spring, Texas, who recently won the all-around title at the U.S. nationals, and Brenna McDowell of Odessa, Mo., who was the bronze medalist at nationals.