August 28, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams, who announced at the U.S. Open a year ago that she suffered from an autoimmune condition known as Sjogren's Syndrome, a disease that can be strength-sapping, is doing what she promised when she made that announcement. Playing tennis still. Williams, 32, a two-time winner of the U.S. Open, advanced to the second round Tuesday with an authoritative thumping of fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-3, 6-1. Williams started slowly, losing the first two games of the match, but with many in the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd shouting, "Let's go Venus," Williams picked up her powerful pace.
August 24, 2012 |
The Dodgers are on the verge of completing a blockbuster trade to bring in first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from Boston. The names of all the parties involved have been agreed upon, a person close to the negotiations said Friday. Though the players to be traded have been in place for days, the deal might not be finalized until Saturday. The Dodgers would send pitching prospects Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, first baseman James Loney and minor leaguers Jerry Sands and Ivan De Jesus Jr. to Boston.
July 31, 2012 |
LONDON---The 2012 London Olympics may have spent $42 million to stage its massively theatrical opening ceremony, but hardly any of that money went to the man who closed the evening with a rendition of "Hey Jude. " Paul McCartney performed for an unprincely sum of 1 pound - about $1.50 - at Olympic Stadium on Friday night. The former Beatle and other musicians in the Danny Boyle-directed extravaganza, such as Mike Oldfield and Emeli Sandé, offered to play for free but were paid a pittance for contractual purposes.
July 20, 2012 |
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - After what took place here Friday in the second round of the British Open, one might theorize that Brandt Snedeker can walk on water. His golf swing isn't bad, either. But let's not deviate from the real heroes at this Royal Lytham & St. Annes layout. Sure, Snedeker mastered the 206 bunkers in the best way possible. He didn't land in any of them. That takes more luck than genius, which Snedeker acknowledged. And sure, Snedeker's 66-64-130 tied Nick Faldo's 1992 British Open record for the best 36-hole start, but Faldo's ego could use a little jolt, anyway.
HOME & GARDEN
July 14, 2012 |
Like Charlie Sheen, I have no explanation for the things I do lately, other than they are on a whim and keep you guessing. Last week, I Dark Knighted across Newport Harbor with the equivalent of a Jet Ski on my back. Eventually I splashed down in a puddle of my own juices. Well done. This week, I am back at my Walden Pond (the Pacific Ocean), building sand castles with one of the best in the business, Greg LeBon, who has collected all sorts of awards that you didn't even know existed.
July 9, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The giant dorsal fin sliced through the sparkling blue water, trailing an oblivious kayaker. Closer to shore, bathers splashed in the waves. One tourist shot video of the idyllic scene. The only thing missing was the ominous soundtrack from"Jaws,"the 1975 blockbuster about a great white shark eating its way through a seaside resort. That and terrified hordes fleeing the water. But this came soon enough, after a paddle-boarder spotted the huge fin behind the kayaker and shouted the one word sure to clear swimmers from the sea: "Shark!"
July 8, 2012 |
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - They never got close, and Mitt Romney may not have even seen them, but protesters - some from Occupy Wall Street - took political theater to a new level Sunday outside the beachfront estate of billionaire David H. Koch, where the Republican candidate was raising money. Some of the 200 protesters marched down mile-long Coopers Beach toward the home in a cloud of sand, bearing banners and signs: "Your $50,000 ticket equals my child's education," "end corporate personhood" and "don't forget to tip the help.
June 4, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before waiting for the sun to come out. The Skinny: I was not in love with HBO's "Girls" when I saw the first three episodes but now I find it pretty amusing. Monday's headlines include the surprising success of "Snow White and the Huntsman" and General Motors' decision to draw a line in the sand on what it will pay for television ads. Daily Dose: AMC has launched its campaign against Dish Network, the satellite operator that said it will stop carrying the cable channel at the end of the month.
June 2, 2012 |
Over the last 23 years Sheldon Adelson has built Las Vegas Sands Corp. into the world's largest casino company — bigger than the next 10 competitors combined. He's done it without having a single one of his 40,000 workers in Las Vegas, Asia and Bethlehem, Pa., join a labor union. Now a band of security guards making $13 an hour may be on the verge of ending the world's 14th-richest person's winning streak. The National Labor Relations Board has ordered Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to begin bargaining with its 130 security guards as a labor union.