June 22, 2009 |
Baseball tradition and superstition hold that when a pitcher is working on a no-hitter, no one dare mention it to him for fear of jinxing the effort. That goes for the scoreboard operator too, as it should go without saying. Last Sunday, Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. As he stepped on the mound, a trivia question appeared on the scoreboard: "Who was the last Indians pitcher to throw a perfect game?"
April 12, 2009 |
The NBA is investigating the actions of the Portland Trail Blazers over a pregame video that showed Trevor Ariza's flagrant foul on the scoreboard screen a few minutes before the Lakers and Portland played Friday at the Rose Garden. NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Saturday that teams were not permitted to show replays involving flagrant fouls, altercations or hard physical contact from previous games. "We will be looking into the matter," Frank said.
April 12, 2009 |
Opening day at Dodger Stadium means the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, and the smell of . . . Greek salad with olive oil vinaigrette. It may not be typical ballpark fare, but let's face it: Sitting for hours with a bellyful of Dodger Dogs and nachos does not a svelte figure make. So, with Monday's home opener at Dodger Stadium, the culinary wizards there are joining ballparks nationwide in serving up more healthful food.
July 24, 2007 |
So, there is this large tent in the heart of Hollywood. From the outside looking in, it looks like the home to a private bash, its white roof peeking over a tall fence that is covered in green cloth for privacy and topped by barbed wire. But inside, pure Hollywood magic seems to take hold as a state-of-the-art basketball court comes to life.
May 22, 2007 |
Brett Hull, one foot in the crease and the other lodged in his mouth, repeatedly called the Ducks "terrible" while they were defeating the Red Wings on Sunday and moving into position to win the Western Conference championship tonight at the Honda Center. Let's analyze this. How is it terrible to pull your goalie for an extra skater late in a game when you have a power play and can create a six-on-four advantage, as Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle did? It's gutsy and it's smart.
April 19, 2007 |
I arrived at Staples Center at 4 p.m. to find the Clippers still alive. 4:14: Chris Jackson is already on the court shooting jump shots. "All day," he says with swish after swish. I'd feel a lot better about the Clippers' chances, though, if it were Kaman on the court instead of a game operations intern. 4:17: Elton Brand arrives. I classified the Clippers as goners weeks ago, and after a recent win, Brand said, "not bad for a bunch of dead guys, huh?"
November 9, 2005 |
The Lakers won a game, allegedly, in a place where they normally don't fare so well. The scoreboard would not -- could not -- confirm it, but the final box score verified another strong Kobe Bryant showing and a 103-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday at Philips Arena.