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SPORTS
April 14, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Vin Scully will call his first home game of the season Sunday, the Dodgers announced on Saturday. The 84-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster missed the Dodgers' first six home games, including Saturday's, because of a severe cold. He didn't call the season opener for only the second time in his 63 years with the club. Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start for the Dodgers on Sunday in their series finale against the San Diego Padres. Charley Steiner and Steve Lyons will call Saturday's game for Prime Ticket's telecast.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
"American Idol" just ain't what it used to be. Thursday's two-hour finale, which saw Candice Glover anointed the 12th "American Idol," generated just 14 million viewers, a whopping 7 million fewer than last year. It's also the first time that the finale has generated an audience of under 20 million. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 'Idol' Finale While ratings for the aging reality franchise have been down all season, "American Idol" also faced some particularly stiff competition Thursday night, facing off against the 75-minute series finale of "The Office" as well as the season-ender of the invincible "The Big Bang Theory.
SPORTS
September 22, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
CINCINNATI -- Clayton Kershaw remains a possibility to pitch on Sunday in the Dodgers' series finale against the Cincinnati Reds. "He's still in play," Manager Don Mattingly said. Kershaw, who is trying to come back from a hip injury, did on Saturday what he usually does in days before starts: He worked out and studied video. A day earlier, Kershaw threw a 20-pitch bullpen session. Kershaw wouldn't say whether he was aiming to start on Sunday. "I'm preparing myself to start," Kershaw said.
HEALTH
September 18, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Hanley Ramirez was out of the Dodgers lineup Wednesday, but Manager Don Mattingly insisted his shortstop wasn't injured. “Part of the plan,” Mattingly said. Ramirez returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing four games with an irritated nerve in his back. He was removed in the eighth inning after scoring from first base on a triple by Michael Young. “Hanley's going to get to play a day, off a few days,” Mattingly said. “Kind of try to keep him sharp.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Walter who? "Breaking Bad" is over, but AMC's Sunday nights have come back to life with the new season of "The Walking Dead," which debuted with record ratings for the series, up against heavy competition including NFL games and the MLB playoffs.  The fourth-season premiere drew 16.1 million viewers, with 10.4 million in the advertiser-desired 18-49 age demographic, according to Nielsen. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of 'The Walking Dead' That easily tops the numbers for the Season 3 finale, which was the previous record-holder.
SPORTS
September 5, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Top-level motocross racing holds its series finale Saturday at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Riverside County. Pro motocross, which takes place between May and September, is outdoor motorcycle racing on courses with numerous hills, jumps and tight turns. The stadium version of the sport, called supercross, occurs earlier in the year. Ryan Dungey of the Red Bull KTM team has dominated the premier 450 class of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series this year. He's won the last nine consecutive races and already clinched his second series title.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
With "The Office" set to retire May 16 after nine seasons on NBC, series star John Krasinski has been hitting the talk-show circuit. On Tuesday, he stopped by "Late Night," where he recalled the terror he felt his very first day on the show, talked about attending the Met Gala on Monday and, most notably, engaged in an epic lip-syncing battle with host Jimmy Fallon. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The two went head-to-head, hamming it up to a series of hits by Katy Perry, Run DMC, Das EFX and Boys II Men. They started out relatively tame, gradually working up to James Brown levels of exertion.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
There once existed an era in which cable network AMC was not synonymous with prestige dramas. a time that could be categorized as B.M.M. - Before “Mad Men.” And that's what Jon Hamm, the man at the center of the drama that would usher in a new age for AMC, bears in mind as the show's farewell tour gets underway. Hamm was on hand Friday night at the show's PaleyFest panel in Hollywood - alongside costars Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, Robert Morse, Jessica Pare, and Kiernan Shipka - where reflection was an overriding theme, particularly since it's not easy talking about the future of the vigilantly guarded series.  PHOTOS: Preview the final season of 'Mad Men' Pointing to his introductory moments on the set of the pilot, better remembered as “the knee-trembling abject of terror,” Hamm underscored just how much risk rested in those initial scenes.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
They stood. When the screen went to black, behind the haunting play-out of antihero extraordinaire Walter White against Badfinger's "Baby Blue," the crowd at the screening of Sunday's series finale of "Breaking Bad" at Hollywood Forever Cemetery wrestled out from their lawn chairs and blankets en masse. They clapped, they whistled, they hooted, they hollered, they cried, they took deep breaths. And they stood. A standing ovation for their show. "It was perfect," said Stefanie Turner, from Phoenix, with teary eyes.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
"Breaking Bad," the sweet little show that captured the hearts of approximately one-fortieth of a nation (more like one-thirtieth, if we reckon by the finale), sent itself into history Sunday with a well-balanced episode that stayed on mission, touching themes present since its first season and consonant even with what we might characterize as the series' faults. (Quirks might be a better word.) I found it intellectually and aesthetically satisfying without being particularly moved by it -- most of these characters stopped being real to me some time ago -- and send congratulations to all concerned from my corner of casual investment.
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