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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.
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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.
NEWS
April 12, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
There have been far more ground balls to the left side than line drives into the gaps, but Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, who took a .222 average into Thursday's series finale against the Minnesota Twins, is not overly concerned about his slow start. “Not to be cocky, but I know I can hit, it's not going to go away like that,” Pujols said, snapping his fingers. “I'm trying to stay inside the ball and not think too much. But I think that's what's been going on the last few days, I'm thinking too much.” Eight games into his 2003 season with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pujols was hitting .241.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Before the “Breaking Bad” panel began on Friday evening, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston gleefully dug into a box of costumes and props shipped directly to San Diego from the show's New Mexico set. The two actors removed gas masks and bright yellow hazmat suits and put them on with all the practice of their characters, Jesse Pinkman and Walter White, New Mexico's best meth dealers. The gritty AMC show is premiering the opening episode of its final season at Comic-Con, and Paul doesn't see anything wrong with showing it at a place that's usually about escapist fantasy.
SPORTS
August 23, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Andre Ethier opened his right hand, revealing a blister on his palm that popped three days earlier. The area of raw skin was about the size of a quarter, the exposed region large enough to cause him significant discomfort in his bottom hand when holding a bat. The ruptured blister was the latest annoyance in what has been a rough few months for the two-time All-Star outfielder. Ethier was batting a season-best .333 on May 30. He had played 63 games since then entering the Dodgers' series finale against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
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