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February 9, 2011
Will Ferrell, beware: Justin Bieber is coming for you. ( Los Angeles Times ) Lindsay Lohan probably won't be booked until she appears in court Wednesday afternoon to face a felony grand-theft charge. ( Los Angeles Times ) The Laugh Factory now has a psychologist on hand to keep comedians happy. But will it make them less funny? ( Los Angeles Times ) Detroit's mayor quashes the most awesome idea ever in the entire history of Detroit: a RoboCop statue. ( Los Angeles Times )
November 30, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
It's common practice for teams, as they near the playoffs, to sit big-name players for regular-season games in order to give them an extra few days of rest. The Lakers have done so with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol in previous seasons, but they'll have to be extra careful moving forward. On Friday the NBA announced the San Antonio Spurs have been fined $250,000 for sending four players home instead of to Miami for a game Thursday night.  The Spurs chose not to play Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green in what proved to be a 105-100 loss to the Heat.
September 7, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Aries Merritt, who won the gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the London Olympics, capped off a remarkable season Friday by smashing the world record in his event at a Diamond League track meet in Brussels. Competing in his final race of the season, Merritt was timed in 12.80 seconds, cutting seven-hundredths of a second off the record set by Cuba's Dayron Robles in 2008. It was the biggest drop in the world record since Renaldo Nehemiah sliced .28 of a second off the standard and lowered it to 12.93 in 1981.
December 22, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
I am going to use the excuse that it's Christmas next week and you may have some shopping left to do to review three DVD sets I have been meaning to write about for months. (Something came up.) All are comedies. Two are complete sets and one is the first installment in what will eventually be a complete set, if you buy enough of volume one to economically justify a volume two. Artistically, there is no question of justification: All are brilliant and a little strange: Two -- "The Sarah Silverman Program" and Chris Elliott's "Get a Life" -- play with sitcom conventions; the other is plain unconventional.
October 7, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has broken what once was considered an unbreakable NFL record, throwing a touchdown pass in a 48th consecutive game. The pass - a 40-yarder to Devery Henderson in the first quarter - snapped a record Brees shared with Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas. Suspended Saints coaches Sean Payton and Joe Vitt got special permission from the NFL to attend the game. The record-setting touchdown forged a 7-7 tie and capped a five-play, 80-yard drive, all but seven yards of which came in the air. The Saints have had scarce reason to celebrate this season, as they are the NFC's only winless team.
March 24, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
A man walked into a Costa Mesa nail salon about noon Sunday, doused himself in flammable liquid and set himself on fire, police said. A woman from whom the man had been estranged, either his wife or his girlfriend, was inside the salon at the time, according to a Costa Mesa police spokesman. Someone grabbed a fire extinguisher and doused the flames and the man was rushed to a nearby hospital, police said. The man was not immediately identified by authorities, and there was no word on his condition Sunday evening.
July 28, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- The swimming community thought that a world record -- or two -- might be produced at the London Olympics, in this new age of the textile suits. It's a good guess that it was not anticipated to unfold the opening night of swimming. The woman to move the 400-meter individual medley forward was Ye Shiwen of China, who set the first world record of these Olympics, winning in 4 minutes 28.43 seconds. Stephanie Rice of Australia held the record, of 4:29.45, set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
December 23, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has set a new record for receptions by a tight end in a single season, the second consecutive day a receiving record has fallen in the NFL. Witten made two catches in overtime against New Orleans on Sunday to give him 103 receptions this season. Tony Gonzalez, who is now with the Atlanta Falcons, set the record with 102 catches when playing for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004. Witten's two catches in overtime gave him six for 60 yards in the game, which the Saints won, 34-31, on a 20-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley.
August 9, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDON - David Rudisha of Kenya broke his own world record in the 800-meter run Thursday night, a feat met with roars from the crowd at the Olympic Stadium. Rudisha was timed in 1 minute 40.91 seconds, trimming his previous record of 1:41.01. Nijel Amos of Botswana was second, in 1:41.73 and Timothy Kitum of Kenya was third in 1:42.53. The two U.S. entrants came close to a bronze medal. Duane Solomon of Rosemead ran a personal-best 1:42.82, followed by Nick Symmonds of Springfield, Ore., at 1:42.95.
July 25, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Defender Christie Rampone set a U.S. women's soccer team record by starting in her 17th Olympic match Wednesday. But that's just the start of her ironwoman numbers. Rampone is also the first U.S. player named to four Olympic teams, and with 261 career caps, she has played in more international matches than any active female player in the world. "When it's all said and I'm retired and I look back to the things that I've accomplished, this will definitely be on the top of the list," Rampone said after the U.S. opened play in the London Games by rallying past France, 4-2. What makes the records more special is the fact that Rampone, 37, has been able to keep going despite having two children -- making her the only mother on the team.
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