August 13, 2012 |
Miami's Big Three has been outnumbered. San Antonio's savvy veterans have been outsmarted. Oklahoma City's freakish athletes have been . . . well, let's not get ridiculous here. The Lakers are not a perfect team, nor are they foolproof picks to win the 2013 NBA title just because Dwight Howard now graces a roster that also includes Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash. But any bet on them to edge out top challengers involves smarter money than it did a few days ago. RJ Bell of Pregame.com bumped the Lakers ahead of the Thunder and into the No. 2 spot in his odds to win the NBA title, trailing only the defending champion Heat.
March 9, 2012 |
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. -- Spring training is a home game for the Angels' Peter Bourjos. The fast-track center fielder went to Notre Dame High of Scottsdale, just down the road from Tempe Diablo Stadium, and that may have been the best break of his athletic life. Notre Dame High's graduating class in Bourjos' senior year was 65. Everything was small, including the number of sports offered. "Nope. No thoughts of being a sprinter," Bourjos says. "We didn't even have a track team.
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February 14, 2011 |
Thomas A. Saenz, a nationally known Latino civil rights lawyer who led the fight against Proposition 187, the 1994 measure that would have barred illegal immigrants from public services, is among the top candidates Gov. Jerry Brown is considering for the California Supreme Court, according to judges and law professors who have been consulted about the selection. Brown has yet to interview any of the candidates, and an appointment is not believed to be imminent. But sources familiar with the vetting process said the search has narrowed to several candidates, including Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
November 21, 2010 |
Vladimir Radmanovic was back in town, making it the perfect time to ask Phil Jackson who would be atop the list of characters and flakes he has coached. Jackson has seen quite a few, most famously Dennis Rodman and most recently Ron Artest , with Radmanovic definitely in the mix for top-five consideration. "I've got a couple on this team that have a chance to make it," Jackson said Sunday. "[Artest] is an interesting, very interesting, player. Sasha [ Vujacic ]
October 22, 2010 |
A middle-aged man in a neon orange polo shirt and baggy blue gym shorts sat at a conference table in West Hollywood one recent afternoon interviewing a prospective ghostwriter. "It's called 'Redemption,'" said Aaron Tonken, the man with the story to tell. "It's going to be big. " When Tonken was marched off to federal prison six years ago in a charity fraud scandal that embarrassed a slew of A-list celebrities, it was difficult to imagine him returning to Hollywood, let alone persuading a major literary agency to shop a book and movie deal about his life.
July 25, 2010 |
Of the following fabled songwriting teams of the 20th century, which won three Oscars, garnered eight Oscar nominations, but never won a Tony? A) Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. B) George and Ira Gershwin. C) Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. D) Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. If you picked "D," well done!
February 3, 2010 |
By most criteria, Paul McCartney and U2 have little reason to regard French composers Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas with envy. But Tuesday, Wagner and Thomas scored an Oscar nomination for best original song -- for "Loin de Paname" from the little-seen French movie "Paris 36" -- while neither "Winter," U2's contribution to the soundtrack of Jim Sheridan's "Brothers," nor McCartney's "I Want to Come Home," from the family dramedy "Everybody's Fine,"...
November 19, 2009 |
If you enjoyed a documentary in a movie theater in the last year, odds are you won't be seeing it at the Oscars in March. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its "short list" of 15 films, culled from 89 submissions, that are eligible to be nominated for best documentary feature. FOR THE RECORD: Documentaries: An article in some editions of Friday's Calendar section about the short-listed Oscar documentary features said "The September Issue" was not eligible for consideration this year.