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March 21, 2014 | By James Barragan
SATURDAY AT FC DALLAS When: 5:30 PDT. Where: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas On the air: Radio:1330 (10 p.m. delayed broadcast). Records: Chivas 1-0-1, Dallas 1-0-1. Record vs. FC Dallas (2013): 1-1-1. Update: Chivas USA remains undefeated, after pulling off an impressive tie against Vancouver last week despite being reduced to 10 men 13 minutes into the match when midfielder Agustin Pelletieri was sent off for a foul on Pedro Morales.
March 17, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It had been a calf injury that delayed Josh Hamilton's Cactus League debut until Monday. He singled for his first hit, then took off for second base. For the Angels, that was as good a sign as any. The swing might not be there yet, but the legs are back. "It felt good," Hamilton said. "I did all the things you're supposed to be able to do on the field. " On Monday he did, since the Angels limited him to designated hitter in a game against the San Francisco Giants.
March 11, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Blake Griffin sat in his chair in the Clippers interview room after their victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night with his lips pursed and jaw tight. Griffin was still ticked about the takedown by Suns forward P.J. Tucker in the fourth quarter that left the two of them wrestling to get free of each other while down on the Staples Center court. It was yet another game in which an opponent had taken a shot at Griffin, but he maintained his composure instead of fighting back.
March 5, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Pope Francis is one of the best-known religious figures in the world, but a new Pew Research poll seeking to quantify his popularity raises questions about the so-called Francis effect. The poll found an overwhelming embrace of Francis, who has been trying to steer the Catholic Church toward a greater emphasis on compassion for the poor and marginalized. Sixty percent of non-Catholics and 85% of Catholics surveyed said they viewed the pontiff favorably - numbers approaching those of Pope John Paul II, whose peak popularity ratings among Catholics hovered just above 90%. However, the poll found no change in the number of people who self-identify as Catholic or in the number sitting in church pews on Sundays.
February 28, 2014 | By Chris Foster
It was late Thursday night when UCLA's short-handed basketball team finally succumbed to Oregon in double overtime, 87-83. The Bruins were able to rally from a 14-point second-half deficit without their two best players, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson , who were suspended one game for violating team rules. "I don't know if I've been more proud than I am of this team," Coach Steve Alford said after UCLA fell to 21-7 overall, 10-5 in Pac-12 Conference play. The suspensions meant a much-longer-than-usual night for freshmen Bryce Alford and Zach LaVine , who replaced Adams and Anderson.
February 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels open the season March 31. Will Josh Hamilton be ready? We're optimistic he will be," Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday. Hamilton strained his left calf Tuesday. Scioscia confirmed the expected, that the left fielder would sit out "a minimum of a couple of weeks. " Hamilton had an MRI examination and the Angels have been told that the injury should heal on its own, ruling out the kind of severe strain that would require surgery. "This thing has to heal on its own terms," Scioscia said.
February 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A male koala, thought to be in the grip of spring fever, escaped from the koala enclosure at the San Diego Zoo on Tuesday and scampered to a tree several dozen yards away. The koala was discovered missing about 9 a.m. and was soon found in a nearby tree. By midafternoon, the 2-year-old koala named Mundu, who was born at the zoo, was still in the eucalyptus tree. Zookeepers were keeping an eye on the animal and plan once the zoo is closed to retrieve him, a spokeswoman said.
February 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
INDIANAPOLIS -- No surprise, another Lakers player will miss some games. Nick Young will sit out Tuesday's game at Indiana and Wednesday's at Memphis because of lingering soreness in his left knee. Young returned Sunday from a six-game absence because of a bone bruise and non-displaced fracture in the knee. He had 10 points against Brooklyn in the Lakers' 108-102 loss. Did he come back too early? INTERACTIVE: Track the Lakers line-up merry-go-round "Nah, I wanted to. I kept telling myself I think I could play," Young said Tuesday.
February 21, 2014 | Rene Lynch
Is it time for a standing desk? To be honest, there is debate about whether a standing desk - in and of itself - can help reverse a sedentary lifestyle. But experts say it's a step in the right direction. At the very least, a standing desk can serve as a constant reminder to weave more activity into our everyday lives, said Dr. James Levine, an obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic who encourages businesses to embrace healthier workplaces. Before you spend a penny, why not just find an empty box or milk crate and turn it upside down?
February 20, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
You think your dog can sit and stay? You might want to check out the pooches in Budapest, Hungary, that managed to be still for eight-minute stretches in a brain scanner without twitching their tails or moving their bodies more than three millimeters. The 11 border collies and golden retrievers, in fact, equaled or bested their 22 human cohorts in the first-ever comparison of functional magnetic resonance imagery between man and his best friend, said Attila Andics, a neuroscientist at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest who led the research.
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