January 23, 2014 |
Geno Smith, the New York Jets quarterback who got off a Virgin America flight after he reportedly got into an argument with an attendant before takeoff, has received an apology from the airline, it was announced Thursday. The incident began on the ground at LAX during a flight scheduled for Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Exactly why he was offered the apology is unclear, but the airline issued the following statement via the Jets on the incident: "We believe it was the result of a misunderstanding that regrettably escalated unnecessarily.
January 17, 2014 |
Television hasn't really had a dose of sugar, spice and everything nice since Craig McCracken's “The Powerpuff Girls” ended in 2005. But the absence of pint-sized superheroes Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup ends Monday at 7:30 p.m. PST when Cartoon Network airs "Dance Pantsed. " The network tapped David Smith to direct the new special, which features a familiar threat -- maniacal simian Mojo Jojo is determined to take over Townsville yet again. TRAILERS: Winter TV 2014 Here's an edited Q&A with Smith, 40, who previously worked on the series' first three seasons in a variety of roles, including as a storyboard artist and designer: Why did you get involved with the special?
January 13, 2014 |
Steve Smith was in no mood to talk about next weekend's NFC championship game. Not after his Carolina Panthers just lost their chance to play in that game with a 23-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon. But that didn't stop a reporter from asking the veteran receiver which team, the 49ers or Seattle Seahawks, he'd be rooting for in the game that will determine who will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. What followed was probably the longest six seconds of that reporter's life as Smith struggled to come up with words to use in response to such a question.
January 11, 2014 |
An untidy mess It's been such an upside-down season for the New York Knicks that Metta World Peace might represent the voice of reason. Andrea Bargnani has shown a disdain for shot clocks, Coach Mike Woodson has stashed one too many timeouts in his back pocket and now J.R. Smith has become the shoelace bandit. The NBA fined the continually wayward guard $50,000 on Wednesday after Smith unsuccessfully tried to untie the shoelace of Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe while standing at the free-throw line.
January 7, 2014 |
With criticism mounting over Dennis Rodman's effort to stage an exhibition basketball game in North Korea in honor of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's birthday, former NBA star Charles Smith, who will play in the game, says people are misunderstanding their intentions. "What we are doing is positive, but it is getting dwarfed by the other circumstances around it," Smith told the Associated Press on Tuesday. "Apparently our message is not being conveyed properly due to the circumstances that are much bigger than us, and I think that has to do with politics and government.
January 6, 2014 |
Will Smith eulogized his late "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" costar James Avery, his television father figure, with a reverential Facebook message posted Sunday. The 45-year-old mega-star, whose rap career was parlayed into a blockbuster film career after the 1990s family-friendly comedy, posted a photo of himself alongside Avery and their "Fresh Prince" costars Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons and Alfonso Ribeiro, who played the wealthy Banks children. Avery played Smith's domineering Uncle Philip Banks, better known as Uncle Phil, on the NBC sitcom, which aired from 1990 to 1996. "Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery.
January 4, 2014
No stars, just talent Toronto Raptors Coach Dwane Casey , on his team's efforts to continually improve: "Until we get four or five Michael Jordans in here, we've got to stick with our plan with a young team and see which way it takes us. " Analyze this Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , on a Facebook post regarding troubled protege Andrew Bynum , who has been excused from all team activities after a suspension from...
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January 3, 2014
Henri Lazarof Composer, teacher and art collector Henri Lazarof, 81, a prolific composer and teacher who may have been best known for the modern art collection he and his wife amassed, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. The cause was Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Janice Lazarof. The Lazarofs significantly bolstered the modern art collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2005 when they gave 130 works - including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti and others - to the institution.
January 2, 2014 |
Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith will be ready for anything when the Seminoles play Auburn on Monday in the Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl. It's a lesson he learned while watching Auburn play during the season. First, Smith watched Auburn defeat Georgia with a last-minute pass that Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons tipped into the hands of Auburn receiver Ricardo Louis for a 73-yard game-winning touchdown on Nov. 16. Smith said Thursday he felt bad for Harvey-Clemons, a sophomore who also attended Lowndes High in Valdosta, Ga. “We grew up together, we played on Boys Club teams together, so that's like my little cousin,” Smith said.
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January 2, 2014 |
James Avery, who portrayed the commanding yet cuddly father figure on the hit 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," died at a Glendale hospital Tuesday of complications from open heart surgery. He was 65. His death was confirmed by his manager, Toni Benson. Although trained as a Shakespearean actor, Avery won his widest audience in the role of Judge Philip Banks - "Uncle Phil" - on "Fresh Prince," which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996. Ranked No. 34 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time, the Navy veteran's stern, straight-arrow character provided a foil for series star Will Smith, who played the wise-cracking teenage nephew from the mean streets of west Philadelphia who moved into Uncle Phil's uptight Bel-Air household.