September 20, 2010
It's her money to spend Re "Record set in gov.'s race," Sept. 16 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg "bought" his election, spending "$109 million on his 2009 reelection bid. " He is so successful that two years ago he persuaded the City Council to change its term-limits rules. Yet Meg Whitman is criticized for "self-funding" her campaign. Both of these people are putting their money where their mouths are. They owe no one, and can take the credit or the blame for what happens.
August 7, 2010 |
Former Chicago Cubs ace Mark Prior has heard the stories from players who gave up too soon and wished they had one final shot at returning to the major leagues. He didn't want that to be his story. On Tuesday, Prior, 29, pitched a scoreless inning in relief for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League. Goodwin Field in Fullerton is a long way from the hallowed confines of Wrigley Field. "It's not the problem of reinventing myself," Prior said Friday after practice.
April 13, 2010 |
The text message arrived on Phil Jackson's cellphone Sunday at 8 p.m., a few hours after the Lakers' latest loss. Kobe Bryant wanted to sit out the last two regular-season games. It was somewhat surprising, seeing how Bryant had just told reporters he wanted to continue playing because "you can't rest too much . . . you get rusty," but then came the text, eventually followed by the Lakers' official announcement Monday afternoon that Bryant won't play another game until their playoff opener this weekend against Oklahoma City because of his broken right index finger.
March 21, 2010 |
An MRI exam Saturday confirmed that Lakers center Andrew Bynum has a strained left Achilles' tendon and not a tear. That was the good news. Bynum could be out almost two weeks while he recovers from the injury he suffered Friday night. That was the not-so-good news. The Lakers said Bynum will be reevaluated in a week. But Bynum said he thought he would be examined again after the Lakers return home from an eight-day trip that will include five games beginning Wednesday and ending March 31. Even though Bynum will miss at least six games, he was in high spirits after the Lakers practiced Saturday.
March 8, 2010 |
Rita Figueroa went all six rounds of her last fight before the bell rang and she headed to the locker room. But the boxer had a dreadful headache, then nausea and vomiting. Figueroa, 40, couldn't sign for her paycheck. Paramedics put her on a stretcher and prepared to put her in an ambulance. Then, according to members of her corner team, University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion employees said the ambulance couldn't leave. The next bout had started, and state law required an ambulance to stand by during matches.
February 20, 2010 |
Crashes at the Whistler Sliding Centre continue to change the face of the competition, with two of three Swiss entries in the two-man bobsled event scratched because of injuries to athletes. A nasty flip on Wednesday forced Switzerland's Beat Hefti, the top-ranked driver, to withdraw from competition Friday because of a concussion. His countrymen, Daniel Schmid and Juerg Egger, also withdrew after a crash Friday that left Egger with "a cervical spine injury," according to a team doctor.
February 20, 2010 |
It might be over-the-top dramatic -- like the launching-pad jump on the women's course known as "Hot Air" -- to suggest that Saturday's super-giant slalom at Whistler Creek will be Lindsey Vonn's last appearance of the Olympics. It would be conjecture to think that Vonn, once considered a five-medal threat, will bow out after the super-G, perhaps with her second gold, forgoing next week's giant slalom and slalom. The thinking: Why endure more excruciating pain from her bruised right shin in the two events in which see is least likely to win a medal?
February 12, 2010 |
Lindsey Vonn caught a bad break last week when a shin injury suffered during slalom training in Austria seemingly jeopardized her chances for achieving Olympic glory at the Vancouver Games. Don't worry: Gray skies are going to clear up? Strangely, Vonn certainly hopes not. Her good break came Thursday when the Whistler weather got worse. A day after she openly wondered if she would be able to compete in these Olympics, a grungy amalgam of snow, rain and fog forced the cancellation of Vonn's anticipated downhill training run. And that bought her precious healing time in an effort to recast herself as Alpine's multi-medal contender.
February 12, 2010 |
All the will-he-or-won't-he chatter was rendered moot Thursday when the NBA announced that Kobe Bryant would not play in the All-Star game because of a sprained left ankle. The Lakers guard will be replaced by Dallas veteran Jason Kidd, further diminishing the appeal of a weekend in which Southern California fans had hoped Bryant would lead the West All-Stars to victory and Blake Griffin would dunk on some second-year player's head. Well, there's always Lakers guard Shannon Brown competing in the dunk contest.