June 23, 2013 |
When President Obama visits Senegal this week, he will have the opportunity to show his support for a bold initiative to bring to justice the dictator responsible for torturing me and thousands of my countrymen. On Dec. 1, 1990, when Hissen Habre's rule in Chad came to an end and he fled to Senegal, I emerged from almost three years of mistreatment in detention for a crime I did not commit - being a rebel fighter against Habre. My body was weak and my bones were frail, but my resolve to seek justice was strong.
June 21, 2013
I don't understand why so many basketball fans hate LeBron James (outside of Cleveland). Unless his team is playing your favorite, he should be appreciated and not reviled. He's the best player in the game in this era, excels on both ends of the court, stays out of legal trouble and continues to silence all the haters. The Decision? Bad advice from high school buddies. Who hasn't been there? Leaving the Cavaliers so he could win a championship (or two or three, etc.) Didn't Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen do the same thing when they joined Paul Pierce to win it all in 2008?
June 21, 2013 |
1. This was the best NBA Finals since the Lakers beat the Detroit Pistons in seven games in 1988. That series also featured an epic final two games, with the Lakers repeating as champions after they edged Detroit by one point in Game 6 (after the Pistons were ahead by three with a minute to play) and by three points in Game 7 (fulfilling the championship promise of Coach Pat Riley, who uttered the 1980s version of “Not one ...” after the Lakers polished off the Boston Celtics the previous year)
June 20, 2013 |
There's really no way to top what happened Tuesday night. LeBron James quieted his haters again in one of the most stunning NBA Finals games ever. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker failed appallingly for the only time in their Finals careers. Ray Allen, the oldest player on the court, ripped a page from his previous championship experience. So how about a Game 7? The entertainment finally, and sadly, ends Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Someone will be ecstatic, someone will be distraught, and there's no guarantee the despondent Ginobili will even make it to the arena.
June 20, 2013 |
MIAMI -- A Game 7 in the NBA Finals comes around only once in a while, so Gregg Popovich must be thoroughly enjoying himself. "It's torture," the curmudgeonly San Antonio coach said an hour before Thursday's tip-off against Miami. "It's hard to appreciate or enjoy torture. " The typically tight-lipped Popovich was highly transparent, even insightful, in his pregame interview with reporters, acknowledging that the Spurs needed to get back up after their stunning 103-100 overtime loss in Game 6. "Just filling the cup up again, basically," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 |
The brick building sits on a scrubby lot in Rancho Cucamonga behind a barbed-wire and chain-link fence, its facade worn and its interior dilapidated to the point where city officials have been worried it is unsafe. The squat, two-story structure - known as the Chinatown House - looks like any other building that has fallen victim to time and neglect, but those fighting to save the house see it as a slice of a vanishing history: one of the last pieces in the Inland Empire of the Chinatowns that once proliferated in California.
June 19, 2013 |
MIAMI -- The San Antonio Spurs didn't know what to do with themselves after their excruciating Game 6 loss. So they went and had a late, late meal together after leaving American Airlines Arena after 1 a.m. Wednesday. They'll try to pull themselves together for Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, also in Miami. "It was a great dinner," Tony Parker said Wednesday afternoon. "We shared histories and what happened in different games, and sharing stuff like when I was with the [French]
June 18, 2013 |
Thousands upon thousands of fans took to the San Antonio streets for more than two hours after Game 5 on Sunday, clogging downtown lanes, waving flags from truck beds, hanging out of car windows, honking horns unremittingly and screaming as if the championship had already been won. Good thing Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich wasn't around to talk some sense into them. The Spurs haven't won a title since 2007, so forgive the locals for their premature celebration after San Antonio snatched a 3-2 lead over Miami in the NBA Finals.