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November 20, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Chaminade University is a Catholic school with 1,200 students with a Division II men's basketball team that is probably best known for hosting the annual Maui Invitational tournament. Oh, and for knocking off a big-time program every few decades. Thirty years after pulling off one of the biggest upsets ever in college basketball, the Silverswords beat Texas, 86-73, Monday night during the first day of the invitational. “We are ecstatic,” said Coach Eric Bovaird, whose team immediately became a hot topic all over Twitter following the game.
April 15, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
It's been five months since Comet ISON disintegrated after its close encounter with the sun, but skywatchers on Earth are still savoring its captivating journey. The comet's million-year journey from the Oort cloud to the center of the solar system ended on Thanksgiving Day 2013, when it came within 730,000 miles of the sun. The flyby pulled apart and melted the ice holding ISON's nucleus together, transforming the sturdy comet into a collection of pebbles and dust . "Tragically, on Nov. 28, 2013, ISON's tenacious ambition outweighed its ability, and our shining green candle in the solar wind began to burn out," astronomer Karl Battams wrote in a mock obituary for NASA.
December 11, 2009
Cal Baptist 67, at Pepperdine 65: Larry Dew had 20 points to lead the Lancers, Justus Von Wright scored 17 and NAIA Cal Baptist stunned the Waves in the final minute for a two-point victory. Pepperdine got 22 points from Mychel Thompson and 21 points from Keion Bell. Montana 82, at Loyola Marymount 73 : Derek Selvig had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Anthony Johnson had 22 points, including going 14 for 14 from the free-throw line, to lead the Grizzlies past the Lions.
April 6, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan, David Zahniser and Doug Smith
In January, President Obama announced a block-by-block approach to relieving poverty in Los Angeles. Federal money, he said, would pour into a newly created Promise Zone. The boundaries encompassed crowded immigrant communities around MacArthur Park and Koreatown, as well as upscale areas of Hollywood and Los Feliz. Left out was South L.A., where the poverty rate is higher. The exclusion stunned many South L.A. leaders. The strategy, presidential aides said, was to concentrate resources in communities where nonprofits or public agencies had already received one of the Obama administration's signature urban renewal grants.
November 23, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The NFL Channel aired a terrific documentary this week commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the forward pass. Georgia Southern didn't watch it. In a game that would have made Darrell Royal and Woody Hayes proud, Georgia Southern of the lower-level Football Championship Subdivision not only shocked Florida, 26-20, it did it without completing a pass. The Eagles (7-4) handed SEC-power program Florida arguably its most embarrassing loss in history. It was at home, in Gainesville, and it was gory-Gator awful.
March 2, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
Camila Alves looked stunning as usual on the Oscar red carpet, on the arm of husband and lead actor nominee Matthew McConaughey. Her beauty look is a blend of warm, golden tones, something her makeup artist Patrick de Fontbrune calls "classic Hollywood with a modern twist. " De Fontbrune prepped the model and designer's complexion with vbeauté Undercover Agent Anti-Wrinkle Protecting Serum and dabbed vbeauté Eye Never Anti-Aging Eye Cream all around her eye area. He eschewed foundation, using just a light coverage tinted moisturizer for a natural, sheer glow, and then applied Votre Vu Belle Poudre in Golden Medium over the T-zone and eyelids, for a shimmery gold finish and to help her makeup stay put through the rain and humidity.
May 10, 2012 | Kevin Baxter
The U.S. and Canada men's volleyball teams both remained unbeaten in pool play Wednesday, advancing to Friday's semifinals of the NORCECA Olympic qualifying tournament at Long Beach State. The U.S. knocked off Mexico, 25-23, 25-19, 25-14 as expected, but Canada stunned an uncharacteristically sloppy Cuba, ranked fifth in the world, winning in straight sets 25-21, 25-17, 25-21. To keep its Olympic hopes alive, Cuba will have to beat Trinidad and Tobago in Thursday's quarterfinals, likely setting up a meeting with the U.S. in the semifinals.
September 6, 2009 | Associated Press
Max Hall threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to McKay Jacobson in the back of the end zone with 3 minutes 3 seconds left, giving No. 20-ranked Brigham Young a 14-13 victory over No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday night in front of 75,437 at Cowboys Stadium. The Sooners' last hope to recover ended when Tress Way came up short on a 54-yard field goal with 1:23 to play. Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford, the Heisman Trophy winner last season, sprained his throwing shoulder when he was tackled by linebacker Coleby Clawson in the closing seconds of the first half.
May 30, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Arthur Aghasya's goal five minutes into overtime lifted Cal FC to a stunning 1-0 upset of the Portland Timbers on Wednesday in a third-round match of soccer's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in Portland, Ore. Aghasyan, who played for a time last season with Real Salt Lake, charged Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins in the 95th minute and rifled the ball into the goal as Perkins slid on the turf Cal FC, an upstart Ventura County team coached by former...
September 15, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Roger Federer was a twitchy, unsettled mess, channeling his inner Serena Williams by angrily lecturing the chair umpire. And this was after he had won the third set. The crackling forehands of his 20-year-old opponent, Juan Martin del Potro, bothered him. Del Potro's sneaking glances toward his coach before he'd ask for a call to be challenged bothered him. The swirling winds, the blowing trash, the noisy crowd, these were moments of imperfection unappreciated...
March 30, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO -  If there has ever been a more nauseating corruption scandal in Sacramento, I'm not aware of it. Certainly not in the past 50 years. The notion of a legislator masquerading as a gun control crusader while offering to help a mobster traffic in automatic rifles and rocket launchers is beyond hypocrisy. It's sick. The obligatory insert here: Everyone is presumed innocent until proved guilty in court. But no one I've talked to presumes any innocence in this sordid case.
March 21, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SAN DIEGO - No Duke here. No Ohio State anywhere. And no, giggle, not even a hint of New Mexico. At the late-night end of two NCAA tournament opening days filled with higher seeds laying giant eggs, UCLA finished Friday's madness with a simple, dominating march. The Bruins stomped through fears a talented fourth seed would overlook a pesky 13th-seed, trampled worries their new coach couldn't win a tournament opener, and even flattened a 20-year-old nightmare with a 76-59 victory over Tulsa.
March 20, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SPOKANE, Wash. -- This Pacific Northwest pod has turned into a “snub hub.” North Dakota State became the second No. 12 to take down a No. 5 at the Spokane Arena on Thursday when the Bison upset Oklahoma, 80-75, in overtime. North Dakota State (26-6) advances to Saturday's West regional game against the winner of San Diego State and New Mexico State. 2014 NCAA tournament Bracket Earlier in the day, on the same court, No. 12 Harvard defeated No. 5 Cincinnati in a second-round East regional game.
March 20, 2014 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated, as noted below.
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - In a light sentence that stunned even his lawyers, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was sentenced to a reprimand and no jail time for mistreating a subordinate with whom he had a three-year adulterous affair, ending a tumultuous court-martial that focused national attention on the military's uneven response to sexual misconduct in the ranks. A military judge, Col. James L. Pohl, also ordered Sinclair, 51, to forfeit $5,000 of pay per month for four months and pay restitution of $4,156 for misusing his government charge card.
March 12, 2014 | By Barry Stavro
When: 6:30 PDT. Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes, TNT; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 22-42, Thunder 47-17. Record vs. Thunder: 1-2. Update: The Lakers enjoyed one of their rare standout wins this season by beating the Thunder, 114-110, on Sunday. After recovering from knee surgery, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook returned to the lineup three weeks ago, but his team has won only four of nine games since then.
March 9, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It's a little unclear what happened the past week to the Lakers. Probably best to just recap: They beat Portland, lost to New Orleans, the Clippers and Denver by a combined 63 points, and then beat Oklahoma City. What? It made no sense but became official after the Lakers beat the Thunder, 114-110, Sunday at Staples Center. BOX SCORE: Lakers 114, Oklahoma City Thunder 110 They delivered their second head-scratcher in seven days as Jodie Meeks outscored Kevin Durant and the worst team in the Western Conference beat the team that was tied atop it. So the Lakers were good enough to win at playoff-bound Portland, which had happened only seven times in 32 regular-season tries since Kobe Bryant was a rookie, and strong enough to hold off Durant and his very talented friends Sunday.
May 27, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Two weeks into the Southern Section Division 1 baseball playoffs, none of the top four seeded teams has survived, and the biggest surprise came Friday before hundreds of fans who squeezed into and around the Lakewood High diamond to watch the host Lancers stun No. 1-seeded Huntington Beach Edison and ace pitcher Henry Owens, 3-1, in a quarterfinal game. Getting a hit off the 6-foot-7 Owens in the playoffs has been difficult, let alone trying to inflict a defeat. He came in with a 12-0 record and stretched his streak of not allowing a hit during the playoffs to 11 innings when Lakewood's Jimmy Gosano lined a single to start the third inning.
September 19, 2009 | Rich Connell
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer said Friday she was "stunned" that the Metrolink regional rail service still runs 87% of its trains with only a single crew member in the control cab. The agency had said it would double up on crew members in locomotives as part of a series of safety reforms after the Chatsworth crash a year ago that killed 25 and injured 135. The so-called second-set-of- eyes plan was a hastily implemented reform after investigators found...
March 7, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
Neighbors of the man who a magazine claimed is the creator of Bitcoin said they were surprised by the attention focused on him. Reporters converged on the Temple City home of Satoshi Nakamoto after a Newsweek story claimed he was the creator of the controversial currency.  Neighbors said they were surprised at the attention surrounding Nakamoto. "I don't see him too often," said Stanley Huang, 28, who lives across the street. The one time they interacted, he said, was when Huang parked his car in front of Nakamoto's house and Nakamoto came out to ask him to move it. Neighbor Evelyn Koskie told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune:  “I just found out about it on the Internet.
March 7, 2014 | Robin Abcarian, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.--I took the Al Cardenas Challenge … and won! Cardenas, an attorney and former head of the Florida GOP. is the chairman of the American Conservative Union, which sponsors CPAC. On Friday, he was asked why women were so badly underrepresented as speakers at the annual Republican gathering, which has featured on its main stage a parade of high-profile men and relatively few women. “A vast majority of the featured speakers have been men,” a reporter told Cardenas at an impromptu news conference just outside the main ballroom.
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