November 4, 2013 |
About this time a year ago Tony Parker, then a freshman center for UCLA, was on Twitter suggesting he was going home to Atlanta. He didn't. And Monday night against Cal State San Marcos, in UCLA's 109-79 exhibition win in front of a crowd listed as 4,023, Parker had 17 points, 16 rebounds and the biggest smile on the Pauley Pavilion court. Parker, who lost about 20 pounds this summer, gave all the credit to trainer Wes Long, who persuaded him to ride an exercise bike a lot and to give up the high-sugar fruit juices Parker loved.
October 31, 2013 |
Two-thirds of the Police -- guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland -- will be reunited on Sunday to talk about their role in Amnesty International's benefit concerts at the world premiere of “Released!” a new concert films with highlights from two AI tours and two other individual benefit shows from 1986 to 1999. Strictly by coincidence, the third member of the trio - Sting - happens to be in the area to perform Monday, Nov. 4, at Magicopolis in Santa Monica, but there's no word on whether he could join his former band mates at the screening.
October 21, 2013 |
CAIRO - It was nearly 9 p.m., but the Church of the Virgin Mary, the heart of the Christian community in a ramshackle neighborhood on Cairo's outskirts, was alive with activity. One elaborate Coptic wedding ritual was ending, and another was soon to begin. Relatives and friends of the couples crowded the church's entryway, spilling onto the sidewalks of a busy street that roared with traffic night and day. That was when the gunfire erupted. The assailants were masked and riding motorbikes, witnesses said.
October 16, 2013 |
Dean Lombardi, one part parent and one part NHL general manager, worked both roles the other day when he talked about the growing pains of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov. Lombardi, the Kings' GM, does not have children, for the record. But you could say that he has 23 of them, the Kings' roster, on any given day. Voynov, 23, has struggled to start the season, often looking like a faint imitation of the defenseman who was rewarded with a six-year, $25-million contract in the summer.
October 16, 2013 |
BEIJING - Turn on the TV, and there's a commercial for a car. There's also a damsel in distress, a woman who stops the car and jumps into the passenger seat while screaming about an apparent heist. The vehicle, which turns out to be the pocket-sized Smart car, zooms away in pursuit of a man sprinting through city streets with a painting, presumably priceless. The denouement comes when the driver throws the car into reverse, screeches backward down a narrow alley and hurls a basketball at the perpetrator, knocking him off a fence and saving the day. Kobe Bryant, hero to the Chinese.
October 14, 2013 |
It may only be the earliest weeks of fall in Southern California, but events showcasing spring and summer 2014 collections as part of Los Angeles Fashion Week appear to be blooming everywhere all at once like a springtime field of California poppies. Things got underway last Wednesday and Thursday with a two-day slate of Los Angeles Fashion Council shows held in the park at the Grove shopping center. They included runway presentations from familiar brands such as Odylyne, Bohemian Society and Linden as well as fresh faces Amabelle Aguiluz and Rose La Grua (the winners of this summer's Open Runway competition)