October 19, 2013 |
When Friday night's prep football games had been completed, the biggest surprise was which team held first place in the Serra League. That would be Encino Crespi (3-4, 1-0) after a 32-14 victory over Los Angeles Loyola. The other four league teams all have one loss. Sophomore Jalen Starks rushed for 183 yards, junior Daniel Collins returned an interception for a touchdown and senior Dylan Klumph kicked a school-record 54-yard field goal. It was a major turnaround for a Crespi team that has struggled at times under first-year Coach Troy Thomas, who has been holding players accountable for off-the-field issues, leading to weekly suspensions.
October 17, 2013 |
SHANGHAI - Plenty of people wanted to interview Pau Gasol during Chinese media access Thursday with the Lakers. Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant also got their share of attention. But the guy who rivaled them in popularity was surprising. Marcus Landry was surrounded by Chinese reporters and broadcasters the day before the Lakers played Golden State in an exhibition. Marcus Landry? He used to play for the Shanghai Sharks, a Chinese pro team. Only a minor part of the Lakers' exhibition season so far, Landry seemed happy to interact with Chinese media members.
October 17, 2013
The documentary "Birth of the Living Dead" is a nifty little tribute to that granddaddy of the modern zombie movie, George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead. " Writer-director-editor Rob Kuhns (he also produced with wife, Esther Cassidy) enjoyably recounts how, in 1967, Romero and an assortment of Pittsburgh locals shot a micro-budget chiller that would unexpectedly change the face of horror films. The shocking "Night," which Romero shot, edited, co-wrote and directed, spawned an endless parade of zombie pictures - including numerous made by Romero himself - along with comic books, video games and TV shows such as current hit "The Walking Dead.
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October 16, 2013 |
Six-year-old Joseph Bonner cried frequently in school. He struggled through tears to write his ABCs. He broke down on the playground. He wept when his pencil broke. He could barely get through a school day, his mother and teacher said. The typically calm, quiet boy missed his father. For the last six months, Air Force Master Sgt. James Bonner has been in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on an unexpected deployment, his first in nine years. Joseph couldn't quite understand why his father had left.
October 16, 2013 |
NFL Thursday night SEATTLE (5-1) AT ARIZONA (3-3) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 PDT. Line: Seahawks by 6 1/2. Over/under: 401/2. Sam Farmer's pick: The Cardinals are capable of surprising, but that's not likely against an opponent that crushed them, 58-0, in their last meeting. It doesn't help that defensive end Calais Campbell is iffy because of a bruised spine. Seahawks 31, Cardinals 17
October 11, 2013 |
There are lots of surprise standouts after the first six weeks of the high school football season. Besides the ones mentioned in Friday's column , here are some additional players: Noah Whitney, Dorsey, Sr. Primarily a backup last season, Whitney's passing success has been a big plus for the Dons. He had a school-record 359 yards and four touchdown passes against Fairfax. He had four TDs against Venice. Grant Kraemer, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Sr. Kraemer was a backup receiver last season.
October 11, 2013 |
Sometimes, our expectations zig and the NFL zags. Like a LeSean McCoy cutback, the league has taken some surprising turns in the first five weeks, with San Francisco stumbling (then regaining its footing), Atlanta doing a face plant, and Andrew Luck-led Indianapolis seamlessly transitioning from Chuckstrong - last season's mantra in honor of ill Coach Chuck Pagano - to Luckstrong. Because it's Week 6, here are six eyebrow-raising developments so far: Hello, Cleveland When they traded running back Trent Richardson and gave the starting quarterback job to Brian Hoyer, the Browns looked like they were waving the white flag.
October 10, 2013 |
After six weeks of high school football, the Internet recruiting experts are scrambling for quick makeovers. Some of their four-star recruits are playing like one stars. Others who seemingly didn't exist are suddenly on the rise. Here's a look at some of the surprise standouts at midseason: Lavan Alston, Ventura St. Bonaventure, Jr.: Former Coach Todd Therrien warned me about Alston more than a year ago, predicting he'd be a star. And sure enough, thanks to his blazing speed, he has become one of the best big-play weapons in Southern California as a receiver and punt returner.
October 10, 2013 |
A few things dominated the pop music conversation this year. A British boy band, a pop comeback king, a pair of hip-hop outliers and a NSFW music video - - all of which drives the nominations for the 2013 American Music Awards, which were announced Thursday morning. Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis led the pack with six nominations, while Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake followed with five nods apiece. Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke received four, and Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons both scored three nods.
October 6, 2013
You're getting down to booking your airline ticket. Because you checked ahead of time - you did, didn't you? - you know how much you will have to pay if you make a change to your nonrefundable ticket. Then you see a glimmer of hope. The airline or the online travel agency is offering you a chance to buy insurance. Maybe that's a hedge against having to pay a change fee that could cost you $200. Is this the answer to your prayers? Depends on what you're praying for. Let's say your petition sounds like this: "Please, (name higher power here)