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July 29, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
There has been a serious identity theft in Anaheim. The major league baseball team known as the Angels has disappeared. Almost overnight. Poof. Gone. The former go-from-first-to-third Angels now seldom get to first. The team that loved the thrill and threat of a suicide squeeze doesn't get anybody to third base often enough these days to even think about it. The swagger has turned into a bunch of once-feared hitters making the walk to the plate and, a minute or so later, making a quiet walk back.
March 13, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
LAS VEGAS -- There's been a certain strain on the young faces of recent UCLA basketball teams during this time of year, a visible look of weariness and distraction, the open scars of a long season under a heavy hand. Call it Ben Howland's Sighs of March. All of which made it so startling to see the Bruins storming through Las Vegas early Thursday night hitting every 16, letting everything ride, going all in on every hand with swaggers and smiles. Welcome to Steve Alford's Wilds of March?
February 12, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Swagger has swagger, and why not? The relatively untested Old English sheepdog scored an upset of sorts at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show by trouncing more mature and show-tested sheepdogs to win best in group in the herding category, putting him in contention for the title of best in show on Tuesday. Like the hundreds of other dogs in this year's competition, Swagger, who hails from Colorado Springs, Colo., has a formal name used in competition. It is Bugaboo's Perfect Picture.
February 13, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
DES MOINES -- As the Chris Christie Mystery Tour continues, he may want to swing by Iowa, where a rare welcome mat awaits the beleaguered governor of New Jersey. Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Assn., has been plying the party fundraising circuit, raising cash, if not his political profile, ahead of a possible 2016 presidential bid. The problem is the George Washington Bridge scandal back home, which has made Christie, for now at least, the political equivalent of plutonium: a possible danger if you get too close.
May 8, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
After the Clippers' 101-97 overtime win Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference first-round series, Nick Young put on a celebration outfit. He wore a yellow, blue and white patterned shirt and Christian Louboutin shoes with gold spikes around the  edges.  Young's teammates were so amused by his ensemble that they took photos  in the locker room after the  victory.
January 5, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - He is the Irish whose eyes are smiling, his brows permanently raised in anticipation of saying something that would turn a golden dome bronze. Perhaps this is why Cierre Wood is also the Notre Dame player whose interview Saturday was monitored by a member of the athletic department. This was the first time in more than two months that Wood had been allowed to speak publicly, and a school official hung on every word. Nice try. Unlike his teammates, the running back didn't dance around Notre Dame's BCS national championship matchup with Alabama, he ran right over it. "People can say what they want, but we're gonna hold our own, and at the end of the day, if we do everything right, the scoreboard ... should favor our side," Wood said.
September 5, 1999 | BILL DWYRE
Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 25 years old, is at the swagger stage of his tennis career. It's something many tennis players go through, especially the men. Andre Agassi is 29 and he has outgrown it. Justin Gimelstob is 22 and he's still working on his. Jim Courier had one and it usually came off more as a chip on his shoulder than a swagger. Pete Sampras always seemed to be above such things, and Michael Chang's game always has been too blue collar to have one.
May 24, 1993
This is to all the military experts in and out of uniform: When does a swagger become a swish? ROBERT S. ALBERT Claremont
October 6, 2000
So what's the secret to the Miami Dolphin defense, which has largely carried the team? A little cockiness, a little swagger. And, oh yes, a lot of talent. "This year is a whole new attitude," said defensive end Jason Taylor, who already has 5 1/2 sacks after getting only 2 1/2 last season. "I've just been playing with a lot more confidence. You've got to walk around with borderline cockiness and a swagger. If you don't have it, you're not going to make it."
March 29, 1998
Sandy Masuo's review of "Van Halen III" (March 15) seems as though it was written by someone new to the band, someone without a historical perspective on what made Van Halen special. Gary Cherone seems like a nice enough guy, but the Van Halen mystique was born from the swagger and attitude of David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. Three stars for this bland, wandering mixture of songs is far too much praise. Eddie has truly taken over the band, and hopefully he will realize his mistake and reenlist one of the band's legendary former frontmen.
January 15, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“American Idol” has done the unthinkable: It's gone back to basics. After years of trying to find its mojo with high profile judges and format switches, the aging singing franchise has dialed it down for its latest season, which premieres Wednesday and Thursday. Last season proved to be a disaster for the one-time ratings and talent juggernaut. Ratings hit a record low and the talent -- as fierce as some contestants were -- took a backseat to the petulant behavior between superstar judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.
January 8, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
When Nic Pizzolatto was 5, he had an epiphany. It wasn't the usual childhood one about finger-painting or bike-riding or other regular kid stuff. It was that one day he would die. "You know how people say that young people feel immortal? I don't know what they're talking about," he said. "I was planning for how I would deal with my death in good conscience well before I even hit puberty. " The moment captures Pizzolatto, one of the more colorful creative types to emerge in Hollywood in recent years and the force behind HBO's "True Detective," the Louisiana-set, time-jumping Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson noir series that premieres Sunday.
November 1, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
  CORVALLIS, Ore. - They threw it deep again, Marqise Lee sprinting, Nelson Agholor shedding, Cody Kessler winging, their expressions stuck on wow. They ran it hard again, eight times on one touchdown drive, half the field on one touchdown run, and all at once now, everyone say hello to Javorius Allen. They played swaggering defense again, blocking a field goal, picking off a pass in the end zone, enraging nearly 50,000 hostile witnesses with gestures and joy. On the day after Halloween, against an opponent dressed like pumpkins, the USC football team shed its disguise of the last two seasons and became Trojans again.
October 3, 2013 | By Chris Foster
SALT LAKE CITY  - The barking from the head coach started early in the week. “Don't be average,” Jim Mora screamed at the players. “Did you come here to be average?” Mora's words echoed off walls near the Bruins' practice facility. They were ringing in ears Thursday in Utah. “There was nothing average about that one,” quarterback Brett Hundley said. The Bruins survived for a 34-27 victory over Utah in their Pac-12 opener at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
August 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Navy SEALS took UCLA's football team a couple of hundred yards offshore recently and dropped them in the water. If there was ever a moment for Bruins' defensive backs to ponder "sink or swim," this was it. UCLA has to replace four starters in the secondary this season. Keeping one's head above water would seem to be the first order of business. Yet the Bruins are talking about making a much bigger splash this season. "We have guys who have the mentality to be the best secondary in the nation," safety Anthony Jefferson said.
June 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
James Gandolfini, 51, who swaggered his way to fame as the murderous, clinically depressed mob boss on HBO's groundbreaking drama "The Sopranos," died Wednesday on vacation in Rome, Italy. The cause of death was not immediately known but was initially attributed to either a heart attack or stroke. On "The Sopranos," which was created by writer David Chase and ran on HBO from 1999 to 2007, Gandolfini played the barrel-chested New Jersey organized crime capo-turned-boss Tony Soprano, who alternated acts of mayhem, infidelity and family loyalty between anguished visits to his psychiatrist, Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco)
April 11, 1993 | ROBERT HILBURN
"THE GREAT ROCK 'N' ROLL SWINDLE" Sex Pistols Warner Reprise Video * * * * This 1980 film would be an essential rock 'n' roll document even if it did nothing more than provide us with its classic concert footage of the Sex Pistols, the band that revitalized pop music in the '70s by reminding a near brain-dead rock world of the importance of irreverence and energy.
October 8, 2001 | Associated Press
When it was over, an exhausted Warren Sapp sat on the ground and soaked up the atmosphere. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Green Bay Packers, 14-10, and ended the NFL's longest winning streak at seven games Sunday. The Buccaneer defense also answered its critics after allowing the Minnesota Vikings to drive 96 yards to a winning touchdown in the closing minutes last week. "I think there was a different feeling the whole ballgame," said Sapp, Tampa Bay's All-Pro defensive tackle.
May 21, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
When Eve's last album was released, Kanye West was known only as a producer, Drake was playing an awkward teenager on Canadian TV and waitress Nicki Minaj was slinging Red Lobster's famous cheddar biscuits. To say a lot has changed is an understatement. More than 11 years after that album, countless delays, a focus on acting and more than a few growing pains, the Grammy Award winner's long gestating fourth album, "Lip Lock," dropped last week. "For some reason it all came together at this moment.
March 21, 2013 | By Robert Abele
A tale neither of ancient Greece nor of a camera company's market share, "Olympus Has Fallen" is instead a typical slab of Hollywood action in which the White House crumbles under attack, the American flag is tattered and tossed aside by baddies, and clichés rise like gods. Gerard Butler swagger-stars as ex-Secret Service tough guy Mike Banning, who leaps into action from his desk job at Treasury when terrorists initiate a bloody, expertly timed home invasion on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Once inside, he becomes the only man - or, as he modestly puts it at one point, "the best hope you've got" - to save the president (Aaron Eckhart)
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