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September 23, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
If you're fascinated by up-tempo college football offenses, here's an early-season survey of just how fast, or slow, your favorite team is playing. The study examines the first three weeks of the season so does not include last weekend's slate of games. The fastest-paced team is not Oregon, as you might have imagined. The quickest team out there was Brigham Young, which averaged 96 plays  in its first two games. The Cougars ran a play every 17.8 seconds. BYU is followed by Wyoming (80.3-play average through three games at every 18 seconds)
September 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kaley Cuoco has made her new man red-carpet official. "The Big Bang Theory" star stepped out with boyfriend Ryan Sweeting at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday and its related events throughout the weekend. Cuoco, 27, had been posting photos of herself and her tennis-player beau all summer long. And over the weekend he passed the red carpet test - twice. The pair made their initial appearance Friday at Entertainment Weekly's pre-Emmys party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place in West Hollywood, E!
September 14, 2013 | By Lily Dayton
Walking into one of the studios at Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica, I feel like I've crossed into a different latitude. The temperature is 100 degrees, and the moisture in the air is palpable - think tropical rain forest or Southern bayou. Everyone is lying on mats, eyes closed. The instructor, Carmen Guerrero, a striking woman with floral tattoos that curl up her arm, encourages us to feel our breath throughout our bodies, preparing us to "awaken the fire within. " Though I've practiced yoga for several years, this is my first foray into a heated studio.
September 9, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Federal efforts to protect growers of sugar beets and sugar cane epitomize everything that's wrong with U.S. farm programs. At times they've artificially raised the price of sugar, costing consumers billions of dollars; at other times they've stuck taxpayers with the bill for the surplus sugar production they've promoted. The fact that the sugar program is likely to survive the latest rewrite of the farm bill unscathed is a testament to how limited the bill's "reforms" are. Sweeteners are ubiquitous in processed foods, and sugar is the most popular by far. There are two primary sources in the United States: sugar beets, which are grown in parts of California (mainly in Imperial County)
September 8, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - It's hard to rate 17 Grand Slam titles. Is the first one the best, or the one achieved on a surface most unfriendly to your game? Is it the time you came back from injuries, or the rally from a two-game deficit in the final set? Or perhaps it's this one - the U.S. Open championship Serena Williams won Sunday with a 7-5, 6-7 (6) 6-1 victory over Victoria Azarenka in 2 hours 45 minutes on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court. Williams, the defending champion, once led, 7-5, 4-1, and CBS announcer Mary Carillo left the television booth during the second set to be ready for the trophy presentation.
September 7, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
There are times when hard liquor feels too, well, hard, but beer or wine just won't do. That's when it's best to get creative. Take, for example, an interesting little tipple created by mixologist Dave Fernie (Harvard & Stone, Pour Vous) for chef Phillip Lee's new Scratch Bar on La Cienega Boulevard's restaurant row. Nigori sake serves as the base of this light refresher, which is pepped up by the addition of fresh pineapple and lime juices and a touch of simple syrup. The final, pleasing twist is delivered via a pinch of salt.
August 22, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Reality TV is experiencing something of a "Mad Men" moment, with bandannas and iced tea in place of fedoras and highballs. Last week, the Season 4 premiere of "Duck Dynasty" drew nearly 12 million viewers, making A&E's celebration of backwoods Alabama the No. 1 "nonfiction" show on cable and the No. 1 show of the week. Suddenly people who wouldn't know a Louisiana cedar if their Prius ran into it were chattering about the Robertsons, an extended clan of duck-call magnates who have been entertaining an increasing percentage of the population with their family-centric, redneck 'n' proud high jinks.
August 22, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
"I feel like I'm 50 again," exclaims a giddy octogenarian biker in "Go Grandriders," a sweet, slight documentary chronicling the two-week, 730-mile journey by scooter a handful of adventure-seeking seniors take around the perimeter of Taiwan. With an average age of 81, the 17 riders count among them a calligraphy master, a former kamikaze-pilot instructor, a pastor and a housewife. The trip is bumpy and eventful: On the first day alone, the group's sprightly captain succumbs to an ulcer and another senior dozes off at the wheel.
August 22, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Grandmaster" is like a meal of all desserts, with maybe the tiniest bit of protein thrown in. You'll feel decadent enjoying it, but everything is so tasty, it would be foolish to object. An exercise in pure cinematic style filled with the most ravishing images, "The Grandmaster" finds director Wong Kar-wai applying his impeccable visual style to the mass-market martial arts genre with potent results. He's found a way to join the romantic languor of his earlier films like "In the Mood for Love" with the fury of Bruce Lee. Working with his alter ego, actor Tony Leung, and an impressive Ziyi Zhang - and leaving the action choreography to the masterful Yuen Woo-ping ("The Matrix," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon")
August 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
John Mayer and Katy Perry are going all Sonny and Cher on us with their latest collaboration: a song called "Who You Love," in which the two are actually super sweet and lovey-dovey about their relationship. The singers, who started dating on and off six months after Perry and comedian Russell Brand divorced in 2012, revealed that they'd be working together on Mayer's upcoming sixth studio album, "Paradise Valley," set for an Aug. 20 release. And now, we have this : Proof in the form of a sweet slow tune in which her "broken bird" professes his love and makes it sound as if his bachelor days are over.
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