June 30, 2013 |
The Houston Rockets have a trade lined up with the Portland Trail Blazers to send them Thomas Robinson, last year's fifth overall pick in the draft. The Rockets are preparing to make a serious pitch to Lakers center Dwight Howard when the free-agent period starts at 9 p.m. PT Sunday. By trading Robinson without bringing back any salary, Houston made a big step toward opening up enough salary-cap room to offer Howard the maximum allowed at $20.5 million ($88 million overall over four years)
June 26, 2013 |
One of the most annoying habits of some of my liberal friends is their casual derogation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas is derided not just as an extremist, which is true when you plot the legal philosophies of the justices along a spectrum, but also a clone of Antonin Scalia and an intellectual lightweight. The latter two accusations are just false. Thomas and Scalia have disagreed in significant cases, and Thomas' opinions, however idiosyncratic, are often tightly reasoned and provocative.
June 23, 2013 |
It's a new era in college football recruiting. Sometimes it takes showing up at a camp to convince a school to offer a scholarship. That's what happened Friday at UCLA, where receiver Jordan Lasley of Gardena Serra said he ran a 4.4 40-yard dash and made such a positive impression that he received a scholarship offer from the Bruins. On Saturday, he accepted the offer. "It meant a lot," Lasley said. "I think of it as testament to my hard work. I was really appreciative. " There are risks in going to college camps, because the coaches get to see you up close and personal, and measurements and speed times might not match previous expectations.
June 21, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Thursday was the last day of the spring of "The Rite of Spring. " By now everyone and his or her brother has seemingly found a way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the riotous Parisian premiere of Stravinsky's famed ballet. With so many such rites - including Mark Morris' intriguing new choreography that premiered in Berkeley last week - you might expect the "Rite" to have finally run its course. Not yet. Spring, in fact, ended with a revelatory performance of Stravinsky's score Thursday afternoon here at Davies Hall, with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony.
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June 16, 2013
Gene Mako Champion tennis player in 1930s Gene Mako, 97, a champion tennis player who paired with the legendary Don Budge to win four doubles titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the 1930s, died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his wife, Laura. He had pneumonia. The partners won doubles at the U.S. Open, then called the U.S. Nationals, in 1936 and '38 and Wimbledon in 1937 and '38. Mako won the mixed doubles title at the 1936 U.S. Open with Alice Marble.
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June 14, 2013 |
A Compton jury Friday awarded $7.5 million to the parents of a man shot dead by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. According to the parents' attorney, Robert Thomas Jr. was standing outside with about 60 others at a party in Willowbrook in 2010 when two deputies pulled up. One stopped Thomas and frisked him. Thomas then bolted, and the two deputies gave chase. A sheriff's spokesman said the deputies saw Thomas reach for a gun that was sticking out of his pocket. Deputy Victor Lemus fired nine shots, hitting Thomas seven times and killing him, said John Sweeney, the Thomas family's attorney.
June 12, 2013 |
The intrigue surrounding Florida State signee Matthew Thomas and USC has apparently ended. A day after his father said Thomas wanted a release from his national letter of intent so he could transfer to USC , Thomas on Tuesday released a statement to Warchant.com that said he would remain with the Seminoles. Thomas, a linebacker, attended high school in Miami. "After meeting with coach [Jimbo] Fisher and his staff and gathering all the information I have decided to honor my commitment to Florida State," Thomas said in the statement.
June 8, 2013 |
If there were one clear lesson learned Saturday during the seven-on-seven Dana Hills passing tournament, it's that Santa Ana Mater Dei has a capable replacement for graduating all-star Thomas Duarte. Jonathan Lockett, a defensive back-receiver, showed that he's ready to take on increased responsibilities. He was the best player on the field from morning until early evening in leading Mater Dei to a 7-0 record. He caught the game-winning two-point conversion in the championship game against West Hills Chaminade, a 14-13 victory.
June 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In filling two key positions on his national security team, President Obama on Wednesday elevated longtime loyal advisors known for advocating U.S. intervention for humanitarian missions overseas - in some cases more aggressively than the president has embraced. Two years ago, Susan Rice and Samantha Power helped persuade Obama to take military action in Libya, where Moammar Kadafi was seeking to crush a rebellion that ultimately overthrew him. But White House officials said Obama was not signaling an intent to move toward intervention in Syria when he announced that Rice would be his next national security advisor and Power would take her place as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.