March 18, 2012 |
Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus kept her hot hand going Sunday in thre women's final of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. On a cold and windy day, Azarenka beat second-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia, 6-2, 6-3. That brought Azarenka the first-ever $1 million winner's check for the women's side of this event. It also brought her year-to-date record to 23-0. She won the Australian open, beating Sharapova in that final, too, and now has won the title in five of the last six tournaments she has entered.
July 30, 2012 |
The Pasadena Playhouse has found itself in a disagreement with a writer over a new stage comedy titled "Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo. " Gina Young, the author of the play, said that the company told her they had problems with the title of the piece, specifically the word "Lesbo," a sometimes pejorative slang term for "lesbian. " Performances that would have taken place at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre -- the company's approximately 90-seat space -- have been called off. "Tales" had been intended as a rental production in which the Pasadena Playhouse receives a fee for the use of the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, but it is not involved artistically in the production.
December 4, 2013 |
Following his most difficult fight yet, Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones will return to defend his belt March 15 in Dallas against Glover Teixeira. It will be the seventh title defense for the 26-year-old Jones (19-1). Brazilian Teixeira, 34, has won all five of his UFC fights, including a January unanimous decision over former light-heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and four other submissions or knockouts. Teixeira most recently knocked out wrestler Ryan Bader in the first round in September.
July 5, 2012
Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss whether the acquisition of two-time league MVP Steve Nash puts the Lakers back in the running for the NBA title. Check back throughout the day for their responses and join the discussion by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times In two word: Heck, yes. Steve Nash not only gives the Lakers the dynamic point guard they have lacked for, oh, 20 years, he makes the core trio of Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol exponentially better.
April 26, 2012 |
As the Lakers prepare for an otherwise meaningless season-finale Thursday against the Sacramento Kings, Kobe Bryant does have something significant he could try to achieve. Bryant would surpass Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant for the league's scoring title if he drops at least 38 points, providing the most vivid example on how he's continuously turned back Fathertime. Just as many give up chocolate for the Lent season, however, Bryant has professed all week "I don't care" about reaching such a milestone.
February 17, 2013 |
Rafael Nadal's comeback now includes a victory in the Brazil Open. When last we saw a healthy Nadal, he was carving up the competition, as per usual, on the clay courts of Roland Garros for his seventh French Open title in June. Since then, the former top-ranked Spaniard has struggled through injury and illness. On Sunday, the 26-year-old now ranked No. 5 in the world routed No. 93 David Nalbandian of Argentina, 6-2, 6-3, to claim his 51st singles title on Sunday in Sao Paolo.
July 3, 2013 |
Harvey Weinstein loves a good fight -- especially if it helps him promote one of his company's movies. So when the MPAA's title registration bureau decided this week that the Weinstein Co. couldn't use the title "The Butler" on Lee Daniels' upcoming biopic about the life of a longtime White House butler because it's also the title of a 1916 short film owned by Warner Bros., Weinstein immediately went into outrage mode. Today, he announced the hiring of prominent attorney David Boies, who represented Al Gore in the 2000 recount fight and gay marriage advocates in the recent Supreme Court challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban, as well as filmmaker Michael Moore when he ran afoul of the Treasury Department after visiting Cuba for the Weinstein Co. film "Sicko.
November 25, 2012 |
Sebastian Vettel captured his third straight Formula One championship Sunday, overcoming a first-lap crash to finish sixth in a Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain at Sao Paulo. "It's difficult to find the right words," said Vettel, who at 25 became the youngest three-time champion in F1. "It's unbelievable. I'm still full of adrenaline. It was an incredible race. " Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, F1's most successful driver, finished seventh in his final race after 19 seasons.
February 3, 2012 |
Nick Diaz, reinstated to the Ultimate Fighting Championship main event Saturday in Las Vegas, will need to defeat hard-hitting Carlos Condit to attain the title he wants most of all. Diaz blew a prior chance to fight UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre after missing a publicity tour to promote the bout. UFC President Dana White replaced Diaz with Condit. Then, St-Pierre tore knee ligaments. He is expected to be sidelined until the early fall. So Stockton's Diaz was summoned back to face Albuquerque's Condit for the UFC's interim welterweight title in the bout at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
March 13, 2013 |
How good is Lindsey Vonn? She wins titles even when sidelined by a serious knee injury. Vonn won her sixth straight World Cup downhill title after Wednesday's race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, was canceled because of fog. The cancellation allowed Vonn to win the title by one point over Tina Maze of Slovenia. "Omg I won the World Cup Downhill title!!!!! 6 in a row with a bum knee! Everything in life comes back around" Vonn tweeted after the race was canceled. Vonn's downhill trophy gives her a World Cup record 17th title, surpassing Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell.