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February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Outside Studio 6B at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the once and future home of "The Tonight Show," the smell of fresh paint and sawdust fills the air. Visitors to one of the last tapings of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" are led up a back staircase by an NBC page, winding carefully past dusty drop cloths and dumpsters piled with construction waste. FOR THE RECORD: Jimmy Fallon: A Feb. 16 article about new "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon said that the program was returning to the same NBC New York studio where it resided for its first 15 years before Johnny Carson took the show to Burbank.
February 8, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - Blaze Kotsenburg was partying with friends at 3 a.m. in Salt Lake City on Saturday, all of them gathered around a television set moments before his little brother Sage was scheduled to fly his snowboard down a mountain in Russia. His cellphone rang. Blaze fished it out of his pocket. Who could be calling at this hour? "Blaze, it's Sage," said the scratchy voice on the other end. "Hey everybody, shut up, it's my brother calling from the Olympics!" Blaze shouted to his friends.
February 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
CORVALLIS, Ore.  - What is said in the locker room, stays in the locker room … as a rule. But when the angry words seem to burst through brick and mortar, there was no way to ignore the significance. UCLA flat-out stunk Sunday. BOX SCORE: Oregon State 71, UCLA 67 Coach Steve Alford made that clear during a verbose 10-minute instant-review to his team following a 71-67 loss to Oregon State that denied the Bruins a chance to move closer to first-place Arizona in the Pac-12 Conference standings.
January 19, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
  Young Patrick Reed regained consciousness just in time to make Sunday's final round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament at La Quinta interesting. He had described his first three rounds of 63-63-63 as similar to "being in a putting coma. " The other players in the tournament could only nod in agreement. Going into Sunday on the Palmer Private course, Reed had made a total of two bogeys. That, along with his 25 birdies and two eagles, gave him a seven-shot lead and reduced the victory expectations of the rest of the field to zilch.
January 18, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
Inside a small TV studio in Los Angeles, Ondi Timoner is absorbed again in the making of documentaries. She's on the phone discussing editing options for one project, then planning for the fundraising event of another. Standing nearby is director Patrick Creadon, her guest this afternoon on "B.Y.O.D. " (for "Bring Your Own Documentary"), Timoner's weekly online chat show for They have much to talk about. Timoner, 41, twice won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary feature at Sundance: for her explosive 2004 rock doc "Dig!"
January 18, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Stop the presses. Patrick Reed made a bogey on his 14th hole Saturday during the Humana Challenge. But do not despair, all you Reed fans. He had already made an eagle on his seventh hole, No. 16. Along the way, just for fun, he sprinkled in eight birdies. Yes, the same golfer who shot 63 on Thursday and 63 on Friday did it again Saturday. The line now reads: 63-63-63 - 189. That's 27 under par. The expectation about the drama level for Sunday's final round, as golf competes for TV viewers with the NFL playoffs, is lots of yawns.
January 17, 2014 | By Bill Dwyre
  For pro golfer Patrick Reed, Friday was Groundhog Day in the Southern California desert. He woke up to blue skies, warm temperatures, minimal wind and greens as smooth as a puppy's tummy. Again. So he went out and shot 63. Again. Reed, a 23-year-old Texan, leads the Humana Challenge by two shots. In most stops on the PGA tour, a 63-63 start that is 18 under par would have sent the rest of the guys off to call the airlines for early departure. After all, what's the use?
January 10, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
BOSTON -- Jeremy Abbott nearly fell on a jump. But it was merely his jump for joy after a performance in Friday's short program at the U.S. Championships that recalled what a wondrous skater Abbott can be when he lands the jumps that count. After struggling since winning his third U.S. title in 2012, Abbott finally put together a program with accomplished athleticism to complement his always striking artistry. The result was a record 99.86 points from judges generous with their scores all night, first place in the short program by more than seven points and a leg up on a second Olympic appearance.
January 2, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Las Vegas is no longer the gambling capitol of the world. Not by a long shot. The tiny Chinese city of Macau reported a whopping $45 billion of gambling revenue in 2013, a figure analysts expect will be about seven times as much as casinos on the iconic Las Vegas Strip.  Strip casinos generated $6.2 billion of gambling revenues in 2012 and are on pace for a slight gain this year. Macau's nearly three dozen casinos raked in $4.2 billion in December, according to data released Thursday by the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, the gambling regulator.
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