September 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - It had been a struggle all tournament. After one win, Bob Bryan said he and his twin brother were "lucky to be alive. " That luck ran out Thursday. The 35-year-old twins, Mike and Bob Bryan from Camarillo, and the top doubles seeds at the U.S. Open, were upset in the semifinals, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 by fourth-seeded Leander Paes from India and Radek Stepanek from the Czech Republic. It was the 40-year-old Paes who befuddled the Bryans, who were trying to become the first men's team since Australians Frank Sedgman and Ken McGregor in 1951 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year.
August 23, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- A pair of apparent car bombs exploded outside two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday, killing at least a dozen people and injuring scores, authorities said. Local news accounts said the death toll was at least 27, with more than 300 wounded, and blamed the attacks on car bombs detonated on a day when worshipers gathered at the mosques for Friday prayers. Video from the scenes showed cars ablaze and people running through the streets in panic.
August 16, 2013 |
Climate change presents two distinct problems. The first is linear: A little more warming causes a little more damage. The second is nonlinear: A little more warming pushes some part of the climate system past a tipping point and the damage becomes catastrophic. We need smart climate policies that address both problems, so we can slow incremental damage while also taking out an insurance policy against the growing risk of catastrophic damage. The Arctic is a prime example of a potential tipping point.
July 24, 2013 |
In these long and unexpected summer days when the Angels are looking up at so many teams in the standings, they take their joy where they can find it. On Wednesday, they found it in eight innings of brilliance and one inning of insanity. Jered Weaver delivered the brilliance and sweated out the insanity. The Angels left the ballpark amused and relieved, heading out on the trip that could save their season after a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins. BOX SCORE: Angels 1, Minnesota 0 "It doesn't matter how we win games right now," Weaver said.
July 23, 2013 |
As the Angels slipped into fourth place in a season slipping toward oblivion, it just got away from them. The inning, and maybe the year. Ernesto Frieri, the Angels' closer, started the 10th inning. He did not finish it. He gave up five runs. “When I do bad, it's like ugly bad,” Frieri said. “It's like ugly super bad.” BOX SCORE: Twins 10, Angels 3 The inning, and maybe the year. The Minnesota Twins pounded the Angels for seven runs in the 10th inning of a 10-3 victory on Tuesday, four of those runs coming on the first career grand slam by Chris Herrmann, off Frieri.
July 22, 2013 |
Joe Blanton's struggles reached a pinnacle Monday night in the Angels' 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Coming into the game at Angel Stadium, Blanton had allowed 15 runs on 22 hits in his previous three starts. Coming out of it he leads the majors in home runs allowed (24) and earned runs allowed (73). Blanton didn't even make it out of the fourth inning, when Manager Mike Scioscia took the ball from him. BOX SCORE: Twins 4, Angels 3 This time there was no angry thrashing, no inanimate object in which Blanton vented his frustrations upon.
July 22, 2013 |
Had things gone the way Joe Hicks planned, he would have spent Monday flying home from Scotland after watching his son, who a decade ago was a child golfing prodigy, play in the British Open. Instead, Hicks left his job as a longshoreman and made the short drive from San Pedro to Angel Stadium to watch Aaron Hicks, the former Long Beach Wilson High star and a product of the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, play center field for the Minnesota Twins. "It's fantastic, a dream come true for him and for me to see my son out there playing," said Joe Hicks, one of more than 100 family members and friends on hand to watch the 23-year-old rookie play his first big league game in Anaheim.
July 6, 2013 |
WIMBLEDON, England - Mike and Bob Bryan of Camarillo felt relaxed before they faced Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil for the Wimbledon men's doubles title Saturday. Then the top-seeded twins reached Centre Court and realized they were one victory from becoming the first duo to own all four Grand Slam titles at the same time in the Open era. "Once we got out there it kind of was sinking in, like this is weird," Mike said. "I started off a little tight. I never whiffed a volley before.
July 3, 2013 |
NEW YORK - In what is believed to be the first Bitcoin-related securities offering, the Winklevoss twins want to give investors a piece of the virtual currency, whose growing popularity has caught the eye of entrepreneurs and regulators alike. But while all public offerings come with a degree of uncertainty, the investment vehicle - akin to an exchange-traded fund - involving Bitcoins brings its own unique risks, analysts say. What could go wrong with the investment proposed by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, former Harvard classmates of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg?
June 27, 2013 |
Clairvoyants, fortune tellers and psychics are all treated with a healthy dose of skepticism these days - after all, there's little proof that humans can actually see into the future and predict either the end of the world or the score of the next Dodgers game. But what if some humans can? That's the premise of "Sisterland," the latest novel from Curtis Sittenfeld, which explores the complications that come with knowing what is going to happen. Identical twins Kate and Violet Shramm have had "senses," as they call them, since childhood.