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March 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Mike Azzie, a longtime friend of Oscar Pistorius, says the Olympic star is "on the verge of suicide" after being charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. "I would say that, just speaking to him, that he is a broken man and that I would go as far to say that he would be on the verge of suicide," Azzie told South Africa's BBC3. "It really worries me. " Azzie said Pistorius "always seems to mention Reeva and to ask us to pray for her and her family. He has no confidence in his tone of voice and he is just a man that is almost like someone that is walking around in circles and doesn't know where he is going.
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April 13, 2014 | By Ira Winderman
WASHINGTON -- What became apparent with Saturday night's Miami Heat loss to the Atlanta Hawks came into sharper focus Sunday: The Heat likely will enter the NBA playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. With Sunday's 102-97 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Indiana Pacers reduced their magic number to clinch the No. 1 seed in the East to one: either a win in their Wednesday season finale on the road against the Orlando Magic or a Heat loss Monday at the Verizon Center against the Washington Wizards or Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Philadelphia 76ers.
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January 3, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Andy Reid is on the verge of becoming the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, according to an ESPN report citing unnamed league sources. The report said there are still minor details to work out but that Reid and Chiefs officials met for nine hours Wednesday at a private airport in the Philadelphia area and that “the major issues have been discussed and agreed upon.” Reid had been scheduled to talk to the Arizona Cardinals about their coaching...
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April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The Portland Trail Blazers expected to make the playoffs. They never envisioned practically wrapping up a spot by the day after Christmas. A 24-5 start gave them the best record in the NBA and made them the league's biggest marvel. "I would lie," center Robin Lopez admitted this week, "if I said the beginning of the season didn't surprise me. " The next three months would be startling in a different sort of way. The Blazers have gone 25-23 since their world-beater days, though they're on the verge of clinching their first playoff berth since 2011 and still have a chance to secure home-court advantage in the first round.
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July 8, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
As if things haven't been bad enough for the Lakers. First, Kobe Bryant tears an Achilles' tendon. Then they get swept out of the playoffs. Then they try to convince Dwight Howard to stay, only to see him leave for Houston. Now, the crushing blow, worse than the other three combined: The Lakers hold the U.S. pro team sports record for most consecutive victories, with 33 during the 1971-72 season. But that could soon come to an end. The Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis have won 32 consecutive matches.
NEWS
March 29, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Tempe, Ariz. -- The Angels are on the verge of trading disgruntled outfielder Bobby Abreu to the Cleveland Indians, according to a CBSSports.com report. Peter Greenberg, the agent for the 38-year-old veteran, said Thursday night that he had not received confirmation from either club about a deal, and neither the Angels nor Indians would comment. Abreu's potential role with the Angels seemed to shrink with every weak ground ball and popup - he's hitting .087 (4 for 46) this spring - and every hit by Kendrys Morales, who is poised to take over the Angels' designated hitter role after missing 1 1/2 seasons because of a broken left ankle.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrew Tangel
It was supposed to revolutionize the global monetary system. Instead, the bitcoin virtual currency that has captured the imagination of investors and financiers is on the verge of collapse. In a stunning blow to a novel way to buy products and services, the world's largest exchange for trading bitcoin currency shut down Tuesday, triggering a massive sell-off and sending many prospective investors away - perhaps for good. "This is extremely destructive," said Mark Williams, a risk-management expert and former Federal Reserve Bank examiner.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Guaranty Bank, which has more than 50 branches in California, warned that it could become the biggest financial institution to fail this year. Asset write-downs have wiped out the company's capital, and the firm has been unable to raise fresh funds, parent Guaranty Financial Group Inc. said in a securities filing Thursday. "The company believes that it is probable that it will not be able to continue as a going concern," the Austin, Texas, firm said Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 1986 | LIANNE STEVENS
Eric Overmyer has chosen an appropriate name for his pseudo-Victorian time-travel fantasy, "On The Verge, or The Geography of Yearning." This germinating theater piece is a good idea on the verge of becoming a play. Don't be fooled by the full-out production that opened Saturday at the Cassius Carter Center Stage. The work, directed by Old Globe Executive Producer Craig Noel, is still in its yearning stages, bogged down with a boring excess of word-play cleverness.
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September 3, 2009 | GEORGE SKELTON
The Legislature is on the verge of two major achievements -- on prisons and water -- if lawmakers can be calm and rational during the final week of this year's regular session. That means cooling the heated rhetoric -- particularly the staff-produced nastiness -- and sustaining an amiable climate for compromise. It also means settling for the merely significant rather than insisting on the spectacular. It's about what is politically feasible, not what's pure fantasy. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will need to be a partner, if not a leader.
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 44-20, Suns 36-26. Record vs. Suns: 1-1. Update: Blake Griffin needs 11 rebounds to reach 3,000 in his career. Griffin would become the third player to reach 6,000 points, 3,000 rebounds, 1,000 assists and shoot at least 50% from the field before the end of his fourth season. The others are Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Charles Barkley.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrew Tangel
It was supposed to revolutionize the global monetary system. Instead, the bitcoin virtual currency that has captured the imagination of investors and financiers is on the verge of collapse. In a stunning blow to a novel way to buy products and services, the world's largest exchange for trading bitcoin currency shut down Tuesday, triggering a massive sell-off and sending many prospective investors away - perhaps for good. "This is extremely destructive," said Mark Williams, a risk-management expert and former Federal Reserve Bank examiner.
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February 19, 2014 | By Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - They skidded and scrapped and careened from the history books into a scrunched heap at the end of a cold track. Lauryn Williams and Elana Meyers stayed squeezed in their sled, stunned, while Canadian gold medalists Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse danced to the end of the stands to hug their families. "Hopefully America will forgive me," Meyers said. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Williams and Meyers huddled against a fence before the ensuing flower ceremony, mourning, while the Canadians hugged and kissed and posed in front of them.
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February 13, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia - After disappointing results that have seen its speedskaters on the verge of their worst Olympic performance in three decades, U.S. Speedskating is working to dump the most noticeable factor it controls - its racing suit. Under Armour heralded the Mach 39 - the much-hyped suit the apparel company said it developed with the help of defense contractor Lockheed Martin - as the fastest speedskating suit in production. In Sochi, through half of the races, U.S. speedskaters have yet to win a medal.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Flappy Bird is incredibly simple, incredibly frustrating and incredibly addictive to play. And it's raking in an incredible $50,000 in revenue daily. Created by Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen, Flappy Bird has been one of the most popular games and apps for both the iPhone and Android devices over the last month. The game is free to download and only requires that users tap the screen to play. The main character is a round, yellow bird who must avoid hitting green pipes as it flies.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Key lawmakers from both parties announced a final agreement Monday for a multi-year farm bill, putting Congress on the verge of clearing another long-stalled priority from its to-do list. The proposed compromise, which could come up for a House vote Wednesday, would avert deep cuts sought by Republicans in the federal food stamp program and end direct payments to farmers - a controversial provision under the previous farm bill in which farmers received federal subsidies regardless of their output.
SPORTS
January 20, 2007
Some things in sports never seem to change: (1) Marty Schottenheimer is always on the verge of being fired; (2) Bill Parcells is always on the verge of quitting; (3) UCLA still totally owns USC in basketball; (4) Chris Webber remains an enigma; and (5) No matter what happens, how it happens, or whom it happens to, T.J. Simers will take credit for having known it in advance. DAVID MACARAY Rowland Heights
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January 15, 2014 | Sam Farmer
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In the last five years, receiver Anquan Boldin has gotten to the Super Bowl with the Arizona Cardinals, won one with the Baltimore Ravens, and, as a member of the San Francisco 49ers this season, is one victory away from a third visit to the NFL's biggest stage. Now that's some impeccable zigzagging route running. "I'm in a position where I could possibly compete for a championship again," Boldin said Wednesday, during a break from preparations for Sunday's NFC championship game at Seattle.
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January 10, 2014 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
When Ed Azzam started coaching basketball at Westchester High in the late 1970s, the City Section was in a golden era. Willie West was a towering figure at Crenshaw High. Reggie Morris Sr. was holding his own at Manual Arts. Fremont and Dorsey had strong programs. So did Palisades and Granada Hills Kennedy. Azzam, in his early 20s, was trying to build a program from scratch. "I don't like losing and oftentimes the games weren't competitive," he said. "I developed the philosophy our goal wasn't to become Crenshaw or beat Crenshaw.
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