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September 2, 2009 | Joe Flint
Call it Goliath Versus Goliath. Cable giant Comcast Corp. is locked in an ugly battle with satellite broadcaster DirecTV over the sports channel Versus. Unable to strike a new deal with Comcast, DirecTV on Tuesday dropped carriage of Versus to its 14 million subscribers. Such disputes are usually resolved behind the scenes, but not in this case. After removing Versus from its lineup, DirecTV slapped a notice on the channel the network had occupied, announcing: "Comcast, which owns Versus, has forced us to take down the channel because we will not submit to their unfair and outrageous demands."
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April 9, 2014 | By Jay Jones
It will be man versus beast when many of the nation's best bull riders gather in Las Vegas on April 19. Starting at 8 p.m. that day, 24 cowboys will compete for $30,000 in prize money during the Tuff Hedeman Shootout (named for four-time world champion Tuff Hedeman) at Las Vegas' South Point Arena . During three rounds of competition, riders will try to stay atop angry bulls for eight seconds. Prize money will also be awarded to the owners of the bulls most capable of quickly tossing their riders to the ground.
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SPORTS
September 30, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Versus plans to televise an NHL doubleheader Thursday. First up is Washington, with reigning player of the year Alexander Ovechkin, against Boston at 4 p.m. PDT. Next is San Jose and Colorado at 7, featuring a retirement ceremony for Colorado's Joe Sakic. But an estimated 18 million DirecTV subscribers won't be able to watch unless the contract dispute that caused the satellite provider to pull Versus off its menu Sept. 1 is resolved. Besides the NHL, the network televises college football, Indy Racing League auto racing, cycling and bull riding.
SPORTS
April 7, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
VANCOUVER, Canada -- In the Ducks' most significant game of the season so far, they will start a 20-year-old making his NHL debut in goal. Rookie John Gibson, promoted from minor-league Norfolk on Saturday following a blow to the head sustained by 19-win rookie goalie Frederik Andersen on Friday, left the ice first at the Ducks' Monday morning skate at Rogers Arena in Vancouver and will start Monday night against the Canucks (35-32-11). He replaces the team's slumping primary starter, Jonas Hiller, who has lost three consecutive games -- including two to last-place Edmonton -- and is 6-9-3 since winning 14 straight games from Dec. 6-Jan.
SPORTS
September 1, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Versus, which carries sports programming as varied as the Tour de France, college football, IRL auto racing and the majority of regular-season national NHL games, went dark on DirecTV after not reaching a new contract deal Monday. At 9:01 p.m. PDT, the Versus channel on DirecTV went to a blue screen with the message, "Versus is no longer available on this channel. Comcast, which owns Versus, has forced us to take down the channel because we will not submit to their unfair and outrageous demands."
SPORTS
March 15, 2010
Just in time for the NHL's push to the playoffs as well as the IndyCar racing and cycling season, Versus and DirecTV have settled their six-month dispute. Versus was back on DirecTV on Monday afternoon on the same tier of programming it had been before the contract ended at midnight Aug. 31. According to a statement, Jamie Davis, president of Versus, said, "We're excited we were able to come to a fair agreement that puts Versus back in millions of homes with DirecTV in time for a busy spring programming schedule."
SPORTS
August 22, 2009 | Diane Pucin
For the last couple of days, DirecTV satellite television subscribers have been seeing a crawl if they've watched any Versus network programming telling them that as of Aug. 31, DirecTV will no longer carry Versus. For college football and NHL fans who get their television through DirecTV, this could be bad news. Five Pacific 10 Conference games (as yet undetermined) as well as an assortment of Big 12 and Mountain West games, and an NHL package of 54 games could become unavailable to DirecTV subscribers just when those seasons start.
NEWS
August 20, 1992
Bosnia-Herzegovina (Serbs versus Muslims and Croatians), Northern Ireland (Protestants versus Catholics), Middle East (Israeli Jews versus nearly every Muslim nation), India (Sikhs and Muslims versus Hindus), Lebanon (Christians versus Muslims and Syria), Crete (Greeks versus Turks), Spain (Basques versus Spaniards), the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the Nazi Holocaust, and on and on. Seemingly, it never stops. But just when a very convincing case could be made that religion is the main cause of the world's strife and grief, along comes the wonderful Bisgaard family of La Canada Flintridge ("Still Together As Father Wished," Aug. 12)
REAL ESTATE
November 8, 1998
The photo caption accompanying the story headlined "A Garden of Accessible Delights" (Oct. 25) makes sure we know that the woman, Joyce Becker, sitting in the wheelchair, is not "wheelchair-bound." How is that relevant to the story? I am surprised at the use of this outdated and stigmatizing phrase. People use wheelchairs; "wheelchair bound" perpetuates "us" versus "them" attitudes (as in normal versus abnormal, or healthy versus sick). Some will dismiss this as just another complaint about "political correctness."
OPINION
May 9, 2005
Re "Evolution Isn't a Natural Selection Here," May 6: Kathy Martin, a Kansas board of education member, wants to teach religion as science. This is but another salvo in the culture wars. But the media have not correctly identified the two sides of the war, or its ultimate consequences. The war is between the people of faith versus the people of fact. It is the fable of an angry, violent deity found in dusty texts written 2,000 years ago by ignorant men who believed that the world was flat versus the men of science and the technology of the Enlightenment.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Raphael has a straightforward query: Which is more powerful, the HTC One or the iPhone 5c? I wish I was geek enough to know the answer to that right out of the gate. But I had to bounce this one off one of the paper's crack tech writers. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions I also had to think about what's really important in the choosing of a smartphone. Is it raw power? The look and feel? Available apps? All of the above? For the answer to Raphael's question, check out today's Ask Laz video.
TRAVEL
March 9, 2014
Crying foul over baseball issue A whole Travel section (March 2) devoted to baseball is just not right. Many have no interest in sports whatsoever. There is already another whole section devoted to sports every day in the Los Angeles Times. You have really disappointed me and many others, I'm sure. Leslie Daniels Palm Springs Local vs. longer trips The reader letter on Feb. 23 expressing great disappointment at The Times' selection of featured locations was perplexing.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Lego Movie" is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration. It is very tempting to use the movie's pounding pop anthem - "Everything Is Awesome" - to put this insane sensory experience into sound-bite perspective. But that is no doubt the piece de resistance of the filmmakers' master plan. Or in "Lego Movie" speak, the Piece of Resistance. So in solidarity with that sentiment, I'll resist.
OPINION
January 31, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
A California law that prohibits therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of children and adolescents survived another legal challenge this week. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced that an earlier decision by a three-judge panel upholding the law wouldn't be reconsidered by a larger group of 11 judges. That was the correct decision. But a judge who believes the law should be reconsidered on free-speech grounds raised an important question in his dissenting opinion.
AUTOS
January 25, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Think of mid-size luxury SUVs as a stable of thoroughbreds. Porsche has its Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz its ML and GL, and Audi its Q7. The Japanese brands have their X models: Acura's MDX, Lexus' GX and Infiniti's QX60. For 2014, two redesigned purebreds join the mix: BMW's third-generation X5, and Land Rover's second-generation Range Rover Sport. Each of the newcomers approaches this competitive segment - where prices range from $50,000 to $90,000 - with a different philosophy.
TRAVEL
January 19, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm
New players in the ever-annoying world of air carriers. New perks for visitors to Vegas. New ways to get around town. Travel continues to evolve, sometimes in great ways, sometimes in ways that make us want to stick out our tongues. The travel treat and the potential travel tantrum? 2014 promises to provide both. Here's a look. 1. You'll probably pay more for a hotel room. That's the word from Peter Van Dorn, co-founder and chief executive of PointsHound, an online booking source for hotels.
OPINION
January 19, 2014 | By John McWhorter
Few things stick out more in black American speech than the pronunciation of "ask" as "ax. " And when I say that it "sticks out," I'm being polite. Attitudes about Ebonics have evolved somewhat as hip hop has become America's favorite music. Even the strictest grammarian would have to agree that Kanye West's "Gold Digger" in standard English wouldn't be worth hearing. And Americans from Jesse Pinkman in "Breaking Bad" to Key and Peele get that it's OK to speak "hood" when you're among friends.
NEWS
June 4, 1998 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the rarefied, regimented world of ballroom dancing, an incident in 1982 proved nothing short of a fashion coup: During an international competition, half a dozen of the world's reigning ballroom dancers--queens of the floor--threw down their tutus. For decades they'd been consigned to wear short skirts with layer upon layer of netting that made them look as if they had stick legs and huge hips. They'd had enough.
OPINION
January 19, 2014 | By John McWhorter
Few things stick out more in black American speech than the pronunciation of "ask" as "ax. " And when I say that it "sticks out," I'm being polite. Attitudes about Ebonics have evolved somewhat as hip hop has become America's favorite music. Even the strictest grammarian would have to agree that Kanye West's "Gold Digger" in standard English wouldn't be worth hearing. And Americans from Jesse Pinkman in "Breaking Bad" to Key and Peele get that it's OK to speak "hood" when you're among friends.
SPORTS
December 29, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS - Vitor Belfort said he hurts for injured countryman Anderson Silva, but has a plan to gain a measure of Brazilian revenge as the next opponent for Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Chris Weidman. “The belt's in the hands of a guy named Chris Weidman, but it belongs to me,” Belfort said late Saturday at the MGM Grand following the horrific lower-left-leg injury suffered by Silva in the second round of the UFC 168 title fight. Silva, 38, underwent emergency surgery to treat the broken leg he suffered when kicking Weidman's left shin in the second round.
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