October 30, 2013 |
I came out of the hotel, out of this Tuesday evening awards event, feeling wonderful - and terrible. Wonderful because the heroic work being done by the women journalists who'd been honored by the International Women's Media Foundation is powerful and influential, and it leaves me agog. Terrible because of what these women have had to go through to do their work: death threats, political pressure, slander, family pressure. Next to them, I'm ashamed to admit that hardships for many American-based journalists often amount to nothing more than a drained coffee pot, an obscene email or getting the smoke out of the clothes you wore to cover a brush fire.
October 30, 2013 |
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TNT; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 0-1; Warriors 0-0. Record vs. Warriors (2012-13): 1-3. Update: Golden State has two of the best three-point shooters in the game in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The Warriors added all-around talent Andre Iguodala in the off-season. Warriors sixth man Harrison Barnes won't play because of inflammation in his left foot.
October 30, 2013 |
OAKLAND - The Lakers have won once and lost once, but there's a thread connecting both games this season. Opposing coaches keep lining up to praise Kobe Bryant . They're probably thankful he's not playing, but they still kiss his five championship rings while talking with reporters beforehand. Golden State Coach Mark Jackson called Bryant "legendary" and then admitted something unusual before the Warriors' victory Wednesday over the Lakers. Bryant, coincidentally, sustained a torn Achilles' tendon against the Warriors last April.
October 27, 2013 |
Steve Nash may sit out the second game of the season when the Lakers visit the Golden State Warriors. "It's very possible he sits out," said Coach Mike D'Antoni. The Lakers open Tuesday, hosting the Clippers. They play the following night in Oakland. "I haven't talked to him. Obviously we'll see how [Nash] feels in the next couple of days," said D'Antoni. After an injury-plagued first season with the Lakers, Nash still isn't entirely healthy. Nearing the age of 40, he's has been bothered this preseason by ankle and neck soreness.
October 23, 2013 |
Are the Golden State Warriors worthy of the moniker "The New Showtime"? Sports Illustrated's NBA season preview features four different covers, one of which features Warriors guard Stephen Curry, that "Showtime" headline and the subheadline " Steph Curry and Golden State are more than entertainers -- they're true contenders . " The Warriors may have a shot to win the West, but should they be compared to the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s?...
October 18, 2013 |
SHANGHAI - All done with their trip to China, the Lakers are ready to be world-beaters when they return to Los Angeles. Or maybe they're just ready to be beat. "Don't hold us to a high standard on Tuesday when we play Utah," Coach Mike D'Antoni quipped about their next exhibition. It's not like they were doing hard time here, and it was only a couple of exhibition games over one week, but the Lakers looked like a weary bunch Friday in a 115-89 loss to Golden State. Pau Gasol had a solid performance and it ended right there for the Lakers, who dropped to 2-4 in exhibition play, 0-2 in China.
October 4, 2013 |
To make the playoffs, the Lakers need to be better than seven teams in the Western Conference. After nine of 14 entries, the Lakers were ruled better than the New Orleans Pelicans , Phoenix Suns , Sacramento Kings , Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz but not as good as the Oklahoma City Thunder , San Antonio Spurs , Memphis Grizzlies and Clippers . Are the Lakers better than the Golden State Warriors?...
September 20, 2013 |
Okalani Taufahema-Langi says his goal is to one day make enough money to buy his mother a house. He's still a few years away from entertaining that vision, but the Mission Hills Alemany junior earned a few hugs from her, his family, friends and teammates after rushing for three touchdowns Friday night in the Warriors' 45-28 victory over visiting Corona Centennial. At 5 feet 8 and 195 pounds, Taufahema-Langi is the prototypical power back and one of the best Alemany Coach Dean Herrington has seen at the high school level.
September 14, 2013 |
With macho-sounding names like Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash and the Spartan Race, obstacle course races have turned mud, sweat and tears into a flood of revenue. Over the last year, obstacle races have surpassed marathons in popularity, with an estimated 1.6 million participants paying hefty fees to slosh through mud pits, crawl under barbed wire, scale 10-foot walls and plunge into troughs of ice water. Course organizers are raking in millions of dollars in the process. But race organizers and participants say the adrenaline-pumping races may have reached a crucial point, with course designers now forced to dream up new obstacles and themes or risk losing the novelty that has driven the hugely profitable sport.
September 13, 2013 |
With showdown games looming against Corona Centennial and Ventura St. Bonaventure in the coming weeks, No. 8-ranked Mission Hills Alemany needed to show on Friday night that it belonged among Southern California's elite football teams. The Warriors put together a four-touchdown barrage in the third quarter to leave defending City Section Division I champion Harbor City Narbonne down for the count. Alemany (3-0) came away with a 42-14 victory on its home field, giving Coach Dean Herrington renewed confidence his team is headed in the right direction.