April 25, 2013 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn - With all the pushing, shoving, grabbing and holding that goes on between Blake Griffin and Zach Randolph , Griffin was asked if it has been easy to maintain his composure in the battle of All-Star power forwards. "Not really," Griffin acknowledged. And yet Griffin has. That's because he knows the Clippers need him during the Western Conference first-round series against the Grizzlies. "Sometimes it's a call you don't agree with," Griffin said, "but that's like every other game.
July 4, 2012 |
The Minnesota Wild's high point was reaching the Western Conference final in 2003 and after that … almost nothing. Minnesota has not won a single playoff round since being swept by the Ducks in that 2003 series, and has missed making the playoffs the last four seasons. So, what in the name of Sidney Crosby were the likes of forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter thinking when they each signed a reported $13-year, $98-million contract Wednesday with the Wild? Location, location, location.
July 18, 2013 |
GULLANE, Scotland - Zach Johnson led and Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson loomed after Thursday's first round of the British Open at Muirfield. Johnson had four birdies, one eagle and a bogey for 66, five under par. "All in all, very solid," he said, "but it's just one round. " Woods and Mickelson, crowd favorites, were in a group of six only three shots back at 69. That group included 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, winner of last week's John Deere Classic. Woods, continuing to pursue his 15th major title and first since he won the U.S. Open in 2008 at Torrey Pines, began by yanking his opening tee shot into heavy rough and needing to take a drop that led to a bogey.
November 4, 2010 |
Seated in the Venice coffeehouse Abbot's Habit , just hours before the Hollywood premiere of his road comedy "Due Date" last week, Zach Galifianakis was expounding on various subjects ? New York fauxhemians, improvisational acting techniques, dog masturbation ? when a memory from his not-so-distant past stopped the actor-comedian mid-sentence. "I used to wash my feet in the bathroom here," Galifianakis recalled, suddenly wide-eyed. He owns a home nearby and when construction workers turned off its water valve for retrofitting in 2000, the then-struggling actor and stand-up comic resorted to washing himself in the coffeehouse's sink.
November 27, 2011 |
It's Week 13 of the high school football season, and the story lines keep developing. A freshman is starting at offensive guard in the Pac-5 Division at Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro. Does everyone know how rare that is? Freshmen have started at quarterback, running back, defensive back, receiver and kicker, but the physicality of the Pac-5 usually causes coaches to shy away from using freshmen in the trenches. That decision by Tesoro Coach Brian Barnes to put 6-foot-3, 255-pound Zach Hickman in the starting lineup back in September look brilliant.
July 19, 2012 |
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Zach Johnson played nearly perfect golf Thursday in the British Open, shared second place with his five-under-par 65, and is assured of a brief mention in the seventh paragraph of most stories on the first round. Several reasons for that. One is that he's from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, giving him a profile about the same as his birthplace. He is Midwest in a game where East, West and South stir the drink. His sport's imagery tends to have a New England hard edge, a California palm tree or a Southern drawl.
February 28, 2010
Memphis 120, at New York 109: Zach Randolph had 31 points and a career-high 25 rebounds against his former team, and the Grizzlies tied a franchise record with their fourth straight road win. Marc Gasol had 25 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who out-rebounded New York, 52-32. at Utah 133, Houston 110: Deron Williams scored 35 points in 32 minutes as the Jazz routed the defenseless Rockets. Williams was 13 for 17 from the field and had 13 assists and seven rebounds for Utah, which set a season high in points.
November 25, 2012
Zach Randolph simply dominated NBA news with his own special brand of Zach-ness this last week, just as he dominates the paint. There was a $25,000 fine from the NBA for his off-court confrontation with the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins . And earlier, the Grizzlies power forward was the subject of a fascinating, lengthy profile by former Times reporter Jonathan Abrams on the website Grantland. The topper of the week happened to be Randolph's own words when he was interviewed by radio host Chris Vernon in Memphis.
August 19, 2010 |
Even now, just days after signing the player most major league teams considered unsignable, Dodgers Assistant General Manager Logan White won't say exactly how he pulled it off. No good magician, it seems, gives up his secrets. But White will talk about the props he used to lure first-round draft pick Zach Lee and his family away from football — a newspaper article and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner. The newspaper story, White said, discussed how the pressure to meet expectations immediately had some pro football stars referring to the NFL as the Not For Long league.
September 22, 2012 |
USC attempts to bounce back from a loss at Stanford by trying to extend its winning streak against California to nine games. Times staff writer Gary Klein examines the story lines and matchups for Saturday's game. Bouncing back Neither quarterback won last week, but USC's Matt Barkley and Cal's Zach Maynard turned in dissimilar performances. Barkley lost his Heisman Trophy front-runner status after he was sacked four times and had passes intercepted on consecutive throws in a 21-14 loss at Stanford.