USC assistant basketball coach Tony Bland faces serious federal criminal charges for alleged corruption, bribery, and more.On the bright side, he’s now a leading candidate to become dean of USC’s medical school.Doug ThomsonWest Los Angeles ::There are several successful recruiting tactics used by college coaching staffs to sway potential recruits to their institution. However, more often than not, it is the actual recruiter themselves that athletes gravitate to when making a decision on which basketball program to play for.Based on this week’s federal corruption fallout, and the unethical practices in all of amateur basketball, the award for the top recruiter in the nation should go to Ben Franklin.Larry Herrera Redondo Beach::I have only two words for the long and glorious history of USC athletics for skirting the rules and laws: Cheat on!Jack NelsonLos Angeles::Will USC basketball coach Andy Enfield use the same excuse as … [Read more...] about Letters: Readers shocked to find corruption in college sports in general and USC in particular
To the surprise of no one except maybe the UCLA coaching staff, UCLA’s novel strategy of no running game and a porous defense apparently isn’t the recipe for success after all.Mark MeadSan Diego:: Jim Mora is a defensive specialist, but enough about his news conferences.Wes WellmanSanta Monica:: The “Chosen One” is getting a reputation for making bad choices. A couple of those back-foot throws worked out for Josh Rosen against Texas A&M, but his luck ran out against Memphis. The next few weeks will determine if he is everything he and his coaches say he is. Only time will tell.Dave FarkasThousand Oaks:: All of this conjecture why the UCLA football program has been cratering the past two years misses the real reason: While the Bruins were winning nine and 10 games during Jim Mora’s first three seasons, he had Brett Hundley, a brilliant transformational quarterback who carried the team on his shoulders. No … [Read more...] about Letters: One loss and Bruins are in ruins again?
After watching the Trojans and the Bruins this past weekend, can someone please remind me why Los Angeles “needed” two mediocre NFL franchises?Brian LipsonBeverly Hills:: Well, if you are too young to have seen the legendary 1963 Rose Bowl, chin up; you just saw a game about as good there.Andrew SacksRiverside, California:: Wasn’t it just a few years ago after the 4 a.m. firing of Lame Kiffin at LAX that Kirk Herbstreit, the so-called “best” college football analyst, said that the list of coaches USC should be interested in hiring after the season begins and ends with Kevin Sumlin?I have not seen that many deer-in-headlights since leaving a concert one late night at the Greek Theatre!Howard P. CohenNorth Hills::Being a true-blue fan, that’s why I never leave a game early. You might see history.Steve ShaevelWoodland Hills::I left early.Jeff BlackLos Angeles::How many loyal UCLA fans will reminisce years from … [Read more...] about Letters: What a comeback for Bruins! What a comedown for Dodgers!
In just over 24 hours, Shoals Theatre will be bustling with the energy of Radio City Music Hall on the night of the Tony Awards.Complete with a red carpet out front and timed acceptance speeches, the theater hosts the first Stanley Awards on Saturday night, celebrating excellence in theater arts.The idea for an area-wide theater awards ceremony first came up several years ago with Shoals Theatre's executive board. The revival of Shoals Theater Guild a few years back, put the wheels in motion to make the idea a reality.Kay Woodard, director of the show, serves as co-chairman of the Stanley Awards with Laura Connolly and Cindy Buckner.“This has been a group effort,” Woodard said. “The goal is to recognize excellence in theater in the Shoals. The goal is also to get people interested in theater. We feel like if we can … [Read more...] about Stanley Awards: Celebrating excellence in theater
Photo Canadian football is like American football in the way Canada itself is like America: similar, but a little different. Credit Photo illustration by Matt Dorfman In November 1989, the Saskatchewan Roughriders met the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the SkyDome in Toronto for the Canadian Football League’s championship game. I was 9 years old, and I had already developed a tortured relationship with the Roughriders, familiar to any of the million-odd people who live in the province where I grew up. Until that point in the club’s 79-year history, the Riders had taken home just one title; in an eight-team league, this fact seemed to defy the laws of statistics.With the game soon to begin, we placed wagers on the outcome. I knew everyone would pick the Roughriders, out of loyalty if nothing else. Sensing opportunity, I chose the … [Read more...] about Letter of Recommendation: The Canadian Football League
show chapters Here's Marissa Mayer's goodbye letter to Yahoo employees Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 | 12:56 PM ET | 00:36 Marissa Mayer's time as Yahoo's CEO is officially over, following Verizon's announcement Tuesday that it has closed its acquisition of the internet company. Mayer, who will leave with a $23 million paycheck, recently published her goodbye letter on Tumblr, reflecting on the past five years with Yahoo. Here's the full text of the letter: … [Read more...] about Here’s Marissa Mayer’s goodbye letter to Yahoo employees
BLACKSBURG Ben Fleming ATHLETICS: Cross Country: Group 3A individual state runner-up. Indoor Track: 1,000-meter state champion, 3,200 runner-up. Outdoor Track: 3A West Region male runner of the year. ACADEMICS: Boys State Participant, A/B Honor Roll, Student of the Month, Member of Key Club and Interact Club. COMMUNITY: Setting up NRU soccer fields, Sunday School teacher, Operation Xmas Child, Compassion International, Blacksburg Striders race Volunteer and Special Olympics. SCA, Interact and Key Club. Plans to attend Virginia Tech. Samantha Marin ATHLETICS: Cross country: Group 3A individual state champion. Timesland female runner of the year. Indoor Track: All-Group 3A four times. Outdoor Track: All-state three times 2014-2016. ACADEMICS: National Honor Society, AP Scholar with Distinction. COMMUNITY: Virginia Democratic Party, Blacksburg Striders Club, Blacksburg Episcopal Church Volunteer. Plans to attend Columbia University. CAVE SPRING Josh Baier ATHLETICS: Wrestling: Two-time … [Read more...] about 2017 Bnai Brith Award nominees
In 2016, Janet Jackson abruptly canceled the Unbreakable Tour, which was seen by many as her comeback considering the album with that title was her first in seven years (it debuted at No. 1 but quickly slipped down the charts). Initially, no explanation was given. Finally, the news came: The then-49-year-old Jackson was pregnant for the first time in her life. On Jan. 3, Jackson gave birth to Eissa Al Mana. In recent weeks, her representative confirmed that she has separated from her Qatari businessman husband of more than four years, Wissam Al Mana. On Monday, the singer who was listed last year at No. 7 on Billboard's Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists with worldwide sales over 100 million, posted a 90-second video in which she discussed her upcoming, re-launched tour as well as her baby, her weight, and her upcoming divorce. The video begins with her lamenting that it looks as though she now has bags under eyes before concluding, "Oh, well, maybe I do." She continued, "It's me, Jan, … [Read more...] about Steve Smith: Janet Jackson reschedules tour, Ozzy goes Wylde and the Rolling Stones pick up some awards
Music's biggest night isn't just about songs and albums. Fashion is also in the spotlight, so click ahead to see the wide range of looks from the Grammys red carpet. Celine Dion arrives for the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, 2017, at Staples Center, in Los Angeles.Â Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Laverne CoxÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Chrissy TeigenÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY HalseyÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Celine DionÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY RihannaÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Nick JonasÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Lady GagaÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Taraji P. HensonÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Paulina RubioÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Anderson .PaakÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Lil YachtyÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Katy PerryÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Rick RossÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Demi LovatoÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Trace Lysette, left and Laverne CoxÂ Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY Katy PerryÂ Dan MacMedan, USA … [Read more...] about BeyoncÃ© wins award for ‘Lemonade’
HBO (2); AMC; ABC The nominations for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced bright and early this morning. Leading all contenders is Mildred Pierce, with 21 nominations, while Mad Men tops all series with 19, including nods for Best Drama, Actor for Jon Hamm, Actress for Elisabeth Moss, and Supporting nods for Christina Hendricks and John Slattery. Boardwalk Empire and Modern Family followed, with 18 and 17 nods, respectively. Jane Lynch hosts the awards, airing Sept. 18 on Fox. Here's the complete list of nominees: PHOTOS: 2011 Emmys—Notable Nominees Drama SeriesBoardwalk EmpireDexterFriday Night LightsGame of ThronesThe Good WifeMad Men Drama Series, ActorSteve Buscemi, Boardwalk EmpireKyle Chandler, Friday Night LightsMichael C. Hall, DexterJon Hamm, Mad MenHugh Laurie, HouseTimothy Olyphant, Justified Drama Series, ActressKathy Bates, Harry's LawConnie Britton, Friday Night LightsMireille Enos, The KillingMariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims … [Read more...] about Complete List of Nominations for 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards