It may not be entirely accurate to make larger statements about teams based on one series, but it certainly is tempting at times like these.
The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Giants with a 4-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park, with marquee acquisition Hanley Ramirez driving in runs in all three games for Los Angeles. The Giants, who were shut out two games in a row, made no deal to match the Ramirez trade. Read More
The U.S. men’s basketball team launched their Olympic title defense with a joyful display of high-flying skill, soaring past France 98-71 on Sunday.No-look assists, alley-oop passes for thunderous dunks and sublime ball-handling drew oohs and ahs from a packed Olympic Basketball Arena crowd on the opening day of action in the men’s basketball tournament.EuroBasket silver medalists France, whose preparation for the Games was hampered due to problems with several of their top players, kept it close in the early going before the U.S. team cut loose. Read More
A major diplomatic incident marred the first day of competition at the London Olympics on Wednesday when the North Korea women’s soccer team walked off after the South Korea flag was mistakenly displayed before their match against Colombia.The error occurred in Scotland at Glasgow’s Hampden Park stadium which was hosting one of the day’s six matches kicking off the women’s tournament and led to a delay of more than an hour before the game eventually started. Read More
Cal coach Jeff Tedford visited the New England Patriots camp for a week this summer and came away with some useful information.
“One of the main reasons was to look at their tight end package,” Tedford said during the Pac-12 Conference’s media day in Los Angeles on Tuesday. “That’s critical for us.”
Tedford believes he has a potential NFL tight end in Richard Rodgers, but he also needs to find a way to take some of the defensive pressure off wide receiver Keenan Allen, who figures to get increased defensive attention now that wide receiver Marvin Jones is gone. Read More
Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc <PEET.O> said on Monday it struck a deal to be acquired by Joh. A. Benckiser for about $1 billion, a move that will give Peet’s a financial jolt as it competes against larger coffee and tea shops and will broaden the reach of Germany’s Reimann family in the coffee business.The offer price of $73.50 per share in cash represents a premium of nearly 29 percent over Peet’s July 20 closing stock price of $57.16.Shares of Peet’s were trading at $73.70, above the offer price, after soaring to $74.25 in morning trading on Nasdaq. Read More
The man accused of killing a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater during a showing of the new "Batman" film gave little away in his first court appearance on Monday, sitting silently in a red jailhouse jump suit and with his hair dyed bright red.James Eagan Holmes, 24, who was detained immediately after the massacre early on Friday morning, appeared groggy and emotionless during the brief hearing, looking straight ahead and occasionally closing his eyes. He was shackled at the wrists and ankles. Read More
The governing body of U.S. college sports took sweeping, unprecedented action against Penn State University’s revered football program on Monday in response to a child sex abuse scandal, fining the school $60 million and voiding the team’s victories for the past 14 seasons.While the school was not given the so-called “death penalty” that could have suspended its football program, it was banned from post-season bowl games for four years and had the number of scholarships available to players reduced from 15 to 25. Read More
Jimmy Rollins lined an RBI single in the 12th inning to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Sunday.John Mayberry Jr. hit a pair of solo homers and Joe Blanton had another strong start for Philadelphia.Nate Schierholtz hit two solo shots for the Giants.Kyle Kendrick (4-8) earned the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.Carlos Ruiz walked in the 12th against Brad Penny (0-1). He advanced to third on Laynce Nix’s single to right and scored on Rollins’ hit to right. Read More
President Barack Obama travels to Colorado on Sunday to meet families bereaved after a “demonic” gunman went on a shooting rampage at a movie theater in a Denver suburb, killing at least 12 people and wounding 58.The victims, who ranged from six to 51 years of age, died in Aurora, Colorado, early on Friday when a gunman police identified as graduate-school dropout James Holmes opened fire during a packed midnight premiere of the latest “Batman” film. Read More
A gunman in a gas mask and body armor killed 12 people at a midnight premiere of the new "Batman" movie in a suburb of Denver early on Friday, sparking pandemonium when he hurled a gas canister into the auditorium and opened fire on moviegoers.
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The Atlanta Braves squeaked by the Giants 3-2 on Thursday, salvaging the final game of a three-game series.
“You lose two in a row after winning seven,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said, “and it feels like you’ll never win again.”
Freddie Freeman and David Ross hit solo home runs, and Tim Hudson (8-4) limited San Francisco, which saw its five-game win streak end, to two runs in 7¹⁄³ innings. Read More
Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco launched three-run homers into the right-field seats in the 11th inning as visiting San Francisco beat Atlanta for the second consecutive night.Crawford and Blanco both hit deep blasts off Chad Durbin, as the Braves' bullpen allowed eight runs (four earned) in extra innings. Crawford's homer broke a 3-3 tie.San Francisco took a 3-1 lead in the top of the 10th, but Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann both extended their hitting streaks - and the game - in the bottom off the inning, as the Braves rallied against closer Santiago Casilla. Read More
Jonathan Sanchez, the primary player involved in the trade that sent Melky Cabrera to the Giants, was designated for assignment, and the Kansas City Royals essentially replaced him on the roster with the minor-league player acquired in the Cabrera trade — Ryan Verdugo. Verdugo was scheduled to make his major-league debut Tuesday. On Monday, Sanchez gave up five runs before retiring a Seattle Mariners batter and yielded seven runs in 1¹⁄³ innings. Sanchez is 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts, and he’s winless in 11 starts after an April 8 victory over the Angels. Read More
Buster Posey drove in five runs and the visiting Giants scored six runs in the fourth inning to cruise past the Atlanta Braves 9-0 on Tuesday, their fourth consecutive victory. The Giants’ win also snapped Atlanta’s seven-game win streak.
Posey, a Georgia native, went 3-for-5 with two doubles. That was more than enough support for left-hander Barry Zito (8-6), who surrendered just three hits in seven shutout innings while walking one and striking out four. Read More
Tiger Woods is not surprised he can return to the top of the world rankings by winning the British Open and is not feeling impatient because he has not won a major for four years, he said on Tuesday.
The 14-time major champion, who has not won one of the big four tournaments since the 2008 U.S. Open, has battled his way back to form in recent months following personal problems and injuries.
“I just try and put myself there,” he told a news conference. “I think that if I continue putting myself there enough times, then I’ll win major championships.” Read More