| Jun 17, 2014
| 7:21 PM
For an update on teams back in action on Day 7 of the World Cup, let's hear from some of the principals. No writer could say it any better.
"If my boys are happy, then I am happy."
--Netherlands Coach Louis van Gaal, explaining why he intended to...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 7:22 AM
Yesterday in one sentence: They were draws in the scorebook, but Mexico beat Brazil, 0-0, and South Korea beat Russia, 1-1.
What’s on tap: Australia vs Netherlands, noon, ESPN; Spain vs. Chile, 3 p.m.; ESPN; Cameroon vs. Croatia, 6 p.m., ESPN....
| Jun 18, 2014
| 5:11 PM
An elimination Wednesday at the World Cup concluded with Croatia's 4-0 beat-down of Cameroon, which began the match minus its most acclaimed player and ended it without perhaps the next one.
Cameroon can commiserate with Spain and Australia. All fell to...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 3:01 PM
California wine received a rare honor when the Smithsonian Institution chose the two bottles that won the famous Paris Tasting of 1976 as part of the museum’s online exhibit “101 Objects That Made America.”
The two bottles are, of...
| Jun 22, 2014
| 3:54 PM
AUSTRALIA VS. SPAIN
Where: Curitiba. Time: 9 a.m. PDT.
TV: ESPN2, UniMas/Galavision.
The buzz: Neither team can advance, but that doesn't make this game meaningless — especially for Spain. No defending champion has failed to secure...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 6:31 AM
Yesterday in one sentence: The United States wouldn't have been deserving winners, and I understand my own personal expectations are too high, but that was a devastating draw that puts the team in a terrible situation heading into the Germany match....
| Apr 1, 2014
| 1:49 PM
Peter Dinklage stopped by "The Daily Show" on Monday, but Jon Stewart admitted there was very little he could ask the actor. Why? Because Dinklage is starring in "Game of Thrones" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past," two projects very popular in the "spoiler...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 10:55 AM
The United States will open play in the 2014 World Cup on June 16 in Natal, Brazil, in a Group G game against Ghana, a team that has eliminated it from the last two tournaments.
The Americans were drawn into Group G along with Germany and Portugal....
| Mar 23, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Distant Lands staffer Julia Hagie will share stories and photos of her trip to South Georgia Island, the South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena....
| Mar 14, 2014
| 1:22 PM
If you think the plant louse phylloxera or the "great experiment" of Prohibition were hiccups in your country's winemaking life, consider instead Communist rule, ethnic cleansing and carpet-bombing.
Many of the Balkan countries, winemakers for upward of...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 9:24 AM
Bob Dylan is under investigation by French authorities over comments he made in a 2012 interview for Rolling Stone in which he appeared to compare Croatia to Nazi Germany.
According to the Paris prosecutor's office, Dylan has been placed under formal...