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Is this bad basketball, or are we seeing something else in conference finals?

In a lot of ways, the 82-game NBA season pointed in one direction — to the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets meeting in the Western Conference finals. Expectations were high, deservedly. They’re owners of two of the top 31 offenses in the NBA shot-clock era. They’re loaded with stars from...
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Egypt's summertime escape: White sand beaches and designer cocktails, but no room for the public
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0200
Kiki’s Beach Bar offers cool breezes and $14 designer cocktails. But good luck getting in — unless you’re famous, or, better yet, know someone who works the door. But exclusivity, of course, is a draw for Cairo’s junior beau monde, which on Thursday...
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Red Sanders' impact on UCLA football has lasted well past his death, 60 years ago Tuesday
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0200
The darkest day in UCLA football history started with a coaches’ luncheon on campus. While Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, Oklahoma’s Bud Wilkinson and other top college coaches assembled in Chicago for a yearly all-star game, Henry Russell “Red”...
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Archaeologists explore a rural field in Kansas, and a lost city emerges
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0200
A Kansas archaeology professor believes he's found the lost city of Etzanoa, spurring a rethinking of traditional views on the Native Americans' early settlement of the Midwest.
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'Killed me little by little.' Family detention left lasting scars for one mother and son
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0200
For a long time, Lilian Oliva Bardales worried about how her young son, Cristhian, was adjusting to their new life in Barcelona. He squeezed her every time he saw a police officer. He got scared when people he didn’t know talked to him. Teachers told...
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When the path to the altar is littered with old debts
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0200
Dear Liz: My fiancee has incurred a lot of medical debt during the course of our relationship. She works 13- to 14-hour days at two jobs so she can start saving for the wedding and our shared goals, which include buying her a car, sending me to grad school...
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7-Eleven owners say new pact with Japanese-owned chain disenfranchises them
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0200
Sunny Sandhu bought his first 7-Eleven store in Southern California in 1999 when he was 28 years old. Like many other franchisees, the immigrant from India considered the Slurpee seller a sure path to the American dream. Over the following 14 years, Sandhu...
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Dodgers lose to Mariners in extra innings with walk-off balk
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 08:50:00 +0200
The movement was small enough that it might not be noticeable in another situation. But this was the 10th inning of a tied game between two teams with playoff aspirations. When Dodgers reliever Dylan Floro stepped off the mound with the bases loaded,...
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Albert Pujols has season-high four RBIs, Angels beat Rangers 11-7
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 08:15:00 +0200
Albert Pujols drove in a season-high four runs, Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run homer and the Angels beat the Texas Rangers 11-7 on a rainy Saturday night. Pujols hit a solo home run in the second inning and a two-run single in the third against Rangers...
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NFL preseason: Dak Prescott solid, Andy Dalton sluggish as Bengals top Cowboys 21-13
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 07:25:00 +0200
Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys had another efficient preseason showing. Andy Dalton bogged down a bit with his Cincinnati Bengals. Prescott led a pair of scoring drives in three possessions, capped by a scrambling 6-yard scoring pass to Terrance...
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Chargers defense has solid outing in 24-14 victory over Seahawks
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 07:20:00 +0200
Bend but don’t break. It’s the phrase that was most frequently used to describe the Chargers’ stingy defense in 2017. Teams could move the ball — the defense was square in the middle of the league in yardage allowed — but points? Those were...
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Chargers cornerback Michael Davis takes a step back in second preseason game
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 07:10:00 +0200
Second-year cornerback Michael Davis, who played only 36 snaps as a rookie last season, has earned rave reviews for his improved play in training camp this summer. “Like night and day,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said last week of the 6-foot-2, 195-pound...
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Tyson Fury sets up Deontay Wilder fight after winning second comeback bout
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 06:20:00 +0200
Tyson Fury says he has signed the contract. Deontay Wilder said the fight is “official.” All it needs now is a time and a place. Fury, the former world heavyweight champion, cleared the way for a fight with Wilder, the current WBC titleholder, by...
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Kurt Busch steals spotlight from younger brother at Bristol
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 06:15:00 +0200
Kurt Busch stole the spotlight from his younger brother Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to snap a 58-race winless streak and grab an overdue short track victory. Busch won for the first time this season — first since the 2017 season-opening...
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A lot has changed since the Raiders left L.A., but the city still bleeds silver and black
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 05:30:00 +0200
Stan Carranza stood on the edge of one of the parking lots down Martin Luther King Boulevard searching for passersby in Rams gear. Carranza wore a custom-made Raiders jersey with the No. 20 and the name “C Dogg” across the back. He wore sunglasses...
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Canoe voyage from Hawaii to California aims to raise environmental awareness, connect with island culture
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 05:20:00 +0200
A double-hulled voyaging canoe crafted using an ancient design set sail from Hawaii on Saturday to raise awareness about an all-too-modern problem. As it travels from Honolulu to San Francisco, the Hikianalia, a contemporary take on a traditional Polynesian...
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