Community News Pasadena Public Library Celebrates Kwanzaa Festival From STAFF REPORTS Published on Saturday, December 27, 2014 | 1:22 am Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Join Pasadena Public Library for Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community & Culture on Saturday, December 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.Kwanzaa is an African-Americans celebration of life introduced by Dr. Maulana Karenga introduced the festival in 1966 to the United States as a ritual to welcome the first harvests to the home. Dr. Karenga created this festival for Afro-Americans as a response to the commercialism of Christmas.Enjoy music, stories and tasty dishes prepared by members of the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.For more information contact Pat Smith (626) 744-7268 or [email protected] Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Business News 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
USC’s defense celebrates after shutting out Arizona in the first half last weekend. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)After a nail-biting win following a last-minute comeback attempt by Arizona, the football team is on a bye week before taking on Colorado at home. On Tuesday, USC held the first of its two practices on its week off.The team, especially the defense, focused heavily on conditioning and controlling fatigue, something that almost cost the Trojans the game down the stretch as they allowed 20 unanswered points to Arizona in the final quarter and a half. Numerous injuries, most notably to senior captain and offensive lineman Porter Gustin (knee) have forced defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast to experiment with different lineups in practice before throwing them out on gameday. The most crucial, as Pendergast alluded to, are the absences of sophomore safety Bubba Bolden, who has not suited up this year for undisclosed reasons, and redshirt freshman safety Isaiah Pola-Mao, out for the year after injuring his shoulder against Stanford in Week 2. Despite the challenges, Pendergast has been impressed from what he’s seen from other players stepping up in practice.“I think we’re finally developing some continuity, particularly in the secondary,” Pendergast said. “I like playing a lot of the same guys together, and particularly in the back seven, where they can kind of get a feel working together. It’s been tough for [senior safety Marvell Tell III] because he hasn’t really been able to settle in with one safety that he can play with the majority of the time.”However, Pendergast singled out freshman safety Talanoa Hufanga as one player who he particularly believes is ready to take on a greater role.“It’s pretty much proven now that Hufanga can be that guy, so I think that is the 1-2 punch there at safety that I’m excited about, continuing to grow as the season grows,” Pendergast said. “Now that the season’s moving on, that I think will help the whole defense.”Tell has led the Trojans in tackles every single game this year. For him to get consistent help from his fellow defensive backs and develop chemistry will help make sure that the defense can sustain the level of production it did through the first two and a half quarters against the Wildcats. Freshman defensive lineman Jay Tufele believes that the Trojans have proven that they can execute their game plan, and that they’ll only continue to improve as the intangibles start to develop.“The whole week we were just emphasizing on defense that we were gonna stop the run,” Tufele said. “All of the stuff we were doing in practice that we were working on, it was all leading up to that, and I think we did a great job on Saturday proving that we could be efficient on stopping the run.”Sophomore defensive lineman Brandon Pili concurred with Tufele.“We prepped for them all week,” Pili said. “We knew they had a looser back, we knew they had a solid O-line, and we just prepared how we usually prepare for run heavy teams. We just went out there and did our thing.”Helton gets back to the basicsHead coach Clay Helton is taking advantage of the bye week to resolidify his team’s foundation and principles.“[We] really concentrated on not as much scheme work, but fundamentals, techniques and things that we need to improve individually,” Helton said. “There was a lot of individual time, some good competition in one-on-one, in team run and then some development on some of those players that are just on the edge, that are just one-snap away from being starters with injuries.” Helton as a whole was pleased with his defense’s play in stopping a very dynamic Arizona offense.“Our goal was to go in the game, stop the running game … but make it one-sided where the quarterback had to play and had to be a thrower,” Helton said. “To limit the explosive plays — they were a seven -yard play per team average team, a very explosive team … it was really a shutout in the first half.”Helton attributed the defense’s gritty performance to one key theme: discipline.“The problem that people were having was somebody would take the bait, get out of their gap, and when [Arizona running back JJ] Taylor hits a hole, he is gone,” Helton said. “I thought the discipline of gap integrity … held firm all night on it. I was really proud of them.”Injury UpdateGustin is nursing an ankle injury. His status is unknown until next week. Redshirt junior inside linebacker John Houston Jr. is dealing with a neck injury. He will be reevaluated on Monday.Freshman cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart suffered a high ankle sprain. He will be out for several weeks.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Los Angeles has now lost three in a row after having won six of their previous eight. Manager Don Mattingly was disappointed, to be sure.“I think we’re all kind of frustrated that we can’t sustain anything,” he said. “But we can’t get caught up in that thing of feeling sorry for ourselves. We pitched well, but we didn’t get key hits. We do know we’re capable.”As for Beckett’s performance, Mattlingly didn’t see much difference between his stuff Friday and his stuff five days earlier when he no-hit the Phillies.“It looked the same,” Mattingly said. “It didn’t look a lot different.”Becket bemoaned the pitch he made to Davis in the fourth inning that went for very long home run.“Like I said, if I don’t make the pitch to Ike Davis it’s a 1-1 game,” he said. “That’s really what it boils down to, making pitches when you have to. Even though nobody was on base, I had to make a better pitch than that.”On the bright side, Butera had a fine game defensively. He threw out two runners trying to steal, and picked another off second base.There were some immediate fireworks on fireworks night. Dee Gordon led off the Dodgers’ half of the first with a walk off Liriano. He stole second. Chone Figgins then hit a ball into the dirt that came back up and hit him as he was beginning his sprint to first base. Replays appeared to show Figgins was still in the batter’s box, but umpires ruled he was out of the box and out, period.Mattingly argued, to no avail.Liriano then struck out Puig and Ramirez, stranding Gordon at second.The Pirates got to Beckett in the top of the third. Beckett hit Starling Marte with a pitch, then walked Clint Barmes. Butera, who in the second inning threw out Russell Martin attempting to steal second to end the inning, picked off Marte at second base for the first out.Liriano struck out when he fouled off a bunt attempt with two strikes, but Josh Harrison singled to right to keep the inning alive. Neil Walker then singled to right to bring home Barmes for a 1-0 lead.By the end of that inning, Beckett had already thrown 61 pitches.On Beckett’s 65th pitch, Davis belted a 453-foot home run over the center field fence to lead off the Pittsburgh fourth inning for a 2-0 lead.Liriano, meanwhile, was Mr. Clutch when he had to be.Puig led off the bottom of the fourth with an infield single that saw him end up at second base when Liriano threw the ball away at first. No problem. He struck out Ramirez and Kemp swinging and induced Van Slyke to tap out meekly to catcher Martin.Liriano again showed trememdous mettle when he got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth when he got Puig to pop out to second base, bringing groans from a frustrated Dodgers crowd.It was more of the same in the sixth. Ramirez led off with a double, got to third on a groundout by Kemp on a nice play by Pirates second baseman Neil Walker. Liriano then struck out Van Slyke, who broke his bat over his knee, for the second out.Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle, perhaps remembering that Ethier had doubled off the lefty Liriano in his previous at bat, went with another lefty in Justin Wilson. He got Ethier to strike out swinging. Pitchers Josh Beckett of the Dodgers and Francisco Liriano of the Pittsburgh Pirates had a couple of things in common when they took the mound for their respective teams Friday at Dodger Stadium.Both had pitched no-hitters — Liriano in 2011 as a member of the Minnesota Twins, Beckett just this past Sunday. They both had the same catcher, too — Drew Butera, who started behind the plate for the boys in blue.There would be no back-to-back no-hitters for Beckett, who gave up a single to Russell Martin in the second inning. Beckett was gone after five innings, but Liriano came through with a gritty performance by pitching out of several jams to lead the Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers before 47,503. Beckett (3-2), who took the loss, was not bad. But he did struggle some. In five innings he gave up five hits, two earned runs — one of them a mammoth home run by Ike Davis in the fourth inning — while striking out five on 88 pitches. He also hit a batter and walked one. Liriano pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed five hits while striking out eight and walking two. Liriano (1-5) entered with an ERA of 5.06 and picked up his first victory of the season for Pittsburgh (25-29).The Dodgers (29-27) left five men in scoring position through the first six innings, and another in the eighth when they scored their only run on an RBI single to right by Hanley Ramirez. The heart of their order — Yasiel Puig, Ramirez (2-for-4) and Matt Kemp — went a combined 3-for-12. Kemp is hitless in his past 20 at-bats.Adrian Gonzalez, who has been struggling of late, did not start, but pinch-hit for Scott Van Slyke and grounded out off Pirates reliever Mark Melancon to end the eighth with Ramirez at second. Jason Grilli pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his seventh save.The Pirates had just six hits, the Dodgers seven.