Dancer steps on Marie Osmond’s toes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThis might cost Maksim some votes. Marie is a showbiz survivor who enjoys enduring and deep affection from the public. Not smart to diss her. The final results will be revealed tonight on ABC. `The Closer’ in holiday mode For Kyra Sedgwick playing LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson has been a role of a lifetime and the actress’s award-winning performance has made TNT’s “The Closer” the highest-rated drama on basic cable the past two years. Kyra and the cast return for a special two-hour episode of the show airing Monday. Although the show has a holiday theme, it was filmed last summer so it was never in danger of being impacted by the ongoing writers strike. Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who participated in the “Dancing With the Stars” finale Monday night with his partner Mel B. (aka Scary Spice), doesn’t think Marie Osmond deserves to be in the final with him and Scary along with Helio Castroneves and partner Julianne Hough. “Frankly, I think there were a lot of other people better than Marie,” Chmerkovskiy told “Extra,” suggesting that the 48-year-old singer was carried into the finale due to public sympathy over the loss of her father and her 16-year-old son’s recent entry into rehab. “I know first-hand there are a lot of celebrities on the show that went through similar situations this season and decided not to make it public,” he said. Ouch! “I hope for everyone that they work something out that feels right and fair and good for everybody,” Kyra said when we spoke Sunday. “There’s plenty, there’s enough to go around. Knowing that, this should be solved.” As for her own holidays, Kyra, husband Kevin Bacon and their two kids won’t be pulling out all the stops. “Thanksgiving is the big holiday for us,” she said. “We always go away for Christmas because we’re not big fans of the holiday. We stay away and give each other one present and that’s the end of it. This year we will go (volunteer) and be of service as a family somewhere.” At work, Kyra doesn’t try and tell writers which direction to take the headstrong cop with a major sweet tooth. “I really feel like it’s just too hard for me to be that objective. I don’t think she’s the kind of person who has any real insight into where her life is going anyway. I really trust the writers,” she confided. To read an extended version of this story, go to For more celebrity news, see Greg Hernandez’s blogs Hollywood Joe – – and Out In Hollywood – local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

College roundup: CSUN boots UC Irvine in battle of unbeatens

first_img UC Irvine halved the deficit, Craig Ettinger scoring on an 88th-minute penalty kick after a hand ball. CSUN, unbeaten in its past six matches, improved to 8-2-3 overall and 4-0-1 in Big West play. The Matadors, ranked 23rd by Soccer America magazine, hold a two-point lead over UC Santa Barbara (3-0-2). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Rossi broke the tie with his second goal of the season, finishing from a feed by Ferguson Agwu. His penalty kick followed a foul committed against star defender Sean Franklin, a U.S. under-20 national team veteran. The Anteaters fell to 6-4-3 overall and 3-1-1 in Big West action. Cal Lutheran 7, Caltech 0: Hiroki Sasamoto and Brady Wright scored two goals apiece and the Kingsmen (9-1-2, 8-1-1) outshot their guests 35-1, romping to a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference triumph at North Field in Thousand Oaks. Kay Bjerken, Chris Thompson and Jorge Tellez also scored for Cal Lutheran. Caltech fell to 0-12-1 overall and 0-10 in SCIAC play. Ryan Rossi scored two late goals, and Cal State Northridge’s men’s soccer team held on Tuesday for a 2-1 victory over visiting UC Irvine in a showdown of Big West Conference unbeatens at Matador Field. Rossi chipped the ball over Anteaters goalkeeper Ryan Mathy to break a scoreless tie in the 81st minute, then converted a penalty kick four minutes later for a 2-0 advantage. center_img Occidental 2, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 2: Jeremiah Ray and Fran Taylor scored goals 22 seconds apart, and the Tigers earned a point with an overtime draw in an SCIAC match in Eagle Rock. Ray scored in the 15th minute and Taylor in the 16th as Occidental (3-8-3, 2-5-3) overcame an early deficit. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, coached by former Los Angeles Galaxy captain Dan Calichman, went ahead on Max Lipsett’s 14th minute penalty kick. AnGee Baldini scored in the 50th minute to pull CMS (5-8-2, 4-4-2) even. Azusa Pacific 2, The Master’s 0: Chris Batdorf and Sven Simon scored goals early in the second half, and APU (13-2, 6-1) held off the Mustangs (5-6-2, 2-4-1) for a Golden State Athletic Conference victory in Santa Clara. Batdorf scored in the 47th minute, firing home a rebound after Brandon Stirm’s shot struck the crossbar. Simon added a 52nd-minute goal. Azusa Pacific played with 10 men after Beau Hayden was red-carded in the 51st minute. The Master’s held 10-6 shot and 5-0 corner kick advantages. WOMEN’S SOCCER: MASTER’S TAKES APU TO OT Megan Cardin’s overtime goal lifted perennial NAIA women’s soccer powerhouse Azusa Pacific to a 1-0 Golden State Athletic Conference triumph over The Master’s in Santa Clarita. APU, which limited the Mustangs to three shots, remained unbeaten with the victory, improving to 11-0-3 overall and 4-0-3 in GSAC action. The Master’s, which withstood 13 APU shots, fell to 6-7-2 overall and 1-4-2 in GSAC play. Occidental 0, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 0: The Tigers settled for a scoreless draw in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game in Claremont. MEN’S WATER POLO: CAL LUTHERAN FALLS TO 0-2 IN SCIAC A.J. Kotanjian and Erick Leon scored four goals apiece and Jack Zerbe added three as Whittier romped to an early lead and pulled away late for a 15-7 victory over Cal Lutheran in men’s water polo at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village. The Poets jumped to a 4-1 first quarter lead and scored six fourth-quarter goals to improve to 8-11 overall and 2-0 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. Cal Lutheran (6-12, 0-2) received three goals from Jared Clark and two from Wes Araluce. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more