Oscar horse race to be a photo finish – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleLOS ANGELES (AP) — Many of the winners who will take home an Oscar on Sunday have long been forecast, their triumph made seemingly self-evident after months of … Read More

Non-Stop: Bring back the Liam Neeson who likes to wreak vengeance – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and MailNo one beats the living hell out of bad guys so thoroughly enjoyably on screen as Liam Neeson. It makes no sense, but there it is. The … Read More

Oscars: A look back at some early, pioneering roles for black actors – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesNearly three-quarters of a century before the film “12 Years a Slave,” a scathing indictment of slavery, was nominated for nine Academy Awards, Hattie McDaniel won a supporting … Read More

Oscars pit gravitas of ‘Slave’ against pull of ‘Gravity’ – Reuters

ReutersLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – To historian Brenda Stevenson, a scholar on American slavery, “12 Years a Slave” is a masterful cinematic work that achieves more than any other film on … Read More

The ‘Bachelor’ dumped again, but not by KC’s Nikki Ferrell – Kansas City Star

Kansas City StarWarning: This story contains spoilers about Tuesday night’s episode of “The Bachelor.” Keep your besitos to yourself! Andi Dorfman became yet another “Bachelor” contestant to dump Juan Pablo … Read More

After all the hype, NFL prospect Michael Sam’s combine performance was … – Yahoo Canada Sports (blog)

Yahoo Canada Sports (blog)Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam previously said he wanted to be judged only by his athletic performance, not his sexual orientation. If that is the case, … Read More

Chris Harrison on The Bachelor: ‘Essentially, Juan Pablo Was Dumped’ – People Magazine

People MagazineThis week, The Bachelor fans can expect double the episodes and more than double the drama, according to host Chris Harrison, who spoke with PEOPLE Wednesday. Juan Pablo met … Read More

Venezuela Streets Blocked as Verbal Bout Heated Before Talks – Bloomberg

BloombergAnti-government protesters blocked streets in Caracas this morning after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders traded insults ahead of a meeting to ease tensions. Demonstrators used tree trunks, sewer … Read More

North Carolina uses second-half surge to defeat fifth-ranked Duke – Kansas City Star

Kansas City StarCHAPEL HILL, N.C. — There are any number of ways to explain North Carolina’s 74-66 victory over fifth-ranked Duke, one that had a sea of light blue filling … Read More

‘The Bachelor’ recap: Fight and Flight – Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment WeeklyOne “lady” leaves of her own volition, while Clare and Nikki take their cold war to Defcon 2. Ep. 07 | Aired Feb 17, 2014. Kristen Baldwin on Feb … Read More

Wolverines can’t overcome Frank Kaminsky and Badgers – Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free PressWisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky (44) shoots the ball in front of Michigan Wolverines forward Jon Horford (15) in the second half at Crisler Arena. The Badgers won, … Read More

Faye Gulini just misses medal in snowboardcross; Lindsey Jacobellis falls again – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Faye Gulini finished fourth in the Olympic snowboardcross final here, ending a disappointing day for the American team that was hoping for at least one … Read More