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Rarely has a story about an angelic schoolgirl been narrated by Death. But such is the case in the dark, yet wondrous Nazi Germany-set "The Book Thief." ''Here's a small fact: You are going to die," we're told via voiceover by the Grim Reaper as we meet our young heroine, Liesel Meminger, played exquisitely by 13-year-old French-Canadian newcomer Sophie Nelisse.
BIMINI, Bahamas — Every time a cruise ship docks in Bimini, the population of this tiny archipelago just 50 miles off the coast of Miami could nearly double.
Area football players were snubbed on the All-Arizona team voted on by the football coaches association.
FLAGSTAFF — No matter what the Seton Catholic defense accomplished this season, the memory of last year’s semifinal loss to Blue Ridge shined brightest.
A Division IV football coach who saw Seton Catholic and Blue Ridge both in person and on film breaks down Friday night's state championship game at NAU Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff.
No. 1 Blue Ridge vs. No. 3 Seton Catholic
There wasn’t much question about the best boys basketball team in Division I last year, as Corona del Sol finished the season on a 30-game winning streak and cruised past Laveen Cesar Chavez for the state championship.
With some television seasons, "just OK" is the best you can expect.
The B-list rules Hollywood’s fall and holiday movie season: Bond, Bella and Bilbo.
It’s impossible to avoid the comparisons, so we may as well just get them out of the way early so we can move on.
There have been some arguments that it’s too soon for a brand new “Spider-Man” franchise. The original “Spider-Man” is only a decade old and the final installment to that series came out five years ago. At this rate, we’ll have multiple “Spider-Man” trilogies by the 21st century’s halfway point.
If you follow golf you know what happened to Kyle Stanley at last week's Famer's Insurance Open at San Diego's Torrey Pines Golf Course.
Bubba Watson's golf gets him noticed enough on the PGA Tour. Now it is his car that everyone is talking about.
It was a record-breaking night for Basha on Friday night.
Before Friday night, the Mesa boys soccer team had played in four overtime matches this season and lost everyone of them.
Jake Shields is not used to the role of underdog.
Shields, who held the Elite XC welterweight and Strikeforce middleweight championships in recent years, enters Saturday night's main event of UFC 129 against Georges St-Pierre on a 15-fight winning streak, which spans seven years and includes victories over Dan Henderson, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler and Yushin Okami. The card, which will take place in front of 55,000 fans at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, can be seen live on pay-per-view at 9 p.m. EST.
"It's doesn't really surprise me," Shields said of his underdog status. "It doesn't bother me at all. When I fought against Henderson, that surprised me. If you look at mine and Henderson's record at the time, we pretty much accomplished the same things. We fought all kinds of guys. He was the 4:1 favorite. It didn't bother me at all. I don't look at myself as the underdog in this fight. I look at it as two guys going in even. In my mind, I'm going to go out there and win."
Even with a resume as impressive as Shields possesses, St-Pierre offers a unique opportunity. Long regarded as the world's top welterweight and one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, St-Pierre mastered the art of countering his opponents' strengths and changing his style accordingly.
St-Pierre enters with an eight-fight win streak, including wins over former UFC champions Matt Hughes, Matt Serra and B.J. Penn.
"There's a lot of differences between me and those guys," said Shields, a 32-year-old California native with a 26-4-1 mark. "I mentally refuse to lose and always find a way to win. I've got more heart. I'm better at conditioning. My grappling is on a completely different level than those guys.
"As far as Georges goes, he's completely different than anyone I've fought too. He's in the best condition. He's one of the best strikers. He's one of those guys with very little holes in his game. Most guys, you can watch and break down and you see big holes and figure out where to exploit them. Georges is a guy with only a few small holes. Of course, he still does have his weaknesses."
St-Pierre, a 29-year old who fights out of Montreal, embraces the challenge of fighting Shields and further proving his standing atop the welterweight charts.
"I welcome the challenge," said St-Pierre, who has a 21-2 record. "I want to fight the best. I want to be the best. I don't want to be a paper champion. I want to be a real champion. And to be a real champion, I need to fight the best, the best contender, the best guy. I count Jake Shields like a champion too. He's champion in many different organizations and many different weight classes, something I've never done. I take this fight very seriously."
The night marks the UFC debut of Jose Aldo, who was crowned the promotion's featherweight champion after World Extreme Cagefighting's roster was folded into the UFC last year.
Aldo (18-1) will fight Mark Hominick, who defeated George Roop in January to become the top contender and improve to 20-8.
"Hominick is a great fighter," Aldo said. "He is the number one contender. I know this is his dream too. But his dream must come to an end for my dream to go on. And I have come too far, worked too hard and want to take care of my family too much to let anyone take this UFC belt from me."
The night will also mark the end of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture's career. The former multiple-time champion in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions will fight former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.
"It's my 30th fight," Couture said. "I've been doing this for 14 years. It's time to focus on the other things in my life and enjoy my life a little bit."
-- Light heavyweights Vladimir Matyushenko and Jason Brilz and lightweights Mark Bocek and Ben Henderson will also compete on the pay-per-view.
A pair of preliminary welterweight fights will air live on Spike TV at 8 p.m. EST. Nate Diaz will fight Rory MacDonald, and Sean Pierson will fight Jake Ellenberger.
Five other preliminary fights will air on the UFC's Facebook page at 6 p.m. EST. The matches include: welterweights Claude Patrick vs. Daniel Roberts; bantamweights Ivan Menjivar vs. Charlie Valencia; middleweights Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen; lightweights John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson; and featherweights Yves Jabouin vs. Pablo Garza.
LOS ANGELES - A momentous finale lies ahead for Hollywood this year. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is the biggest screen farewell since the final “Star Wars” movie, closing out a decade of adventures for the young wizard.