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Quitting the NFL cold turkey

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Sunday’s national holiday has me feeling stressed out. The holiday, of course, is the Super Bowl, as likely to clear the streets and bring family together as Christmas. But this year it reminds me of all the insults I received when I wrote about my decision to boycott the NFL this season. One reader called me a “Nancy,” several called me a “nerd,” and someone …

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One Thing: Sports


From politics and music to television, health and sports, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2013.

Bill Plaschke, sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times talks about the rebirth of the Dodgers in 2013 that began with two words: Yasiel Puig. “He was surprising, he was crazy, he …

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For Chivas USA fans, no place feels like home

Members of the Black Army 1850, a Chivas USA supporter
group, cheer on their team in the final minute of the game. (Photo: Avishay Artsy)

Los Angeles is home to two Major League Soccer teams.
The LA Galaxy is in the playoffs again and competing for its third straight title. LA’s other soccer team, Chivas USA, isn’t faring as well.
The team is on its third coach in less than a year, and there’s been high turnover among players and staff. Charges of racism and discrimination on the part of the team’s management …

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L.A. County can’t find thousands of probationers


County probation officials say they’ve lost track of almost 2,000 people on probation. The L.A. Daily News reports that the unaccounted offenders have warrants out for their arrests and make up more than 20 percent of those in the county taking part in Governor Jerry Brown’s prison realignment plan. The probation department says law enforcement teams are searching for the missing probationers…Meanwhile, California is …

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Surfing and the military industrial complex

Via Flickr by colmsurf/ Creative Commons

Surfing might not immediately strike one as a subject filled with history, but Professors Peter Westwick and Peter Neushel prove that the multi-billion dollar industry has a complicated past in their new book, “The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing.” Peter Westwick joined Warren Olney on Which Way, LA? recently to discuss the new book. Surfers and non-surfers alike will be …

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Safer helmets may help reduce football concussions

UCLA engineering professor Vijay Gupta and the football helmet and polymer material used in his experiments. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

The NFL last week settled lawsuits with more than 4,500 former players, paying out $765 million.
Some of those players are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or depression, and say the NFL hid information about the long-term risks of concussions.
That’s certainly not the end of the NFL’s problems. Another lawsuit was filed last weekend against the league and a helmet manufacturer.
They might find some solace in …

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Foundation floats plan for big L.A. River water wheel; Prison chief to meet hunger strikers; Tower troubles


Water works. Imagine gazing upon the Los Angeles River near downtown and seeing a tranquil retreat rather than concrete drainage system surrounded by an an industrialized wasteland.
That’s what Lauren Bon hopes to see.
Bon is a local artist and director of the Annenberg Foundation. She’s seeking permission for the foundation to build a 70-foot water wheel and a lush sanctuary on the west side of …

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One pitch over the line


The Dodgers’ $147 million man, Zack Greinke, won’t be pitching high-dollar baseball anytime soon. It’s hard to do that with a fractured collarbone.
The last pitch Greinke threw Thursday night at Petco Park in San Diego hit Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin on the upper arm. Enraged, Quentin charged the mound, the two players body slammed, threw punches at each other and, with the help of …

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UCLA’s special chapter in the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson

No. 42, Jackie Robinson swinging a bat in Dodgers uniform, 1954.

Brooklyn earns a special place in the Jackie Robinson story. The borough’s mix of immigrants and progressive politics made for congenial fans when Robinson brought down the color bar in baseball.
But UCLA deserves a chapter, too.
Jackie Robinson, born in the segregated south, was just a few months old in 1920, when his family settled in Pasadena, California.  By his teenage years, Robinson was, by …

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The hardest sport you’ve never heard of

The view from the 55th floor of the Aon Building at 707 Wilshire. Photo by Stan Schwarz

This Saturday, April 6, the American Lung Association sponsors it’s annual climb of the Aon Building at 707 Wilshire — L.A.’s second tallest. But when that’s over and most of the charity climbers reach for that second plate of celebratory waffles, there are dozens more who will grab their bicycle gloves and spandex shorts and head to the nearest staircase for another steep climb. These …

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Dodgers reboot: New owners, record payroll and a renovated stadium


The Major League Baseball season begins on Monday and the first exhibition game in newly renovated Dodger Stadium is getting under way tonight. We get a preview of the upcoming season and the new look at Dodger Stadium, renovated to emphasize fan comfort, Dodger Blue and Restroom Green.

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Photos: Big changes at Dodger Stadium


When Dodger Stadium opened in 1962, it was gem of modern architecture, capturing in steel and concrete the cool, Kennedyesque spirit of the time. You can just imagine the cast of “Mad Men” cheering in the stands, or better yet, having a gin and tonic in the Clubhouse. The ballpark was also notable for its setting, perched on an Elysian Park hilltop with  commanding …

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Today’s News: Dorner reward, Prop 8 heads to Supreme Court


Immigration reform. Only 19 percent of California voters say people who are in the country illegally should have to leave, according to a new USC Dornsife/LA Times poll. 72 percent of voters polled said they support comprehensive reform that includes a path to citizenship. USC Dornslife / LA Times
Stockton’s bankruptcy trial begins. After years of financial trouble, Stockton declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy last year. Now …

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LA Observed: Looking forward to baseball season

Opening day of the baseball season is less than a month away. For both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Anaheim Angels, expectations are high. Of course, that goes with the territory for local sports.
But this season, there’s actually reason to be excited and for the fans to expect more.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis talked baseball with Kevin Roderick of LA Observed.

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LA Galaxy kicks off a new season


Los Angeles Galaxy, the two-time defending Major League Soccer champions have their first game of the 2013 season this Sunday at home against the Chicago Fire.
With Beckham gone and Landon Donovan on a two-month soul-searching sabbatical that will keep him out of the team until late April, the captain’s armband has been handed to Irish international Robbie Keane, the team’s top scorer last season. …

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Lakers owner Jerry Buss remembered

Los Angeles sports fan are mourning the loss of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who died early this morning, at the age of 80. He was being treated for cancer.
Buss led the Lakers to win 10 NBA championships in three-plus decades, and is credited with making the team glamorous and exciting, introducing a sense of showmanship that changed NBA culture forever.
David Wharton is …

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One Thing: Sports


We asked eleven of our sharpest local observers what they thought were the most important stories and trends of the year. From politics and music to faith, literature and film, they weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2012.
So what was the one thing that made a difference in L.A. sports? For Bill Plaschke, Sports Columnist at the Los Angeles Times, it was …

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This week’s entertainment buzz

Photo credits: Richard McLaren

Film: Word of Mouth Movie Hopes
It’s common practice to look at box office numbers on Mondays— especially the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend. But what’s most striking today isn’t the massive success of the final installment in the Twilight series or of Bond’s “Skyfall,” it’s the relatively small number that “Silver Linings Playbook” did. The film was directed by David O. Russell, who also adapted …

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Photos: Pauley Pavilion comes back

The view from the floor. Along with basketball, Pauley will also be home to UCLA's volleyball and gymnastic competitions as before. It will also host concerts, rallies and campus special events.

This week, UCLA unveils the new Pauley Pavilion after the completion of a two-year long, $136 million dollar renovation project. For sports fans, Pauley is holy ground for collegiate athletics, especially when it comes to basketball. It’s the place, after all, where legendary coach John Wooden led his men’s basketball team to 10 NCAA national titles in 12 seasons. In fact, between 1965 and 1975, UCLA …

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Closing in on approval of a football stadium in Downtown LA

Warren Olney

For years, the powerful developer AEG has been working to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles with a 76,000-seat stadium downtown. It appears that the wait is all over except for two more meetings by the Planning Commission this week and the City Council two weeks from now. LA Times columnist Jim Newton says, “If there are concessions left to get, now’s the time to get them…”

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