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January 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Ed Hookstratten, a lawyer and agent whose powerful roster of clients made him a force to be reckoned with in the worlds of sports, entertainment and journalism, died Wednesday at his Beverly Hills home of complications related to congestive heart failure. He was 83. Known as a kingmaker, Hookstratten had a client list that included Elvis Presley, Johnny Carson, Tom Brokaw, Marcus Allen, Pat Riley and Vin Scully. He was also general counsel of the Los Angeles Rams, holding tremendous sway over the franchise for several years as well as several other National Football League teams because he represented many top head coaches, including George Allen.
January 23, 2014 | David Lazarus
Marty Tudor's 19-year-old daughter has just left for a semester of study in the Netherlands, which is very cool. What's not cool is that AT&T told Tudor it wouldn't unlock her iPhone 5 so she could use it with a local service while abroad, even though he was fully willing to keep making monthly payments on her U.S. plan. "It's maddening," he told me. "I'm not proposing anything that would reduce their business in any way, shape or form. But they just didn't want to even discuss it. " At first glance, this seems like one of those classic cases in which a customer's needs weren't covered by a business' corporate playbook, so the knee-jerk reaction was to say no. But AT&T actually does have a plan for students heading abroad, so this is also a classic case of a service rep with no clue about the company he's repping, which is perhaps even worse than just-say-no corporate intransigence.
January 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp is aiming to return from his off-season ankle and shoulder operations in the Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia. But Kemp's agent is advising him against pushing himself to play in the two-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Dave Stewart emphasized that Kemp has not suffered a setback in his rehabilitation and said he was telling Kemp to consider postponing his season debut only a precaution. “His biggest issue with injuries has been trying to get back too soon,” Dave Stewart said.
January 17, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Even after signing Clayton Kershaw to a record-breaking deal, the Dodgers remain in active talks with Masahiro Tanaka's agent. General Manager Ned Colletti said he has spoken with agent Casey Close every day this week except Thursday. Tanaka is expected to land a contract worth more than $100 million. In addition to that, the team that signs Tanaka will owe a $20-million posting fee to his Japanese team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Close also represents Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
January 16, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
As expected, the Clippers on Thursday signed free agent forward Hedo Turkoglu for the rest of the season, with the contract believed to be for a prorated portion of the veteran's minimum of about $1.4 million. Turkoglu, who turns 35 in March, will give the Clippers a 6-foot-10 veteran with excellent ball-handling skills and shooting touch. He also has extensive playoff experience, having reached the NBA Finals in 2009 with the Orlando Magic. "He's another shooter," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday before his team's come-from-behind 129-127 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center.
January 15, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Clayton Kershaw already has won two Cy Young Awards and led the National League in earned-run average three times. Now, the 25-year-old left-hander is about to become the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history. Kershaw and the Dodgers have agreed to a seven-year, $215-million contract, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal isn't expected to be announced until Friday. At $30.7 million per season, the average annual value of the contract is the highest ever for a player at any position.
January 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Doc Rivers interrupted a reporter when the name Hedo Turkoglu came up. "How do you pronounce his name?" the Clippers' coach asked. "Because I need to get used to that. " For the record, it's HEE-doh TURK-ah-lou. Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler could be saying it a lot after Rivers acknowledged Wednesday evening that the team anticipated signing the free-agent forward once he completed a physical. Rivers said Turkoglu could join the Clippers by the time they open a seven-game, 11-day trip Friday against the New York Knicks.
January 15, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Faced with an oversupply of good goaltenders, the Kings on Wednesday traded Ben Scrivens to the Edmonton Oilers for a third-round pick in this year's entry draft. The move, announced after the team practiced at El Segundo, wasn't surprising because of Jonathan Quick's return to top form after a groin strain and the emergence of rookie Martin Jones as a capable NHL goalie. Jones was recalled from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League and was expected to meet the Kings in St. Louis for the start of their four-game trip.
January 14, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Coach Doc Rivers gave a strong indication Tuesday that the Clippers soon could be signing free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu. Asked before practice if he could see the Clippers signing Turkoglu to a contract, Rivers said, "We could, yeah. We're looking at him strong. I can say that much. " The Clippers have a full 15-man roster and would have to waive a player before they could sign Turkoglu. But a Turkoglu deal could be done as soon as Wednesday or Thursday, the day the Clippers leave for a seven-game, 12-day trip.
January 10, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
Retired NBA star Dennis Rodman had a fairly eventful foray into North Korea this week on his "basketball diplomacy" tour. Rodman first gave a profanity-filled interview to CNN while defending his trip to the hermit kingdom. He then sang "Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He later apologized for his on-air CNN rant, saying he was drinking before the interview and that he was under a lot of stress. But it appears Rodman's trek across the 38th parallel wasn't financed by the North Korean government.
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