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April 11, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- The last time the Dodgers were at Chase Field, they won the National League West and celebrated by leaping into the swimming pool on the other side of the short wall in right-center field. A controversy ensued, as some of the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed they felt disrespected. Sen. John McCain blasted the Dodgers on behalf of his home state. The Dodgers rolled their eyes, pointing to this as the latest small-minded complaint by their middle-market division rivals. If any bad blood remains from the incident, it didn't resurface Friday, when Adrian Gonzalez drove in five runs and Hyun-Jin Ryu had a strong outing in the Dodgers' 6-0 victory over the last-place Diamondbacks.
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SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
If there ever were a unanimous pick for boys' basketball player of the year in Southern California, this would be the season, and Stanley Johnson would be the player. The Santa Ana Mater Dei star was the best player from start to finish. The 6-foot-7 senior averaged 25 points and 8.1 rebounds in leading the Monarchs to a 35-0 record and a fourth consecutive state championship. He's the only boys' player in California history to win titles in four consecutive seasons at the upper-division level.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Actor Colin Egglesfield was arrested in Arizona over the weekend on suspicion of  criminal damage and disorderly conduct after allegedly going a bit bonkers at the Tempe Festival of the Arts. Egglesfield, known for his work on TV series including "Rizzoli & Isles" and "The Client List" and in movies such as "Something Borrowed," was arrested in the early morning hours Saturday, according to Arizona's ABC15 . Police said in a report that the 41-year-old was spotted knocking over barriers set up to protect artwork, as well as flipping over a table and breaking several signs inside one festival tent, E!
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Arizona home builder Taylor Morrison Home Corp. has agreed to purchase a swath of coastal Orange County land, kick starting a long-stalled development that fell victim to the recession. The builder, in a deal announced late Tuesday, said it would buy nearly 200 acres in San Clemente and start construction next year. The 308-home Marblehead development has been in the works for decades. It faced stiff opposition from environmental groups, which sought to save one of the last open spaces along the Southern California coast.
NATIONAL
April 1, 2014 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Restrictions on some types of abortions in Arizona went into effect Tuesday morning after a federal judge upheld state changes limiting a woman's access to an abortion-inducing drug.  U.S. District Judge David Bury issued an order Monday afternoon rejecting a bid to block the new abortion restrictions while the state's 2012 law is litigated. The law allowed the state to issue new rules banning the use of the most common abortion - inducing drug, RU-486, after the seventh week of pregnancy, compared with the current restriction of nine weeks.
SPORTS
March 30, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Darick Holmes, a junior running back-defensive back at Newbury Park, has committed to Arizona. He played last season at Oak Christian.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 29, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Arizona got the last look, but Wisconsin definitely won the last gasp. In a West Regional title game that will go down as a real Saturday night special, Wisconsin overcame all sorts of setbacks, including a last-second replay review, to defeat Arizona in overtime. The final score was 64-63 before a crowd of 17,814 at Honda Center. The final seconds will be cherished but, thankfully, not further reviewed. Wisconsin (30-7) advances to next week's Final Four in Texas, the Badgers' first visit to basketball's last weekend since 2000.
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March 29, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
They were two teams too close for comfort. Each other's. The width of a slip of paper separated Arizona and Wisconsin in Saturday night's NCAA West Regional final. And in the end, when Wisconsin won an overtime thriller of thrillers, it was the kind of game they will remember in NCAA basketball tournament lore forever. The final score, before 17,814 in Anaheim's Honda Center, was 64-63, and few will remember that. Margin of victory is all that mattered. Those who were there, or were watching on TV, will remember it as the kind of game where every screen was contested, every shot, even every referee's call.
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March 28, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Arizona and San Diego State did not meet in 2011 when both schools advanced to the NCAA tournament's West Regional finals at Honda Center. They met Thursday night -- like a fist meets a face. Maybe it was the underdog factor that produced so much ferocity in San Diego State's play, the upstart Mountain West Conference taking on a Pac-12 Conference powerhouse in a Pac-12 town. Whatever it was, shots flew, elbows flew and sparks flew Top-seeded Arizona had to scrap for every point and possession to escape with a 70-64 win before a crowd of 17,773.
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March 28, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Arizona Wildcats (No. 1 seed) advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament Thursday with a hard-fought 70-64 win over the San Diego State Aztecs (No. 4). Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon finished with 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting with six rebounds and two blocks in 39 minutes. Gordon, a 6-foot-9 forward, is projected to be a top-10 pick in the 2014 NBA draft. The Lakers (24-47) currently have the sixth-worst record in the league. If that doesn't change by the end of the season, the Lakers will either jump to a top-three pick through the draft lottery -- or pick in the sixth-to-ninth range.
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