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October 13, 2006 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The Dew Action Sports Tour will conclude its second season with the PlayStation Pro this weekend in Orlando, Fla. Despite the absence of several notable athletes, and complaints among others, the season and the tour already are being labeled a success. Attendance is up over last year and, though TV ratings are down, corporate support has grown to where sponsorships are sold out, according to Wade Martin, general manager of what is commonly referred to as the Dew Tour.
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SPORTS
October 12, 2006 | Ben Bolch
USC athletic officials said Wednesday they have set aside 1,930 seats for students at the Galen Center, necessitating the use of a still-to-be-determined lottery system for men's basketball games. Jose Eskenazi, an associate athletic director in business development, estimated that an average of 400-500 students attended men's basketball games last season at the Sports Arena. But he acknowledged increased interest in the team's new 10,258-seat home.
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August 5, 2006 | Jim Barrero, Times Staff Writer
It has become a rite of summer in the United States the last few years and shows no signs of dissipating. Visitors from overseas invade our shores, eager to spread their message, display their world-renowned talent and try to conquer another piece, albeit a large one here in America, of soccer fandom.
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July 24, 2006 | J.A. Adande
Hard to tell which was the stranger development last week: that I had a phone conversation that began with, "Hey, it's Rampage," or that the former star of my 8-year-old Boys Club basketball team now puts on sporting events that feature men who punch, kick, grab and choke each other and call themselves "Mayhem" ... and "Rampage."
HEALTH
July 10, 2006 | Hilary E. MacGregor, Times Staff Writer
Red versus yellow. Blue versus gray. Those colored jerseys do more than help teammates find their players on the field. The uniforms also help them -- and their fans -- keep up with the action. If athletes didn't wear different color uniforms, the spectators, refs and teammates would have trouble tracking more than three players at a time, a team of psychologists has demonstrated. Without color-coding, most people can focus on only three objects simultaneously.
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June 6, 2006 | Bill Dwyre
Most think that Caesars Palace is a place in the Los Angeles suburb of Las Vegas where you take your money and give it to poor, indigent casino owners. It is that, and more. In the last 40 years, Caesars has been where you can go to a blackjack table, or a slot machine, and a weird sports event will break out. Caesars has seen, really close up, Robert "Evel" Knievel, James "the Fan Man" Miller, non-designer garbage bags, and the Great One and the grasshoppers.
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January 17, 2006 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
Only weeks after state authorities sanctioned mixed martial arts fights in California, the sport's leading U.S. brand on Monday announced plans for an April 15 card at the Arrowhead Pond. The Ultimate Fighting Championship program marks the first of a series of big-ticket events in California, UFC president Dana White said. "This is very important for us," White said. "The hotbed of MMA has always been California." Rules sanctioning MMA events in California took effect Dec. 28.
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January 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The California State University system is banning alcohol from basketball games and other intercollegiate athletic events. The policy, which was announced Thursday but took effect last month, prohibits the 23 CSU campuses from selling alcoholic beverages at any intercollegiate athletic events in university owned or operated facilities. Some campuses have existing contracts with vendors allowing alcohol sales, but once those expire they will not be renewed.
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December 31, 2005 | MIKE PENNER
1. USC x 3 * To try to put this 34-0 run by the Trojans in some kind of context, the last school to win three national football championships in a row was Minnesota in 1934-36. USC is one Rose Bowl victory away from equaling that feat. In today's environment -- more travel, more media, underclassmen leaving early for the NFL -- the Trojans' three-year ride might be the most impressive in college football history. 2.
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