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SPORTS
March 9, 2006 | Mark Heisler
The NBA came back to the city with the slogan laissez les bon temps rouler, where few good times had rolled recently, to be greeted like liberators. Wednesday night's game sold out. Rookie Chris Paul, making his New Orleans debut, put on a show with 22 points and 10 assists. The Hornets came from 11 points down to go up by six in the fourth quarter.... "Oh yeah, oh yeah, I could really feel it," said Paul. "Starting with the starting lineup, they were really behind us.
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SPORTS
February 4, 2006 | Mark Heisler, Times Staff Writer
Where? A year ago, when the NBA was hiring Republican consultants for advice on the red states, this place wasn't even on its map. Nor did it occur to New Orleans Hornet owner George Shinn after Hurricane Katrina, when he began getting calls from the mayor of every city with a 15,000-seat arena and 41 available dates. Shinn's personal choice was Las Vegas, but that wasn't how it turned out. It's a long way from the neon-lighted Strip to the Hornets' new home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The first phase of California Lutheran University's $29-million sports complex will be unveiled today when the inaugural game is played on the new George "Sparky" Anderson Baseball Field. A group of alumni will face current Cal Lutheran players at a free game beginning at noon. Anderson, a former major league manager who lives in Thousand Oaks, will throw out the first pitch.
TRAVEL
January 15, 2006 | Deborah Abrams Kaplan, Special to The Times
WHEN Bruce Norman took his first luge "slide" at Lake Placid, N.Y., two years ago, he was exhilarated. "You're 4 inches off the ice, going downhill 50 mph with no brakes," said Norman, of Burnt Hills, N.Y. Although the 48-year-old said he's been moderately athletic all his life, he's no Olympian. But for $65 to $2,000, anybody can live the life of one.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2005 | Peter Nicholas and Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writers
The mayor of an Austrian city wrote to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday expressing regret that relations between the governor and his homeland have become strained over the death penalty. He sought to reassure the governor that people from the region, which includes Schwarzenegger's hometown of Thal, still admire him despite his support for capital punishment, which many of them oppose.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2005 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
With officials in his Austrian homeland poised to strip his name from the local soccer stadium, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sought to beat them to it Monday, sending an indignant letter demanding that his name be removed by year's end. Politicians in the city of Graz had begun a petition drive to rename the stadium following Schwarzenegger's decision to allow the execution last week of Stanley Tookie Williams.
SPORTS
November 22, 2005 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
The halo will shine here too. As part of a $22-million renovation of the Angels' spring-training home, an illuminated team logo will be installed at Tempe Diablo Stadium, visible to fans approaching the main entrance and to motorists passing on Interstate 10. By playing in a renovated facility he can call his own and decorate accordingly, rather than sharing a new complex with another team, Angel owner Arte Moreno is bucking the trend in the Cactus League.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Although city officials have promised not to use public funds to build a professional football stadium in Los Angeles, the City Council will meet next week to consider a plan that would allow the use of property taxes to construct a parking garage and improve streets that could serve a stadium. The council will hold a public hearing with the city redevelopment commission Friday to consider extending the life of the Hoover Redevelopment Project for another 12 years.
SPORTS
September 22, 2005 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
The New Orleans Hornets, driven from their usual base of operations by damage from Hurricane Katrina, will play all but six of their 41 "home" games at Oklahoma City this season, the NBA announced Wednesday. The Western Conference team's six other home games are scheduled for Baton Rouge, La.
SPORTS
September 21, 2005 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
As a sizzling summer day settles into a comfortable Friday evening, the buzz of a spirited crowd begins to drown out the drone of traffic along the Corona freeway. Boxing fans, hundreds of them, from buttoned-down executives to sweat-stained construction workers, have come to a most unusual venue to watch an all-too-uncommon occurrence -- an evenly matched, action-packed fight card. By day, Omega Products International in Corona is the nation's leading independent manufacturer of stucco.
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