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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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September 13, 2005 | Bill Shaikin and Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writers
As cities across North America rush to court the temporarily homeless New Orleans Hornets, officials of the company that operates the city-owned Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim said the NBA team would not be invited to play there this season. "It just doesn't make any sense for us," Anaheim Arena Management Chairman Mike Schulman said Monday. Navigating the Mighty Ducks through an ownership change and the end of an NHL lockout that wiped out last season is enough of a challenge for AAM, Schulman said.
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September 5, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
It sounds like a nightclub, but it sure doesn't look like one. From the speakers all around the room, a pulsating, techno-pop tune with eardrum-busting volume travels in waves and bounces off the wooden lockers in the Oakland Athletics' clubhouse. If someone ever thought to record a collision between a bus loaded with drums and a concrete wall, this would come close, and it's brought to you courtesy of the maestro, outfielder Mark Kotsay.
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August 17, 2005 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
Bare concrete and jagged rebar -- the vague outline of a long-awaited arena -- now rise from the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Figueroa Street. By this time next year, USC hopes to open the Galen Center as a home for its basketball and volleyball teams. In the meantime, the construction site is abuzz with activity, and not just because of the work crews. Coaches already have started bringing recruits to walk through the dust and heavy equipment.
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July 21, 2005 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to a multiyear contract for naming rights of the training facility in El Segundo used by the Lakers, Kings and Sparks. The Toyota Sports Center also is used by the public and is a training facility for ice skaters. HealthSouth Corp. had previously sponsored the facility that is owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the Kings and Staples Center. That contract expired March 30.
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July 8, 2005 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
Andy Roeser, an executive vice president with the Clippers, couldn't stop gushing. "We found the perfect place," Roeser said in describing the new training facility and business offices the team plans to build in the Playa Vista development. Roeser and Playa Vista President Steve Soboroff were at Staples Center on Thursday to announce that the Clippers had purchased the two acres of land on which to build a 35,000-square-foot training center.
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July 7, 2005 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
For months, Paris was seen as the favorite to land the 2012 Summer Olympics, pushing a bid built on low-key humility, persistence and, in the words of French skiing icon Jean-Claude Killy, the promise of a "magical encounter."
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July 7, 2005 | Jerry Crowe and Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writers
In a move that at last puts them on equal footing with their competitors, the Clippers will announce today that they have purchased land on the Westside to build a state-of-the-art practice facility and complete a $20-million deal.
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July 5, 2005 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
Nearly four years ago, in the days that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, made a dramatic suggestion: Give the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to New York City. "If New York is a candidate, I think all other cities should all step back to allow New York to host the 2012 Games," he said. "If the Games go to New York, it means the athletes, the spectators, the whole world -- we can all be together. This will show that the terrorists are defeated."
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