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SPORTS
October 26, 2006 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
With the possibility of an NFL deal fading, Coliseum and USC officials have launched negotiations aimed at securing the school's future role at the stadium. "We are actively discussing with the Coliseum Commission the possibility of a lease," USC Senior Vice President Todd Dickey said Wednesday. "The details we have yet to work out."
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SPORTS
October 25, 2006 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The NFL isn't moving quickly on the Los Angeles front, but the cost projections are. The price tag for a new or renovated stadium in the L.A. area could top $1 billion -- more than double the estimates of a few years ago -- team owners were told at their annual fall meetings Tuesday by league staff. That does not include the cost of a team, which could be an additional $1 billion or more. Because there is virtually no public money available for an L.A.
SPORTS
October 18, 2006 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Construction, thy name is Olympics. Those who remember the last-minute dash in Athens in 2004 and recent visitors to 2008 host city Beijing might think that the five Olympic rings represent cranes, forklifts, hard hats, power tools and nuts and bolts. That, thankfully, won't be an area of concern should the Summer Olympics land in Los Angeles for a third time, down the road in 2016.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2006 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana has long been one of the state's perennial athletic powers. But the Roman Catholic school never had a place to display its prowess -- the tiny gymnasium wasn't big enough to hold a regulation-size basketball court, much less hang 60 championship banners. This week, the school's teams will move into a facility that would be the envy of some colleges: an $18-million athletic and aquatic complex.
SPORTS
September 17, 2006 | Gary Klein and David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
Twenty-five minutes before kickoff, USC security officers formed a line across the front of Gate 28 at the Coliseum and told a long line of waiting students: "No more seats." USC's new student ticket policy got off to a rough start Saturday. The school sold 12,000 spirit cards -- which serve as admission for most USC home athletic events -- but reduced student seating this season from about 12,000 to a maximum of 8,000.
SPORTS
July 7, 2006 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
New York has its legendary playground basketball spots -- the hardscrabble courts at Rucker and "The Cage" at West Fourth Street in Manhattan. Southern California? We have the beach, where, on any given day, the problem putting the ball in the basket is less the defender in front of you than the tricky ocean breeze at your back. The courts at Venice Beach and at Main Beach in Laguna Beach attract some of the most competitive street ball players around.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2006 | Stephen Clark, Times Staff Writer
The championship banners dating to the 1940s were already removed for safekeeping, the glass backboards already torn down. Still, the Los Angeles City College men's basketball team gathered recently for one last practice in the school's Art Deco gym. Before the fall semester begins, the gym, built in 1935 and home to one of the most successful community college basketball programs in the state, will be demolished to make way for a library.
SPORTS
June 10, 2006 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
This probably never would have happened if Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky were still active and dominating their sports. In Chicago, where Jordan led the Bulls to six NBA championships in eight seasons during the 1990s, Madonna is booked for four shows next week in the United Center -- right in the middle of the NBA Finals.
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