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March 2, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
ATHLETICS 3, ANGELS 2 AT THE PLATE: Infielder Grant Green and outfielder Brennan Boesch, in a crowded battle for backup jobs, continued to hit well. Green doubled home one run and has three hits in four at-bats. Boesch had two hits Sunday and has started the exhibition season with four hits in seven at-bats. ON THE MOUND: Hector Santiago, making his Angels debut, gave up an unearned run and one hit in 2 2/3 innings. Santiago said he threw "six or seven" screwballs per game with the Chicago White Sox last season.
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SPORTS
March 2, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- As the Angels identify their starting rotation, Joe Blanton is on the outside looking in. Blanton lost his spot in the rotation last season. If he pitches well this spring and the Angels still like their starting five, they might be able to trade him. If he does not pitch well, they might have to release him. With scouts from other teams in attendance Sunday, Blanton got off to a rough start in his Cactus League debut. He entered the game in the fifth inning and gave up hits to the first three batters he faced, including a two-run double that gave the Oakland Athletics their final runs in a 3-2 victory over the Angels.
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February 28, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
Michael Jordan played in his last NBA game more than a decade ago, but that doesn't mean his earning power has waned at all. According to Forbes , Jordan was the highest paid retired athlete in 2013, earning an estimated $90 million. Among current athletes, only boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. made more money last year than Jordan, Forbes reported. What was the catalyst behind Jordan's impressive earning power? Shoes. Nike's Air Jordan line of footwear continues to sell like it's the summer of 1991.
SPORTS
February 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
A table buried in a 230-page federal court filing stamped "highly confidential" details part of the facilities arms race overtaking college athletics. Unsealed earlier this week in Ed O'Bannon's antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, the table shows schools spent more than $5 billion since 1997 to construct or upgrade athletics facilities. That figure might be conservative. Roger Noll, professor emeritus of economics at Stanford University, prepared the report last September on behalf of the plaintiffs.
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February 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Electronic Arts Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Co. wanted to use the names and likenesses of college athletes in video games, according to an NCAA document unsealed in federal court Wednesday. The report was among hundreds of pages of documents that U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ordered to be made fully or partially public in the long-running antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA fronted by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon. The case is scheduled for trial in June and, in the interim, the document dump provides another window into the often contentious issues of amateurism and compensation raised by the case.
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - What will be the secret to future Olympic success for the extreme-sports crowd? That's easy. Just keep adding new events and the medal count for U.S. snowboarders and freestyle skiers will probably stay at a high level. Setbacks in Sochi were offset by the new kids on the slopestyle rail and freeski halfpipe. There were opportunities for eight more gold medals that were not there in Vancouver in 2010. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi And the United States took terrific advantage of the expanded program.
SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS  - Michael Sam stepped onto stage and looked into what might have been the largest media gathering in the history of the NFL scouting combine. Hundreds of reporters clustered in, and there were three rows of TV and video cameras. "I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player," the Missouri defensive end said, "instead of Michael Sam the gay football player. " Then again, it was Sam who generated the story with his announcement two weeks ago he is homosexual, telling his story to the New York Times and ESPN.
SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | By James Barragan
Lauren Holiday sits pensively, hands clasped in her lap, a UCLA basketball practice jersey folded around her. Rocking slightly, she leans forward in her chair as she struggles to remember the incidents that changed her life. She had been asked about the series of head injuries she has endured in her two seasons as a college basketball player: How many were there? When did they happen? And how? "To be honest, I don't really remember," she says quietly from time to time. And then: "My memory is really bad now because of them.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - This has been a tough week for the Ukrainian athletes at the Sochi Olympics. Sports have seemed far less important amid reports of bloody clashes between the government and opposition demonstrators back home. So Valj Semerenko could be forgiven for crying on the podium as she and her teammates received gold medals for their upset victory in the 4x6K biathlon relay Friday night. "I tried to calm down and was trying to hide it behind my skis," she said. "They were tears of happiness, not only mine, but of the whole country, our team.
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