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December 2, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 St. Augustine won the San Diego Division II championship game on Monday, defeating Mission Bay, 49-0. That means St. Augustine will likely get a Division II regional bowl berth if Gardena Serra wins on Friday and is chosen for the Open Division. The winner of the Northern Division final between Valencia and Hart also should get selected and face St. Augustine or Chaminade if the Eagles upset Serra. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The Portland Trail Blazers expected to make the playoffs. They never envisioned practically wrapping up a spot by the day after Christmas. A 24-5 start gave them the best record in the NBA and made them the league's biggest marvel. "I would lie," center Robin Lopez admitted this week, "if I said the beginning of the season didn't surprise me. " The next three months would be startling in a different sort of way. The Blazers have gone 25-23 since their world-beater days, though they're on the verge of clinching their first playoff berth since 2011 and still have a chance to secure home-court advantage in the first round.
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April 12, 2010
PHILADELPHIA — Brian Boucher stopped Olli Jokinen on the final attempt of the shootout to send the Philadelphia Flyers into the playoffs while eliminating the New York Rangers with a 2-1 victory Sunday. The final game of the regular season felt more like Game 7 of a playoff series. Win and advance; lose and go home. The Flyers earned the seventh seeding in the Eastern Conference and will play New Jersey. The Rangers forced what was essentially a one-game playoff when they beat the Flyers on Friday night.
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March 26, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers are closing in on their third consecutive playoff berth. The Clippers need any combination of four wins or four losses by the Phoenix Suns to clinch a playoff spot. On Wednesday night, the Clippers play at the New Orleans Pelicans and the Suns play at the Washington Wizards. Even though the Clippers have defeated the Pelicans all three times this season by an average 19.3 points per game, it doesn't figure to be an easy time for Los Angeles. The Pelicans have won three consecutive games, seven of their last 10. The Pelicans duo of forwards Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans have combined to average 53.4 points, 19.2 rebounds and 8.3 assists in their past 10 games.
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June 24, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
EUGENE, Ore.--The dead heat between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh for third place in the women's 100-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic trials on Saturday has not been broken, but the man who coaches both suggested holding off on deciding who gets the final London Olympic berth until they compete in the 200 meters later this week.  Bobby Kersee told Reuters  that he does not want to be involved in choosing whether Felix or Tarmoh had earned the third berth in the 100. Both women, who train with Kersee in Los Angeles, are also entered in the 200. Qualifying in the 200 begins on Thursday.
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March 12, 2014 | By Bill Dwyre
Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska made it to the semifinals Wednesday in the women's draw of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at Indian Wells. Halep's journey was much shorter. The 22-year-old Romanian, already winner of $711,430 this season with a title in Doha, Qatar, went past Casey Dellacqua of Australia, 6-2, 6-2. Dellacqua had advanced to the quarterfinals when her opponent, American Lauren Davis, had to withdraw because of a stomach ailment. "I was moving very well today," said Halep, who said her biggest goal was to win the French Open.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1991
Wilmington Home Owners (WHO) was greatly concerned to hear that the Port of Los Angeles is proposing to offer Hiuka (a scrap metal business) Berth 147 in Wilmington as a site for its business. It appears WHO has not succeeded in getting its adamant opposition to Hiuka's presence close to the Wilmington community across to Ezunial Burts and the harbor commissioners. It is our intention to oppose any berth offered to Hiuka except one location either in the southeast side of Terminal Island or on Pier 300. Our objections to Berth 147 are as follows: 1)
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July 10, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp said Thursday that to get as close as he did to becoming an All-Star was enough of a reward. Kemp was fourth in fan voting among the five candidates competing for the final spot on the National League team. Shane Victorino of Philadelphia earned the selection, beating out Pablo Sandoval of San Francisco, Mark Reynolds of Arizona, Kemp and Cristian Guzman of Washington. "That's something everybody should experience if they can," Kemp said. Kemp, who is hitting .
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October 28, 2009 | Mike Penner
While Dodgers and Angels fans still wrestle with thoughts of "what-if," the East Coast media have virtually thanked our local teams for stepping out of the way so the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies can occupy the World Series stage. An example of that sentiment was provided by Bryant Gumbel on HBO's "Real Sports. "I will admit up front to some bias, and I'll certainly understand if the folks in Anaheim would beg to differ, but having the Yankees in the World Series is clearly in the best interest of Major League Baseball," Gumbel said.
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October 15, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Galaxy tonight VS. COLORADO When: 7:30. Where: Home Depot Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket (delayed); Radio: 1150, 1220 (Spanish). Records: Galaxy 17-6-5; Rapids 11-8-9. Record vs. Rapids: 1-0. Update: With a victory Saturday night, the Galaxy would secure the MLS' Supporters Shield, which goes to the team with the league's best regular-season record. That would also give the Galaxy home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the league playoffs, which begin later this month.
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March 12, 2014 | By Bill Dwyre
Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska made it to the semifinals Wednesday in the women's draw of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at Indian Wells. Halep's journey was much shorter. The 22-year-old Romanian, already winner of $711,430 this season with a title in Doha, Qatar, went past Casey Dellacqua of Australia, 6-2, 6-2. Dellacqua had advanced to the quarterfinals when her opponent, American Lauren Davis, had to withdraw because of a stomach ailment. "I was moving very well today," said Halep, who said her biggest goal was to win the French Open.
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December 2, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 St. Augustine won the San Diego Division II championship game on Monday, defeating Mission Bay, 49-0. That means St. Augustine will likely get a Division II regional bowl berth if Gardena Serra wins on Friday and is chosen for the Open Division. The winner of the Northern Division final between Valencia and Hart also should get selected and face St. Augustine or Chaminade if the Eagles upset Serra. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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December 1, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Leave it to Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron to put everything in perspective. "Football is just a game," he said after Saturday's last-play loss to Auburn. "It's not life. " Leave it to senior Auburn administrator Jay Jacobs to boil the Southeastern Conference down to the ruthless, political blood sport that it is. Jacobs, the school's athletic director, told USA Today it would be a "disservice to the nation" if the SEC champion is left out of this season's Bowl Championship Series title game.
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November 3, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 It's the final week of the regular season, and Pac-5 Divison playoff berths still need to be decided, along with two at-large spots. Here's how things look: In the Marmonte League, Westlake, Oaks Christian, St. Bonaventure and Agoura are in. Westlake will play Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure will play Agoura to decide first, second, third and fourth. In the South Coast, Mission Viejo and Tesoro are in. In the Moore, Long Beach Poly and Long Beach Cabrillo are in. The Millikan-Lakewood winner should finish third.
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October 10, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The U.S. has nothing to lose while Mexico has everything to gain in the final round of World Cup qualifying, which sees the Americans welcoming Jamaica to Kansas City, Kan., on Friday while a desperate Mexico plays host to Panama. The U.S. has already secured a berth in next summer's World Cup in Brazil and with a victory over winless Jamaica it would also move a big step closer to a first-place finish in regional qualifying. Mexico, on the other hand, stands fifth in the regional standings with two matches to play, and only the top three CONCACAF countries automatically advance to Brazil in 2014.
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September 6, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR's playoffs from the pole position. The four-time series champion turned a track-record qualifying lap of 130.599 mph at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Friday to win his 73rd career pole position, and his first this season. His lap pushed Kurt Busch to the outside of the front row, increasing the tension once the green flag drops Saturday night for the 400-lap race. Busch is 10th in points, and the top 10 after Saturday night's race earn automatic berths in the 10-race playoffs to finish the season.
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September 21, 2009 | Associated Press
at Seattle 7, New York 1: Ken Griffey Jr. homered and drove in four runs for the Mariners, who delayed the AL East-leading Yankees' clinching of a playoff berth. Boston 9, at Baltimore 3: Jason Bay and Jacoby Ellsbury each homered and drove in three runs. Bay's 35th homer tied a career high, and the three RBIs gave him a career-best 110. Kansas City 2, at Chicago 1: Robinson Tejeda won his third straight start for the Royals, who have won 10 of their last 13 games.
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August 14, 1994
In real life, George Gershwin said to Oscar Levant, "Upper berth, lower berth, that's the difference between talent and genius." In the movie, "Rhapsody in Blue," the overnight train trip was filmed, but the comment was apparently deemed unsuitable for George to say, so Oscar was given the line. JUNE LEVANT, LOS ANGELES
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August 30, 2013 | Kevin Baxter
Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan and defender Omar Gonzalez were called up to the U.S. national team Thursday for key World Cup qualifiers in September in Costa Rica and against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio. For Donovan, the Sept. 6 match at Costa Rica will mark his first appearance at a World Cup qualifier in more than a year. Donovan did not play in the U.S. team's final four matches of the third round of qualifying last fall because of injury and he was left off the roster for the first six games this year after taking a three-month break from soccer over the winter.
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July 4, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday he would not include Dodgers outfield phenom Yasiel Puig on the National League All-Star team. "I think he needs to go a little farther to earn it," Scioscia said. Puig has captured the imagination of fans across the country, but he has only 114 at-bats, ranking 11th on the Dodgers in that category. He is batting .430 with eight home runs, in 29 games. Scioscia echoed the concerns of San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, who will manage - and help select - the NL All-Star team.
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