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February 17, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Andre Ethier heard the whispers all winter. About how the Dodgers were shopping him. How they could trade him to the Tampa Bay Rays for James Shields . Or sign Michael Bourn and move Matt Kemp to right field, making him expendable. But as these rumors swirled, Ethier said he remained calm. Earlier in the off-season, he had heard directly from General Manager Ned Colletti and Manager Don Mattingly , who both assured him he wasn't being shopped.
November 29, 2012 | By Todd Martens
A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers and contributors are listening to right now... Two things are made clear in the opening moments of "Sorry to Bother You," the latest collection of hip-hop-centric missives from Bay Area agitators the Coup: The times will be tough, but no rebellion will go down without plenty of dancing in the streets. Opening number "The Magic Clap" acts as a three-minute overture for the album, roping in elements of brassy, psychedelic keyboards, badgering garage-rock guitars and a funky, foot-stomping beat that's militant in its precision.
November 20, 2012 | By David Wharton
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Public opinion doesn't count for much around Notre Dame these days. The coaches and players don't seem to care that a large portion of the college football world remains skeptical about their No. 1-ranked team. They don't mind that their undefeated season has included several unimpressive victories and close calls against opponents who were supposed to be heavy underdogs. "Sure, you want to blow teams out every single game," receiver John Goodman said. "But if that doesn't happen, oh well.
October 25, 2012 | David Lazarus
Chris Cullum normally gets his prescriptions filled at a CVS Caremark store in San Diego. But, while traveling, he placed orders at a CVS branch in Arizona this year and at a branch in Illinois last year. In both cases, Cullum said, he subsequently received calls from the stores in those states letting him know that refills were ready. Two things make this noteworthy. One: Cullum, like other CVS customers who have related similar experiences, never signed up for the pharmacy's automatic-refill program, ReadyFill.
October 6, 2012 | By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times
Teams that refuse to divulge injury information can be more forthcoming than Lakers Coach Mike Brown was Friday about Kobe Bryant's right foot. Bryant sat out the Lakers' morning and evening practice sessions, a team spokesman said, because his foot was bothering him. He was listed as day to day. Asked about Bryant's injury, Brown said, "It's one of his feet. " Pressed for more details, the coach deferred to Gary Vitti , saying the longtime trainer was staying on top of the situation.
September 26, 2012 | By Chris Foster
There are certain plays that stick in the craw of a defensive coordinator whose team got beat. UCLA's Lou Spanos had 11 of them. That's how many plays Oregon State ran on a methodical 88-yard drive that ended in a touchdown at the end of the third quarter of the Beavers' 27-20 win over the Bruins on Saturday. "That one drive hurt us," Spanos said. "Football is a simple game. We, as coaches, have to challenge them to make tackles. The players have to transfer that onto the field.
August 19, 2012 | By T. L. Stanley
Howie Mandel wore black high-top shoes - and nothing else - during a remote shoot for NBC's "America's Got Talent. " Krysten Ritter strolled around in the altogether, casually snacking and chatting on ABC's "Don't Trust the B - in Apartment 23. " And Ashton Kutcher greeted visitors on CBS' "Two and a Half Men" in shaggy shoulder-length hair and his birthday suit. These aren't clips from "Networks Gone Wild," but scenes from the recent broadcast season where instances of "full nudity" have skyrocketed.
August 13, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
Albert Pujols is slumping along with his teammates now, his one-for-23 skid tacked onto the Angels' eight losses in 11 games. But Pujols also carries the perspective of a 2011 St. Louis Cardinal, when his team rallied from a 10 1/2-game deficit on Aug. 24 in the National League wild-card race and won the World Series. "There's still a lot of baseball left," Pujols said following Sunday's 4-1 loss to Seattle and a 20-minute closed-door meeting called by Angels Manager Mike Scioscia . Scioscia didn't disclose the nature of his meeting comments, but Pujols underlined the value of the manager's postgame remarks to reporters that the Angels are only two games out of an American League wild-card spot with 47 games remaining.
August 7, 2012 | By Athan Atsales
Many say Tim Tebow doesn't possess the skills to be a successful starting quarterback in the NFL. Tebow is tremendously skilled, however,  in answering critics. And the critics are not letting up. Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, who hosts a morning New York radio show, is the latest to bash the former Heisman Trophy winner, and Esiason's opinion continues to reverberate via the New York airwaves. “If I were the Jets . . . I would cut Tim Tebow, I really would,” the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback said during his show.
July 31, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ARLINGTON, Texas - Jered Weaver pulled an inside job on the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. On a scorcher of a 103-degree evening, the Angels ace altered his pregame routine drastically, long tossing on a sliver of shade in the outfield but warming up indoors on a batting-cage mound. Weaver also took two bags of intravenous fluids before the game - another first - and delivered one of his best starts at the Ballpark in Arlington, a 61/3-inning, two-run, five-hit effort in a 6-2 Angels victory that improved him to 14-1 with a 2.29 earned-run average and extended his winning streak to eight.
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