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February 12, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels pitchers and catchers report Thursday to Tempe, Ariz., to begin spring training. The team's projected lineup and camp participants: STARTERS (projected batting order): Kole Calhoun, RF; Mike Trout, CF; Albert Pujols, 1B; Josh Hamilton, LF; Howie Kendrick, 2B; Raul Ibanez, DH; David Freese, 3B; Erick Aybar, SS; Chris Iannetta, C. ROTATION Jered Weaver, RH; C.J. Wilson, LH; Garrett Richards, RH; Hector Santiago, LH; Mark Mulder, LH. BULLPEN Ernesto Frieri, RH; Joe Smith, RH; Sean Burnett, LH; Dane De La Rosa, RH; Kevin Jepsen, RH; Fernando Salas, RH; Brian Moran, LH. RESERVES Hank Conger, C; John McDonald, INF; J.B. Shuck, OF; Carlos Pena, 1B/DH.
February 9, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - Officially, Hyun-Jin Ryu doesn't weigh any less than he did last year. The Dodgers still list his weight as 255 pounds. But his face doesn't look nearly as self-indulgent. His torso appears leaner. "I weigh significantly less than I did this time last year," Ryu said through interpreter Martin Kim. Ryu declined to specify how much less - "Only I know," he said with a smile - but the South Korean left-hander certainly looked lighter on his feet Sunday in the first workout of the spring for the Dodgers pitchers and catchers.
February 8, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - Clayton Kershaw wants to visit Australia, but as a tourist, not a pitcher. "I'd love to go there on vacation," Kershaw said. "I don't really want to go pitch there. But that's what we're signed up to do, so we're going to have to be ready to do it. " Spreading the gospel of baseball overseas will require sacrifices, especially on the part of Kershaw, who is expected to pitch in Sydney in the first game of the two-game, season-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
February 7, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - The Dodgers won the National League West by 11 games last season, the largest margin in any division in baseball. They were only the third team since 1900 to win 42 times in a 50-game stretch. And if not for a fastball that fractured Hanley Ramirez's rib in October, they might have gotten to the World Series for the first time in 25 years. Starting with the pitchers and catchers Saturday, the Dodgers will report to spring training over the coming week with largely the same roster they had last year.
February 7, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
Kenneth Bae, a Korean American tour guide and evangelist imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year, has been transferred from a hospital to a labor camp, the U.S. State Department said Friday. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki expressed deep concern about the development in a statement. “We also remain gravely concerned about Mr. Bae's health, and we continue to urge DPRK authorities to grant Mr. Bae special amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds,” she said.
February 7, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Israeli military on Friday evicted Palestinian activists from a camp they set up a week ago in the Jordan River valley in an attempt to challenge any Israeli plan to maintain a presence in the area under a future peace accord. The activists, from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, were encamped at Ein Hijleh, a village abandoned after Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. The land, in an area east of Jericho, is owned by a local monastery. Israeli officials have suggested, to the angry objection of Palestinians, that any peace agreement allow their nation to maintain a troop presence in the West Bank along the border with Jordan.
February 6, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
The first days of the national signing period for senior high school football players has come and gone, leaving some disappointed and even disillusioned they didn't receive a scholarship offer. Instead of moping around and feeling rejected, it's time to take advantage of a unique opportunity. Former UCLA coach Terry Donahue and the National Football Foundation are putting on a free combine on Feb. 22 at StubHub Center in Carson "for all kids who want to play college football and continue their education and didn't get recruited by Division I schools," as Donahue puts it. He has recruited more than 40 schools from NCAA Division II, III and the NAIA to come out and perhaps find a player or two. Some 600 seniors are expected to participate in a 2 1/2 -hour camp.
February 4, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
YARMOUK, Syria - They emerged from a dim alley called Rama Street, some carried on stretchers or pushed in wheelchairs, others dragging bulging suitcases as they looked for loved ones waiting beyond the clutch of gunmen and aid staffers. "I'm so happy: I can finally feed my children properly," said a gaunt but exhilarated 21-year-old named Ruba, clutching an infant son and a 3-year-old daughter as she strode down the muddy street to freedom Tuesday. The Syrian woman and others had finally escaped the war-ravaged confines of the Yarmouk camp, where about 18,000 people remain trapped without food, running water, electricity or other necessities in what was once home to more than 200,000.
January 28, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
See orcas up close and listen to them chatter underwater during a sea kayaking tour off the waters of Canada's Vancouver Island. The six-day trip to British Columbia is in part inspired by the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," which highlights the plight of orcas kept in captivity. ROW Sea Kayak Adventures based in Idaho invites kayakers on a guided "Blackfish" tour to the Johnstone Strait, Vancouver's inside passage and home to a sanctuary for the big black-and-white orcas, also known as killer whales.
January 23, 2014 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Jennifer Percy's debut book, "Demon Camp" (Scribner: 223 pp., $26), is a true story about one American soldier's struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. By telling the story of Caleb Daniels and his demons, the writer shines a bright light on America's wounded psyche. An award-winning reporter, Percy met Daniels when she was interviewing veterans and their families about their experiences with PTSD, looking to understand their stories in the wake of an alarming rise in suicides among veterans.
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