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April 21, 1991 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, Marv Marinovich believed he had silenced critics of his controversial athletic training methods. His son Todd, custom-coached from infancy with Soviet Bloc techniques, had turned into a star quarterback at USC, a lucrative future in pro football ahead of him. Marinovich's other son, Mikhail, had been analyzed at the age of 2 as possessing "fast-twitch muscle fiber" and was already jogging two miles. Parents continued to bring children into his Anaheim gym for training.
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June 7, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Phil Bickford of Westlake Village Oaks Christian and Dominic Smith of Gardena Serra were in a celebratory mood after being chosen No. 10 and No. 11, respectively, during Major League Baseball's first-year player draft on Thursday. Bickford, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher with a 96-mph fastball, went to the Toronto Blue Jays. Smith, a left-handed-hitting first baseman who struck seven home runs this season, was taken by the New York Mets. Smith was in New Jersey as part of an invitation from MLB to be part of the draft festivities, and former Crenshaw High and New York Mets and Dodgers outfielder Darryl Strawberry was there to offer congratulations.
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April 26, 1994 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't you just love it? The NFL draft is complete, and everybody won. Nobody reached. Nobody traded down when they should have traded up. Nobody, but nobody, selected a stiff. "Of course everybody likes all of their draft picks," said Charley Casserly, Washington Redskin general manager. "If you don't like your draft picks now, when are you going to like them?" But we know better. Sometime during the last two days, in some draft room around the league, somebody cursed.
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April 26, 2013 | SAM FARMER
If there was any doubt, the NFL is still tackle football. Five of the first 19 picks in the opening round of the 2013 draft were offensive tackles, including three of the first four selections. Three guards and a center went too on a Thursday night when the strong, silent types found their voice. "It's always nice when the O-line gets some respect," said the Jacksonville Jaguars' Luke Joeckel, chosen second after the Kansas City Chiefs' Eric Fisher -- the first time the NFL draft has started tackle-tackle.
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June 6, 2008 | Dylan Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
On the day Ethan Martin said his dream came true, he couldn't separate himself from the incident that turned his final high school game into a nightmare. Martin, 18, a right-handed pitcher from Georgia, was selected by the Dodgers with the 15th pick of baseball's first-year player draft Thursday. After, he fielded questions on a conference call about how he became a full-time pitcher only two years ago and the unlikelihood of him honoring his scholarship to Clemson.
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June 28, 1996 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The drumroll for Kobe Bryant started last Christmas when his high school team left Lower Merion in the tony Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia for a tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and two NBA general managers turned up. One was Dave Wohl of the Miami Heat. The other, John Gabriel of the Orlando Magic, pronounced Bryant "borderline sensational."
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June 27, 2000 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ellis Richardson couldn't see how foolish his dream was until the final name in the 1998 NBA draft was called--and it wasn't his. "After the draft was over, that's when I realized I made a mistake," said Richardson, who declared for the draft out of Sun Valley Poly High two years ago, even though he wasn't among the most prominent high school players in Southern California.
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April 24, 2009 | Sam Farmer
USC linebacker Rey Maualuga is a hitter not a hittee, so it's somewhat appropriate that the weight of this reality has not fully struck him: Life as he knows it is about to change. "I guess it really hasn't sunk in yet that tomorrow will be my last day as a college athlete," Maualuga said in a phone interview Thursday from his home in Eureka, Calif. "It's strange to think it's over." Over, and just beginning.
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April 21, 1988
Auburn linebacker Aundray Bruce, already signed by the Atlanta Falcons, who have the top pick in Sunday's National Football League draft, said sports agents offered him "shopping bags filled with money" while he was in school. Bruce, who declined to identify the agents, said he did not accept the money. In a story in the Alabama Journal of Montgomery, the 21-year-old Bruce said that agents tried to sign him during his final year at Auburn.
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June 25, 1996 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once children spoke when spoken to, looked both ways before crossing the street and respected their elders, but those days ended (right after today's adults grew up, according to them). Today's brash kids are increasingly elbowing adults out of the way in gymnastics, tennis and now the NBA draft. Forty-two underclassmen, including three high school players, made themselves eligible for the draft, more than doubling the old record.
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April 20, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Few people know the 32 NFL teams better than the writers who cover those teams on a day-to-day basis. Those beat writers made the selections for this mock draft, choosing the players as if Thursday night were to unfold this way: 1. KANSAS CITY (Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star) - Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M: "With all the uncertainty over Branden Albert, the Chiefs need to do something to secure that position for the long term. That's a priority. " 2. JACKSONVILLE (Vito Stellino, Florida Times-Union)
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June 24, 2011 | MARK HEISLER
Now, Lamar and Khloe in Philadelphia? Oh, that will go over well with the cast and crew! Fortunately, at least for their reality TV show ... if not the Lakers who would have loved Andre Iguodala ... Lamar Odom didn't really go to Philadelphia. With none of the NBA's other, quote, reported discussions leading to anything, the draft Thursday turned into a massive yawner. No, Steve Nash didn't go to Minnesota for the No. 2 pick. No, the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker didn't go anywhere.
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May 1, 2011 | Sam Farmer
It wasn't an overwhelming NFL draft for USC, but it was a history-making one. In the seventh round Saturday, three Trojans were selected in consecutive order: running back Stanley Havili to Philadelphia (No. 240 overall), receiver David Ausberry to Oakland (241) and linebacker Malcolm Smith to Seattle (242). The closest USC has come to a run like that in the NFL's modern era was in 1977, when Ricky Bell was picked first overall, Marvin Powell went fourth and Gary Jeter fifth. Other Trojans taken Saturday were tight end Jordan Cameron (fourth round, Cleveland)
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May 1, 2011 | Sam Farmer
Times NFL writer Sam Farmer looks at the bold (and potentially backward) draft decisions of each NFL team: Arizona Heady move: Cardinals got cornerback Patrick Peterson with the fifth pick. When they had the fifth pick four years ago, they let a guy with the same last name -- running back Adrian Peterson -- slip past in favor of tackle Levi Brown. Oops. Head scratcher: Took Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams in the second round. Cardinals used a first-round pick on Beanie Wells only two years ago, plus they already have Tim Hightower and LaRod Stephens-Howling.
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April 29, 2011 | SAM FARMER
The NFL is a passing league. Nobody made that case in a more compelling way Thursday than the four teams that took quarterbacks in the first 12 picks of the draft -- the biggest early run since 1999. The NFL is a passing league. Don't remind the Baltimore Ravens, who had the 26th pick and were trying to negotiate a trade with Chicago when the clock ran out on them. That allowed the next team in line, the Kansas City Chiefs, to slip in and make their pick before the Ravens could regroup.
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June 24, 2010 | Lisa Dillman
The Clippers were practically un-Clipperlike a year ago … almost boring, in fact. They had a general manager-coach (Mike Dunleavy) firmly in place and there was almost no suspense heading into draft day, considering Blake Griffin was sealed and delivered, though not signed. Boring is so yesterday. Arbitration with Dunleavy over his remaining salary owed is looming. And the Clippers head into their most important summer in years without a coach, free agency kicks off July 1, and unlike last year, their selection in Thursday's NBA draft is not certain.
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June 4, 1994 | JEFF FLETCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Better late than never. El Camino Real High left-hander Randy Wolf expected to be selected Thursday, the first day of the major league amateur draft. He finally got the call Friday, when the Dodgers made him a 25th-round selection. "I am a little disappointed," Wolf said, "but there's nothing I can do about it."
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June 24, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every youngster looks up to somebody, even one who sprouts to 6 feet 8 at 12 and 7 feet at 16. Tyson Chandler had a hero as he grew from precocious toddler to tormented elementary school oddity to the best high school basketball player in Los Angeles, one who will bypass college and earn millions as a lottery pick in Wednesday's NBA draft. Jordan? Johnson? Abdul-Jabbar? No, Chandler didn't follow the pros enough to idolize ballplayers.
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April 22, 2010 | Sam Farmer
For the first time, the NFL has broken the draft into three days, beginning with the first round Thursday(4:30 p.m. PDT; ESPN, NFL Network). Times NFL writer Sam Farmer takes a look at how Round 1 could unfold: 1. St. Louis: QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma — By releasing Marc Bulger, the Rams have cleared the way to begin the Bradford era. 2. Detroit: DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska — Jim Schwartz wants to rebuild the defense he...
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February 27, 2010 | Sam Farmer
In one sense, Florida's Tim Tebow looks like every other high-profile quarterback at the NFL scouting combine. Yet another passer not throwing for the scouts. The challenge for Tebow is to look a little more mainstream. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner is the most intriguing work in progress in this draft class, a player who is reconstructing his throwing motion to be more NFL-friendly. He's working to eliminate his swooping windup in order to get rid of the ball quicker. An overdue overhaul?
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