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March 26, 2009 | Shannon Ryan
This season's NCAA tournament games have caused television ratings to skyrocket and made the blood flow, whether it runs Cardinals red or Carolina blue. Like last season, four teams seeded No. 1 are alive in this week's regionals, including Louisville and Pittsburgh, who shrugged off upset-minded underdogs to maintain order in the brackets yet entertain CBS audiences. What's missing is the NBA draft audition. As much debate took place last season about which player would be the No.
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January 7, 2009 | Gary Klein and Sam Farmer
Mark Sanchez spoke to Carson Palmer. A phone call to Matt Leinart was on Sanchez's Tuesday night to-do list. And between tapping the brains of Heisman Trophy winners, the USC quarterback met separately with new offensive coordinator John Morton and with Coach Pete Carroll.
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August 16, 2008 | Sam Farmer
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was so clear back then, in April 2005, when quarterbacks Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers were selected in the NFL draft. There was nothing murky that day about who won and who lost. Smith was taken No. 1 overall by the San Francisco 49ers, and Rodgers -- once thought to be in the running for the top pick -- languished for almost five hours before Green Bay took him 24th. The cash disparity told the story. Smith's contract guaranteed him $24.
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June 27, 2008 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
They pushed. And Eric Gordon pushed back. There was only one other player on the court when the baby-faced Gordon took center stage in workouts for the Clippers. That was Nevada's Marcelus Kemp, not as elite a prospect as Gordon, but one that stretched a couple of inches taller.
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June 27, 2008 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
It was the Lakers' turn, finally, 4 hours and 20 minutes into the NBA draft. It took a while to get there, the Lakers sitting out the first round because they sent the 28th pick to Memphis as part of the Pau Gasol trade, but they eventually selected Kentucky guard Joe Crawford with the 58th pick Thursday. Crawford, 6 feet 4, averaged 17.9 points a game and shot 36.4% from three-point range in his senior season at Kentucky. Like every second-round pick, he does not get a guaranteed contract.
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June 27, 2008
PICK: 1. Chicago PLAYER: Derrick Rose HT: 6-1 1/2 WT: 196 CL: Fr. SCHOOL: Memphis HEISLER'S COMMENT: Can't-miss point guard -- but should he have gone ahead of Michael Beasley, who's sure to put up better numbers as a rookie? -- PICK: 2. Miami PLAYER: Michael Beasley HT: 6-7 WT: 239 CL: Fr. SCHOOL: Kansas State HEISLER'S COMMENT: Goofball past counted against him, but if he's not a total knucklehead, capable of averaging 20 points as a rookie. -- PICK: 3. Minnesota PLAYER: O.J.
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June 22, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
OTTAWA -- Topics around the draft floor Saturday ran the gamut, ranging from Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer's plans, Kings defenseman Rob Blake's future and the successor to Marc Crawford behind the Kings' bench. Oh yes, Ducks General Manager Brian Burke was teased about working somewhere other than Toronto, for once. How about New York? Banter aside, there was the second day of the NHL entry draft.
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June 20, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
OTTAWA -- It was the day after Christmas and Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi was making his way through the long-and-winding security line at Los Angeles International Airport. He was on his way to the Czech Republic for more viewings of Steve Stamkos, Drew Doughty, Zach Bogosian and Co. at the World Junior Championships. There was the small matter, however, of the security worker who recognized him and put his arm on Lombardi.
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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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May 21, 2008 | Mark Heisler
Proving not everything can go wrong, Chicago jumped up from No. 9 to No. 1 in Tuesday's NBA lottery. This was such good news, Shameless Steve Shanwald, the Bulls' marketing executive who accepted the pick, gave out their telephone number for ticket sales, making this the NBA's first lottery/telethon. Now that we've got a batting order, Times staff writer Mark Heisler takes a look at who could be going where. Let the mock drafts begin! 1. Chicago -- Derrick Rose, Memphis.
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