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May 30, 1987
It is with much sadness that I learned of the departure of Dodger pitcher Tom Niedenfuer. He will be greatly missed by his many fans in Los Angeles. Besides being an outstanding pitcher, Niedenfuer has shown himself to be a person of high ethical and moral standards. With all the drug-related problems in the sports world, it is nice to have players such as Tom for role models for our children. The Dodgers have not only lost a great pitcher, but they will have to look hard to find individuals with the same capacity for tolerance and high moral character.
September 7, 1985
Once again you have insulted the intelligence of the hockey fans of Los Angeles. First, the Kings signed their first two draft choices this week and it was almost forgotten on the back page. Second, the chart listing salaries of famous, wealthy athletes significantly omitted Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers. Third, Scott Ostler's column on professional athletic prodigies overlooked Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ostler's animosity against the NHL is nothing new to those people who are used to his anti-hockey diatribes.
October 11, 2003
With the preseason behind them, UCLA's football team is 1-0 in the Pac-10 after stomping 18th-ranked Washington. On the other side of town, preseason national champion candidate USC already has one noteworthy loss in conference play. How can this be, you ask? Could it be UCLA intelligently treated the preseason as a learning experience? Kudos to first-year Coach Karl Dorrell and his coaching staff. Who can argue the Bruins are not a much better team after the preseason's trials and tribulations?
July 9, 2012 | By David Ng
In his latest movie "To Rome With Love," Woody Allen plays Jerry, a retired music executive and former opera director who travels to Italy to meet his daughter's fiancé. Upon his arrival in the Eternal City, Jerry encounters his future son-in-law's father, an undertaker who happens to have a perfect operatic voice - but only when he's singing in the shower. The chance discovery precipitates a series of comic set pieces, and prompts Jerry to rediscover his passion for the operatic art form.
September 30, 2008 | Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Another major U.S. bank on Monday fell victim to the global liquidity crisis, the House rejected the politically charged $700-billion bailout and U.S. stocks fell off a cliff. Yet in Chicago, at least, real-world worries seemingly failed to put a damper on fan interest in Cubs' postseason tickets. The weight of history -- as in a full century since the Cubs last won a World Series -- has seemed strong enough to prop up MLB postseason ticket resales among pennant-hungry Cubs fans.
June 17, 2010
The Boston Celtics, as any Lakers fan has undoubtedly noticed in the course of what has been one of the most satisfying NBA Finals in recent memory, have temper-control issues. A team featuring forward/center Rasheed Wallace, who holds the dubious NBA record for most technical fouls, and center Kendrick Perkins, who like Wallace has played in danger of suspension if he commits a seventh technical in the playoffs, is as likely to throw games away with its uncontrolled passion as it is to win them.
June 4, 1994
Angered by what they say is the prospect of an impasse in labor negotiations by Monday, a Police Protective League official said Friday that the union is preparing a new campaign that will include a search for embarrassing information about City Council members. "We are going to be soliciting adverse information on City Council members," said Geoffrey Garfield, union spokesman. "You'd be surprised at what cops know about people."
May 9, 1998
On behalf of all King fans in Los Angeles who actually know the game, I would like to respond to a letter written by Bob Nicolai of Calabasas in the May 2 issue. Mr. Nicolai states that the referee made the correct call and says, "Jamie Storr is outside the crease and tries to knock Geoff Courtnall off the puck, and for his trouble he got bumped into the net. Storr is now fair game since he is outside his crease." First of all, I was just wondering if Mr. Nicolai has ever actually seen a hockey game.
July 29, 1994 | STEVE SPRINGER
Wouldn't you know it? Raider Coach Art Shell attends a news conference in Barcelona and the first thing he's asked is if he hopes the Raiders might still return to Oakland some day. This is a subject the Raiders can't leave behind no matter how far they go. Playing the part of international diplomat Thursday, Shell said he "appreciated the fans in Oakland, but we are not looking to return as of now." Then he added: "We appreciate the fans of Los Angeles. L.A.
February 11, 1985 | SAM McMANIS
Clipper President Alan Rothenberg issued a statement Sunday supporting Marques Johnson, after a story in Saturday's Times reported that the Milwaukee Bucks did not inform the Clippers that Johnson had undergone treatment at a drug rehabilitation center 14 months before he was traded. Rothenberg's statement read: "Marques Johnson is an All-Star both as a player and as a human being. Despite his injuries this season, he has been our hardest-working player, a leader both on and off the court.
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