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November 20, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
So much for the "helmet pardy" in Winnipeg on Thursday night. It was a cheeky grass-roots plan hatched by some fans of the Winnipeg Jets, encouraging everyone to wear a helmet to the Jets game against the Chicago Blackhawks at MTS Center. This was a pointed response to the spectator in Chicago who grabbed the helmet of Jets defenseman Adam Pardy in a game at United Center this month after he had been pushed into the plexiglass, and the glass pane came off its support. That's when Pardy's helmet was taken off his head and the fan put it on. The Blackhawks' organization is arguably one of the most media-conscious in the league and apologies immediately came from the highest levels of the team.
April 26, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  Steve Nash may have played his final game as a Phoenix Sun on Wednesday night, and if he did, the fans in Phoenix let him know how much they love him for his contribution throughout the years. With time running out and Nash on the bench in Phoenix's 110-106 loss to San Antonio, the crowd began a "We want Steve" chant. Coach Alvin Gentry obliged, putting Nash in the game to a standing ovation, then removing him at the next dead ball so Nash could get another ovation.
May 25, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
British actress Keira Knightley, star of the upcoming film “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” is now engaged to James Righton of the rock band Klaxons, her publicist comfirmed Friday. Publicist Sara Keene said Knightley and Righton were not releasing details of the proposal and had no comment on wedding plans, according to the AP . No official representative for the legions of Knightley's distraught male fans and would-be suitors was immediately available for comment, though many admirers expressed their disappointment on Twitter.
February 15, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
To no surprise, among the throng of basketball fans enamored by the Knicks' Jeremy Lin is the one in the White House. President Obama was talking about the NBA's newest sensation on Marine One Wednesday morning, his spokesman Jay Carney confirmed, after the Knicks point guard led his team to another victory Tuesday night on a last-second three-pointer. Carney said the president, like the rest of Americans and much of the Chinese, is taken by the story. "It's just a great story and the president was saying as much this morning.
January 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
A baseball fanfest bringing together minor leaguers and some major leaguers from the Los Angeles area to benefit research for a cure to Crohn's disease was held on Sunday at the Mid Valley baseball complex in Encino. Put together by former Harvard-Westlake pitchers Max Fried and Lucas Giolito, the event drew a good crowd of fans who received free autographs from participating players, many of whom worked out on the mound and at the plate. Jon Garland, a Kennedy High grad who pitched for the Dodgers and Angels, dropped by to offer his support.
January 5, 2008
I am one of the "niche" fans that you attribute to Gram Rabbit ["Gram Rabbit Shines Before DJs Spin In," Jan. 2]. I was at the New Year's Eve show on Monday night, and it was despicable what was done not only to the band but to the fans as well. I purchased a ticket for the show with no idea that the club would be turned over to DJs shortly after midnight. This is a band that drove 150 miles to play for the highly dedicated fans they do have. Hopefully, in the future, our favorite band won't have to return to establishments like the Echo, where the customer seems to be little more than cattle.
October 12, 2013 | By James Barragan
Some blamed bad coaching. Others complained of too many foreign-born players. And still others said a better goalkeeper was needed. There were plenty of theories, but the fact remained that Mexico's national soccer team - considered one of the most talented and promising in the world only two years ago - was on the brink of losing control of their World Cup fate. On Friday night, El Tri (short for El Tri-color, a reference to Mexico's three-colored flag), as its fans affectionately call the team, was in a must-win game against Panama.
January 7, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano has been through a lot this season. After being hired by the Colts during the off-season, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and missed most of the season while undergoing treatment. He re-assumed his head-coaching duties before the final regular-season game, a victory over the Houston Texans, and remained in that role for the Colts' wild-card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, a season-ending 24-9 loss. Still, it was quite a season for the Colts, who had won just two games the previous year and revamped much of the team, opting to draft Andrew Luck as quarterback and trade all-time great Peyton Manning.
January 26, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, ready to resume his All-Star career after a 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's anti-drug policy, took part in the team's annual fan festival and admitted, "I don't ever know if I could apologize enough for what's occurred. " Braun reportedly received a warm welcome, except for one heckler, when he was introduced Sunday at a downtown Milwaukee convention center during the Brewers On Deck event. Braun had drawn the contempt of many fans and baseball officials because he originally denied using performance-enhancing drugs, beat the charge on a technicality and then proceeded to claim his innocence while taking to task everyone involved in the case.
June 21, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
As the media frenzy over Paula Deen's use of a racial epithet raged on Friday, a journalist sent a tweet using a hashtag he thought “no one else will ever use”: #TeamPaulaDeen. Turns out, he was wrong. Following the Food Network's announcement that it will not renew Deen's contract , some of her fans weren't shy about expressing support for her on Twitter and the network's Facebook page. As of Friday afternoon, the most recent post on the network's page was a recipe for zucchini casserole.
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