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March 4, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before insert funny line here . Oops, did I really do that? The Skinny: I caught some of the British version of "House of Cards " last night and liked it. It felt more gritty and less glamorous than the Netflix version. Also finally watched "Zodiac," which was really great. I know, you come here for news not my viewing habits. Well, we have some big news today. Dish and Disney struck a huge distribution deal and the Department of Justice is on the side of broadcasters in their fight against Aereo.
March 4, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
When U.S. Soccer dumped the red-striped "Where's Waldo" jerseys it debuted in 2012, the feeling was whatever it picked had to be better. Oops. Wrong again. The new Nike white home jerseys unveiled this week and heavily criticized by fans look more like polo shirts than soccer uniforms with full collars. The shirts, which the U.S. will wear in this summer's World Cup in Brazil, also have red trim on the collars and sleeves, the centennial U.S. Soccer patch on the left breast and a blue Nike swoosh on the right side.
March 4, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A New York parolee accused of fatally strangling a retired teacher in Hollywood may have come west after developing a network of pen pals, some that apparently grew from a shared fondness for the long-running soap opera "General Hospital. " Three months after he was released from prison after serving 20 years for murder, Scott Kratlian showed up in Hollywood and allegedly strangled one of his pen pals, 82-year-old Harry Major. The relationship between the convicted killer and the retired Hollywood High School teacher was probably one of many the inmate fostered over the years while imprisoned at Marcy Correctional Facility outside Syracuse, said another of Kratlian's pen pals.
March 3, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Hollywood Boulevard was quiet on the Monday morning after the Oscars. The parties were over, the limos were gone, and the only people in the street were crew members taking down displays and picking up trash. But 3,000 fans were lined up outside the lobby of the Dolby Theatre, where the "Live" staff had spent all night turning the Oscar stage into the set for the annual "Live With Kelly and Michael After Oscar Show. " "We take over the theater at midnight," joked Michael Gelman, the show's executive director.
March 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- His qualifying laps finished, Dale Earnhardt Jr. climbed from his car and walked briskly down pit road toward the garage at Phoenix International Raceway. Earnhardt moved quickly because he was instantly surrounded by a dozen fans seeking autographs or to snap his picture, and they hustled to keep pace with him. Had he stopped, the crowd would have swelled and Earnhardt would have fallen behind schedule. NASCAR this year unveiled major changes in its playoff and qualifying formats in hopes of raising the sport's popularity, which has dipped in recent years after surging in the mid-2000s.
February 28, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
It didn't take long for New Mexico State officials to take action following a  brawl at the conclusion  of Thursday night's basketball game against Utah Valley State. New Mexico State has suspended guard K.C. Ross-Miller indefinitely for his actions, which led to a brawl between fans and players immediately after the game. Ross-Miller hurled the ball at Utah Valley State's Holton Hunsaker immediately after New Mexico State's 66-61 loss, triggering a confrontation with Utah Valley players and fans.
February 28, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Most baseball fans have gotten used to having to shell out a few extra bucks to watch their team. But for Dodger loyalists, the decision of the team to move all of its games to SportsNet LA, a pay-TV channel starting this season is something of a rude awakening. That's because the number of games on a local broadcast station available free to viewers was far greater here than in just about every other city with a baseball team. Last year, KCAL-TV Channel 9 carried 49 Dodger games or almost one-third of all the games.
February 28, 2014 | By Charlie Vascellaro, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For baseball fans, spring training may be the best time of year. For Dodgers fans, the Camelback Ranch ballpark and player development facility in Glendale, Ariz., provides a ringside seat to a hope that is both eternal and immediate, given the team's current lineup of talent. For Angels fans, a star-studded cast has returned for the team's 22nd consecutive season at Tempe Diablo Stadium. And if you're not a baseball fan, there's always the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and a variety of resort accommodations and entertainment options along the Cactus League's periphery.
February 28, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm, This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - I go to sleep each night watched over by a portrait of Roberto Clemente. I wake up each morning and see a baseball signed by Sandy Koufax. In between, I can glimpse Los Angeles, Washington and Cleveland baseball caps hanging from the mirror in the guest room. I don't live in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It just sometimes feels as though I do. The home-field artifacts that make up part of our oddball décor - which I allow and he adores - are bush league when viewed through the prism of the real hall.
February 27, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Roll over, Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the news: veering sharply from traditional classical concert decorum, Leonard Slatkin told concert-goers in West Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday night that he and the Detroit Symphony were ready for their close-up (or long shot, as the case might be), and invited them to whip out phones, snap pictures of the scene, and post them on social media to instantly commemorate the moment. Having just climaxed the scheduled program at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts with Ravel's “Bolero,”  Slatkin didn't just take the usual mute bow. According to a news release sent out Wednesday by the Detroit Symphony, which he's led as music director since 2008, he addressed the audience, saying:                "You've heard that we're the most accessible orchestra on the planet, and tonight you're going to be the most accessible audience on the planet.
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