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Ninety-two years ago, in a rough-and-tumble suburb of Sydney, Australia, called Rushcutter's Bay, two men met in a ring before 17,000 people and changed sports history. One was Tommy Burns--real name Noah Brusso--who was the world heavyweight champion. The other was Texan Jack Johnson, who was about to be. The Johnson-Burns bout marked the first time Sydney was a Page 1 sports dateline around the world.
A venerable former trustee is back on the Castaic Union School District board, filling a post vacated two months ago by a trustee who moved out of the area. Jack Johnson, 70, was appointed by a 4-0 vote Wednesday night and will return to the board where he served six terms before being defeated in 1991. He will be sworn in at the board's March 17 meeting. "I think what he will bring to the board is history, stability," said Supt. Scott Brown.
February 2, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Edmonton, Canada ? Pity the poor Edmonton Oilers. Not only is the once-proud franchise buried deep in the Western Conference cellar, but it's on pace for its worst full-season record. And as if that wasn't enough, Wednesday they lost a game when a former teammate, Ryan Smyth, was credited with goals on two plays in which he said he never touched the puck. The result was a 3-1 victory by the Kings that kept them in the thick of the conference playoff chase. Which is why no one in the Kings' dressing room seemed to care how the puck got into the net, as long it got there.
August 10, 2005 | Mikel Jollett, Special to The Times
Jack Johnson is a bit of a curious phenomenon in the music world. With alternative rock radio mired in either aggressive/depressive nu-metal or the uber-hip sound of retro-rock, and with the pop charts dominated by divas and rappers, the onetime pro surfer has quietly built a minor empire. His formula: low-key, hummable songs that neither offend nor provoke but sound instead like quiet observations made from a porch on a summer afternoon.
July 18, 2009 | Helene Elliott
The Kings re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Jack Johnson to a two-year contract Friday with an annual cap hit of $1.425 million, a deal that gives Johnson time to "prove what level player he can get to," according to Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall. Johnson, 22, played only 41 games last season after undergoing shoulder surgery. He has offensive skills but has had trouble in his own zone, and his return had rocky moments.
May 6, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Stepping into the ring with Jack Johnson, otherwise known as the "Galveston Giant," was as much an invitation to conversation as a guarantee of a beating. He'd banter with his opponents, teasing them about their fate, before knocking them out when the chat began to bore him. "The Great White Hope," Howard Sackler's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama starring James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander, focused on the struggles Johnson faced after becoming the first African American heavyweight champion of the world.
January 8, 2011 | Helene Elliott
The Kings reached the halfway point of the season Saturday with an ugly victory that resembled the ups and downs of the preceding three months. More important, they secured the services of defenseman Jack Johnson for seven years with a contract extension that will kick in next season. Following their too-well established pattern, the Kings started forcefully but made a series of errors to turn what should have been a romp into a serious dose of anxiety. The Blue Jackets twice pulled to within a goal in the third period but the Kings held on for a 6-4 triumph that ended their season-worst losing streak at five games and halted a four-game losing streak on this homestand.
November 29, 2010 | Helene Elliott
The Kings' best players were among their worst players Monday, and that explains a lot about a slump that has deepened to seven losses in eight games. Their best players are the most talented, the ones who can get by on skill and sometimes try to do that without adding diligence or concentration. Cornerstone defensemen Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson have been guilty of that lately, making poor decisions and bad reads that have ranged from ill-advised to outright baffling. Their struggles have had a ripple effect that has been magnified since injuries took Willie Mitchell and Alexei Ponikarovsky out of the lineup.
January 17, 2011 | By Chris Foster
The Kings provided too many opportunities, then couldn't cash in on the one handed to them. Once again the search for answers began, after the Dallas Stars held on for a 2-1 victory Monday when goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped Jack Johnson's penalty shot with 52 seconds left. Kings Coach Terry Murray said his team lost the "puck possession" struggle. Center Anze Kopitar said the team was "flat" until the final minutes. Johnson was to the point: "I thought I made a good move.
January 9, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Whether it was the full moon, a simple homage or the sheer delight of finishing off a three-on-one, defenseman Jack Johnson dragged the Kings to a new place. Johnson "Tebowed" at Staples Center. It was the Kings' third goal in what turned out to be a 5-2 victory against the Washington Capitals on Monday night. Adding goals for the Kings were Kyle Clifford, Anze Kopitar, Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams (on the power play, no less). Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, getting a rare start, won his third game of the season.
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