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May 1, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Hines Ward is all for gay football players coming out of the closet and just being themselves. But the former Super Bowl MVP doesn't play in the NFL anymore. And he apparently feels that some current players don't feel the same way he does. Ward told NBC Sports Radio on Tuesday, the day after NBA center Jason Collins became the first active male athlete in a major team sport to publicly admit he's gay, that he doesn't think the time is right for a similar situation in the NFL. “I don't think football is ready," Ward told host Erik Kuselia.
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April 30, 2013 | By Chris Foster
It took the Angels 19 innings to reach disappointment Monday, losing to the Oakland Athletics, 10-8. The game will probably fade into the history books … or so the Angels' Josh Hamilton can only hope. The Angels went a little longer in the Oakland Coliseum to get to defeat in 1971 , losing 1-0 in 20 innings. It was a game that holds a place in team and, tragically, baseball folklore. The Angels' Tony Conigliaro struck out five times that night, lighting a fuse. The last came in the 19th inning, with Conigliaro getting tossed out for arguing the call.
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April 30, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  How do you celebrate a walk-off home run in the 19th inning? Why, you throw a pie into your own face, of course. Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer off Angels reliever Barry Enright to give the Oakland Athletics a 10-8, 19-inning victory in Oakland at 1:41 a.m. Tuesday. Amazingly, the Oakland telecast of the game actually went on with a brief post-game show, including an interview with Moss. During that interview, an A's teammate walked up to Moss and handed him a plate filled with whipped cream.
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March 3, 1996 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ryan Smiley admits he wouldn't have done it at the beginning of the season. But when he sprang free on a breakaway in the closing moments of Harvard-Westlake High's rout of Morningside at the Pond on Saturday, he rolled the ball off his fingertips short of the basket and let 6-foot-11 center Jason Collins slam it with both hands. The crowd went wild. So did Harvard, which captured its second consecutive Southern Section Division III-A title with a 75-53 victory.
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April 29, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
One reason fans attend auto races is because the cars are loud -- in some cases, exceptionally loud. Spectators simply love the roar of the engines. So what if a race was held with  significantly quieter cars? Would fans still find it appealing? Los Angeles plans to find out. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced last week that L.A. is one of 10 global cities where a new racing organization, Formula E, hopes to hold street races with all-electric cars, starting next year. The cars would be true race cars, roughly similar in size and shape to those  in the IndyCar series.
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April 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
A homeless man approached Chad Johnson in the South Beach area of Florida on Saturday and asked the former NFL star to buy him a beer. He picked the right guy to ask. Johnson bought the man -- first name Robert, last name unknown,  goes by the nickname Porkchop -- several beers and hung around to enjoy them with him. The ex-wide receiver also bought Porkchop cigarettes and some new clothes, gave him a watch and took him out for a night on...
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December 10, 1998 | Times Wire Services
Stanford backup center Jason Collins will be sidelined indefinitely because of a dislocated right wrist. The 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman suffered the injury when he fell after scoring a basket during Monday night's victory over George Washington. Collins, a former Harvard-Westlake standout, played in only one game last season, then injured his knee during practice at the Big Island Invitational in Hawaii.
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March 28, 1996 | DANA HADDAD
Twins Jason and Jarron Collins of Harvard-Westlake High have been selected the Southern Section Division III boys' basketball co-players of the year. Jason Collins, a 6-foot-11 junior center, averaged 18.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots to lead the Wolverines (30-2) to the state championship. He also was The Times' Valley Player of the Year. Jarron Collins, a 6-10 junior, averaged 14.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists.
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April 30, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
One of the undercard fights on Saturday's "UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen" ended because of an eye poke, and UFC President Dana White wants to do something about it. During the Ovince St. Preux-Gian Villante fight, St. Preux accidentally poked Villante in the eye. Referee Kevin Mulhall stepped in and checked Villante, then asked him if he could see. Villante said he couldn't, so Mulhall stopped the fight. Why? There is no rule that covers eye pokes, because fight rules were written for boxing, not MMA, and boxers rarely get poked in the eye. White was unhappy with that, and stated his case in a post-fight news conference.
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