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March 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
In early February, the Lakers ran out of players in an odd win at Cleveland over the Cavaliers, 119-108. On Thursday, Joe Borgia, the NBA's vice president of referee operations, gave his perspective (via NBA TV ) on the strange final minutes that saw Lakers center Robert Sacre finishing the game despite collecting his sixth personal foul. "We have to have five players on the court at all times," Borgia said. "If there are no available substitutes to come in the game, the player who fouls out has to remain in the game" The Lakers started the game short-handed, with Kobe Bryant, Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks all out with injuries.  Nick Young bruised his knee during the game.
March 13, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Could a little move make a big difference for pitcher Joe Blanton, who confounded the Angels and their fans by going 2-14 with a 6.04 earned run average and allowing 29 home runs last season? Manager Mike Scioscia hopes so. Blanton moved from the first-base side of the rubber to the third-base side Wednesday and threw five scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers, allowing one hit, striking out five and walking none. He gave up seven runs and eight hits in his previous start against Colorado.
March 11, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Joe McGinniss, who died Monday from complications of prostate cancer at age 71, liked to break the rules. His best known book, 1983's “Fatal Vision,” provoked a controversy over the author's methods; it was McGinniss to whom Janet Malcolm was referring in her famous opening to “The Journalist and the Murderer,” which critiques his relationship with “Fatal Vision's” subject, former Green Beret doctor Jeffrey MacDonald, who was convicted of...
March 10, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Texas-bound Parker Joe Robinson displayed power on Monday, hitting a three-run home run to lead JSerra past Foothill, 6-1. Jake Pries added two RBIs. Clay Chatham struck out six and allowed one hit in four innings. San Clemente defeated Santa Margarita, 4-3. Chris Puckett struck out eight in a complete game and drove in the winning run. Glendora (5-0) won the Don Lugo tournament championship with a 5-2 win over Oak Hills. Nick Kaye had two hits and two RBIs. RJ Romo had two hits.
March 10, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Author Joe McGinninss, political chronicler, novelist, and sometime muckraker has died, the Associated Press reports. He was 71 and had prostate cancer. Best known in recent years for moving next door to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Wasilla in order to work on a book about her -- much to her annoyance -- McGinniss also wrote about the Kennedys, Richard Nixon and true crime, often stirring controversy. McGinniss was a 26-year-old newspaper columnist in Philadelphia when he wrote his scathing look at the campaign of Richard Nixon, "The Selling of the President: 1968.
March 10, 2014 | By Hillel Italie
Joe McGinniss, the adventurous and news-making author and reporter who skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon in "The Selling of the President 1968" and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald in the blockbuster "Fatal Vision," died Monday at a hospital in Worcester, Mass. He was 71. McGinniss died from complications of prostate cancer, according to his attorney and longtime friend Dennis Holahan. Few journalists of his time so intrepidly pursued a story, burned so many bridges or more memorably placed themselves in the narrative, whether insisting on the guilt of MacDonald after seemingly befriending him or moving next door to Sarah Palin's house for a most unauthorized biography of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.
March 4, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Teresa and Joe Giudice of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" fame pleaded guilty to federal fraud in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.  The stars of the lavish Bravo reality series reportedly took a plea deal and admitted to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and three types of bankruptcy fraud, according to the Associated Press. They both face time in prison. Joe Giudice, whose real name is Giuseppe, also pleaded guilty to failing to file a tax return for 2004. The Italian citizen also admitted to not filing taxes on income of about $1 million between 2004 and 2008.
March 2, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- As the Angels identify their starting rotation, Joe Blanton is on the outside looking in. Blanton lost his spot in the rotation last season. If he pitches well this spring and the Angels still like their starting five, they might be able to trade him. If he does not pitch well, they might have to release him. With scouts from other teams in attendance Sunday, Blanton got off to a rough start in his Cactus League debut. He entered the game in the fifth inning and gave up hits to the first three batters he faced, including a two-run double that gave the Oakland Athletics their final runs in a 3-2 victory over the Angels.
February 27, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels plan to use six starters in Cactus League games, Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday. That breakdown: the projected rotation of Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago, with Joe Blanton getting his innings as well. Blanton could get a rotation spot in case of injury to one of the projected five starters, or if the Angels decide to send Skaggs or Santiago to the minor leagues. However, if the Angels do not alter their planned rotation, Blanton could be traded or released.
February 25, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Seth Meyers kicked off his run as host of "Late Night" on Monday night, and to generate a little buzz, he brought on his former "Saturday Night Live" and "Weekend Update" colleague Amy Poehler and Vice President Joe Biden. One of them announced a run for president in 2016. Poehler and Biden have a flirty history, ever since Biden guest-starred on "Parks and Recration" as the object of Leslie Knope's affections. During his "Late Night" appearance, Poehler referred to him as a "gorgeous charm monster.
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