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February 24, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers and Clippers forward Lamar Odom recently signed to play overseas for Spanish team Laboral Kutxa (also known as Saski Baskonia). On Friday, the team held a news conference welcoming the two-time NBA champion. "A new beginning," said Odom of his motivation to joining the Spanish franchise.  "A new environment was important for me. " Odom averaged 13.3 points, 8.4 rebound and 3.7 assists through 14 NBA seasons (six with the Lakers).  He played for the Clippers last season, the franchise that originally drafted him in 1999.
February 24, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Even though it was approaching 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was happily answering reporters' post-race questions at a now empty Daytona International Speedway. After a 6 1/2-hour rain delay, Earnhardt had just won late Sunday night his second Daytona 500, and one could almost feel the burden lifted off the shoulders of the enormously popular NASCAR driver. It was only the second Sprint Cup Series win in the last five years for the 39-year-old son of the late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt.
February 24, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Bart Scott is quickly climbing the ranks of NFL studio analysts. After one year on CBS Sport Network's "That Other Pregame Show," the former Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets linebacker has graduated to CBS' "The NFL Today" show as part of a continuing shakeup of that program. Last week CBS announced that Hall of Famers and longtime analysts Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe would not return to the show and that recently retired tight end Tony Gonzalez would join a lineup that includes James Brown, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason.
February 23, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
OKLAHOMA CITY - Free agent forward Glen Davis informed the Clippers on Sunday that he will sign with them. Coach Doc Rivers said the deal wasn't "official yet. " "Hopefully it will be," Rivers said. Davis, who got a buyout from the Orlando Magic on Friday, cleared waivers at 2 p.m. West Coast time Sunday. He will join the Clippers in New Orleans on Monday night for their game against the Pelicans or back in Los Angeles on Wednesday night for their game against the Houston Rockets.
February 23, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Glen Davis informed the Clippers on Sunday that he will sign with them, according to an NBA executive who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Before the Clippers played the Oklahoma City Thunder, Coach Doc Rivers said he had a “hunch” about where the power forward would play. Davis, who got a buyout from the Orlando Magic on Friday, won't clear waivers until 2 p.m. PST Sunday. He will join the Clippers in New Orleans on Monday night for their game against the Pelicans or in Los Angeles for their game against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night at Staples Center, the executive said.
February 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The New York Knicks were reportedly working on a buyout of Metta World Peace's contract Saturday. But there was nothing even the notorious Knicks public relations machine could do about the tweets of Daniel Artest , World Peace's brother. Among the highlights: "Ron wanted to be a knick his entire career and his dream became a nightmare. Knicks need an overhaul. Top to bottom. "Well. At least I got some nice knick gear. " "I'm not threatening [owner Jim ] Dolan on twitter tho. Lol. Some fan is locked up for that.
February 21, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- President Obama locked arms with Democratic governors Friday to press the case for raising the minimum wage, an issue the party is hoping will drive voters to the polls in the midterm elections. Ahead of this weekend's National Governors Assn. meeting, Democratic governors met with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss economic priorities for the year, first among them efforts at both the state and national level to raise the minimum hourly wage. Democrats in Congress are working with the president to advance a plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
February 20, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Oregon's attorney general will not defend the state's same-sex marriage ban in court, lending momentum to activists seeking to end the last such remaining ban on the West Coast. The announcement by Atty. Gen. Ellen F. Rosenblum on Thursday does not, however, make same-sex marriage legal in Oregon, and the matter will probably be defended in court by another group. But she is now part of a small but growing group of attorneys general who have decided to stop defending the law in the face of a recent judicial onslaught that has put the future of the nation's remaining same-sex marriage bans in serious doubt.
February 14, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Typically, wine clubs have had about as much coolness factor as the old Columbia Record Club. No serious wine drinkers would have ever considered joining such a club. But now a handful of new wine clubs is changing the game with selections focused on Santa Barbara wines, grand cru Burgundy or natural wines. Bottles are hand-picked, often highly allocated (i.e. hard to find), come with tasting notes and/or recipes - and inside is something you'd actually like to drink. Some clubs cater to what you already like.
February 13, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
As an African American man pursuing a PhD in the sciences, Geoff Lovely has sometimes had to overcome a feeling that he didn't belong in the halls of top research universities where he saw few peers of color.  The Caltech student is intent on becoming a professor "where I think I can definitely make an impact" becoming a role model for other minority students interested in the sciences. A new venture announced Thursday aims to smooth a path for students like Lovely by joining the resources of four of California's top research institutions -- UCLA, Caltech, UC Berkelely and Stanford -- to increase the numbers of minority faculty and researchers in national laboratories and industry.
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