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July 15, 2000 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Avengers did not go quietly in their final regular season game Friday, but they can put their inaugural Arena Football League season to bed. Friday's 60-52 loss to the Buffalo Destroyers, before 10,029 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., ended the Avengers' faint playoff hopes. The Avengers finished 3-11. "It's disappointing to end the season that way," Avenger Coach Stan Brock said. "But we did not play well enough to win. We've got to get everything better.
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June 25, 2008 | Lonnie White
Ed Hodgkiss was fired by the Avengers on Tuesday, three days after his team failed to qualify for the Arena Football League playoffs for the second time in three years. Hodgkiss had a 58-58 mark in his seven years with L.A., including a 1-5 postseason record. Although six of eight teams in the American Conference qualify for the playoffs, the Avengers finished the season 5-11 and last in the Western Division.
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April 21, 2000 | BILL PLASCHKE
And we were all so worried about Al Davis. We should have been guarding against two fans slugging each other in oversized gloves on the 10-yard line on behalf of an anti-fungal spray. We should have been wary of the pregame cherry bombs, the halftime hypnotist, the all-game rock music. We were so concerned that the return of professional football to Los Angeles would involve a wacko franchise, we forgot all about a wacko sport. Too late. It's here. The Arena Football League.
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June 21, 2008 | Jay Christensen
at Tampa Bay, 4:30 PDT Site -- St. Pete Times Forum. Radio -- 570. Records -- Avengers 5-10, Blaze 7-8. Update -- Only in the Arena Football League can a team have a 5-10 record and still be alive for a playoff berth. The Avengers need a win coupled with losses by either Colorado, Grand Rapids or Utah to make the postseason. Even if Los Angeles loses, it can still qualify for the American Division playoffs if Utah loses and Colorado and Grand Rapids win.
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February 15, 2003 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Chris Jackson, the original Avenger, put some unique spin on the first pass of his Arena Football League career. Last week against defending ArenaBowl champion San Jose, the offensive specialist took a pitch from quarterback Tony Graziani on a reverse and tossed a wobbly five-yard touchdown pass to receiver Kevin Ingram. The fourth-quarter play helped set the stage for the Avengers' dramatic 73-72 comeback victory.
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February 21, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
The Avengers attempted to move forward on Friday after learning the extent of defensive specialist Cornelius Coe's legal troubles. Coe was indicted Wednesday on multiple cocaine-related felony counts, stemming from a federal investigation in Michigan. The indictment was unsealed Thursday. Coe is in custody in Los Angeles awaiting transport to Michigan. Coe, 28, could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of all charges, according to Phillip Green, First Assistant U.S.
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June 6, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
The Avengers began their season with a victory over the Arizona Rattlers at America West Arena in Phoenix. Today, they return to the same building, intent on not having the season end there. The Avengers (9-7), the lowest-seeded team in the eight-team Arena Football League playoffs, play the top-seeded Rattlers (11-5) in a quarterfinal between teams that finished the regular season going in opposite directions.
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April 16, 2000 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Coach Stan Brock was not fooled by the Los Angeles Avengers' unbeaten preseason record. Even with a team stocked with veterans, there were problems, he said, specifically on the lines where the team was spotty in protecting its quarterbacks and unable to put much pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Those problems cropped up again Saturday, and were pivotal in the Avengers' Arena Football League regular-season opening loss to Grand Rapids, 51-31, before 8,192 at Van Andel Arena.
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June 11, 2000 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Of all the losses the Avengers have suffered in their first Arena Football League season, Saturday's 54-51 defeat against Arizona is the toughest to take. That's because the Avengers--with a big second-half rally for the second consecutive week--appeared to have the game won. Todd Marinovich, in a stirring quarterback duel with the Rattlers' Sherdrick Bonner before 13,964 at Staples Center, appeared to make the deciding play on a 29-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Rice with seven seconds to play.
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February 20, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Cornelius Coe, a starting defensive specialist for the Avengers, has been charged with multiple cocaine-related felony counts, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. He is in custody awaiting transport to Michigan. Coe, 28, could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of all charges, said Phillip Green, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, which is headquartered in Grand Rapids.
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May 11, 2008 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Six of the eight teams in the Western Conference will qualify for the Arena Football League playoffs this season. For the Avengers, that may turn out to be a good thing. A 52-48 loss to the New York Dragons on Saturday dropped the Avengers to 4-7 with five regular-season games to play.
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May 4, 2008 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
The Avengers have not had many bounces go their way this season, but veteran wide receiver Kevin Ingram recovered two key turnovers on kickoffs Saturday night to help L.A. defeat the Arizona Rattlers, 66-59, at Staples Center. In ending a two-game losing streak, the Avengers' defense stepped up in the second half and quarterback Tim Hicks made several big plays, including a winning touchdown pass to Timon Marshall.
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March 15, 2003 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
On the final possession of last week's game against the New York Dragons, Avenger quarterback Tony Graziani dropped back to pass and watched receiver Greg Hopkins break free behind the defense. Hopkins was wide open and certain to score if a pass was thrown his way. So Graziani did exactly what years of training in high school, college and the NFL told him not to do: He ignored Hopkins. Instead, Graziani dumped off a short pass to offensive specialist Greg Jackson.
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March 22, 2000 | By MIKE TERRY,
The Avengers got their first media full-court press Tuesday when print and broadcast reporters descended on their training facility at West Los Angeles College. But things really got interesting when a visitor arrived. New York Jet wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who played football at West Los Angeles and USC before going to the NFL, dropped by at the invitation of owner Casey Wasserman.
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