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March 17, 1988 | MARK HEISLER, Times Staff Writer
The Raiders are about to sign John Lee, the record-setting UCLA kicker who bombed out in St. Louis after being drafted higher than any other kicker in the 1980s. Lee's agent, Leigh Steinberg, says they have reached agreement. Lee will compete with Chris Bahr, who has been the Raider kicker as long as the team has been in Los Angeles, but who struggled last season. "I feel great," Lee said Wednesday from his home in Downey. "I was disappointed, the way things went with St. Louis.
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January 1, 2004 | From Associated Press
Bill Callahan went from the Super Bowl to the unemployment line in less than a year. As expected, the Oakland Raiders announced Callahan's firing Wednesday, one season after he took the team to within a victory of an NFL championship as a rookie head coach. The team told Callahan a day earlier. He asked to delay the announcement because his son Brian's college team, UCLA, played Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Classic Tuesday night.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1988
The Los Angeles Raiders football team is $2.88 million richer now that a state appeals court has upheld a judgment to the team for fighting off Oakland's attempts to reclaim it. The 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco on Wednesday upheld the ruling to award legal fees and costs to the team for the eight years of litigation.
SPORTS
September 25, 1999 | T.J. SIMERS
Ignore the game; the show is on the sideline. The will to win is right there, competing intensely with an appearance of innocence, contorted on the cherubic face of a Raider coach. And isn't that a contradiction worth observing. "[Expletive]," snarls Jon Gruden, and the TV camera lingers, apparently fascinated with the choirboy's one-word vocabulary. "[Expletive]." A few days later, after a stirring victory over Minnesota, he's sitting sheepishly behind his desk.
NEWS
January 19, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is in debt after spending nearly $4.9 million in its failed effort to lure the Los Angeles Raiders football team back to Oakland, according to financial reports. The biggest expense in last year's campaign was $2.2 million in fees paid to two law firms that represented the Coliseum, Oakland and Alameda County in talks with the team, according to reports released by Coliseum directors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1990
All 30 witnesses at a public hearing on the scope of an environmental impact report on the reconstruction of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum voiced support of the project. At the end of the 90-minute hearing, representatives of the Los Angeles Raiders football team expressed gratification at the support from residents and businessmen. Even preservationists told the hearing that they support reconstruction of the 67-year-old stadium, as long as certain historic elements are preserved.
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June 8, 1994 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Retirement usually means gifts and parties at work for the faithful employee. That was not the case, however, at the Raiders' El Segundo practice facility last week when offensive tackle Steve Wright decided to hang up his cleats after 13 years. Wright, who spent the entire 1993 season on the injured-reserve list, told the Raiders of his decision in late May, but when the team gathered for its annual three-day mini-camp on June 1, nary a cake, gift or balloon was in sight.
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August 7, 1989 | MARK HEISLER, Times Staff Writer
Raider safety Stacey Toran, a rising star whose low-key personality belied a future glistening with promise, died late Saturday night when his car hit a curb a block from his home in Marina del Rey. He was 27. Toran was alone. Police said there was no sign of excessive speeding, nor any skid marks to suggest reckless driving. However, said Sgt. Robert Topete of the Los Angeles Police Dept.: "It's apparent that he was not wearing his seat belt." Toran crashed his BMW 735i at 11:30 p.m.
NEWS
April 4, 1987 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Tom Bradley has been informed by the principal tenants of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Los Angeles Raiders professional football team and USC, that some terms of a letter of intent he helped work out to help clear the way for a $9-million Coliseum seating reconfiguration this year must be "clarified," it was learned Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1987 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Coliseum Commission labored for nearly four hours in a special meeting Wednesday trying to resolve the imbroglio over a proposed seating reconfiguration and planned luxury suites on the stadium's rim, but after it was all over, the stalemate continued.
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May 25, 1999 | BILL PLASCHKE
The chant once filled arenas and ballparks in every two-bit town across this great jealous country, a war cry for them, a badge of honor for us. It has since disappeared, along with our downtown parades, fresh banners and bragging rights. The hicks don't chant it anymore, because now we're the hicks, so what's the use? "BEAT L.A. . . . Beat L.A. . . . Beat l.a. . . . beat l.a. . . . " * As the Lakers waded off the Forum floor through heaping scraps of promise Sunday, it became painfully obvious.
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October 27, 1998 | MIKE PENNER, Times Staff Writer
Today in Kansas City, about 220 miles down I-70 from where the Rams play their home games, Los Angeles tries to get back into the pro football business by participating in the NFL's version of "The Gong Show." Stage right: Mark Ridley-Thomas and the New Coliseum Crusaders, singing the praises of a new and improved Coliseum while hoping no one in the room pays much attention to the part about the same old neighborhood.
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April 10, 1998 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For two decades, Marcus Allen took the ball time and again with a spring in his step and a resolute look in his eyes and soared over a wall of tacklers to plunge into the end zone. But not Thursday. On Thursday, his eyes were clouded over with tears, his steps tentative. Because Thursday was the day the running stopped. Thursday was the day Allen, at the age of 38, reluctantly plunged into retirement. The news conference was held in Kansas City, Mo.
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April 19, 1997 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It appears now that the first pick, maybe even the initial two selections in today's NFL draft, could be offensive tackles--a cornerback might sneak in there or fall third--and then a defensive tackle or defensive end, followed by a cornerback and linebacker . . . Not a future Super Bowl MVP in the bunch. It could be hours before someone who throws, catches or runs with the ball is selected. If the Rams were still the hometown team, sure, it would be funny.
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September 12, 1996 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The team that Al built in the town that Al once owned now has an expanded stadium to make Al rich, and if the Raiders ever win again, something might finally go right for Al Davis. Until then, there are TV blackouts, personal seat license sob stories and further damaging evidence of genius on the wane. Billy Joe Hobert? Pat Harlow? Rickey Dudley? The most talented team in the league? The Carolina Panthers, an expansion franchise last year, have won five games since the Raiders last won.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1996
The El Segundo Unified School District is evaluating the cost of reopening a junior high school that the former Los Angeles Raiders used as a practice facility so that it can accommodate a steep increase in enrollment. District officials hope to reopen the school for the 1999-2000 school year after the Raiders contract expires in 1998. Though the Raiders have moved to Oakland, the football team still uses the facility for administrative operations. Supt.
SPORTS
August 17, 1993 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A part-time job that wasn't important enough for Marcus Allen a year ago is now a full-time blessing for Raider running back Tyrone Montgomery. That is because last season, Montgomery was a developmental squad rookie wide receiver whose only action came in practice during the week, while Allen was a veteran unhappy with his limited role as a third-down specialist. Now, Allen has gone to the Kansas City Chiefs, and Montgomery has taken over as the back the Raiders count on for first downs.
NEWS
August 26, 1992 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ambitious plan to use private financing to renovate the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum failed Tuesday when the company that manages the historic stadium disclosed it was pulling out of the deal because of the recession. In a letter to Coliseum Commission President William Robertson dated July 29 but made public Tuesday, the Spectacor Management Limited Partnership said it had concluded that "because of current economic conditions . . . there is no longer a role for a for-profit developer."
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August 9, 1995 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time in 27 years, Art Shell is dressed in colors other than silver and black this summer. It's funny how red can feel so much cleaner. So much more honest. While loyally serving Al Davis as a player, assistant coach and, for the last six years, head coach, Shell once viewed the Raider boss as a hero. Today he quietly paints the picture of Davis as a hypocrite.
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July 29, 1995 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No matter how bad the weather or the opponent, Eric Shinn rarely missed a Raider game at the Coliseum during the team's 13 seasons in Los Angeles. Last month, however, his favorite Sunday ritual disappeared when the Raiders decided to return to Oakland. "I've been going to games in Los Angeles ever since they played their first [exhibition] game here against the Rams," said Shinn, a Los Angeles native. "I was just devastated when the Raiders decided to leave. It was like somebody died."
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