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April 9, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday upheld the original suspensions he slapped on New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis and linebackers coach Joe Vitt for their roles in the team's three-season-long bounty program. Payton is banned for the season, Loomis will miss half the season and Vitt is suspended for six games. The commissioner has yet to impose penalties on the 22 to 27 players who reportedly participated in former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' bounty operation, which offered cash to players who hurt opponents or knocked them from games.
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January 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
As letter of intent day approaches on Wednesday and committing and decommitting picks up steam, it's a good time to remember the tale of Jordan Payton, who two years ago was in the national spotlight as a receiver at Westlake Village Oaks Christian. During his recruiting year, he made commitments to USC, California and Washington, twice going on national TV to make his announcement. On signing day, he changed again and signed with UCLA. "It's crazy, but the people have to understand this process is crazy," Payton said in 2012.
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September 26, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
The setup of "The Secret Lives of Dorks" may be familiar: Comic-book geek Payton (Gaelan Connell) is in love with cheerleader Carrie (Riley Voelkel), who already has a jock boyfriend, Clark (Beau Mirchoff), while fellow nerd Samantha (Vanessa Marano) pines for Payton. But from there, Johnny Severin and Nicholas David Brandt's otherwise clever and original script takes an unexpected turn at nearly every intersection, resulting in a funny and big-hearted coming-of-age romance. For one thing, the voiceover narration isn't limited to Payton, slipping into Carrie's point-of-view as she decides to help him woo Samantha, mostly to divert the dork's attention from herself.
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September 26, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
The setup of "The Secret Lives of Dorks" may be familiar: Comic-book geek Payton (Gaelan Connell) is in love with cheerleader Carrie (Riley Voelkel), who already has a jock boyfriend, Clark (Beau Mirchoff), while fellow nerd Samantha (Vanessa Marano) pines for Payton. But from there, Johnny Severin and Nicholas David Brandt's otherwise clever and original script takes an unexpected turn at nearly every intersection, resulting in a funny and big-hearted coming-of-age romance. For one thing, the voiceover narration isn't limited to Payton, slipping into Carrie's point-of-view as she decides to help him woo Samantha, mostly to divert the dork's attention from herself.
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July 17, 2004
Lost in all the attention swirling around the huge Laker egos was the fact that the classiest Laker of all, Derek Fisher, is leaving the team for Golden State. Shaq was the Diesel, the general. Kobe was the star. And, through it all Fish was the quiet glue of team play. How he kept his cool playing behind Payton (especially when Payton disappeared during the playoffs) I'll never know. Fish, from one true fan, thanks for all you gave to the team. You will be missed. Russ Robinson Los Angeles When I was a young man growing up in Phoenix, nothing was more exciting than watching the Lakers on Sunday afternoon.
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August 27, 2008 | TINA DAUNT
You know you are at a political convention when you see wonks dancing in the streets at 3 a.m, even in this city's sober downtown. When it comes to serious socializing, the real parties at this year's Democratic National Convention are the parties after the parties. You'll need VIP passes to get into the hottest parties (which requires a few well-connected friends, like everything else in politics) and a touch of insomnia. Some are so exclusive that the locations aren't announced until the last moment, sort of like Madonna's wedding.
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April 22, 2001 | MARK HEISLER
Final regular season Team (Record) Comment (last week's position) 1. Lakers (56-26) Let's get r-r-ready to r-r-rumble with someone other than each other. (2) 2. San Antonio (58-24) Spurs had chance to end up being great. Instead, they were just very good. (1) 3. Sacramento (55-27) Who'd have thunk it? As Webber flirted with exit, Kings joined the elite. (3) 4. Philadelphia (56-26) Brown's best job since he took four UCLA freshmen to NCAA title game. (4) 5.
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November 27, 2006 | J.A. Adande
We're at the point where any San Diego Chargers victory can be summarized in two words. This goes back to Nov. 19, when between updates I saw a 24-7 San Diego deficit against Denver turn into a 35-27 Chargers victory and I text-messaged a friend to ask what happened. My buddy's reply: "LT happened." Flash-forward to Sunday, when the Chargers had to deal with a strong Oakland Raiders defensive effort, a shaky performance by quarterback Philip Rivers and a 14-7 Raiders lead in the fourth quarter.
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November 2, 1999
AGE: 45; born July 25, 1954. BIRTHPLACE: Columbia, Miss. PLAYING CAREER: College--Jackson State. Drafted by Chicago Bears in 1975; leading rusher in NFL history with 16,726 yards; holds seven NFL and 28 Bears' records; scored 110 rushing touchdowns; rushed for an NFL record 275 yards against Minnesota in 1977; had 77 games of 100 yards or more rushing; gained 1,000 yards or more in 10 of his 13 NFL seasons; selected to nine Pro Bowls; inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993; No.
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July 9, 1989 | Alan Drooz
Several sports will have a different scheduling look next season in the West Coast Athletic Conference, and the WCAC could move to the forefront of collegiate soccer in the 1990s as a result of recent league meetings. The biggest immediate news was a change in basketball and baseball scheduling--the WCAC will go back to playing conference basketball games on Thursdays and Saturdays, and baseball teams will again play home-and-home three-game series.
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September 7, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Former Laker Gary Payton will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday. The veteran point guard spent one year in Los Angeles, joining with Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal and Karl Malone for the 2003-04 season. Payton averaged 14.6 points on 47.1% shooting with 5.5 assists through 82 appearances. He struggled during the playoffs, averaging only 7.8 points on 36.6% shooting in the Lakers' run to the NBA Finals. Ultimately the Detroit Pistons would win the championship series in five games and Payton was traded during the off-season to the Boston Celtics.
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September 4, 2013 | By Chris Foster
A dozen UCLA receivers caught passes in the Bruins' 58-20 victory over Nevada. The last time as many UCLA receivers made receptions was during a 38-7 victory over Boise State in 1999. With offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone calling the plays, consider it more of a trend than anomaly. UCLA had 11 receivers catch passes in the same game four times last season and had nine receivers with 18 or more receptions for the season. "I hate it when the starters get 60 plays in a game," Mazzone said.
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August 8, 2013
New Orleans-based trumpeter Nicholas Payton describes his music under the umbrella of Black American Music (or #BAM for short), in a break from the term "jazz. " But for anyone with an interest in the sound of the genre past, present or future, his talents remain required viewing. A recent turn at the Hollywood Bowl enlivened a night-long tribute to Louis Armstrong, and his 2013 album "#BAM: Live at Bohemian Caverns" shows him in excellent, uncompromisingly inventive form. The Mint, 6010 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 9 p.m. $25, http://www.themintla.com .
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July 18, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jake Payton, a running back who transferred from San Dimas to Upland, has been declared ineligible by the Southern Section. Payton will have to appeal to gain eligibility this fall. He rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior. "He's a great kid, he's worked hard all summer and he lives in the city of Upland," Coach Tim Salter said. San Dimas challenged his transfer. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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July 4, 2013 | David Wharton
Sean Payton might not want to quit his day job. The New Orleans Saints coach is moonlighting this week as a PGA Tour caddie, working the bag for his friend Ryan Palmer at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia. Payton had originally planned to vacation at the resort, but then Palmer gave his regular caddie the week off and the coach offered to step in. "I certainly have a great appreciation for the job that these caddies have," Payton said after a practice round earlier this week. "All of a sudden it starts raining a little bit, you're one hand short, you've got umbrellas going, towels going everywhere.
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April 27, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
In a cramped UCLA classroom, trumpeter Nicholas Payton is leading a young septet of college students through his piece "The Backwards Step. " He's here as part of a weeklong teaching residency, and the song he plays to the group at the Thelonious Monk Institute is led by his gliding trumpet. Framed by keyboard and vibraphone, it sounds like a simmering post-bop standard. But to Payton, this isn't just jazz - it's the sound of Black American Music. BAM, an acronym Payton coined to break with the word "jazz," is a term that's become linked with the 39-year-old trumpeter.
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September 2, 2002
Times led the league in rushing: Payton--1 (1977) Smith--4 (1991-93, 1995) Among the league's all-time leaders: *--* Emmitt Smith could break Walter Payton's record for career rushing yards this season. A look at the two running backs: Payton Smith Games 190 185 Carries 3,838 3,798 Yards 16,726 16,187 Yards/Carry 4.4 4.3 Rush TD 110 148 Receptions 492 470 Yards/Rec 4,538 2,923 Average 9.2 6.
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March 19, 1997 | Associated Press
A limousine driver assigned to Seattle SuperSonic Gary Payton has accused the star guard of punching him in the face over a fare dispute in Chicago. Chicago police say Frank Shala told them the incident happened in front of a Chicago hotel about 9 p.m. Monday when Payton didn't want to pay for the full five hours of service, but he did not file a report until 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. "He didn't want to pay," Shala said Tuesday. "We got into an argument about it and he decided to use his fist."
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April 8, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Louisville Coach Rick Pitino is among seven people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Joining Pitino in the class of 2013, announced Monday, are former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former Nevada Las Vegas coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women's Coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis, and former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley. The inductions will be in Springfield, Mass., in September. Inductees announced previously were Edwin E.B. Henderson, a direct elect by the Early African Pioneer Committee; longtime Indiana Pacers guard Roger Brown; Oscar Schmidt of Brazil, the leading scorer in Olympic history; Richie Guerin, a star for the New York Knicks in the 1950s; and Russ Granik, the longtime assistant commissioner of the NBA. :: Bob Cantu, a longtime USC basketball assistant who served as interim coach after Kevin O'Neill was fired in January, will not be retained as part of new Coach Andy Enfield's staff, the school announced.
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January 22, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Sean Payton has been reinstated as coach of the New Orleans Saints, the NFL announced Tuesday morning. Payton was suspended for a year for his role in the Saints' "bountygate" scandal, although the players allegedly involved had their suspensions lifted. Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Payton after meeting with him Monday. The coach "pledged to uphold the highest standards of the NFL and ensure that his staff and players do so as well," the league said Tuesday in a news release.
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