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March 3, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week: + Jaromir Jagr on Saturday became the seventh NHL player to score 700 goals. The New Jersey Devils' enduring right wing joins Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717) and Mike Gartner (708) in the 700-goal club. + The Winnipeg Jets are 11-3-1 under Coach Paul Maurice, who replaced the fired Claude Noel. Their revival was well-timed - fans had become impatient with a team that seemed bound for another non-playoff finish, ending the love affair that began when the Jets moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta.
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SPORTS
March 2, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
On Dec. 30, the Clippers got rocked by the Suns at Staples Center, a surprising turn of events because Los Angeles didn't see that coming from a Phoenix team few expected to be that good. Now the Clippers and the rest of the NBA are fully aware of how good the Suns are, L.A. knowing first-hand after that 19-point beat-down. The Clippers get to see the Suns again when the two teams meet Tuesday night in Phoenix. So when asked if there was a revenge factor for that game, Coach Doc Rivers smiled and replied, "No, I don't think so. " "I mean, they just only came to our place and beat our butts," Rivers said.
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March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick crashed Junior Nation's party on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried everything he could to give his fans another win after his Daytona 500 victory a week ago, but Harvick would have none of it. Harvick won the Sprint Cup Series' second race of the season, at Phoenix International Raceway, with a dominant performance that included keeping Earnhardt repeatedly at bay on several late restarts. "This is awesome," said Harvick, who led 224 of the race's 312 laps.
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March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - By the time the race ended, it wasn't clear where the paint job of Danica Patrick's car ended and the black repair tape holding it together started. Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet was collected in a multi-car crash midway through Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Justin Allgaier and Travis Kvapil also were involved. She was running about 25th at the time, one lap behind the leaders. After her pit crew taped up the car's crumpled body during several pit stops, she was able to continue.
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March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in dominant fashion Sunday while Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second. "This is awesome," said Harvick, who now holds the record for most Cup victories at PIR with five. "What a race car. " Harvick led 224 of the race's 312 laps around the one-mile oval, and he continually kept Earnhardt at bay on several restarts following caution periods. "We didn't have enough race car all day long" to catch Harvick, Earnhardt said, adding that Harvick "feels good and confident about what he's doing here.
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March 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- His qualifying laps finished, Dale Earnhardt Jr. climbed from his car and walked briskly down pit road toward the garage at Phoenix International Raceway. Earnhardt moved quickly because he was instantly surrounded by a dozen fans seeking autographs or to snap his picture, and they hustled to keep pace with him. Had he stopped, the crowd would have swelled and Earnhardt would have fallen behind schedule. NASCAR this year unveiled major changes in its playoff and qualifying formats in hopes of raising the sport's popularity, which has dipped in recent years after surging in the mid-2000s.
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March 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kyle Busch won a rain-shortened NASCAR Nationwide race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, his third consecutive win at the one-mile oval in NASCAR's second-level series. Busch, driving the No. 54 Toyota, dominated until rain halted the event with 32 laps left in the 200-lap race. It was the seventh Nationwide victory overall at Phoenix for Busch, who mainly drives in NASCAR's top-tier Sprint Cup Series. He celebrated the win in an infield tent as rain poured down on Victory Lane.
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February 28, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Brad Keselowski won the pole position Friday for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway under a new qualifying format implemented by NASCAR. Instead of having one car at a time go around the track in qualifying, NASCAR started using a knockout format to set the starting spots for the 43-car field. At tracks less than 1.25 miles long, such as the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway oval, qualifying was broken into two sessions. The entire field turned qualifying laps in the initial 30-minute session.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By August Brown
Back in 2010, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig gave a lecture on copyright law. Speaking at a conference for the organization Creative Commons, he used YouTube clips of fans dancing to Phoenix's song " Lisztomania" as an example of proper "fair use" principles. He later uploaded the full lecture, which included the clips, to YouTube.   Liberation Music, the firm that licenses the Phoenix song in Australia and New Zealand, disagreed with Lessig's take. The firm issued a YouTube takedown order , asking that the lecture video be removed, and later threatened their own lawsuit against Lessig.
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