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March 28, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The agreement announced Friday between Major League Baseball and the players' union to stiffen penalties for those caught using performance-enhancing drugs was applauded by players who said they are tired of seeing the sport embarrassed by cheaters. "That's something that the players have been interested in and pushing for a long time," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "We want to make this game clean and we want the penalties harsh for guys who want to violate the agreement. " Under the new deal, the most significant toughening of the drug protocol in eight years, the penalty for a first offense increases from 50 to 80 games and the penalty for a second violation jumps from 100 games to 162, the equivalent of a full season.
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April 9, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Senior JK Torres of West Ranch scored 12 goals on Monday night in a 22-6 lacrosse victory over Simi Valley. Torres is one of the top scorers in California. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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October 19, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Senior infielder Stephen Dubb and senior pitcher Jack Poulsen, both of Los Angeles Loyola, have committed to USC as recruited walk-ons. Previously committed to the Trojans is Loyola shortstop Angelo Armenta. Loyola certainly has enough college-bound players to challenge defending Southern Section Division 1 champion Harvard-Westlake in the Mission League. Already committed are Loyola pitchers Nathan Hadley (UCLA), Quinn Brodey (Stanford) and Kyle Beadles (Arizona). Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 8, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The slow and awkward decay of the powerful aura of Tiger Woods continued here Tuesday on a rain-soaked golfing cathedral that smelled like a damp towel. For the first time in 20 years, Woods will not be here for the Masters, a tournament he has won four times, his virtual ownership of Augusta National symbolizing his decades of dominance. Yet his fellow golfers do not sound relieved. They do not act as if reprieved. They spoke of this giant, haunting presence with neither fear nor reverence.
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November 4, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Valencia infielder Keston Hiura has committed to UC Irvine, Chino Hills pitcher Kyle Wade has committed to Iowa.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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August 27, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 In the wake of an altercation in Hawaii last week that resulted in allegations of a sexual assault, as many as six Westlake High freshman football players could be trying to leave the program. An official at Crespi confirmed on Tuesday that several players from Westlake inquired about enrolling at the Encino campus. Crespi's administatration, however, declined to accept them. School and district officials said that a group of Westlake varsity players got into a "pushing and shoving" incident last Wednesday with freshman players at a Hawaii hotel.
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June 6, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
More than 2,000 former NFL players and their families will file a “master complaint” in court Thursday, consolidating their nearly 100 concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL. The complaint will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging that the NFL “deliberately and fraudulently concealed from its players the link between football-related head impacts and long-term neurological injuries.” ...
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August 3, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Sophomore Brady Shockey and juniors Ryan Pena and Scott Christopherson from Santa Ana Foothill have transferred to JSerra. Shockey, an outfielder, batted .353 as a freshman.  Christopherson is a left-handed pitcher who was 2-3 last season. Pena is an outfielder whose father was a standout at Santa Ana Mater Dei in the 1980s. Foothill's coach, Gary Fishel, has resigned. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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November 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There was something strange happening Friday night during the Chaminade-Morningside Western Division football playoff opener. Chaminade players were sending out tweets via Twitter in the middle of the game. I'm thinking, how did the players get access to their phones during the game? As it turns out, Coach Ed Croson pulled his starters in the second quarter of the 71-8 victory and allowed them to shower at halftime and return for the second half in street clothes. So that explained all the tweets.
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November 21, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
The NHL Players' Assn. made what it called a move in the NHL's direction by presenting a revised, five-year proposal during collective bargaining talks with the league Wednesday morning in New York. Donald Fehr, the NHLPA's executive director, said the new “comprehensive” proposal narrows the gap between the union and management to $182 million over five years. However, the NHL has disputed the union's calculations in previous proposals, so the offer might not be enough to end the dispute or persuade the NHL to lift the lockout it imposed Sept.
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April 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Elijah Stewart of Westchester has been selected the City Section basketball player of the year by a panel of coaches. Sam Sullivan of Fremont was named the coach of the year. First-team All-City: Serigne Athj, Birmingham, Jr.; Chance Comanche, View Park, Jr.; Devenir Duruisseau, Sylmar, Sr.; Layon Gooden, Westchester, Sr.; Maleke Haynes, El Camino Real, Sr.; Reverend Maduakor, Narbonne, Sr.; Uchenna Okeneme, Narbonne, Sr.; Stewart Ramirez, Eagle Rock, Sr.; Cesar Reyes, Poly, Jr.; Julian Richardson, El Camino Real, Sr.; Tramel Wilson, View Park, Jr.; Evan Wardlow, El Camino Real, Sr. All-Division I: Player of the year, Elijah Stewart.
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April 7, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier was named on Monday the most outstanding player of the NCAA tournament Final Four. He was joined on the team by Julius Randle of Kentucky and Connecticut's Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels . Meanwhile, though no teams from Los Angeles made it to this year's title game, the Southland did provide some of the talent. Connecticut second-year Coach Kevin Ollie claims North Texas as home but attended Crenshaw High. He starred at Connecticut and spent 13 years in the NBA before joining Jim Calhoun 's coaching staff.
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April 6, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
It's with great trepidation that I announce news that's going to create more nightmares for the defensive coordinators who must figure out how to stop Bellflower St. John Bosco on the football field this fall: Sean McGrew is getting faster, stronger and even better. Yes, he's the same running back who rushed for 367 yards in 17 carries and scored seven touchdowns in the CIF Open Division regional bowl game against Corona Centennial last season. Last month, he ran the 100 meters in 10.67 seconds, setting a school record.
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April 6, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kent Bazemore cried a little bit. Nick Young planted his face in a towel for a long time. Sunday was rough on them, the latest two injured Lakers. In another sign of a bad season, the Lakers have more hurt players (eight) than healthy ones (seven). Bazemore crumpled to the court and rolled around after sustaining a sprained right foot in the second quarter against the Clippers. The weird part was how it happened: Bazemore was merely dribbling near the three-point line, trying to keep the ball away from Darren Collison , when he felt a pop. He was helped off the court and scheduled for an MRI exam Monday.
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The rings are in. San Fernando High football players have received the ring they earned for winning the City Section Division II championship last fall. San Fernando went 15-0 in winning its second consecutive title. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Watching Jordin Canada of L.A. Windward dribble a basketball is like getting the chance to see the Mona Lisa in Paris. It's perfection on display. Then, to see Canada make a precision pass when defenders converge around her only adds to her allure as the best girls' point guard in California, if not in the nation. She has been selected The Times' girls' basketball player of the year after averaging 17.2 points and 6.9 assists in leading Windward to the Southern Section Open Division championship.
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March 11, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels reassigned one player to minor league camp and optioned two others to minor league teams Monday, reducing the number of players in big-league camp to 50. Reassigned to minor league camp was right-hander A.J. Schugel, who pitched in two games this spring, throwing five innings, allowing four runs and 10 hits. Schugel, 23, was 6-8 with a 2.89 ERA at double A Arkansas in 2012. Optioned to triple-A Salt Lake was left-hander Brandon Sisk. The former Azusa Pacific University pitcher made two appearances this spring, giving up a run and a hit in two innings.
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July 11, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 There are 65 players left for a final tryout to make the Brewers team for the Area Code Games next month in Long Beach. The final tryout is July 16 at USC. Here's the link to list of the players still alive. Among the players are Marcus Wilson of Gardena Serra, Blake Rutherford of Chaminade, Chris Betts of Long Beach Wilson and Jack Flaherty of Harvard-Westlake. There's six pitchers on the list who are committed to national champion UCLA. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 5, 2014 | By Chris Foster
The entire starting secondary returns for UCLA. And none of those guys should get comfortable. If there is one area where the Bruins have an overabundance of talent, it's at defensive back. By fall, they will have 14 scholarship players in the secondary. "That's always good," said safety Randall Goforth . "We were limited in numbers last season. It was pretty tough. Now we got more people here and more experience. It's less teaching and more evolving. I like it. " But that comes with a warning, and Goforth knows it. "You better compete for your job every day," he said.
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