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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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April 27, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Sunday the National Basketball Players Assn. wants the NBA to bar Clippers owner Donald Sterling from playoff games the rest of this season and impose the maximum penalty allowed under league bylaws if racist remarks purportedly made by Sterling can be verified as his. Johnson, who is assisting the players union in its response to the controversy surrounding Sterling, said the players have asked for...
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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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April 26, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
SAN FRANCISCO - As the Clippers were preparing for Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, they found themselves also having to deal with allegations that Clippers owner Donald Sterling made racist comments about African Americans. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, who were the only Clippers players who spoke with the media after practice Saturday, both stuck with the theme that they were "focused" on playing Sunday and were only "here to talk about the Golden State Warriors.
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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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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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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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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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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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April 26, 2014 | By James Barragan
The NCAA and its member institutions often refer to "student-athletes," but the front side of the term isn't often highlighted in a sports section. We asked officials from the Southland's Division I universities to point us toward their best and brightest - the teams that made classroom performance a priority. Here is what we found at Northridge: Above the desk on the left side of his office is an acknowledgment of what Marcelo Leonardi considers to be his proudest accomplishment as Cal State Northridge's women's water polo coach.
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April 26, 2014 | Kevin Baxter, Brian Bennett
Yasiel Puig's journey to Los Angeles - and riches with the Dodgers - is a serpentine tale of drug cartels, nighttime escapes and international human smuggling. Yet in the booming marketplace for Cuban ballplayers, it is far from unique. Since 2009, nearly three dozen have defected, with at least 25 of them signing contracts worth more than a combined $315 million. Many, like Puig, were spirited away on speedboats to Mexico, Haiti or the Dominican Republic. Once there, they typically were held by traffickers before being released to agents - for a price.
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April 26, 2014 | By James Barragan
The NCAA and its member institutions often refer to "student-athletes," but the front side of the term isn't often highlighted in a sports section. We asked officials from the Southland's Division I universities to point us toward their best and brightest - the teams that made classroom performance a priority. Here is what we found at Loyola Marymount: The Seaver School of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount is not for the faint of academic heart. But it's where a fair share of Loyola Marymount athletes - 27 of 395 to be exact - focus their studies.
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April 24, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Their big guys played big, the leaders led by fearless example, and the Kings, on the brink of going home for the summer, got the result they so urgently needed, a 6-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday at Staples Center that extended their season by at least one more game. "We're alive," said winger Marian Gaborik, who played a huge part in resuscitating them by scoring their first and fifth goals. Justin Williams scored twice in a three-goal spree in the second period, and rookie Tyler Toffoli chipped in with the kind of skillful goal the Kings need from him in the short- and long-term future.
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April 24, 2014 | By Gary Klein and Chris Foster
Don't look for the union label around USC's or UCLA's football practice facilities any time soon. Football players at both schools are aware that Northwestern players might unionize. But when asked about the issue recently during spring practice, several said they were only casually monitoring the situation. "There has been some small talk around the locker room," said UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. "We'll get a lot more information. Obviously, they are starting something. " Northwestern players will vote Friday on whether to unionize.
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April 23, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic was named the NBA's most improved player, the league announced Wednesday. Dragic received 408 of a possible 1,134 points, including 65 first-place votes. The runner-up was Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, who had 13 first-place votes and 158 total points. New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis finished third with 16 first-place votes and 155 points. Dragic, who entered the season with a career scoring average of 9.5 points a game, improved to a career-best 20.3 a game.
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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 11, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC's new players Name; Pos.; Ht.; Wt.; Previous school; Comment Strahinja Gavrilovic; F; 6-8; 220; San Diego Rock Academy; Member of Serbian youth national teams can provide an inside presence. *Ari Stewart; F; 6-7; 205; Wake Forest; Averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds as freshman in Atlantic Coast Conference. Brendyn Taylor; G; 6-2; 170; Fairfax High; Only high school player in class averaged 18 points, 3.5 assists and five rebounds last season. J.T. Terrell; G; 6-3; 180; Peninsula College; Could provide much-needed outside threat.
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April 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jordin Canada of L.A. Windward has been named the state player of the year in girls' basketball by CalHiSports.com. Here's the link to story. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 23, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
On Wednesday, the NBA announced Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic was selected as the league's most improved player this season. Lakers guard Jodie Meeks was recognized in the voting, albeit with a single second-place vote, tying for 20th place. With Kobe Bryant playing just six games this past season with Achilles' and knee injuries, Meeks made the most of his opportunity to start 77 games for the Lakers. Meeks averaged 15.7 points per game while shooting 46.3% from the field and 40.1% from three-point range.
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