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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
If there ever were a unanimous pick for boys' basketball player of the year in Southern California, this would be the season, and Stanley Johnson would be the player. The Santa Ana Mater Dei star was the best player from start to finish. The 6-foot-7 senior averaged 25 points and 8.1 rebounds in leading the Monarchs to a 35-0 record and a fourth consecutive state championship. He's the only boys' player in California history to win titles in four consecutive seasons at the upper-division level.
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April 4, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Paulina Gretzky isn't a professional golfer. Her connection to the golf world is as the fiance of PGA player Dustin Johnson. Apparently that was good enough for Golf Digest magazine to put the scantily clad 25-year-old daughter of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky on the cover of an upcoming edition that hits tablets on April 8 and newsstands April 15. “Sports figures, celebrities and models have appeared on Golf Digest covers since the magazine's beginning,"...
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April 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Vin Scully, marching to the middle of the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in all his red-roaring glory, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. Sandy Koufax, sprinting out of the dugout to home plate to catch that pitch amid shrieks of surprise, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. The best of Dodgers history and majesty showed up as scheduled Friday in what should have been a glorious 53rd home opener at Dodger Stadium. If only their most exciting young player of the present had shown this game the same respect.
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April 4, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Final Four has grown so large they had to move it from Planet Earth to Jerry World. It actually makes sense a stadium nicknamed "The Billion Dollar Play Pen" should host college basketball's billion-dollar end games. It makes less sense that everyone except the players seems to be cashing in. This being Texas, of course, one host city was not enough to handle the event, as the NCAA granted this bid to the wide-open-spaces sweep of "North Texas. " That means Amarillo, technically, got a Final Four in the modern era before Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Susan King
Robert Altman's films were audacious. He expanded the boundaries of genres. He gave his actors freedom to improvise and over the years created a stock company of stars. Along the way, he often polarized critics and audiences - and drove studio heads crazy. Not every film he did was a masterpiece, and he had lulls in his career. But Altman was nothing if not resilient, and just when Hollywood had written him off, he would make a dazzling comeback. His experimental style, known for overlapping dialogue and loosely structured stories, has influenced contemporary directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson, who was the standby director on the then-ailing Altman's final film, 2006's "A Prairie Home Companion.
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April 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO - Pau Gasol's vertigo came back with a vengeance and Chris Kaman's right calf wouldn't cooperate. It was almost time for assistant coaches Kurt Rambis and Mark Madsen to suit up for the Lakers. "Only if they let me wear the short shorts," Rambis said beforehand and, yeah, that wasn't really possible. So the Lakers plowed ahead with nine players and lost to the equally awful Sacramento Kings, 107-102, on Wednesday at Sleep Train Arena. The Lakers (25-50)
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April 2, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO -- For what it's worth, Yasiel Puig said he is listening. To his teammates. To his coaches. Even players on other teams. Over the last week, the Dodgers' problem child made it a point to speak with Albert Pujols of the Angels during the Freeway Series. He also solicited advice from Robinson Cano, who was with the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim. Puig talked to them about his difficulties at the plate in spring training. What they told him was similar to what he was told by Dodgers coaches Mark McGwire and Manny Mota when he batted .122 in the Cactus League.
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April 2, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
FIFA on Wednesday banned defending Spanish soccer champion Barcelona from signing any players for one year because of repeated transfer rules violations. The penalty covers the summer and January transfer windows and was handed down after an investigation into the team's signing of players under age 18 from 2009 to '13. FIFA also fined Barcelona $509,000 -- less than the team plays Brazilian transfer Neymar each week -- after discovering the signing of 10 unidentified players breached its rules covering the protection of minors.
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April 2, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
David Beckham, whose oversized contract caused Major League Soccer to create exceptions to its salary cap in 2007, now says the ceiling for what teams can pay players should be thrown out altogether. This season the cap is set at $3.1 million per team or $387,500 per player, although teams can go over those figures to sign as many as three designated players. The league currently has three dozen players who were signed under what was long known as "The Beckham Rule" because it was created to allow the Galaxy to offer Beckham a five-year, $32.5-million deal eight seasons ago. That contract also gave Beckham the option of owning an MLS expansion franchise -- an option he has exercised by bringing a team to Miami.
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April 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
A former sports agent says he provided payments to a basketball star while the player competed in high school and for UCLA. Noah Lookofsky said Tyler Honeycutt and Honeycutt's mother, Lisa Stazel, were given money to cover rent, travel and the down payment on a car as the agent tried to coax them toward a representation agreement. Lookofsky said during a phone interview Wednesday afternoon that he had documentation proving he invested more than $55,000 in Honeycutt, but that "the true number is actually north of $100,000.
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