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November 9, 1991 | JULIE CART and RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The prominent NBA player met a beautiful young woman after a road game at a restaurant near the arena and, after a few drinks, asked if he could go home with her. She agreed, with one condition. In return for her companionship, he had to give her a pair of autographed sneakers. When they arrived at her bedroom, he fulfilled his part of the agreement, producing the shoes from his shoulder bag and signing them.
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December 15, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Mark Trumbo was traded Tuesday. He went from being an Angel to a Diamondback. If we are talking personality only, the previous name suited him better. There is nothing venomous, nor ever will be, about Trumbo. He took the trade the way he takes everything else. "I'm pretty much all right with anything," he said during an interview a few days later. He was responding specifically to a question about playing various positions. But the answer can stand as an all-inclusive definition of the man. As a baseball player, Trumbo is an exceptional talent.
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BUSINESS
September 25, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger, Armand Emamdjomeh and Maloy Moore
The National Football League's increasingly visible injury legacy has become a topic of national debate, one that threatens to cast a lasting shadow over the country's most popular, and profitable, sport. Far less attention has been paid to the physical woes of other athletes, but a review of injury filings in California suggests that professional athletes of all stripes walk away from their sports with nagging and often permanent injuries. Over the past two decades, more than 2,500 claims have been filed by former baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer players against their former teams in California's workers' compensation system.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger, Armand Emamdjomeh and Maloy Moore
The National Football League's increasingly visible injury legacy has become a topic of national debate, one that threatens to cast a lasting shadow over the country's most popular, and profitable, sport. Far less attention has been paid to the physical woes of other athletes, but a review of injury filings in California suggests that professional athletes of all stripes walk away from their sports with nagging and often permanent injuries. Over the past two decades, more than 2,500 claims have been filed by former baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer players against their former teams in California's workers' compensation system.
SPORTS
November 9, 1991 | MARK LANDSBAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Magic Johnson's tragedy might shock professional athletes into changing their sexual behavior while teaching the general public an overdue lesson about AIDS, Orange County athletes said Friday. "It has been a major topic of conversation in the locker room," Ram free safety Pat Terrell said after Friday's practice. "Many guys have said they are going to change their ways or at least re-think their ways." Sports agent Leigh Steinberg agreed.
SPORTS
April 25, 2000 | ROBYN NORWOOD, Times Staff Writer
Greg Maddux lay on an operating table last July as an Atlanta eye surgeon leaned over the Braves pitcher and used an instrument called a microkeratome to slice a thin flap on the cornea of the four-time Cy Young Award winner's eye. With Maddux awake but immune to pain because of numbing eyedrops, Dr. Alan Kozarsky peeled back a sliver of the cornea, the transparent tissue that covers the iris and pupil.
NEWS
May 14, 1997 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a new role as a Capitol lobbyist, football great Joe Montana on Tuesday handed team owners a first-half beating in their attempt to restrict or eliminate workers' compensation to injured pro players. The popular retired superstar quarterback was mobbed for autographs by squealing schoolchildren, tourists and members of the Capitol air-conditioning crew as he set out to kill a bill sponsored by the NFL owners.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - In his seven-year career with the Denver Broncos, running back Terrell Davis, a former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, dazzled fans with his speed and elusiveness. At the end of his rookie year in 1995, he signed a $6.8-million, five-year contract. Off the field he endorsed Campbell's soup. And when he hung up his cleats, he reported for the National Football League Network and appeared in movies and TV shows. So it may surprise Californians to find out that in 2011, Davis got a $199,000 injury settlement from a California workers' compensation court for injuries related to football.
SPORTS
March 21, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND : Athletes during the Ancient Greek Olympic Games were amateurs. Until the 1970s, competition in the Olympic Games was reserved for amateur athletes, which in this sense is defined strictly as "athletes who do not get paid to perform their sport. " Slowly but surely various Olympic sports relaxed their rules to allow for professionals to compete in the Olympics and today, there are few Olympic events that only allow amateurs to compete in them (boxing is a notable exception)
HEALTH
August 23, 2004 | Hilary E. MacGregor, Times Staff Writer
The popular image of the Olympics is one of deafening crowds, cheering their athletes to victory. But this month, after a lifetime of training, squads of archers, fencers, gymnasts, weight lifters, swimmers and pole vaulters have flocked to Athens only to find -- well -- not very many fans. Some people might shrug off the empty seats as simply an unfortunate detail.
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
The San Francisco Giants' Sergio Romo is probably best known for throwing the final pitch that helped the Giants win the 2012 World Series. But the Giants' closer is also earning a reputation for his political activism. At the team's victory parade, Romo sported a blue T-shirt that read “I just look illegal ” -- a cheeky comment on how the debate over immigration reform is all too often reduced to ethnic stereotypes. Now, Romo is reported to be joining forces with the Three Twins Ice Cream company to develop Sergio Romo's Mexican Chocolate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
State officials said Wednesday that a compromise has been reached over legislation that would ban players from professional sports teams based outside of California from filing workers' compensation claims. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said the proposal would allow claims for cumulative trauma suffered over the course of a career as long as an athlete played at least two seasons for a professional team based in California. “The essence of the agreement is to limit the ability of athletes who have never played for a California team to use the cumulative trauma portion of the workers' compensation law” to file a claim, Steinberg told reporters.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Controversial legislation that would restrict most professional athletes from out-of-state teams from filing claims in California workers' compensation courts won overwhelming approval Thursday in the state Assembly. Despite aggressive lobbying by professional football players and other athletes, the bill, AB 1309, passed 61 to 4. The measure now goes to the state Senate. "Our workers' compensation system has been increasingly exploited by out-of-state professional players at the expense of California teams and all California businesses," said the bill's author, Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Joseph Serna
National political leaders, gay rights groups and entertainment icons on Monday spoke in support of Jason Collins, the first active professional athlete to come out as gay. The 34-year-old Los Angeles native, who helped lead Harvard-Westlake School to two state championships in the 1990s with his twin brother, announced his sexual orientation in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated . "Major league sports has remained one of the last bastions...
SPORTS
February 27, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Listen, would you know how to best run a nonprofit foundation? I wouldn't have a clue. Ditto, it seems, with plenty of professional athletes. Of course, if you were to run a serious charity, chances are you might investigate how to best direct it and maximize its giving potential. Alas, an investigation by the Boston Globe into more than 150 Internal Revenue Service filings by 50 nonprofits operated by professional athletes showed that nearly half gave less than the accepted percentage of their income to the actual charities.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Players for professional sports teams based outside of California would be barred from filing compensation claims for job-related injuries under proposed legislation supported by owners of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer franchises. A bill unveiled Monday by Assembly Insurance Committee Chairman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) would ban retired athletes from seeking workers' compensation benefits from California courts after they've played relatively few games in California stadiums and arenas during their careers.
SPORTS
December 15, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Mark Trumbo was traded Tuesday. He went from being an Angel to a Diamondback. If we are talking personality only, the previous name suited him better. There is nothing venomous, nor ever will be, about Trumbo. He took the trade the way he takes everything else. "I'm pretty much all right with anything," he said during an interview a few days later. He was responding specifically to a question about playing various positions. But the answer can stand as an all-inclusive definition of the man. As a baseball player, Trumbo is an exceptional talent.
SPORTS
April 7, 1994 | MIKE REILLEY and T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Former Ram quarterback Jim Everett, upset by comments made by ESPN2 talk show host Jim Rome during a live interview Wednesday night, attacked Rome in the network's Hollywood studio. Everett became upset when Rome repeatedly called him "Chris Evert," a reference to the female tennis star and Everett's questionable courage to take a hit, during an interview on "Talk 2." Everett shoved a table between them away and knocked Rome backward off his chair. Everett then jumped on Rome.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - In his seven-year career with the Denver Broncos, running back Terrell Davis, a former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, dazzled fans with his speed and elusiveness. At the end of his rookie year in 1995, he signed a $6.8-million, five-year contract. Off the field he endorsed Campbell's soup. And when he hung up his cleats, he reported for the National Football League Network and appeared in movies and TV shows. So it may surprise Californians to find out that in 2011, Davis got a $199,000 injury settlement from a California workers' compensation court for injuries related to football.
SPORTS
March 21, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND : Athletes during the Ancient Greek Olympic Games were amateurs. Until the 1970s, competition in the Olympic Games was reserved for amateur athletes, which in this sense is defined strictly as "athletes who do not get paid to perform their sport. " Slowly but surely various Olympic sports relaxed their rules to allow for professionals to compete in the Olympics and today, there are few Olympic events that only allow amateurs to compete in them (boxing is a notable exception)
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