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February 17, 2014 | By James Barragan
SAN DIEGO - Another sellout crowd is on its feet at Viejas Arena for the final minute of yet another San Diego State basketball win. On this night, a well-respected Nevada team that came in with a highly touted defense has been drubbed by 15 points. Xavier Thames, a senior who is San Diego State's leading scorer, has put himself within two points of reaching 1,000 points in his career as the Aztecs win for the 20th consecutive time, tying a school record. Could this team, currently ranked No. 6 with a 22-2 record, be as good as the 2010-11 squad that was 34-3 and made it to the regional rounds of the NCAA tournament?
February 11, 2014 | By Anh Do and Adolfo Flores
Two women were ordered Tuesday to stand trial for murder in the death of a 23-year-old woman who was beaten during an altercation outside a popular Santa Ana nightspot. The ruling followed a two-day hearing with attorneys dissecting the shaky and sometimes chaotic scene, captured on the cellphones of bystanders. Lawyers for Vanesa Tapia Zavala and Candace Marie Brito, who are accused of killing Kim Pham on Jan. 18, said it was Pham who instigated the brawl by throwing the first punch, then jumping on a woman who had tumbled to the ground.
January 31, 2014 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
Lindsay Heller is punching her way around a boxing ring in a small gym in Hollywood. The 36-year-old mother of two is in the middle of a lesson; Juan Manuel Jiminez, a veteran trainer who goes by the nickname Superman, is coaching her. "Look at my chest," he says, as Heller bounces lightly on her feet. "Never lose sight of your opponent. " Heller has been taking classes at Wild Card Boxing Club for five months. Turned on to the idea by a friend, she was looking for a workout that would exhaust her. "I'm very active," she says, "and I was looking for something that would just waste me. I can exercise a lot and not get tired, but boxing does it. " Among a growing number of people who are taking up boxing not to get in the ring and fight but to improve their cardiovascular health, Heller is looking to tone her muscles with a workout that's challenging, constantly changing and requires the use of the mind in addition to the body.
January 30, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Ryan Getzlaf's timing on when to tip a puck, when to dish a pass and when to throw a punch was impeccable Thursday night. Because of it, Getzlaf established a career-high goal total and set the tone for the Ducks' 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center that gives them 40 wins just 56 games into the season. After deflecting a Hampus Lindholm shot past Flyers goalie Steve Mason with 36 seconds left in the first period for his 26th goal and a 2-1 lead, Getzlaf fought Flyers forward Steve Downie 82 seconds into the second.
January 24, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Oxnard's world super-featherweight champion, Mikey Garcia, has the immediate task of fighting Tijuana's Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday night on HBO in New York. The 26-year-old's challenge is maintaining focus on that task as blinding opportunities are laid before the 33-0 fighter. Four fights this year, moves up in weight, Manny Pacquiao. All of this chatter is now attached to Garcia, the kid brother of distinguished Oxnard trainer Robert Garcia. Especially the Pacquiao talk, which has been mentioned in nearly every recent story about the rising pound-for-pound member with 28 knockouts.
January 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
PHOENIX - Dreadful season. Just when Lakers fans thought it couldn't get worse, it did. Nick Young was ejected in the second quarter because of a "punching foul" and later said he felt ignored by teammates in the midst of a skirmish Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers touched new depths - 14th in the Western Conference - after a 121-114 loss and also might have fumbled the only thing they had left, their decent team chemistry. And sure, the guy who blistered them for 28 points at US Airways Center was cut by them in training camp two seasons ago. BOX SCORE: Phoenix Suns 121, Lakers 114 But the game and its aftermath centered on Young, a good guy gone wild after being fouled hard by Alex Len while attempting a fastbreak layup with 7 minutes 33 seconds left in the second quarter.
January 15, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Like many residents in and around Fontana, 33-year-old Regina Ignacio was awoken early Wednesday morning by shaking. "I was in bed. ... I knew it was an earthquake," Ignacio said. "They're just scary because you don't know if it's going to get worse. " The magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck at 1:35 a.m. and was centered about three miles north of Fontana and about five miles northwest of Rialto. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage. Some residents said items fell off their dressers, while others took to Twitter to describe minor damage inside their homes.
January 15, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Nick Young lost his temper, which might end up costing the Lakers swingman some money and a game or two. Young was struck in the head and tumbled to the court when he was fouled on a breakaway layup by Suns center Alex Len . Young immediately confronted Len with a push and a punch before being separated by Len's teammates, including Marcus Morris, who forcefully shoved Young, and Goran Dragic, who was the recepient of a second punch thrown...
December 7, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
CHARLOTTE - It was a long, emotional week for Florida State players, so you could understand why it took the Seminoles a little time to warm up on a chilly evening. The team didn't know until Thursday whether quarterback Jameis Winston would be able to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game on Saturday at Bank of America Stadium. The program cloud was lifted when State Attorney Willie Meggs ruled charges would not be filed against Winston in a sexual assault complaint filed last December.
December 2, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - Plug "Ping Fu" and "liar" into Google these days and the combo yields more than 6,300 hits. (See, also, "big fat liar," "lie-fabricating machine," etc.) But it wasn't always that way. A child of China's Cultural Revolution, Fu arrived in the U.S. three decades ago and went on to build a successful 3D-modeling technology company and earn a seat on the Obama administration's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Then she did something that shifted her reputation, quite possibly forever: She wrote a memoir.
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