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September 26, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Now that L.A. Roosevelt is in the spotlight after some 300 students figured out how to skirt security measures on their LAUSD-issued iPads, it only seems reasonable that the football coach at neighborhood rival Garfield should have a comment. "That's why they are 4-0. They are very intelligent at Roosevelt," Garfield Coach Lorenzo Hernandez said. When Garfield students eventually get their iPads, we'll have to see which ones can duplicate the accomplishment of Roosevelt students.
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April 18, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
A smile crossed Blake Griffin's face as he weaved his way through a media throng Friday to answer questions about the first-round playoff series between his Clippers and the Golden State Warriors. Griffin's eyes grew wider, too, when the All-Star power forward was asked if there were any lingering issues between him and Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal. The last time the teams played each other, March 12 at Staples Center, Griffin and O'Neal had a postgame confrontation in the hallway outside of the Clippers' locker room.
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June 12, 2013 | By Steve Dillbeck
The Dodgers and Diamondbacks seem an unlikely rivalry. The Giants, that every one understands. The Yankees, certainly. Even the Padres. But the Diamondbacks? A team from the Arizona desert managed by Dodgers World Series hero Kirk Gibson? Sorry, it's up there now. As witnessed by anyone who took in Tuesday night's little UFC affair at Dodger Stadium. If it's a rivalry still in its infancy, it's growing up in a hurry. With most of the baseball world now watching. It can be argued it started near the end of the 2011 season: -- The Dodgers were playing the Diamondbacks on Sept.
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March 21, 2014 | From a Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors announced Friday that there was not enough evidence to charge a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan last September in San Francisco, according to a report from the San Jose Mercury News . Michael Montgomery, 21, was arrested last September but then released, with officials saying they lacked the evidence to charge him. Montgomery was one of two men held for questioning after the stabbing death of Jonathan Denver,...
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October 23, 2013 | By David Ng
The World Series, which begins Wednesday at Fenway Park, will pit the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals in a battle for the Major League Baseball championship. The on-the-field rivalry has inspired a face-off off the field -- between the two cities' major orchestras. In a video released online Wednesday, brass musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony engage in a humorous musical showdown that includes an appearance by legendary conductor Seiji Ozawa, who holds the title of music director laureate for the Boston orchestra.
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January 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Calabasas and Westlake play on Wednesday night at Westlake in a Marmonte League game for first place, and the game has taken on new intrigue because of the player swap during the off season. Westlake guard Larry Bush transferred to Calabasas. Calabasas forward Michael Hayon transferred to Westlake. Fans could be booing, which isn't exactly the classy way to react in high school sports. This game will test the sportsmanship of fans from both sides. "There definitely will be administrators at the game," Calabasas Coach Jon Palarz said.
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July 3, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels had their share of battles with - and laughs at the expense of - Manny Ramirez when he played for the Boston Red Sox and Dodgers, and they could get another dose of the enigmatic and always entertaining slugger this summer after he signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. “He's actually one of my favorite hitters to watch,” Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick said. “He stayed through the middle a lot, stayed on breaking balls, he was a great hitter.
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March 28, 2009 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Kim Yu-Na knows figure skating history as well as she knows how to land crisp triple-triple jump combinations and bend her body into swift and supple spins, which is to say extraordinarily well. The South Korean teenager, who performed a mesmerizing short program Friday to separate herself from the field at the world championships, is coached by Brian Orser, the Canadian entry in the "Battle of the Brians" that was played out at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. His nemesis was U.S.
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May 1, 2009 | Mike Penner
As we saw again last weekend, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees dominate the hype, but in a Forbes magazine ranking of the best rivalries in baseball, the East Coast arch-foes rated only second. In first place? The Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. From the magazine: "One of baseball's most enduring rivalries, the Giants have a slight edge over the Dodgers -- 1,154 wins to 1,133 -- in this series, which has always been competitive.
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June 2, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
The definition of a rivalry depends on whom you ask. A Celtic, sipping suds on a bar stool, could look a Laker square in the eye and say, "What rivalry?" Notre Dame versus Navy in football was a rivalry, maybe, for Navy. It wasn't for the Irish, which won 43 straight until Navy turned the ship in 2007 (and 2009). Was it a rivalry all those stretches the Yankees clobbered Brooklyn in the World Series … or just same time next year? Angels fans looked at the Dodgers as adversaries 25 years before Dodgers fans knew the Angels had been awarded a franchise.
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March 16, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
The two schools are a two-minute drive apart in similarly low-income, largely immigrant neighborhoods. But to hear students tell it, the two places might as well be different planets. Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights, located on the edge of Chinatown in a hilly area of Victorian dwellings and low-rent apartments, is home to 29,000 residents, mostly Latino and Asian. The Academy of Environmental and Social Policy is a small campus affiliated with Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights, an enclave of 91,000 mostly Mexican American residents, small businesses and a burgeoning arts scene.
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March 15, 2014 | By Susan King
Billy Crudup, 45, who played a charismatic '70s rock musician in Cameron Crowe's 2000 comedy "Almost Famous," J. Edgar Hoover in Michael Mann's 2009's "Public Enemies" and the very blue superhero Dr. Manhattan in Zack Snyder's 2009's "Watchmen," stars as a dedicated New York detective with an ex-con big brother in the new film "Blood Ties. " The film opens March 21 in theaters and also debuts that day on VOD. Set in the 1970s, the crime thriller revolves around the brutal and loving relationship between two vastly different brothers.
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March 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Newbury Park-Sun Valley Poly baseball game on Wednesday had special meaning for the Nealon family. Greg Nealon was an All-City pitcher for Poly. His wife, Wanda, graduated from Poly in 1988, while his aunt, Diane Faehnie, graduated from Poly in 1960. But on the mound in the seventh inning for Newbury Park pitching against Poly was Nealon's son, Landon. He threw a scoreless seventh in Newbury Park's 5-0 victory. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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February 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Chris Clarke, a sophomore pitcher at Newbury Park, committed to USC on Saturday. That could cause a little issue in the family, since his older brother, Zander, a senior first baseman, is headed to UCLA. "It's going to be a civil war," Newbury Park Coach Matt Goldfield joked. "It's going to be something else. " A third brother, Zach, is going to be Newbury Park's starting shortstop as a sophomore. Three Clarke brothers to debate which is the best college. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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February 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies have a history of playing intense, tough, hard-nosed basketball games, during both the regular season and playoffs. That was the case again Friday night, the teams playing down to the wire and the Clippers coming up short in a 102-96 loss to the Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. To make matters worse for the Clippers, All-Star guard point Chris Paul suffered a sprained right thumb late in the fourth quarter while trying to get a rebound against Marc Gasol.
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January 29, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
AT GOLDEN STATE When: 7:30. Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland. On the air: TV: TNT; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 33-15, Warriors 27-19. Record vs. Warriors: 1-1. Update: These teams have developed a chippy rivalry going back to last season, when the Clippers thought the Warriors celebrated too much after making shots. Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Warriors counterpart Draymond Green were ejected from Golden State's 105-103 victory last month in Oakland, a testy game that resulted in both teams lingering on the court to exchange words afterward.
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June 27, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Clippers won their first Pacific Division title in franchise history this past season. While the Lakers have yet to meet the Clippers in the playoffs, the two franchises have an entertaining local rivalry at Staples Center. On Wednesday, the Clippers introduced Doc Rivers as their new head coach. Rivers was coach of the Boston Celtics -- the Lakers' true rivals -- for almost a decade. Rivers led Boston to the title over the Lakers in 2008. In 2010, the Lakers avenged their loss with a thrilling win in Game 7 over Rivers' Celtics.
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August 29, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
I love a good rivalry as long as it doesn't involve violence, poisoning trees or kidney failure. Last spring, before Louisville and Kentucky faced off in the NCAA tournament, two fans exchanged blows ... at a dialysis center. Oh ... mercy ... nurse. When I covered the L.A. Raiders years ago, front-office dynamo Al LoCasale burst into the media room one day in El Segundo and ordered a Denver writer, in town to do advance work on the upcoming game, to leave. The guy thought LoCasale was joking.
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January 18, 2014 | Sam Farmer
SEATTLE - Two brothers from western Washington share a unique perspective on the greatest quarterback rivalry in NFL history. Damon Huard was Tom Brady's backup in New England from 2001-03. His younger brother, Brock Huard, was Peyton Manning's backup in Indianapolis in 2002 and '03. So the AFC championship game in Denver on Sunday - the 15th meeting between Manning and Brady - has special meaning to the Huards, who grew up in Puyallup, Wash., a half-hour south of Seattle. The brothers will watch with great interest as Manning continues his quest for his second Super Bowl ring, and Brady tries to tie Joe Montana by winning a fourth.
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January 18, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Like many storied rivalries from the past, the careers of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will be forever linked. Although Brady is 10-4 in games against Manning's teams - Indianapolis and Denver - since the 2004 playoffs they have split four decisions. Brady is ahead, 2-1, in the playoffs, but they've split two AFC championship games. Sunday's conference title game will be the so-called “rubber match.” Some of the other great one-on-one sports rivalries: Martina Navratilova vs. Chris Evert: Two of the greatest women's tennis players ever played each other 80 times from 1973-88.
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