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November 29, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers waived rookie forward Elias Harris on Friday. Harris, undrafted out of Gonzaga, was a standout on the Lakers' summer league squad in Las Vegas. In two appearances this season, playing a total of 11 minutes, Harris did not score. Only about a quarter of Harris' contract was guaranteed ($100,000). The Lakers' roster now stands at 14 strong. Shawne Williams, Xavier Henry and Ryan Kelly are the only remaining Lakers without guaranteed deals.  Their contracts become fully guaranteed if they're still on the roster as of Jan. 10. ALSO: Preview: Lakers at Detroit Pistons Jason Kidd's 'spill' costs him $50,000 fine from NBA Despite injuries, Lakers are competitive in the standings
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April 16, 2014 | Helene Elliott
The crowd roared around him and the Dallas Stars pushed and shoved in front of him, but goaltender Frederik Andersen was the most composed person at Honda Center on Wednesday. That's exactly what the Ducks were hoping for when they chose the redheaded rookie to start their playoff opener. The more softly he speaks, the more controlled his movements are when he's in goal, the better the chance he will excel and they will benefit. They knew he was quiet by nature. After his 32-save performance Wednesday in their 4-3 victory, they also know he's immune to the jitters playoff hockey can trigger.
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November 20, 1988
Your piece on Aaron Cox ("The Rookie," by Gene Wojciechowski, Oct. 2) neglected to remind us that when Aaron Cox exits the world of football, he will undoubtedly take with him a body that will require a lifetime of visits to doctors because of the injuries he will sustain in a sport that leaves its veterans physically damaged. I admire Aaron Cox's escape from South Central Los Angeles, but, for his sake, I wish he were a rookie in medical school or law school. Your article glorifies a "profession" that does not deserve elevation.
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April 16, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
With grand postseason plans, the Ducks are expected to put a rookie in goal tonight when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin against the Dallas Stars at Honda Center. Rookie Frederik Andersen, who was 20-5 during a season he capped with a shootout win over the Kings at Staples Center on Saturday, was first off the ice at Wednesday's morning skate. Andersen beats out the Ducks' primary regular-season starter, Jonas Hiller, who slumped late, finishing with three consecutive losses, and rookie John Gibson, who was 3-0 last week with a shutout in his NHL debut.
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December 28, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
OK, this wasn't quite Mozgov Part II. How about Mozgov-ian? Celtics rookie forward Jared Sullinger gamely tried to prevent a Blake Griffin dunk with a hard foul, receiving a flagrant foul 1 for his trouble in the third quarter of the latest Clippers' victory. For those with short memories, Griffin, in his rookie season, pretty much got on the NBA map with his signature dunk over a rookie center, Timofey Mozgov, then with the Knicks. The date? Nov. 20, 2010. It made for some fun things to write about -- once it became clear Mozgov remained intact.
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November 8, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Andrew Luck isn't as advertised. He's better. The rookie quarterback from Stanford has emerged as a physical and emotional leader for the Indianapolis Colts, a team that finished 2-14 last season and looked to be headed for a long winter of rebuilding without Peyton Manning. Last March, I spent 24 hours with Luck in Tampa, Fla., and got an up-close view of his maturity and humility. ESPN's Jon Gruden let me join them for Luck's session at "Gruden's QB Camp," that popular program in which the former coach puts the top NFL quarterback prospects through the paces on the white board and the field.
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June 10, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The Dodgers are on pace to end a significant drought. A World Series title, their first since 1988? Hardly. That race appears to have been run. But rookie of the year, once  as much a Chavez Ravine tradition as Dodger Dogs, is certainly a possibility. Yasiel Puig, the 22-year-old eye-opener from Cuba, is an early front-runner in just six games. He is hitting .464 with four home runs and 10 runs batted in, while demonstrating defensive skills to make Willie Mays blush. His only shortcoming is the inability to provide consistent pitching.
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January 15, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III beat out fellow quarterbacks Andrew Luck of Indianapolis and Russell Wilson of Seattle, as well as several other impressive first-year NFL players, as Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America's rookie of the year. Of course, this isn't the rookie-of-the-year award. That one comes from the Associated Press and will be announced Feb. 2. But the PFW/PFWA honor can be viewed as a gauge as to how voters are thinking. It's particularly interesting this year, given the expected close race between the trio of stellar rookie quarterbacks.
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June 8, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
On Friday night, Yasiel Puig etched his name in the Major League Baseball record book with his fourth home run in the fifth game of his career. Only he and Mike Jacobs (2005, Mets) have accomplished that feat. But no rookie has ever cranked five homers in his first six games. Four other players have tallied four through six games, but Saturday night Puig has a chance to break that mark when the Dodgers take on the Braves. “There's a freedom in his game,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said.
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October 2, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Jets Coach Rex Ryan is considering a color-coded play-calling system for rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who has 11 turnovers in four games this season. After giving Smith a vote of confidence earlier this week by saying there was no consideration to bench the first-year player, Ryan did mention Wednesday that there was one way to help Smith. The plays listed on Smith's wristband could be under three categories: green for aggressive, yellow for cautious and red for conservative.
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April 13, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Controversy usually unfolds AFTER a playoff series starts. But it's already there, riding shotgun with the Kings and Sharks, who will be meeting for the third time in the postseason in the last four years. This all has to do with the knee-on-knee collision between Kings captain Dustin Brown and the Sharks' dynamic rookie Tomas Hertl on Dec. 19. Hertl, who required knee surgery, returned to action last week. Sharks fans haven't forgotten. Nor has Hertl, who told Bay Area reporters: "Playoff time, it's more important, because it's L.A. I not much like L.A. this season.
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April 12, 2014 | By Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, had already fulfilled his interview obligations behind the Augusta National clubhouse Saturday, his demands smaller than usual with a third-round 76 dropping him into 16th place and bursting the bubble of his repeat bid. So the Masters spotlight quickly shifted within Scott's group, to a caddie of a 20-year-old Masters first-timer. Michael Greller was the new encircled man, the on-course compass for Jordan Spieth, a wildly skilled Texas kid with eye-opening maturity and an unlikely emergence as the 54-hole Masters co-leader.
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April 10, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
EDMONTON, Canada - Records, refining and an imminent retirement. The three Rs marked the Kings' final regular-season road game as they defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 3-0, on Thursday night at Rextall Place behind Marian Gaborik's three-point effort and the fourth shutout of the season for rookie goalie Martin Jones. Records were matched and others broken with the Kings' late-season tour of the also-rans in the Pacific Division ending, thankfully, as did their three-game losing streak.
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April 3, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Whether Frederik Andersen will start a fourth consecutive game as the Ducks' goalie Friday versus the Nashville Predators is something Coach Bruce Boudreau kept to himself Thursday. But when asked whether Andersen belongs in the conversation about NHL rookie of the year, Boudreau was far more forthcoming. "I would love just to hear his name mentioned," Boudreau said of the 6-foot-4, 230-pound backup, who won all three of those starts for the Pacific-Division leaders while Jonas Hiller rested.
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March 29, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
VANCOUVER, Canada - First place in the Pacific Division became the Ducks' again Saturday night, when they returned to the brand of play that put them there in the first place. "It's a goal" to win the division, said center Saku Koivu, one of five Ducks players who scored in a 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. "We're more trying to pay attention to our game, the way we want to play, the way it has to be," Koivu said. Ducks rookie goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 31 of 32 shots as Anaheim established a new team record for most road wins (23)
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March 27, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
EDMONTON, Canada - Traded Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth left Anaheim on March 4 in 82-degree weather, arriving at his new team's home with the thermometer at minus-13. That's minus-25 Celsius up here. "Here we go … ," Fasth said to himself, capping events that reveal how fast yesterday's rising star can transform into an expendable commodity. Fasth, 31, went from being goalie 1-A for the playoff-thinking Ducks (47-18-7) to sharing time in net with ex-King Ben Scrivens for the last-place Edmonton Oilers (25-39-9)
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August 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
CHICAGO - Hyun-Jin Ryu deserves to be in contention for the National League rookie of the year award, Manager Don Mattingly said Friday. “I think he should be considered,” Mattingly said. “He's throwing the ball really well, he's been consistent pretty much every time out. I'm sure he'll be part of it if he continues to pitch the way he's continued to pitch.” Before the start of the season, Ryu said his goal was to win 10 games in his rookie year. He could get there Friday in the Dodgers' second game of a four-game series at Wrigley Field.
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September 3, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Rookie safety John Boyett will no longer be able to tell cops that they can't arrest him because he plays for the Indianapolis Colts -- he was waived Tuesday. Not that the line worked anyway. Police said the sixth-round draft pick out of Oregon was arrested early Monday for public intoxication, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct after not being allowed into a downtown Indianapolis nightclub because he had had too much to drink. Boyett ran from the police when they first tried to arrest him, then, after being caught, repeatedly told the officers, "You can't arrest me, I'm a Colts player," according to the police report, via the Indianapolis Star.
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March 22, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Earlier this month, as the Ducks unpacked in a Calgary dressing room, some players began chiding rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm about shirking his "duties" as equipment bag unloader. The good-natured Swede smiled and tried in vain to explain he'd done his best to assist equipment manager Doug "Sluggo" Shearer, but had to get skating. The instant defined Lindholm, who two months after turning 20 has made himself one of the NHL's top rookies by simply knowing his place. "He's fortunate to have that mental makeup, because bad things happen out there on the ice," said Scott Niedermayer, the Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and Ducks assistant coach who counsels Lindholm.
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March 3, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - With fewer than three weeks remaining until opening day, the Dodgers don't know who's on second. Early signs point to newcomer Alex Guerrero starting the season in the minor leagues. Unless that changes, the Dodgers probably will resort to filling the position with some combination of players from a group that includes Dee Gordon, Justin Turner, Miguel Rojas, Chone Figgins and Brendan Harris. "It's up in the air," Manager Don Mattingly conceded. So far in the exhibition season, time at second base has been split between Guerrero and Gordon, which reflects the team's $28-million commitment to Guerrero and the upside of the fleet-footed Gordon.
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