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October 15, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC gave more players opportunities on offense in last week's victory over Arizona, a trend that will move to the defense on Saturday against Notre Dame. Interim coach Ed Orgeron said more players would rotate in against the Fighting Irish. Lineman Antwaun Woods and linebackers Jabari Ruffin and Anthony Sarao are among those who could play more to help rest starters. That opportunity, Orgeron said, raises practice performance. "More guys are into it," he said. "The accountability factor is much higher.
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September 25, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO - When the Dodgers won the National League West title last week, Hanley Ramirez and Ricky Nolasco shared a champagne-soaked embrace. "Finally," Ramirez told Nolasco. "We're going to the playoffs. " Ramirez and Nolasco's previous seasons together all ended in disappointment. For six-plus years, they were teammates on the Marlins, who were crippled season after season by frugal owner Jeffrey Loria. BOX SCORE: San Francisco 6, Dodgers 4 Ramirez earned his escape from baseball purgatory last year, when the Marlins dumped his salary on the Dodgers.
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September 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It has been a nice little run for the Angels since Aug. 23, their 21-8 record before Monday's game against Oakland taking some sting out of another disappointing season, but they can't let it fool them into thinking they can roll into 2014 with this personnel. If the Angels are to end a four-year playoff drought next season, they'll need pitching, pitching and more pitching. "There are some fundamental things we need to look at that a good finish will not and should not mask.
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September 14, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The beating the Dodgers took Saturday at Dodger Stadium wasn't as bad as the one Canelo Alvarez got in Las Vegas. It was worse. Way worse. Historically bad, in fact, with the Giants setting a Dodger Stadium record for runs in a 19-3 rout. The last time the Dodgers lost by that much at home they were still in Brooklyn and they had a rookie infielder named Jackie Robinson. The Giants also coaxed six Dodger pitchers into giving up a season-high 22 hits while the Giants' Hunter Pence set a career high with seven runs batted in and teammate Brandon Belt added career highs of his own for hits (five)
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September 6, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC plays Washington State for the first time in three years Saturday in a Pac-12 Conference opener at the Coliseum. Staff writer Gary Klein examines the story lines: Split personality USC Coach Lane Kiffin once again declined to announce a starting quarterback, but Cody Kessler is expected to be up first for the second consecutive game, with Max Wittek also ready to play. Kessler, a third-year sophomore, struggled against Hawaii before rallying near the end of the first half.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2013 | By Donna Perlmutter
So you think classical music is purely a rarefied pursuit, where what matter are creativity, spirit and soul? The musician's body does not agree. Not midway through a high-powered symphony. Not sitting near the crashing cymbals in Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Not during the long haul of Wagner's "Ring" cycle. Take violinist David Harrington. He was in rehearsals with his adventurous Kronos Quartet, preparing to play the epic String Quartet No. 2 by Morton Feldman - it notoriously spans six hours without intermission.
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July 25, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND - Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said earlier this week that bouncing Garrett Richards back and forth between the rotation and bullpen “is not appealing,” but Richards doesn't seem to mind. The 25-year-old right-hander welcomed the move to replace struggling right-hander Joe Blanton in the rotation for Saturday's  game against the Athletics, even though it means moving from relief to starting for the second time this season. “I'm excited,” Richards said. “I always thought I'd be a starter in the future and that I'd get some experience out of the bullpen.
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July 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels have removed Joe Blanton from their starting rotation, moving the pitcher who leads the major leagues in losses into their bullpen. Garrett Richards will replace Blanton in the rotation, starting with Saturday's game against the first-place Oakland Athletics. Richards has started four games this season -- the last one a 10-6 loss to Oakland on April 30 -- and has been in the Angels' bullpen since then. Blanton, 32, is 2-13 with a 5.66 earned-run average. No major league pitcher has given up more hits, runs or home runs.
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July 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels have removed Joe Blanton from their starting rotation, moving the pitcher who leads the major leagues in losses into their bullpen. Garrett Richards will replace Blanton in the rotation, starting with Saturday's game against the first-place Oakland Athletics. Richards has started four games this season, the last one a 10-6 loss to Oakland on April 30, and has been in the Angels' bullpen since then. Blanton, 32, is 2-13 with a 5.66 earned-run average. No major league pitcher has given up more hits, runs or home runs.
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July 21, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia couldn't have summed up Garrett Richards' potential any better Sunday when he said of the right-hander, "There are some things that could make him a good major league starter, and some things that could make him a good major league closer. " Richards, 25, has the stuff - a 95-mph fastball, slider, curve and changeup - to do both, but he is nowhere close to either, his limited role pushing the once-prized prospect into a state of limbo. Richards opened the season as a key late-inning reliever, but Jered Weaver's broken left elbow forced Richards into the rotation for four starts April 13-30 in which he was 1-2 with a 5.54 earned-run average.
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