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March 21, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
ANGELS 7, ROYALS 3 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout had two hits, raising his Cactus League batting average to .409. Raul Ibanez went hitless in three at-bats, lowering his average to .194. Kole Calhoun and Chris Iannetta each hit home runs. ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson needed 99 pitches to work 52/3 innings, giving up three runs - one earned - and striking out nine. The Angels used the back end of their bullpen in regular-season fashion, with Kevin Jepsen pitching a scoreless seventh, Joe Smith a scoreless eighth, and closer Ernesto Frieri a scoreless ninth.
March 21, 2014 | By David Kelly
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.  - Since moving to Colorado from Southern California three years ago, I've come to hate winter. Scalding baths, wool blankets, the dog snoozing on my feet - nothing takes the edge off the bitter cold. It lingers in the air, in the bones and, most of all, in the soul. Then a friend told me about a place three hours from Denver guaranteed to rocket my moribund core temperature through the roof. I set off on a dark January morning in a raging blizzard.
March 21, 2014 | By James Barragan
In arena football, the Orlando Predators handed the KISS its first loss of the season Friday, 69-63, in overtime. The KISS (1-1) jumped out to an early 21-point lead in the first quarter, but Orlando (2-0) closed the gap to trail 42-34 at halftime. Orlando took a 63-56 lead with 43 seconds left in regulation but the KISS responded in the waning seconds to take the game into overtime tied at 63. In overtime, quarterback Jason Boltus won it for the Predators with a one-yard touchdown run.
March 21, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Trailing, 6-1, Los Angeles Loyola scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh on Friday to defeat Chaminade, 11-6, in a Mission League game. Stephen Dubb had two hits in the inning, including a three-run triple to break a 6-6 tie. Chaminade used five pitchers in the seventh.  Dubb finished with three hits and three RBIs. Loyola improved to 6-1 and 2-0. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame defeated Alemany, 3-1. Graham Mekjian threw five shutout innings. Freshman Hunter Greene had an RBI single.
March 21, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - A member of Gov. Jerry Brown's inner circle and a veteran labor union lobbyist has been recruited to run California's troubled Employment Development Department. Patrick William Henning has been serving as the governor's chief deputy appointments secretary since 2011. Now he faces a bigger challenge: turning around a massive 8,800-person bureaucracy that runs the state's unemployment and disability insurance programs and labor statistics services. The vast department also collects a variety of payroll taxes, making it one of the largest tax collection agencies in the nation.
March 20, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Angels 3, Royals 2 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout lifted his Cactus League average to .400. He homered and doubled, and he leads the Angels with four home runs and 14 runs batted in. David Freese went hitless in three at-bats. He is batting .212 this spring, with no extra-base hits in 33 at-bats. ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver retired 13 consecutive batters at one point. Nick Maronde, who could open the season as the lone left-hander in the Angels' bullpen, relieved Weaver and retired left-handed batters Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon.
March 20, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A man accused of stealing and killing his estranged wife's Chihuahua by deliberately running his car over the animal in a Hawthorne alley was charged Wednesday with felony animal cruelty, prosecutors said. Michael Parker, 45, of Sherman Oaks, also was charged with one count of felony animal neglect and a misdemeanor count of petty theft of a dog, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. The animal cruelty charge carries an allegation that he used his car as a deadly weapon.
March 19, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The four identically dressed members of Kraftwerk stood before electronic consoles, glowing lecterns outlined in strips of blue light, in a dark Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Above them, three-dimensional moving images of sleek commuter trains speeding down tracks, molecules colliding and musical notes orbiting an idealized Earth were projected onto a vast screen.  Appearing for the first and second of eight sold-out performances over four...
March 17, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It had been a calf injury that delayed Josh Hamilton's Cactus League debut until Monday. He singled for his first hit, then took off for second base. For the Angels, that was as good a sign as any. The swing might not be there yet, but the legs are back. "It felt good," Hamilton said. "I did all the things you're supposed to be able to do on the field. " On Monday he did, since the Angels limited him to designated hitter in a game against the San Francisco Giants.
March 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 With nine returning starters from a City Section Division I semifinalist team, Banning was expected to do well this season, and the Pilots sent a message on Monday night that they intend to be a title contender after a 3-2 victory over defending champion San Fernando. Juan Gallardo's three-run home run in the fifth inning wiped out a 2-0 deficit and enabled Banning (4-2) to inflict a rare defeat on All-City pitcher Alonzo Garcia, whose career record is 24-4. Justin Yanez, a junior pitcher, struck out 10 and allowed four hits.
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