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March 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani is one of the most superstitious coaches around, so when something works once, he'll stick with it. His Fairfax team won a state title in 2004 when the Lions stayed at the Hyatt Hotel in Sacramento and had a big dinner the night before at Buca di Beppo restaurant. Kitani repeated the same routine in 2007, and the Lions won again. Fairfax didn't make it to this weekend's state finals in Sacramento, but he said an Italian family meal would be his recommendation.
March 23, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Jerry Tarkanian used to bite on a towel during his coaching days at Nevada Las Vegas, and there's a high school basketball coach with an equally intriguing custom. Gail Hale, the girls' basketball coach for 18 years at Canyon Springs High in Moreno Valley, tightly grips a stress ball in her hand during games. She can be found bouncing the ball while walking on the sideline during pressure-filled moments. "I've never seen anything like it," said standout guard Cheyenne Greenhouse.
March 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Down by two points, West Hills Chaminade turned to junior guard Michael Oguine, who made a three-pointer at the buzzer from well beyond the top of the key on Saturday night at Colony High to give the Eagles a 53-52 victory over Santa Margarita in the Southern California Regional Division III final. Chaminade advances to the state championship game in Sacramento.  
March 19, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
A California bill to require the disclosure of so-called dark money - campaign expenditures funneled through nonprofit organizations to hide donors' identities - became the first casualty of the Democrats' losing their supermajority in the Legislature. Not a single Republican senator backed the bill, so it has stalled. And there are other important bills that will stay on the back burner unless the Democrats begin to negotiate and Republicans come off the margins to legislate again. Californians may have been lulled into thinking that partisan gridlock in Sacramento was over after the Legislature passed a number of significant bills last year, including one to raise the minimum wage, another to provide driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants and a third that regulated fracking.
March 10, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday became the fourth client to drop the firm Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates as its lobbyist in Sacramento since the company was hit by record fines for making improper campaign contributions to dozens of elected state officials. Others who have dropped the firm in the last month include the San Francisco 49ers Football Co., Verizon Communications and Accenture. Together, the four clients represented $734,0000 of the $4.7 million paid to the lobbying firm last year.
February 28, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A funnel cloud was spotted Friday evening near Sacramento, the National Weather Service said. A trained weather spotter saw the funnel cloud crossing Interstate 5 in the suburb of Woodland, about 15 miles northwest of the state capital. The "spotter estimated [the] funnel was approximately 800 feet off the ground," the National Weather Service said.  A tornado warning was issued from 6:24 p.m. to 7:04 p.m. for parts of Sacramento, Sutter and Yolo counties after the funnel cloud's spotting.  The storm was moving north at 25 mph and strengthened by 6:42 p.m., then later weakened, the weather service said.  ALSO: California couple's gold-coin find called greatest in U.S. history Fight over school's American flag t-shirt ban likely to continue Former NFL player Darren Sharper surrenders to police in New Orleans rape case   Twitter: @ronlin | Facebook | Google+
February 28, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There were so many unforgettable events in the short-lived but surprisingly stormy Lakers-Sacramento rivalry. Robert Horry nailing that three-point shot over Vlade Divac. Kobe Bryant's bout with food poisoning from that Sacramento hotel. And who could forget Rick Fox and Doug Christie throwing punches at each other before a game. An exhibition game. Friday night presented something entirely different from all that early-millennium fun. The team with the Western Conference's worst record (Lakers)
February 28, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
After a difficult two-game road trip, the Lakers (19-39) host the Sacramento Kings (20-37) on Friday night at Staples Center. The Lakers have lost three straight games including visits to the Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies. Sacramento should be a more manageable challenge, especially without center DeMarcus Cousins, who was suspended by the NBA for throwing a punch in Tuesday night's loss to the Houston Rockets. The Lakers are still without Nick Young (knee), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation)
February 27, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The NBA has suspended center DeMarcus Cousins for the Sacramento Kings' Friday night visit to the Lakers at Staples Center. Cousins received the one-game suspension for punching Houston's Patrick Beverley in a 129-103 loss on Tuesday to the Houston Rockets.  Video of the play can be seen on He was also fined $20,000 for verbally abusing an official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following an ejection. At 20-37, the Kings are slightly behind the Lakers (19-39)
February 20, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
There are five weeks left in the high school basketball season before teams compete for a state title March 28-29 in Sacramento, and here are the story lines to follow as the City Section and Southern Section playoff contenders move into high gear: The Stanley Johnson coronation: Miami has King James and Santa Ana is about to get King Stanley, as in Stanley Johnson, the Santa Ana Mater Dei All-American trying to lead the Monarchs to a fourth...
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