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September 28, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
And for today's scare, the Dodgers bring you Matt Kemp. Kemp was a late scratch Friday night, the Dodgers said he was removed for precautionary reasons because of left ankle soreness. This is the same ankle that earlier caused Kemp to sit out 53 games. He came off the disabled list Sept. 16 and had started every game but one since. Kemp has been on the DL three times this season because of a hamstring strain, soreness from off-season shoulder surgery and the ankle issue.
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February 12, 2014 | Broderick Turner
Maybe J.J. Redick could play with his sore right hip, but Clippers Coach Doc Rivers is taking no chances with his starting shooting guard, who will sit out Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Redick said his injury has improved, but he will listen to Rivers and miss his fourth straight game. "I don't think that I'll play tomorrow. That's what Doc says," Redick said. "It's a day-to-day thing. " With the All-Star break coming up Thursday through Sunday, Redick will have had two weeks off to make sure his hip is 100% healthy.
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March 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX--Zack Greinke's strange spring got a little stranger Wednesday when he was scratched from his scheduled start against Mexico's World Baseball Classic team. Stephen Fife will start in Greinke's place. Greinke, who skipped a bullpen session Sunday because of tightness in his right foreman, complained Wednesday of flu-like symptoms. He is at least the fourth Dodger to miss a game with illness. Luis Cruz missed two days last week after spending time at an urgent care facility with an apparent case of food poisoning.
SPORTS
November 30, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Those who have suggested Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin was USC's top coaching choice may have been right -- but Sumlin is apparently not coming to USC. A good sign someone is making a run at a coach is if that coach's school suddenly signs him to a multiyear extension just hours before a big game against, say, Missouri. That happened Saturday when it was reported Sumlin had agreed on a new, six-year contract to stay at Texas A&M. "Coach Sumlin has demonstrated why he is considered among the nation's elite football coaches.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
What's more exciting than James Cameron re-releasing “Titanic” in 3-D? When an even richer man - Australia's Clive Palmer - tries to bring the ill-fated ship to life. By building a modern replica of it. The mining billionaire said Monday that he has commissioned CSC Jinling Shipyard, a Chinese state-owned business, to construct a new Titanic from scratch. “Many people have attempted to do it before but have failed because they didn't have the buy-in of a shipyard and didn't have the money to pay for it,” he said.
SPORTS
July 28, 2010 | wire reports
Rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night because he had problems warming up before the game against the Atlanta Braves. The right-hander was being examined by a team doctor and "appropriate tests will be taken after that," including possibly an MRI exam or X-ray, General Manager Mike Rizzo said. Tulowitzki returns All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was activated by the Colorado Rockies after sitting out nearly six weeks because of a broken left wrist.
NEWS
August 10, 1991 | Reuters
A Japanese businessman has purchased a Belgian racing pigeon called Playboy for $144,000, more than double the usual price for a champion bird, the Belga news agency reported Friday. The pigeon won this year's prestigious 620-mile Barcelona race.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2010
Peter Gabriel "Scratch My Back" Real World . There seems to be two motivations behind Peter Gabriel's new album, one playful and the other more serious. The first gives the project its title: Gabriel covered compositions by 12 working artists, including David Bowie, Neil Young, Arcade Fire and the Magnetic Fields. He also invited them to plumb his own catalog for an upcoming answer record titled "I'll Scratch Yours." Some have called this proposition opportunistic, a way for Gabriel to both reassert his place alongside more iconic elders and make a DNA connection with arty youngsters.
SPORTS
September 21, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Matt Barkley is starting over. USC's sophomore quarterback saw his previously unblemished touchdown-to-interception ratio take a hit in Saturday's victory at Minnesota. After passing for seven touchdowns without an interception in the Trojans' first two games, he passed for two more touchdowns against the Golden Gophers but also had two passes picked off in the Trojans' 32-21 victory. Barkley did not expect to go the entire season without an interception. "I guess the goal is to see how long you last before it happens," he said after practice Tuesday.
NEWS
March 5, 1987
"Instant" winnings up to $50,000 and a total pool of $90 million will be available in the new "Double Feature" state lottery scratch-off game that begins today. Lottery Director M. Mark Michalko held a press conference Wednesday at Pickfair Mansion in Los Angeles during which he said the new game, keyed to Hollywood's centennial celebration, will give players the chance to instantly win up to $50,000.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - On the website for Jim Fulner's U.S. Senate campaign, 34 letters and numbers appear in a string above the "Donate Now!" button. They are the code for his campaign's bitcoin wallet, where holders of the so-called digital currency can send it to the Libertarian from Michigan - without a bank acting as an intermediary. "It's an exciting new technology," said Jeff Wood, the campaign treasurer and a self-described early adopter of bitcoin. But as with any budding technology, federal agencies must examine how its use fits in with the law, including rules for campaign donations.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
LG's curved smartphone, the G Flex, has a lot of cool specs -- a 6-inch screen, a flexible plastic body that can be pushed flat without breaking and an ultra-thin, high-resolution display. But the feature we're most excited and curious about? LG's claim that its new phone is made with a "self-healing" coating that protects the device from surface damage and can actually erase signs of scratches after they occur. Although the notion of a self-healing phone seems implausible, YouTube personality and video producer Marques Brownlee posted a video online in which he runs the G Flex through a series of scratch tests and the phone appears to emerge relatively unscathed.
SPORTS
November 10, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf was scratched from Sunday night's home game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury, with the team announcing the move seconds after the Ducks began warming up on the Honda Center ice. Center Mathieu Perreault (five goals, nine assists) started in Getzlaf's place Sunday. Getzlaf slipped on the ice at Friday's morning skate and was said by Coach Bruce Boudreau to have been iffy to play that night. He did, producing his first career hat trick with three first-period goals, adding an assist.
SPORTS
October 31, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre and Eric Sondheimer
The $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic suffered a major defection Thursday when trainer Bill Mott announced that Ron The Greek, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, would be scratched from Saturday's race at Santa Anita because of a quarter crack. Ron The Greek won the 2012 Santa Anita Handicap. His morning-line odds for the Classic were 8-1 and his departure leaves a field of 11 in the 1 1/4-mile race. "He had an abscess that broke open in his foot," Mott said. The trainer said the abscess was discovered Wednesday during the feed time.
SPORTS
October 21, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + If Sidney Crosby can be said to do anything quietly, he is quietly having a sensational start. Through Sunday he led the NHL in scoring with 17 points, including at least one point in all eight games the Penguins had played. That's a personal best to start a season for Crosby. + St. Louis forward David Backes scored six goals in the Blues' first seven games, matching his total in last season's 48-game schedule.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Wine books make you tremble in your boots? All that jargon. All those names to learn. All the erudition to wade through? Well, here's one that your inner 3-year-old should enjoy: “ The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert .” The author is Richard Betts, a master sommelier but no snob, whose Twitter feed boasts the motto “Wine is a grocery, not a luxury.” The book, which premieres this week, is just 22 pages....
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Deadmau5, who does a decent job of amping up the crowd at his concerts, is now stirring up the blogosphere by saying that all DJs do at live concerts is show up and click a “play” button. "I just roll up with a laptop and a midi  controller and 'select' tracks [and] hit a spacebar," the Toronto DJ wrote Saturday in a blog post on his site titled "We All Hit Play. " This can be interpreted as blasphemy for several reasons. If all DJs do is press play, how do they justify the million-dollar fees that some top electronic dance music names command?
MAGAZINE
May 14, 2006
I loved Dan Harder's paean to stinky cheeses ("For the Love of Stinky Cheese," Style, April 23). If only the accompanying photo were scratch 'n' sniff. Robin Wyshak Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Law enforcement authorities in Riverside County on Monday said they had launched a hate crime investigation after a racial epithet was scratched on a woman's vehicle. The crime was reported Sunday in the 1300 block of Pocono Court in Moreno Valley. "Based on the correlation between the victim's ethnicity and the comment left on the car, the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime," Sgt. Curt Bright of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.
SPORTS
October 2, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
DENVER - Left wing Dustin Penner, who signed with the Ducks as a free agent over the summer, will be a healthy scratch and won't play in the team's season opener Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. During Penner's tenure with the Kings he was sometimes demoted to the fourth line or held out of the lineup altogether because of a lack of fitness or lack of goal production. The Kings didn't have the salary cap space or patience to bring him back this season.
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