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March 4, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- A neighbor of Olympian Oscar Pistorius testified in his murder trial Tuesday that she thought she heard a woman loudly arguing with someone the night the athlete shot and killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. Estelle Van der Merwe, who lives less than 100 yards from Pistorius' house, said she was was awoken by the sound at 1:06 a.m. on Valentine's Day last year. She said she was irritated by the loud voice, and tried to get to sleep by putting a pillow on her head.
March 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
PORTLAND, Ore. - It seems unlikely that Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will return to play this season for the Lakers. Bryant has still not been medically cleared, Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday, and Nash continues feeling soreness from chronic back problems. The Lakers (20-39) have only six weeks left in their season. Nash has played 10 games, Bryant six. Bryant hasn't played since December because of a fractured knee. He hasd not been on any recent Lakers' road trips, though he joined them in Portland, where the Lakers were set to play Monday night.
March 2, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine lost to Orlando Salido by split-decision in his quest to win the World Boxing Organization featherweight title in just his second U.S. pro fight. Salido lost the belt Friday when he weighed in over limit. He then weighed 145 pounds Saturday in pounding Lomachenko in the early rounds to gain the victory. Referee Laurence Cole missed several Salido low blows in the 12th round that might have resulted in a point deduction as Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, rallied too late.
February 28, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller wasn't one of the five on his team who won an Olympic medal in Russia. Friday night, Hiller and his defense-minded teammates had to settle for something else in their return from the Olympic break: a shutout victory over the St. Louis Blues, 1-0, at Honda Center. In addition to Hiller's 18 saves, the Ducks (42-14-5) blocked 27 shots and out-hit the Blues, 35-25, to conclude a three-game season sweep. SUMMARY: Ducks 1, St. Louis Blues 0 “That was some big men hitting each other, and I thought it was [like]
February 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Detectives are searching for witnesses and suspects in a possible gang-related shooting death of a man in a South L.A. yard Wednesday evening. The man, described only as being in is his 40s, was fatally shot in the 10400 block of South Broadway Avenue at about 6:40 p.m., said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh. The man suffered at least one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. With no known witnesses to the Broadway-Manchester shooting, Borihanh said, detectives don't have any descriptions of possible suspects.
February 26, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Welcome to the Lakers. Enjoy the crossfire. Newcomers Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks went all of six days before the latest Lakers drama unfolded, indirectly bringing them into the battle of words between Pau Gasol and Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni . Bazemore's take since being traded to the Lakers? Whoa. "It's been a long season, especially for them," he said. "They've been probably doing this all year. I don't get caught up in that stuff.
February 24, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Gilbert Melendez, the San Jose-based Ultimate Fighting Championship second-ranked lightweight, has struck a contract deal with the organization. Melendez will participate in “The Ultimate Fighter,” a reality television series, against champion Anthony Pettis, and then the pair will fight each other later this year, according to the UFC. The deal was announced Sunday night. Filming for “TUF” will begin in May, with the show, featuring competitors in the new women's strawweight (115-pound)
February 24, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
On Monday morning, Bree Walker opened the door of her home in Venice and ushered me in. Her very blond, slightly messy hair was tumbling out of a bun on top of her head. Her face was bare, as were her feet. She wore a loose-fitting pair of polka dot drawstring pajama bottoms and a purple sweatshirt over a blue satin shirt. Very Westside hot mom. She seemed to have a tattoo on her extremely taut lower abdomen, which was peeking from her shirt. Her gait was slightly unsteady. “I am nervous about coverage these days,” said Walker, a high-profile television news anchor in Los Angeles from 1988 to 1994 who was arrested last week on suspicion of driving under the influence.
February 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Lancaster man was found shot to death in the desert next to his all-terrain cycle, authorities said Monday night. The victim was identified as Stephen Finson, 47, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Authorities said Finson was last seen by family members Sunday and was reported missing about 1 a.m. Monday. A search was launched, and his body was discovered shortly before 9 a.m. in the 3300 block of East Avenue H in Lancaster. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the Sheriff's Department said.
February 23, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the shooting death of a man in Compton. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the 1000 block of West School Street about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. They found a man with at least one gunshot wound to his upper body. The unidentified man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Deputy Kim Manatt said. Investigators have no witnesses or suspects, Manatt said. Over the last year, there have been 21 homicides within a mile of where Sunday's shooting occurred, according to the Times' Homicide Report.
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