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April 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 When San Fernando was on its way to winning the City Section Divison I championship last season, the Tigers were relying on pitching and defense. Now Sylmar (13-3, 5-0) is showing the Tigers how it's done. On Tuesday in the first game of a big two-game Valley Mission League series, pitcher Victor Ramirez allowed three hits, struck out four and walked none in Sylmar's 2-0 victory over San Fernando. The Spartans handed two-time All-City pitcher Alonzo Garcia his first-ever loss in league play over the last three seasons.
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OPINION
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The lives of captive killer whales are nothing like those of their wild counterparts. Instead of roaming for miles every day in close-knit family groups, captive whales perform for audiences in tanks that, though roomier than those of early marine parks, are far too small for such large ocean predators. In the wild, killer whales have not been known to kill humans or one another. The same cannot be said for the whales in amusement parks around the world, even though they represent only about a tenth of a percent of the numbers in the wild.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned of the problem last summer but chose not to investigate which officers were responsible.
SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
It's with great trepidation that I announce news that's going to create more nightmares for the defensive coordinators who must figure out how to stop Bellflower St. John Bosco on the football field this fall: Sean McGrew is getting faster, stronger and even better. Yes, he's the same running back who rushed for 367 yards in 17 carries and scored seven touchdowns in the CIF Open Division regional bowl game against Corona Centennial last season. Last month, he ran the 100 meters in 10.67 seconds, setting a school record.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Paul Doyle
ARLINGTON, Texas -- On the grandest stage of all, the Connecticut men's basketball team grabbed the spotlight and sent an emphatic message to the rest of the country. The program left for dead in the wake of conference realignment isn't just alive, it's standing near the top of the mountain. The Huskies took another step in their improbable NCAA tournament run Saturday night with a 63-53 victory over the No. 1 team in the country, the Florida Gators. On Monday night, UConn will play for the national championship at the cavernous AT&T Stadium against eighth-seeded Kentucky.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Whether it's the opponent's top scorer or the Ducks' mood, defenseman Ben Lovejoy has proven in his breakout season he has a firm handle on it. A confluence of greater maturity and an appreciation of the disparity between Lovejoy's prior NHL job and the confidence boost from Ducks' leadership has created a productive and unselfish shutdown defenseman. "He can skate, defend, plays hard all the time," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "When we play a team with a No. 1 line that's very fast, he's always against that team - might be the only one who can catch 'em. "He's brought a lot of stability to our defense.
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
If there ever were a unanimous pick for boys' basketball player of the year in Southern California, this would be the season, and Stanley Johnson would be the player. The Santa Ana Mater Dei star was the best player from start to finish. The 6-foot-7 senior averaged 25 points and 8.1 rebounds in leading the Monarchs to a 35-0 record and a fourth consecutive state championship. He's the only boys' player in California history to win titles in four consecutive seasons at the upper-division level.
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April 4, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers closed the book on another player this season, one of many who couldn't quite get over their injury problems. Xavier Henry made it through a total of 43 games before the Lakers officially shut him down Friday because of wrist and knee injuries. He showed an appetite for driving to the basket and averaged 10 points in 21.1 minutes, almost all as a reserve. "My body is going to continually hurt as long as I keep pounding it and pounding it," Henry said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Chorale master Paul Salamunovich once said that the greatest moment of his life was a 1988 concert at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II with the group he had led continuously since 1949, the St. Charles Borromeo Church Choir of North Hollywood. But it was his experience with choral music as a Southern California teenager that provided the underpinning for nearly everything he did over the next six-plus decades, including his role in shaping the Los Angeles Master Chorale into one of the world's finest choirs.
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April 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Vin Scully, marching to the middle of the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in all his red-roaring glory, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. Sandy Koufax, sprinting out of the dugout to home plate to catch that pitch amid shrieks of surprise, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. The best of Dodgers history and majesty showed up as scheduled Friday in what should have been a glorious 53rd home opener at Dodger Stadium. If only their most exciting young player of the present had shown this game the same respect.
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