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October 7, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Never mind that old notion about the backup quarterback being the most popular guy in town. In the NFL, backup quarterbacks are suddenly the busiest guys in town. A rash of injuries around the league has teams scrambling to get their reserve signal-callers ready for Week 6 games, with the Buffalo Bills going to the most extreme measures. They've promoted Thaddeus Lewis from the practice squad and plan to start him Sunday against Cincinnati. “Thad gives us the best chance,” Bills Coach Doug Marrone said Monday in a statement posted on Twitter.
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September 10, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers will soon have a better idea of whether Matt Kemp will play again this season. In the next day or two, Kemp is expected to run at the Dodgers' spring-training complex in Arizona to test the right hamstring he strained Friday. Based on what Manager Don Mattingly has heard from the Dodgers' medical staff - basically, that Kemp's injury appears to be relatively minor - Mattingly is optimistic his sidelined center fielder will return. "I'm starting to feel that way," Mattingly said, sounding significantly more upbeat than he did a few days earlier.
SPORTS
September 6, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Some of Andre Ethier's fondest childhood memories are of days when Ethier would be picked up early by his father from his middle school in Phoenix. They would head to the Seattle Mariners' spring-training complex, where he could spend hours studying every move of his favorite player, Ken Griffey Jr. "That's who I looked up to," Ethier said. "That's all I wanted to be. I always wanted to be a center fielder in the big leagues. " Eight years into his major league career, Ethier is finally living out his dream the way he envisioned it on those afternoons at the Peoria Sports Complex.
SPORTS
August 28, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Center fielder Matt Kemp is expected to play in at least three games for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes to prepare for his anticipated September return to the Dodgers. Kemp's minor league rehabilitation assignment is scheduled to start Thursday, when he will be Rancho Cucamonga's designated hitter in their home game against High Desert. Rancho Cucamonga's regular season ends Monday, meaning Kemp could play in as many as five games with the Quakes even if they fail to reach the California League playoffs.
WORLD
August 27, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Israel endured dozens of Scud missiles launched by Saddam Hussein's forces, but refrained from retaliating because of U.S. concern that Israeli involvement would fracture the international coalition it had built against Iraq. As the United States prepares for a possible military attack against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons, Israeli leaders are making it clear that they have no intention of standing down this time if attacked.
SPORTS
August 23, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
It was a Tim Tebow no-show. Tebow, the NFL's most famous (and polarizing) reserve quarterback, watched from the sideline Thursday as his New England Patriots lost an exhibition game at Detroit, 40-9. Tom Brady played the entire first half for the Patriots, and backup Ryan Mallett took over after halftime. Tebow struggled in the previous two exhibition games, going five for 19 for 54 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. By all indications, he's on the bubble to make the 53-man roster.
SPORTS
August 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
You didn't have to ask whether UCLA freshman defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes was itching to play. All you had to do was listen … to Bruins Coach Jim Mora . Vanderdoes, bothered all training camp by a sore back, was allowed in contact drills for the first time Friday morning. He quickly got an earful from Mora, who reprimanded him for using a bull rush with the Bruins not in full pads. Mora explained "that's just Eddie's personality. If you're doing a medicine ball drill against a wall, every time Eddie throws it, he tries to knock the wall down.
SPORTS
July 29, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Playing in a tournament in Georgia, standout guard Jordin Canada of L.A. Windward suffered a sprained MCL in her knee and will be sidelined three to four weeks.  Canada is committed to UCLA. She will be a senior this fall. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
NATIONAL
July 17, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio played a crucial role in orchestrating passage of the bipartisan immigration overhaul in the Senate last month, but the Florida Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender has bowed out of the messy battle as it moves to the House. Key senators behind the immigration bill admonished top business leaders in a session at the Capitol this week to put more pressure on reluctant House Republicans, but Rubio was notably absent. The bill's supporters were counting on his voice as a Latino and tea party favorite to help sell the measure to conservatives.
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