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April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: SLOVENIA FIFA ranking: 29 Overall World Cup record: 0-3-0 Coach: Matjaz Kek Best performance: First round, 2002 Overview: The temptation is to dismiss Slovenia as one of those teams that is just along for the ride. That would be a mistake. Kek's players made it to South Africa by defeating heavily favored Russia, a team coached by Dutch legend Guus Hiddink, in a two-game playoff. Slovenia gained immense self-belief from that success, and the wise will recall that Slovenia also upset eventual champion Italy in qualifying play for the Germany '06 World Cup. -- Grahame L. Jones
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March 12, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Anze Kopitar has obliterated any fears that he might have been exhausted by his Sochi Olympic experience. He was exhilarated by reaching the quarterfinals with his native Slovenia and sustained that emotion when the NHL season resumed. Kopitar leads the Kings with nine points during their eight-game winning streak, and they'll try to match the club record of nine when they face Toronto on Thursday at Staples Center. "Definitely add emotionally. I had lots of fun," he said of how the Games affected him. "A great experience for me personally and for our team.
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November 6, 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Hip and Historic," by Christopher Reynolds in the Oct. 30 paper. It made me want to get in my car and take a day trip to West Hollywood. I realized, however, that by the time I drove three hours to WeHo, I would have just enough time to eat at a couple of places (Canter's for sure) before having to head home. My plan is to make a few days of it around the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays. Thanks for the great article. Elizabeth Osborne Pismo Beach Reynolds missed out on mentioning Andre's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria.
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February 25, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
DENVER - The Kings welcomed back their final four Olympians - Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter from the gold medal-winning Canadian team and Jonathan Quick and Dustin Brown from the U.S. - in snowy Denver, where they practiced Tuesday at a university rink ahead of the game Wednesday with the Colorado Avalanche. Slava Voynov of Russia and Anze Kopitar of Slovenia, who also played in Sochi, rejoined the team Monday in Los Angeles. But it may take a few days before any of the six will be able to put their Olympic experiences behind them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1991
I urge the United States government to support the fledgling democracies of Slovenia and Croatia. The attempted coup in the Soviet Union reveals, again, the corrupt and anti-democratic nature of communist regimes. A similar situation is happening in Yugoslavia where a communist government is suppressing democratic aspirations. The United States should endorse freedom and self-determination for Slovenia and Croatia. PAUL BARKIGIA, Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1991
One of the reasons given for American unwillingness to recognize Slovenia and Croatia as independent and sovereign states is the belief that such recognition would encourage the various nations in the Soviet Union to seek independence, and that it would undermine the power and authority of President Gorbachev. Events in the Soviet Union have resulted in monumental changes. The era of Gorbachev is over. Boris Yeltsin is the new and powerful leader not only of the Russian Federation but also of the Soviet Union.
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February 19, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia -- The disappointment Anze Kopitar felt was immediate and deep after Slovenia's 5-0 loss to Sweden Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament, the end of the road for a gutsy team that won the admiration of hockey fans everywhere with its perseverance to get this far in its first-ever Olympic appearance. But soon that ache will fade and Kopitar, the Kings' standout center, will be able to appreciate the magnitude of what he and his teammates did here.
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October 13, 2006 | Helene Elliott
Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic picked up a hockey stick with practiced ease, snapping his wrists with the quickness of a proven goal scorer. Kings rookie Anze Kopitar dribbled a few times, got as much lift as his flip-flops would allow and let fly a jump shot that swished through the net. "I'm good," he said, smiling. "Soft hands." Just kids on a playground in El Segundo, nine time zones and thousands of practice hours away from their common homeland.
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June 19, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones and Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa -- Perhaps alarmed by the outcry in the U.S. over the American "goal" that was disallowed during the team's 2-2 tie with Slovenia on Friday afternoon, FIFA said Saturday that it would comment on the matter Monday. What world soccer's governing body will say is anyone's guess, but chances are it will stand by its man, referee Koman Coulibaly , although there were unconfirmed reports circulating Saturday that he might be dropped. Coulibaly, of Mali, nullified an 85th-minute scoring shot by U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu , ruling that there had been a foul on the play.
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November 13, 1990 | Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude 4.2 rumbled through the northwestern Yugoslav republic of Slovenia.
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February 19, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia -- The disappointment Anze Kopitar felt was immediate and deep after Slovenia's 5-0 loss to Sweden Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament, the end of the road for a gutsy team that won the admiration of hockey fans everywhere with its perseverance to get this far in its first-ever Olympic appearance. But soon that ache will fade and Kopitar, the Kings' standout center, will be able to appreciate the magnitude of what he and his teammates did here.
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February 18, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia  - Youth was not served Tuesday. Instead, age was served on a rain-soaked platter. The four women who ruined 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin's red-carpet debut had a 33-year total age advantage on the young American. The top three finishers in the giant slalom were Olympic champions before they slid out of the start gate. The winner, Tina Maze of Slovenia, hadn't won a gold medal since … the women's downhill Feb. 12. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Maze, 30, probably has ski socks older than Shiffrin.
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February 16, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - The U.S. hockey team scaled a mountain by defeating Russia in a shootout. Coach Dan Bylsma immediately was concerned his team might fall off a cliff emotionally the next day against a lesser foe, Olympic first-timer Slovenia. He need not have worried. Winger Phil Kessel, thriving on the wide ice surface, scored twice in the first 4 minutes 33 seconds and completed a hat trick midway through the second period - all assisted by Joe Pavelski - as the U.S. rolled past plucky but overwhelmed Slovenia, 5-1, Sunday at Shayba Arena in its round-robin finale.
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February 16, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Showing few signs of a letdown after its emotional victory over Russia, the U.S. men's hockey team on Sunday rode a hat trick from Phil Kessel to a 5-1 victory over Slovenia at Shayba Arena in its final preliminary-round game. Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, starting in goal while Jonathan Quick got a day off, stopped 17 shots from the plucky but undersized and overwhelmed Slovenians until Marcel Rodman scored on a long blast with 17.6 seconds left in the third period.
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February 12, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - The women's Olympic downhill at Rosa Khutor did not end Wednesday with American Julia Mancuso winning her fifth Olympic medal and second of these Games. It did not end with race favorite Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany winning her fourth gold medal in her seventh Olympic start. The downhill ended in, of all things, a tie. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi It seems difficult to believe that a sport that relies on precision timing provided by Omega could not settle the difference between two racers, covering 1.7 miles, down a mountain.
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February 5, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Matjaz Kopitar is a familiar sight around the Kings' practice rink in El Segundo, usually watching proudly from upstairs while his son, Anze, hones the skills that have made the younger Kopitar one of the NHL's top centers. Matjaz was around a rink on Wednesday, but he was thousands of miles away from Southern California. And he was on the ice instead of watching as he prepared to coach Team Slovenia in its Olympic hockey debut. “It's a little different,” he said, smiling.
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March 5, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Travcoa's 12-night "Croatia and Slovenia With Montenegro" explores the eastern Adriatic. Participants attend a private choral concert at the Postojna caves, see the mosaics and stained glass of the 12th century Basilica of St. Euphrasius and delve into the aquatic wonders of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Itinerary: Zagreb, Croatia; Ljubljana, Bled and Postojna, Slovenia; Pula, Rovinj, Porec, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Trogir, Split, Ston and Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor and Budva, Montenegro; and back to Dubrovnik.
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June 9, 2002 | Grahame L. Jones
South Africa scored its first World Cup victory Saturday, defeating Slovenia, 1-0, in front of a crowd of 47,226 and positioning itself to possibly advance to the final 16. All the same, 24-year-old forward Siyabonga Nomvethe's fourth-minute goal was something of a fluke. He stooped to head a free kick from teammate Quinton Fortune, missed the ball but saw it bounce off his thigh and into the net.
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January 6, 2014 | Helene Elliott
The Czechs went old, Slovenia chose its only NHL player to lead its Olympic hockey debut, and Switzerland ensured its defense will be more solid than its famous cheese by selecting six NHL players for its Sochi roster. Those federations announced their 25-man rosters Monday, a few days after Team USA unveiled its picks. The remaining teams, including defending champion Canada, will announce their choices Tuesday. Jaromir Jagr , who will turn 42 during his fifth Olympics, 42-year-old former NHLer Petr Nedved and 37-year-old New Jersey forward Patrik Elias will skew the Czechs' average age high in a tournament that puts a premium on youth and speed.
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