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SPORTS
December 5, 2013 | Sam Farmer
The Carolina Panthers have won eight in a row, and Sunday are headed to New Orleans for their most daunting challenge of the season. For the 9-3 Panthers, the objective is to thrive in the chaos and noise of the Superdome against a seasoned 9-3 Saints team that's 6-0 in that building. It's in these times that the Panthers lean on All-Pro receiver Steve Smith, who is at his best under pressure, as he was last month when he repeatedly upstaged New England corner Aqib Talib in a 24-20 victory over the Patriots.
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WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Mohamed Juma and Laura King
BENGHAZI, Libya - Relatively few Americans remained in this eastern Libyan city as street battles raged and Islamic militants made ever-bolder forays in recent weeks. But Ronnie Smith, a chemistry teacher at an English-language school, stayed on, planning, colleagues said, to return soon to the United States for Christmas. Smith, 33, of Texas was gunned down Thursday by an unknown assailant or assailants as he jogged in an affluent central neighborhood of Benghazi, not far from the U.S. Consulate where an attack in September 2012 killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
SPORTS
December 2, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Houston defensive end Antonio Smith implied that "spying" or something "just kind of fishy" may have aided the New England Patriots in their 34-31 comeback victory Sunday over the Texans. Hmmmm. A now 9-3 team led by a pair of future Hall of Famers in Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady somehow found a way to overcome a 10-point deficit to defeat a now 2-10 team. Yeah, Smith may be on to something. “Either teams are spying on us or scouting us ... I don't know what it is,” Smith told the Boston Globe.
SPORTS
December 2, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels added some variety to a bullpen filled with power arms and an effective weapon against left-handed hitters with last week's signing of sidearm-throwing right-hander Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75-million deal. Smith, the former Cleveland setup man who turns 30 in March, went 16-9 with a 2.42 earned-run average over the last three years. Relying primarily on a hard sinker and slider designed to produce more groundouts than strikeouts, Smith held left-handed hitters to a .203 batting average (59 for 290)
SPORTS
November 28, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks demoted young wings Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly to minor league Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday. Etem and Smith-Pelly each had one goal and two assists for Norfolk on Wednesday night. Coach Bruce Boudreau said though each of the 21-year-olds will benefit from increased playing time, the move is also a reminder of the first-place team's demand for consistency. Etem scored his sixth goal Tuesday, but also let Dallas' Cody Eakin skate past him to score a third-period goal that started the Stars' three-goal blitz in 53 seconds in the Ducks' 6-3 loss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Anyone familiar with the sound of West Coast jazz from the 1950s knows the sound of Los Angeles-born drummer Chico Hamilton. A musician who often emphasized a subtle musical grace in his playing over snare-rattling runs, Hamilton helped forge the California sound dubbed "cool jazz" in the 1950s and launched the careers of a wealth of jazz artists both as a bandleader and an educator. Hamilton, 92, died at his New York City home Tuesday morning. The cause has not been determined, but Hamilton was diagnosed with emphysema late in life, according to his nephew Raoul Hamilton, who confirmed his death.
SPORTS
November 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels bolstered their bullpen Saturday night, agreeing to terms with former Cleveland Indians setup man Joe Smith on a three-year deal for about $15 million. The signing, confirmed by a person familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly about them, is not expected to be announced until Smith passes a physical. Smith, who turns 30 in March, has been one of the American League's most durable and dependable relievers for the last three seasons, compiling a 16-9 record and 2.42 earned-run average in 197 innings over 213 appearances.
SPORTS
November 22, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 After escaping with a first-round win over Orange Lutheran, No. 3-seeded Long Beach Poly is flexing its muscles behind John "Juju" Smith and Iman Marshall to take a 23-0 halftime lead over St. Bonaventure in a Pac-5 Division quarterfinal game at Ventura College. Smith has a nine-yard touchdown reception and a 62-yard TD run. Marshall has been magnificent on defense, shutting down tight end Bryce Dixon and helping the Jackrabbits hold St. Bonaventure to 24 total yards offense. Jeremy Calhoun has a three-yard touchdown reception.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Retired pro football player Marvel Smith and his wife, Kellie, have listed their home in a gated community in Calabasas for sale at $1.825 million. Built in 1992, the 4,510-square-foot main house and 521-square-foot guesthouse sit on a third-acre lot with a swimming pool, lawn and a barbecue center. Features include a formal entry, high ceilings, an open floor plan, five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Smith, 35, played offensive tackle in the NFL. During his nine years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers he earned two Super Bowl rings.
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