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August 21, 1987 | MARK ARAX, Times Staff Writer
The City of Irwindale and the Los Angeles Raiders, once considered the most unlikely of partners, signed a formal agreement Thursday to build a 65,000-seat stadium in an abandoned rock and gravel quarry along the Foothill Freeway in the little industrial town.
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SPORTS
December 14, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The origin of pro team nicknames ranges from local tradition to fan contests. Here's a snapshot of how the teams in the NBA, MLB, NFL and the NHL got their names, with help from the website Mentalfloss.com: NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSN. Atlanta Hawks - Initially named the Blackhawks like Chicago's hockey team, after the Sauk Indian Chief Black Hawk. It was shortened to Hawks when the team moved to Milwaukee in 1951; the team moved to St. Louis in 1955 and Atlanta in 1968.
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SPORTS
August 3, 1998 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sabrina Sexton and Janelle Frese are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but fighting the same fight for women's professional sports. Sexton, 19, is a year out of Capistrano Valley High School and second-guessing her lack of attention to her studies. Frese, 31, teaches special education in Anaheim and not only won a Southern Section title at Kennedy High in 1984 as a player, but also coached Cypress to a section title eight years ago.
SPORTS
March 3, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Tim Harris once played goalie for the Los Angeles Lazers, an indoor soccer team owned by Jerry Buss. Harris, now an executive with the Lakers, said that as he looks back it was obvious what Buss was doing. "He was setting up these labs for his kids to learn," Harris said. "That's how Jeanie learned and that's how I learned. Jeanie and I chuckle at it now. It wasn't that long ago we were sitting in roller hockey league meetings and now we're sitting in NBA league meetings. " Buss earned his fame and accolades by owning the Lakers and Kings.
SPORTS
March 17, 1988 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
The new Los Angeles team in the Arena Football League got a coach and a nickname Wednesday. Ray Willsey, former Raider assistant, was named head coach and director of football operations of the team that was dubbed the Cobras at a Sports Arena press conference. The league is putting new teams in Detroit, Providence, R.I., and New York, as well as Los Angeles as it expands from four to six teams. Chicago and Pittsburgh are holdover teams from last season. Denver and Washington have dropped out.
SPORTS
May 26, 1988
National Football League owners voted to increase rosters to 47 players and approved the conditional sale of the New England Patriots to Reebok International Chairman Paul Fireman before adjourning their annual spring meeting Wednesday in Miami Beach. Representatives of the league's 28 teams also authorized NFL officials to renegotiate a five-year contract with the sporting goods company that has supplied the official game ball since 1941.
SPORTS
October 11, 1988 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
Laker owner Jerry Buss said Monday he intends to buy another professional baseball or football franchise "within 24 months," but has no plans to sell either the Lakers or the Forum to outside interests. According to sources, Buss' subordinates already have inquired about the availability of the Los Angeles Rams, owned by Georgia Frontiere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1996 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key panel of city lawmakers on Thursday raised serious questions about the proposal to build a sports and entertainment complex at the Los Angeles Convention Center, but decided anyway to send the offer by professional sports team owners to the full City Council. All five members of the city's ad hoc arena proposal panel voiced concerns about details of a plan to spend up to $70.
SPORTS
August 24, 1988
As expected, Bill Musselman, who coached the University of Minnesota basketball team in the early 1970s, was named coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, a National Basketball Assn. expansion team that will begin play in 1989-90.
NEWS
April 6, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The purchase agreement between Frank McCourt and Guggenheim Baseball for the Dodgers, filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Friday afternoon, failed to answer two big questions: What McCourt's future involvement with the team and property might be; and where exactly is the new owner's money coming from. Guggenheim is paying $1,587,798,000 in cash and assuming debts of no more than $412,200,000 to buy the Dodgers from Frank McCourt, according to documents filed. However, Mark Walter, who is designated as "the MLB Control Person" with respect to the team, is the only buyer named in the document.
SPORTS
December 1, 2009 | By Chuck Culpepper
If the Russian metal magnate Mikhail Prokhorov's bid for 80% of the New Jersey Nets seems landmark for its foreignness, just gaze at the motherland. In a United Kingdom whose churning internationalism can make the United States seem cloistered by contrast, foreign ownership of the 20 soccer clubs in the globally towering English Premier League has reached quite a juncture: half. "I'm almost losing track," said Michael Brunskill of the watchdog group Football Supporters' Federation.
SPORTS
August 7, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The first thing you notice about Jorge Vergara are his socks. He's not wearing any. "One day when I was 11 or 12, I thought, 'Why do you wear socks?,' " he says. He couldn't come up with a suitable answer, so he hasn't worn them since. That kind of logic hasn't always played well in the button-down Mexican business world. But it's not the only sector of Mexican society the iconoclastic Vergara is shaking up.
SPORTS
July 18, 2006 | Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Tad Segars boasts that the best seat in his house doubles as one of the best from which to catch the action at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. It's an easy claim to make because the real estate agent's chair sits in a condominium overlooking the racetrack's noisy first turn. When roaring engines drown out polite conversation, Segars shuts the sliding door and watches the action on a big-screen television.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2001 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A cynic might argue that PSINet Inc. should have used red ink in 1999 when it signed a deal to pay $105 million to put its corporate logo on the Baltimore Ravens' new football stadium. Less than three years into its 20-year contract, the Ashburn, Va.-based company has acknowledged that it soon might run out of cash and be forced into a bankruptcy filing.
SPORTS
February 23, 2001 | BILL PLASCHKE
The Kings don't have to listen to me. I believe all ice belongs in a paper cone, crushed and tasting of blueberries. The Kings don't have to monitor the same Los Angeles sports current that daily jolts the Lakers and Dodgers. The average fan here thinks a Ziggy is a drink, and a Palffy is that little umbrella sticking out of the drink. The Kings don't have to pay attention to hardly anybody in this town, because hardly anybody pays attention to them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1998 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Echoing the sentiment of the vast majority of whatever percentage of Los Angeles residents really care, the Los Angeles City Council took an unusually unequivocal stand on a pretty simple issue Friday: The city will not seek the return of the Raiders--or of their owner, Al Davis--to the Coliseum. "I don't think the welcome mat should ever be out," said Councilman Hal Bernson, who wrote the motion. "We have to be cognizant of what transpired when Mr. Davis was here before."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1998 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After shoring up its financial protections, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission approved an agreement Wednesday granting a group led by real estate developer Ed Roski the exclusive right to seek a new professional football team to play in a modernized Coliseum. Although it approved the contract 8-0 at a special open session, the commission's vote was the culmination of last-minute, behind-the-scenes negotiations between its members and Roski's group, New Coliseum Venture.
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