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August 28, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Kickboxing is coming to the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Sept. 8. Fight organization K-1, which recently signed a television deal with the Spike cable channel, is to stage 12 or more kickboxing fights on the Sports Arena card, with eight men entered in the U.S. Grand Prix Championships' heavyweight division. Tickets have been on sale since late July, and K-1 Chief Executive Doug Kaplan said a sellout is possible. "It's a very fast, stand-up style of fighting -- more of an action show, much more international, and about 70% of the fights end in knockouts," Kaplan said.
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November 24, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Here's something that doesn't happen often in a musical climate overrun with less hearty breeds. A God's honest arena rock band, Pearl Jam, gigging a sold-out concert in an actual arena and illustrating  the ways in which a perfectly healthy beast can thrive in its natural habitat.  Appearing at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Saturday for the first of two nights in support of its heavy, confident new album, "Lightning Bolt," the five-piece Seattle...
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OPINION
November 2, 1997
It looks as though we shall have a new sports arena before we get the Disney Concert Hall. What a sad commentary on our value system! DORIS DUNN Pacific Palisades
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Union stagehands will be picketing Pearl Jam's concerts this weekend at the Los Angeles Sports Arena over the facility's use of nonunion stage crews for those shows. A statement from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) claims that officials at USC, which the Coliseum Commission recently awarded a contract to operate the Sports Arena and the adjacent L.A. Memorial Coliseum, is hiring nonunion workers, including some from out of state, to staff the Pearl Jam concerts on Saturday and Sunday.
SPORTS
December 10, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Amir Khan's comeback fight Saturday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena will be preceded by boxing's return to network television. Leo Santa Cruz (22-0-1, 13 knockouts), the 24-year-old International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion, will defend his belt for the third time, against Mexico's Alberto Guevara (16-0, six KOs), in a bout that CBS will televise. It's the first time boxing has been on the network in more than 15 years, when Bernard Hopkins knocked out Glen Johnson in the 11 th round.
SPORTS
November 5, 1993
Because of freeway construction on I-110 near the Sports Arena, the Martin Luther King Boulevard southbound and northbound off-ramps will be closed for the 1993-94 basketball season. Fans are asked to use the Exposition Boulevard and Vernon off- ramps from I-110. From I-10, take the Vermont Avenue exit south to Martin Luther King Boulevard.
SPORTS
April 7, 1994 | RANDY HARVEY
Figure skating's competitive season ends this week with the $350,000 Hershey's Kisses Pro-Am at the Sports Arena. Competition in men's and women's singles, pairs and dance begins tonight with technical programs and ends Friday night with freestyle programs. Michelle Kwan, 13, of Torrance, is favored to add the women's title to those she won earlier this season in the U.S. Olympic Festival and the world junior championships.
SPORTS
August 20, 1988 | DON PATTERSON
Wayne Gretzky will make his first Southern California appearance as a Los Angeles King on Sept. 27 in San Diego when the Kings play the Winnipeg Jets in an NHL exhibition game at 7:30 p.m. at the Sports Arena. Gretzky, acquired in an Aug. 9 trade with the Edmonton Oilers, already has generated enthusiasm in Los Angeles; the Kings have reported more than 6,000 season ticket requests since the trade. Sports Arena President Vincent Ciruzzi is hoping the game will spread some interest to San Diego.
SPORTS
January 11, 1998 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
The Lakers are planning to file a complaint with the league office Monday to protest what they believe is the latest example of one of their players being deliberately slighted by Clipper statisticians when the teams play at the Sports Arena. John Black, the Lakers' public relations director, said he will send a letter to NBA vice president of communications Brian McIntyre and ask that the league review film from Friday's game and recount the number of assists for Nick Van Exel.
SPORTS
March 29, 1990
Promoter Lou Falcigno announced Wednesday he will be presenting a boxing card featuring five fighters from the Soviet Union on April 17 at the San Diego Sports Arena. Former North American Boxing Federation champion Tony "Bazooka" DeLuca, will also fight on the card. The five Soviet fighters began their tour Tuesday night in Reno, Nev. with five victories. Super heavyweight Yuri Vaulin, 26, is considered to be the most talented of the Soviet fighters on tour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
An army of doctors, nurses, dentists and other health workers on Thursday began providing free care to a steady stream of patients at the annual Care Harbor clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Care Harbor founder Don Manelli estimated that 700 to 800 people would receive free care by the end of the day Thursday. In all, the clinic expects to serve about 4,000 Angelenos--many of whom don't have insurance, or don't have coverage for services like dentistry or vision care.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
While politicians continue to debate Obamacare, a large crowd of uninsured and underinsured people lined up outside the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Monday morning, hoping to get free health and dental care at this year's annual Care Harbor clinic. Some camped out overnight. Others trickled in during the wee hours. By 8 a.m., organizers estimated, a couple thousand people were waiting calmly in a line that snaked around the Los Angeles Sports Arena, doubling back on itself. At the head of the line, they received wristbands marked with the day of the week they could return for care -- Thursday through Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
The California Science Center gave final approval Wednesday to a deal that grants USC control over the publicly owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and nearly all of its revenue for the next century. With no debate, the lease agreement passed on a voice vote by five of the eight Science Center board members, all appointed by the governor's office. Finalizing the arrangement took more than a year longer than the Coliseum's governing commission had hoped, largely because its secretive handling of the lease deliberations alienated key backers of the Science Center and two other museums that share Exposition Park with the stadium.
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September 5, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A last-minute bill to streamline environmental review of a basketball arena proposed in Sacramento is drawing flak from three high-profile groups that support strict scrutiny. The gut-and-amend bill is a threat to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), according to Sierra Club California, the Planning and Conservation League and the Center for Biological Diversity. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has proposed legislation that would expedite judicial review of the project once an environmental impact report is done.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
If you listened very closely on Tuesday night during Black Sabbath's return to the city, you could hear the Big Bang of heavy metal echoing through the sweat-drenched Los Angeles Sports Arena.  It was buried in the slow, menacing guitar lines of guitarist Tony Iommi, and propelled by Geezer Butler's cavernous bass lines. And it was in the unholy yowl of Ozzy Osbourne, 64, shuffling along the stage like a retired vampire in search of a blood nurse, who long ago moved beyond a parody of himself to become a virtual trademark in black.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | Randy Lewis
It's entirely possible that the Forum arena in Inglewood narrowly escaped the wrecking ball only because of a segment on CBS' newsmagazine “60 Minutes.” As Madison Square Garden Co. moves forward on its plan to return the Forum to a place of prominence in the Southern California live music scene, MSG Executive Chairman James L. Dolan credits veteran artist manager and music industry executive Irving Azoff for planting the idea to bring the...
OPINION
June 26, 2013
Re "Public may get little in stadium deal," June 23 The Times' story about the public getting little in return from the deal to give USC control over the taxpayer-owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was very one-sided. Of course USC should run the Coliseum and put the profits back into improving the building. The state, county and city have proved beyond any question that they have been inept in their attempts to run the city's most famous sports venue. With the university across the street from the Coliseum, it is in everyone's best interest to turn it over to USC, which promises to fix up the place.
SPORTS
June 21, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC Athletic Director Pat Haden is calling on USC fans to support the school in its bid to assume operational responsibility of the Coliseum and Sports Arena. This month, The Times reported that supporters of the California Science Center and the African American Museum said the plan would slash attendance and divert millions of dollars in parking receipts to USC. A vote by the California Science Center board is scheduled for Tuesday at the Science Center. This week, Marvin Holen, a trustee for the Science Center's fundraising foundation, said state negotiators had failed to come up with better terms for the taxpayer-owned museum since reopening talks with the university.
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