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October 18, 2013 | By David Wharton
The African field hockey championships will finally take place in Kenya next month, which might not seem like a big deal until you know the backstory. The 2013 Africa Cup for Nations is proof that sports and politics can never be completely separate. The men's and women's tournament was originally scheduled to take place in Egypt but had to be moved because of political unrest in that country. Officials set a new date for early this month in Kenya. Then terrorists attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in a siege that claimed the lives of at least 67 people and injured many more.
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March 10, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 If there's one big lesson learned from last week's arbitration victory by four private schools over the CIF Southern Section, it's that the section will no longer decide to move private schools from their sports areas for competitive equity reasons. Twice the Southern Section has tried to move La Verne Damien and Glendora St. Lucy's, believing its bylaws provided authority to do so. Twice the schools have won legal decisions to stay put. "There's a message, and we have to accept that message," Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod said.
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SPORTS
August 7, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Camp Kilpatrick, the Malibu-based juvenile detention facility that inspired the 2006 movie "Gridiron Gang," is suspending its one-of-a-kind high school sports program effective in January, said Jerry Powers, chief of the Los Angeles County Probation Department. The camp that can house as many as 110 juvenile inmates is being relocated during a three-year construction project. Football Coach Derek Ayers said his team will have one final season this fall competing in the CIF Southern Section.
SPORTS
February 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 With Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Encino Crespi scheduled to move to different leagues in football this fall, there was talk of ending the neighborhood rivalry game. That has been prevented. The two schools have agreed to meet in a nonleague game at Notre Dame this coming season, Notre Dame Coach Kevin Rooney confirmed on Thursday. Notre Dame is scheduled to play Mira Costa, Birmingham, San Mateo Serra, Crespi, Canyon Country Canyon and San Diego St. Augustine in nonleague games.
SPORTS
February 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 With Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Encino Crespi scheduled to move to different leagues in football this fall, there was talk of ending the neighborhood rivalry game. That has been prevented. The two schools have agreed to meet in a nonleague game at Notre Dame this coming season, Notre Dame Coach Kevin Rooney confirmed on Thursday. Notre Dame is scheduled to play Mira Costa, Birmingham, San Mateo Serra, Crespi, Canyon Country Canyon and San Diego St. Augustine in nonleague games.
SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 If there's one big lesson learned from last week's arbitration victory by four private schools over the CIF Southern Section, it's that the section will no longer decide to move private schools from their sports areas for competitive equity reasons. Twice the Southern Section has tried to move La Verne Damien and Glendora St. Lucy's, believing its bylaws provided authority to do so. Twice the schools have won legal decisions to stay put. "There's a message, and we have to accept that message," Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod said.
WORLD
April 18, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday began a U.S.-Russian youth hockey game opening the world championship competition by declaring a minute of silence for the casualties of the Boston bombings and the West, Texas, explosion. “In recent days, terrible tragedies that claimed lives happened in the country from which the team of our competitors today came: the terrorist act in Boston and the explosion at a Texas plant,” Putin said in televised remarks in the southern city of Sochi.
NEWS
April 16, 1986 | JERRY GILLAM, Times Staff Writer
The Assembly Education Committee on Tuesday approved a "pass to play" bill designed to require public high school students to maintain a C average in order to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports competition. An 8-1 vote sent the bill, by Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) and patterned after a tougher Los Angeles Unified School District policy, to the floor. It would apply to grades 7-12 effective next January.
OPINION
September 13, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
The 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics ended this week with a giant parade through London, where I had fled to recover from back-to-back political conventions in the U.S. There are similarities between these domestic and international spectacles. Truth is, the Olympic Games have never done much for me. In fact, I find them a bit sinister: the strident nationalism; the elevation of victory in a sports competition to the level of something terribly important; the constant insistence that they really are important; the talented young kids who are encouraged to put childhood aside to spend four or 12 or 50 hours a day honing their talents, most of them destined for disappointment; the corporate sponsorship that gets more oppressive every four years; the hectoring theme music, etc. (OK, so I'm a pompous, bloodless, soulless, un-American jerk.
SPORTS
August 13, 2012 | By Philip Hersh
LONDON - In summing up London 2012, the temptation is to deliver a glowing eulogy. Such a discourse, filled with lofty expressions of praise, would reflect the ancient roots of the 17-day festival that ended here Sunday. The praise also would accurately reflect how London did in its third go-around as an Olympic Summer Games host. "Everyone here has had an absolutely amazing time," U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin said. There is no need to temper that observation with the caveat that anyone who won four titles and five total medals and set two world records is likely to have a rather golden perspective on the Olympic kaleidoscope.
SPORTS
October 18, 2013 | By David Wharton
The African field hockey championships will finally take place in Kenya next month, which might not seem like a big deal until you know the backstory. The 2013 Africa Cup for Nations is proof that sports and politics can never be completely separate. The men's and women's tournament was originally scheduled to take place in Egypt but had to be moved because of political unrest in that country. Officials set a new date for early this month in Kenya. Then terrorists attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in a siege that claimed the lives of at least 67 people and injured many more.
WORLD
April 18, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday began a U.S.-Russian youth hockey game opening the world championship competition by declaring a minute of silence for the casualties of the Boston bombings and the West, Texas, explosion. “In recent days, terrible tragedies that claimed lives happened in the country from which the team of our competitors today came: the terrorist act in Boston and the explosion at a Texas plant,” Putin said in televised remarks in the southern city of Sochi.
OPINION
September 13, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
The 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics ended this week with a giant parade through London, where I had fled to recover from back-to-back political conventions in the U.S. There are similarities between these domestic and international spectacles. Truth is, the Olympic Games have never done much for me. In fact, I find them a bit sinister: the strident nationalism; the elevation of victory in a sports competition to the level of something terribly important; the constant insistence that they really are important; the talented young kids who are encouraged to put childhood aside to spend four or 12 or 50 hours a day honing their talents, most of them destined for disappointment; the corporate sponsorship that gets more oppressive every four years; the hectoring theme music, etc. (OK, so I'm a pompous, bloodless, soulless, un-American jerk.
SPORTS
August 13, 2012 | By Philip Hersh
LONDON - In summing up London 2012, the temptation is to deliver a glowing eulogy. Such a discourse, filled with lofty expressions of praise, would reflect the ancient roots of the 17-day festival that ended here Sunday. The praise also would accurately reflect how London did in its third go-around as an Olympic Summer Games host. "Everyone here has had an absolutely amazing time," U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin said. There is no need to temper that observation with the caveat that anyone who won four titles and five total medals and set two world records is likely to have a rather golden perspective on the Olympic kaleidoscope.
SPORTS
August 7, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Camp Kilpatrick, the Malibu-based juvenile detention facility that inspired the 2006 movie "Gridiron Gang," is suspending its one-of-a-kind high school sports program effective in January, said Jerry Powers, chief of the Los Angeles County Probation Department. The camp that can house as many as 110 juvenile inmates is being relocated during a three-year construction project. Football Coach Derek Ayers said his team will have one final season this fall competing in the CIF Southern Section.
SPORTS
July 28, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
The idea for the X Games, the latest edition of which begins Thursday in downtown Los Angeles, was hatched in a Connecticut bookstore by an ESPN employee in 1993. Two years later, the first X Games were held in Rhode Island and, looking back, the action sports event was rather whack. X Games officials looked upon the athletes they corralled, a so-called rebellious lot of adrenaline junkies, and remarked how crazy most of them looked. The athletes, in turn, glared at the "suits" embodying the so-called establishment and wondered if their talents were being appreciated or their image was only being exploited.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 1990 | BARBARA ISENBERG
When members of the Seattle Organizing Committee sat down to plan the 1990 Goodwill Games here, they felt swimming, figure skating and gymnastics were just a start. They wanted Ted Turner's huge international sporting event to have a cultural side too. The result? The Goodwill Games themselves don't start until July 20, but beginning Monday is the Goodwill Arts Festival, four weeks of world-class productions and mini-festivals. Budgeted at $12.
SPORTS
August 15, 2003 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
They traveled from near and far for their first X Games experience. Carmine Anastasio and his 10-year-old son, Dominic, took a red-eye flight from Dayton, Ohio, to reach Staples Center in time for Thursday's official start of the four-day competition. Kristin Hughes and Jackie Rozul, both 19, took a day off from work and drove from Cypress to see their favorite athletes in person for the first time.
NATIONAL
July 18, 2009 | Kim Murphy
Cpl. Anthony Alegre's unit knew the Humvees they drove through the streets of Ramadi, Iraq, were woefully under-armored. They stuffed sandbags in the doors, but when roadside bombs turned the sand into shrapnel, they began wedging pieces of metal and wood around their seats. No use. The car bomb that hit Alegre's patrol on May 29, 2004, killed three of his fellow Marines and left four pieces of metal in his brain. No one expected the 20-year-old infantryman to survive.
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