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August 17, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - So far, congressional efforts to put the brakes on military sponsorship of NASCAR races, bass fishing, pro wrestling and other sporting events have gone nowhere. But the effort could gain new life as pressure builds for lawmakers to rein in federal spending.  The military, which regards its sponsorship of sporting events as a valuable recruiting tool, is expected to spend at least $80 million this year on such efforts. But a growing number of lawmakers say the spending should stop in the face of budget deficits.
April 22, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins and Kevin Baxter
RIO DE JANEIRO - In 50 days the best athletes in the world's most popular sport will convene in Brazil, one of soccer's sacred spiritual homes, for the game's most important tournament. It will be a powerful, uplifting tribute to the "beautiful game" that Brazilians have shaped for decades and the new status of a confident, rising global power in Latin America. Locals and foreigners will marvel at shiny new stadiums and glide across the continent-sized country on upgraded infrastructure.
September 22, 1989 | From Associated Press
Athletic events today and through the weekend will be rescheduled because of Hurricane Hugo (Story, Page 1). Today's races at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course were canceled, track spokesman Jeff Weissman said. Saturday's card was not expected to be affected. The $249,738 Breeders Crown Horse and Gelding Trot, scheduled for today at Freestate Raceway in Laurel, Md., has been postponed until Saturday when it will be the 11th on Freestate's card.
April 10, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
The Arcadia Invitational will be filled with terrific athletes. It has become one of the best high school sporting events in Southern California. Hurdlers must have a fearless gene in their body, and junior Torrey Atkins of Menifee Heritage High shows every indication he has one. He attacks each hurdle with a focus and determination that allow him to fly over obstacles as if they weren't in his way. "I feel I'm shooting out like a rocket," he said. Two weeks ago, he ran a personal-best time of 14.17 seconds in the 110 high hurdles at the Mt. Carmel Invitational.
January 14, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
The Consumer Electronics Show's exhibitors have long employed lavish parties, Hollywood star power and Las Vegas headliners to draw attention to a new technology. Seldom, however, has a promotion involved organized fisticuffs. ESPN, Walt Disney Co.'s dominant sports network, put on the gloves — literally — in its promotion of 3-D television by staging a series of boxing matches in the center of the annual event's exhibit hall Thursday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
September 15, 1999 | Stephen Gregory
A four-day conference on issues in sports-event management and sports-related travel starts today at Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The conference will include workshops and panel discussions on topics such as bidding on sporting events, running and promoting them and creating related travel packages. For more information, call (310) 577-3700.
April 22, 1990
Cal State Long Beach will present its fifth annual Kaleidoscope festival and open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The festival will feature a variety of children's activities in science, art, music and sports. A mobile science museum will provide a "touch tank" allowing participants to handle a variety of sea animals such as starfish and sea slugs. There also will be viewing tanks with crabs, lobsters, turtles and tarantulas.
June 20, 1991
The City Council has approved the purchase of a portable concession trailer as a cheap alternative to building more snack bars in Norwalk parks. The 16-foot trailer will be available for loan throughout the year to youth and community organizations such as the Norwalk-Santa Fe Springs Youth Football group and the All-City Band. The groups will be able to use the trailer to sell hot dogs and soft drinks at area sporting events.
February 19, 1989 | From Associated Press
More than a foot of snow fell Saturday over parts of the Northwest and the mid-Atlantic Coast, canceling airline flights, closing one highway with an avalanche and shutting down weekend sporting events. Rivers flooded by five days of rain, meanwhile, slowly receded in Kentucky and Tennessee, where hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes. Up to 17 inches of snow had fallen on northern North Carolina in Warren and Stokes counties, and 14 inches was reported at historic Williamsburg, Va.
June 11, 1993 | Jerry Gillam, Times Staff Writer
A special tax could be levied on tickets sold to professional sporting events to help finance high school sports competition under legislation that has been narrowly approved by the Assembly. A 42-27 vote, one more than the 41-vote majority required for approval, sent the bill (AB 238) by Assemblywoman Dede Alpert (D-Coronado) to the Senate.
April 9, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
AUGUSTA, Ga. - It was a quiet, nondescript moment deep in the pine trees at the end of a sunny practice round. It was a moment unspoiled by smartphones or smart alecks. It was the perfect Masters moment. At a spot where fans could cross the 18th fairway Wednesday afternoon, the marshals did not spot any oncoming golfers and dropped the ropes. But the fans didn't move. In the distance, they could hear a shuffling and a whistling, and so they waited. And waited. Finally, coming down the hill, with no caddie or entourage, accompanied only by his twirling golf club, was smiling former Masters champion Angel Cabrera.
March 24, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Tim Warner, chief executive of Cinemark Holdings Inc., admits he'd never heard of the popular science fiction series "Doctor Who. " So the Montana native was skeptical when executives at BBC Wordwide approached him about the idea of screening a simulcast of the 50th anniversary episode of the cult-classic British TV series in Cinemark theaters across Latin America and the U.S. In late November, hundreds of "Whovians" showed up at more than...
March 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
Most college fans would be hard-pressed to tell you anything about the Eastern Kentucky basketball team. The school from just south of Lexington has no All-Americans on its roster. The coach isn't famous and the fight song isn't particularly catchy. But when the NCAA tournament begins later this week, don't be surprised if people start paying attention to - and rooting for - the Colonels. The reason is simple. As forward Deverin Muff says: "They want to see us upset a big school.
February 23, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - What will be the secret to future Olympic success for the extreme-sports crowd? That's easy. Just keep adding new events and the medal count for U.S. snowboarders and freestyle skiers will probably stay at a high level. Setbacks in Sochi were offset by the new kids on the slopestyle rail and freeski halfpipe. There were opportunities for eight more gold medals that were not there in Vancouver in 2010. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi And the United States took terrific advantage of the expanded program.
November 1, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Acting Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn is not taking it easy during her final days as head of the regulatory agency. On Friday, Clyburn circulated a proposal to do away with the 40-year-old sports blackout rules, which allow the National Football League to blackout television coverage of games in a team's home market if it isn't sold out within 72 hours of kickoff. “Changes in the marketplace have raised questions about whether these rules are still in the public interest, particularly at a time when high ticket prices and the economy make it difficult for many sports fans to attend games," Clyburn said in a statement.
September 3, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor proposals to further curb cellphone use by teenage drivers and to clamp down on scalpers who electronically scoop up blocks of tickets for concerts and sporting events. The cellphone measure would bar those younger than 18 from using voice-operated hands-free texting programs while behind the wheel. They already are banned from using cellphones while driving, even with hands-free devices. "Distractions from using a voice-operated device endanger not only the driver but other motorists as well as pedestrians," said the bill's author, state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton)
Rollen Frederick Stewart, the flamboyant "Rainbow Man" recognized nationwide for donning a multicolored shock wig and waving religious placards during televised sports events, was found guilty Wednesday of setting off stink bombs at four Orange County locations. Stewart, 48, could face as long as five years in prison for placing homemade, acid-filled bombs with timers at three religious facilities and in the lobby of a local newspaper in 1991.
February 3, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Just days before the Super Bowl, government authorities in New York shut down 10 streaming websites accused of illegally showing live and pay-per-view sports events. Content on popular websites such as, and was replaced by a note saying that the domain names were seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials through warrants obtained by the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York. The other sites shut down Monday were HQ-Streams.
August 19, 2013 | Frank Shyong
The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be the largest sporting event to hit Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics -- a logistical enterprise that seems impossible when you walk into the organizing committee's office downtown. About a dozen employees work out of the donated space, a cluster of empty cubicles strewn with half-opened boxes of business cards and printers that haven't been plugged in yet. But in two years, a full-time staff of 160 and an estimated 30,000 volunteers will put on competitions throughout Los Angeles for more than 7,000 athletes in an event that will bring an estimated $415 million to the regional economy.
April 15, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday his department will increase officer deployments at sporting events in response to explosions that killed at least two and injured nearly two dozen others at the Boston Marathon. Beginning with the Dodgers-San Diego Padres baseball game Monday evening, Beck said the additional police presence would include deployment of bomb-squad personnel, dogs and other "precautions geared to preventing a similar event. " "We will be increasing deployment at all scheduled sporting events in the near future," Beck said.  "I've already been in contact with the Dodgers about this.
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