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April 7, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
You can keep your fantasy baseball. I've seen a baseball fan's fantasy -- Peter O'Malley's office. The man whose family owned the Dodgers, of Brooklyn and of L.A., for nearly a half-century has, on one wall of his office, the bats from every championship Dodger team, bearing the names of every player on that team -- Koufax to Campanella. He has a framed 1947 letter to his father, Walter O'Malley, from Babe Ruth. The return address -- just "Babe Ruth, New York. " He has a model of Dodger Stadium, built before the real one by some studio craftsmen, a gift from director-producer Mervyn Leroy.
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TRAVEL
February 28, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
SYDNEY, Australia - The Los Angeles Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia later this month takes place on some of the most hallowed sports turf in the world: the Sydney Cricket Ground. Just for comparison, baseball was being played at these cricket grounds almost 25 years before Fenway Park was built. That's right - baseball. The Sydney stadium, where the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks kick off the Major League Baseball season March 22 and 23, is primarily a cricket venue, although rugby is played there as well.
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BUSINESS
December 23, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
If you check into a hotel in Charlotte, N.C., consider visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame. After all, 2% of the taxes you pay for your hotel room support the facility. Across the country, taxes charged on hotel, car rental and restaurant bills go to a variety of causes besides filling the local government coffers, according to a review of travel-related taxes by the travel planning website Away.com . In Tampa, 0.5% of hotel taxes and 0.5% of car rental taxes are used to help the homeless.
TRAVEL
December 6, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
SOCHI, Russia - The chance snow report. Ticket sales. Train times. Terrorist threats. Construction problems. Civil rights. In this Olympic winter, there's plenty to talk about here. But if your host is translator and guide Anna Trotsenko, those topics probably aren't where the conversation is going to begin. "We're not Istanbul," Trotsenko said earlier this year, leading me through the heart of the town of Sochi. "We are not St. Petersburg. We are not Moscow. ... We are just a small resort city that is not very old. ... A very special city.
SPORTS
August 12, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Do you want to win a bet? Find someone under age 40 and bet that you can take him to the site of Wrigley Field without setting foot in Chicago. Then go to the corner of 42nd Place and Avalon Boulevard and show him the commemorative plaque that marks the location of L.A.'s Wrigley Field, the first home of the Angels. Wrigley Field in Los Angeles was built in 1925 and was home to the Los Angeles Angels and Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League, and was the first home of the current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who played there in 1961.
SPORTS
September 25, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
In the sort of exercise guaranteed to launch debates all across the country, ESPN.com's Jim Caple compiled a list of what he considers to be America's 100 "most important" sports venues. Caple was quick to point out that the selections were not a popularity contest but simply ranked venues "that have had a profound influence on the way American sports are played or have enjoyed multiple historic moments or, better yet, have had both." So how did California fare?
TRAVEL
September 16, 2007 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
Everywhere in the Chinese capital, it seems, something new is on the rise -- or something old is being renovated. These changes were largely spurred by the 2008 Olympics but will leave a lasting mark on the city. Here are some of the things visitors will find going up around Beijing. A third terminal at Beijing Capital International Airport, about 15 miles northeast of the city, is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.
SPORTS
May 25, 2002
Kobe Bryant should have been suspicious when the tall waiter who delivered that cheeseburger looked an awful lot like Vlade Divac. Eddie Koblitz Los Angeles Is Shaq Deep Throat or just Big Mouth? I don't know. But I do know that you did not report the story. The dominant big man on the championship team did not make what you characterized as "thinly veiled complaints about the officiating." He alleged game fixing, fraud and a criminal conspiracy to extend the series through biased officiating for the monetary benefit of the NBA. Hot air?
SPORTS
January 20, 1985 | United Press International
More than 2,000 athletes from 24 countries will compete in the inaugural Australia Games to be held in Melbourne, Jan. 26-Feb. 3. Some of the world's best athletes, including the Russian and Bulgarian national weightlifting teams who boycotted the Los Angeles Olympics, will compete in the the sporting festival in 21 "high and medium profile" sports.
TRAVEL
February 28, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
SYDNEY, Australia - The Los Angeles Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia later this month takes place on some of the most hallowed sports turf in the world: the Sydney Cricket Ground. Just for comparison, baseball was being played at these cricket grounds almost 25 years before Fenway Park was built. That's right - baseball. The Sydney stadium, where the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks kick off the Major League Baseball season March 22 and 23, is primarily a cricket venue, although rugby is played there as well.
SPORTS
October 30, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON -- The consensus among economists is not one that America's professional sports leagues like to hear. The taxpayers get no significant financial return from paying to build a ballpark or a football stadium or a sports arena. The lesson has been learned in California. The San Francisco Giants paid for their new ballpark. The Dodgers paid to renovate theirs. The Oakland Athletics would love to pay for one in San Jose, but the commissioner, the Giants and the courts stand in their way. If the argument is that public funding for sports facilities makes no sense, the opposing argument could be heard, seen and felt all around Fenway Park on Wednesday.
SPORTS
August 12, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Do you want to win a bet? Find someone under age 40 and bet that you can take him to the site of Wrigley Field without setting foot in Chicago. Then go to the corner of 42nd Place and Avalon Boulevard and show him the commemorative plaque that marks the location of L.A.'s Wrigley Field, the first home of the Angels. Wrigley Field in Los Angeles was built in 1925 and was home to the Los Angeles Angels and Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League, and was the first home of the current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who played there in 1961.
SPORTS
March 16, 2013 | By David Wharton
No one doubts that Los Angeles is ready, willing and able to host another Summer Olympics. There are a handful of major league sports venues and an ample fan base, not to mention a reliably sunny climate, all of which contributed to two successful Games in the past. "L.A. is the one place in the world that is always ready to host," said Anita DeFrantz, an International Olympic Committee member and longtime resident. "It's a city that loves sports. " But that doesn't mean the U.S. Olympic Committee or the IOC necessarily favors returning to Southern California.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2013 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Home Depot Center, the 125-acre sports facility in Carson home to two Major League Soccer teams, will become StubHub Center in June. Online ticket resale outlet StubHub, a subsidiary of EBay Inc., will replace retailer Home Depot as the name sponsor of the $150-million multiuse sports venue owned by entertainment giant AEG. The duration and financial terms of the multiyear agreement were not disclosed. Home Depot paid $70 million for its 10-year sponsorship that is ending. This is the first name sponsorship of a public venue for StubHub, said Danielle Maged, global head of partnerships and business development at the San Francisco company.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
If you check into a hotel in Charlotte, N.C., consider visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame. After all, 2% of the taxes you pay for your hotel room support the facility. Across the country, taxes charged on hotel, car rental and restaurant bills go to a variety of causes besides filling the local government coffers, according to a review of travel-related taxes by the travel planning website Away.com . In Tampa, 0.5% of hotel taxes and 0.5% of car rental taxes are used to help the homeless.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles officials promised Monday to take new steps to protect the city's interests in pending agreements for a new downtown NFL stadium now that the company looking to develop the project has been put up for sale. With a final vote on the $1.5-billion stadium and convention center upgrade set for Friday, Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller told a City Council panel that he was drafting language to make sure whoever gains control of Anschutz Entertainment Group - the sports and entertainment giant proposing the project - has experience running major sports venues.
SPORTS
March 16, 2013 | By David Wharton
No one doubts that Los Angeles is ready, willing and able to host another Summer Olympics. There are a handful of major league sports venues and an ample fan base, not to mention a reliably sunny climate, all of which contributed to two successful Games in the past. "L.A. is the one place in the world that is always ready to host," said Anita DeFrantz, an International Olympic Committee member and longtime resident. "It's a city that loves sports. " But that doesn't mean the U.S. Olympic Committee or the IOC necessarily favors returning to Southern California.
TRAVEL
December 6, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
SOCHI, Russia - The chance snow report. Ticket sales. Train times. Terrorist threats. Construction problems. Civil rights. In this Olympic winter, there's plenty to talk about here. But if your host is translator and guide Anna Trotsenko, those topics probably aren't where the conversation is going to begin. "We're not Istanbul," Trotsenko said earlier this year, leading me through the heart of the town of Sochi. "We are not St. Petersburg. We are not Moscow. ... We are just a small resort city that is not very old. ... A very special city.
SPORTS
May 4, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers' new owners will pay $14 million per year to rent the parking lots from an entity half-owned by Frank McCourt, according to land-use documents intended to "facilitate the orderly development" of the property surrounding Dodger Stadium. The potential uses for the property include shops and restaurants, homes and offices, and another sports venue, according to documents obtained Friday by The Times. The documents also discuss the possibility of parking structures on the land.
NEWS
April 7, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
You can keep your fantasy baseball. I've seen a baseball fan's fantasy -- Peter O'Malley's office. The man whose family owned the Dodgers, of Brooklyn and of L.A., for nearly a half-century has, on one wall of his office, the bats from every championship Dodger team, bearing the names of every player on that team -- Koufax to Campanella. He has a framed 1947 letter to his father, Walter O'Malley, from Babe Ruth. The return address -- just "Babe Ruth, New York. " He has a model of Dodger Stadium, built before the real one by some studio craftsmen, a gift from director-producer Mervyn Leroy.
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