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December 15, 2011 | Chris Erskine
This just in: NBC has traded Bob Costas to CBS for Ashton Kutcher and the entire library of "Green Acres" reruns. The deal has not been finalized, but Chris Paul has threatened to try to block the deal, citing many of the "Green Acres" episodes as kind of schlocky and in need of another rewrite. This just in: Washington has traded the Lincoln Memorial to St. Louis for the Arch, three Italian joints and the Rams. Chris Paul has sued to try to block the deal, citing the Rams as a fictional entity with no real market value.
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April 7, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Somewhere, lost in the sleaze that all so often defines what college basketball has become, are the overlooked culprits. Mom and Dad. We in the media rant on and on about AAU coaches and summer leagues and slimeball agents (is that redundant?). We harp on coaches who cheat to get the blue-chip player and college administrators who look the other way. We make fun of the NCAA because it is so big and pompous and obtuse and full of itself and makes so much money off the pimpled backs of teenagers.
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November 7, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Perhaps no news story in recent decades carried with it the shock attendant to the Lakers' Magic Johnson announcing he was retiring from basketball because he had contracted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Was it possible? The 6-foot-9 dynamo from Michigan State, the big guy with the big smile that had illuminated NBA arenas for 12 seasons? The shock rocked the sports world. In New York, Pat Riley was preparing to coach his Knicks against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden.
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March 27, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Derek Jeter is a captain of the New York Yankees and, by definition, a leader of that team. He has helped the Yankees win five World Series championships and has done nothing off the field to sully his image or that of the team. The players love him. Fans adore him. All qualities of a great leader ... of a sports team. But Fortune magazine may have taken Jeter-worship to a ridiculous new level by naming the Yankees shortstop the 11th greatest leader in the world. Not just the sports world, mind you, but the entire planet.
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December 9, 2009 | Bill Plaschke
It dominated this year's sports scene like a black-tasseled whip. Athletes were embarrassed by it, executives were crushed under it, and at least one former Notre Dame football coach tripped over it and fell on his big fat face. FOR THE RECORD: Athletes' transgressions: A column by Bill Plaschke in the Dec. 9 Sports section about media coverage of the many transgressions of sports figures this year said we were treated to reports about allegations made in court that basketball star Dwyane Wade had given his wife a sexually transmitted disease.
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November 10, 1991 | MIKE DOWNEY
You say you want to know what's wrong with USC football. You say you can't imagine how a football team from USC could lose six of nine games. You say you still don't understand how a football team from USC could lose to Memphis State at home by 14 points, but lose to Notre Dame at South Bend by only four. You say you wonder why a football team from USC can hold Washington to 14 points and Penn State to 10, but give up 32 to Arizona State and 52 to Cal.
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June 20, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Recently, the world of sports has gone off the rails. It made a right turn at Indy. It has become a bunch of Seinfeld episodes. It has triggered furrowed brows and disbelieving shrugs. As Yogi Berra would say, "You can observe a lot just by watching. " The sports planet clearly slipped out of orbit a tad at NHL playoff time, but that one could get past the weird test. The Kings got hot, they were as due as a Chicago Cubs fan on life support, and they won the Stanley Cup, spectacularly.
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October 4, 2009 | Eddie Pells and Paul Newberry, Pells and Newberry write for the Associated Press.
Lance Armstrong takes his message straight to his 2 million followers on Twitter. NASCAR signs up former newspaper writers-turned-bloggers to follow the sport in tough economic times. The NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball hire their own reporters to cover their leagues, while college conferences try to limit access to events in the lucrative Internet world, where websites such as Facebook can provide instant game coverage. "When I log onto my computer in the morning, I'm putting up three screens," said NASCAR's Ramsey Poston, who launched a "Citizen Journalist Media Corps" this year.
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December 5, 1992 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the month since Magic Johnson walked away from basketball, the NBA has returned to the business of glorifying its product. Perhaps only the Lakers are feeling the impact of Johnson's absence. The rest of the league, it seems, has moved on . . . and away from the AIDS issue. But for Michael Mellman, Johnson's physician, the subject did not end when the Laker guard re-retired Nov. 4 in the wake of criticism from some players. "Something's wrong here. It just doesn't sit right," Mellman said.
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July 13, 2009 | CHRIS ERSKINE
I have no time or patience for sentiment. But it occurs to me that there's a little 6-year-old in all sports fans -- or at least there should be. Six-year-olds don't worry about drug tests or collective-bargaining agreements. They don't care about Scott Boras' counteroffer, or what the presiding officer has to say about blood-alcohol levels. Six-year-olds just want to win, baby. Here, according to a 6-year-old boy I know, is how various sports would differ if you turned them over to the kids.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2013 | By John Horn
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival will add a sports-oriented component to next year's gathering in Texas, calling the new venture SXsports. As part of the SXsports programming, FiveThirtyEight blogger Nate Silver, who left The New York Times for ESPN in July, will be among the speakers at the festival, set to run March 7-9 in Austin. Other invited speakers include Bill Simmons, the editor in chief of Grantland.com. Festival organizers said the sports programming will include film screenings, panels and speeches.
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August 26, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Keith Olbermann has been without a regular show for a little over a year and a half, but Monday night, he's back with "Olbermann," set to debut on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. Eastern. But those political junkies who got hooked on the outspoken broadcaster's "Special Comment" rants may have to look elsewhere for their outrage. Olbermann has said he won't be doing much political talk in the new show, which will have a focus on sports. He will, however, have license to discuss pop culture and current events.
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July 24, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Keith Olbermann has been known in the last several years for his fiery political views and for battling with his bosses. But he'll leave that behind when he starts up his new weeknight talk show next month on ESPN2. During a press tour session to promote "Olbermann," the host said the focus would be solidly on sports. "I've done and enjoyed and own the work that I've done, but that's not what this is," Olbermann said. He said his most recent stints at MSNBC and Current TV "took a lot out of me, and were not that much fun. " He is returning to a network where he also clashed with bosses during the 1990s when he hosted "SportsCenter.
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May 1, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer
NBA player Jason Collins' decision to come out as gay continues to be the biggest news of the week -- a story amplified by the comments of basketball analyst Chris Broussard on ESPN 's "Outside the Lines" calling homosexuality "an open rebellion to God. " In the immediate 24 hours following Collins' announcement, the most poignant counterbalance to Broussard's opine came from “Inside the NBA” host and former player Kenny Smith - who evoked...
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April 29, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Jason Collins had long been keeping a secret. As a standout high school player at Harvard-Westlake School, as a star at Stanford and through a 12-year NBA career, he had hidden something fundamental about himself from his family, friends and teammates. On Monday Collins came out, becoming the first active male athlete in a major U.S. professional team sport to acknowledge he was gay. The reaction was swift. President Obama, who just last year gave his support for gay marriage, called Collins to say "he was impressed by his courage," according to a White House Twitter post.
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April 23, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK--Nearly all sports documentaries follow a rise and fall pattern, sometimes changing up the sequence but rarely the elements.  The good ones, though, manage to follow the formula with style and depth. It's easy to make the case that the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere "McConkey," a new documentary from a group of directors working for Red Bull's media arm, falls in the latter category. The profile of the extreme-sports pioneer Shane McConkey is both remarkable to look at and, at a screening I attended, didn't leave a dry eye in the house.
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April 18, 1993 | MITCH POLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Raider defensive lineman Howie Long first met Dominic Aguilar, a 4-year-old from Torrance who was severely burned when his home was destroyed by fire in December, he couldn't help but think of his own children. "I have three small children of my own and the thing you realize is this kind of thing could happen to anyone," Long said. "He's not unlike any of my kids. He's just a 4-year-old boy who happens to have been burned." Long met Aguilar, an avid sports fan, in early March.
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June 21, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
Here's a book title you won't be seeing soon: The Joy of Being a Referee. These are not salad days for those who blow whistles, drop flags or wear chest protectors. Same for those policing other sports, even those sitting in tall chairs and getting suntans at tennis matches. It isn't just the Tim Donaghy saga. Yes, he poisoned the pool and got us all thinking about the fragile line we walk by trusting the people in charge of our games.
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April 15, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Reactions on Twitter have been coming in quickly since a pair of explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday killed two people and injured dozens of others. Members of the sports world have been checking in with heartfelt statements. College basketball announcer Dick Vitale called the bombings "gutless," "cowardly" and "sick. " NBA superstar LeBron James wondered in a tweet, "WTF is wrong with people man," while NFL legend Jerry Rice asked, "What has this world come to?"
AUTOS
March 27, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Land Rover, citing the New York area's market as its largest in the world for its Range Rover Sport SUV, brought an all-new version to the 2013 New York International Auto Show on Tuesday night. Designed as an amalgamation of the compact Evoque crossover and the full-size Range Rover -- the unofficial minivan of Beverly Hills -- the Sport draws design cues from both. The second-generation Sport is 2.5 inches longer and rides on a wheelbase that's 7 inches longer than its five-passenger predecessor.
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