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AUTOS
April 11, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
BMW will recall 156,000 sports sedans and sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with the 6-cylinder engines in the vehicles. The move is part of a global action to call back nearly 500,000 vehicles, including 232,000 in China. BMW said it has received reports of the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing unit housing becoming loose and in some instances breaking. That triggers the “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light on the dashboard.
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SPORTS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - In its ascent up the mountain of American popular culture, the NFL has studiously protected its brand, turning down many Hollywood offers to collaborate and limiting the extent of the partnerships it has forged. So much for all that. The NFL's famously cautious mindset goes the way of leather helmets and the single-wing offense on Friday when Summit Entertainment releases "Draft Day," a film from and about professional football. The movie - the product of a marriage brokered by Hollywood mainstay WME - thrusts the league into the world of big-time film and sets a new standard for cooperation between a professional sports entity and entertainment-world heavyweights.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
With all the talk in fashion circles about the resurgence of Birkenstocks, furkenstocks, faux-kenstocks or whatever you want to call them, it was inevitable that the nostalgic crugly (crunchy ugly) footwear march would eventually come around to Tevas, the beloved 1990s-era Velcro sandals.  The brand arrived in L.A. in a big way this week, making a push to “own festival season” by setting up a gifting suite for style influencers to pick up its famous sport sandals to wear during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival starting this weekend.
SPORTS
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.
OPINION
April 7, 2014 | By Mark Brilliant
The NCAA must be feeling a bit like Dr. Frankenstein these days: assailed by college football and men's basketball players who reject the NCAA's precious, but mostly mythic, notion that they are student-athletes. At Northwestern University, a group of football players scored a first-round victory before the National Labor Relations Board in a campaign to be recognized as "employees" eligible to unionize. For some college football fans, this evokes disturbing images of burly 18- to 22-year-old player-proletarians marching on picket lines instead of lined up on offensive or defensive lines, much less seated in classrooms.
SPORTS
April 7, 2014 | By Gary Klein
The ball teetered on the lip of the 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club. It was 2005, and after Tiger Woods' now-famous chip shot fell in for a birdie and Woods went on to win the Masters for the fourth time, Jim Michaelian made a decision. With Woods' popularity and Tiger-driven television ratings soaring, Michaelian was convinced that the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach should not be run on the same day that the winner of a golf major was being fitted for a green jacket.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By James Barragan
By the time two of the L.A. KISS' star players were lowered from the Honda Center ceiling during introductions for the team's home opener, the team's fans were ready to rock and roll all night and party every down. Behind four touchdowns from wide receiver Donovan Morgan and a league-record six sacks in one game for Beau Bell, the KISS won its first game at its home venue in Anaheim, 44-34, in front of 12,045 fans. The victory improved the KISS' record to 2-1 while setting a league record of 11 team sacks in one game.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Joe Flint
An average of 37,000 people have watched the Dodgers this week on their new television home, SportsNet LA, according to Nielsen. That pales in comparison to the first two games last season on Fox-owned Prime Ticket, both of which averaged around 300,000 viewers. Of course, Prime Ticket is available everywhere while SportsNet LA is currently only on Time Warner Cable, which is handing distribution for the channel. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll         Angel ratings, meanwhile, are off to a strong start.
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