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March 10, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Steven Cohen, the hedge-fund billionaire bidding to buy the Dodgers, received a private tour of the team's spring home on Saturday. Cohen flew to the Phoenix area in advance of Monday's meetings between Dodgers bidders and a committee of Major League Baseball owners. Cohen is widely considered one of three favorites to buy the team, along with St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke and a group led by Magic Johnson and veteran baseball executive Stan Kasten. Cohen has an estimated net worth of $8.3 billion and Kroenke an estimated net worth of $3.2 billion, according to Forbes.
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March 27, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
AT THE PLATE: Hanley Ramirez doubled his spring home run total with a pair of solo shots - one to right, one to left - for the Dodgers. Dee Gordon got his fifth triple of the spring in the ninth. Kole Calhoun and Howie Kendrick each had two-run singles for the Angels. ON THE MOUND: Zack Greinke, in his final tuneup before his first regular-season start Tuesday in San Diego, held the Angels to one hit through four innings before giving up two runs and three hits in the fifth.
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March 13, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Stan Kasten, the veteran baseball executive leading one of three groups considered as front-runners in the Dodgers bidding, toured Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Kasten and Mark Walter, the money man behind Guggenheim Baseball Partners, met in Phoenix with major league owners on Monday. The third primary partner, Magic Johnson, was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict. The other two leading contenders among the bidders: hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen, who toured Camelback Ranch on Saturday and returned as a fan on Sunday, and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Pending home sales plunged in California last month from a year earlier, as would-be buyers struggled with high prices. The California Assn. of Realtors said Tuesday its pending sales index fell 12% from February 2013. The index has now fallen by double-digits for six straight months. Home prices shot up last year, in part because rock-bottom mortgage rates juiced demand. But rates climbed in the second half of the year, sapping an urgency to buy. Higher prices and rates have now handcuffed many buyers.
SPORTS
August 17, 2004 | Bill Shaikin and Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writers
The Angels have yet to commit to a new spring home at Goodyear, Ariz., and the mayor says the team is running out of time to move into a training complex there in 2006. "If we don't have an agreement within the next couple of weeks, I'd say it's highly unlikely," Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh said. The city and the Angels agreed long ago on how to split the $40-million construction cost but have yet to settle on how to share revenues and divide operating expenses.
TRAVEL
February 28, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
VIERA, Fla. - If the notion of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer appeals, Florida's spring training scene may be just the ticket. It's a chance to see whom the Dodgers might play in the regular season or - dare I say it? - in a playoff series. That and not having to moisturize every 10 minutes pretty much make Florida's Grapefruit League my preferred spring training destination. Not that I'm an expert on spring training or Florida or especially the playoffs, the latter having been an impossibility if you grew up, as I did, as a Washington Senators fan in the '60s.
SPORTS
March 13, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
First baseman James Loney and relief pitcher Matt Guerrier were not scheduled to work out Tuesday due to minor injuries, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. Loney had tightness in one of his calf muscles and the Dodgers decided to "hold him out today and see what it looks like tomorrow," Mattingly said. "He's not going to play today. " The Dodgers were set to host the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday at Camelback Ranch. Mattingly replaced Loney with Jerry Sands at first base, and Scott Van Slyke was penciled into the lineup in left field in place of Sands.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Pending home sales plunged in California last month from a year earlier, as would-be buyers struggled with high prices. The California Assn. of Realtors said Tuesday its pending sales index fell 12% from February 2013. The index has now fallen by double-digits for six straight months. Home prices shot up last year, in part because rock-bottom mortgage rates juiced demand. But rates climbed in the second half of the year, sapping an urgency to buy. Higher prices and rates have now handcuffed many buyers.
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
AT THE PLATE: Hanley Ramirez doubled his spring home run total with a pair of solo shots - one to right, one to left - for the Dodgers. Dee Gordon got his fifth triple of the spring in the ninth. Kole Calhoun and Howie Kendrick each had two-run singles for the Angels. ON THE MOUND: Zack Greinke, in his final tuneup before his first regular-season start Tuesday in San Diego, held the Angels to one hit through four innings before giving up two runs and three hits in the fifth.
SPORTS
March 11, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
A designated No. 2 starter is not required, but it can be helpful. That second arm a team knows it can count upon. Someone who can stem the tide besides the team ace. The Dodgers, of course, now clearly have an ace in Clayton Kershaw. The rest of the rotation is all filled out too, but how they line up could prove a work in constant flux. Chad Billingsley is the most logical candidate, but his career has almost hit a plateau at age 27. Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano were signed in the off-season to be back-of-the-rotation guys.
TRAVEL
February 28, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
VIERA, Fla. - If the notion of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer appeals, Florida's spring training scene may be just the ticket. It's a chance to see whom the Dodgers might play in the regular season or - dare I say it? - in a playoff series. That and not having to moisturize every 10 minutes pretty much make Florida's Grapefruit League my preferred spring training destination. Not that I'm an expert on spring training or Florida or especially the playoffs, the latter having been an impossibility if you grew up, as I did, as a Washington Senators fan in the '60s.
HOME & GARDEN
February 8, 2014 | By Anne Colby
Liz and Mark Ostoich were staying at the Willows, a boutique hotel in downtown Palm Springs, when they had the idea to buy a home in the desert resort town. They looked up at the hillside where they now reside and told themselves that if they were to live anywhere in Palm Springs, it would be there. It took them half a dozen years to reach their goal, but in May 2012 they got there. Today the Inland Empire natives, both land-use attorneys, live on the edge of the historic Tennis Club neighborhood in one of the few homes on the Palisades Drive hillside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Kurt Streeter
IDYLLWILD - Firefighters were cautiously optimistic that this popular getaway town could be spared as crews battled a wildfire Thursday raging through forested slopes south of Palm Springs. Working in searing conditions and aided by water-dropping aircraft, crews cleared paths and laid down red-colored fire retardant on the outskirts of Idyllwild and several nearby communities - an effort to contain the flames and keep them from residential areas. "That's our primary goal," said Bob Poole, a fire information officer with the U.S. Forest Service, who noted the blaze came as close as 2 1/2 miles to Idyllwild.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
A 12-year-old boy made his first appearance in Juvenile Court on Wednesday after being charged with murder in the death of his 8-year-old sister, Leila Fowler. Attorney Mark Reichel said his client, who did not enter a plea, faces a second-degree murder charge along with a special allegation that he used a dangerous weapon in the Valley Springs, Calif., stabbing. Reichel declined to go into detail about the case until after he and his legal partner have reviewed the evidence, but said they "have the same questions as everyone.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo
The latest round of real estate data shows home-builder confidence soaring as U.S. homes become more affordable. In California, sales and prices appear to be on the mend. In a note on Tuesday, Ian Sheperdson, chief U.S. economist for High Frequency Economics, wrote that the improvements in U.S. housing could be a result of credit loosening. The lack of ready availability of home loans has been one of the stumbling blocks to a rising market, he wrote. "The key story here, we think, is improving access to mortgage finance, rather than the level of rates, which have been very low for a long time," Sheperdson wrote, reacting to the rise in builder confidence.
SPORTS
March 13, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
First baseman James Loney and relief pitcher Matt Guerrier were not scheduled to work out Tuesday due to minor injuries, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. Loney had tightness in one of his calf muscles and the Dodgers decided to "hold him out today and see what it looks like tomorrow," Mattingly said. "He's not going to play today. " The Dodgers were set to host the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday at Camelback Ranch. Mattingly replaced Loney with Jerry Sands at first base, and Scott Van Slyke was penciled into the lineup in left field in place of Sands.
SPORTS
June 23, 2004 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Although the Angels could announce an agreement to move their spring home to Goodyear, Ariz., within the next few weeks, owner Arte Moreno said Tuesday no deal had been reached. Ted Ferris, president of Arizona's Sports and Tourism Authority, said he believed the Angels were on the verge of signing a letter of intent, binding them to move to Goodyear if city voters approve spending $10 million toward the construction of a training complex.
SPORTS
March 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Break up the Dodgers! They're a juggernaut, an unstoppable baseball force, a superhuman sports power that your children's children will one day sing about. The Dodgers beat the Angels, 9-1, on Monday in Tempe, like they ever do much of anything else. That left them leading the Cactus League, and all teams in National League, this spring with a 6-1-2 record. Only the Tigers (6-1-3) can feign being at their lofty heights. Somebody needs to investigate the Dodgers' March 6 loss to the evil Giants.
SPORTS
March 13, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Stan Kasten, the veteran baseball executive leading one of three groups considered as front-runners in the Dodgers bidding, toured Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Kasten and Mark Walter, the money man behind Guggenheim Baseball Partners, met in Phoenix with major league owners on Monday. The third primary partner, Magic Johnson, was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict. The other two leading contenders among the bidders: hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen, who toured Camelback Ranch on Saturday and returned as a fan on Sunday, and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke.
SPORTS
March 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Break up the Dodgers! They're a juggernaut, an unstoppable baseball force, a superhuman sports power that your children's children will one day sing about. The Dodgers beat the Angels, 9-1, on Monday in Tempe, like they ever do much of anything else. That left them leading the Cactus League, and all teams in National League, this spring with a 6-1-2 record. Only the Tigers (6-1-3) can feign being at their lofty heights. Somebody needs to investigate the Dodgers' March 6 loss to the evil Giants.
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