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February 14, 2013
The singer P!nk (born Alecia Moore) had a late-career renaissance with "The Truth About Love," a spiky collection of pop-rock bolstered by strong singles such as "Try" and "Blow Me (One Last Kiss). " Here she performs with mod-rockers the Hives. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $29.50-$99.50. staplescenter.com
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April 27, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
He has the beard of a hockey player residing in the first round of the playoffs, not one of a man living for months in the mountains. Kings forward Jeff Carter offered a take on the attitude - and, well, altitude - of a now-compelling playoff series between the Kings and the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference quarterfinals. "Yeah, we're halfway there. Halfway up the mountain," Carter said Sunday afternoon at the Kings' practice facility in El Segundo. Game 6 is Monday night at Staples Center with the Sharks holding a three-games-to-two series lead.
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February 23, 2012 | By Bryan Chan
Staples Center is home to four professional sports franchises, the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks. Each team has a different set-up on the arena floor. It is up to the crew overseen by the Staples Center operations department to reconfigure the floor for each game. Several times a year they must make the changeover twice or more over one weekend in between games. Last Saturday afternoon, while fans were still heading for the exits after the Clippers' 103-100 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, 65 workers began transforming the arena for the Kings' game against the Calgary Flames that night.
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April 26, 2014 | By Bill Plaschke
An Instagram photo of Magic Johnson posing with Donald Sterling's female friend V. Stiviano has become a historical document. After TMZ released unverified audio of Sterling purportedly making racist comments about the photo, it will be the last time anyone will see Johnson at a Clippers game at Staples Center. "I will never again set foot in Staples Center when the Clippers are playing," Johnson said Saturday afternoon in a phone interview. "I know where I'm not wanted. " Johnson was furious upon hearing the comments, which were aimed at all African Americans, and is calling upon the NBA to take serious action that could include stripping Sterling of his ownership duties.
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December 11, 2009
Hyde Lounge at Staples Center Where: Southwest VIP entrance at Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., L.A. Hours: Opens one hour before every Staples Center event; stays open two to three hours after event Price: Ticket to Staples Center required for entrance; no cover at Hyde. $6 to $45, food; $5 to $50, drinks Contact: For table reservations, call (323) 330-8018 or e-mail hydestaplestables@sbe.com; www.sbe.com/hydestaples
SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Whether you think of it as HP Pavilion, the Shark Tank, its current corporate name, SAP Center, or "the cage" as Kings Coach Darryl Sutter colorfully offered, one thing is evident: The cage has become just that for the Kings in the playoffs, living quarters getting a little tight and the team possessing a championship pedigree unable to get out of town with a win. San Jose has recorded five straight victories at home in the playoffs against the...
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April 23, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
After spending 2013 ensconced in Brooklyn, the MTV Video Music Awards return to Southern California this year, landing Aug. 24 at the Forum in Inglewood. It will mark the first awards show at the arena since it reopened earlier this year after a $100-million makeover by Madison Square Garden Co. "Every year we ask the question, 'How do we do it differently?'" MTV President Stephen Friedman told The Times. "We had never done it at the Forum. When we heard it was being overhauled and really elevated in terms of quality and sound and look, this year we felt like the Forum would be a perfect place to do it. " The VMA ceremony has been held in a variety of locations over the years, last year at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, and previously at Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and Radio City Music Hall in New York.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
In a sport that prizes crunching hits and rugged players, it's comforting there's still room for an award for gentlemanly play. The Lady Byng trophy , named for the wife of a former governor general of Canada, is given annually “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” as chosen by voters from the Professional Hockey Writers' Assn....
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April 22, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
He happens to be the kind of hard-working, energetic player coaches like and trust, so it is not entirely surprising that forward Colin Fraser was recalled by the Kings on Tuesday. The timing was slightly surprising, though, coming on the eve of Game 3 of the playoffs against the San Jose Sharks. Fraser had been sent down to the Kings' American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 9, and it seemed like he might never get the call to come back. “There's always the hope you get called up,” Fraser said after Tuesday's morning skate at Staples Center.
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April 22, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Looks like Maxwell is ready to end his disappearing act. The revered R&B singer is set to kick off the 2014 BET Experience by headlining a show at Staples Center on June 27 alongside songstresses   Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius and “American Idol” winner Candice Glover. But the gig is also part of a summer trek that the crooner will launch in June. The 37-date Summer Soulstice tour will take Maxwell across North America on his first major tour since 2010.   PHOTOS: 2013's year of controversial rap lyrics The tour launches Jun. 14 in Milwaukee and wraps Aug. 17 in Albuquerque.
SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
The Clippers needed an answer, and quick. They gave one, and wow. Their response Monday night to a playoff-opening debacle against the Golden State Warriors was powerful enough to temporarily subdue thoughts of the historic Clippers jinx while empowering dreams of a landmark Clippers spring. The answer was visible across the Staples Center sky in a flying Blake Griffin, and across the Staples Center floor in a skidding Chris Paul. The answer was audible on the Staples Center sideline with a screaming and confrontational Doc Rivers, and in the stands with thousands of red shirts whose owners' roars lasted deep into the sweaty night.
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April 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
OutKast will headline the 2014 BET Experience, the three-day music festival scheduled for June in downtown Los Angeles. Black Entertainment Television is expected to make an official announcement Monday that the Atlanta duo will topline the festival's rap-heavy showcase, which includes Rick Ross, ASAP Rocky and DJ Khaled. When BET announced in March the first set of performers for the festival, which will be in its second year, the network teased a “very special hip-hop reunion you won't want to miss.” RELATED: The inside story on OutKast That reunion is OutKast, which recently ended a seven-year hiatus with a headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival this month.
SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers were, in the words of guard J.J. Redick, “a little down” during Sunday's practice, trying to collect themselves after dropping a 109-105 first-round Western Conference playoff game to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at Staples Center. But after going through practice Sunday and a shoot-around Monday, they say they are ready to face the Warriors in Game 2 Monday night at Staples Center. “I think yesterday we were a little down,” Redick said Monday. “I think we felt like we had squandered a game.
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