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SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 A season of trials and tribulations for St. John Bosco came to a pleasing end for the Braves when they held off Folsom, 63-54, to win the Division II state championship on Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. St. John Bosco relied on the clutch play of Daniel Hamilton (22 points), Tyler Dorsey (21) and Vance Jackson (16) to end a season of ups and downs on a high note. Nothing came easy for the Braves, particularly the final 2 1/2 minutes that featured five turnovers. "I haven't worked that hard in years," Coach Derrick Taylor said in trying to settle down his team.
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NATIONAL
March 29, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
Enrollments in the nation's healthcare program have nearly concluded, but for states whose insurance exchanges have been crippled by technical problems, a difficult phase is just beginning: potential legal battles and a race to overhaul their systems before federal grant money dries up. Officials in Oregon, Massachusetts and Maryland are exploring legal options as they sever contracts with those who created their sites. All three states are considering a move to the federal exchange, which had its own grievous start-up problems but is now largely stable, or licensing the technology of a more successful state such as Connecticut.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
SACRAMENTO - It was only fitting that in Stanley Johnson's final game as a Mater Dei Monarch, he got to show off his skills in an NBA arena, because that's where he figures to be hanging out in a few years. On Saturday night, he became the first player in California history to win four upper-division state championships, scoring 25 points and contributing eight assists in Santa Ana Mater Dei's 71-61 victory over Oakland Bishop O'Dowd in the Open Division final at Sleep Train Arena.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
SACRAMENTO -- Let the trash talking begin in the Thompson household. Junior guard Stephen Thompson Jr. and his younger brother, freshman guard Ethan, haven't been able to challenge their father, Stephen Sr., who won two state titles at Crenshaw High in 1985 and 1986. On Saturday at Sleep Train Arena, the Thompson brothers came through with 20 and 14 points, respectively, to help Torrance Bishop Montgomery defeat Hayward Moreau Catholic, 85-44, in the Division IV state final. It was the largest margin of victory in state final history.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Arizona and San Diego State did not meet in 2011 when both schools advanced to the NCAA tournament's West Regional finals at Honda Center. They met Thursday night -- like a fist meets a face. Maybe it was the underdog factor that produced so much ferocity in San Diego State's play, the upstart Mountain West Conference taking on a Pac-12 Conference powerhouse in a Pac-12 town. Whatever it was, shots flew, elbows flew and sparks flew Top-seeded Arizona had to scrap for every point and possession to escape with a 70-64 win before a crowd of 17,773.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The first of 12 state championship games this weekend in Sacramento has been completed at Sleep Train Arena, and Los Altos Hills Pinewood has won the Division V girls' championship with a 60-42 win over La Jolla Country Day. Marissa Hing scored 17 points and Gabi Bade and Leeana Bade added 13 points apiece. Country Day received 18 points from Mariana Ecija.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
SACRAMENTO -- There are NBA and college players who have struggled trying to make shots in the challenging setting of Sleep Train Arena, but 17-year-old Michael Oguine of West Hills Chaminade calmly and confidently made big shots Friday night in the Division III state championship game. The 6-foot-2 junior guard scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half in Chaminade's 71-51 victory over San Anselmo Sir Francis Drake. He made three of five shots from three-point range and had 13 rebounds.
OPINION
March 28, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The 40-year debate over affirmative action at state universities generally has been conducted in terms of general principles. At first, advocates emphasized the importance of compensating African Americans (and later others) for the effects of generations of discrimination, while opponents contended that the Constitution must be colorblind. Later, the debate shifted to the claim that there are educational benefits to a racially diverse student body, a rationale for preferences that the Supreme Court grudgingly has accepted.
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