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March 2, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
PHOENIX - Sunday was Josh Beckett Day in Dodgerland. No bobblehead dolls. Just a lot of happy people wearing blue. Beckett was back. Sort of. Think of it in terms of Neil Armstrong on the moon, the "one small step for man" part. When he took the mound here at Camelback Ranch shortly after 1 p.m., one of the more dominating and successful major league pitchers of the last decade was in a strange place. This was spring training and what he was about to do meant something. Actually, it meant a lot, both for him and for the team that will pay him $15.75 million this season, the last year of his four-year, $68-million deal.
March 2, 2014 | By Lisa Zamosky
Peter Altschuler's back surgery had been a long time coming. The 66-year-old marketing professional and actor from Santa Monica slipped a disc about 10 years ago, and he's been coping with it ever since. A series of injections kept him pain-free for years, he said, but by 2012 they stopped doing their job. "I was in constant discomfort," he says. His doctors said it was time for surgery. Although old enough to qualify for Medicare, Altschuler held on to an insurance policy he'd had through a professional association before turning 65. As most health plans do, his insurer required him to obtain prior approval for his procedure.
March 2, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
It was only Game 5 of their spring training schedule, but it was easily the Dodgers' most encouraging day of 2014. Right-hander Josh Beckett is coming back from a somewhat unusual surgery , one with a limited and uncertain history. He had a rib removed last summer to relieve pressure on a nerve that made his pitching arm and fingers feel numb. Unsure how he would return this spring, in the off-season the Dodgers made an attempt to sign Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, made overtures to Bronson Arroyo and did sign left-hander Paul Maholm.
February 15, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Mark Mulder's comeback attempt from a five-year retirement went from heartwarming to heartbreaking Saturday when the Angels pitcher sustained a ruptured Achilles' tendon in his left foot. The 36-year-old left-hander will undergo surgery and is expected to miss the season. Mulder, who hadn't pitched in the major leagues since 2008, was scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring Saturday morning. He was injured doing a side-to-side agility drill and never made it to the mound.
February 10, 2014 | Staff reports
SOCHI, Russia  - Team USA General Manager David Poile will not travel to Russia for the Olympic men's hockey tournament because of injuries he suffered last week when he was hit in the face by an errant puck. Poile underwent surgery for facial injuries shortly after the incident in St. Paul, Minn. Team USA officials said Monday that he has since returned to Nashville, where he is general manager of the Predators, and has been advised not to make the long trip to Sochi. Ray Shero , general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, will be Team USA's acting general manager in Russia though Poile will be available by phone.
February 2, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp said Saturday he might not be ready to play on opening day, insisting he didn't want to repeat the mistake he made last year of rushing back from injuries. The Dodgers are starting their season about a week earlier than usual, with a two-game series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22-23. They will play their domestic opener April 1 in San Diego. Kemp is recovering from a major operation on his left ankle, as well as a minor procedure on his previously repaired left shoulder.
January 19, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
DENVER - As the clock ticked to zeros amid a roaring sea of rattling orange, Peyton Manning took off his helmet and ran away from the celebration. Before even shaking his fist into the air, he shook hands with the defeated New England Patriots. As his Denver Broncos teammates danced into the raucous Sports Authority Field locker room after a dominating 26-16 victory in the AFC championship game, Manning walked quietly through the madhouse with the most unusual of posses. He was accompanied by his two brothers.
January 18, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A federal appeals court has ruled that a convicted murderer in Massachusetts can get a gender-reassignment surgery while in prison. In 1990, Michelle Kosilek -- who was born physically male, and who at that point still identified as Robert -- murdered her wife, Cheryl McCaul, a drug counselor at a volunteer treatment facility. Kosilek was later convicted and sentenced to life in a medium-security prison for men. She legally changed her name, began receiving hormone treatment and began identifying as a woman, and has remained in the prison.
January 15, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
If the storytellers have their way, Sunday in sports will be dedicated to neck surgeons of the world. Let's say that, in addition to Peyton Manning leading his Denver Broncos into the Super Bowl, Davis Love III is holding up a trophy on the 18th green of the Humana Challenge golf tournament at La Quinta. That might make it time to bronze some scalpels. Manning's neck surgery has been well-documented. So has his amazing comeback. Not so much Love's. A year ago at this event, Love went to the trainer's trailer and, complaining of neck pain, was put through the paces.
January 14, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Wanaah Bail recalls the first time he picked up a basketball. He was in eighth grade and, he said, "I felt at home. " Now a redshirt freshman at UCLA, he looks very much as though he belongs on the court: 6 feet 9 with a massive wingspan and huge hands. It's where he'd like to be too, but he has been forced to be patient. Bail was a dominant power forward at Rosenberg (Texas) Lamar Consolidated High two years ago. His original college choice was Texas Tech, but he left the Red Raiders' basketball program after three weeks, a casualty of Coach Billy Gillispie's implosion.
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