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March 28, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- There was a noticeable buzz in the Dodgers' clubhouse Wednesday morning. The previous night, traveling secretary Scott Akasaki had sent the players a text message informing them that a group led by Magic Johnson had agreed to buy the team. "I think that's tight, man," Matt Kemp said. "For Magic to be one of our owners. He knows what the Dodgers mean to L.A. Of course, Magic is real important to L.A. and the fans love him, so to get him to be a part of the Dodgers organization is a very good thing for us, and I think this is a pretty good day for the Dodgers.
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April 4, 2014 | By James Barragan
Tom Umberg still remembers the Ducks' inaugural game at Honda Center in 1993. The Arrowhead Pond, as it was then called, was packed with more than 17,000 fans, all using their duck calls to accompany a Dixieland band in its rendition of "When the Ducks Go Marching In. " At one point during the pregame show Wild Wing, the team's greater than life-sized duck mascot, flew into the arena from the rafters. Umberg was in awe. So much so that almost 21 years later he remembers the pregame more than the final score.
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February 4, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
NEW YORK - While Seattle and Denver were gearing up for Super Bowl XLVIII last week, the owner of the St. Louis Rams was making some dramatic news on the other side of the country. Rams owner Stan Kroenke quietly purchased 60 acres of parking lot between the Hollywood Park Racetrack and the Forum, land that could be used for an NFL stadium. Kroenke, a billionaire, has been unsuccessful so far in hammering out a deal to stay in St. Louis, so it raised a lot of eyebrows when he made this move.
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March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - There is a good chance the NFL will expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams, and the change could come as early as the upcoming season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking Wednesday at the conclusion of the league's annual meetings, said there was a "full discussion" on the topic among team owners and executives this week. "I think there's a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support, but there are also things we still want to make sure we do it right," Goodell said.
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August 22, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is unhappy with comments made by team owner Shad Khan about his 28-day holdout. “Maurice wants to play for an organization that wants him and for an owner who respects him and values what he brings to a team - on the field, in the locker room and in the community,” Jones-Drew's agent, Adisa Bakari, told the Associated Press. Last week, Khan said that Jones-Drew's holdout "doesn't even move the needle” in terms of stress on the team and that he had better return to training camp because “[the]
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September 14, 1988 | from Associated Press
Milwaukee Bucks basketball team owner Herbert Kohl defeated former Wisconsin Gov. Anthony S. Earl in a Democratic primary Tuesday for the seat of retiring Sen. William Proxmire. State Sen. Susan Engeleiter won the Republican race. With 84% of precincts reporting, Kohl had 217,568 votes, or 46%, and Earl had 179,603 votes, or 38%. In other results of primary voting in six states, Vermont's moderate Republican Rep.
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September 26, 1999 | MIKE HARRIS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Just as team owner Felix Sabates and Joe Nemechek prepare to part ways, the driver is starting to turn things around. Too late, though. This season will be their last together. Nemechek, who came to Sabco Racing in 1997, earned his first victory in 180 Winston Cup starts last Sunday in New Hampshire. It was also the first win for Sabates since Kyle Petty's victory in 1995 in Dover, Del.
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August 21, 2003 | Steve Harvey
San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos was such a close buddy of Bob Hope that he was among those permitted a final viewing of the comedian's body. And, reveals San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Diane Bell, Spanos tucked a copy of his team's 2003 schedule into Hope's jacket pocket. I've heard the rumors that the Chargers were planning to move out of San Diego, but I didn't think they were going to go that far.
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February 19, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers, a city treasure that sports one of the NBA's highest payrolls and generations of loyal fans, are said to be worth an estimated $1 billion. But will they remain the property of the Buss family after team owner Jerry Buss' death Monday? AEG Chairman Philip Anschutz, who owns Staples Center, the Kings and 27% of the Lakers, has the right of first refusal if the Buss family wants to sell the franchise, according to spokesmen from both AEG and the Lakers. Buss purchased the team in 1979.
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February 21, 2014 | By Matt Murschel
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A possible showdown between Danica Patrick and Richard Petty has moved one step closer to becoming a reality. Petty, a seven-time NASCAR champion, was on "Fox and Friends" on Friday and told the news channel that he would be all in for a possible race between himself and Patrick. "I'm 76 years old, OK?" Petty said, according to USA Today. "It's been 25 years since I've been in a race car. But I'll take that challenge. " The challenge was issued by Patrick's teammate and team owner Tony Stewart , who was upset with the legendary driver for comments he made about Patrick's chances of ever winning on the NASCAR circuit.
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March 22, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla.  - The NFL set scoring and yardage records last season - the league loves that - and had all the hallmarks of competitive balance, including 48% of games that were decided by seven points or fewer, the fourth-most in history. But, as is typical this time of year, there's a push from teams to further tweak the rules. The ideas might be legitimate improvements, or maybe just superfluous tinkering, but that's for team owners to decide at this week's annual meetings, a three-day event at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando.
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February 21, 2014 | By Matt Murschel
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A possible showdown between Danica Patrick and Richard Petty has moved one step closer to becoming a reality. Petty, a seven-time NASCAR champion, was on "Fox and Friends" on Friday and told the news channel that he would be all in for a possible race between himself and Patrick. "I'm 76 years old, OK?" Petty said, according to USA Today. "It's been 25 years since I've been in a race car. But I'll take that challenge. " The challenge was issued by Patrick's teammate and team owner Tony Stewart , who was upset with the legendary driver for comments he made about Patrick's chances of ever winning on the NASCAR circuit.
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February 4, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
NEW YORK - While Seattle and Denver were gearing up for Super Bowl XLVIII last week, the owner of the St. Louis Rams was making some dramatic news on the other side of the country. Rams owner Stan Kroenke quietly purchased 60 acres of parking lot between the Hollywood Park Racetrack and the Forum, land that could be used for an NFL stadium. Kroenke, a billionaire, has been unsuccessful so far in hammering out a deal to stay in St. Louis, so it raised a lot of eyebrows when he made this move.
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January 16, 2014 | By Mike James
Magic Johnson has never been reluctant to give his opinion on how the Lakers are playing, and Wednesday he said the problems on the court can be traced to the owner's office. Johnson, whose Hall of Fame playing career included five NBA titles in 13 seasons with the Lakers, says owner Jim Buss needs to take a few pages from the book written by his father, Jerry Buss , who made the Lakers one of the most successful and entertaining franchises in professional sports. "This is what happens when you make the wrong decisions, two coaching wrong decisions, giving Steve Nash that deal, it's backfired," Johnson said during a meeting at The Times between Dodgers officials and Times writers and editors.
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November 25, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The first major free-agent signing of the off-season, the St. Louis Cardinals' acquisition of shortstop Jhonny Peralta, has exposed still-open wounds in Major League Baseball on the topic of performance-enhancing drugs. Peralta was among 12 players who accepted 50-game suspensions after evidence linking him to the use of banned substances surfaced during baseball's investigation of a closed South Florida anti-aging clinic. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun received a 65-game suspension for his connection to that case.
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November 25, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Is rocker Jon Bon Jovi angling to be an NFL owner? According to a report by CBS' Jason La Canfora, Bon Jovi is "consumed" with buying an NFL team and is positioned to make a play for the Buffalo Bills when they eventually are up for sale. Bills owner Ralph Wilson, 95, has said the team will not remain in his family after his death. The CBS report, citing unnamed source, said Rogers Communications in Toronto is the "prime suitor" for the franchise, but that Bon Jovi "has spent considerable time in the area getting to know politicians and power brokers and even added a [concert]
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October 8, 1993 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Salsa Coach Rildo Menezes, whose decision to pull his star player late in Saturday's American Professional Soccer League championship game infuriated the team's owner, resigned under pressure Thursday. Menezes, a member of Brazil's World Cup teams of 1962, '66 and '70, said he resigned "to spend more time with my wife and daughter," but a Salsa source said he would have been fired had he not stepped down.
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June 29, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
The Santa Clarita Blue Heat may be the most interesting women's soccer team you've never heard of. It's a French Foreign Legion in shin guards and rubber cleats, with players from six countries - seven if you count the Pennsylvanian who spent last summer playing in Iceland. And every one of them has a story to tell. "It's funny sometimes, the mix," captain Edite Fernandes, who is also captain of the Portuguese national team, says in Spanish, one of four languages represented on the Blue Heat roster.
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September 28, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Down the stretch they come. The playoff fields have been determined but who plays whom will be decided this weekend. So Times staff writer Kevin Baxter takes a final look at the 2013 regular season with one game left to play. (Statistics through Friday's game. Last week's rankings in parentheses): THE WINNERS 1. BOSTON Last two times team won at least 97 games or American League East title, it also won World Series (1) 2. ST. LOUIS Cardinals heading to playoffs for fourth time in five years (5)
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September 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ARLINGTON, Texas - Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto addressed a wide range of topics before Thursday night's 6-5 walk-off loss to the Texas Rangers, but he wouldn't touch the one that is foremost on everyone's mind: his job status. "I'm not going to get into it," said Dipoto, the subject of heavy speculation since early August when the Angels, who opened the season with World Series aspirations, fell out of playoff contention. "I don't want to have this conversation.
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