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April 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There was an open seat in Section 106 amid the sellout crowd at Staples Center. Row 10, Seat 14. It belonged to Mychal Thompson for Game 2 of the Clippers-Golden State Warriors playoff series. He wasn't sitting in it. One of the Lakers' radio voices, Thompson is better recognized these days as the father of Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson. He doesn't see his son play often in person and he didn't want to sit for Monday's game. Too nervous. The elder Thompson carved out some standing room near the tunnel by the Warriors' bench.
April 23, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Set times for the 2014 Stagecoach Country Music Festival have been released by promoter Goldenvoice, which means festival-goers can now start figuring out whether to bypass newcomer Easton Corbin on Friday afternoon to catch Lynyrd Skynyrd playing at roughly the same time across the grounds at the Palomino Stage. Or if they'll have to sacrifice “American Pie” singer-songwriter Don McLean as the sun sets on Saturday to take in Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe's performance at that same part of the day. One of the most impressive stretches of the entire weekend kicks in Sunday afternoon on the Palomino Stage, starting just before 3 p.m. when rising Americana duo Shovels & Rope performs, followed by “Twang Guitar King” Duane Eddy at 3:50 p.m., then veteran rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson at 4:55 p.m., country-rock pioneer (and part-time Monkee)
April 22, 2014 | By Brad Turner
Having two days off to rest before the Clippers play another playoff game against the Golden State Warriors is a good thing for injured L.A. guard Chris Paul. Paul has been dealing with a right hamstring injury that first occurred in the second quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference playoff series between the Clippers and Warriors. The Clippers don't play Game 3 of the best-of-seven series that's tied at 1-1 until Thursday night in Oakland. “He needs it, because I think he's doing everything he can with it, to be honest,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said about Paul.
April 22, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Almost everyone who knows Kings defenseman Drew Doughty realizes - quite quickly - that he wants to be on the ice as much as possible. In fact, Doughty was often after Kings Coach Darryl Sutter to use him in shootouts during the regular season. Doughty had another message after Tuesday's morning skate, several hours before Game 3 of the Kings' first-round playoff series against San Jose at Staples Center. More ice time. The issue came up in relation to the experiment of Game 2, in which the Kings dressed seven defensemen.
April 22, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Gregg Popovich has become just the third person ever to be named the NBA coach of the year three times. Popovich, who coached the San Antonio Spurs to a league-best 62-20 record, joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley in that elite group. He also won the honor in 2003 and 2012. The Spurs have won at least 50 games in 16 of Popovich's 18 seasons at the helm, including the last 15 straight. Phoenix's Jeff Hornacek was runner-up in the voting and Chicago's Tom Thibodeau finished third.
April 22, 2014 | By Jon Healey
This post has been updated, as indicated below. The revolutionary Fan TV set-top box and viewer guide will soon be available to Time Warner Cable customers across the country, marking the first formal roll-out of a product that delivers a combination of live TV, pay-TV services and online video on demand through a minimalist receiver. Fan TV, which San Francisco-based start-up Fanhattan unveiled 11 months ago, is unusual in at least three respects. All the programming, including broadcast TV, is transmitted via Internet Protocol, à la an online video service such as Netflix.
April 22, 2014 | By Charlie Beck and George Gascón
Do you own a smartphone? If so, you are a target for opportunistic thieves. Robberies and thefts involving smartphones are now the most common property crimes in America. The black market for these stolen devices has become so lucrative that even Colombian drug cartels now traffic in them. According to a survey by Consumer Reports, some 3.1 million Americans were victims of smartphone theft last year, nearly double the number in 2012. Los Angeles has experienced a more than a 30% increase in smartphone theft since 2011.
April 21, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's "Once Upon a Time" and CBS' "Good Wife" posted some of the biggest numbers on Easter Sunday, but Fox's "Cosmos" reboot was one of the only shows to improve on its ratings from last week.  "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, earned a rating of 1.4 in the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic, up 8% week-to-week, according to early numbers from Nielsen. In 18-49, a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers. Overall, the science documentary averaged 3.7 million viewers.
April 20, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Rank, School (Division, W-L) Up next (last week's ranking) 1. HUNTINGTON BEACH (SS-Division 1, 15-2) vs. Fountain Valley, Wednesday. (3) 2. HARVARD-WESTLAKE (SS-Division 1, 14-4-1) vs. Capistrano Valley Christian, Tuesday. (6) 3. JSERRA (SS-Division 1, 13-4) at Orange Lutheran, Monday. (4) 4. LOYOLA (SS-Division 1, 15-2-1) vs. Bishop Amat (at USC), Wednesday. (1) 5. HART (SS-Division 1, 15-2-1) at Valencia, Wednesday. (5) 6. LONG BEACH WILSON (SS-Division 1, 18-4)
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