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June 25, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Doctors found two breaks in boxer Victor Ortiz's jaw, and reset the injuries with a plate and screws in surgery, the fighter's manager, Rolando Arellano, announced early Monday. Former world welterweight champion Ortiz suffered the injury during the ninth round of his main-event fight against Riverside's Josesito Lopez on Saturday night at Staples Center. Despite leading on all three scorecards, Ortiz and his corner decided the injury was too severe to continue and stopped, giving the game Lopez a stunning technical-knockout victory.
June 25, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A former construction official with the Los Angeles housing authority was apprehended in Guatemala last week and brought back to the United States to face federal corruption charges, officials said. Victor Taracena, who worked at the authority from 2003 to 2007, pleaded not guilty Friday to bribery and conspiracy in a case in which he stands accused of steering nearly $527,000 in contracts to dummy companies created by his two brothers, Diego and Bennett Taracena. Those companies never performed the work for which they were paid, according to prosecutors.
June 24, 2012 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Victor Spinetti, a comic actor and raconteur who won a Tony on Broadway and the adoration of Beatles fans when he appeared in three of the Fab Four's movies, died Tuesday in Monmouth, England. He was 82. The cause was cancer, said Barry Burnett, the actor's close friend and agent. Spinetti played multiple roles in "Oh, What a Lovely War," a musical satire about World War I that opened in London in 1963 and brought him a Tony Award in 1965 after moving to Broadway. His work in the original London production delighted John Lennon and George Harrison, who asked the well-known actor to appear in the Beatles' first film, "A Hard Day's Night" (1964)
June 24, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
Josesito Lopez didn't come to Staples Center on Saturday night just to fight, but to give the performance of his lifetime. By battering the heavier, stronger Victor Ortiz and standing up to the hard-hitting southpaw's best blows, Riverside's Lopez pulled off a stunning upset at Staples Center, decided when Lopez landed a ninth-round punch with Ortiz's mouth open. Ortiz said he suffered a broken jaw, and he agreed with his corner's decision to stop the fight after nine rounds, surrendering despite leading on all three judges' scorecards at the time of the technical-knockout stoppage by scores of 86-85, 87-84 and 88-83.
June 23, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
The powers that be haven't made life easy for Riverside boxer Josesito Lopez. The scrappy fighter now has the opportunity to make so many other powerful men's lives uncomfortable Saturday night when he steps into his substitute's role in a Staples Center main event against Ventura's Victor Ortiz. Lopez (29-4, 17 knockouts) was added to the Showtime-televised bout last month after Ortiz's scheduled rematch with world welterweight champion Andre Berto was snuffed by Berto's positive steroid test.
June 12, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Former welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz has a June 23 main event at Staples Center scheduled against Riverside's scrappy Josesito Lopez, but should Ortiz win as expected he has landed a Sept. 15 pay-per-view date against Mexico's star fighter Saul "Canelo" Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoyaannounced Alvarez-Ortiz on Tuesday, titling the third version of the event as "Knockout Kings," and with a nod to Saturday's disputed Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight, Schaefer said, "Judges, leave your scorecards at home.
May 21, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
The promoter for Riverside welterweight Josesito Lopez said Monday that the boxer has verbally agreed to replace Andre Berto and fight former world welterweight champion Victor Ortiz of Oxnard on June 23 at Staples Center. Lopez (29-4, 17 knockouts) last fought in September, dropping a questionable split-decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. protege Jessie Vargas on the undercard of Mayweather's knockout victory over Ortiz. Lopez is a tough, smart boxer "who knows how to use the lost art of digging that left hook to the body," according to promoter Dan Goossen.
May 19, 2012 | By Richard Marosi and Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Alleged drug kingpin Victor Emilio Cazares, among the most wanted trafficking suspects in the United States, has been arrested in Mexico, U.S. and Mexican officials say, despite having changed his appearance through plastic surgery. A senior U.S. law enforcement official in Mexico confirmed this week that Cazares was captured April 8 at a highway checkpoint near the western city of Guadalajara. Mexican authorities on Friday confirmed Cazares was in custody. Mexican authorities did not make the arrest public at the time, and it has not been previously reported.
May 3, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Fans tuning in late to the Angels-Twins game Wednesday night on Fox Sports West might not have known Angels pitcher Jered Weaver was throwing a no-hitter. They might have noticed had they been paying close enough attention to study the line score or other graphic, but anyone waiting for the verbal cue of hearing the words "no" and "hitter" uttered in a sequence would have to wait until after a fly ball had settled into the glove of right fielder Torii Hunter for the final out. Victor Rojas, the Angels' television play-by-play announcer, and analyst Mark Gubicza decided to stick to the unwritten baseball code that a mere mention of a no-hitter might jinx it. Rojas, whose father, Cookie, played big league baseball for 15 years, said Weaver's was the third no-hitter he's called without actually saying the words.
April 5, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Spring might be a good time to visit Hotel Victor in Miami's South Beach. The oceanfront Art Deco hotel that opened in 1936 and was refurbished in 2004 has a special that saves on room rates and offers a few extras too. The deal: The Spring Package at Hotel Victor, now operated by Thompson Hotels, comes with discounted room prices, two cocktails, a 15% discount on spa services and free Wi-Fi. Use the code "SPRING" when making a reservation. When: The deal is good for stays through June 30, subject to availability.
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