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November 8, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Omar Oraby, a 7-foot-2 center who transferred from Rice to USC in September , has been granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA, meaning he'll be eligible to play for the Trojans immediately.  Oraby, who received the news Thursday, is expected to start for USC when its men's basketball team opens its season Friday night at home against Coppin State.  The native of Egypt averaged six points, 3.6 rebounds and set a Rice single-season record...
October 23, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
A 10-year stint in the Angels organization, including the last two as a big league reserve, came to an abrupt end for Bobby Wilson on Monday when the catcher was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, a move that clears the way for Hank Conger to be the Angels' No. 2 catcher. "I wasn't expecting the phone call, and I don't know what to think of it, but it's time to move forward," said Wilson, a solid defensive player who batted .211 in 75 games last season. As a player entering his first year of arbitration, Wilson, who made $487,500 last season, would have cost the Angels a little more than they will pay Conger, a first-round pick in 2006, next season.
August 29, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Joe Mauer was born and raised in St. Paul, Minn. He played high school ball there and spent all nine seasons of his major league career with the Twins, earning an American League MVP award and making four playoff appearances along the way. And now the Twins reportedly have put him on trade waivers?! Fox Sports is reporting that an anonymous major league source says the team placed their star catcher on waivers Tuesday, giving teams until 10 a.m. PDT Wednesday to place a claim on him. That's the kind of thing that happens when a team has the worst record in the American League (52-77)
August 24, 2012 | By Mike Hiserman
The wheels appear to be turning on a blockbuster deal between the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox involving All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The Dodgers have demoted hard-throwing right-hander Rubby De La Rosa in the latest move involving a player said to be a potential piece in the deal. De La Rosa was placed on waivers by the Dodgers, but pulled back after he was claimed by a team. He now could end up as a "player to be named later" in a trade with the Red Sox for Gonzalez.
August 24, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
The waiver claim for Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett has been awarded to the Dodgers, according to multiple reports. The move was first reported by Sean McAdam of Comcast SportsNet New England. Earlier Friday, the Dodgers were awarded a waiver claim on a more highly coveted Red Sox player: first baseman Adrian Gonzalez . Beckett has turned into a controversial figure in Boston and hasn't pitched well this season, posting a 5.23 earned-run average. Beckett will earn $15.75 million in 2013 and 2014.
August 24, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has rallied critics of the federal renewable fuel standard, which will reserve about 40% of the nation's corn crop for ethanol production this year. Critics have long questioned the commitment of a growing share of a food source for fuel use. But the calls for change have grown louder because the widespread drought has killed more than 50% of the corn crop, driving prices to record levels - and U.S. ethanol is made mostly from corn.
August 23, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers could land four-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez in the coming days. Likely? No. But possible? Sure. If this reads like pure fiction, remember this: The Dodgers' new owners have already redefined what is financially reasonable in post-George Steinbrenner baseball. Every indication is that the Dodgers have the resources — and perhaps more important, the mind-set — to complete the kind of revolutionary multiple-player trade necessary to acquire a player of Gonzalez's caliber in August.
August 19, 2012 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Uriel Alberto would seem to be a strong candidate for the recent federal policy change that temporarily protects certain young, undocumented immigrants from deportation. Thousands of applicants lined up last week to file forms under the new policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It offers a two-year waiver from deportation to immigrants aged 30 and younger who were brought to the U.S. by their parents before age 16. Alberto, 25, moved to the U.S. illegally from Mexico with his immigrant parents at age 7. He graduated from a U.S. high school - another requirement of the new policy - where he was a track standout.
August 7, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. -- Mitt Romney, campaigning here Tuesday, accused President Obama of trying to weaken work requirements for welfare recipients, undermining a hard-fought bipartisan agreement and feeding a "culture of dependency. " "I hope you understand President Obama in just the last few days has tried to reverse that accomplishment by taking the work requirement out of welfare," Romney told supporters gathered in a precision-machining factory in this Chicago suburb. "That is wrong.
August 3, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Now that was a day. The kind the Dodgers haven't seen much of the past couple years. Before Friday's game they acquired another solid starting pitcher in Joe Blanton and also claimed Cliff Lee on waivers before beating the Cubs, 6-1, behind new hitter Hanley Ramirez, old hitter A.J. Ellis and a new-old pitcher Chad Billingsley. Blanton is scheduled to join the Dodgers Saturday and make his first start in one of the following three days. The Dodgers claimed him on waivers from the Phillies, and the two teams then agreed on a trade for the ol' player to be named later.
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