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Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both opt out of contracts with Clippers to become free agents
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:50:00 +0200
The Clippers were informed Friday that both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have declined their player options for the 2017-18 season and will become unrestricted free agents, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter....
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Kings take Gabe Vilardi at No. 11 in NHL draft; Nico Hischier is selected first overall by Devils
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:30:00 +0200
The Kings, in the unaccustomed position of choosing early in the NHL draft after a few years of success and other years of trading away their first-round selection, chose Windsor center Gabe Vilardi as the 11th pick in the annual draft, held Friday in...
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How militants linked to Islamic State took hold of a city in the Philippines
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:05:00 +0200
After one month of martial law on an island in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte hailed it a success in defeating Islamic State-linked groups. But how did extremists gain ground there?
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Dodgers' Julio Urias to have shoulder surgery; he's out for the season
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:45:00 +0200
Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias will undergo major shoulder surgery next week and will not pitch again in 2017. Team doctor Neal ElAttrache will repair the anterior capsule in Urias' left shoulder on Tuesday. Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball...
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Matt Slauson brings versatility and experience to the Chargers' offensive line
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:30:00 +0200
Following one of the Chargers’ final minicamp practices of the summer, Matt Slauson found some shade and started to work through all the tape holding his gear in place. His ankles, wrists, fingers — there was more Scotch than skin, and the process...
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Wilshire Grand Center, tallest skyscraper in the West, debuts in downtown Los Angeles
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:30:00 +0200
At 1,100 feet and the tallest building west of the Mississippi, L.A.’s newest skyscraper is hard to miss. With a sweeping sail of a roofline, it stands out by day among the flat tops of its tall rivals and is illuminated at night with an enveloping...
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Statewide flex alert sends electricity prices skyrocketing. Did we need it?
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:00:00 +0200
As record-setting temperatures surged into the triple digits in parts of California this week, the manager of the state’s electrical grid put out an urgent plea: Turn down the AC and conserve power to avoid rotating outages. The two-day flex alert by...
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It was hot this week. But were California officials 'crying wolf' with alerts that drove up electricity prices?
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:00:00 +0200
As record-setting temperatures surged into the triple digits in parts of California this week, the manager of the state’s electrical grid put out an urgent plea: Turn down the AC and conserve power to avoid rotating outages. The two-day flex alert by...
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Paralympian Blake Leeper reaches 400-meter semifinals at U.S. outdoor championships
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:45:00 +0200
It would be an understatement to say Blake Leeper overcame a few obstacles on his way to the 400-meter semifinals at the 2017 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships. No matter what happens in this evening’s race, Leeper now ranks among the best Americans...
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Conservationists and tribes denounce U.S. plan to remove Yellowstone grizzly bears from endangered species list
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:45:00 +0200
The grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park has been protected by the federal government for more than four decades. That will begin to change next week. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke this week said the agency intends to remove grizzlies living in the...
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College World Series: LSU tops Oregon State 3-1 to end Beavers' 23-game win streak
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:40:00 +0200
Alex Lange limited top-seeded Oregon State to two hits over 7 1/3 innings, and LSU ended the Beavers' 23-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory on Friday to set up a winner-take-all Bracket 1 final at the College World Series. The teams will meet again...
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MLB: Tigers release reliever Francisco Rodriguez
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:30:00 +0200
The Detroit Tigers have released Francisco Rodriguez, one day after the 35-year-old reliever gave up a grand slam to Robinson Cano in his latest rough outing. Rodriguez saved 44 games for the Tigers in 2016, but he is 2-5 with a 7.82 earned-run average...
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Russia's answer to charges of meddling in U.S. elections: You're messing with ours, too
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:15:00 +0200
When it comes to accusations that Russia hacked or otherwise interfered in last year’s U.S. presidential election, the Kremlin has consistently denied any involvement. Now, some Russian officials are pointing the finger at Washington, saying it’s...
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Blake Griffin opts out of his contract with the Clippers to become an unrestricted free agent
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Blake Griffin informed the Clippers Friday that he will decline his option for the 2017-18 season and instead become an unrestricted free agent. If Griffin re-signs with the Clippers, he can earn $175 million over five years. If Griffin signs with another...
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Blake Griffin and Chris Paul both opt out of contracts with Clippers to become free agents
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin informed the Clippers Friday that they will decline their player options for the 2017-18 season and instead become unrestricted free agents. If Paul or Griffin re-sign with the Clippers, they can earn up to $205 million...
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Google takes 2 steps to protect user privacy
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Google announced two new steps to protect user privacy — moving to scrub personal medical records from search results and halting its long-standing policy of scanning emails to deliver targeted ads. Previously, Google surveyed the contents of emails...
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What's on the agenda (and what might be avoided) when Trump meets India's prime minister
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:55:00 +0200
Trump has criticized India on climate change and wants to reduce the numbers of Indian tech workers who come to the U.S. He and Narewill seek to paper over those differences when they meet.
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Trump and Modi have more social media followers than any leaders on earth. But what will they talk about in person?
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:55:00 +0200
Trump has criticized India on climate change and wants to reduce the numbers of Indian tech workers who come to the U.S. He and Narewill seek to paper over those differences when they meet.
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U.S. indexes inch higher as energy stocks claw back some steep losses
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:25:00 +0200
U.S. stock indexes nudged higher Friday after energy companies clawed back some of their sharp losses from earlier in the week. After meandering up and down through the day, the Standard & Poor's 500 rose 3.80 points, or 0.2%, to end at 2,438.30. The...
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Brazilian authorities move to force drug addicts out of a neighborhood known as Crackland
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:10:00 +0200
It was 6 a.m. on a Sunday when Rafael Matos da Silva was jolted awake by the repeated crashes of a battering ram against his front door. When he looked out the second-story window, police in riot gear yelled at him to come downstairs. He opened the door,...
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Yes, California's got cheap gasoline — under $3
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:50:00 +0200
If you have noticed that prices at the gas station seem a little bit lower this month, you’re not imagining things. The battle between OPEC and U.S. shale oil drillers has led to another slump in the price of crude and, as a result, the price of gasoline...
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Robert Mueller's team has prosecuted high-stakes cases —   including obstruction of justice
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:45:00 +0200
When one of the country’s largest accounting firms destroyed thousands of files and emails after the Enron energy giant collapsed in a massive fraud in 2001, federal prosecutors were sure the shredding was a clear case of obstruction of justice. “This...
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Travis Kalanick is no longer Uber’s CEO, but drivers still want him on the hook in lawsuit
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:40:00 +0200
Recent scandals have put Uber on such shaky ground that a lawyer representing aggrieved drivers has filed a lawsuit against Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp — the ride-hailing firm's co-founders — in case the company doesn't survive long enough to...
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Letters: Lakers fans relatively happy with their week
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:20:00 +0200
Bill Plaschke had such a great opportunity on draft night to take attention off LaVar Ball and give it all to Lonzo, but no, he did the exact opposite. He decried all the attention-grabbing while giving him exactly that! Lonzo will be the star of the...
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More than 200,000 people wait in limbo as the Philippines fights Islamic State's allies in Mindanao
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:20:00 +0200
In an evacuation center filled with parents running after scampering children and adults huddled together on mats, Saipoding Mariga stood alone. He spent his days wandering aimlessly, trying to pass time while waiting for word about his wife, Geraldine....
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Angels' Andrelton Simmons enjoys confidence at the plate
Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:05:00 +0200
A year ago this week, Andrelton Simmons returned after missing more than a month because of a torn thumb ligament, the same injury to blame for center fielder Mike Trout’s continued absence. Simmons returned with a batting average in the low-.200s and...
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Barbie, are you ready for man-bun or dad-bod Ken?
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0200
Last year when El Segundo-based Mattel unveiled a bumper crop of new Barbies, including curvier, taller and more petite versions of its flagship fashion doll, one social media commenter quipped, “But what about #dadbod Ken?” referring to the perfectly...
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Angels' Cam Bedrosian is happy with the velocity of his fastball
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:10:00 +0200
That the velocity of Cam Bedrosian’s fastball was a tick or two off from his usual 95-97 mph in his return from a right groin strain Saturday night was more a reason for encouragement than concern for the Angels reliever. “Honestly, I’m pretty happy...
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U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka impressed from an early age
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 03:50:00 +0200
Long before Brooks Koepka was the U.S. Open champion, members of the South Florida golf community could tell he was destined for success. Among them was Hall of Fame golf instructor Bob Toski, who seven or eight years ago spent about 20 minutes with Koepka’s...
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Sparks blow out Mercury despite Diana Taurasi breaking WNBA scoring mark
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:20:00 +0200
Diana Taurasi scored 19 points to break the WNBA career scoring record in the Phoenix Mercury's 90-59 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday. Taurasi finished with 7,494 points, passing Tina Thompson's mark of 7,488. Taurasi broke the record in the...
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MLB: Yankees get Chapman back, Arenado hits for cycle
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 03:45:00 +0200
Closer Aroldis Chapman was activated from the disabled list Sunday by the New York Yankees and worked a perfect eighth inning in the club’s 4-3 loss at Oakland. The left-hander had been out since May 13 because of inflammation in the rotator cuff. “Once...
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Timo Bernhard leads Porsche to dramatic third straight win at 24 Hours Le Mans race
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 03:20:00 +0200
Veteran German driver Timo Bernhard led Porsche to a dramatic third straight win at the 24 Hours Le Mans race to prevent a huge upset win for the lesser category Oreca team on Sunday. After a series of mishaps to pre-race favorites Porsche and Toyota,...
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Angels can’t stop Royals from rolling to their sixth straight victory
Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:40:00 +0200
Twenty minutes after the Angels lost 3-1 to Kansas City on Friday at Angel Stadium, several Angels hitters lingered in the clubhouse and tried to figure out what went wrong. They had succumbed, again, to the Royals’ Ian Kennedy, the veteran right-hander...
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Fleury leads Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft choices
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:45:00 +0200
The Vegas Golden Knights finally have some players to put on the desert ice this fall. Stanley Cup-winning goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, defensemen Marc Methot and Alexei Emelin, 30-goal scorer Jonathan Marchessault and forwards David Perron and James Neal...
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Lonzo Ball is cool and calm as he waits for the NBA draft
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:10:00 +0200
On the eve of the biggest night of his life, Lonzo Ball pops up from underneath a fluffy, white down comforter and digs through a box of chicken nuggets. On a television a few feet away, pundits debate De’Aaron Fox, one of the top point guards in this...
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Rickie Fowler upbeat despite falling short at U.S. Open
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 03:55:00 +0200
As Rickie Fowler’s tee shot soared into the first fairway Sunday, a man yelled: “Let’s go, Rickie! Do it today, baby!” Fowler did birdie that first hole but could get little going beyond that. His even-par 72 left him in a familiar spot, in search...
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Urban-style upgrade planned for Warner Center complex as Woodland Hills gets citified
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0200
One of Warner Center’s one-story rambling office parks is poised to go vertical as a new era of urbanization unfolds in the Woodland Hills neighborhood. The proposed $1-billion development by Adler Realty Investments Inc. is one of many big real estate...
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Yankees take advantage of Ricky Nolasco, beat Angels 8-4
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:35:00 +0200
It was not a set of circumstances that foretold success. The American League leader in home runs allowed took the mound against the New York Yankees, the most powerful team in the major leagues, at Yankee Stadium, a park susceptible to home runs. Predictably,...
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KJ Harrison hits first CWS grand slam at TD Ameritrade in Beavers rout of LSU
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:50:00 +0200
Bryce Fehmel limited Louisiana State to two hits in eight innings, KJ Harrison hit the first College World Series grand slam at TD Ameritrade Park, and Oregon State beat Louisiana State 13-1 for its 23rd straight win Monday night. The top-seeded Beavers...
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Could Dodgers' Kenley Jansen be halfway to no-walk MVP season?
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:10:00 +0200
Could Kenley Jansen really pitch an entire season without walking a batter? It’s a crazy thought except, well, the season is just about halfway done and Jansen hasn’t walked anyone. The Dodgers’ closer has faced 107 batters, struck out 50 and walked...
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Angels score nine straight in 10-5 win over Yankees
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:50:00 +0200
The Angels scored nine unanswered runs and raced past the New York Yankees, 10-5, on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. In a thorough offensive performance, they reached base 15 times and converted more than half of their opportunities with runners in...
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MLB: Freddie Freeman plans to play third
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:05:00 +0200
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman plans to move to third base to keep Matt Adams’ bat in the lineup. Freeman was leading the National League with 14 home runs when his left wrist was broken by a pitch from Toronto’s Aaron Loup on May 17....
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College World Series: Jared Poche' sets LSU wins mark, knocks Florida State out
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:55:00 +0200
Jared Poche' became LSU's career wins leader, Jake Slaughter hit a three-run homer, and the Tigers eliminated Florida State from the College World Series with a 7-4 win Wednesday night. LSU (50-18) advanced to the Bracket 1 final against No. 1 national...
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Uber board member Bill Gurley resigns after leading effort to remove CEO Travis Kalanick
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:20:00 +0200
Bill Gurley, a venture capitalist whom sources said led the push to demand the resignation of Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick, stepped down late Wednesday from his role at the company too. Gurley is being replaced immediately by his colleague, Matt...
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Early returns point to a close race in Georgia congressional contest
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 02:25:00 +0200
Early returns pointed to a close race and a long night in a Georgia congressional contest that has become a nationally watched referendum on the Trump administration. Based on only early voting results in the Atlanta suburban district, the race remained...
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Las Vegas heat hits 117 degrees, tying a record, as Southwest bakes
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 02:25:00 +0200
Las Vegas hit 117 degrees late Tuesday afternoon, tying a record for heat that hasn’t been seen in four years and has happened only three other times in the city’s history. It was a relative cool spot compared with Yuma in neighboring Arizona, however,...
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College World Series: Florida ace Alex Faedo tames TCU
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:25:00 +0200
Alex Faedo limited TCU to two singles and struck out 11 in seven innings, and Florida posted its first College World Series shutout since 1991 with a 3-0 win Sunday night. Faedo, the Detroit Tigers' first-round draft pick this month, retired 10 in a...
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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns; board says he's putting company first
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:55:00 +0200
Travis Kalanick, co-founder and chief executive of ride-hailing company Uber, resigned Tuesday, just a week into a leave of absence meant to quell concerns about his management style. “I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult...
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Uber chief Travis Kalanick resigns under pressure from investors
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:55:00 +0200
Travis Kalanick, chief executive of ride-hailing company Uber, resigned Tuesday, just a week into a leave of absence meant to quell concerns about his management style. “I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my...
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Angels' Parker Bridwell earns his stripes in 8-3 win over Yankees
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:25:00 +0200
At the conclusion of Parker Bridwell’s postgame media session Tuesday night, reporters scattered around Yankee Stadium’s spacious visiting clubhouse, targeting the night’s stars. Unfamiliar with his major league surroundings, Bridwell lingered for...
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