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Los Angeles Times Sep 17, 2014

Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list, barring him from team

Two days after announcing that running back Adrian Peterson could return to practice following his indictment last week on a felony child-abuse charge, the Minnesota Vikings reversed their decision.

Dodgers get crushed in 10-4 loss to Rockies

So it won’t be Sherman’s March to the Sea, the Dodgers avoiding a scorched-earth policy as they wrap up the National League West.
LA Kings Insider Sep 16, 2014

Tuesday rookie game live blog

Los Angeles Kings 0, Arizona Coyotes 0 Pre-game Expect the Kings to open with these lines: Mersch – Shore – Sabourin Auger – Dowd – Zykov Mistele – Amadio – Watson Horvat – McGlynn – Burke Forbort – McKeown Leslie – Raddysh Lintuniemi – Ebert Bartosak Maxwell WARMUPS PREGAME Next door, University of Phoenix Stadium begins filling up for the One Direction concert @lakingsinsider @theroyalhalf @LAKings Hey, you guys say theres one direction, but when you think about it, theres always two, right? — Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) September 16, 2014 Kings rookies get ready on...

Mike Richards not content to be Kings' fourth-line center

Mike Richards, it sounds like anyway, kept his word to the Mad Professor. Faced with the possibility of his contract being bought out by the Stanley Cup champions, the 29-year-old Richards vowed to Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi in June that he would be more committed to his workouts this summer to help bring back the Mike Richards of old. He would commit himself to trying to bring back the player whom Lombardi traded for in the summer of 2011, the one who helped transform the Kings from pretenders into winners.
LA Kings Insider Sep 15, 2014

Lombardi discusses impact of patient ownership

Dean Lombardi has previously discussed the process and challenge of removing the emotional quotient from decision-making, but when he addressed the Hockey Fest crowd at Toyota Sports Center on Sunday, his voice quivered as he revealed the approach Kings owner Philip Anschutz has taken towards the direction and operation of the team. Anschutz is, as Lombardi anecdotally but revealingly noted, someone who stands in lines at Staples Center concession stands to pay for his own hot dogs. And with Lombardi earning due praise for his executive contributions towards the establishment of the Kings as...
Los Angeles Times Sep 15, 2014

Ex-players want to depose NFL over concussion deal

In the latest dispute over the proposed NFL concussion settlement, a group of retired players has asked a federal court for permission to question the league about brain injuries and the negotiations that led to the deal.
Los Angeles Times Sep 14, 2014

Clayton Kershaw aces key test as Dodgers top the Giants, 4-2

SAN FRANCISCO — Adrian Gonzalez said last month that he thought Clayton Kershaw deserved to be the National League's most valuable player. Now Gonzalez is certain of it.
Los Angeles Times Sep 14, 2014

Dodgers' Kenley Jansen earns 42nd save in 4-2 win over Giants

KEY MOMENT: With the Dodgers ahead by a only a run, Matt Kemp provided them with valuable insurance runs by blasting a two-run home run against starter Yusmeiro Petit. The home run, which increased the Dodgers' lead to 4-1, was the 20th for Kemp. The home run was also the 177th of Kemp's...
Los Angeles Times Sep 14, 2014

Johnny Hooper has top water polo skills and competitiveness to match

Johnny Hooper spends so much time hanging out in pools that he might be a good test subject to determine the effects of chlorine on a teenager's body.
Los Angeles Times Sep 14, 2014

Jay Cutler rallies Bears past Colin Kaepernick and 49ers, 28-20

— Down big, Jay Cutler kept his poise on the road while Colin Kaepernick struggled in prime time.
LA Kings Insider Sep 14, 2014

Lombardi cautious towards analytics overreliance

When the Toronto Maple Leafs hired a new Assistant General Manager in Kyle Dubas, a young executive acknowledged to be a proponent of the widened use of hockey analytics, and several other teams decided to bring aboard bloggers and statisticians, there appeared to be a concerted push to incorporate more possession stats, zone exits and entries, and other advanced tools that could help teams form a more accurate evaluation of their own players and players around the league. The Kings have been acknowledged to be among the many teams who place value in puck possession and grade at or near [...]
LA Kings Insider Sep 14, 2014

Hockey Fest open thread

9:30 AM: Good morning from a warm Toyota Sports Center! Temperature at the start of today’s introductions: 79 degrees Here’s Bob Miller getting ready to kick off today’s ceremony by going over several notes: Dean Lombardi is coming up next…
Los Angeles Times Sep 12, 2014

UCLA faces troubled Texas

So, is it OK to mess with Texas if Texas is a mess?
Los Angeles Times Sep 12, 2014

Adrian Peterson indicted on child abuse charges; deactivated for game

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was indicted Friday on charges that he struck his young son with a switch in Texas, his attorney said in a statement.
LA Kings Insider Sep 12, 2014

Signed to AHL deal, Gravel ready to further pro career

When the Los Angeles Kings signed a pair of college-based prospects in early April in Michael Mersch and Nic Dowd, there was one name somewhat conspicuously absent: Kevin Gravel. Gravel (pronounced gruh-VELL), a 2010 fifth round draft pick who continued his stay-at-home tendencies and broke out with his finest offensive season as the senior captain of the 2013-14 St. Cloud State Huskies, signed an ATO with the Manchester Monarchs in April and ultimately appeared in five regular season AHL games after St. Cloud’s season had ended with a second round loss to national runners up Minnesota....

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