Giants pitcher Barry Zito sues taxi owners for West Hollywood collision

Mar 28, 2013

LOS ANGELES – San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito today sued the owners of a taxi cab that he says collided with his vehicle in West Hollywood two years ago.

The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit by the 34-year-old lefthander names as defendants Los Angeles Checker Cab. It seeks unspecified damages.

According to the suit, Zito was driving a rented Cadillac STS on March 30, 2011, on Sunset Boulevard near Sunset Plaza Drive when a taxi driven by Bagrat Verdiyan collided with the 2002 Cy Young Award winner’s vehicle.

Zito suffered injuries that have not yet been determined, but will be specified later, according to the suit.

A Checker Cab representative said he had not seen the lawsuit and had no immediate comment.

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Galaxy Wins After “Dirty” Play

Mar 24, 2013

March 24,2013 Home Depot Center

The Los Angeles Galaxy faced the Colorado Rapids in their third game kid the MLS season 2013. For the first part of the firs half neither teams could create any decent opportunities at goal. The clearest goal opportunity came in the 10th minute of play. Marcelo Sarvas stole the ball from an unsuspecting Colorado defender and gave Jack McBean a pass. McBean received it, turned around, and shot towards goal but Clinton Irwin, the Colorado Rapids goalkeeper, was able to stick out his hand and block the shot. Galaxy had more possession of the ball but they couldn’t create any real danger in the final third of the pitch.

In the 32st minute of the game, Galaxy created another dangerous opportunity. They had given up a corner kick to Colorado but they were able to defend it. A.J. DeLaGarza was then able to give Jose Villarreal a long pass to start the counter-attack. Villarreal chased the ball down but was only able to chip it over the goalkeeper. The ball went over him and towards goal. It was about to cross the goal line but Diego Calderon was able to catch up and kick the ball away, crashing into the pole and injuring himself in the process.

As the minutes ticked on in the first half, LA was able to assert themselves more and more into the attacking third. They began to gain more confidence and began pushing forward with Todd Dunivant and Franklin. They would both send dangerous crosses towards the box but the players receiving the cross couldn’t finish the play with a goal.

Red on 48th minute. Hit Sarvas. Captain. This red card send off occurred in the box and the referee awarded LA Galaxy a penalty. Mike Magee didn’t hesitate to be the one responsible to take the penalty kick. He shot and and scored his fourth goal of the season giving LA a one – nil lead.

Even after scoring the goal, LA Galaxy didn’t relieve the pressure on Colorado’s midfield and defense. Galaxy still had more possession of the ball and better scoring opportunities but just as in the first half, they couldn’t finish the play with a goal. Their best scoring opportunity came in the 85th minute of play. Magee had the ball and passed it to Hector Jimenez who cut in towards the box. He made some defenders missed and passed a through ball to McBean whom tried to kick on goal but Irwin was there to record another save.

The Los Angles Galaxy were able to win the game despite missing two key players: Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane. Their defense played solidly, giving up only 5 attempts on goal with only 3 on target. Leonardo was able to not only step in but play very well. Bruce Arena commentated on how well Leonardo has been playing very well. He said, “He’s playing very well. His comeback from serious injuries have been remarkable and he’s jumping very well. His speed is coming back. We’re very a pleased with Leo. ” Even with the absence of Keane, the Los Angeles Galaxy attempted 21 shots on goal. Galaxy two young forwards, Villarreal and McBean, were able together shots on target and create scoring opportunities. Arena said, “They played well. Each could have had a goal.”

Galaxy plays Toronto F.C. In Toronto on March 30.

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Obama to hold court with Galaxy, Kings; L.A. soccer and hockey champs

Mar 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES  – The Los Angeles Kings and L.A. Galaxy will pay a visit next week to the White House, where President Barack Obama will congratulate them, then turn over the South Lawn to the championship teams for a “Let’s Move!” clinic with youths.

The president will address the two teams during the Tuesday visit and chat with players and coaches briefly before the makeshift soccer field features a group of young athletes associated with the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success, America SCORES and the National Hockey League’s Hockey is for Everyone program.

The Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup crown last year. The Galaxy — one of Major League Soccer’s most decorated teams — ended its David Beckham era by winning the MLS Cup for the fourth time.

“Lets Move!” is first lady Michelle Obama’s project aimed at getting kids to exercise more.

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Chivas USA ties SuperClasico

Mar 17, 2013

Home Depot Center, Carson California, March 17, 2013 (Foto: Victor Posadas)

Chivas USA started “El Super Clasico” much better than they did against FC Dallas. They were not letting the LA Galaxy have their way with them like they did in the previous two installments of the Classico. Both teams were playing hard, gritty soccer like you would expect two teams to play in a heated rivalry. Players were getting hit, pushed, and knockout around but the referee was letting them play. Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, D.T. for Chivas USA, was forced to substitute Oswaldo Minda very early into the game because of a knock he received. Marvin Iraheta received a yellow for elbowing A.J. DeLaGarza. Seam Franklin later relieved a yellow for kicking Josue Soto on the chest.

Even with all this gritty play from both teams, neither could find a way to create on open look at goal in the first part of the first half. Not until the 31st minute was LA Galaxy able to take a shot on goal. This opportunity began as a set play. The ball was centered to the far post were Omar Gonzalez heading the ball back into Chivas USA’s box. Jose Villarreal ran towards the all and headed over Dan Kennedy. Luckily for Chivas USA, the header was a bit too high and it hit the crossbar.

In the 40th minute of play, Colin Clark and Joaquin Velázquez were both running for the ball. Clark slide for the ball but Velázquez tried to block the ball from him. Clark began to raise his legs, and Velázquez tried to draw a foul by dragging his legs to make it seem like Clark tripped him. The referee believed that Velázquez was the one who caused the foul and gave him a yellow. Velázquez then started complaining and the referee gave him another yellow plus a red for dissent. After these series of events, Chivas USA was down a man for the remainder of the game.

Chivas USA didn’t start the second half the way they wished. In the 50th minute, they allowed DeLaGarza to run up to the touch line and cross the ball to Mike Magee who headed the ball towards goal. The ball hit the goal post and bounced away from goal. Chivas USA tried to clear it but their clearance attempt went straight to Marcelo Sarvas who kicked a volley on goal but Kennedy was ready and saved the attempt on goal.

As the game progressed, LA Galaxy began to take control of “El Super Clasico. It seemed like the game was just being lol played on Chivas USA’s side of the pitch. Los Angeles had a couple of close calls at goal but they just couldn’t find the finishing touch. There was a sense in the stadium that it was just a matter of time till the flood gates would open on Chivas USA and LA Galaxy would be victorious.

In the 83rd minute of the game, DeLaGarza passed it Magee who shot at goal. A Chivas USA defender deflected the ball upwards. Jack McBean located the ball and headed it towards goal. Kennedy jumped and stretched his arm as far as he could to try to deflect the ball away from goal, but the ball was too far for his outstretched arm. He was only able to get his fingertips on the ball but it was not enough to stop the ball from crossing the goal line. The goal gave LA Galaxy a 1-0 lead and more than likely the win.

Chivas USA weren’t going to let LA Galaxy win their third “Super Clasico” in a row. Chivas USA took advantage of a defensive breakdown in the LA Galaxy backline. Erick Avila passed the ball to Carlos Borja whom centered a low cross the far post where a crossing Carlos Alvarez who just had to tap the ball into the net. With this goal, Chivas USA tied the game 1-1. The game ended in a draw and both teams split a point.
After the game Chelis seemed to be happy with how his team fought throughout the game. He said, “We won a point in this game. But what matters most is that we won a lot more respect.” He was happy because his team didn’t give up. They played a hard and gritty game. When someone mentioned that people were saying Chivas USA played “dirty” he responded by saying, “My team plays within the rule book. Buy my players play with great will and urgency so they will commit some fouls.”

All in all, it was a good game for Chivas USA. They not only tied against the best team in the MLS but they were able to do it as the away team. The last thing “Chelis” said was, “As the players keep believe in themselves more and more you will see a better team. This team keeps advancing. They are never going back or going sideways they are advancing and you will see a better team.”

Next stop for Chivas USA is a game vs. Chicago Fire at Chicago.

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Tyson Fury vs Steve Cunningham at Madison Square Garden

Mar 17, 2013
April 20th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York features a 12-round heavyweight battle between Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham in the main event. Curtis Stevens will take on Derrick Findley in the 8-round middleweight co-feature. Six additional bouts are planned for the undercard. The main event and co-feature will be broadcast 4PM ET on NBC as a special 2 hour afternoon presentation of NBC Sports Fight Night. The card is presented by Hennessy Sports and Main Events.
The main event is an official IBF Heavyweight Voluntary Eliminator fight for the #2 position. The winner must meet #1 or the leading available contender to establish the mandatory challenger for Heavyweight King Wladimir Klitschko.
Tickets are priced at $25, $50, $100, $250 and $500. Tickets are available at the Madison Square Garden box office, through Ticketmaster 866-858-0008 and at Ticket prices include a $5 Facility Surcharge. Ticketmaster purchases are subject to a Ticketmaster Surcharge. Wheelchairs, companion seats, aisle seats and Assistive Listening Devices are available 212-465-6035.
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Lakers’ Ebanks sexual assault lawsuit: Plaintiff seeks shield from public disdain, intrusion of privacy

Mar 16, 2013

LOS ANGELES  – A woman who alleges that she was sexually assaulted by Los Angeles Lakers forward Devin Ebanks is asking a judge to allow her to proceed with her lawsuit against him as “Jane Doe,” saying she “will fall apart” if the public learns her true identity.

The woman sued Ebanks last December in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging assault and battery, sexual assault, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Ebanks has denied the allegations, and the District Attorney’s Office found insufficient evidence to prosecute him.

The woman’s attorney, Cheryl Deptowicz-Diaz, filed a motion scheduled to be heard Tuesday by Judge Samantha Jessner, asking that the plaintiff be allowed to continue using a pseudonym in her court papers.

Ebanks’ lawyers counter that the woman does not have sufficient legal grounds for such protection and that permitting her to do so would compromise their client’s ability to defend himself.

In a sworn declaration submitted in support of her position, the plaintiff says she has been “depressed and vulnerable” since the alleged assault and that she has a hard time not thinking about it.

“I fear that I will fall apart if the public gets a hold of my true name and I get verbally, physically and emotionally attacked,” she states in her declaration, adding that comments on the Internet in reaction to her suit have been “vitriolic and threatening. Already I am made to be an evil woman.”

The woman maintains that through anonymity, she has been able to “shield myself somewhat because I am not known as the person that has accused (Ebanks), a Laker NBA player, of rape, whose criminal complaint was not upheld by law enforcement, and now the woman bringing the lawsuit.”

The plaintiff says the “public interest is served if people like me, facing a relatively more powerful, rich and famous adversary, can bring litigation without fear of public disdain, intrusion of privacy and physical violence, among others.”

But Ebanks’ lawyers state in their court papers that the law does not permit people to proceed with civil cases under assumed names just to avoid “scrutiny in the media” which “could cause embarrassment” to litigants.

“Plaintiff, a recent law school graduate, is merely speculating that she may have difficulty finding employment in her new legal profession if her identify is revealed,” Ebanks’ lawyers say in their court papers.

Ebanks’ attorneys have filed a separate motion to dismiss some of the defamation claims. A hearing is scheduled April 18.

According to the lawsuit, the alleged assault took place on Sept. 13, 2011, after the two met at The Colony nightclub in Hollywood. She claims she agreed to go to the Laker player’s Marina del Rey apartment on the condition they not have sex.

The two began kissing, but after Ebanks began taking off her shorts and underwear, the woman objected and told him to stop, according to her court papers, which allege he then grabbed a condom and became sexually aggressive.

“What’s the big deal, it’s just sex … I’m on the Lakers,” her suit alleges Ebanks told her.

An angry Ebanks later threw her keys, purse and shoes outside and pushed her out of his apartment, according to her court papers.

The woman alleges Ebanks subsequently published false information about her on his Twitter account suggesting she had made up the rape allegations against him.

Prosecutors in December 2011 cited a lack of corroborating evidence for their decision not to prosecute him.

The Lakers chose the 23-year-old Ebanks as the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.

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Comeback Victory for Chivas USA

Mar 10, 2013

Home Depot Center, Carson Calif. March 10, 2013

The whistle blew to begin the game and almost as if on cue, Chivas USA began the game with a mental lapse. They let an FC Dallas player escape through their ranks and he had a one on one opportunity against Dan Kennedy, Chivas USA’s starting goalkeeper. Luckily for Chivas USA, Kennedy came up with an important save. That save seemed to calm down Chivas USA because they began to take control of the game. They had an opportunity to score a goal on a set play. Edgar Mejía, midfield player from Chivas USA, crossed the ball to the far post where Juan Agudelo, Chivas USA forward, was waiting for the pass. Agudelo controlled the ball, turned, and fired towards goal but an FC Dallas defender got in the way of the ball and stopped the shot from going in.

As the first half went on, FC Dallas continued to pressure the Chivas USA back line but the defense for Chivas USA would not break. At the 37th minute, Chivas USA had a great scoring opportunity. Tristan Bowen gave Laurent Courtois a long pass. The defensive player for Dallas misread the pass and let Courtois pass him. Courtois shot the ball low and the ball bounced in front of the FC Dallas goalkeeper but he was still able to save the shot.

The second half started a lot better for Chivas USA. They shook off their sluggish first half performance and seemed to be taking control of the game. They stated off with an excellent scoring opportunity by Miller Bolaños. He shot a low crossing shot to the far post but the FC Dallas goalkeeper was able to get a foot on it and made the ball miss its target. As the half continued Chivas kept pressuring FC Dallas’ defense but they lacked the finishing touch to be able to get their goal.

In the 57th minute of the game FC Dallas player David Ferreira scored after receiving a long pass from Fabian Castillo. Ferreira went by two Chivas USA defenders and shot the ball between Kennedy’s legs to score the first goal of the game.

The goal didn’t seem to affect Chivas USA who kept the pressure on FC Dallas. The pressure finally paid off in the 68th minute of play. Chivas USA stole the ball at midfield, Walter Vilchez saw a crossing Agudelo and passed the ball. Agudelo controlled the ball and faked a shot, cut the opposite way he was heading and switched the ball to his other foot causeing both the defender and goalkeeper to be out of position. Agudelo shot and scored drawing Chivas USA even with FC Dallas.

In the 76th minute of the match, Chivas USA had a goal kick. FC Dallas controlled the ball and headed the goal kick back towards their box. George John received the pass but couldn’t control it. Oswaldo Minda from Chivas USA stole the ball from a John, shot towards goal and scored. This gave Chivas USA a 2-1 lead.

To finish off the game, Chivas USA scored another goal in stoppage time. FC Dallas had a corner kick but Chivas USA defended it perfectly and they were able to go on a counter attack. Eric Avila started it with a long run down the middle of the field. As he got close to the box, the passed the ball to Edgar Mejía who passed it to Giovani Casillas. He received the ball and shot towards goal. The goal keeper slid forward but was unable to stop the ball. The ball rolled across the goal line and Chivas USA scored their third goal of the match. That ended up being the final score, Chivas USA 3- FC Dallas 1.

Chivas USA never let up. Even though they had the lead, they never stopped attacking or looking for scoring opportunities. That is what their new head coach, José Luis Sánchez Solà, is trying to implement in Chivas USA. His philosophy: always attack, never put your head down, never give up was easily seen in today’s game. After going down by 1 at home, Chivas USA did not give up. They didn’t put their heads down. What they did was continue to attack and they never let up. The result can speak for itself. Chivas Usa won.

Coach Chelis said after the match, “We cannot put our heads down. If I hate something, it is that my team put their head down and give up. I’m proud of how they never gave up even after being down by one at home again.” He is also trying to teach his team to enjoy what is happening now and worry about the future when it arrives. In his words, “We must celebrate here and now. What’s coming up will eventually be here but we must celebrate what we did today.”

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