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May 19, 2015

MLS thrives but ubiquity is Holy Grail for Garber

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With soccer-specific stadiums proliferating in the United States and 24 teams likely to be competing in Major League Soccer by 2018, Commissioner Don Garber could be forgiven for thinking that everything is rosy.

Ever the realist, though, Garber has long targeted soccer ‘ubiquity’ in the United States and he is well aware that much still needs to be accomplished before the sport becomes a perennial topic of water cooler conversation.

May 19, 2015

Soccer-MLS thrives but ubiquity is Holy Grail for Garber

LOS ANGELES, May 19 (Reuters) – With soccer-specific stadiums proliferating in the United States and 24 teams likely to be competing in Major League Soccer by 2018, Commissioner Don Garber could be forgiven for thinking that everything is rosy.

Ever the realist, though, Garber has long targeted soccer ‘ubiquity’ in the United States and he is well aware that much still needs to be accomplished before the sport becomes a perennial topic of water cooler conversation.

May 19, 2015

LA’s new MLS team to debut in 2018 with state-of-art venue

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Football Club will launch its inaugural season in Major League Soccer in 2018 after its new stadium has been built to replace the Los Angeles Sports Arena, the expansion franchise said on Monday.

The development, which will bring $250 million in private investments to South Los Angeles, will be anchored by a 22,000-seat state-of-the-art soccer venue in Exposition Park, covering 15 acres in the shadow of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

May 19, 2015

Timing right for two MLS teams in LA – Garber

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Timing and execution are paramount in sport and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber believes that both factors are in place as Los Angeles welcomes the league’s latest expansion team.

The fledgling Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) will launch their inaugural season in 2018 after a new stadium has been built on the site of the Memorial Sports Arena, setting up the prospect of a future city rivalry with the LA Galaxy.

May 19, 2015

Soccer-Timing right for two MLS teams in LA – Garber

LOS ANGELES, May 18 (Reuters) – Timing and execution are paramount in sport and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber believes that both factors are in place as Los Angeles welcomes the league’s latest expansion team.

The fledgling Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) will launch their inaugural season in 2018 after a new stadium has been built on the site of the Memorial Sports Arena, setting up the prospect of a future city rivalry with the LA Galaxy.

May 18, 2015

Soccer-LA’s new MLS team to debut in 2018 with state-of-art venue

LOS ANGELES, May 18 (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Football Club will launch its inaugural season in Major League Soccer in 2018 after its new stadium has been built to replace the Los Angeles Sports Arena, the expansion franchise said on Monday.

The development, which will bring $250 million in private investments to South Los Angeles, will be anchored by a 22,000-seat state-of-the-art soccer venue in Exposition Park, covering 15 acres in the shadow of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

May 15, 2015

Stunned Clippers need ‘relentless’ bounceback in Game Seven

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – All season, the Los Angeles Clippers have strived to live up to two mantras, “Be Relentless” and “Hard Core,” and on Sunday in Houston they will need to deliver on both of them if their playoff run is to continue.

Seemingly on the brink of clinching the franchise’s first Western Conference finals berth when leading the Rockets by 19 points in the second half on Thursday, the hosts suffered a late collapse that set up a decisive Game Seven.

May 15, 2015

Rockets shoot down Clippers to level series at 3-3

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Corey Brewer-inspired Houston Rockets overcame a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to set up a Game Seven decider in their Western Conference semi-final series with a 119-107 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

Reserve Brewer, who finished with 19 points, poured in a brace of three-pointers to spark a rousing display by the visitors in the final period as the Clippers offense wilted for Houston to tie the best-of-seven series at 3-3.

May 12, 2015

Clippers thrive with their ‘Be Relentless’ approach

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A year after their playoff hopes were rocked by a racism scandal that left previous owner Donald Sterling with a life ban, the Los Angeles Clippers are flourishing in this postseason with a ‘Be Relentless’ approach.

With former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer a vocal and inspiring presence as the new owner and shrewd head coach Doc Rivers back at the helm, the franchise is one win away from reaching a maiden conference final.

May 12, 2015

Reactions vary wildly to league’s ‘Deflategate’ sanctions

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Reaction to the sanctions handed out on Monday by the National Football League to the New England Patriots and their star quarterback Tom Brady varied sharply from “absolutely ridiculous” to “a good thing.”

The league fined the Patriots $1 million and said the team would also forfeit their first-round selection in the 2016 draft and a fourth-round pick in 2017 for their role in ‘Deflategate’ while Brady was suspended four games..