April 01, 2021

City News Service

 

Next year's Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, the National Football League and the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee announced today.

“With Super Bowl LVI officially dated, I join millions of sports fans and Angelenos in looking forward to February 13, 2022 as we build toward one of the most exciting events in our city's recent history and near future,'' said Casey Wasserman, chairman of the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee.

“None of this would be possible without (Rams owner) Stan Kroenke's support and vision for Hollywood Park and SoFi Stadium which is sure to become an iconic Super Bowl destination.''

This will be the first time the region has hosted the game since 1993 at the Rose Bowl, where the Dallas Cowboys hammered the Buffalo Bills, 52-17.

Los Angeles also hosted the first Super Bowl in 1967, at the Coliseum. The 1973 game was also played at the Coliseum, and the Rose Bowl hosted the 1977, 1980, 1983 and 1987 games.

The Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee is tasked with coordinating the Super Bowl LVI experience, including through social, cultural and economic impacts on the region. It is led by the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, a nonprofit that was designated by the Los Angeles Tourism Board to attract, secure and support high-profile events and sports games to the area.

Category: Sports

April 01, 2021

LAWT News Service

 

The Los Angeles Chargers have signed cornerback Ryan Smith.

A five-year NFL veteran, Smith has been a special teams staple for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while also contributing defensively over his professional career. The 2016 fourth-round selection has logged 73 career games played, including 16 starts, and totaled 98 tackles (79 solo), a tackle for loss, an interception and 12 passes defensed. Smith also has forced four fumbles, recovered two and posted 19 special teams tackles. He added a special teams stop in Tampa Bay’s 2020 NFC Wild Card win at Washington.

Smith played four collegiate seasons at North Carolina Central, finishing his career ranked No. 7 in school history with 263 tackles, including a program-record 168 solo stops.

He added seven interceptions, a forced fumble, eight recoveries and 31 passes defensed for the Eagles. Smith was also a threat in the return game, averaging a school-record 28.1 yards on 14 kickoff returns, running one back for a 95-yard touchdown.

Category: Sports

March 25, 2021

By Lauren Victoria Burke

NNPA Newswire Contributor

 

“I would like to speak with my heart to all of you… after 31 years the love of my life is gone and my life without him no longer makes sense, but I can feel him next to me even now and he's telling me not to give up and be strong for him,” wrote Kay Hagler on Facebook on March 15.

Her husband, legendary boxer Marvin “Marvelous’ Hagler, died on March 13 of “natural causes” according to an announcement on his official web page. Hagler was 66.

Hagler was one of the most successful boxers in history and reigned as undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987. Hagler defended his title 12 times and still holds the highest knockout percentage of all middleweight champions. His death during the generational health COVID-19 pandemic that has killed over 500,000 people in the United States and hundreds of thousands around the world sparked immediate rumors that Hagler’s death was somehow related to COVID-19 the vaccine. There is no evidence this is true.

 

“I was the only person close to him until the last minute, and I am the only person that knows how things went, not even his family knows all the details and I do NOT accept to read some stupid comment without knowing really what happened. For sure [it] wasn't the vaccine that caused his death. My baby left in peace with his usual smile and now is not the time to talk nonsense,” Hagler’s wife continued on Facebook.

The spread of misinformation into national politics and during the COVID-19 pandemic has had notable influence. A January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump’s supporters, which led to the deaths of five people, has been attributed in part to a flood of misinformation on Facebook.

The misinformation has spread even more quickly as so many have had to remain home and at computers for longer periods during the year-long COVID-19 pandemic that has required many to be in front of their computers for even longer periods of time.

Hagler’s death is closely followed by the death of baseball legend Henry Aaron who died on January 22. Aaron’s death was also clouded by false rumors that his passing was somehow related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently about 11 percent of the population in the U.S. has been vaccinated.

“Marvin hated funerals and therefore, there will be no funerals or church celebrations he wants to be remembered with a happy smile, but I would be happy if each of you can light a candle for him. However, there is something special that I will do because it was his wish, and you will be informed at the right time by me. I just need time,” Kay Hagler wrote at the end of her remarks on social media on her late husband.

As with everything else over the last year, funerals and celebrations of life have been delayed and complicated by the pandemic.

Category: Sports

March 25, 2021

LAWT News Service

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers today launched their Fan Safety Portal at Dodgers.com/FanSafety with updated policies and procedures for games at Dodger Stadium to start the 2021 season. The portal will be updated as more protocols are finalized. 

The following protocols will be implemented for the start of 2021 season and were created to comply with local and state regulations and after consultation with Major League Baseball: 

Tickets:

• All tickets will be issued digitally and scanned at stadium entrances from mobile devices. All game tickets will be delivered via the MLB Ballpark app, ensuring a touchless entry.

• Dodger Stadium’s available capacity will be determined by California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening framework, with 20% capacity permitted in the Red tier, 33% in the Orange tier and 67% in the Yellow tier.

Distancing:

• Fans will be seated in physically distanced pods of two, three, four, five or six seats.

• The Dodgers will encourage social distancing at all times at Dodger Stadium with capacity limited in elevators, restrooms and indoor areas. Fans should refrain from congregating on the concourse, where signage and floor markers will indicate six feet of separation. Unused seats will be zip tied and stanchions will be placed in higher trafficked areas to promote separation.

Promoting a contactless experience:

• Only clear bags will be permitted with a maximum size of 12”x12”x6” - the size of a one-gallon freezer bag. Bags, backpacks, coolers, large purses, etc., are no longer permitted with the exception of bags carried for medical reasons or manufactured diaper bags that accompany infants and young children.

• All purchases in the ballpark will be contactless and cashless. The team has installed cash-to-card kiosks throughout Dodger Stadium to assist with the transition to cashless transactions. Cash-to-card kiosks will accept cash and add value to a Mastercard debit cash card, which can be used at Dodger Stadium or anywhere Mastercard is accepted.

• Parking must be purchased in advance to reduce contact for fans and employees.

Face Coverings: Appropriate face coverings will be required for all fans ages two (2) and above, unless fans are eating or drinking in their ticketed seats. Neck gaiters, bandanas and masks with valves are not considered appropriate face coverings.

Smoke-free Dodger Stadium: Dodger Stadium and its surrounding parking lots are now smoke free, including prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products on Dodger Stadium property.

Enhanced cleaning, sanitization and hygiene: Dodger Stadium will engage in best practices in cleaning, sanitization and hygiene. Hand sanitizing stations have been added through the ballpark and additional staff will be on-site for cleaning high-touch areas throughout events. All bathrooms have been modified to reduce capacity and will utilize touchless soap and towel dispensers. Plexiglass dividers have also been added to information kiosks and other areas of interaction.

Parking and stadium gates: With reduced capacity, parking lots will open 1.5 hours prior to the game and stadium gates will open one hour before first pitch.

Procedures for ordering food and beverage will be announced at a later date.  

Following the completion of the re-seating process for Season Ticket Members, single-game tickets are expected to go on sale at a to-be-determined date later this month. Through Sunday (March 28), fans are invited to register for the opportunity to purchase limited Opening Day ticket pods at Dodgers.com/OpeningDay.

Category: Sports

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