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Athan Atsales

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Athan Atsales is an assistant sports editor for the Los Angeles Times, which he joined in December 1996. Included among his duties is overseeing the section’s NFL and NHL coverage. He has worked at four other newspapers – with stops in New Jersey, New York City and Chicago – and held positions as an NFL beat writer (Philadelphia Eagles) and sports editor (the Trentonian in New Jersey) along the way.

Recent Articles

  • Things you might have missed from the Rams' 30-19 loss to the Bills

    Things you might have missed from the Rams' 30-19 loss to the Bills

    Here are a few things you might have missed from the Rams’ 30-19 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum: FIRST QUARTER Every play on the Rams’ first drive, which resulted in a field goal, was either handed to or passed to Todd Gurley or Tavon Austin. The Bills had to overcome...

  • Things you might have missed in Monday's Rams-49ers game

    Things you might have missed in Monday's Rams-49ers game

    Did you notice these small details that often led to big plays in the Rams’ 28-0 loss to the 49ers Monday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara? FIRST QUARTER On the sack of Rams’ Case Keenum inside the 10 that set up the 49ers’ first scoring drive, San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks began...

  • Buddy Ryan played by his own set of rules

    Buddy Ryan played by his own set of rules

    NFL coaching great Buddy Ryan, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 85, didn’t have difficulty finding the spotlight wherever he went. From the New York Jets when they became the first AFL team to win a Super Bowl in 1968, to the Super Bears of 1985 to his last stop as the head man of the Arizona...

  • When do the Stanley Cup finals begin?

    When do the Stanley Cup finals begin?

    The Stanley Cup final dates are official. In Southern California the question is, will the Ducks be one of the finalists? If the Ducks win Saturday’s Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center, they will open the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday either...

  • Luc Robitaille to be seventh L.A. sports icon honored with statue

    Luc Robitaille to be seventh L.A. sports icon honored with statue

    Hockey Hall of Famer left wing Luc Robitaille of the Kings will become the seventh Los Angeles sports icon to be honored with a statue in Star Plaza at Staples Center. Robitaille will have his statue unveiled on March 7 before a Kings-Pittsburgh game as part of next season's Kings Legends Night...

  • Stanley Cup Final to open next Wednesday

    Stanley Cup Final to open next Wednesday

    The NHL has announced that the Stanley Cup Finals will begin Wednesday. The Kings currently lead the best-of-seven Western Conference final series, 3-1, and play Game 5 on Wednesday night in Chicago. If Chicago wins to extend the series, Game 6 will be held in Los Angeles on Friday. If there is...

  • Michael Sam has second-most-popular jersey of NFL draft class

    Michael Sam has second-most-popular jersey of NFL draft class

    Michael Sam might have been the 249th player chosen in last week's NFL draft, but his St. Louis Rams jersey is No. 2 in sales among rookie shirts being sold on NFL.com. The St. Louis Rams picked the Missouri product in the seventh round of the draft Saturday, making Sam the first openly gay player...

  • Denver Broncos sign DeMarcus Ware

    Denver Broncos sign DeMarcus Ware

    Apparently the Denver Broncos saw a few holes when they reviewed the film of their 43-8 Super Bowl XLVIII loss to the Seattle Seahawks.  On the second day of NFL free agency, the Broncos continued to plug those holes on defense, signing linebacker DeMarcus Ware to a three-year, $30-million contract,...

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