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Los Angeles Times

Athan Atsales

Writer

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

  • 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,...

  • Patriots urge fans to exchange Aaron Hernandez jerseys for new ones

    Patriots urge fans to exchange Aaron Hernandez jerseys for new ones

    The New England Patriots quickly distanced themselves from Aaron Hernandez by cutting the tight end before he was charged with first-degree murder. Now they are encouraging fans to do the same with their No. 81 Hernandez jerseys -- get rid of them. The Patriots are offering fans who had purchased...

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