Shane Del Rosario, an Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight from Orange County, died Monday nearly two weeks after suffering a heart attack.
Del Rosario, 30, fell into a coma after the heart attack, which doctors at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital in Newport Beach told family was likely a result of a congenital disorder, said the fighter’s manager, Jason House.
The UFC said in a statement that it “mourns the tragic loss” of Del Rosario, a product of Dana Hills High who lived in Laguna Niguel. “The entire organization sends its deepest condolences to Shane’s family and friends.”
After shining in muay thai and making his way up the pro mixed martial arts ladder for smaller circuits King of the Cage, Elite XC and M-1 Global, Del Rosario impressed fighting for Strikeforce, winning all three fights with first-round stoppages (two by submission).
He was going to fight UFC light-heavyweight Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce, but was injured in a car...
After saying earlier Monday that the Clippers weren’t going to sign “anybody today or probably even tomorrow,” Coach Doc Rivers said later that the team was “close” to a deal with free-agent swingman Stephen Jackson.
Jackson is expected to join the Clippers in Boston on Tuesday to sign a contract and for a physical.
“I just think he’s a veteran,” Rivers said. “We need him in a pinch and we need him like now. And that’s a guy that you can bring in and hopefully he can give you something right away with Reggie [Bullock] being out for at least this trip and maybe longer.”
The Clippers needed Jackson because rookie small forward Bullock suffered a sprained left ankle Saturday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Clippers already are without shooting guard J.J. Redick, who will be out at six to eight weeks because of a broken right hand.
Backup small forward Matt Barnes will be out even longer than expected because he...
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As reporters stood in a hallway waiting for Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto, he suddenly appeared, walking with Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers.
"I'll call you later," Towers said, walking away.
The Diamondbacks are in search of a power hitter, with pitching to spare. The Angels appear to be a good match, with Mark Trumbo as a possible corner outfielder in Arizona.
The Angels have two vacancies in the starting rotation, but they do not consider Tyler Skaggs enough of a return for Trumbo, and the Diamondbacks are less eager to move Wade Miley or Trevor Cahill. The minor league players that could balance any such trade could determine the likelihood of a deal.
The Angels would prefer not to trade Trumbo. But he hit 34 home runs last season, resulting in what Dipoto called "fairly heavy traffic" from other teams in search of pop. No free agent hit 30 home runs last season, and Trumbo would not be eligible for free agency until after the 2016...
Roy Halladay will never appear in the World Series.
Still, he left behind a list of accomplishments that not many other major league pitchers can boast when he retired Monday after 16 seasons -- 12 with Toronto and the final four with Philadelphia.
“As a baseball player, you realize that's something you can't do the rest of your life,” said Halladay, 36, who signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Blue Jays. “I really don't have any regrets. You realize there's other things for you to accomplish in life.”
Halladay cited a desire to avoid back surgery and to spend more time with his family despite the Phillies' efforts to bring him back at a price much less than the $20 million he earned in each of the last three seasons.
He had shoulder surgery during the last season and didn't look right when he returned in September, finishing the year at 4-5 with a 6.82 ERA in 13 starts.
A two-time Cy Young winner (with the Blue Jays in 2003 and the Phillies in...
It’s the college football bowl season, and that means one thing.
A chance to end the season with a big victory? OK, sure.
It also the annual swag competition. No player, coach or staff member in a football program walks away empty-handed -- or empty-wristed.
Watches are among the gifts at 22 of the 35 bowl games, and maybe in 23 of them. The AT&T Cotton Bowl declined to reveal what was in its gift package in the survey done by the Sports Business Journal. But with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the committee, you can bet it won't be a pen and pencil set.
An oil well?
The big-ticket items this year are recliners for gift suites, according to the Sports Business Journal, and 15 bowls have such a “suite” deal. The NCAA allows $550 in gifts for 125 people from each school. The cost of the recliners would exceed that if bought off the showroom floor, but the Sports Journal said that bowl committees negotiate lower prices.
The depth of talent on the Ducks’ roster means there’s less patience with mental slips by those on the edges.
Forward Emerson Etem found that out two weeks ago when after a defensive miscue in Dallas, he was sent to minor-league Norfolk for three games.
“Obviously, there’s not a lot of spots on this team … me being the young guy, I can’t ever take my foot off the pedal,” Etem said Monday following the team’s morning skate before its game against the New York Islanders at Honda Center.
The Long Beach 21-year-old said he received the message of the demotion that there were some “defensive plays I needed to touch up on.” He rejoined the Ducks on Friday at Chicago.
“I played a lot of minutes” with Norfolk, “was in a lot of situations, and in regard to defense, I got my confidence back up,” Etem said.
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau noted at the time of Etem’s demotion that he had previously answered such...
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning snubbed the San Diego Chargers once.
And, therefore, he is a woman.
That is the logic apparently used Sunday at the Chargers-Giants game in San Diego by a fan who was caught on camera holding a humongous cutout of Manning's head -- with the two-time Super Bowl champ sporting a blond bob, sparkling earrings and some very pretty makeup.
Because, see, it's an insult for a man to be called a woman.
Or maybe the cutout is supposed to be Manning in drag, which is equally insulting, see, because it's a blow to his manhood.
Hey, that's what Manning gets for forcing a trade to the Giants after being picked by the Chargers in the 2004 draft. That and the two Super Bowl rings he's won with the team during the last decade.
But the Chargers didn't make out so badly either. They may still be without a Lombardi Trophy, but they did get a franchise quarterback in Philip Rivers. And they also got a 37-14 victory over Manning's team on Sunday, knocking the Giants...
Pittsburgh forward James Neal was suspended for five games on Monday by the NHL's department of player safety for kneeing Boston's Brad Marchand in the head in the Penguins-Bruins game on Saturday.
Neal had a telephone hearing with the league and five games is the maximum penalty allowed when it is a phone hearing. Marchand had been tripped and was down on the ice when the contact occurred. Neal told reporters after the game that it was not intentional.
But the department of player safety thought the collision could have been avoided.
"With a clear view of Marchand and plenty of time to avoid him, Neal skates directly through Marchand's head with his left knee," said the NHL's chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, via the league's video announcement.
"[W]hile Neal does not kick or violently thrust his leg toward Marchand, it is our belief after reviewing this incident that this is more serious than simply not avoiding contact with a fallen player.
The Clippers have begun to make contact with several players to see if one is the right fit for the injury-laden team.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he indeed spoke with free-agent small forward Stephen Jackson, and several other players as well. Rivers also is looking at players in the NBA’s Development league.
A 6-8 swingman, Jackson, 35, played for the San Antonio Spurs last season before he was released by the team.
“I like Stephen. We’ve talked,” Rivers said at the Clippers’ shoot-around Monday as they prepared to play the Philadelphia 76ers later that night. “But I’ve talked to four other guys too. We’ve made no decisions.”
The Clippers started the search for another player because rookie small forward Reggie Bullock suffered a sprained left ankle Saturday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers and is out.
The Clippers already are without shooting guard J.J. Redick, who will be out six to eight weeks with a broken right hand.