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Both riders in Dodger Stadium supercross crash have back fractures

Supercross riders Trey Canard and Ryan Morais both suffered back fractures, among other injuries, when they crashed into each other in Saturday night's race at Dodger Stadium.

Morais' team manager earlier had said the Murrieta rider had broken his jaw. But in a statement Monday, his Star Valli Yamaha team said Morais, 28, also had "several fractured vertebrae and some broken ribs."

"There is no sign of spinal-cord damage at this time and Morais is continuing to be evaluated," the team said. "A full recovery is anticipated."

Canard, 21, likewise had unspecified back fractures but has "100% feeling in his legs" and was awaiting a decision by doctors as to whether he needed surgery, according to a statement on his website.

The Dodger Stadium incident was the latest in a string of injuries for Canard, an Oklahoma native and Honda rider. He missed the last three races in 2011 due to a broken thigh bone and he broke his collarbone in a practice crash before this season opened Jan. 7.

Canard and Morais crashed after making a lofty jump on the first lap of the 20-lap main event in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series race at Dodger Stadium. Supercross is the stadium version of motocross, or off-road motorcycle racing.

The race was won by Chad Reed after it was halted for about 20 minutes while Canard and Morais were treated. They were taken by ambulance to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.

-- Jim Peltz

Supercross rider broke jaw in Dodger Stadium crash

Supercross rider Ryan Morais of Murrieta broke his jaw in a crash during Saturday night’s race at Dodger Stadium, his team manager said Sunday.

Another rider, Trey Canard of Shawnee, Okla., also was injured in the crash but his condition could not be immediately learned.

Both were taken to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center after track medical personnel treated them for about 20 minutes, forcing the race to be halted.

Morais, 28, was briefly knocked unconscious in the spill that occurred on the first lap of the 20-lap main event of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, said Doug Schopinsky, manager of Morais’ Star Valli Yamaha team.

Morais’ jaw was wired shut and will remain that way for eight weeks, Schopinsky said, adding that Morais’ wife and parents were with him at the hospital.

Two-time series champion Chad Reed won the race in front of a crowd of 35,741, his first victory of the season.


Chad Reed wins superscross race at Dodger Stadium

Time-lapse video of the track preparation at Dodger Stadium

World of Outlaws racing will be returning to Southern California

--Jim Peltz

Chad Reed wins, two riders hurt in supercross race at Dodger Stadium

Chad-reed_300Chad Reed earned his first supercross victory of the season at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night in a race marred by a first-lap crash that injured two riders.

Reed, a two-time champion of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, won by three seconds on his Honda over 2010 title winner Ryan Dungey, who finished second in front of 35,741 in the third race of the series' 17-race schedule.

Two-time champion James Stewart was running second when he fell on the 12th lap, and the Yamaha rider finished third. It was Stewart's first top-three finish in the last five races going back to last season.

Reigning champion Ryan Villopoto ran off the track early and dropped to last place among the races' 20 riders. But he then stormed through most of the field to finish fourth.

On the opening lap, Ryan Morais of Murrieta and Trey Canard of Shawnee, Okla., were injured in a crash on the first lap and the race was stopped for several minutes while they were treated.

Their injuries were not immediately known, but safety workers placed them on back boards and the series said the riders were transported to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.

Supercross is the stadium version of off-road motorcycle racing, or motocross. In the AMA's junior-level "supercross lites" division, Eli Tomac of Cortez, Colo., won the 15-lap main event and Dean Wilson of Menifee finished second.


World of Outlaws racing returning to Southern California

Ryan Villopoto and supercross are back at Dodger Stadium

Time-lapse video of the track preparation at Dodger Stadium

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Chad Reed. Credit: Matt Kartozian

Ryan Braun won NL MVP award — did Matt Kemp get snubbed?


Ryan Braun received 20 of 32 first-place votes for the National League Most Valuable Player Award while Matt kemp only received 10.

Were the voters on the mark, or did Kemp get cheated?

Kemp outshone Braun in runs (115 to 109), runs batted in (126 to 111), home runs (39 to 33), and stolen bases (40 to 33).

Yet Braun's Milwaukee Brewers were a division winner while Kemp's Dodgers struggled to finish above .500.

Shortly after the NL MVP recipient was announced, Kemp tweeted: "They don't know who they messin wit!!!!! They jus created a monster!! Lol. #BEASTMODE don't care!!"

Back in September, the Times' Bill Plaschke proclaimed that Kemp should undoubtedly be the winner.

He wrote: "Matt Kemp is in the league's top four in batting, home runs, runs batted in and stolen bases while holding down the game's premier defensive position in center field. His resume is more complete than his top contenders, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder of the first-place Milwaukee Brewers, and his singular impact on the Dodgers is far greater than either one.

"Folks in Milwaukee will complain that Kemp hasn't played in enough meaningful games, and that Braun and Fielder have been more valuable because they are leading their team into the playoffs. Funny, but those same fans cheered Robin Yount when he won an MVP for the Brewers in 1989 while playing for a fourth-place team that won only half of its games.

"This may sound odd coming from a writer who supported Kirk Gibson's 76-RBI MVP award for the champion Dodgers in 1988, but unless a player is clearly the one difference-maker on a playoff team, I believe the MVP should go to the best guy, period. In fact, instructions on the baseball writers' MVP ballot read, 'The MVP need not come from a division winner or other player qualifiers.' "

What do you think? Who should have won the NL MVP award? Chime into the conversation by leaving a comment and voting in the poll.


Ryan Braun wins NL MVP award

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-- Melissa Rohlin

Photo: Ryan Braun. Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images .

All seemed calm after Dodgers' loss to the Giants

Photo: Dodger Stadium. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times. The Times' Baxter Holmes checked out the Dodger Stadium parking lots for signs of friction between Dodgers and Giants fans after the Dodgers' 8-5 loss to the Giants on Wednesday night. The Giants are visiting Los Angeles for the first time since Giants fan Bryan Stow was brutally beaten in a parking lot after the season opener March 31.

Here's Holmes' report:

Beneath a nearly full moon on a chilly Wednesday night, dozens of black-and-white Los Angeles Police Department cruisers weaved through the Dodger Stadium parking lot with their red-and-blue lights blazing following the Giants' 8-5 win over the Dodgers. 

But they were met by a sparse gathering because most of the announced crowd of 30,421 had left earlier. The lots were mostly empty nearly 30 minutes after the game had ended. The cops stayed to keep the peace, but it was already well in place.


Heavy police presence at Dodger Stadium helps ease nervous Giants fans on their way into the ballpark

When cheering for the home team means rooting for Jamie McCourt

-- Baxter Holmes and Helene Elliott

Photo: Dodger Stadium. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times.

Heavy police presence at Dodger Stadium helps ease nervous Giants fans on their way into the ballpark

Photo: Los Angeles Police Department cadet Christian Ibarra hands out composite drawings of the two suspects wanted in the March 31 beating of fan Bryan Stow prior to the start of Wednesday's game at Dodger Stadium. Photo: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Ashlee Payne, 22 of Modesto was worried the night before she boarded a bus of San Franciso Giants fans bound for Los Angeles, where she would attend her first game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night.

"What are you wearing?" she wrote in a text message to Kelsey Sayad, 24 of Modesto, a fellow Giants fan who was making the same trip and also attending her first game at Dodger Stadium.

Sayad, a nanny, decided on a Giants hat and shirt, but she wondered on the bus ride if she was wearing "too much Giants gear." For Payne, a shirt was enough, but she too admitted to being nervous. 

When their bus pulled closer to the ballpark and they saw the swarm of LAPD cruisers and officers on foot, horseback, riding bikes and three-wheeled electric vehicles similar to a Segway, they felt better.

But their initial trepidation, they said, was in response to Wednesday's game being the first series at Dodger Stadium between the Dodgers and Giants since Giants fan Bryan Stow was brutally beaten here in the Dodgers' home opener on March 31. 

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ESPN's 'Sunday Night Baseball' to open at Dodger Stadium

Dog ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" will imitate the popular college football show anchored by Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, and travel to big games through the year. It begins April 3 at Dodger Stadium when the Dodgers play the San Francisco Giants.

The show will be hosted by Karl Ravech and feature John Kruk, Barry Larkin, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine as analysts. The set will be outside the stadium with the goal of offering a sense of game-day atmosphere.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Dodger Stadium. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Torre reacts to Steinbrenner's death

Dodgers Manager Joe Torre described the death of his former boss, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, Tuesday as "very sad," and "an enormous loss."

Fabforum "The only thing I wanted is for him to be proud of what we did."

Torre directed Steinbrenner's Yankees to four World Series titles, two other American League titles and 10 A.L. East division crowns in his 1996-2007 tenure as Yankees manager.

"You didn't work with him, you worked for him," Torre said Tuesday afternoon in a news conference at Dodger Stadium. "George was certainly 'The Boss,' and you certainly understood that and what that took in. You had to give answers and give a full accounting of yourself."

In his greatest triumphs, Torre said, Steinbrenner "was very emotional.

"But when all the bubbles cleared away, it was about doing it again next time. ... He was demanding." 

Torre expected Tuesday to be a quiet off day with tonight's All-Star Game in Anaheim. Instead, he awoke to learn the 80-year-old Steinbrenner had died Tuesday from a reported massive heart attack.

Torre said he spoke to Steinbrenner last week to wish the owner a happy 80th birthday. 

"I knew his health had been failing," Torre said. "I don't think you ever thought of his passing. A strong guy like that, you thought he'd always be there."

Steinbrenner's death was occasion for Torre to reflect on a unique relationship that proved the most durable for the owner, who had a storied, combustible rapport with Billy Martin.

"A lot about managing in New York stressed me out, but it wasn't so much George Steinbrenner as it was the job," Torre said.

Torre said his brother, Frank, initially advised him to avoid managing the team, but Torre said, "[Steinbrenner] wanted to win so badly. It was my only shot. I wanted to see if I could do it. We obviously had a great run.

"It never bothered me that he was the boss. Some [managers] don't want to be told what to do, but I always trreated him with respect, and he did, too. There was only a time or two when we miscommunicated in 12 years. When I was able to sit there and go one-on-one with him, we were fine.

"We just seemed to click. We all knew nobody was safe, that he wanted to win."

Torre said he felt most in peril after the Yankees blew a 3-0 lead over the rival Boston Red Sox in 2004 and lost the American League Championship to the eventual world champions.

"The rumors were flying and my wife told me, 'Just go down there [to Tampa, Fla.] to see him,' " Torre said. "I got on a plane, go to his office and I just asked him, I said, 'I don't want to be here unless you want me to manage.' He said, 'Yes, I want you to manage.' That was enough for me."

Torre smiled at memories of Steinbrenner's "football-like mentality," how he reminded his employees that he had coached at Purdue and loved George Patton. Torre said there was occasional "frustration" with Steinbrenner's impatience in a game that often requires it.

"There was no stopping him, even if you knew this might not be the best time to be doing this," Torre said.

Like when Steinbrenner picked up slugger Jose Canseco off waivers and there was little chance for him to play, or when he overruled a coaching staff decision and sent struggling pitcher Jose Contreras to class-A Tampa instead of triple-A in 2004.

"It aggravated me, because I had just given all the quotes about why he was going to triple-A," Torre said. "Of course, [Contreras] went to to Tampa. [Steinbrenner] was the boss."

That message was immediately clear to Torre, when he met with Steinbrenner on the eve of Thanksgiving in 1995 after accepting the job, and expressed a desire to return to Cincinnati to be with his then-pregnant wife that evening.

Steinbrenner said, "I'll let you go this time, but after the baby is born, your [rear] is mine."

"He had no regard for anyone else's life." Torre said. "But those were the ground rules."

Torre described Streinbrenner as "a visionary," particularly when it came to delivering the best players and avoiding detours such as a luxury tax.

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Supercross to visit Dodger Stadium next year

The nation's top-tier supercross series, which typically starts its season at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, also plans to make its first visit to Dodger Stadium next Jan. 22.

Dungey In announcing its 2011 schedule, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series said Tuesday it would again open the season at Angel Stadium on Jan. 8, then move to Phoenix, Dodger Stadium and Oakland before returning to Anaheim on Feb. 5.

The series in recent years had held three of its early-season races at Angel Stadium.

The 17-race schedule for next year concludes May 7 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

Supercross is the stadium version of motocross, or off-road motorcycle racing. Suzuki rider Ryan Dungey of Minnesota won the supercross championship as a rookie with six wins this season.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Ryan Dungey, who won this year's Monster Energy AMA Supercross title, gets airborne during the season finale May 8 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Credit: Associated Press / Acorn Woods Communications

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