For Major League Baseball players, three teams are at the bottom of the standings on state taxes: the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants.Thats because California is in a league of its own on personal income taxes.,Players really get hit.No one sheds tears over the tax burdens of multimillionaire young men who are blessed with enough athleticism to become fabulously rich playing a game.But many diehard fans undoubtedly moaned because Harper didnt choose the Dodgers or Giants, two teams that made strong pitches for him.The Giants reportedly offered 12 years and $312 million, but were told theyd need to ante up more to compensate for Californias tax hit.,But that puts a California player in the National League West at a significant tax disadvantage because there are three division teams in this state: the Dodgers, Giants and Padres.,The Dodgers will play 20 away games this season in California and the players will feel its tax bite.Players for out-of-state teams also get taxed at the California rate when they play in our stadiums.Theres a softer tax hit in the American League West.,Thats because all division rivals for the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics are in no-tax states: Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers.Theres a significant boost to players earnings being in the A.L. West vs. the N.L. West, Boras says.Repelling baseball stars isnt the worst thing about Californias income tax.

With a natural ability to lead, you would never know that this professional keeper is only 16-years-old and just signed a contract with Orange County Soccer Club.,“I coached in the academy level, I’ve coached youth soccer and now all the way up to the professional ranks and there’s a tremendous amount of talent out here.,Orange County is home to some of the ripest soccer talent in the country.,They are signing kids like Cervantes to contracts and fostering an environment where that talent can develop.,It is the equivalent of the minor leagues of Major League Soccer and is becoming a big ticket with homegrown talent.

Seneca County commissioners are to talk about appointing an interim treasurer and hiring a firm for a facility master plan when they meet at 10 a.m. today at their office, 111 Madison St.

An interim treasurer must be appointed by Feb. 1 to replace Damon Alt until the Republican Central Committee decides on a new treasurer Feb. 7.,The board also is expected to consider repairs on equipment at the Seneca County Airport, appointing members to the Museum Advisory Board, authorizing the sale of a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, a contract for medical services with Dr. Chris Sears on behalf of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and a contract with Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center for GED instructions for Seneca County Jail inmates.,• A $90,021.80 supplemental appropriation to the County Engineer’s Maintenance and Repair Fund for equipment.,• A $16,700 supplemental appropriation to the Community Development Block Grant Fund for restroom upgrades at the County Services Building.,• A $10,000 fund transfer from the LGF General Fund to the Soil and Water Fund. read more

Philip Rivers just concluded his 15th season with the Los Angeles Chargers but the quarterback's future beyond 2019 is one of many areas that general manager Tom Telesco will have to address during the offseason.,Rivers said Monday that he hasn't discussed his future plans with the team, but noted he wants to play at least through 2020, when the new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park opens.,Telesco didn't rule out the possibility of drafting a quarterback this year, but also said that it would have to line up with the team's other needs.,Other notable free agents include cornerback Jason Verrett, who missed the season with an Achilles injury, wide receiver Tyrell Williams and defensive tackle Damion Square.,"We had a very good football team but we played a better football team in New England at New England.

Van Riemsdyk earned a fourth-line demotion for Tuesday's loss in Washington, and really, he wasn't a player easy to notice out there before or during that game.,"When the team isn't winning games there are going to be lots of things that get changed around, moved around," van Riemsdyk said.,Van Riemsdyk, the Flyers No. 2 overall pick in 2007 who played three seasons here before being traded to Toronto, fully developed his offensive game over six seasons with the Maple Leafs.,By the time he lined up on the first line Thursday night against the Stars, van Riemsdyk had scored but six goals and 14 points in 27 games.,"Certainly when a team is doing this sort of thing (losing eight straight games), I don't think anyone can be too content with how things are going for themselves personally," van Riemsdyk said.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Unified School District has filed papers in federal court seeking an order to prevent a strike by members of United Teachers Los Angeles who provide “special-education support and services to more than 60,000 students.”,“To protect more than 60,000 special-needs students, Los Angeles Unified is seeking approval to move forward with a complaint to prevent UTLA leadership and its members from engaging in a denial of services to special needs students during a strike,” General Counsel David Holmquist said in a statement.,“A strike would be detrimental to students with disabilities and their families, depriving the students of the special-education support and services they rely on each day.”,Such students are protected by federal and state special-education laws, and LAUSD is monitored under a modified federal consent decree for special education, according to the district.,District officials said they are seeking permission to move forward with a complaint in Los Angeles federal court to ensure that special-needs students do not lose access to services they need if UTLA moves forward with a planned Jan. 10 teacher walkout.

LOS ANGELES, CA — Tribune Broadcasting television stations -- including KTLA5 in Los Angeles -- went dark on Charter Communications/Spectrum cable services Wednesday amid a contract dispute over the cost for the cable company to carry the channels.,In Los Angeles, KTLA went black on Spectrum cable shortly after 2 p.m., which was the expiration time of the previous contract for Spectrum to carry Tribune stations.,"We've offered Spectrum fair market rates for our top-rated local news, live sports and high-quality entertainment programming, and similarly fair rates for our cable network, WGN America," he said.,Charter Communications, however, has foisted blame for the dispute on Tribune Broadcasting, saying the media company is demanding the cable system pay triple the amount for the same programming it already carries.,According to Tribune Broadcasting, the blackout affects roughly 6 million cable customers who had access to local Tribune stations, while 14 million customers lost access to WGN America, the company's basic cable network.

PITTSBURGH — The Penguins once had a coach named Bob Berry, who had this opening comment after the team was eliminated from postseason consideration:

Mike Tomlin didn’t have anything nearly as dramatic to say after the Steelers were excluded from the NFL playoffs despite Sunday’s 16-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.,McCrane, who had spent time with two other teams this season, was called and practiced for the first and only time on Friday.,In addition to divisional road games in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Baltimore, they will play at New England, the New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona and San Francisco.,Their home games will be against the three divisional teams plus Buffalo, Miami, Seattle, the Los Angeles Rams and the Indianapolis Colts.,Roethlisberger became the seventh NFL quarterback to pass for at least 5,000 yards in a season. read more

In the last month the team announced the hiring of Dennis te Kloese as general manager, re-signed striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the richest contract in MLS history and welcomed back popular Brazilian midfielder Juninho.Now comes the hiring of Schelotto, which ends a nearly four-month coaching search that began when the Galaxy fired Sigi Schmid in September with six games left in the regular season.In 2 seasons at Boca Juniors, Schelotto, 45, led the team to two Argentine Primera Division titles.,He had long talked of returning to MLS as a coach and when it became obvious he wouldnt be asked back by Boca, his name was mentioned repeatedly in reference to managerial vacancies in Atlanta and Columbus and well as with the Galaxy.Earlier this month, the Galaxy appeared close to signing Caleb Porter, who led Portland to the 2015 MLS Cup, as it new coach with Porter joining Te Kloese, team president Chris Klein and Dan Beckerman, CEO of Galaxy parent company AEG, courtside at a Lakers game.,That deal blew up days later, however, partly because the Galaxy refused to agree to Porters request for a three-year contract.Te Kloese immediately turned his attention to Schelotto, whom the Galaxy had been talking to since early fall.When Schelotto joins the Galaxy for the opening of training camp in Carson in 3 weeks, he will become the teams fifth head coach in 26 months.,Schelottos hiring is something of a coup for Te Kloese, a former Chivas USA executive who came to the Galaxy from the Mexican soccer federation, where he was director of the national teams program.Since officially beginning his job with the Galaxy, Te Kloese re-signed the popular Juninho, who last played for Tijuana of Mexicos Liga MX, renegotiated new deals with midfielder Chris Pontius and defender Dave Romney and, most importantly, finalized a contract with Ibrahimovic that will pay him more than the league-record $7.167 million Orlando City gave Kaka in each of his four MLS seasons.,The Galaxy was 9-2-4 in games in which he scored a goal and 4-10-5 when he didnt.To fit Ibrahimovics new contract under the MLS salary cap, Te Kloese will have to create a designated-player spot by trading, releasing or restructuring the contract of one of the teams three current DPs.

Loss of Value Insurance and Your Division I Athletes: What Colleges and Universities Need to Know

Loss of Value (LoV) insurance is a little-known type of disability insurance designed to protect the future of elite, first-, second- or third-round draft picks.,Universities can arrange for the player or his family to purchase LoV insurance policies, which may kick in to supplement that athlete’s loss of total contract value.,The following three examples can help illustrate the types of college athletes who could benefit from LoV insurance: read more