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Galaxy, LAFC renew El Trafico rivalry for fourth time

The rivalry between the Galaxy and Los Angeles Football Club has delivered memorable moments in its three years of existence. From Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Carlos Vela to Cristian Pavon to Diego Rossi, the stars haven’t disappointed and the games have lived up to the hype. “Before I was at LAFC, this was the biggest rivalry in MLS for me, this was the game I always watched,” LAFC forward Danny Musovski said. “No matter what game was on TV, this was the game I always paid attention to. “Coming here ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mls, Venezuela, Vancouver, Galaxy, Orlando, Carlos Vela, Sacha Kljestan, Vela, Lafc, Jonathan, Diego Rossi, Bob Bradley

These two Trojans benefit most from USC’s new defense

In football, a player’s value and effectiveness can be directly tied to the fit in the scheme laid out by the coaching staff. Fortunately for USC, there is a growing belief that the defensive scheme under new coordinator Todd Orlando is a good fit for some of the stalwarts already on the roster. One of the players benefiting from the system is strong safety Talanoa Hufanga. The junior has long been one of the key cogs in USC’s defense; he had 51 tackles as a true freshman, and earned second-team...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, College sports, Trevor, Usc, Orlando, Trojans, Helton, Clay Helton, USC Football, Gaoteote, Stephen Carr, Trevor Trout, Talanoa, Hufanga

Frank Oz to Reprise Yoda in Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge

Frank Oz to Reprise Yoda in Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge Ahead of its launch this coming November, ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm has officially announced that Star Wars alum Frank Oz is set to reprise his iconic role as Jedi Master Yoda in their highly-anticipated virtual reality adventure Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge. This announcement also came with the release of a new gameplay trailer which you can check out below, featuring our first look at the return of Oz’s Yoda! “Yoda ...
Tags: Star Wars, Games, Florida, Movies, California, Disney, Disneyland Resort, Lucasfilm, Orlando, Yoda, Frank Oz, Anaheim, Matthew Wood, Walt Disney World Resort, Bobby Moynihan, Debra Wilson

Knock’s expansion plans on track with new Florida markets

Three Keller Williams offices in central Florida will become Knock-certified as alternative lending company continues push toward 11 markets before year's end.
Tags: Florida, Radio, Mortgage, Mortgage Rates, Tampa, Orlando, Home Swap, Industry News, Keller Williams, Select, Knock, Easyknock, iBuyer, Banking And Lending, Keller Williams LeHeup Group, Keller Williams Realty of Central Florida LLC

Florida Breaks Opening Day Record For Early Voting

Florida smashed the state’s previous records on Monday, with at least 350,000 people casting ballots for in-person early voting, Politico reports. Some of the voters on Monday reportedly munched on pizza — a treat from pop icon Ariana Grande while they waited to cast what grew to at least 350,000 ballots by the day’s end. The totals — which were still being counted into the late hours of the night — far exceed the number of ballots cast on for the first day of in-person early voting in 2016 w...
Tags: Florida, News, Democrats, Ariana Grande, Biden, Jacksonville, Kamala Harris, Orlando, Pensacola, Trump, HARRIS, Tallahassee, Leon County, Matt Gaetz, Trump Victory, Emma Vaughn

Heartbreak in the Magic Kingdom: Laid-off Disney workers turn to food banks as coronavirus devastates Florida tourism

The coronavirus has led to thousands of layoffs at Disney in Orlando, and devastated the local economy, reports Richard Hall
Tags: Florida, News, Disney, Orlando

Disneyland unions urge Newsom to reopen California theme parks in ‘moderate’ tier

A letter sent by Disneyland unions representing more than 10,000 employees urges Gov. Gavin Newsom to reopen California theme parks in the “moderate” tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. “We believe a path exists where Disneyland would be able to open safely when Orange County moves into the Orange tier,” according to the union letter. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe here. SEE ...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orange County, Orange, Orlando, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim, Knott, Universal Studios Hollywood, Newsom

What USC football learned from its scrimmage Saturday

The USC football team football walked away from its 60-play live scrimmage at the Coliseum on Saturday with some positive takeaways, and some areas for improvement. The area with the biggest questions entering the day was the defense, under the watch of new coordinator Todd Orlando. It was the first opportunity for the defense to show what it had in a live, game-like situation. Orlando simplified everything for the scenario, allowing the players to just play and learn how to communicate with eac...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, College sports, Usc, Orlando, Olaijah Griffin, Helton, Clay Helton, Coliseum, Kana, Marlon Tuipulotu, USC Football, Tyler Vaughns, Amon Ra St Brown, Juliano Falaniko

Theme Park Bits: Say Goodbye to Two Shows, Massive Disney Layoffs, and More

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Layoffs sweep through the Walt Disney Company. Entertainment is being scaled back at Walt Disney World. And more! If the bullets above don’t give you a hint, let’s make it real clear right now: those of you looking for an upbeat edition of Theme Park Bits may want to dig into the archives instead. The news coming out of theme parks in the last few days has been exceedingly grim, and I’d rather not pretend otherwise. You’ve no doubt already heard that mo...
Tags: Florida, Movies, California, Disney, Nba, Walt Disney Company, Theme Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Gavin Newsom, Anaheim, Mickey, Disney Springs, Ron DeSantis, Tom Bricker

State officials tour Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood to review reopening plans

A delegation of state officials are visiting Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood this week to review reopening plans after a team from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration traveled to Florida last week to inspect COVID-19 protocols at Disney World and Universal Orlando. California theme parks have been asking state officials for months to visit their properties and review their COVID-19 health and safety protocols with the in-state tours only coming after Newsom’s team made an unannounced o...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, State, Disney World, Santa Monica Pier, Knott

Todd Orlando will finally see his USC defense in action

Wednesday was an exciting day for Todd Orlando. Nine odd months after he took the job as USC defensive coordinator, and his new wards were finally suiting up to practice in full pads. “Today will be the day,” Orlando declared on Wednesday morning. “We’ll just let them line up and go play and find out who can tackle people, who can get off blocks, who can separate.” It’s been a long time coming. This step should have happened during the spring, but the pandemic shut down USC spring ball after one...
Tags: Texas, Stanford, Sports, NFL, Sport, Soccer, College sports, Jay, Usc, Orlando, Trojans, Kana, USC Football, Pili, Brandon Pili, Jay Tufele

Sacramento Moves Up On List Of ‘Top 50 Rattiest Cities’ In US

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Not only has Sacramento again made the list of “Top 50 Rattiest Cites,” it moved up several spots. The list was put together by pest control company Orkin. Cities were ranked based on where Orkin conducted the most rodent treatments over the past year. A couple of California cities were ranked among the top 5 most rodent-infested: Los Angeles at #2 and San Francisco at #5. Sacramento was ranked 36th, moving up five spots from the year before. Chicago topped the list as “ratt...
Tags: Pests, New York, News, Minneapolis, California, Boston, Milwaukee, US, Local, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Chicago, Portland

Hoornstra: Braves are out-Dodgering the Dodgers in NLCS

After Tyler Matzek won a CIF championship for head coach Bob Zamora at Capistrano Valley High School, and before he took the mound for the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series Tuesday, he was an AirHog. The Texas AirHogs play in the independent American Association. Their home field is a 5,445-seat ballpark in Grand Prairie, Texas. This is where Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos found Matzek in 2019, pitching his way back from a case of the yips that nearly d...
Tags: Sports, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Anderson, Orlando, DAVE ROBERTS, Cubs, Freeman, National League, Dodgers, Braves, Friedman

Tourist brought AR-15 rifle, handgun to Disney World over worries about Orlando protests

ORLANDO, Fla. - A South Florida man brought an AR-15 rifle and 9mm handgun with him on his Disney World vacation because he was worried about his family's safety during the social justice protests in Central Florida last month, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The 43-year-old Palm Beach Gardens man checked into the Polynesian Village Resort with his guns in a tennis bag on ...
Tags: Florida, News, Orlando, Disney World, Orlando Fla, Palm Beach Gardens, Orange County Sheriff s Office

California will release Disneyland reopening plan ‘when we’re ready,’ state official says

Visits to Florida and Southern California theme parks will help a team from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration develop long-awaited COVID-19 health and safety guidelines that will allow the state’s major tourist destinations to reopen after seven months of coronavirus closures. “I know a number of people are continuing to wonder when that guidance is coming out and I like to say, ‘It will come out when we’re ready,’” California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said. “We’re working ...
Tags: Florida, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orlando, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Disney World, Mickey, Newsom, Disneyland Universal Studios Hollywood, Office of Business and Economic Development, Mark Ghaly

How DTC Brand Cuts Clothing Became the Breakout Hit for Players in the NBA ‘Bubble’

For Cuts Clothing--a maker of T-shirts, polos and sweatshirts--the bubble created by the National Basketball Association in Orlando for the league's playoffs proved to be the ideal environment for the brand to spread the gospel about the quality of its clothing. Heading into the tournament, the likes of Pat Connaughton of the Milwaukee Bucks and...
Tags: Ecommerce, Fashion, Advertising, Nba, National Basketball Association, Orlando, Milwaukee Bucks, Influencers, Pat Connaughton

Whicker: Lakers (and the NBA) were true to the man championship trophy honors

Those who believe the NBA has become too political are forgetting the name on the trophy. “Politics is the art of the possible,” Larry O’Brien said. He was a fixer who understood that elections could be won by the door-knocking, phone-calling masses. He helped pick out Jack Kennedy’s casket. He stood near the place where Bobby Kennedy lay bleeding at the Ambassador Hotel. His father was a bartender, born in Ireland, and Larry was born in Springfield, Mass., home of basketball’s Hall of Fame. He ...
Tags: Abc, White House, Sports, NFL, Dnc, Sport, Soccer, Ireland, Michael Jordan, Nba, Miami, Cbs, Espn, Jordan, NHL, Biden

Trump to hold first rally since Covid diagnosis, as Senate opens bitter hearings on court pick – live

Trump has tested negative, doctor claims, based on less-reliable rapid testsJudges should not try to legislate, Barrett saysHearing kicks off with hypocrisy and healthcareSupreme court hearing sets stage for partisan clashSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 11.18pm BST The president is en route to Florida, where a massive crowd of his supporters await. Per the White House press pool, the president was not wearing a mask when he boarded Air Force One, nor are most in...
Tags: Florida, Senate, White House, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, United States, US politics, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, US supreme court, Orlando, Trump, Barrett, Fauci

Protester says he knocked down Trump supporter, 72, in self-defense

A man in his 20s is claiming that he knocked down an elderly Trump supporter in Nocatee, Florida in an act of self-defense. The confrontation between the Floridians began Saturday with a flag the younger man had on his golf cart that included a profane word. The man was allegedly protesting while Vice President Mike Pence was traveling through the small town after engagements in Orlando and the conservative senior community known as The Villages.
Tags: News, Orlando, Trump, Mike Pence, Nocatee Florida

Alexander: Lakers’ Rob Pelinka has the last laugh

If Rob Pelinka were so inclined, he could have used the occasion Sunday night to have a hearty laugh at our expense. Go back nearly 17 months, to the day that Frank Vogel was introduced as the Lakers’ head coach. That morning, Magic Johnson – who had left his VP of basketball operations position a month earlier, hinting of difficulties working with General Manager Pelinka – came out with both barrels blasting on an ESPN talk show, reinforcing the narratives that Pelinka was backstabbing him and ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, New Orleans, Espn, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Staples Center, Miami Heat, NBA finals, Orlando, James

LAFC seeks complete game against first-place Seattle

The week for the Los Angeles Club was originally a two-game week, with travel to Colorado starting things Wednesday, leaving the team a short turnaround for today’s meeting with Seattle. However, with the midweek game postponed due to positive COVID cases within the Colorado Rapids organization, LAFC (6-6-3, 21 points) was able to pivot and turn attention toward Sunday’s home game against the first-place Sounders (4 p.m. ESPN). “We immediately turned our sights on an important game with Seattle,...
Tags: Colorado, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mls, San Jose, Espn, Seattle, Reno, Colorado Rapids, Sounders, Orlando, Carlos Vela, Vela, Lafc, Bradley

USC football: 5 questions as Trojans open fall camp

Enough with the questions about safety protocols and testing results. With USC football set to open training camp Friday, the focus can finally return to football-related questions. And there are several that need answering before the Trojans open their season Nov. 7 against Arizona State. Here’s a look at five questions facing the Trojans as they start training camp this weekend: 1. How quickly does the new defense translate to the field? New defensive coordinator Todd Orlando was supposed to...
Tags: Sports, NFL, Sport, Soccer, College sports, Usc, Orlando, Southern California, Trojans, Helton, Clay Helton, PITTMAN, Michael Pittman, Slovis, Max Williams, USC Football

Will excitement pick up as Lakers, Dodgers close in on championships?

As the axis of the sports world tips toward Southern California, how can anyone tell? Mike Gaspar’s shop, Sports Addict, in Fountain Valley, CA, on Wednesday, Oct., 7, 2020. Gaspar has owned the sports memorabilia store since 2003. He said the nostalgic Lakers stuff is selling good, but the LeBron jerseys aren’t. Dodgers stuff won’t sell until they’re in the World Series. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Mike Gaspar’s shop, Sports Addict, in Fountain Valley, CA, on Wed...
Tags: News, Angels, Sport, Soccer, Reddit, Nba, Mlb, Chargers, Miami, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Orange County, Magic Johnson, Orlando, James, Lakers

On Becoming A God in Central Florida Season 2 Cancelled at Showtime

BEGIN SLIDESHOW On Becoming A God in Central Florida Season 2 Cancelled at Showtime Last year On Becoming A God in Central Florida scored an early second season renewal, but now Deadline brings word that Showtime has decided to reverse their decision by officially cancelling the Kirsten Dunst-led dark comedy after one season. This cancellation was due to the inevitable scheduling conflicts that arise during this ongoing pandemic. “Last year, Showtime renewed On Becoming A God In Central ...
Tags: Florida, TV, Movies, Abc, Netflix, Showtime, Sony, TV News, George Clooney, Kirsten Dunst, Sony Pictures Television, Orlando, Krystal, Corey Stoll, Mary Steenburgen, ComingSoon

Universal Orlando announces more layoffs due to pandemic

Universal Orlando announced Wednesday that it will layoff more workers amid business struggles brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Tags: Orlando

USC quotable: Clay Helton talks at Pac-12 media day

Here are some highlights from USC head football coach Clay Helton’s availability at Pac-12 media day on Wednesday: On what practices will look like logistically with current state and local guidelines: “We are going to be able to actively work together and be able to have contact. And that was really the change that has happened through our local city and state guidelines. A big part of that was due to the testing that came about due to Quidel. Right now we’re allowed 75 men on a field actively,...
Tags: California, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, College sports, Graham, Usc, Craig, Orlando, Todd, Edwards, Arizona State, Donte, Trojans, Olaijah Griffin

Inside the NBA bubble, pickleball battles have become the stuff of legend

NBA referee Scott Foster is the unofficial pickleball commissioner in the Orlando bubble, where the sport has been taken up by nearly 70 people.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Nba, Usa Today, Orlando, Scott Foster

‘Vanished Into Thin Air’: Florida Mom Disappears After Withdrawing $20 From ATM

Authorities on Tuesday continued their frantic search for a Florida mother who disappeared over a week ago after withdrawing $20 from an ATM.Stephanie Hollingsworth, 50, left her home around noon on Sept. 25 and drove to a local Bank of America to withdraw $20, the Belle Isle Police Department said. The mother of three then stopped by a Walmart around 2 p.m., where she was caught on store cameras walking through an aisle near the entrance before turning around and walking out.“She’s a beautiful ...
Tags: Florida, News, Walmart, Bank Of America, Tahoe, Orlando, Stephanie, Belle Isle, Hollingsworth, Belle Isle Police, Stephanie Hollingsworth, Belle Isle Police Department, Never Came HomeThe Belle Isle Police Department, Laura Houston, StephanieHollingsworth, Chevy Tahoe FL Y50XUR

Another one bites the dust….

The ARRL and Hamcation have just announced that this year’s HamCation has been cancelled. This was just posted on the ARRL website: ARRL National Convention and Orlando HamCation® Postponed to February 2022 NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT — ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio® and the Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC) have announced that the ARRL National Convention and Orlando HamCation® — which is hosting the convention — have been postponed until February 10 – 13, 2022. The convention wa...
Tags: Radio, Orlando, Orlando Florida, ARRL, Amateur Radio, Newington Connecticut, Hamfests, Orlando Amateur Radio Club OARC, David Minster NA2AA, HamCation

Theme Park Bits: Epcot Hours Cut, Meet-and-Greets Back, and a Legendary Song Vanishes

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Character meet-and-greets are back. Epcot’s hours are scaling back soon. And more! First, let’s talk about one of my very favorite subjects: theme-park background music. (Do you think that’s me being sarcastic? It’s not. I adore background music. Really.) As you no doubt recall, Disney recently announced that Splash Mountain would be getting a full overhaul, removing any ties to Song of the South and being redone as a Princess and the Frog-themed attract...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Arizona, Tokyo, Island, Theme Parks, Universal, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Epcot, Orlando, Universal Studios, Mickey Mouse, Tom Sawyer, Duffy, Downtown Disney