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SPORTS DIGEST: Dodgers to host annual Civil Rights Game

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day April 15 by hosting the ninth annual Civil Rights Game against the Seattle Mariners at 7 p.m.

This is the first time Major League Baseball will play the Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day, a day that honors Robinson’s devut in the Major Leagues, April 15, 1947, with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

MLB developed the Civil Rights Game “to pay tribute to the spirit of the civil rights movement and to honor those who embodied the struggle for equal rights for all Americans,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

“It is truly an ideal pairing to have the franchise of Jackie Robinson and the city of Los Angeles join our national pastime in recognizing leaders of the past and present who have done so much for the benefit of our country,”.

Dodger part owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson said: “We’re proud of the role the Dodgers have played in professional sports history as pioneers of social change since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 during the team’s days in Brooklyn. From Jackie to Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela to Hideo Nomo to Chan Ho Park to now Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers have sought to lead the way and be a model of inclusion in sports and American society as a whole.”

The Dodgers have played in the Civil Rights Game once before, in 2012 at Atlanta.

Dominguez High girl

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COMPTON — For a third consecutive year, the Dominguez High School girls’ wrestling team was represented at the 2015 CIF State Wrestling Championships.

Senior Martha Celis placed sixth in the 24-girl bracket over the course of two days, Feb. 27 and 28 at the Visalia Convention Center in Central California.

“It feels rewarding to make it to state, to prove I could make it” Celis said. “I put so much into it. Because we are such a small team, there’s only three of us now, no one expected anything from us.”

Celis had a fine senior season. In January she won the L.A. City Throwdown at Carson High School and she also won the annual Lady Pioneer Showdown at Western High School in Anaheim.

In addition to her athletic success, Celis is a serious student who dreams of working in the medical field. She has a 4.0 grade point average and has already been accepted to several Cal State universities. She has also been offered athletic scholarships from Missouri Valley College and Southwestern Oregon Community College.

Celis didn’t expect to take up wrestling as a sport.

“At the start of my freshman year I thought I’d try something different,” she said. “My older brother was on the wrestling team as a junior and senior, and I just followed him into it.”

Coach Shelton Brown is proud of Celis’ accomplishments.

“She still has so much potential to grow,” Brown said. “She is determined. It’s been wonderful seeing her compete.”

Kings title is

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BEVERLY HILLS — The Los Angeles Kings winning their second Stanley Cup in three seasons was named March 15 as the greatest sports moment of 2014 in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.

The region’s top 10 sports moments of 2014 were announced at the 10th annual LA Sports Awards at the Beverly Hilton. The list was determined by an 11-member blue-ribbon media panel combined with online fan voting conducted by the Los Angeles Sports Council, which also conducts the LA Sports Awards.

The Kings won seven elimination games, including three Game 7s on the road, to win the Stanley Cup.

The remainder of the top 10 moments, in order, were: Clayton Kershaw wins National League Cy Young and MVP awards for the Dodgers; California Chrome wins the Kentucky Derby and Preakness; Landon Donovan sets Major League Soccer scoring record, selected All-Star Game MVP and retires as a champion; the Los Angeles Galaxy win the MLS Cup; Steve Ballmer buys the Los Angeles Clippers; the  Ducks play the Kings at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles’ first outdoor NHL game; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout wins the American League MVP Award; Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan to become the third-leading scorer in NBA history.