Check out the LA Clippers’ giveaways and promotions for the 2018-19 season

  • The Los Angeles Clippers will giveaway a shirt prior to the team’s home opener against the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 17. (Courtesy of the Clippers)

  • The Clippers will giveaway a magnet schedule on Oct. 19 before a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. (Courtesy of the Clippers)

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  • The Clippers will honor Lou Williams for winning the sixth man of the year award with a bobblehead giveaway prior to the game against the Washington Wizards on Oct. 28. (Courtesy of the Clippers)

  • The Clippers will giveaway a puzzle cub on Nov. 10 before a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. (Courtesy of the Clippers)

  • The Clippers will giveaway a tribal pattern hat on Native American Cultural night prior to a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 15. (Courtesy of the Clippers)

  • The Clippers will giveaway a County of LA tote bag prior to the game against the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 28. (Courtesy of the Clippers)

  • The Clippers will provide a winter inspired holiday present on Dec. 20 prior to the game against the Dallas Mavericks. (Courtesy of the Clippers)

  • The first 4,000 children ,age 13 and under, in attendance for the Dec. 22 game against the Denver Nuggets will receive a duffle bag. (Courtesy of the Clippers)

  • The Clippers will offer this LED wristband on four different dates throughout the season including Jan. 18, Mar. 8, Mar. 15 and April 5. (Courtesy of the Clippers)

  • The Clippers will give away a Jerry West bobblehead on Feb. 25 before the game against the Dallas Mavericks. (Courtesy of the Clippers)

  • The Los Angeles Clippers will giveaway a hooded bath towel for the first 4,000 children, 13 and under, in attendance for the March 3 game against the New York Knicks. (Courtesy of the Clippers)

  • The Clippers will give away a Ralph Lawler tribute bobblehead on April 10 before the game against the Utah Jazz. (Courtesy of the Clippers)

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The L.A. Clippers has announced its scheduled giveaways for the 2018-19 season.

Among the giveaways are bobbleheads of broadcaster Ralph Lawler, consultant Jerry West and Lou Williams, the reigning sixth man of the year.

The Clippers will have headwear to give away in the form of a baseball cap and a holiday beanie.

On four different game nights, an LED wristband will be given to fans.

The month of October will feature these Clipper swag giveaways:

  • Opening night t-shirt (Oct. 17 vs. Denver Nuggets)
  • Magnet schedule (Oct. 19 vs. OKC Thunder)
  • Lou Williams bobblehead (Oct. 28 vs. Washington Wizards)

Dates for several child specific giveaways have been announced but the only items reveled were the duffle bag on Dec. 22 and the hooded bath towel on March 3.

Dates for TBD children items:

  • Jan. 12 vs. Detroit Pistons
  • Jan. 27 vs. Sacramento Kings
  • March 30 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

A number of themed nights and celebrations have been scheduled:

  • 80s themed night (Dec. 29 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Chinese New Year celebration (Jan. 28 vs. Atlanta Hawks)
  • Black History Month celebration (Feb. 13 vs. Phoenix Suns)
  • Hawaii themed night w/ giveaway TBD (March 11 vs. Boston Celtics)
  • Festival Los Clippers (March 12 vs. Portland Trailblazers)
  • Women’s History Month celebration (March 31 vs. Memphis Grizzlies)
  • Fan Appreciation Day (April 3 vs. Houston Rockets)

For the fans who purchase special ticket packages for select themed nights could receive a specialty promotional items along with their ticket.

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Alexander: Ryu, big game pitcher, should have more opportunities to come

LOS ANGELES — Sunday was Hyun-Jin Ryu’s turn on the mound for the Dodgers. It was already Monday in his native South Korea, and that also happened to be Chuseok, a Korean holiday celebrating family and ancestors.

The people in his home country would have had to be awake at 5 a.m. to follow along from the first pitch. But it would have been worth it.

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Ryu provided a full-service performance in the Dodgers’ 14-0 waxing of San Diego: Six shutout innings, with four hits allowed and eight strikeouts, and a 3 for 3 day at bat with two runs scored.

Even better, we got to see him run the bases (to describe him as “chugging home” from second on Max Muncy’s RBI single in the fourth does not do it justice), and he covered first with all deliberate speed on a Hunter Renfroe grounder in the sixth and still got there in time.

For a guy who’s listed as 6-foot 3 and 255 pounds, let’s call him deceptively nimble. More notably, he missed more than three months with a serious groin injury and would have every excuse to play it safe, but while he could never be described as quick, his want-to made up for it.

Ryu’s desire and competitiveness have helped fashion an impressive stretch of pitching since his August 15 return from the disabled list. And if there was a dilemma or lack of clarity involving a potential Dodgers’ postseason rotation, Ryu has solved it.

His earned run average dropped to an even 2.00 for the season Sunday, including a 2.05 ERA in his last six starts. The last two in particular have been gems; he preceded Sunday’s start with eight shutout innings last Monday night against Colorado, the first game of a critical series that the Dodgers ended with a sweep that put them back in first place.

It is nowhere near a lock that the Dodgers will be in the postseason, mind you. They still have six games on the road against division rivals Arizona and San Francisco, both of which would relish the spoiler’s role for obvious reasons. Colorado, now one game behind, has seven left at home against Philadelphia and Washington, a pair of recently-eliminated NL East teams.

But should the Dodgers pick their way through this minefield, either with their sixth straight division title or a wild-card spot, would you take your chances with a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill and Ryu? I would.

It is a long way from a year ago, when Ryu was 5-9 with a 3.77 ERA in 25 starts and was passed over for Alex Wood when the playoff rotation was assembled.

“As a starting pitcher, you definitely want to start those games,” Ryu said Sunday through an interpreter. “At the moment, I feel pretty optimistic.”

He looked like an ace Sunday, although the competition must be taken into account. The Padres punted on this season before it began, and their main goal at this point is to avoid 100 losses (they’re at 94 with six to play).

But every game is critical for the Dodgers, and the reputation as a big game pitcher that Ryu forged in seven seasons in the KBO League in his homeland has carried over.

“He’s really focused,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He understands the magnitude of every start. I’ve said it; I’ve heard it, that he’s a big-game pitcher, and it showed today.

“I think it’s (because of) the ability to execute multiple pitches. I think a certain moment doesn’t get too big for him. He’s got a very good heartbeat and doesn’t get too amped up. The adrenalin, I think he does a great job of controlling it. And so that, (plus) just the feel of his pitches, makes him very dangerous.”

Those are qualities to treasure when the games become ever more important. Nor does it hurt to be able to handle the bat.

We are not talking Shohei Ohtani levels of production. But Ryu is hitting .292 this season, best by far among Dodger pitchers. (And yes, that includes Kiké Hernández, with his .240 batting average and 81.00 ERA from his inning of work in Philadelphia in July. Among real Dodger pitchers, Kershaw is next at .233)

Ryu singled in the second Sunday, singled and scored in the Dodgers’ six-run fourth, and singled and scored again in the fifth.

“He’s always talked about how good a hitter he is,” Roberts said. “I didn’t see it the last couple of years, but we’re seeing it now.  Guys were having fun with it, but those at-bats are important to keep the line moving, turn the lineup over.”

Who knows? Maybe Ryu even provided lineup protection for Austin Barnes, Sunday’s catcher, who slammed a two-run home run in the fourth hitting just ahead of Ryu. Barnes is now hitting .202.

“Hopefully they don’t switch me from the eighth to the ninth hole now” when Ryu’s pitching, Barnes said with a laugh.

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California’s green economy a model? Not quite

A significant sub-theme of Gov. Jerry Brown’s climate change conference in San Francisco this month was that California is a living model of how a nation-state can go green while experiencing economic prosperity.

Some Californians take it a step further, contending that going green is itself an economic spur.

Certainly California’s current economy is, at least superficially, booming.

The state’s official unemployment rate is 4.2 percent, a record-low level, reflecting tens of thousands of new jobs being added each month — nearly 50,000 in July alone, according to the most recent employment report.

California’s total economic output is more than $2.5 trillion a year, which would place it fifth in the world were it a nation.

However, the claims that California is a model of green prosperity are somewhat overblown.

California is prospering these days mostly because the nation as a whole is experiencing a record-long economic expansion. The steps it has taken so far to reduce its carbon footprint have been relatively mild, so their economic impact, positive or negative, has been relatively scant.

The contentions that going green has been an economic positive are unproven. The cheerleaders for that claim notoriously overcount “green jobs,” including many that would exist regardless and discounting the jobs that might be lost in the conversion.

The biggest negative about the state’s economic standing, however, came in a new report issued by the Census Bureau as Brown’s conference was underway.

It was the bureau’s updated report on poverty and once again, California found itself in the unenviable position of being No. 1 in that category when all economic factors are included in the calculation.

While the state’s poverty rate by the Census Bureau’s “supplemental” method declined slightly since the previous report, it still is the nation’s highest at 19 percent and that’s because of California’s very high cost of living, particularly for housing.

That means 7.5 million Californians, more than the population of most states, are counted as poor. And the situation is even darker when other data are put into the mix.

The Public Policy Institute of California, using a methodology similar to that of the Census Bureau, came up with very similar results, but also calculated that another 20 percent or so of Californians are living in “near-poverty.”

Adding the near-poor to the total brings us to about 16 million Californians struggling to survive. That number is bolstered by the fact that 14 million Californians are being covered by the state’s Medi-Cal program of medical care for the poor and the number would probably climb to 16 million if undocumented immigrants were eligible for its benefits.

Finally, the state’s record-low unemployment rate is also somewhat misleading. The jobless rate most often cited — 4.2 percent currently — is the percentage of those considered to be in the workforce who lack jobs. But that doesn’t account for adults who, for one reason or another, don’t work or seek work, nor those who are working only part-time and/or below their skill levels.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics actually calculates unemployment and underemployment six different ways and the most revealing, called “U-6,” includes not only the officially unemployed but “marginally attached” workers and those involuntarily working part-time. California’s U-6 rate is 9.2 percent, more than a full percentage point higher than the national rate and tied with Louisiana for the sixth highest.

Until its real poverty rate and its real unemployment rate drop at least to the national average no one, especially no politician, should be boasting of California’s prosperity.

Dan Walters is an opinion columnist for CALmatters. CALmatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters. For more by Dan Walters, go to Commentary.

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USC’s defense in pursuit of more turnovers

The pass was a little underthrown, and Talanoa Hufanga took advantage.

Midway through the fourth quarter of USC’s 39-36 victory over Washington State on Friday night, Hufanga had dropped into pass coverage on third down and hovered toward the sideline. The freshman safety extended his left arm and batted down a throw by quarterback Gardner Minshew.

It left the Cougars to punt.

The play also captured a dynamic of USC’s defense. The Trojans have been active and broken up 29 passes, the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision. None of them have been intercepted, an odd trend for a team that tips the ball so often.

USC has forced only two turnovers, recovering a pair of fumbles, an unusually low number through its first four games. Only six FBS teams have fewer turnovers gained, and it’s the lowest total for the Trojans at this point in a season since at least 2000.

“That’s nowhere near what we want,” linebacker Porter Gustin said outside the locker room late Friday. “We have to step that part up.”

It leaves a thin margin for error for USC’s offense, which is led by true freshman quarterback JT Daniels, who had thrown three interceptions in losses to Stanford and Texas the previous two weeks. Daniels was not picked off by Washington State, nor did anyone else fumble to prompt a turnover in the high-scoring, back-and-forth battle.

“It’s probably extremely fortunate for us,” USC coach Clay Helton said. “I feel like if we had one turnover in that game, it probably goes the other way.”

Helton said his goal remains for the defense to force three turnovers per game, though it was a total they had not reached over four games.

Gustin reasoned the Trojans needed to pursue a more aggressive approach to change their fortunes.

“Maybe instead of getting in the backfield and just getting a sack, going for the ball, really emphasizing that,” Gustin said. “Getting our hands up. Get tipped balls. I think that’ll come.”

Gustin had the first turnover of the season when he recovered a fumble on his first play in the season opener against UNLV. It was forced by safety Isaiah Pola-Mao, knocking the ball out of the grasp of quarterback Armani Rogers.

“We work on it extremely hard in practice with turnover circuits,” Helton said. “I explain where their leading turnovers come from, whether it’s the quarterback or whether it’s a certain player that carries the ball loose, to be able to target, break out, punch out, knock out. We’re doing a lot of it. I may be talking about it too much. Who knows.”

FEWER CARRIES FOR WARE

Starting running back Aca’Cedric Ware saw 10 carries, 18 carries and 4 carries in his first three games this season.

Ware saw only one carry against Washington State that resulted in a loss of 5 yards.

Helton said Ware has dealt with nagging knee pain in recent weeks and was limited in practices prior to the game, resulting in the diminished workload.

Running backs Stephen Carr and Vavae Malepeai split most of the carries.

“I just didn’t want him to get in a game and not be absolutely 100 percent,” Helton said. “Being him, he was great. ‘Coach, I’m ready if you need me. I’m ready to make a play if needed.’ He always is.”

It was not believed to be punitive for Ware’s comments following the Texas loss about the team’s poor practice effort.

Regarding Ware’s availability for the Trojans’ next game on Saturday at Arizona, Helton said he expected he would be a “full go.”

QUICK HITS

Wide receiver Velus Jones suffered an elbow injury against Washington State and is considered day to day. Helton reported no other significant injuries from Friday night during his weekly teleconference with reporters Sunday evening. … USC opened as a two-point favorite at Arizona, according to the consensus line at VegasInsider.com.

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LA County Fair visitors enjoy one last day of Route 66 kicks

  • Sakon Wilson of Burbank drops in on the LA County Fair on its last day. Photographed in Pomona, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • “I want to be fearless. God got this,” Sakon Wilson of Burbank says as the LA County Fair winds down on its last day. Photograph in Pomona, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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  • Sakon Wilson of Burbank struts after taking the plunge on the Bungee Jump at the LA County Fair in Pomona, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. The last time she jumped was at age 16. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sakon Wilson of Burbank gets high fives from strangers after taking the plunge on the Bungee Jump at the LA County Fair in Pomona, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • This isn’t Sherral Clayton’s first time bungee jumping and it showed. The Pomona resident smiled often during the drop at her local LA County Fair on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Dominic Soriano, 11, of Pomona, jumps to get a better view of cotton candy making at his local LA County Fair on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Pomona resident James Briseno, 6, spins cousin Joselyn Bazaldua, 4, as they wait for adults to get tickets at the LA County Fair on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Pancho Sanchez mans the Backyard BBQ Village grill at the LA County Fair in Pomona, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Natalie Li, 8, of Diamond Bar cools off with a Nitro Sourbomb while her younger brother munches on a giant fried potato in a stick at the LA County Fair in Pomona, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • LA County Fairgoers Yolanda Alvarez of Los Angeles, second from left, and son Jesus, 17, with sunglasses take a break from spinning rides and gigantic foods at the LA County Fair in Pomona, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • The LA County Fair in Pomona, Calif. concluded Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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This year’s Route 66-inspired LA County Fair run has come to the end of the road.

It was a trip to remember. Countless fairgoers took selfies with some of the most iconic Route 66 roadside attractions without ever driving on the Mother Road. Fairgoers reveled in the nostalgia of it all, especially the replicas of the Hollywood sign, the Wigwam Motel, and the half-buried Caddies at the Cadillac Ranch.

Now, visitors will have to get out on the actual road or be satisfied with Route 66 nostalgia, because the fair is over! Sunday, Sept. 23, was the last day.

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Winonah RTW Spring 2019

Like many designers and brands this season, Winonah de Jong gave in to her wanderlust, and took a trip — a safari to be precise. She sent out a glamorous — and travel-friendly — collection that was full of easy, classic pieces including cotton blouses, jumpsuits and safari jackets. De Jong put her personal spin on the trench, slipping a belt on the inside so that the coat could be cinched and still remain drapey at the front. A cinnamon cotton safari suit came with an elastic nipped waist and a midi skirt, while a jumpsuit in a similar shade was belted at the waist.
A camouflage print crept over long and languid trousers, a jumpsuit and a skinny minidress with long sleeves and built-up shoulders — a Winonah signature. Other summer-ready looks included a pink cotton dress with ruffle sleeves that gathered at the elbow, and a similar style done in white with embroidered black animal shapes hand-drawn by de Jong. Those black-on-white, naif drawings were a highlight of the collection, with a menagerie of African beasts striding across pieces including a ruffle-front skirt, high-waist trousers and a blouse with puff sleeves.

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A. F. Vandevorst RTW Spring 2019

Belgian designers An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on the catwalk as the milestone inspired their brand A.F. Vandevorst with a series of looks reminiscent of the ethereal wedding dress tradition.
”After our very first collection, Filip proposed and asked me to marry him — 20 years ago,” Vandevorst told WWD. “And as our private life is always mixed with our work,” this was the best way to celebrate their anniversary, she concluded. The designers gave new life to fabrics taken from real vintage dresses, mixing them with other materials ranging from silk satin to wool and crispy cotton poplins.
White was obviously the key color, sometimes mixed with black.
A young bride with a light veil covering her face and a cross embroidered over that veil marking her eyes and her nose stood out on the catwalk. Another model wore a white mask, preciously embroidered, while another one walked in a long skirt, her chest covered only by a big fresh bouquet of flowers. The wedding looks included black jackets, trawl dresses and oversize hoodies, all finely embroidered or printed. The collection was balanced with a few sartorial looks, such as the pantsuit featuring a double-breasted cropped and

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EXCLUSIVE: LVMH Taps Designer to Revive Jean Patou

PARIS — LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton is applying its formidable finances and management might to revive the dormant Jean Patou fashion house, WWD has learned.
Sidney Toledano, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Fashion Group, is spearheading the project and has already selected and signed on a designer to lead it: Guillaume Henry.
Last March, Henry exited Nina Ricci and he is said to be passionate about the legacy of Patou, a French designer who brought modernity and buzz to fashion in the Twenties — and innovated in business with fragrances, logos and sport clothes.
LVMH is now in the throes of building teams around Henry with a view to launching the first collection of ready-to-wear and accessories in the second half of 2019.
It is understood the group views Patou as something of a niche, rarified name — and not its next megabrand. Consequently, LVMH will likely start with a single boutique, most likely in Paris, along with e-commerce and select wholesale partners.
The relaunch suggests the world’s largest luxury group is anticipating an easing of the streetwear craze, and a swing of the fashion pendulum back to sophisticated chic.

Afternoon Dress in Crepe De Chine by Jean Patou, 1926. 
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Josep Font Leaves Delpozo

Josep Font is stepping down as creative director of Spanish luxury brand Delpozo. He was hired to relaunch the brand six years ago by Grupo Perfumes y Diseño, which has held the house’s perfume license since 1992 and acquired the label in full in 2011. A successor will be named at a later date.
Prior to joining Delpozo, Font had his own label, which he showed during Madrid, Barcelona, Tokyo and Paris fashion weeks. He revived Delpozo, originally launched in 1974 by Spanish couturier Jesus del Pozo, with a flare for dramatic, colorful and eccentric collections that often employed couture techniques and silhouettes. Though based in Spain, the brand held its fashion show during New York Fashion Week before switching to London for the last two seasons.
“Josep has been a key figure for the relaunch of Delpozo,” said the company’s president Pedro Trolez, who owns Grupo Perfumes y Diseño, in a statement. “Over the past six years, he has helped rejuvenate and continue the legacy of Jesus.”
“I am very proud of what we have achieved together in the short space of six years,” said Font. “ I want to thank my talented team who has been committed since the beginning of this

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EXCLUSIVE: Duckie Thot Becomes a L’Oréal Paris Ambassador

NEW FACE: L’Oréal Paris has signed model Duckie Thot as its newest ambassador.
“I’m honored to represent L’Oréal Paris, a brand that celebrates infinite ways to be beautiful and makes products for all women,” Thot said. “I’m looking forward to helping more girls love the beauty of their dark skin. In my mind, I’m going back in time and telling the young girl I was: ‘Dream big, work hard and trust in yourself girl, because one day you’re going to say yes to the number-one beauty brand.’”
“While emerging in a new generation of models, Duckie Thot knows how to use her voice to match the strength of her images,” said L’Oréal Paris global president Pierre-Emmanuel Angeloglou. “Her energy and message of inclusivity make her a perfect recruit for the L’Oréal Paris family: original and confident in her self-worth. We’re delighted to welcome Duckie and for her to continue motivating women to believe in their own beauty around the globe.”
On Sept. 30, Thot will make her first appearance as a L’Oréal Paris ambassador on the runway of the brand’s fashion and beauty show on the river Seine during Paris Fashion Week.
Her debut campaigns for L’Oréal Paris are to be for Volume Million Lashes,

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