Rumors confirmed: Sports journalist T.J. Simers joins Orange County Register

Former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers — MIA from the Times since June — starts today at the Orange County Register. His first column will appear in Thursday’s paper.

Register sports editor Todd Harmonson says in a release: “T.J. is a master at driving the conversation with his brand of humor and holding accountable those who deserve it. Some sports fans love him; others love to hate him. But they read him and are passionate in their feelings toward him.”

COURT VICTORIES FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. A Times staffers tells Romenesko readers: “A judge Friday refused to grant Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum officials an emergency order demanding the Los Angeles Times and others surrender internal emails over about its behind-the-scenes efforts to give USC control of the stadium.
“It was the second time [in one week] The Times has been the subject of legal action by people wanting to block the newspaper from publishing information. On Tuesday, a union representing Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies unsuccessfully sought a court order to stop the Los Angeles Times from publishing information from officers’ background screenings.”