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National and local sports news covering the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL as well as college and high school sports teams. Up-to-date score and live reporting.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn't score, so the Galaxy are shutout by Atlanta United 2-0

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:40:00 PDT

When the Galaxy added Zlatan Ibrahimovic last month, coach Sigi Schmid’s task was to find a way to integrate the Swedish superstar into the offense.

Instead Ibrahimovic has become the offense, scoring the team’s last three goals and leading L.A. in both scoring and shots on goal. When he finds...


Albert Pujols gets his 2,992nd hit with two-run home run in Angels' 4-3 win over Giants

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:50:00 PDT

The ball rifled off the bat of Albert Pujols at 104 mph and shot toward the gap in right-center field in the sixth inning Saturday night, easily clearing the wall for the 618th home run and 2,992nd hit of the Angels slugger’s career.

Gone was a streak of 41 innings — dating to an April 14 game...


Hyun-Jin Ryu pitches seven scoreless innings in 4-0 Dodgers victory over Nationals

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:45:00 PDT

There might come a time this season when Hyun-Jin Ryu will be welcome to pitch the eighth inning. Or, frankly, there might not.

Ryu has not lasted beyond seven innings in four years, in a game so long ago that Andre Ethier was the Dodgers center fielder and Cuban prospect Erisbel Arruebarrena,...


Chargers explore all their options when scouting for a quarterback of the future

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:55:00 PDT

It’s the most important decision an NFL team will make. Who will be our quarterback, and how are we going to find him?

If you have one, you’re on the hunt for the next one. If you need one, you’re in a free-fall until you find one.

“With the quarterback position, you’re always looking,” Chargers...


Rams don't have picks in first two rounds of NFL draft, but many a star has emerged from Round 3

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:00:00 PDT

It felt like something of a slight to Jackie Slater.

The offensive lineman from Jackson State had been led by some to believe he might be selected in the first round of the 1976 NFL draft.

But he was not selected until the third round, when the Rams chose him with the 86th pick.

“I was very excited...


Aside from safety, Chip Kelly's first UCLA spring game goes 'according to plan'

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:45:00 PDT

The plays were basic, the pace s-l-o-w. The game ended after only two quarters and the quarterback who might throw UCLA’s first pass of the 2018 season was milling about in street clothes.

In other words, the Bruins’ first spring football game under coach Chip Kelly was packed with more oddities...


Ducks enter the offseason looking to adjust to NHL's evolving game

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:50:00 PDT

The Ducks enter a long offseason with question marks aplenty after a lethargic showing in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Coach Randy Carlyle's crew was swept by the San Jose Sharks, and the Ducks didn't put up much of a fight. It's clear they must adjust to the NHL's evolving game...


USC's Michael Norman Jr. has Olympic dreams and world record aspirations

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:40:00 PDT

Michael Norman Jr. will run in the Olympics.

Everything points to that, from the indoor world record the 20-year-old USC sophomore set in the 400 meters last month to how he has looked like a man racing against boys this collegiate season.

If the likes of Allyson Felix, Felix Sanchez, Quincy Watts...


Walker Buehler impresses in first start as Dodgers win 2-1

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:20:00 PDT

The jewel of the Dodgers farm system steadied himself in the center of their ballpark. Walker Buehler cradled a baseball in his right hand and tucked it inside his glove. He exhaled as he prepared to throw the first pitch of the first start of his career. Buehler went still; Dodger Stadium went...


Angels bounce back with win over hot Astros

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:50:00 PDT

Eleven days ago, he was pitching in double-A for a team called the BayBears.

Monday, he struck out Houston’s Carlos Correa in the eighth inning with the tying run on base to help the Angels beat the reigning World Series champions, 2-0.

“I thought it was crazy,” Keynan Middleton said.

The reliever...


Astros blow chance to let Yuli Gurriel make amends to Southland Asian American community

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:15:00 PDT

Shortly after Zack Greinke reported to his first spring training with the Dodgers in 2013, the team said the right-hander would address his well-documented problems with anxiety once and once only. So one day in February, he shared his story with a group of reporters. The subject was never raised...


UCLA's women's gymnastics team wins a national title and brings out the best in the sport

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:20:00 PDT

After checking the scoreboard too often and not seeing the standings in the order they had hoped, members of UCLA’s women’s gymnastics team stopped looking up and instead looked within themselves.

One of the “Super Six” teams that advanced to the NCAA team finals last weekend in St. Louis, the...


Todd McNair was victim in NCAA scheme to 'hammer USC', lawyer argues as trial opens

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:05:00 PDT

Almost seven years after former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair sued the NCAA for defamation, jurors filed into a wood-paneled room on the fifth floor of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles on Monday morning.

They clutched a cup of coffee. A laptop case. A newspaper. A...


Justin Anderson's call-up by Angels really hits home

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:35:00 PDT

He was so excited and blindsided by the news that he was being promoted to the Angels that Justin Anderson admitted he broke down.

He was distracted to the point where he didn’t realize until a short time later that the story was even better.

Anderson would be joining the Angels in Houston, where...


Mike Williams is aiming for a healthy dose of football in Year 2 with Chargers

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:00:00 PDT

It’s been nearly a year, but Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams said it doesn’t feel quite that long ago.

He was with family and friends celebrating being selected No. 7 overall in the 2017 NFL draft — a night he’ll never forget.

“You only get this opportunity once,” he remembered thinking. “It...


Ducks won't retain assistant coach Trent Yawney

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:50:00 PDT

Following a disappointing conclusion to the playoffs, the Ducks are making changes.

The team announced Monday that assistant coach Trent Yawney won’t be returning. He’s been in charge of the defense each of the last four seasons, in addition to the penalty-killing unit, but the Ducks are looking...


Vanes Martirosyan watched Ronda Rousey's rise to fame, now ready for his turn against Gennady Golovkin

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:55:00 PDT

Vanes Martirosyan watched Ronda Rousey, a longtime stablemate at their Glendale gym, rise to fame as the UFC’s first women’s champion, and now the veteran boxer believes it’s his turn with a May 5 fight against Gennady Golovkin at StubHub Center.

Martirosyan predicted Rousey’s rise early in her...


ESPN will have all the news about the NFL draft — until it's time to announce the selections

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:40:00 PDT

Encouraging viewers to stay tuned for a two-hour show to announce the 2018 NFL schedule Thursday night, an ESPN “SportsCenter” co-host said breathlessly, “It’s the moment NFL fans have been waiting for.”

When the moment came for the show to begin, host Trey Wingo was much closer to the truth, calling...


Struggling Dodgers reliever Wilmer Font designated for assignment

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:35:00 PDT

The Dodgers cut ties with Wilmer Font, designating the struggling pitcher for assignment before Monday night’s game against the Miami Marlins to call up pitcher Walker Buehler.

Font, a 28-year-old right-hander, was the triple-A Pacific Coast League pitcher of the year last season but struggled...


Quarterbacks Rosen and Darnold among the local players expected to be drafted this week

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:00:00 PDT

There are several players from the two major schools in Southern California expected to be chosen in this week’s NFL draft. Among them:

Sam Darnold, QB, USC: Could wind up being the No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns. If so, he would join Carson Palmer as the only USC quarterbacks to be...


Rams will host several fan-related events before and during NFL draft

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:55:00 PDT

The Rams do not have a first- or second-round pick, but the organization is still planning local events for fans in Los Angeles before and during the NFL draft, which will be held Thursday through Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

On Wednesday night, coach Sean McVay, general manager...


Former BBC 'MasterChef' contestant Matt Campbell dies after collapsing during London Marathon

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:25:00 PDT

Matt Campbell, a 29-year-old former contestant on the BBC's "MasterChef: The Professionals" died after collapsing near the end of the London Marathon on Sunday, race organizers said in a statement.(image)

Dodgers mailbag: Why doesn't Matt Kemp play every day?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:40:00 PDT

The Dodgers are 10-10. That translates to an 81-win pace, which is a marked improvement over the 58-win clip they were careening toward last week. The team just completed its most successful week of the 2018 season, sweeping the hapless San Diego Padres and taking two of three from the Washington...


Former NFL kicker Jay Feely said he posed with a gun in his daughter's prom photo as a 'joke'

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:35:00 PDT

Jay Feely said Sunday that the photo he tweeted of himself holding a gun while standing between his daughter and her prom date “was obviously intended to be a joke.”

“My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking,” the former NFL kicker said in a tweet the day after...


Playing tennis has served Josh Rosen well as he prepares for life as an NFL quarterback

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:00:00 PDT

Josh Rosen is all in for football, he’s clear about that.

But there was a time not so long ago when tennis was his No. 1 sport. Back then, if Rosen had heard “Roger,” he thought Federer, not Goodell.

Of course, it’s Goodell — the NFL commissioner — who will be calling Rosen’s name at or near the...