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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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Time is running out for the Dodgers as Game 6 looms in Chicago

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:05:00 PDT

It began as a night for dreamers, with Vin Scully returning to Dodger Stadium to welcome fans to the most important game in many seasons.

“It’s time for Dodger baseball’’ he intoned from a suite.

It ended as a night for realists, because that time is running out.

Two days after appearing the verge...


D'Angelo Russell's family keeps him moving in the right direction as he heads into second season with Lakers

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PDT

You can tell D'Angelo Russell how big this is. You can tell him of the astronomical expectations on being drafted No. 2 overall by the Lakers, that one of the most famous names in sports is counting on him to become a star in a city that's never gone so long without a winning season from its marquee...(image)

Clippers downplay any idea of a must-win title run

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Over the last three seasons, when the Clippers had genuine aspirations of winning the NBA championship, their dreams were dashed every year because of their own failures and untimely injuries.

Now with the Clippers about to start the 2016-17 season, they have the same lofty title ambitions.



Dodgers face elimination with 8-4 loss to the Cubs in Game 5 of NLCS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:55:00 PDT

The whiteboard inside the Dodgers clubhouse Thursday was blank after an 8-4 defeat by Chicago in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. There were no words of wisdom, no message of snark or substance. The Dodgers milled around the room, quiet in the wake of back-to-back losses, 48 hours...


Hernandez: Dodgers afraid to take risks

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:05:00 PDT

The Dodgers didn’t play like a Dave Roberts team Thursday night.

They played scared. They played with doubt.

They knew of Jon Lester’s well-documented problems throwing to bases, only they lacked the courage required to exploit it.

Enrique Hernandez danced and danced on the basepaths, but didn’t...


Sparks defeat Lynx for first WNBA championship since 2002

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:55:00 PDT

When the noise settled and the champagne stopped flying, a calm that lasted no more than 30 seconds inside the cramped visitors locker room, Candace Parker ducked into a quiet corner and put her arm around Nneka Ogwumike. 

Parker had spent the previous 30 minutes basking in the Sparks’ first WNBA...


Pick with (or against) the college football experts

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:20:00 PDT

Each week, the Los Angeles Times’ contingent of college football experts — it’s how they refer to themselves — will make choices on a variety of games. Warning: If they could accurately predict results, they wouldn’t be reporters or editors. Their picks:


Ben Bolch

North Carolina State at #7...


Dallas FC goalkeeper Seitz is heroic in the net and as a bone marrow donor

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:10:00 PDT

A year ago Chris Seitz was FC Dallas’ third-string goalkeeper, a status he owed partly to the fact FC Dallas didn’t have four goalkeepers.

Now he’s the best in the league at his position. And the change, says his coach, started with Seitz’s desire to make a difference.

“Last year was just a big...


What we learned from the Kings' 4-3 overtime win over the Stars

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:45:00 PDT

A few more takeaways after the Kings recorded their first win of the season, beating the high-powered Stars on Thursday night at Dallas.

Better defensive structure

Kings goalie Peter Budaj was complimentary of the defensive effort, a far more organized and cohesive system than displayed in the...


U.S. Olympians make video pitches for Los Angeles' 2024 bid

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:35:00 PDT

The LA 2024 bid committee has once again enlisted U.S. Olympians to help make the case for bringing the Summer Olympics to Los Angeles for a third time.

Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and Tamika Catchings headline the athletes appearing in a video series titled “Coming Home” that was released on...


Neymar signs extension with Barecelona that includes $217 million buyout

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:40:00 PDT

Barcelona forward Neymar signed a three-year contract extension on Friday, tying him to the Spanish champion until 2021. 

Barcelona announced Neymar's agreement to the terms of a new deal in July. 

The new deal includes a buyout clause that increases from 200 million euros ($217 million) in its...


Pac-12 fines Washington State coach for 'disparaging' Arizona State

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:40:00 PDT

Never one to shy away from controversy, Washington State Coach Mike Leach has been fined $10,000 for accusing Arizona State of stealing signs.

The Pac-12 Conference announced the penalty late Thursday night, stating that “conference rules prohibit Pac-12 member institutions from disparaging each...


A look at Lakers' 2016-17 roster

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PDT


(statistics from 2015-16 season)


Position; Name; Number; Age; Years in league; PPG; RPG; APG

PG; D’Angelo Russell; 1; 20; 2; 13.2; 3.4; 3.3

Hoping to take a major step this season, Russell is taking a more businesslike approach.

SG; Lou Williams; 23; 29; 12; 15.3; 2.5; 2.5


Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt quickly makes moves after purchasing Marseille

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:35:00 PDT

Marseille's new American owner, Frank McCourt, is moving quickly to make the ailing club competitive again. 

Three days after officially taking over, he hired highly-rated coach Rudi Garcia in time for Sunday's match against bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain. 

When he completed his takeover on Monday,...


A look at Clippers' 2016-17 roster

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PDT


(statistics from 2015-16 season)


Position; Name; Number; Age; Years in league; PPG; RPG; APG;

PG;  Chris Paul; 3; 31; 12; 19.5; 4.2; 10.0;

Still considered the best pure point guard in the NBA.

SG; J.J. Redick; 4; 32; 11;  16.3; 1.9; 1.4;

Shot an NBA-best 47.5% from the...


Las Vegas bookies say it's a slam dunk for LeBron James and the Cavaliers to win the NBA East ... again

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT

The apparent inevitability of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ meeting the Golden State Warriors in a third consecutive NBA Finals is more likely than the legendary Lakers-Celtics matchups at the height of the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird rivalry.

“There’s not too much parity in the NBA right now,” said Jay...


Sam Farmer's NFL Week 7 picks

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT

The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 8-7 (.533); season 56-36 (.609). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 6-7-2 (.462); season...


Cavaliers are the team to beat in NBA's East Conference

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT



(in predicted order of finish)




2015–16 finish: 57-25

Coming: Mike Dunleavy, Chris Andersen, Kay Felder (rookie).

Going: Matthew Dellavedova, Timofey Mozgov.

The path to back-to-back titles will be crowded by a very big gold-and-blue roadblock...


The rest of the West is looking up at Golden State and Kevin Durant

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT



(in predicted order of finish)



2015–16 finish: 73-9

Coming: Kevin Durant, David West, Zaza Pachulia, Damian Jones (rookie).

Going: Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Marreese Speights, Leandro Barbosa, Brandon Rush.

The Warriors...


Golden State and Kevin Durant look like a sure bet for a title run, bookmakers say

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Kevin Durant has taken immense heat by mimicking LeBron James’ departure from one franchise to another to grab an NBA title.

By leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder after winning an MVP and four NBA scoring titles, Durant has made the Golden State Warriors a massive betting favorite to win the Pacific...


Five top boxing matches left in 2016

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

The days on this year’s boxing schedule have hurriedly dwindled, but on Thursday news broke about some interesting upcoming bouts:

-- The Leo Santa Cruz-Carl Frampton super-featherweight title rematch will be Jan. 28 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with a co-main event of Riverside’s unbeaten Mikey...


Dodgers fail to get inside of Jon Lester's head in loss to Cubs

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:20:00 PDT

Joc Pederson dropped a two-out bunt toward the mound in the second inning Thursday night. 

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester fielded the ball, spun and short-armed a one-hop throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who made the catch for the third out.

As Lester walked off the mound, he glared toward...


Maeda's outing is better, but short-lived

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:10:00 PDT

Thursday’s Game 5 at Dodger Stadium was Kenta Maeda’s third start of the Dodgers’ postseason run, and it was by far his best. That he recorded only 11 outs, forcing the club to jump onto its carousel of relievers far earlier than envisioned, revealed just how bad the club’s No. 3 starter has been...


WNBA Finals: Sparks win WNBA championship

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:03:00 PDT

WNBA Finals: Sparks win WNBA championship Oct. 20, 2016, 11:03 p.m. The Los Angeles Sparks defeat the Minnesota Lynx, 77-76, towin the franchise's third WNBA championship.This is the Sparks' first WNBA championship since 2002. Oct. 20, 2016, 11:03 p.m. Reporting from Minneapolis Jesse Dougherty...(image)

Kings beat Stars, 4-3, in OT to avoid 0-4 start

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:25:00 PDT

Desperation was replaced by relief, one emotion substituted for another.


It wasn’t the way the Kings designed it, but they had to survive giving up a late goal in regulation and a brief review of the goal scored by defenseman Alec Martinez to secure their first victory of the season.