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L.A. Times - Sports

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.

Last Build Date: Mon, 29 May 2017 17:39:02 -0700

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Dodgers, Rich Hill avenge a loss to Cardinals with a 5-1 victory, and bullpen is big

Mon, 29 May 2017 15:20:00 PDT

The backbone of the Dodgers, a team that has now won 10 of its last 12, is not a lineup teeming with sluggers. It is not a starting rotation headlined by the greatest pitcher of his generation. It is the bullpen, a group currently immune to the volatility that plagues others around the sport.



Plenty of time for the Los Angeles Rams and Aaron Donald to reach an agreement

Mon, 29 May 2017 15:50:00 PDT

An oversized yellow dump truck served as a backdrop for photographers, dwarfing Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

It was November, and the Rams were celebrating the groundbreaking for their planned $2.6-billion stadium in Inglewood. Donald was there to stick a ceremonial shovel in the ground...


Long Beach State, UCLA and Cal State Fullerton selected to NCAA baseball regional field

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:30:00 PDT

Loyola Marymount is out. UCLA is in — but just barely.

The Bruins were one of three local teams placed in the field of 64 when the NCAA regional seedings were announced Monday morning. Cal State Fullerton received an at-large bid, and Long Beach State learned on Sunday that it would host a regional.


Gonzaga isn't college athletics' only one-sport wonder

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:20:00 PDT

They have popped up in the scablands of eastern Washington and along Lake Michigan. They have come to prominence during the Gilded Age and in the new Millennium.

They have all, at one point or another, shocked, dominated or captivated a sport.

What made college sports’ one-sport wonders what they...


Tiger Woods blames medications after arrest on DUI charge in Jupiter, Florida

Mon, 29 May 2017 17:15:00 PDT

Pro golfer Tiger Woods has been arrested on a DUI charge in Jupiter, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office booking blotter.

According to the sheriff’s office, Eldrick Tiger Woods was arrested early Monday by Jupiter police.

Late Monday, Woods released a statement about the incident,...


Award-winning sports journalist Frank Deford dies at 78

Mon, 29 May 2017 15:15:00 PDT

Frank Deford, the award-winning sports journalist and commentator whose elegant reportage was a staple for years at Sports Illustrated and National Public Radio, has died. He was 78.

He died Sunday in Key West, Fla., his family said Monday.

Deford was a six-time Sportswriter of the Year and a member...


Bettman says door closed on NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:50:00 PDT

Using his most emphatic language to date, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday that the league will not take a break next season to allow players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

In addition, he said the 2018 NHL All-Star Game has been awarded to Tampa,...


MLB: Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre finally makes season debut

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:40:00 PDT

Adrian Beltre was finally in the lineup for the Texas Rangers on Monday night, making the debut in his 20th major league season and resuming his pursuit of 3,000 hits.

Beltre was activated from the disabled list before the series opener against Tampa Bay. He was batting fourth and playing third...


Video: Watch Bryce Harper and Hunter Stickland ignite a brawl during Nationals-Giants game

Mon, 29 May 2017 15:55:00 PDT

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper charged the mound and engaged in a brawl after he was hit by a pitch from Giants reliever Hunter Strickland on Monday afternoon in San Francisco.

Both players landed punches to the head of the other before teammates from the benches and bullpen engulfed and...


Dodgers place Alex Wood on disabled list with SC joint inflammation

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:40:00 PDT

A little more than 10 months removed from elbow surgery, Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood understands the value of caution. He regrets pushing himself through pain last season, and he applied that logic to his current situation. On Monday morning, Wood became the latest member of the Dodgers starting...


Penguins and Predators might tinker with lineups for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:35:00 PDT

Greetings from Pittsburgh, where Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will be played Monday night at PPG Paints Arena.

Both the Penguins and the Nashville Predators held optional morning skates, which makes it difficult to project what their lines will be — and there are a few questions for both teams.


The road to Cal State Fullerton baseball greatness is littered with parking tickets

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:30:00 PDT

Cal State Fullerton has been so good at baseball for so long that it’s easy to forget just how fragile success can be at a commuter school off the Orange Freeway.

Like how the program almost got taken down by parking tickets.

It took former coach Augie Garrido a few years, but he got fed up with...


Austin Dillon wins Coca-Cola 600 for first NASCAR Cup victory

Sun, 28 May 2017 21:45:00 PDT

Austin Dillon passed an out-of-gas Jimmie Johnson two laps from the end in the Coca-Cola 600 for his first NASCAR Cup victory, returning the iconic No. 3 car to Victory Lane early Monday.

Dillon, the grandson of Hall of Fame car owner Richard Childress, was among several drivers who chose not...


Stanley Cup notes: The P.K. Subban-Shea Weber trade debate resurfaces

Sun, 28 May 2017 20:40:00 PDT

The last Canadian-based NHL team exited the playoffs when the Ottawa Senators lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals, but one burning question seems to remain for hockey fans north of the border:

With P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators preparing for the Stanley Cup...


Four soccer fans, unborn fetus die in Honduras during stampede at stadium

Sun, 28 May 2017 20:35:00 PDT

Thousands of soccer fans trying to force their way into a stadium on Sunday for a championship match stampeded in panic when police fired tear gas, and at least four people and an unborn fetus were killed in the crush and 25 others were injured, authorities said.

A spokesman for University Teaching...


Top-seeded Angelique Kerber is upset at French Open; Venus Williams advances

Sun, 28 May 2017 20:15:00 PDT

A French Open already missing Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova is now without No. 1-ranked Angelique Kerber, too, lending even more of a feeling that the women’s championship is anyone’s to win.

Kerber has not been playing at all like one of the best at what she does, and on Sunday she became...


Dodgers' Josh Fields won't talk numbers, but his performance on the mound has been stellar

Sun, 28 May 2017 19:40:00 PDT

The ground rules for a conversation with Josh Fields are set right away.

“No numbers,” the Dodgers reliever said Sunday. “We don’t talk numbers.”

Fields knows there is a huge discrepancy between the 9.72 earned-run average he had in nine spring-training games and the sparkling 0.84 ERA he has posted...


Dodgers sweep Cubs with 9-4 win despite rough outing for Clayton Kershaw

Sun, 28 May 2017 19:30:00 PDT

The ball was flying on Sunday in Dodger Stadium, where a highly anticipated pitcher’s duel between Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester turned into a power-point presentation, the teams combining to club seven home runs, and neither esteemed starter lasting five innings.


Long Beach State to host one of 16 college baseball regionals

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:15:00 PDT

Long Beach State will be one of 16 host sites when the NCAA Division I baseball tournament begins this week.

Pairings and seedings will be announced during a selection show beginning at 9 a.m. Monday on ESPN2. This will be the first time Long Beach State hosts a regional since 2008.

Each regional...


Penguins look to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, but Predators won't make it easy

Sun, 28 May 2017 17:20:00 PDT

Navigating the Stanley Cup playoffs requires intensity in each moment and respect for the big picture, quick bursts of energy and a well of endurance, scaling emotional highs and displaying restraint. Winning the Cup is exhilarating but exhausting. Winning twice in a row has become a forbidding...


Angels reliever Jose Alvarez continues to deliver despite heavy workload

Sun, 28 May 2017 16:45:00 PDT

Maybe “workhorse” is too strong a term to use in describing left-handed reliever Jose Alvarez. Yes, he’s pitched in 64 games over each of the last two seasons. Yes, he leads the league in appearances this season. And yes, he’s on pace to pitch in exactly half of the 162 games scheduled for 2017.


Indy 500 notes: Juan Pablo Montoya recovers from mid-race mishap to finish sixth

Sun, 28 May 2017 16:15:00 PDT

Two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya finished sixth after it appeared he was destined for a long day.

Driving for Team Penske, Montoya started 18th and ran out of fuel just before a pit stop that shuffled him back in the pack.

“From there to come back to where we finished was great,” the...


Video: Watch Scott Dixon's terrifying Indy 500 crash

Sun, 28 May 2017 15:55:00 PDT

A frightening crash sent pole-sitter Scott Dixon’s car airborne and on to a retaining wall during the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday but Dixon was not seriously hurt.

The crash started when Jay Howard lost control on lap 53 of the 200-lap race and Dixon slammed into him at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Mike Trout sprains his left thumb and leaves game during Angels' 9-2 loss to the Marlins

Sun, 28 May 2017 15:50:00 PDT

The Angels lost a game, a series and their star player Sunday. They fell 9-2 in the rubber match of a three-game series with Miami at Marlins Park. It ended a painful 4-6 trip for the Angels, who have now dropped four of their last five games.

Mike Trout left the game in the sixth inning because...


MLB: Indians send struggling starter Danny Salazar to bullpen

Sun, 28 May 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Cleveland Indians right-hander Danny Salazar, an All-Star last season, has been sent to the bullpen.

Salazar is 3-5 with a 5.50 earned-run average in 10 starts. He has struck out 73 in 52 1/3 innings but has given up 55 hits and 28 walks.

Manager Terry Francona says Salazar will be available as...