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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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USC picked to win the Pac-12 football title

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:30:00 PDT

The media predicted a first for USC and the Pac-12 Conference’s South Division on Wednesday, picking the Trojans not only to win the South but defeat Washington in the conference championship game on Dec. 1 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

That would certainly be newsworthy. Pac-12 South teams...


There's still no timetable for Clayton Kershaw's return to the mound for the Dodgers

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:55:00 PDT

The Dodgers did not have much to say Tuesday about Clayton Kershaw’s back injury. Kershaw and team officials met Monday with Dr. Robert Watkins, a back specialist, but neither the pitcher nor front-office executives have met with reporters since then.

Manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw is taking...


Yasiel Puig plays the leading man in the Dodgers' delayed 6-2 victory over the Twins

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:40:00 PDT

Justin Turner is the redhead with the easy smile that belies the lethal bat. Corey Seager is the steady hand, Cody Bellinger the dashing newcomer, Alex Wood the confident understudy, and Kenley Jansen the man who turns out the lights, night after night.

The star is Clayton Kershaw, and now is the...


Michael Phelps: 'Not my fault' some viewers thought he was going to be racing an actual shark on TV

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:40:00 PDT

Swimmer Michael Phelps defended himself Tuesday against criticism he’s received for not racing against an actual great white shark during the Discovery Channel’s heavily promoted “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White,” which kicked off the network’s ever-popular Shark Week on Sunday night.


Robert Griffin III auditions for Chargers, but Colin Kaepernick continues to be the bigger story

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:45:00 PDT

The Chargers will be the latest NFL team to learn that sins of omission in this league, at this time, are just as powerful as sins of commission.

Tuesday, they worked out Robert Griffin III, a former Heisman Trophy winner trying to resuscitate his career as a professional football quarterback.


U.S., Jamaica have something to prove in Gold Cup final

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:10:00 PDT

The last time Bruce Arena and Theodore Whitmore faced each other across a soccer field, Arena was two games into his second stint as coach of the U.S. national team and Whitmore was three games into his second stretch as Jamaica’s manager.

That was five months ago and a lot has changed since then....


Edwin Encarnacion's walk-off grand slam spoils Angels' comeback

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:50:00 PDT

Ben Revere stepped up to bat with one teammate near first base and two outs in Tuesday’s 10th inning, the score tied between the Angels and Cleveland Indians. When he fell behind 0 and 2, Revere retreated three steps to settle his nerves. He battled the count back into his favor and earned a fastball...


Julio Jones hires divers to search for diamond earring he lost while jet skiing

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:40:00 PDT

Julio Jones wasn’t hurt when he recently fell off a jet ski on Georgia’s Lake Lanier. That's the good news.

But when the Atlanta Falcons receiver emerged from the water, he realized something was missing from one of his ears — a diamond stud valued at somewhere between $100,000 and $150,000, according...


Katie Ledecky loses for the first time at world championships

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Katie Ledecky's bid to win six gold medals at the world championships ended Wednesday when she was beaten in the 200-meter freestyle by Italy's Federica Pellegrini.

Ledecky settled for the silver medal, tying for second with Australia's Emma McKeon.

McKeon got off to a blazing start, but Ledecky...


Podcast | Fearsome Twosome: Goff, McVay and what to watch for at the Rams' training camp

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:40:00 PDT

The Rams are about to begin their second season back in Los Angeles with training camp opening at UC Irvine later this week.

But this year they’re not the only NFL game in town. The Chargers will also begin camp this week in Costa Mesa, just a short drive from the Rams’ site.

Eventually, the two...


Galaxy agree on a deal with Jonathan dos Santos

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:20:00 PDT

The Galaxy have reached agreement on a deal to bring Mexican national team midfielder Jonathan dos Santos to MLS, where he will be reunited with older brother Giovani.

According to, which first reported the move, the Galaxy will pay a $5-million transfer fee to Villarreal for Dos Santos,...


Joke's on them: Rams team up with the Laugh Factory in Battle for L.A.

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:15:00 PDT

The headline of the news release made it look as if the Rams were celebrating their on-field incompetence, as the four-win team announced a partnership with the Laugh Factory.

A new moniker for the Rams offense?

A naming-rights deal for the Coliseum?

A marketing slogan for upcoming season?



Kicker Matt Boermeester won't return to USC this season

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:05:00 PDT

Matt Boermeester, whose 46-yard field goal in the closing seconds won the Rose Bowl for the Trojans in January, won’t return to USC this season.

USC suspended Boermeester early in 2017 while the school investigated what it described as "a code of conduct issue.”

A school spokesman said Tuesday...


Angels report: With Alex Meyer out, they have few options for a starting pitcher

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:55:00 PDT

The Angels have a vacant rotation spot and little time to find someone to fill it. Inflammation in Alex Meyer’s throwing shoulder forced the team to place the 27-year-old right-hander on the disabled list.

For now, they have four starters on their roster. They will need a fifth come Saturday in...


Zinedine Zidane looks to add to coaching success with Real Madrid

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:45:00 PDT

Less than three years ago, Zinedine Zidane was starting his coaching career after retiring as one of the most celebrated players in soccer history, taking over Real Madrid’s B team.

Fast forward to 2017, and Zidane is on his way to becoming one of the most successful coaches in European soccer...


Katie Ledecky wins her third gold at swimming world championships

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:20:00 PDT

Katie Ledecky breezed to her third gold medal of the world championships, backing off a bit on her most grueling night of the meet.

It was left to Lilly King, Kylie Masse and Adam Peaty to take down the swimming record book — and King to claim another impressive triumph over her Russian rival.


Rams are on more familiar ground but still in transition

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:30:00 PDT

The Rams are in familiar territory.

With training camp set to open Saturday, team personnel have taken up residence at UC Irvine. Rookies are scheduled to arrive Wednesday, veterans by Friday.

Last year, save for another losing season, was all new for Rams players.

Their Orange County training...


NFL: Denver Broncos bring back former coach Gary Kubiak in scouting role

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:30:00 PDT

Gary Kubiak's separation from the NFL is over.

Kubiak is returning to the Denver Broncos in a scouting capacity seven months after stepping down as their head coach over health concerns .

Kubiak will serve as a senior personnel adviser, scouting college and pro players. He'll be based out of...


MLB: Nationals' Stephen Strasburg expected to make next start after early exit

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:15:00 PDT

The Nationals are hopeful that Stephen Strasburg will make his next scheduled start despite exiting Sunday's outing after two innings with pain in his forearm.

The right-hander met with team doctors but did not undergo an MRI, Washington manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday. Team spokeswoman Amanda...


Lakers agree to bring back point guard Tyler Ennis

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:25:00 PDT

The Lakers are bringing back a familiar face at backup point guard.

They have agreed to a minimum deal with Tyler Ennis for one year with a team option in the second year, according to a person not authorized to speak publicly. The 22-year-old, in whom they’ve maintained interest throughout free...


NBA: Suns lose guard Brandon Knight for the season to a torn ACL

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:15:00 PDT

Phoenix Suns backup point guard Brandon Knight tore his left ACL while playing in a pro-am game last week in Miami and will be lost for the coming season.

The Suns said Tuesday an examination by team doctor Tom Carter determined the surgery would be required.

Knight's playing time diminished...


Lucky Whitehead was fired by Cowboys after shoplifting charge that turned out to be a case of mistaken identity

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Lucky Whitehead said all along that reports of him being arrested for shoplifting $40 worth of items from a convenience store were a case of mistaken identity. His claims did not stop the Dallas Cowboys from releasing the 25-year-old wide receiver on Monday.

A day later, though, police in Whitehead's...


New powers in Pac-12 North come from ... well, the far north

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:25:00 PDT

The tectonic plates of the Pac-12 Conference’s North division have been shifting for several seasons, but mostly under the surface.

As Stanford and Oregon dominated the division and the rest of the conference — winning every Pac-12 football championship from 2009 until last season — Washington...


LeBron James denies reports that he's 'eager' for Kyrie Irving to leave Cavs

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:25:00 PDT

LeBron James posted a pair of tweets Tuesday morning that denied reports that he is unhappy with Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving’s trade demand.

James referenced two tweets from SLAM’s Twitter — one stated “LeBron James is reportedly 'eager' for Cleveland to trade Kyrie Irving” and the...


CTE was nearly ubiquitous among former NFL players who donated their brains to science

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:20:00 PDT

In a group of more than 100 professional football players whose brains were examined after their death, new research has found that virtually all suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition likely brought on by repeated blows to the head.

At a Boston University program that investigates...