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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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It could be subtraction by audition for Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy in loss to Giants

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 00:25:00 PDT

Brandon McCarthy has pitched 221 games in the major leagues, none of them in the postseason. He has played for four teams that appeared in the playoffs, but he never appeared in them.

This would be his fifth chance — not a good chance, but a chance nonetheless. The Dodgers had clinched the National...


Todd Gurley still looking for a breakout performance as Rams head to Arizona

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:35:00 PDT

It was an unprecedented streak that began against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Rams running back Todd Gurley rushed for 146 yards in his first start last season, the first of an NFL rookie-record four consecutive games in which he ran for 125 yards or more.

On Sunday,...


Discontent intensifies with stumbling USC football team heading into crucial stretch

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:20:00 PDT

Less than a year ago, Keyshawn Johnson stood before USC’s football players, an emissary of sorts from the Trojans’ glorious past.

USC had just fired its coach, Steve Sarkisian, and chosen Clay Helton as the interim leader. Among fans and pundits, names of possible permanent replacements swirled....


UCLA's new football mission: Get over it and get on with it

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:15:00 PDT

The hurt washed over Bolu Olorunfunmi and his UCLA teammates as they lingered in the cold tubs. They had come within 24 seconds of beating Stanford, the team they had fixated on for most of the previous nine months, only to fall short once more.

The Bruins were left with a long stretch of games...


Yi Jianlian might be playing his way onto the Lakers roster

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:05:00 PDT

Yi Jianlian would never call this easy.

Training camp isn’t, and isn’t supposed to be easy. Neither is making an NBA roster after four years out of the league. But there is a difference from his first attempt in the NBA, nine years ago.

“I just feel more comfortable,” he said, still sweating from...


California Chrome's star power keeps growing as he runs Saturday at Santa Anita

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:05:00 PDT

About 150 years of racing experience sat at the end of the table of a large and boisterous party at the iconic horse racing haunt in Arcadia called The Derby.

Eddie Delahoussaye, 65, a Hall of Fame jockey, was in town to present the trophies in Friday’s two divisions of the Eddie D. Stakes on Santa...


NCAA clarifies targeting rule and role of replay officials

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 04:00:00 PDT

With college football heading into a Saturday full of marquee games, it remains to be seen how officials will react to new clarifications regarding this season’s targeting rules.

The interpretations were issued by the NCAA on Friday afternoon following a week-long debate that, in large part, focused...


St. Francis keeps it steady in victory over Buena Park, 28-19

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:40:00 PDT

In a contrast of sustained drives versus big plays, it was the steady offense of St. Francis High that proved more effective in a 28-19 victory over visiting Buena Park on Friday night in nonleague play.

With the win, St. Francis closed out its nonleague slate with a 5-0 mark and will begin Angelus...


It's a Dunn deal as Alemany slips past Crespi

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:35:00 PDT

It was back in January when Mission Hills Alemany pulled off the shocker of 2016, announcing the firing of Dean Herrington as football coach. He was only considered one of the best in the San Fernando Valley.

“I was stunned,” running back Cayden Dunn said. “The team was stunned. The school was...


How the top 25 football teams fared

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:15:00 PDT

How The Times’ top 25 high school football teams fared Friday night:

Rk. School (W-L) Result | Next game

1) MATER DEI (5-0) Did not play | vs. Santa Margarita (at Santa Ana Stadium), Friday 

2) ST. JOHN BOSCO (4-1) Did not play | vs. Servite (at Cerritos College), Friday 



Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy could make Dodgers' playoff roster as relievers, or starters

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:05:00 PDT

On Thursday, Brett Anderson made his first relief appearance in three years. On Friday, Brandon McCarthy made his first relief appearance in nine years.

Are the Dodgers seriously considering these oft-injured pitchers as relievers on their playoff roster?

Manager Dave Roberts insists the answer...


WNBA playoffs: Sparks make it look easy, cruise past Sky, 99-84, for 2-0 series lead

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:05:00 PDT

In the thick of a turbulent third quarter Friday night, when a bevy of Sparks mistakes gave the Chicago Sky a hint of life in Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals, one of the Sparks’ steadiest players was exactly that. 

Jantel Lavender does not start. She does not sink three-pointers or make attention-grabbing...


Kings fall to Avalanche, 3-1, in preseason game

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:00:00 PDT

Mikhail Grigorenko scored twice to help the Colorado Avalanche beat the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, in a preseason game Friday night in Denver. 

Nathan McKinnon opened the scoring six minutes into the game to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead. Grigorenko made it 2-0 as 12:32.

Trevor Lewis cut the deficit...


Angels' Albert Pujols proud to have finished strong

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:50:00 PDT

Shut down for this season’s final weekend, Albert Pujols reflected Friday on his fifth year as an Angel. He was proud to finish with a .268 average, 31 home runs and 119 runs batted in despite plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

“Obviously I wish I could’ve played in the last five games, but with...


No. 10 Washington takes a bite out of No. 7 Stanford, 44-6

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:15:00 PDT

Jake Browning threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns, Myles Gaskin added 100 yards and two scores, and No. 10 Washington was dominant on both sides, overwhelming No. 7 Stanford, 44-6, on Friday night. 

After months of hype that Washington (5-0, 2-0 in Pac-12 play) was on the verge of a breakout,...


Galaxy chasing more than a playoff berth in Dallas

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:20:00 PDT

Steven Gerrard said the Galaxy learned a painful lesson last season, when they plummeted from the top of the MLS standings to fifth place in the Western Conference in the final two games of the regular season. The slide cost them a first-round playoff bye, forcing them into a knockout-round game...


Scottish boxer Mike Towell dies from injuries sustained in first loss

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:50:00 PDT

Mike Towell, a 25-year-old boxer from Dundee, Scotland, died Friday in a Glasgow hospital after sustaining injuries in a loss to Dale Evans of Wales on Thursday night. Towell was 11-0-1 when fighting Evans at the Radisson Blu hotel in a bout promoted by the St. Andrews Sporting Club, which announced...(image)

Clippers' DeAndre Jordan hopes Kevin Garnett keeps coaching

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:00:00 PDT

There was a glow in DeAndre Jordan’s eyes when the Clippers center began talking about Kevin Garnett’s presence at the Clippers’ training camp for the second straight day at UC Irvine.

There was excitement in Jordan’s voice when he talked about collecting information during his drills with Garnett.


Reds will bring back Bryan Price for a fourth season as manager

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:55:00 PDT

The Cincinnati Reds said Friday that Bryan Price will return next year for a fourth season as manager.

The Reds, last in the NL Central, and Price agreed to a one-year contract with a team option. The entire coaching staff also has been offered contracts for 2017. 

Price was promoted from pitching...


USC vs. Arizona State: How the Trojans and Sun Devils match up

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:05:00 PDT

USC (1-3) vs. Arizona State (4-0), at the Coliseum. TV: Channel 11, 5:30 p.m.

Times staff writer Zach Helfand analyzes Saturday’s game:

Most intriguing story line: USC must win six of its final eight games to climb above .500 by the end of the regular season. USC will be favored against Arizona...


Europeans rally to cut Americans' lead to 5-3 in Ryder Cup

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:50:00 PDT

Day One of the 41st Ryder Cup began with a video tribute to Arnold Palmer and a song — “Let’s Go Crazy” — by hometown guy Prince blasting from loudspeakers.

By the middle of the day, the United States had a stunning 4-0 advantage.

It ended Friday with the U.S. holding a 5-3 lead over the Europeans...


76ers rookie Ben Simmons breaks bone in foot; Chris Bosh likely done in Miami

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:35:00 PDT

Ben Simmons has a broken bone in his right foot and its unknown how long the No. 1 overall pick will be sidelined for the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Simmons was injured Friday during the final training camp scrimmage at Stockton University in New Jersey. The 76ers said Simmons rolled an ankle, and X-rays...


Bills' Sammy Watkins out eight weeks; Cowboys' Dez Bryant still questionable

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:10:00 PDT

Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins will miss at least eight weeks resting an injury to his surgically repaired left foot after the team placed him on the reserved-injured list. 

The Bills announced the move on Friday afternoon, a few hours after Coach Rex Ryan expressed “major concern” over the...


He keeps the Rams loose at practice

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:50:00 PDT

Jamon Brown felt the beat.

The Rams’ offensive lineman danced between reps as music blared and the bass thumped across the practice field at the team’s’ temporary facility in Thousand Oaks.

“The D.J. has to be next to the nutritionist, which has to fall after Jeff Fisher,” Brown said after the...


Tyson Fury could lose his two heavyweight belts due to positive test for cocaine

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:10:00 PDT

Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury submitted a drug test earlier this month that was found to have cocaine present, putting his two belts in limbo.

England’s Fury, who withdrew last week from his scheduled Oct. 29 rematch against longtime former champion Wladimir Klitschko, submitted the sample...