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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.

Last Build Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:59:01 -0700

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Friends swore he would be the next Derek Jeter. Now Brandon Martin is charged in three killings

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:00:00 PDT

The friends second-guess themselves. They replay conversations, missed opportunities, warning signs. They wonder how baseball and money and potential descended into this hellish reality.(image)

Kenta Maeda may be pitching to stay in the rotation as Dodgers face Phillies

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:30:00 PDT

Kenta Maeda is set to make his fifth start of the 2017 season on Friday at Dodger Stadium. He’s facing the Phillies, a team with a winning record in April but few legitimate threats in the lineup. It would behoove Maeda to pitch well, if he wants to remain in the Dodgers rotation.

Through four...


Adidas, Nike, Under Armour not interested in Lonzo Ball endorsement deal

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:15:00 PDT

If the Ball family are looking for a shoe endorsement from the big three, they will have to look elsewhere.

Adidas, Nike and Under Armour are not interested in an endorsement deal with top NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball. This would be a first in which a shoe endorsement has stepped away from a potential...


NFL's Roger Goodell: Marijuana is 'addictive' and 'may not be healthy for the players long term'

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:55:00 PDT

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thinks weed is addictive and bad for one’s health.

Although legal in one form or another in 25 states, marijuana is still banned by the NFL. And based on the commissioner’s comments on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” show Friday morning, that’s not going to change anytime soon.


The Browns deal their way through a surprising first round of NFL draft

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:50:00 PDT

Cleveland hocks. The barter-happy Browns zigged and zagged their way through the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, making two trades and three selections, stuffing their pockets with future picks.

The team’s chief strategist, Mr. Moneyball Paul DePodesta, was a wheeling-and-dealing phenom,...


Chargers throw NFL draft a curve, take Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams with the seventh pick

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:35:00 PDT

The crowd inside the ESPN Zone in Anaheim on Thursday night had cameras and bright lights pointed at it while the big screens flashed to a group of rowdy football fans cheering.

Assuming that ESPN was showing them about to react to history, the fans in Anaheim erupted in cheers. It wasn’t them.


After Olympic-sized goof, Ryan Lochte begins a new chapter

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:05:00 PDT

Don’t cringe or shake your head or stop reading this story. Not just yet.

Give the man a chance.

That’s all Ryan Lochte wants as he ambles across the pool deck on a bright Southern California day, looking tanned and relaxed, if a bit weary from his morning workout.

“This is definitely a new chapter...


Larry Bird is stepping down as president of the Indiana Pacers, reports indicate

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:20:00 PDT

Larry Bird is stepping down as president of the Indiana Pacers, according to multiple media reports.

Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard is expected to take over basketball operations, with Bird remaining with the organization as a consultant.

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first...


Raiders GM: 'We did our due diligence' before drafting Gareon Conley, who has been accused of rape

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:40:00 PDT

Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley was a rising star in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft until news that he had been accused of rape became public on Tuesday, two days before the first round.

Conley hasn’t been arrested or charged, but an investigation into the allegation is ongoing.


Angels’ rotation continues to roll in 2-1 win over Athletics

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:55:00 PDT

Their names will not strike fear into opposing batters. Their numbers are underwhelming. There is not an ace in the bunch, probably not a real No. 2.

Yet after a rough stretch, the Angels’ rotation is performing well, performing better than all but the most blinded of red-clad fans could expect.


Rams are ready to make their first pick of draft after sitting out opening round

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:15:00 PDT

They could only sit and watch as 32 players came off the board Thursday night during the first round of the NFL draft.

The Rams did not have a first-round pick — one of the costs of last year’s trade to the top of the draft to select quarterback Jared Goff — so Rams general manager Les Snead and...


NBA playoffs: Raptors, Spurs advance with Game 6 victories

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:30:00 PDT

DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and the Toronto Raptors squandered a 25-point lead late in the third quarter before holding on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night over the Milwaukee Bucks to take their first-round playoff series in six games.

Cory Joseph had five points in a 9-0 run in the final...


MLB: Shelby Miller is considering elbow surgery

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:15:00 PDT

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller has a partially torn ligament in his throwing elbow, leaving him with a difficult decision.

He could have Tommy John surgery, a route that would keep him out at least until the middle of next season. He also could try rehabilitating it, even go with...


Bud Norris, the unexpected Angels closer, is putting the finishing touches on wins

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:55:00 PDT

There is Bud Norris, lifetime starting pitcher. Bud Norris, nonroster invitee pegged for long-inning relief. And now, at age 32, Bud Norris the unexpected closer.

It’s a curious turnaround for someone who mostly started for the Dodgers last season, going 3-3 but with a less than sterling 6.54 ERA...


NHL playoffs: Crosby scores twice in a minute to push Penguins past Capitals

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:15:00 PDT

Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the winner in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.

Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin got much of the buzz heading into the showdown...


Don't count out Paul Pierce as a possible Clippers starter in series' Game 5

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:30:00 PDT

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he might make a change to his starting lineup for Game 6 on Friday night against the Utah Jazz.

When asked if Marreese Speights or Paul Pierce would start against the Jazz in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series in which the Clippers trail 3-2,...


Bennie Boatwright will return to USC, making the Trojans early Pac-12 title contenders

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:25:00 PDT

USC forward Bennie Boatwright announced on Thursday that he will withdraw from the NBA draft and return for his junior season. Boatwright’s announcement means the Trojans will return almost all of their roster from last season’s NCAA tournament team.

Previously, forward Chimezie Metu said he would...


Julio Urias, four relievers get job done as Dodgers get a split

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:20:00 PDT

At some point, desperation and creativity look the same. In the 10th inning on Thursday, Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling climbed the dugout steps and jogged to third base. The Dodgers had already used closer Kenley Jansen to preserve a tied score against the San Francisco Giants. Now they had run...


Jimmie Johnson on fast track in NASCAR Chase to become first eight-time Cup champion

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:00:00 PDT

Jimmie Johnson is brand-building.

Mr. Six-Time pulled off a stunning surprise in Homestead, Fla., last season when he became Mr. Seven-Time.

And now he’s making the historic run to becoming Mr. Eight-Time season champion look easy-peasy.

His win at Bristol on Monday afternoon after a rain postponement...


Golf roundup: Spieth and Palmer tied for lead in Zurich Classic team event

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:35:00 PDT

Jordan Spieth showed off his stellar short game. Ryan Palmer contributed momentum-saving par putts. They turned out to be quite the team Thursday in the Zurich Classic, the first official team event on the PGA Tour in 36 years.

Spieth hit a bump-and-run from 100 feet to a front pin to set up birdie...


Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier probably won't be back until June — at the earliest

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:30:00 PDT

On March 20, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier underwent an examination on his balky lower back. A team doctor diagnosed a herniated disk and prescribed a painkilling epidural injection. The Dodgers described the injury as “mild” and suggested they would reevaluate Ethier a week later.

Nearly five...


Clippers can't be thinking about the odds of winning

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:05:00 PDT

On one hand, the idea that players are caught up in the odds being stacked against them in a playoff series is a narrative Clippers coach Doc Rivers emphatically dismissed Thursday.

On the other, the notion that players know how high the odds are stacked against them is a storyline Clippers guard...


ESPN's dropping of 'Baseball Tonight' most nights is a loss for independent sports journalism

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:50:00 PDT

The headline news, and deservedly so: Massive layoffs at ESPN, cost-cutting that cost the jobs of dozens of high-profile reporters and personalities.

Beneath the headline: ESPN is dropping “Baseball Tonight” except for Sundays and special events and adding MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” to its...


N.Y.'s Jackie Robinson Museum, which has a high-minded mission, marks groundbreaking

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:45:00 PDT

Since 2008, when an empty gallery in lower Manhattan lined its windows with striking sky-blue posters advertising the Jackie Robinson Museum, pedestrians have been trying to get in and callers have been pestering the switchboard for information about when the museum would open.

After a decade-long...


Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa is doubtful for Game 2 against Oilers

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:50:00 PDT

Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa is doubtful for Game 2 of the second-round playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers, Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said Thursday.

Bieksa did not play in the third period of Game 1 on Wednesday after his knee appeared to get caught in a collision with teammate Shea Theodore...