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Relax, the Dodgers' trade for Matt Kemp isn't nearly as dramatic as it seems

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:35:00 PST

All I want for Christmas is … Matt Kemp?

Three years after he was controversially dumped in the first big trade of the Andrew Friedman era, the polarizing slugger returned Saturday in a deal seemingly even more confusing when considering the cost.

To acquire him, the Dodgers traded four players...


Dodgers trade Gonzalez, Kazmir, McCarthy and Culberson to Atlanta for Matt Kemp

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:15:00 PST

In an unforeseen move that reset the organization’s luxury-tax payroll, secured a temporary reunion with one of their finest hitters in recent memory and positioned the organization as a significant player for the free-agent craze next winter, the Dodgers reacquired outfielder Matt Kemp from Atlanta...


Several NFL stars ready to return for final playoff push, starting Sunday

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:45:00 PST

One of the hallmarks of this NFL season is the number of marquee players sidelined with significant injuries, among them Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr., Richard Sherman, J.J. Watt, and now leading most valuable player candidate Carson Wentz.

But in these final three weeks of the regular season,...


Rams look to contain Russell Wilson in NFC West matchup with Seahawks

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:05:00 PST

Russell Wilson was asked this week to describe how the Seattle Seahawks offense has improved or evolved since a Week 5 victory over the Rams.

The quarterback led the Seahawks to a 16-10 win at the Coliseum.

“It’s been impressive just to see how far we have really come and grown since the last time...


UCLA wilts early this time in 77-63 loss to Cincinnati

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:25:00 PST

A week ago, UCLA appeared to be a young and improving team that ran aground because of fatigue.

On Saturday, it was harder to make any claims about upward trajectory.

The Bruins fumbled and stumbled their way to a 77-63 loss against No. 25 Cincinnati at Pauley Pavilion, their undoing largely a...


Trojans aim to avoid slip-up against UCSB

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:20:00 PST

Top 10 teams don’t generally lose three consecutive games in college basketball, especially not in the fall.

There, though, is where the USC Trojans found themselves last week after succumbing to Texas A&M, Southern Methodist and Oklahoma in a 12-day span. The former two defeats were by large margins,...


What the Dodgers salary-dump trade means to the star-studded 2018 free agent market

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:55:00 PST

What would you do with $100 million?

The Dodgers could use it as a down payment toward signing two of the three most dominant players in the star-studded free-agent class next winter.

The Dodgers’ payroll-driven trade Saturday — in which they exchanged players with troublesome contracts for a player...


Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will sit out road games outside California for next month

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:10:00 PST

When the Lakers travel to Houston and Minneapolis this month, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope won’t be with them.

As part of a plea agreement stemming from his March arrest under suspicion of drunk driving, Caldwell-Pope is being required to enter a 25-day program that he says requires him to remain in...


Olympics: Maame Biney becomes first black woman to qualify for U.S. speedskating team

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:40:00 PST

Maame Biney became the first black woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team with a pair of victories in the 500 meters.

The 17-year-old native of Ghana cruised to victory in the first 500 final at the short track trials on Saturday, beating Olympians Lana Gehring, Jessica Kooreman...


Cure Bowl: Manning leads Georgia State to first bowl win in program history

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:25:00 PST

Conner Manning threw for 276 yards and a touchdown to lead Georgia State a 27-17 victory over Western Kentucky in the Cure Bowl on Saturday.

The Panthers (7-5) finished with a winning record with the first bowl win in Georgia State's eight-year football history.

Manning threw a 42-yard TD pass...


Celebration Bowl: North Carolina A&T beats Grambling State 21-14

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:20:00 PST

Lamar Raynard scored on a one-yard sneak with 38 seconds left and unbeaten North Carolina A&T won its second Celebration Bowl in three years, defeating Grambling State 21-14 on Saturday.

N.C. A&T (12-0) won its fourth Historically Black College and University national championship. The Aggies claimed...


Brandon Silvers lifts Troy over North Texas in New Orleans Bowl

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:15:00 PST

Brandon Silvers passed for four touchdowns and ran for another, Troy produced five turnovers and the Trojans beat North Texas 50-30 in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday.

Josh Anderson, filling in for injured starter Jordan Chunn, rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns, and Silvers also scored on...


Skiing: Lindsey Vonn takes super-G for her first win this season

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:15:00 PST

Lindsey Vonn powered down a shortened course to win a World Cup super-G race in Val D'Isere, France, on Saturday and clinch her first victory of the season.

It was the 33-year-old American skier's 78th World Cup race win, but her first since winning a downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany...


Five takeaways from the Clippers' 100-91 loss to the Washington Wizards

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:55:00 PST

Five things we learned during the Clippers’ 100-91 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday:

1. It was quite the night for Clippers rookie point guard Jawun Evans, who had a career game in just about every major category.

Evans scored a career-high 15 points off the bench. His seven field goals...


Ex-wife of slain former Clippers player arrested in Riverside, charged in his 2010 death

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:45:00 PST

Authorities say the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in his death more than seven years ago.

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Saturday that Sherra Wright has been charged in the death of her ex-husband, a Memphis native who played...


LAFC is following its own path in building toward its inaugural MLS season

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:15:00 PST

Atlanta United prepared for its first MLS season in 2017 by hiring a well-known former World Cup coach in Gerardo “Tata” Martino, signing a pair of exciting Latin American players in Hector Villalba and Miguel Almiron to designated-player contracts, then surrounding them with experienced veterans...


What we learned from the Kings' 4-2 loss to the Rangers

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:30:00 PST

An aggressive forechecking team with a premier goalie and a penchant for dominating third periods?

The Kings could have been looking into a mirror when they saw the New York Rangers on Friday night. The Rangers are opportunistic, skilled and have the luxury of Henrik Lundqvist in goal.

And, as...


Lack of scoring a worry for U.S. women's hockey team as Olympics approach

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

After scoring a mere two goals in their last three games — all losses to archrival Canada — members of the U.S women’s national team can’t fool themselves into thinking their level of play is good enough to win an Olympic gold medal at Pyeongchang two months from now.

Their 3-1 loss to Canada on...


Dodgers close to signing Tom Koehler to help bullpen

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:05:00 PST

The Dodgers are close to an agreement on a major-league contract with right-handed pitcher Tom Koehler, who could aid the team’s bullpen while providing insurance for the rotation.

Koehler, 31, was non-tendered by Toronto earlier this month. He will still be under team control and eligible for...


NBA: Westbrook, Thunder outlast Embiid, 76ers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:45:00 PST

Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 18 rebounds and 15 assists, and Oklahoma City and the Philadelphia 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before the Thunder pulled out a 119-117 victory on Friday night.

Andre Roberson scored the winner with 10 seconds left for the Thunder. Joel...


College basketball: USC women can't get game winner against No. 19 Texas A&M

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:30:00 PST

Freshman Chennedy Carter scored 46 points, a Texas A&M single-game record, to lead the No. 19 Aggies to a 75-74 win over USC on Friday at the Galen Center.

Carter made the game-winning jumper from the baseline with nine seconds left to lift Texas A&M to a 9-2 record. USC's Aliyah Mazyck tried a...


At 18, Cayla Barnes brings youthful exuberance to the U.S. women's national hockey team

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:40:00 PST

On a good day, Cayla Barnes joked, she can pass for 5-foot-2. She is the smallest member of the U.S. women’s national hockey team and, at 18, the youngest of the candidates for a spot on the Pyeongchang Olympic team. But those numbers don’t account for her heart and will, and they surely don’t...


MLB: Santana agrees to 3-year deal with Phillies

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:25:00 PST

Carlos Santana is bringing his big bat and postseason experience to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 31-year-old first baseman became the first of the offseason’s big-name free agents to find a new home, agreeing Friday to a $60-million, three-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, according...


Rangers spoil Gaborik's milestone night with 4-2 win over Kings

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:25:00 PST

The way Marian Gaborik moved around the Madison Square Garden ice, it sure seemed as if he and the Kings were going to finish this off properly.

Looking like he was channeling his younger years, Gaborik kicked it up a level in his 1,000th game Friday, against his former team. He deked around a...


Clippers take cautious approach with Milos Teodosic

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:00:00 PST

The Clippers prefer to be safe with Milos Teodosic in his return from a foot injury that sidelined him almost two months.

Perhaps he could have played Friday night against the Washington Wizards at the Capital One Arena, but the Clippers decided hold him out until Saturday night’s game at Miami.