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LA 2024 announces three more competition venues

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:50:00 PST

As bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics heats up, the Los Angeles City Council took another crucial step toward officially backing a private committee’s effort to bring the Games to Southern California for a third time.

Council members on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of understanding...


Look for Tim Raines to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Vladimir Guerrero is on the bubble

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:10:00 PST

By the imperfect standard of Hall of Fame voting, Ken Griffey Jr. might be considered the most well-regarded baseball player of all time. Griffey received a record 99.3% of the vote last year, three votes shy of becoming the first player to be elected unanimously.

Chipper Jones might get 100% of...


Jim Mora appears poised to close UCLA recruiting campaign with another flourish

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:30:00 PST

Jim Mora learned long ago how to pursue and close. It was part of what made him a scrappy defensive back at the University of Washington.

He has taken a similar approach to college football recruiting.

A late push has helped the UCLA coach secure commitments from what’s shaping up as a top-25 recruiting...


Buffalo Bills hire former Rams offensive coordinator Rob Boras as tight ends coach

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:35:00 PST

With new Coach Sean McVay in the process of hiring a staff, another former Rams assistant has found NFL employment elsewhere.

The Buffalo Bills announced Tuesday that Rob Boras would join the Bills as tight ends coach.

Boras, the Rams’ offensive coordinator last season, is the second former Rams...


Through team struggles, Lakers Coach Luke Walton hasn't considered changing starters

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:10:00 PST

During the past two months, a difficult stretch for the Lakers, they’ve remained steady with one thing: injuries aside, their preferred starting lineup hasn’t changed.

And it won’t any time soon.

Lakers Coach Luke Walton hasn't considered a change to that group.

“I like guys getting chemistry,...


NFL: San Francisco 49ers close in on Atlanta's Kyle Shanahan for head coaching job

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:20:00 PST

The search for a new San Francisco 49ers coach has narrowed in on Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after the only other candidate remaining pulled out of consideration. 

Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable's agent, Doug Hendickson, tweeted Tuesday that Cable is “re-affirming” his...


Mike Tomlin calls Antonio Brown 'selfish,' says receiver will be punished for locker room video

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:50:00 PST

Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that star receiver Antonio Brown will be disciplined for live-streaming video from the team’s locker room Sunday night following a playoff victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

That video included audio of Tomlin making a profane reference to the...


What we learned from the Kings' 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:10:00 PST

The Kings scored on their first shot Monday, but Tampa Bay goalkeeper Ben Bishop wouldn’t be beaten again, making 31 saves as the Lightning won at Staples Center for the first time since George W. Bush left the White House.

Here are some things we learned from the Kings’ 2-1 loss:

The plug has...


Five takeaways from the Clippers' win over Oklahoma City

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

The Clippers built an early lead and cruised to a 120-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night at Staples Center.

Here are five takeaways from the game:

1. When Chris Paul gets an MRI on the sprained left thumb he injured during Monday night’s Clippers win over Oklahoma City, L.A....


Clippers rout the Thunder despite losing Chris Paul to a thumb injury

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:10:00 PST

Chris Paul was upset as soon as it happened, obviously knowing his body well enough to recognize he had suffered an injury that would prevent him from finishing the game at Staples Center on Monday night.

That injury, incurred late in the second quarter of the Clippers’ easy 120-98 victory over...


NBA roundup: Warriors win the latest clash with the Cavaliers, 126-91

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:00:00 PST

Stephen Curry made five three-pointers and had 20 points while matching his season best with 11 assists in Golden State's 126-91 rout of the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in Oakland. 

Klay Thompson also made five three-pointers to finish with 26 points while Draymond Green produced...


Serena Williams opens Australian Open play with straight-set victory

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:15:00 PST

Serena Williams is choosing her moments carefully. Deep contemplation on her recent engagement, she says, can wait until after the Australian Open. 

Equality? The time to make a statement is now. 

After starting her quest for a record 23rd Grand Slam title with a 6-4, 6-3 first-round win over Belinda...


The impact of Martin Luther King Jr. is a talking point for Doc Rivers and the Clippers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:45:00 PST

Doc Rivers has seen to it that his role with the Clippers is more than just coach of the team.

On Martin Luther King Day, Rivers again made sure to impart his wisdom to his players about the importance of the civil rights icon.

The Clippers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night at...


Lakers reluctant to play the 'youth' card as season goes on and losses pile up

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:10:00 PST

What Lou Williams said Sunday night after the Lakers’ 30th loss of the season wasn’t new to the rhetoric coming from within his team.

The veteran guard was asked if the callow Lakers can make the improvements they need to make now, or if a growing-up process must be completed first.

“It definitely...


College basketball: Roy Williams gets 800th coaching victory in UNC's rout of Syracuse

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:35:00 PST

Hall of Fame Coach Roy Williams earned his 800th career victory when Isaiah Hicks scored 20 points to lead No. 9 North Carolina to an 85-68 victory over Syracuse on Monday night in Chapel Hill, N.C. 

The win made Williams just the ninth Division I coach to reach 800 wins. 

Kennedy Meeks added 15...


Kings miss the ailing Anze Kopitar in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:55:00 PST

Most of the Kings had to work Monday despite the holiday. But the one guy who got the day off was the player the Kings missed most.

Captain Anze Kopitar called in sick, and without him the team’s offense fizzled in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“You always miss really good hockey players...


Ducks look to ramp up power play when facing Lightning on Tuesday

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:55:00 PST

The Ducks, who were off Monday after three games in four nights, will look to re-boot their power play when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Anaheim has only scored once in its 23 man-advantage situations in January following an 0-for-3 performance Sunday in which it struggled...


MLB report: Royals and starter Danny Duffy agree to $65-million, five-year contract

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:45:00 PST

Perhaps the Royals and Danny Duffy thought Kansas City sports fans could use some good news. 

The team announced a $65-million, five-year contract with the popular left-hander on Monday, ensuring he will remain with the Royals through the 2021 season. Duffy was eligible for arbitration and could...


What we've learned in NHL: This trade is a Wild win, and balanced scoring fuels Capitals

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:25:00 PST

What we learned from the past week in the NHL:

It sometimes takes years to determine which team “won” a trade, but it’s safe to say the Minnesota Wild came out ahead when they acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from Arizona for a 2015 third-round draft pick. On Sunday, the second anniversary of the...


Don't ask the Hall of Fame how to vote on Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:40:00 PST

Barry Bonds took his last swing in the major leagues 10 years ago. Roger Clemens threw his final fastball in the major leagues 10 years ago.

The Hall of Fame has had a decade to figure out what to do about Bonds and Clemens. It has done nothing, which is exactly the right thing.

They are two of...


NFL report: Josh McDaniels withdraws from consideration for 49ers job

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:30:00 PST

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels expressed appreciation for the opportunity to interview with the San Francisco 49ers but says for now he will remain in New England. 

He said during a conference call Monday that the decision was what's “best for my family and myself” and that he will...


Rory McIlroy withdraws from Abu Dhabi Championship because of rib injury

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:10:00 PST

Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from the Abu Dhabi Championship this week because of a rib injury. 

The European Tour released a statement on Monday saying the second-ranked McIlroy underwent tests after he was injured during the SA Open and they revealed a stress fracture. 

McIlroy said it was “bitterly...


Green Bay's win over Dallas is the most viewed NFL divisional playoff game ever

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:50:00 PST

Green Bay's 34-31 win over Dallas was seen by an average of 48.5 million on Fox, the most-viewed NFL divisional playoff game ever.

The game Sunday had a 26.1 rating and 46 share, the network said Monday, the highest-rated NFC divisional game since 1997. The rating is the percentage of television...


Adoree' Jackson declares for NFL draft, skipping his senior season at USC

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:20:00 PST

Before Monday, deadline day to declare for the NFL draft, USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson had revealed little about his decision. His Twitter account had become fodder for amateur sleuths. Jackson tweeted often about attending class when the semester began - a score for his returning. Then he tweeted...(image)

L.A. organizers propose linked, simultaneous Olympic ceremonies for Coliseum, Inglewood stadium

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:30:00 PST

As LA 2024 officials finalize their bid to bring the Summer Olympics back to Southern California, they have faced a difficult choice regarding the location of the opening and closing ceremonies.

The Coliseum offers a sense of history and has the backing of L.A. City Council members eager to keep...