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Last Build Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:27:53 -0700

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Angels mailbag: Why are they such good base stealers but below-average base runners?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:10:00 PDT

Hello, Angel fans. Your favorite team just beat Boston and New York in consecutive road series, and Mike Trout is inching closer to a return. Things are looking up. The Angels are 40-39, which translates to an 82-win pace for a full season.

Let us get to some questions and answers about the ballclub.


Dodgers mailbag: Could Alex Wood win the Cy Young Award?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:55:00 PDT

The Dodgers are 51-26. That translates to a 107-win pace, which is somewhat astounding. They trounced the Rockies this weekend to extend their winning streak to 10 games. They have won 16 of their last 17. They won a preposterous game on Sunday, surviving an alarming outing by Brandon McCarthy...


Cody Bellinger gets approval of Dodgers fans by acclamation

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:30:00 PDT

Cody Bellinger insisted he didn’t realize that the Dodger Stadium crowd was chanting his name and wanted him to emerge from the dugout for a curtain call in the eighth inning Sunday.

“I didn’t really hear them until someone pushed me up the stairs,” he said, “Then it was, ‘Oh, this is happening.’...


John McEnroe on Serena Williams: 'If she played the men's circuit she'd be like 700 in the world'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:35:00 PDT

Serena Williams is the greatest women’s tennis player ever. But she would rank between Brazil’s Wilson Leite and Egypt’s Issam Haitham Taweel if she played the men’s circuit.

That’s basically what men’s tennis legend John McEnroe said during an interview Sunday.

Never heard of Leite and Haitham...


NBA experts, fans can't get enough of rumor-filled off-season

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:30:00 PDT

Just before 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, one of professional basketball’s top news breakers, Marc Stein, probably reached for his Blackberry (some NBA folks still swear by ’em) and pressed send on a Tweet that would send NBA fans into a tizzy.

The Denver Nuggets, one of the league’s asset-rich but superstar-poor...


Mexican soccer fans are reluctant to give up a favorite chant — an anti-gay slur

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

They’ve been begged by star players to stop it, fined repeatedly, and threatened with dramatic sanctions that could hurt their national team’s chances in the World Cup.

But Mexican soccer fans have been loath to give up their favorite game-day chant, a homophobic slur that has been condemned by...


Dodgers rally from five runs down, scoring five times on wild pitches, to rout the Rockies

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:25:00 PDT

Yasmani Grandal stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning on Sunday with the bases loaded, two outs, and the Dodgers trailing the Colorado Rockies by two runs.

In the span of a six-pitch at-bat that ended with Grandal striking out on an Adam Ottavino breaking ball, three runs crossed...


Baseball fan's obituary throws shade at the Washington Nationals' bullpen

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:25:00 PDT

Patrick Killebrew was a former U.S. Navy navigator, a longtime attorney and an avid baseball fan. And he appears to have had a great sense of humor as well.

According to his obituary in the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, Killebrew “passed away peacefully at home, June 20, 2017, after watching the...


Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy loses control against Rockies

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:55:00 PDT

Brandon McCarthy’s smooth ride through the 2017 season hit a sudden patch of turbulence Sunday when the veteran right-hander appeared to suffer a brief recurrence of the “yips” that derailed his 2016 season last August.

McCarthy, who entered with a 6-3 record and 2.87 ERA in 12 starts, retired...


Rare condition sends Dodgers' Franklin Gutierrez to the disabled list

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:05:00 PDT

Franklin Gutierrez was in the original starting lineup Sunday. By 11 a.m., two hours before the Dodgers played the Colorado Rockies, the veteran outfielder was on the 10-day disabled list because of a rare inflammatory disease called ankylosing spondylitis, which forced him to sit out the 2014...


Parker Bridwell delivers for Angels in 4-2 victory over Red Sox

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:35:00 PDT

Two weeks ago, Parker Bridwell and Doug Fister sat in a triple-A clubhouse in Salt Lake City, both property of the Bees’ parent club, the Angels. Eight years Fister’s junior and markedly less experienced, Bridwell posed pitching questions and received useful answers.

“Next thing you know,” Bridwell...


Kevin Harvick wins at Sonoma for first victory of season

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:50:00 PDT

Kevin Harvick returned to victory lane for the first time this season with a dominating run Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.

The former NASCAR champion came to Sonoma winless in 20 races since Kansas last fall and has been overshadowed in this season of NASCAR's young new superstars....


Jordan Spieth holes bunker shot to beat Daniel Berger in playoff and win Travelers Championship

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Jordan Spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the Travelers Championship.

The two-time major champion holed out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with Daniel Berger on Sunday...


Soreness delays return of Angels starter Tyler Skaggs

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:30:00 PDT

Left-hander Tyler Skaggs’ latest ailment has sounded an alarm within the Angels’ organization. The club had been counting on his return in short order.

Now, after he experienced renewed soreness in his oblique and abdominal muscles before his scheduled rehab start in Arizona on Saturday, his recovery...


MLB notes: Mets promote Tim Tebow

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:15:00 PDT

Tim Tebow is moving up and heading south — to some very familiar territory. Tebow has been promoted to the New York Mets' high Class A affiliate in St. Lucie, Fla.

The 29-year-old Tebow led the University of Florida to two national championships in football and won the 2007 Heisman Trophy during...


New Americans Dom Dwyer, Kenny Saief join U.S. soccer squad for Gold Cup

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:40:00 PDT

Recent U.S.-eligible players Dom Dwyer and Kenny Saief were among those named Sunday to the 23-man roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Dwyer became a U.S. citizen in March and Saief had his change of his allegiance from Israel to the U.S. granted last week. They join Cristian Roldan and Kelyn Rowe...


Scott Dixon gets another IndyCar win on road course in Wisconsin

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:40:00 PDT

Scott Dixon won the IndyCar race at Road America on Sunday to spoil the Team Penske party on the rural road course.

Dixon edged Josef Newgarden by 0.57 seconds to claim his first victory at Road America. It also gave the Chip Ganassi Racing veteran his first win since Watkins Glen in September.


Germany, Chile advance to Confederations Cup semifinals

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:45:00 PDT

World champion Germany reached the Confederations Cup semifinals on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Cameroon in Sochi, Russia, that had a player sent off after confusion with experimental video replays.

Germany was leading through Kerem Demirbay's 48th-minute strike when Cameroon had Sebastien Siani...


Patience again pays off for a Hart quarterback

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:15:00 PDT

You have to go back 20 years to remember a time when being a backup high school quarterback wasn’t the end of the world and didn’t produce a tantrum from Dad, Mom or Grandpa.

At Newhall Hart High, something extraordinary was happening. In 1997, David Neill went from backup quarterback to 3,000-yard...


Tennis: Petra Kvitova completes comeback from knife attack with win at Aegon Classic

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:25:00 PDT

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Sunday in the Aegon Classic final at Birmingham, England, to win her first title since her playing hand was injured in a knife attack at her home.

Kvitova was playing only her second tournament and seventh match since...


Daniel Ricciardo wins a wild Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo profited from the chaos to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, while Sebastian Vettel extended his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton.

The Australian secured his fifth career win, while Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas overtook 18-year-old Canadian Lance...


Clayton Kershaw overcomes a shaky start and the Dodgers blank the Rockies 4-0

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:05:00 PDT

Dave Roberts could see this coming last Tuesday, the day after Clayton Kershaw gave up four home runs in a game for the first time in his career during a shoddy 6 1/3-inning, six-run, six-hit effort against the New York Mets.

“I think Clayton’s pretty good about turning the page,” the Dodgers manager...


Sporting Kansas City tops Galaxy 2-1

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:50:00 PDT

The home miseries of the Galaxy were perfectly encapsulated in one play, 23 minutes into their game Saturday.

Sporting Kansas City’s Roger Espinoza sent a harmless shot from 25 yards that went directly to goalie Clement Diop. In his effort to bat the ball down, Diop missed and watched the ball...


Angels hold off Red Sox for 6-3 victory

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:40:00 PDT

The bullpen door at Fenway Park opened and Blake Parker emerged, the bases loaded, his team up three runs and needing one last out in the ninth inning Saturday night.

Until three months ago, Parker was best known as the all-time saves leader for triple-A Iowa, where he spent parts of nine consecutive...


College World Series: LSU and Florida make it an all-SEC finals

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:20:00 PDT

Caleb Gilbert held No. 1 national seed Oregon State to two hits in 7 1/3 innings, Michael Papierski homered from both sides of the plate and Louisiana State beat the Beavers 6-1 on Saturday to reach the College World Series finals.

The Tigers (52-18) won their third straight elimination game, including...