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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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Former Laker and local broadcaster Tommy Hawkins dies at 80

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:35:00 PDT

It was the spring of 1985, and the Lakers stood one victory away from avenging a painful history of playoff losses to the Boston Celtics.

Watching on television from home, the long-retired Tommy Hawkins — who had played for the Lakers when they moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles — couldn’t help...


Why are so many people against Conor McGregor fighting Floyd Mayweather?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum has called the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor boxing match a “one-off” that will send an embarrassed (and rich) McGregor back to the UFC.

McGregor’s former opponent Jose Aldo says the fight’s “a joke.” And some boxing reporters are so bothered by the Aug. 26...


Christian Pabico's UCLA journey starts with walk and may end with a catch

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:20:00 PDT

The play called for JuJu Smith-Schuster, then an All-American receiver at Long Beach Poly High, to serve as a decoy in favor of a teammate with great hands, decent speed and a tendency to make the big catch.

The defense reacted as expected in the final minutes of a Southern Section playoff game...


Sparks star Nneka Ogwumike wants to make the WNBA a global brand. But how?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:40:00 PDT

In just six seasons, Los Angeles Sparks star Nneka Ogwumike already has amassed a career’s worth of WNBA accomplishments. In the last year alone, she won a most valuable player award and drained a championship-clinching shot in the league Finals.

This season she is tops in scoring (18.7 points),...


Chargers' Branden Oliver shows he's ready to run after bad Achilles injury

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:25:00 PDT

The slow-motion video of Chargers running back Branden Oliver tearing his Achilles in a preseason game at Minnesota last Aug. 28 is not for the faint of heart.

Oliver catches a short pass on the right side and plants his right foot to make a cut. The tendon connecting the heel to the calf snaps...


Chargers fans get inked in 'Fight for L.A.' tattoo giveaway

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:20:00 PDT

It appeared to be one of the first Chargers victories in their self-proclaimed “Fight for LA,” a real live human being from the heart of Los Angeles who had decided to become a Chargers fan.

His name was Anthony Cabadas, and he had been standing for nearly three hours on a Sunset Boulevard sidewalk...


USC's returners face an unenviable task: Replacing Adoree' Jackson

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:45:00 PDT

Rarely has anyone accused USC cornerback Jack Jones of being coy. But when he huffed and puffed off USC’s practice field Wednesday, he grimaced. He was hoping he could leave without talking to reporters.

His chest heaved — he was tired, he explained. He’d just spent about 20 minutes after a long...


In his third practice with Rams, receiver Sammy Watkins shows there's a lot to be excited about

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:05:00 PDT

As Jared Goff’s mid-range pass spiraled above the middle of the field, players on both sides of the line of scrimmage — as well as those on the sideline and fans in the stands — looked up with anticipation.

New Rams receiver Sammy Watkins snaked through defenders, reached above his head, snatched...


Clayton Kershaw takes one step closer to return for Dodgers

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:55:00 PDT

At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Clayton Kershaw finished warming in Dodger Stadium’s home bullpen and walked toward the mound. He then took another scheduled step toward returning to the team when he faced Chase Utley, Rob Segedin and Joc Pederson in a two-inning simulated game.

It went off without a noticeable...


Baseball notes: Ump Angel Hernandez shakes Ian Kinsler's hand after criticism

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:55:00 PDT

Umpire Angel Hernandez has shaken hands on the field with Ian Kinsler, a day after the Detroit Tigers second baseman said the veteran ump should find another job.

Hernandez was working second base Wednesday night for the finale of Detroit's series at Texas. When Kinsler took his position for the...


A friendly gallery helps Sahith Theegala in the U.S. Amateur at Riviera

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:30:00 PDT

Players in the early rounds of the U.S. Amateur golf championship might have a couple of friends, maybe their parents, walking the course with them, quietly urging them on. The atmosphere almost seems more like a weekend club tournament than the most prestigious amateur event in the world.



Struggling Galaxy likely to make final playoff push without captain Jelle Van Damme

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:20:00 PDT

It’s been more than a decade since Sigi Schmid coached a team to the end of an MLS season without reaching the playoffs. It’s been nearly as long since the Galaxy missed the postseason.

Yet both those streaks are in danger of ending this year as the Galaxy and their new coach limp toward the regular-season...


Luis Valbuena and Kole Calhoun homer as Angels defeat Nationals, 3-2

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:20:00 PDT

A humid day ended Ricky Nolasco's outing a batter earlier than he would have liked. He still did enough to help the Los Angeles Angels stymie the Washington Nationals.

Nolasco bounced back from a rocky first inning to pitch into the sixth inning Wednesday before departing with cramps, and Luis...


Dodgers set postseason ticket prices. World Series seats would start at $166

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:35:00 PDT

If the Dodgers make the World Series for the first time in 29 years, fans wishing to enjoy the games in person will dig deep for the privilege.

The Dodgers announced their postseason ticket prices Wednesday, in a letter sent to season-ticket holders. If the Dodgers do play their first World Series...


Suspension of Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott leads to harsh words between NFL and players union

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:40:00 PDT

Fighting words are flying between the NFL and the players union over the Ezekiel Elliott case.

The Dallas Cowboys running back, who led the NFL in rushing last season, was suspended by the league last week for the first six games of the season for allegedly assaulting a female companion on multiple...


'Granddaddy of Beach Volleyball' hits the sand this week in Manhattan Beach

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:10:00 PDT

For basketball, New York City is unquestioned as the mecca of the game.

For beach volleyball? It’s Manhattan Beach.

The 58th annual Manhattan Beach Open, the longest continually running tournament in beach volleyball, begins Thursday, bringing 64 of the most talented teams in the sport to the local...


Longtime Angel Jered Weaver announces retirement from baseball

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Jered Weaver, who won more games than all but one pitcher in Angels history and left some $60 million on the table to play for them, announced his retirement Wednesday.

Weaver, 34, a three-time All-Star for the Angels and the franchise’s most recent 20-game winner, called it a career after failing...


Chick-fil-A concession stand won't be open for 7 of Falcons' 8 home games because they're on Sunday

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:40:00 PDT

Chick-fil-A has a stand at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons. All but one of the Falcons’ home games this season will be played on Sundays.

Anybody else see a problem with the above two statements?

All Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays so their employees can...


ESPN apologizes for fantasy football segment that auctioned off players, including African Americans

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:45:00 PDT

ESPN issued an apology and explanation Tuesday after airing a live version of a fantasy football auction that some people felt was racist.

“Auction drafts are a common part of fantasy football, and ESPN’s segments replicated an auction draft with a diverse slate of top professional football players,”...


Galaxy, Angels keep their fans the happiest, survey says

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:00:00 PDT

The Galaxy and the Angels do the best job of local professional teams in satisfying their fans, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The Lakers ranked third, followed in order by the Ducks, Kings, Clippers, Dodgers and Rams.

The survey, conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, asked more than...


Yu Darvish to make home debut for Dodgers, 12 years after Lasorda's failed pitch to coax him from Japan

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:00:00 PDT

The visitor from Los Angeles arrived in Osaka a dozen years ago, as Yu Darvish pondered leaving home for Major League Baseball. Darvish was a senior in high school, but his talent induced a fleet of baseball lifers to board planes bound for Japan.

One of them represented the beating heart of the...


Dodgers move 50 games above .500 for the first time since 1953

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:35:00 PDT

That was quite a team the Dodgers assembled in 1953. They had Hall of Famers everywhere — at catcher (Roy Campanella), shortstop (Pee Wee Reese), left field (Jackie Robinson), center field (Duke Snider) and in the broadcast booth (Vin Scully and Red Barber).

They were Brooklyn’s finest, immortalized...


MLB: Tigers' Ian Kinsler says umpire Angel Hernandez should get another job

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:30:00 PDT

Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler had harsh words Tuesday for Angel Hernandez, saying the veteran umpire should find another job.

A day after being ejected from a game for questioning Hernandez's calls on balls and strikes, Kinsler told reporters covering the Tigers that Hernandez is a...


Behind Sam Darnold, USC faces a tricky question at quarterback

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:20:00 PDT

There was one question no one wanted to touch after USC’s practice on Tuesday. Tyson Helton laughed, shook his head and said he would elect to punt.

“That's a head ball coach's decision,” he said.

The head coach, his brother, Clay Helton, equivocated.

It was a question that has no direct impact on...


Rams receiver Josh Reynolds steals the spotlight in return from injury

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:55:00 PDT

He hauled in passes on deep routes, won contested end zone balls for touchdowns, and wowed defenders and coaches alike with sideline grabs and receptions over the middle.

It wasn’t new Rams receiver Sammy Watkins putting on a show Tuesday.

It was rookie Josh Reynolds.

The fourth-round pick from...