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It hasn’t felt this real for Dodgers in 29 seasons

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:15:00 PDT

The Dodgers are so close to the World Series, you can hear it coming.

It crept up with the clank of Chris Taylor’s home run off a center-field roof.

It slipped nearer with the bang of Andre Ethier’s home run off a right-field scoreboard.

Then, finally, on a classically fall Tuesday night, it descended...


Dodgers one win away from first World Series since 1988

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:00:00 PDT

When his eyes registered the location of the last pitch, Yu Darvish stepped outside the batter’s box. He stared at the umpire to be sure. It was a fastball from Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. like the three pitches before it, and it was not a strike, like the three before it. In October, good luck...


Old hand Andre Ethier gets first start, and doesn't waste opportunity

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:45:00 PDT

Andre Ethier waited six months for this, seven months, really, if you count the end of spring training.

The monotonous therapy sessions, the periods of despondence and frustration, Ethier endured in the unlikely chance he could live the night he lived Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

In the first at-bat...


Lonzo Ball may get the attention, but Brook Lopez is a key to the Lakers' success

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:20:00 PDT

Twin brothers Brook and Robin Lopez were always up to something, even when they were 5 years old in the back seat of their mom’s car on the way to their older brothers’ basketball games.

They created their own little world, drawing pictures or plotting stories they invented with fictional characters...


New-look Clippers at a crossroads to see if they are still a top team in West

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:25:00 PDT

For six years, the Clippers stood among the best of the NBA, a team listed in the company of the championship contenders despite their constant playoff failures.

They are no longer seen in the same light.

As the Clippers prepare to launch their 2017-18 season, they now are regarded as a team at...


Resurgent Dustin Brown has rediscovered his home on the Kings' first line

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:35:00 PDT

When he came home from the rink, Dustin Brown noticed it the most.

He could see it when he sat down to play with his children — three boys and a girl, ages 4-9. It was the accumulation of losing and wondering where his career was headed that he carried through the front door, whereas normally he...


Chargers linemen Michael Schofield and Dan Feeney make former coach proud

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:10:00 PDT

Jeff Obradovich wears his favorite jersey Sundays as he goes to bars in suburban Chicago to watch football, the sport he loves to coach.

The 47-year-old will slide up to the bar to order drinks, a craft beer for him and a white wine or sangria for his wife Joan. His South Side accent is thicker...


Dodgers' bulletproof bullpen finally allows hits

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:45:00 PDT

Alex Avila, a backup catcher, succeeded Tuesday where 31 consecutive Cubs had failed.

He got a hit off a Dodgers relief pitcher.

Dodger relievers had retired 29 out of the 31 batters they faced in the National League Championship Series before Avila lined a single off Ross Stripling leading off...


Dodgers aren’t showing any shortcomings even without Corey Seager

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:35:00 PDT

Corey who?

On the morning of the opener of the National League Championship Series, the Dodgers announced that All-Star shortstop Corey Seager would not play because of injury. Cubs pitcher Jon Lester likened the impact on the Dodgers to how the Cubs might have been hurt had they lost Kris Bryant,...


Warriors lose opener after Durant's buzzer beater is waved off

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:50:00 PDT

Kevin Durant's baseline jumper swished through the net just barely too late, and the Houston Rockets rallied in the fourth to beat Golden State 122-121 Tuesday on the night the Warriors received their championship rings.

The Warriors had one last chance with 10.6 seconds left and Durant came up...


Sam Darnold confronts problem of 'unrealistic expectations' in second season, teammate says

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:55:00 PDT

By now, Sam Darnold understands the deal. When he stands outside USC’s locker room each week to face reporters, he can sense what people will be saying about him on the radio, the cable sports networks and the Internet all week.

This is no longer last season, when Darnold was the freshman savior...


Yankees come back late to beat the Astros 6-4 and even ALCS at two wins apiece

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:45:00 PDT

For two decades, Aaron Judge dreamed of a night like Tuesday. Often when he takes batting practice, he visualizes the moment, loud and cold October baseball, his team in need of a hit, his name blasted over the loudspeaker. When he was a kid taking cage hacks in California’s Central Valley, he...


Gordon Hayward breaks ankle, Cavaliers hold off Celtics in opener

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:00:00 PDT

Boston's Gordon Hayward broke his left ankle just five minutes into the season, a grisly injury that overshadowed Kyrie Irving's return to Cleveland and the Cavaliers' 102-99 win over the shocked Celtics on Tuesday night.

LeBron James scored 29 points — 13 in the fourth quarter — in his most extensive...


UCLA's O-line finally is coming together to fix Bruins' biggest weakness on offense

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:20:00 PDT

UCLA offensive line coach Hank Fraley believes in what he calls a fist mentality, five linemen curling together as one to form a more powerful entity.

Those lineman delivered several body blows to the Arizona defense Saturday, and the Bruins ran the ball the best they have this season. There were...


Ezekiel Elliott suspension on hold again, Cowboys star cleared to play Sunday

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:40:00 PDT

The meandering legal saga of Ezekiel Elliott took another turn Tuesday evening when the courts again cleared the way for the Dallas Cowboys running back to continue to play.

A federal judge in the Southern District of New York granted Elliott another temporary restraining order against his six-game...


Alex Wood ready to go in Game 4 on three weeks' rest

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:40:00 PDT

The last time Alex Wood pitched in a game that counted, the Angels still were alive in the race for a playoff berth.

It has been a while. When the Dodgers hand him the ball for Game 4 of the National League Championship Series Wednesday, Wood will be working on three weeks of rest.

No pressure,...


One key player missing from NFL's unprecedented meeting of players and owners

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:30:00 PDT

Russell Okung wasn’t required to take a red-eye flight from the West Coast so he could attend Tuesday’s unprecedented meeting between NFL players, owners and executives, but he felt it was his duty.

“I feel very fortunate to have the seat at the table,” said the Chargers offensive tackle, who flew...


Figure skater Gracie Gold makes a difficult but smart decision

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:50:00 PDT

What matters most now is that figure skater Gracie Gold gets well and can enjoy her life, healthy in mind and body, even if that means she doesn’t compete again this season or at the Winter Olympics in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Gold, a two-time U.S. champion who contributed to a team...


Talladega wrecks competitive vibe of playoffs with random chaos

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:35:00 PDT

Talladega is NASCAR’s version of the spin-cycle.

Accidents happen and, whoosh, you get caught up in the dirty laundry.

Talladega’s unpredictable dynamics likely will have consequences moving on to the next elimination race this weekend in Kansas. Check out the results Sunday from Talladega, where...


The Rams' Aaron Donald is back to playing like a star, and he'd like to be paid like one

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:40:00 PDT

Just down the road from the resort where the Rams are staying this week, there is a white two-story building that features a large logo for CAA Sports, the firm that represents linebacker Alec Ogletree and defensive lineman Aaron Donald.

The offices and conference rooms serve as headquarters for...


Who attended the NFL meeting on the national anthem controversy? Not Colin Kaepernick or Jerry Jones

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:15:00 PDT

Chargers tackle Russell Okung, Washington cornerback Josh Norman, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England owner Robert Kraft are among the players, owners and executives attending a Tuesday morning meeting at league headquarters to discuss how the league should move forward on the national...


Packers coach angrily swats question about Colin Kaepernick replacing injured Aaron Rodgers

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:05:00 PDT

Mike McCarthy had to have known he was going to be asked about Colin Kaepernick the day after the Green Bay Packers lost superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers, possibly for the season.

But that didn’t make the Packers coach any happier to receive the question about the controversial former San Francisco...


Judge’s offense and defense help lift Yankees in ALCS Game 3

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:00:00 PDT

Three pitches into Monday’s fourth inning, Aaron Judge galloped onto Yankee Stadium’s warning track and hurtled into its right-field wall to retrieve a deep drive. As ball met glove, Judge’s oversized torso smashed into an advertisement that foretold the night’s events.



Lonzo Ball says he'll be ready for opener on Thursday

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:55:00 PDT

As Lonzo Ball backed toward a crowd of reporters waiting to speak with him, he tossed a few words of friendly trash talk toward Kyle Kuzma.

The two rookies had just finished their near-daily half-court shooting competition and this time Ball had won.

“Redemption,” Ball said.

After a practice last...


NFL: Packers’ Aaron Rodgers will need surgery

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:45:00 PDT

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy knew that this was one injury that his two-time NFL MVP could not shake off, and Monday confirmed the worst.

McCarthy said Rodgers will have surgery on his broken right collarbone, putting the rest of the quarterback’s season in jeopardy.

“He’ll be out a minimum,...