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College football: USC promotes Bryan Ellis and Keary Colbert to assistant coaching positions

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:40:00 PST

USC promoted Bryan Ellis and Keary Colbert to full-time jobs as assistant coaches.

Ellis is the Trojans’ new quarterbacks coach, and Colbert will coach tight ends and inside receivers.

Ellis and Colbert were offensive quality control assistants last season. Ellis took over temporarily as the quarterbacks...


NBA roundup: Thunder prevent LeBron James from reaching milestone in blowout of Cavaliers

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:40:00 PST

LeBron James came up just short of 30,000 points. Oklahoma City nearly got there, too, when Cleveland was unable to stop Paul George, Russell Westbrook or Carmelo Anthony and the visiting Thunder embarrassed the Cavaliers 148-124 on Saturday.

George scored 36 points, Westbrook had 23 and 20 assists...


Coast to coast, voices are raised in anger and dismay

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:25:00 PST

Mothers said they marched for their daughters, and daughters marched to honor their mothers as protests against the Trump administration unfolded across the country.(image)

Pac-12 basketball: No. 14 Arizona rallies for 73-71 win at Stanford

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:25:00 PST

Rawle Alkins made a go-ahead layup with 38 seconds remaining, and No. 14 Arizona held on for a 73-71 comeback win Saturday over Stanford to take sole possession of first place in the Pac-12.

Allonzo Trier, who led the Wildcats (16-4, 6-1 Pac-12) with 21 points, added three free throws in the final...


Austin Cook takes lead in the desert with a 64 at La Quinta

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:20:00 PST

It seemed like a minor adjustment, but it changed everything.

Ten months ago, Austin Cook had just missed his second cut in a row on the Tour, stalling in his effort to get to the major league circuit.

So, he changed his putting grip, simply moving his hands more closely together as he...


Shutdown's first day is long on blame, short on solutions to reopen government

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:10:00 PST

The first day of a federal shutdown ended much as it began Saturday, with Democrats and Republicans hardened in a stalemate of angry finger-pointing as Congress and President Trump failed to broker a deal to reopen the government.

Lawmakers in both parties spent the day blaming each other and pushing...


Vandalism at Pasadena church set ablaze last week follows a recent pattern

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:10:00 PST

Graffiti spray-painted at a 129-year-old Pasadena church that was set on fire last week resembled messages left on several other churches that were vandalized in recent months.

Vandals broke into Church of the Angels — an Episcopal church on Avenue 64 that was built in 1889 — before sunrise Jan....


Dan Ige vs. Julio Arce live round-by-round coverage

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:59:00 PST


Lakers at a loss over poor free-throw shooting

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:55:00 PST

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sat on the bench in a beige blazer Friday night counting missed free throws.

That isn’t light work when it comes to the Lakers on any night, but Friday was especially taxing. The Lakers made only two of 14 free throws. That percentage — 14.3% — was the lowest in NBA history...


Trump tweets: 'a perfect day for all Women to March'

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:47:00 PST


Tens of thousands turn out for Women's March in downtown Los Angeles

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:45:00 PST

Calling for equal rights for women and waving “Dump Trump” signs, tens of thousands of demonstrators converged on downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to take part in the second Women’s March in L.A., one of dozens of similar protests held around the country.

After an early morning rally in Pershing...


College basketball: No. 4 Oklahoma upset at OSU; No. 7 Wichita State and No. 8 Texas Tech also fall

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:40:00 PST

Trae Young scored 48 points, but missed a deep three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime and No. 4 Oklahoma fell to Oklahoma State 83-81 on Saturday in Stillwater.

Young, a freshman guard who leads the nation in scoring, had 34 points after halftime. He matched the fifth-highest scoring effort in...


At Women's Marches nationwide, setting sights on the ballot box and hailing #MeToo

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:40:00 PST

In a boisterous coast-to-coast outpouring, hundreds of thousands of marchers in dozens of cities staged a reprise of last year’s massive Women’s March, seeking to not only deliver a powerful rebuke to the policies of President Trump, but also mount a crucial mobilization for this year’s midterm...


Texas neighbors suspected Turpins before move to Perris

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:30:00 PST

To neighbor Ricky Vinyard, the Turpin family seemed odd from the moment they arrived at the end of his remote dirt road in this small town 50 miles south of Fort Worth, where they had lived earlier.

“When they moved in, they were really mysterious people. They didn’t talk to us or socialize,” recalled...


Government shutdown brings confusion, dismay to national parks and monuments

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:05:00 PST

If you’re thinking about enjoying some time at a national park, you might want to check to see if the place you’re headed to is even open.

On Saturday, hours after the start of the partial government shutdown, dozens of national parks nationwide closed their gates and turned visitors away. Others...


Without leader Holcomb, U.S. men's bobsledders must find a way to regroup heading into the Olympics

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:00:00 PST

The inside of an Olympic bobsled can be a violent place, loud and jostling at 90 mph, subject to oppressive gravitational forces through each banked turn.

But when Steve Langton thinks back on his years of racing with teammate Steven Holcomb, he remembers quieter times.

Their car rides to practice...


On first day of partial government shutdown, Democrats' strategy poses some risks

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:55:00 PST

Democrats have grown used to winning political face-offs over government shutdowns, smiling from the sidelines as Republicans struggled to contain the unruly factions in their party. On Saturday, Democrats got a taste of that stomach-churning game.

On the first day of the first partial government...


'Three Billboards,' 'Handmaid's Tale' and 'Star Wars'-inspired protest posters take over the streets at the second women's march

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:45:00 PST

Hundreds of thousands of people — some using familiar images from film and TV — took to the streets along with a handful of celebrities to protest President Trump on the first anniversary of his inauguration.

Several women in Austin, Texas, and Palm Beach, Fla., marched in the signature red cloaks...


Laguna Beach’s winning streak ended by Mater Dei

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:35:00 PST

The thing about streaks is that at some point they end, and two long-running ones fell by the wayside Saturday at Mater Dei High.

The Laguna Beach High girls’ water polo team lost a nonleague game to the host Monarchs 6-5, ending the Breakers’ 44-game winning streak dating to the start of last...


Paul Dano takes on his newest role, director, with cowriter Zoe Kazan on 'Wildlife'

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:35:00 PST

One of the premier shapeshifters of his generation of actors, able to convincingly play an uncanny variety of characters, Paul Dano would seem to have slipped easily into yet another role: that of accomplished director.

Co-scripted by Dano’s writing and romantic partner — actor Zoe Kazan (of “The...