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College basketball: No. 18 Virginia loses fourth straight, falling to Miami in overtime

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:45:00 PST

Bruce Brown made a 3-pointer with 23.8 seconds left in overtime and Miami beat No. 18 Virginia 54-48 on Monday night for the Cavaliers fourth straight loss. 

Brown scored 14 points to lead the Hurricanes (19-8, 9-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their third consecutive victory. Kamari Murphy and...


Derby winner Charismatic has died

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:25:00 PST

Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Charismatic, whose bid for the Triple Crown ended with a dramatic leg injury as he neared the finish line in the Belmont Stakes, has died at a thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky.

The striking chestnut horse, winner of the first two legs of...


Trump's new national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, is temperamentally a shift from the ousted Flynn

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:20:00 PST

President Trump’s selection Monday of a cerebral, widely respected military strategist as his new national security advisor signaled an abrupt about-face from the chaotic tenure of Michael Flynn, forced out last week just shy of a month on the job. 

The choice of Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, 54,...


Slain Whittier officer 'best of the best,' was thinking about retiring, chief says

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:20:00 PST

Keith Boyer spent 27 years patrolling the streets of Whittier and had become something of a legend at the Whittier Police Department.

Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper broke down in tears recounting Boyer, whom he described as a close friend and beloved member of the department. Boyer was fatally...


Angels pitcher Ricky Nolasco hopes his workload, and contract situation, work out for the vest

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:20:00 PST

If Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco obtains 14 more outs this season than last, he’ll guarantee himself a $13-million salary in 2018. So says a provision within the four-year, $49-million contract he signed with Minnesota three years ago. 

If Nolasco does not throw at least 202 1/3 innings, thus...


Gunman who killed Whittier officer had fatally shot another man hours earlier, police say

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:10:00 PST

One officer was killed and a second injured in a shootout with a gang member who was wounded in a Monday morning altercation in Whittier, authorities said.

Three Whittier Police Department officers were responding to the scene of a traffic collision about 8 a.m. when a 26-year-old, recently paroled...


Girls' basketball: Monday's Southern Section playoff result

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:09:00 PST




Second round, Monday

Beverly Hills 47, Big Bear 38


Northern California braces for flooding; Don Pedro spillway opened

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:00:00 PST

Water rushed down the spillway of Don Pedro Dam in Stanislaus County Monday afternoon for the first time in nearly two decades, as officials sought to prevent the reservoir along the Tuolumne River from overflowing.

The release came as large swaths of Northern California remained on high alert...


L.A. school board races draw millions in outside spending

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:50:00 PST

Based on outside campaign spending, the school board is where the action is in the March 7 Los Angeles city election.

This is true even though there are 11 city contests, including races for mayor, city controller, city attorney and eight City Council seats — and just three seats up for grabs on...


Scott Kazmir looks to rebound in his second season with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 PST

Scott Kazmir signaled to catch the attention of Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. The rest of the pitchers were trudging a muddy path toward the clubhouse Sunday at Camelback Ranch. A gray sky threatened more rain, and Kazmir had already thrown live batting practice,...


Slumping Kings look to Avalanche to bury losing streak

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:35:00 PST

The Kings fled Southern California early Monday afternoon. And though their charter flight took them to Denver, the destination wasn’t nearly as important as the fact that they didn’t stay here.

Home has not been kind to the team lately.

Not only have the Kings lost three consecutive regulation-length...


Girls' water polo: Southern Section semifinal schedule

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:18:00 PST




Semifinals, Wednesday at Heritage Park (Irvine)

#1 Laguna Beach vs. #4 Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.

#3 San Marcos vs. #2 Mater Dei, 5 p.m.



Semifinals, Wednesday at Heritage Park (Irvine)

#1 Agoura vs. #4 Schurr, 6:30 p.m.

#2 Riverside Poly vs. #3...


Five questions to keep in mind as the NBA trade deadline approaches

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:05:00 PST

DeMarcus Cousins was just one man among many, surrounded by the greatest players in the NBA. He had played just 2½ minutes and scored three points during a game in which the other All-Stars combined to score 371.

If it was a normal postgame, Cousins probably would’ve been largely ignored, save...


Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looks sharp in live batting practice session

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:25:00 PST

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw lthrew two innings in live batting practice in a tuneup before Cactus League play begins on the weekend. He threw 29 pitches and was able to use a curveball and a slider to complement his fastball.

“This day is always not the most fun, because you’re low on adrenaline,...


What's Measure S? A breakdown of the ballot measure to restrict development

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:10:00 PST

The biggest issue facing Los Angeles voters on March 7 is Measure S, which would dramatically remake the city’s planning rules.

The ballot measure seeks to rein in development and determine where new projects — condo towers, office buildings, and more — can be built. Land use is a complicated subject,...


Protesters gather at City Hall for 'Not My President's Day' rally

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:50:00 PST

Several hundred protesters gathered in front of Los Angeles City Hall today to express their displeasure to President Trump as part of a “Not My President's Day” rally. Some people raised signs — including "Not My President" and “Love Trumps Hate” — while others held up a large American flag.



Conservative group cancels speech by Milo Yiannopoulos after comments seemed to condone pedophilia

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:45:00 PST

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited to this year's Conservative Political Action Conference after his attempt to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men fell flat with organizers.

The American Conservative Union founded and hosts the conference,...


Tesla earnings preview: Analysts want details on Model 3 and Gigafactory

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:35:00 PST

Tesla bull or Tesla bear, it doesn’t matter.  When the company reports earnings Wednesday, hard-core investors and analysts of all persuasions are likely to shrug off the specific results. “The numbers mean nothing right now,” said Trip Chowdry, managing director at Global Equities Research and...


Josh Gad's 'Star Wars' interrogation of Daisy Ridley culminates in an epic celebrity-filled inquisition

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:30:00 PST

"Frozen" actor Josh Gad's longtime trolling for "Star Wars" spoilers from Daisy Ridley has reached peak nerdiness with some surprising celebrity "Star Wars" fanatics.  Ridley, who plays main character Rey in the new episodic "Star Wars" franchise, has been hounded for weeks for "Star Wars" information by...(image)

What we learned last week in the NHL

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:25:00 PST

Lessons learned from the last week of play:

The bye week isn’t such a great idea

Players often say they like the rhythm of playing every other day or every few days, and there’s evidence that having too much time off could be worse than too little. Through Sunday’s games, the cumulative record...


Film critic Richard Schickel: Tough, honest and ever hopeful for the next great movie

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:55:00 PST

Gary Shandling can be seen in "Dying Laughing," a new documentary on comedians, talking with exasperation about a young person who insisted that there must be a secret to success in stand-up. No secret, Shandling had tried to tell him, just sustained hard work.    

So it was with the prolific Richard...


Unilever shares slide after Kraft Heinz withdraws its $143-billion bid

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:50:00 PST

Shares in Unilever, the owner of brands like Hellman's, Lipton, and Knorr, fell sharply in overseas trading after rival Kraft Heinz withdrew a $143-billion takeover offer.

The companies said Sunday in a joint press release that Kraft Heinz has “amicably” abandoned the offer.

Shares in Unilever...


Big changes planned for the sell-by dates on food packaging

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:35:00 PST

The majority of Americans have no clear idea what "sell by" labels are trying to tell them. But after 40 years of letting us guess, the grocery industry has made moves to clear up the confusion.

The Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Assn., the two largest trade groups for the...


Famine strikes in South Sudan, as people in four countries face starvation

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:35:00 PST

The South Sudanese government and humanitarian agencies on Monday declared a famine in parts of the country, which has been devastated by three years of war.

The announcement comes as international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries.

The United Nations Mission...


Baseball: Chatsworth is No. 1 in preseason top 25 rankings

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:10:00 PST

City Section power Chatsworth is the No. 1 team in The Times’ preseason prep baseball rankings.

CHATSWORTH. Best hitting attack in years, plus pitching depth. SOUTH HILLS. Loaded with talent up and down the lineup. HUNTINGTON BEACH. Hagen Danner-Nick Pratto duo is pretty good. HARVARD-WESTLAKE....(image)