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Dodgers hire Rays architect to oversee the baseball side

andrew-froedman-mlb.jpg Andrew Friedman is a golden boy in the baseball world, but how will he fare with LA's older fashioned baseball scribes?

Derek Jeter walks off in final at-bat at Yankee Stadium (video)

jeter-at-ss.jpg A blown save let Derek Jeter come up in the bottom of the ninth inning with the winning run on base. One pitch later, the Yankees have the win and the Jeter legend adds a final paragraph.

Former KFWB, now The Beast, unveils new sports lineup*

the-beast-980.jpg Fred Roggin, Jim Rome, Marques Johnson and Jeanne Zelasko are on the schedule. Also: The LA Times wants to know which of its sports scribes have radio and TV gigs.

Angels clinch first visit to playoffs since 2009

angels-grab-91514.jpg The Dodgers will probably make it too, but reporters noticed a confrontation in the dugout between Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig that nobody would talk about after Monday's game.

Final 6 Dodger games will air on free TV

dodger-channel-billboard-th.jpg Time Warner Cable will allow KDOC 56 to broadcast the last games of the season, starting with the Giants series next week.

Jill Painter pens farewell column for Daily News

jill-painter-twitter.jpg The ranks of veteran newspaper writers just keep shrinking. This is the second we've posted about today.

USC player Josh Shaw admits he made up hero story

josh-shaw-usc.jpg The Trojans cornerback has been suspended from the football team and he has retained a lawyer. Shaw says he was injured in an unspecified fall and lied about it.

Dodgers' most notorious historical moment reexamined

marichal-roseboro-annotated.jpg In a pretty remarkable piece at Deadspin, Los Angeles author David Davis annotates the famous photo of the Juan Marichal assault of John Roseboro in the summer of Watts and fills in the backstory.

Angels ace Richards taken from field on stretcher

garrett-richards-down.jpg Richards hurt his left knee making a play at Fenway Park in Boston. The seriousness of the injury is being evaluated.

What the LA Times wants in the next sports editor

cup-beach-doughty.jpg The Los Angeles Times needs a new editor to run the sports department. If you're curious what the requirements are, check out the job posting.

Dodgers organization mourns one of its own

april-thompson-usher.jpg April Thompson, who died on Saturday, was the Manager of Stadium Services at Dodger Stadium. Some may remember her as an usher starting in the 1970s.

30 years ago: Joan Benoit enters the Coliseum (video)

joan-benoit-chinn.jpg My favorite moment of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics came on the first Sunday of the games. Turn up the sound and listen to the roar of the crowd. Plus: Who can forget Gabriela Andersen-Schiess finishing the women's marathon.

Vin Scully coming back for season #66 (video)

scully-wife-going-for-66.jpg Vin Scully and the Dodgers decided to head off the usual late summer speculation and announce during Tuesday night's game that he will come back next year.

Judge rejects Donald Sterling on all points

sterling-roggin.jpg Shelly Sterling is close to receiving the go-ahead on her sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer.

Puig and Dee Gordon make the All-Star team

puig-espn.png Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke have been to the All-Star dance before, and Puig was voted a starter by the fans. Gordon got there by hard work.
gehrig-screen-shot.jpg Because baseball.

Bobby Castillo, a Dodger from Lincoln High School was 59*

Bobby-Castillo-card.jpg Babo Castillo is credited with teaching Fernando Valenzeula the screwball. Castillo pitched for the Dodgers in the 1981 World Series.

World Cup halftime flush registers on LA city water meter

WorldCupFlush3-law.jpg So many fans went to the bathroom as play stopped between the U.S. and Germany that water use spiked. It then spiked again at the end of Thursday's match.

Photo: U.S. vs. Germany at Hermosa Beach

soccer-crowds-hermosa-spillman.jpg Eric Spillman, the reporter for KTLA Channel 5, posted this photo to Twitter of World Cup fans watching in South Bay.

Today will be the better Stanley Cup parade

cup-alec-martinez-dodgers.jpg The Kings will take the Cup home to the streets of the South Bay this afternoon. It was intense down there last time -- check out the pics. Plus: The Cup visited Vin Scully and the Dodgers on Tuesday night.

Tony Gwynn, baseball hall of famer was 54

gwynn-rip.jpg Gwynn, the most accomplished San Diego Padre ever, had cancer of the mouth he blamed on smokeless tobacco. He grew up in Long Beach and his son and brother both played for the Dodgers.

Downtown streets closed for Kings' Stanley Cup parade

kings-parade-map.jpg Figueroa Street will be closed from 3rd Street down to Pico Boulevard from about 10 am to 1 pm, the city says. The parade starts at noon at 5th Street.

Kings shave, go to the beach

kings-cup-on-beach.jpg The keeper of the Stanley Cup, Philip Pritchard of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, tweeted this photo of the Kings and their families on the beach Saturday.

Kings bring the Stanley Cup back to LA (videos)

kings-kiss-kopi-jw-brucebennett.jpg The Kings had to play 26 games -- and in ten periods of overtime -- to win the Stanley Cup this time. Last time was the lifting of a 45-year burden. This time seems somehow sweeter. The parade will be Monday.

Bob Welch, ex-Dodgers pitcher was 57

BobWelch_1981_TBB1_624_Black.jpg Welch struck out Reggie Jackson in the World Series at age 21 and looked set for a great career. He had a pretty good run, especially for a guy who wrote a memoir about his alcoholism before he was 30.

Derek Fisher to coach Knicks for Phil Jackson

derek-fisher-on-lakers.jpg The official announcement is expected Tuesday in New York. Fisher has never coached in the NBA before.

Another Donald Sterling lawyer now says he's suing again

Thumbnail image for sterling-roggin.jpg I guess this is what they call negotiating through the press.

Kings and their mad genius coach shut out Rangers for #15

darryl-sutter-after-game3.jpg The total number of wins needed is 16, if you get my drift. The legend of Darryl Sutter grows. Plus: Yasiel Puig sends the Kings some love.

T.J. Simers takes Register buyout, says he's retired

simers-register-pic.jpg Sports columnist T.J. Simers' rebirth with the Orange County Register lasted less than a year. Well under a year. He's joining this week's exodus from OC Register.

Police chiefs bet a sandwich over the Stanley Cup

langers-sandwiches.jpg Bratton gets lunch at Langer's if the Rangers win. Beck gets Katz's when the Kings win. For the mayors, it's about singing for Jimmy Kimmel.

Donald Sterling folds his cards, agrees to Clippers sale

sterling-roggin.jpg Sterling will also drop lawsuit against the NBA. "Everything is just the way it should be, really," he tells NBC4's Fred Roggin. "It may have worked out differently, but it's good. It's all good."

Don Zimmer, Boy of Summer was 83

zimmer-as-dodger.jpg Zimmer was the last of the Brooklyn Dodgers to have an on-field job in baseball. Vin Scully told Zim stories between pitches of the second inning of tonight's game at Dodger Stadium.

Kings take game 1, Dodger Stadium reacts (video)

kings-rangers-scf1-nbc4.jpg Justin Williams wins it in sudden overtime. The Rangers built a 2-0 lead to start the game, but the Kings scored the next three goals.

A Rangers fan's guide to Los Angeles

jerry-west-kings-jersey.jpg True fact: the entire city of Los Angeles is closed on Thursdays so everyone can catch up on "Game of Thrones."

When Sandy Koufax owned a West Hollywood motel

sandy-koufax-tropicana-mote.jpg Fun item from historian Michael Beschloss: In 1962, Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax invested in Sandy Koufax’s Tropicana Motel.

Sterling's latest move: go to church in South LA

sterling-at-black-church.jpg Embattled (and possibly former) Clippers owned Donald Sterling headed down into the 'hood on Sunday and attended a morning service at Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church on San Pedro Street.

Kings win another game 7, return to Stanley Cup final

kings-hawks-handshake.jpg The Kings-Blackhawks series left the sportswriters gasping and the NHL (and NBC) looking ahead to its first-ever final between Los Angeles and New York. The series starts Wednesday at Staples Center.

Garcetti congratulates Ballmer on purchase of Clippers

ballmer-garcetti-pose.jpg While the NBA considers the Clippers sold, Donald Sterling sues in federal court.

Shelly Sterling accepts $2 billion offer for Clippers

ballmer-basketball.jpg Former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer may get to the buy the team or may not. But he apparently wants the Clips, at an insane price.

Sterling drama is careening toward a possible last act

Thumbnail image for donald-sterling-cnn-grab.jpg Shelly Sterling is apparently trying to speed through a Clippers sale this week. But Donald Sterling filed papers calling the NBA case against him a sham based on words said in a private conversation with a lover.

Kings send Teemu Selanne into retirement (video)

kings-selanne.jpg After last night's elimination of the Ducks from the NHL playoffs, the Kings players stayed on the ice to tap their sticks in salute of 43-year-old Teemu Selanne, who played his last game.

Clippers season is over

silver-sterling.jpg The basketball portion of the Clippers season ended tonight at Staples Center. Now we can all think about Donald Sterling 24/7.

Puig speaks and introduces mom to LA (video)

puig-and-mom-mlb-grab.jpg I missed this the other night. Yasiel Puig, looking more relaxed these days, brought his mother to Dodger Stadium for his bobblehead night. She threw out the first pitch —...
kings-ducks-graphic.jpg The Kings and Ducks will meet to settle it on Friday evening in Anaheim. That's two big playoff games in LA in the past week where TV screens failed at the end. Not just Time Warner Cable either.

Instant classic from Steve Greenberg: 'Yom Clippur'

yom-clippur-greenberg.jpg Old LA Observed friend Steve Greenberg contributes cartoons to the Jewish Journal and connected with this Donald Sterling gem. Previously on LA Observed: Steve Greenberg's LA Sketchbook...

Clippers blow 7-point lead in last 49 seconds to lose

clippers-okc-espn-grab.jpg The Clippers were really, really close to going up 3 games to 2 in their NBA playoffs series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. This close.

Donald Sterling. Shelly Sterling. OMG

donald-sterling-cnn-grab.jpg Donald Sterling uses his time on Anderson Cooper to slam Magic Johnson as a promiscuous person who has never done anything for the black community. And more.

Sterling speaks and blames 'the girl,' asks to be forgiven

sterling-cooper.jpg Sterling talks with Anderson Cooper in interview to air tonight on CNN. He asks forgiveness from the NBA — if his words offended, that is. "If I said anything wrong, I'm sorry."

Kings and Clippers both stun

Thumbnail image for cup-manhattan-beach.jpg Suddenly the Los Angeles Kings are up 2-0, winning twice in Anaheim over a Ducks team that was supposed to better than this. And the Clippers dominated the Thunder.
garcetti-on-ftn.jpg The Donald Sterling story was featured on "Face the Nation" and in the opening segment of "Saturday Night Live," plus Barbara Walters interviewed V. Stiviano.

Kings fans greet team at airport (video)

kings-lax-grab.jpg The Kings clinching win last night was stirring enough to the fan base that a lot of them were on the Imperial Highway side of LAX when the Kings got back from San Jose this morning.

Kings to meet Ducks, and D'Antoni gone from Lakers

dantoni-grab-espn.jpg The LA Kings made a bit of NHL history night and now will face the Ducks in the playoffs for the first time ever.

Clippers win by 10, lead series 3-2

clippers-jordan-crawford.jpg It's probably reaching to say we're all Clippers fans tonight, but I choose to believe most are happy to hear that the Clips beat Golden State.

Sterling banned for life by NBA

we-are-one-clippers.jpg In a fast-spinning day of news out of the Clippers and the National Basketball Association, some highlights stand out.

NBA commissioner to speak ahead of Clippers game tonight

Thumbnail image for clippers-jerseys-dumped-espn.jpg With the Donald Sterling situation continuing to spin out of control, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver has scheduled a morning press conference at which he's expected to announce the league's initial action against the Clippers owner. Mayor Eric Garcetti has shifted his schedule to hold a presser right after.
sterling-naacp-twitpic.jpg Occidental College professor Peter Dreier asks, aptly, why was the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP planning to give Donald Sterling its Lifetime Achievement Award on May 15? How could the group not know about Sterling's past of racist comments?

Donald Sterling really exposed as the village idiot this time

sterling-stiviano.jpg After Sterling's latest racist comments sweep the media, President Obama and Mayor Garcetti comment, Magic Johnson said he will never attend another Clippers game, and the Clippers themselves played and lost.

The Reagan-Nixon line in SoCal baseball

reagan-nixon-line-nyt.jpg The New York Times data team used Facebook data to map the baseball team preferences of the country, focusing on those borders between fans loyal to one team or another. Kind of fascinating, despite the lame name.

New sports biz website in town

field-of-green-grab.jpg The Fields of Green is covering the money side of sports, with David Carter of the USC Sports Business Institute as the featured columnist and key player.

Yasiel Puig's harrowing journey from Cuba to Dodger Stadium

puig-lamag-pugliese.jpg Los Angeles Magazine contributor Jesse Katz spent five months sorting out the story of how Puig was taken to Mexico and held by smugglers, and the deal that committed 20 percent of his future earnings to a small-time Miami crook.
matt-kemp-crop.jpg The Dodgers open their home season this afternoon against the Giants, and they will have Matt Kemp on the roster. He will start in place of Yasiel Puig, benched for showing up late.
baylor-breaks-leg.jpg Baylor was taking part in what was supposed to be a special moment for Angels fans: the retirement on the field of former star slugger Vladimir Guerrero.

Dodgers hold team meeting about Puig, clear the air

Thumbnail image for dodgers-mannequins-puig.jpg "I asked them to please keep helping me," Puig told ESPN.com. "Specifically with baserunning and hitting my cutoff man. I want them to help me with everything they can."

The New Yorker profiles 'twilight' of Kobe's career

kobe-grab-tny.jpg Bryant says he's fairly certain he will retire as a player when his contract expires in the summer of 2016.

Two games into season, Dodgers a little fed up with Puig

puig-espn.png After Sunday's game, ESPN Dodgers writer Mark Saxon posted his first item of the young season with a headline like this: Mattingly is running out patience with Puig.

Ukraine and Russia grapple happily together in LA

russia-ukraine-wrestling.jpg The team leaders for Ukraine and Russia have no problem sitting together before this weekend's World Cup of Wrestling at the Forum.

Tommy John talks about Dr. Frank Jobe *

john-jobe-hall-of-fame.jpg The ex-Dodger and Angel — and dozens of other major league baseball players — owe their careers to the Los Angeles surgeon who died yesterday. John discussed his friend on NPR's "All Things Considered."

Kings and Ducks won gold in Sochi

canada-hockey-gold-vinnick.jpg Canada's gold medal hockey team in the Olympics included four local NHL players: Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, and Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks.

Jason Collins signs with Nets, they beat Lakers

jason-collins-nets-grab.jpg Jason Collins began a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday and got a nice hand from his hometown crowd when he took the floor at Staples Center.

Bryan Stow family coming to LA, plea deal possible *

Tyler-and-Bry.jpg NBC and the LA Times are reporting that the two suspects in the Dodger Stadium beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow on Opening Day in 2011 may accept a plea bargain in court on Thursday. NBC4 says that Stow's family will be in court.

Bob Costas will sit out Olympics tonight

bob-costas-glasses-olympics.jpg Costas' red and swollen eyes are getting worse, not better. He will be replaced tonight by Matt Lauer.

This is the year we find out about Yasiel Puig

puig-espn-mag-grab.jpg The Dodgers are in spring training already. ESPN the Magazine profiles Puig in advance of his key upcoming season: no longer a rookie or a surprise.

Magic Johnson, other Dodger owners buy the Sparks

sparks-parker-returns-wnba.jpg Members of the Dodgers' ownership group led by Johnson and Mark Walter are saving the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks from oblivion, the LA Times reports.

Time Warner Cable will give you a movie to make up for Super Bowl

time-warner-cable-twc-truck.jpg Rather than require ticked-off viewers to make claims and complete a bunch of paperwork, TWC will give all Southern California customers a gift to make up for losing the Super Bowl feed on Sunday.

Time Warner Cable fumbles the Super Bowl

time-warner-cable-twc-truck.jpg Viewers across Southern California lost the game in the second quarter for about an hour. Time Warner Cable noted helpfully that the feed was still available if you were an HD customer.

Reports: Rams owner buys acreage next to Hollywood Park*

kroenke-land-inglewood-map.jpg Wal-Mart last month sold a vacant 60-acre parcel next to the Forum and Hollywood Park in Inglewood to a mystery buyer many believe to be St. Louis Rams owner E. Stanley Kroenke. Speculation about a stadium plan abounds.

LA sports: Dodgers tickets, Magic and the Lakers, new marathons

dodgers-ticket-windows.jpg The Dodgers suspended their season ticket sale and said they may raise prices on big games during the season. Magic Johnson says Lakers erred in hiring coach Mike D'Antoni, and the Olympic marathon trials are coming.

Florida drops reckless driving charge against Puig

Thumbnail image for yasiel-puig-fla-mug.jpg Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will still have to pay a speeding ticket for pushing his Mercedes to 110 miles an hour in a 70 mph zone in Alligator Alley.

Hockey night at Dodger Stadium (video and photos)

crystal-egger-makeup-stadiu.jpg On the ice it was just another hockey game (not that there is anything wrong with that.) LA Observed kept an eye on the fans and media.

Dodger Stadium ice from LAPD air unit

dodger-stadium-ice-ericrose.jpg Eric Rose posted to Facebook this view of Dodger Stadium tonight from LAPD Air 3.

Drought makes it better at Mavericks (video)

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 6.01.33 PM.png The high pressure ridge keeping us dry also left Mavericks with the ideal combination of big swells and no wind or weather.

Dodger Stadium ice has been christened

stadium-series-alumni-ds-3854.jpg Everything is ready for Saturday's outdoor Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium. The rink is up and the media have done their job promoting the event. Remember, this is not the first outdoor hockey game in LA.

Kershaw agrees to be highest-paid pitcher ever

kershaw-mlbcom.jpg "Enjoy him, L.A.," writes ESPN's David Schoenfield. At 25, Kershaw is the first baseball player to make $30 million a season over the life of his contract.

Lakers lose to Clippers by 36 points

clippers-barnes.jpg It was the Clippers' biggest win ever over the Lakers. And really, it wasn't even that close.

Longtime LA Times sportswriter tweets her own layoff

Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Diane Pucin has been covering sports media and tennis, as well as other sports, at the Los Angeles Times for a long time.

Video of Puig's reckless driving arrest in Florida

Thumbnail image for yasiel-puig-fla-mug.jpg Yasiel Puig tried to talk the Florida trooper out of taking him to jail on a reckless driving allegation back in December.

Former Dodger Greg Maddux elected to the hall of fame

greg-maddux-dodgers.jpg Maddux gets the most votes in the annual polling of baseball writers. Mike Piazza finishes fifth and misses election this year.

LA Sparks staff laid off, owners tell WNBA they can't continue

sparks-parker-returns-wnba.jpg Bad news out of the WNBA about one of the league's cornerstone franchises. The league vows the team will be taken over by new owners.

KISS to play at Dodger Stadium hockey game

winter-classic-rink-graig-abel.jpg There were 105,000 fans at the outdoor NHL game on January 1 in the snow in Michigan. There will be half that many at the LA game — but we will be warmer.

Yasiel Puig arrested for speeding again

yasiel-puig-fla-mug.jpg Dodgers outfield sensation Yasiel Puig has picked up the second reckless driving arrest in his short U.S. driving career. This time he was in Florida — he got the Mercedes up to 110 miles an hour, according to police.

Paul Blair, center fielder from Manual Arts High was 69

paul-blair-2007.jpg If you formed an all-star team of baseball players from South Los Angeles — and you could, easily — the graceful Oriole who beat the Dodgers in the 1966 World Series would be on it.

Kobe Bryant to miss six weeks or so with fractured kneecap

Screen Shot 2013-12-19 at 9.41.02 PM.jpg The Lakers have had Kobe Bryant on the floor for just six games this season, and now they won't see him again until February — at least. Steve Nash also will miss four more weeks.

Obama to send Billie Jean King to Sochi in his place (heh)

bjking-obama.jpg This is a nice response to the anti-gay posturing coming from Russia's leadership. Not everyone agrees.

There's another new broadcaster in Dodger land

jerry-hairston-jr-tw.jpg Jerry Hairston Jr. retires as a player at 37 to join the TV crew, according to reports. "Game will not miss me but I will miss it," he says on Twitter.

Dodgers hire blogger Jon Weisman

jon-weisman-paley-ctr.jpg Weisman and the team announced he is leaving Variety (where he is a senior editor covering television) to become the Dodgers director of digital and print content. Dodger Thoughts will suspend publication.

Joe Torre elected to baseball Hall of Fame

joe-torre-topps-card.jpg The former manager of the Dodgers, now a baseball official, was chosen by a special veterans committee to enter the Hall of Fame next year. He was elected along with retired managers Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa.

UCLA women win national championship in soccer

ucla-soccer-women-win.jpg It's the first time the Bruins have a won a national title in women's soccer, despite regularly placing women on Olympic teams. It's the 110th national athletic title overall for UCLA, an NCAA record.

Nomar Garciaparra joins Dodgers broadcast team

hamm-garciaparra.jpg The former Dodger infielder has been hired as a TV and radio commentator, according to Times blogger Steve Dilbeck, citing "a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity."

Doug Krikorian back on the beat in Long Beach

doug-krikorian-lbreg.jpg The longtime SoCal sportswriter and columnist (and talk radio host) Doug Krikorian, laid off by the Press-Telegram in 2011, has shown up in the pages of the rival Long Beach Register.

Jonathan Martin's Harvard-Westlake (and LA)

jonathan-martin-wolverines.jpg The Miami Herald came to town to explore the prep-school roots of Jonathan Martin, the Miami Dolphins offensive lineman who recently left the team over intensive haranguing (and worse) by teammate Richie Incognito.

The beard stands on principle

brian-wilson-beard-dodgers.jpg Relief pitcher Brian Wilson needs a job for next season but he has told the New York Yankees not to bother. He won't shave the beard.

Watching ice hockey on grass is expensive, I guess

DodgerStadium-kings-chart.jpg It will cost you $279 per seat to sit on the loge level at Dodger Stadium for the Kings-Ducks game in January. The cheapest seat: $89. I'll wager there won't even be any snow.

Falsone leaves Dodgers, Mattingly may be next

mattingly-colletti-nickut.jpg The Dodgers manager contradicts his boss and says this morning he might not return without a multi-year deal and assurances they want him. At the end of the day, Sue Falsone announces "with a heavy heart" she is stepping down as the first and only female head trainer in the big leagues.
Thumbnail image for simers-howard-grab.jpg The other shoe has fallen in T.J. Simers' move from the Los Angeles Times to the Orange County Register — and his allegation that Times editors told him to stop mocking Frank McCourt so much. Plus he fills in details about his summer absence from the paper.

Dodgers do not have (or apparently want) a mascot bear *

dodger-bear-escorted.jpg Yes, you may have seen a person in a bear suit promenade on the Cardinals dugout toward the end of last night's Dodgers game. Then security moved in.

Puig and Ryu get the Dodgers going

hunter-umpire-boston.jpg The Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu got some pre-game advice to air it out from the start of last night's game. It worked.

Drabble cartoonist's tribute to Vin Scully

drabble-scully-dn.jpg "It’s the way I’ve watched Dodger playoff games for as long as I can remember,” Kevin Fagan says of his cartoon about turning down the TV and listening to Scully on the radio.

Register adds Mark Heisler as NBA columnist

oc-register.jpg The former longtime basketball writer for the LA Times joins T.J. Simers on the Orange County Register sports pages.

Dodgers get creative to deal with post-season parking crush

Thumbnail image for dodger-stadium-parking-lots.jpg For the rest of the post-season, parking will be free for carpools with four or people in a vehicle. I don't recall the Dodgers ever doing that before.

Mr. Uribe is having some fun now

uribe-kiss-kemp-nlds-grab.jpg Failing on two bunt tries, Juan Uribe instead clubbed a two-run home run to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead and the series. Next up is the Cardinals or the Pirates.

Dodgers win and Drysdale's call of the Gibson home run (video)

drysdale-number-53-stadium.jpg The Dodgers lead the series 2 to 1 and could clinch tomorrow at the stadium.

Once again, Scully backtracks after dismay builds

vin-scully-2008-crowd-beck-si.jpg "I wasn’t making a declaration. I guess it was misconstrued," Vin Scully says of KPCC report. Why does it feel that something deeper is going on. Plus: Vinnie rips John McCain.

Vin Scully suggests next season will be his last

Thumbnail image for vin-scully-lifemag.jpg KPCC reports that in a recent interview, Scully said that he's leaning toward retirement after the 2014 baseball season. He will turn 86 next month.

Hometown honors Davey Moore, boxer killed in Dodger Stadium match

Fifty years ago, the death of boxer Davey Moore after a match at Dodger Stadium was a big story in Los Angeles. His opponent, Sugar Ramos, traveled from Mexico City to Ohio for a statue unveiling recently.

Dodgers lose Kemp for the post-season

todd-helton-jonsoohoo.jpg The Dodgers don't look like the best team in the National League playoffs, but they did reel off a 42-8 record and have shown they can get hot and romp.

NPR at home with Yasiel Puig

puig-firsthomers-dodgers.jpg Shereen Marisol Meraji gets inside the furnished corporate apartment in downtown that Puig shares with his cousin. They play a lot of Play Station.

For Dodgers playoffs, we only get Vinnie on radio

dodgers-mowing-the-grass.jpg Vin Scully doesn't get to do national TV any more, and every game will be on Fox or TBS. He will do the first three and last three innings on radio, per ESPN.

True story: Sen. John McCain calls Dodgers 'overpaid...spoiled brats'

gonzalez-kemp-in-pool-lad.jpg McCain plays the sore loser again...

Dodgers go for a swim in the D-backs pool

gonzalez-kemp-in-pool-lad.jpg The Dodgers clinched first place in the National League West and a spot in the postseason by beating Arizona 7-6 today. Some Diamondbacks were unhappy about what happened next.

Register puts first Simers column outside the paywall

simers-register-pic.jpg Actually, for a limited time all the sports columnists are free. Simers aims a couple of zings at the LA Times in his OC debut.

Frank McCourt gives $100 million to Georgetown University

mannyfrank.jpg The largest gift ever to Georgetown, his alma mater, will establish the McCourt School of Public Policy.

Dodgers in a definite slump - and hurting

After losing three straight at home to the (no longer) last-place Giants this weekend, the Dodgers have now lost 8 of their last 11 games. And the big stars are nursing injuries.

The Register officially announces (for free) T.J. Simers' arrival

simers-register-pic.jpg The Orange County Register put the story about T.J. Simers jumping from the LA Times on the front page of this morning's sports section — and outside the website paywall. No word on whether the columns themselves will disappear behind the wall.

Vin Scully video of the night: 'It Takes Two' opening

scully-it-takes-two-grab.jpg In 1969 and '70, Vin Scully hosted a short-lived game show on NBC called "It Takes Two." The Dodgers were pretty mediocre in those years. This looks worse.

Los Angeles Magazine fetes Roz Wyman

lamag-wyman-guerrero.jpg With the Dodgers heading to the playoffs, the former City Council member who helped get them to LA gets an award. Garcetti chief of staff Ana Guerrero is also dubbed one of ten LA women of the year. Here's the list.

From the files: Kings bring Stanley Cup to Ground Zero

bavis-bailey-memorial-nhl.jpg After the Kings won in 2012, the organization took care of a special piece of business. Despite the presence of the most famous trophy in sports, onlookers kept a respectful distance. "Everybody understood why they were there," the Kings' Dean Lombardi said.

Simers explains why he's going to the Register

simers-usa-today.jpg According to USA Today, the acerbic sports columnist said he had an offer to stay at the Los Angeles Times, but likes better what he's hearing from the Register in Orange County.

Juan Uribe clubs three homers for Dodgers

uribe-crowd-homers-lad.jpg The Dodgers' chunky journeyman third baseman had himself a career game tonight. He slugged three home runs off the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium — and when he came up with a chance for his fourth homer and the home crowd roaring, Uribe beat out a grounder to third for an infield single.

Reports: Absent LA Times columnist TJ Simers is Register bound

Thumbnail image for simers-howard-grab.jpg Sources have erupted with gossip that Simers has been seen at the Orange County Register and will become a columnist there. He hasn't written at the Times since June, without explanation to readers.

Diana Nyad may finish Cuba-Fla swim this morning *

diana-nyad-in-water-9213.jpg Nyad addressed her crew before entering Key West waters. "I am about to swim my last two miles in the ocean. This is a lifelong dream of mine..."

Lamar Odom arrested in the Valley for DUI *

Thumbnail image for odomlakers.jpg This is, I guess, a follow-up to the earlier gossip from TMZ and others that the former Laker and Clipper's family feared he was off on a drug binge. His rep said he was fine.

Puig yanked from today's game for more gaffes

espn-grab-puig-panel.jpg Don Mattingly, already a man short on the bench, pulled Puig from today's game against the Cubs before the 5th inning. A post-game meeting included those two plus the Dodgers president and the GM. The suits wouldn't talk afterward, but Puig did.

Emily Green on the beauty of a found baseball

baseballs-emily-green.jpg "Days when I find lost baseballs never fail to feel mildly enchanted, as if hot dogs and beer are waiting at home," the LA writer and blogger says. "If I could paint, I would paint them just as lovingly as Cézanne painted apples and oranges."

Vin Scully's career put in perspective

vin-scully-graphic-bp.jpg Since Scully was hired, 889 different players have played for the Dodgers — the latest being Brian Wilson, the ex-Giant with the long, thick black beard and rat-tail. How many of the 42 shortstops who have played for the Dodgers since 1950 can you name?

Dodgers owner looking at LA Times purchase

dodger-owners-garyl.jpg Mark Walter, controlling owner of the Dodgers as chief executive of Guggenheim Partners, says he is exploring the prospect of buying the Times. It's not clear if he has taken any real steps or if the price would be right.

Vin Scully will return next season: number 65

vin-scully2010-dn.jpg Think about this: the Dodgers have never played a season in Los Angeles without Vin Scully at the microphone. Add in eight years before that in Brooklyn.

Puig late to game, fined and benched by Mattingly*

puig-firsthomers-dodgers.jpg The Dodgers win some and lose some by having Yasiel Puig around. Today they will try to win in Miami with the fiery 22-year-old sitting on the bench and watching for a change.
 
Update: He came off the bench and homered.

Then and now day in Dodgers land

mannyfrank.jpg The Dodgers win again to extend their jaw-dropping run since bringing up Yasiel Puig. While their star of a few years ago, Manny Ramirez, was cut from his minor league team and may finally be finished. We say salud.

Dodgers no longer fear the Beard: they sign ex-Giant (video)

brian-wilson-beard-hair.jpg For LA fans, Brian Wilson used to be the despised symbol of the San Francisco Giants. Now he wears blue.

Sports scribes abuzz with speculation about TJ Simers

simers-howard-grab.jpg Just what the acerbic sports columnist's current status with the LA Times is, no one who knows is saying. But he reportedly has a potentially climactic second meeting with the top editor and an HR rep scheduled for Tuesday.

Even the umpire loves Vin Scully (video)

scully-ovation-grab.jpg On Vin Scully Bobblehead Night at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, the sellout crowd gave Mister Los Angeles a standing ovation. Check out the home plate ump (and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson.)

Puig adds 'walk-off home run' to his baseball card (video)

puig-walkoff-celebration.jpg The Dodgers came up in the 11th inning Sunday having scored no runs all day — and having set the franchise record for strikeouts in a single game. The first two LA batters made out, then rookie Yasiel Puig blasted the second pitch he saw into the left field bleachers. Game over.

The Dodgers are just turning into a good story

dodgers-toronto-espnla-grab.jpg The Dodgers won again tonight in Toronto, but it's how they did it that is something to talk about. They now have their longest streak of road wins since Brooklyn.

Dodgers move into first place

soohoo-dodgers-blimp.jpg Well, what do you know. The Dodgers have climbed back from the depths of last place and tonight lead the National League West, after beating Toronto 14-5.

This time they got him: Ryan Braun suspended for the year

ryan-braun-mvp-ped-suspension.jpg After winning the MVP award in 2011 over the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, Braun successfully appealed a 50-game suspension over a positive testosterone test. Perhaps he should not have been quite so sanctimonious about getting away with it back then. He's gone for the rest of this season.

Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight leaving NYT for ESPN

nate-silver-480.jpg Silver will be a regular on the Keith Olbermann show and contribute to ABC News during political seasons, according to the NYT's Brian Stelter.

Model for SI cover featured in the Times died last month

si-cover-1017.jpg Dolores Greer died at age 81 on the same day that reporter Bob Pool interviewed an autograph collector who was trying to find her. She was a busy fashion model in 1960 Los Angeles.

Puig with Chris Brown at the Playboy Mansion

puig-brown-playboy.jpg Yasiel Puig is already getting around town quite well. Nice friends: he posed at the Playboy Mansion with Chris Brown, whose probation for assaulting Rihanna was just revoked.

Olbermann, Regis getting new sports shows

keith-olbermann-variety.jpg Two former Los Angeles TV guys who went on to national media fame are getting new television shows, but you'll only find them deep on your cable grid.

Kerri Walsh Jennings without bikini (and with baby)

kerri-walsh-nude-espn.jpg SoCal is well represented, as usual, in ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue celebrating the fact that the editors got a bunch of gorgeous-bodied athletes to strip naked — again. The LA royalty of the nudes is Olympic champion and mother of three Kerri Walsh Jennings, who used the promotional buzz to announce her comeback with a new partner.

World Peace: out

artest-kimmel.jpg In praise of Metta World Peace, cut by the Lakers on Thursday to save a bundle under the NBA's luxury tax. Video memory inside: "I've got Wheaties!"

Manny Ramirez cuts his hair to play again

mannybald-yahoo-sports.jpg Manny hit a homer the other night for Round Rock in the Pacific Coast League, and when he took off his cap, not only were the dreadlocks gone — he was bald. He must really want to get back to the big leagues.

Transcript: Scully tells a batting out of order story

puig-sandoval-att-park.jpg We have a new example of Vin Scully showing why he's a Los Angeles treasure. Plus: LA Observed takes a trip to the ballpark in San Francisco.

Dwight Howard is leaving the building

dwight-howard-leaves-grab.png After one mostly disappointing season with the Lakers, Dwight Howard confirmed on Friday that he is leaving Los Angeles to play for the Houston Rockets. He says that Kobe and Mike D'Antoni aren't the reasons he is taking millions less to play in Texas. But, well.

Coast Guard crew remembers Yasiel Puig

the-vigilant-uscg.jpg Puig spent almost two weeks with the cutter crew that picked him up at sea last year — and that sent him back to Cuba. Within two months, he had successfully defected to Mexico. Today, he was named the National League's player of the month — and he got another hit.

Puig finishes June with 4 more hits, Dodgers win

puig-espn-card.jpg Puig's 44 hits in his first month is the National League record for a rookie. Only Joe DiMaggio, who got 48 hits in his first month in the American League in May 1936, had more.

Dodgers' 16-1 rout is no ordinary loss

van-slyke-espn-grab.jpg The Dodgers ended their brief 6-game winning streak with a flourish of a kind Friday night — they fell 16-1 to the Phillies in their most lopsided home loss ever at Dodger Stadium.

Looks like Doc Rivers will coach the Clippers

doc-rivers-espn-illo.jpg The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly agreed to sign Doc Rivers to a three-year, $21 million coaching deal and send his current team, the Boston Celtics, a 2015 first-round draft pick, various media are reporting based on sources. Game changer, says ESPN LA's columnist.

David Davis' search for a baseball and more

davis-gibson-grab.jpg Our favorite Los Angeles writer about sports has a poignant story up at SBNation -- "a lovely, lovely piece," says a friend via email -- that on the surface is about the missing home run ball off the bat of Kirk Gibson that famously won a big game the last time the Dodgers were in the World Series. But like the best sports stories, it's really about life.

Bryan Stow's road isn't getting any easier

Thumbnail image for bryan-stow-tksgiving.jpg The Dodger Stadium beating victim has returned home to Santa Cruz after more than two years in hospitals and rehab facilities. Insurance stopped paying for his care at his latest facility in Bakersfield. Why aren't the Dodgers paying for all of this?

Busy night for Puig: Beaning, brawl, ejection

Screen Shot 2013-06-11 at 10.25.06 PM.jpg Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig didn't get a hit tonight but did add more "firsts" to his baseball card in a wild game. For instance: He got his first fastball to the face and took part in his first major league fight.

Puig named NL player of the week, moves to cleanup

Rookie Yasiel Puig began the day by being named the National League's player of the week, then he went out and collected three more hits in the Dodgers' loss to...

Free tix: Phil Jackson with John Salley

phil-jackson-poster-ltla.jpg The former Lakers coach Phil Jackson will talk about his new book, his observations on the NBA and I'd guess maybe even Kobe Bryant in a conversation with the broadcaster and former player John Salley on Wednesday night. It's a Live Talks LA event at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.

Kings year of the Stanley Cup finally ends

Thumbnail image for cup-manhattan-beach.jpg The Kings played their longest game ever tonight in Chicago — deep into the second overtime period — but lost in sudden death when the Blackhawks scored. That eliminates the Kings from only their third appearance ever in the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Puig homers again tonight

puig-4th-homer.jpg Yasiel Puig hit his fourth home run tonight in his fifth game since coming up from the minors, apparently sent here by the baseball gods to save the Dodgers' season. Puig is now tied with Andre Ethier for fourth on the team in home runs.

Oh my: Puig slugs a grand slam

Tonight's addition to the legend of Yasiel Puig: a grand slam home run on the first pitch he saw in the 8th inning. The Dodgers beat the Braves 5-0 behind starting pitcher Zack Greinke.

Dodgers press the panic button and call up Yasiel Puig

puig-spring-grab.jpg After losing 7-2 Sunday in Colorado, the Dodgers return home 23-32 on the season and in last place. Injuries prompt the team to call up the 22-year-old Cuban prospect despite concerns he isn't ready for the spotlight.

Kings will play the Chicago Blackhawks next *

kings-camp-kids-11312-lao.jpg The first two games of the Kings-Blackhawks series will be in Chicago — on Saturday and Sunday. Play returns to Staples Center for Game 3 on Tuesday, June 4. Game 4 would be on Thursday, June 6. NBC or NBCSN will televise all the games.

Kings win and advance to 3rd round of Stanley Cup playoffs

lakings-sharks-handshake-lak.jpg They now have eight of the 16 wins that it takes to hold the Stanley Cup again. Next the Kings will play an original six NHL franchise: either Chicago or Detroit.

Galaxy fans cheer Robbie Rogers, first gay player

robbie-rogers-first-game-galaxy.jpg Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. pro league when he made his Galaxy debut Sunday at the Home Depot Center. He received loud cheers, per ESPN.

Tweet o' the day: Matt Kemp to OKC

The Dodgers' Matt Kemp is from Oklahoma City. He homered in tonight's Dodgers win in Milwaukee and after the game he represented.

O.J. Simpson looks older, thicker, grayer

ojsimpson-lvcourt-grab.jpg Simpson appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom today hoping to win a new trial in his 2008 conviction for sports memorabilia robbery and kidnapping. Simpson, now 65, walked in shackled and in a blue prison outfit. He exchanged looks with family members in the audience.
hollywood-park-casino-front.jpg The news last week was apparently not unexpected to those around horse racing. Hollywood Park's acreage is more valuable developed into homes and shops. LA Times columnist Bill Dwyre understands the economics, while lamenting them.

Kings advance on quirky goal, Ducks face game 7

kings-blues-handshake-jg.jpg The Kings are the first Stanley Cup champion to reach the second round of the NHL playoffs in three years. Get this: if the Ducks win on Sunday, LA and Anaheim will finally meet in the playoffs for the first time.

Last-place Dodgers turn to the past for help

hahn-omalley-wyman.jpg Rosalind Wyman will throw out the first pitch before tonight's game with the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Roz Wyman was the youngest member of the Los Angeles City Council in 1957 when she joined with Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley and county Supervisor Kenneth Hahn to bring the team to LA.
tropical-ice-gardens-village.jpg The National Hockey League made it official and announced that Dodger Stadium will host an outdoor, night game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks next January 25. But in the 1940s, there was hockey at the Tropical Ice Gardens in Westwood Village — including at least two matches involving the Montreal Canadiens.

Mario Machado, newscaster and voice of soccer was 78

mario-machado2.jpg Mario Machado was a familiar presence on Los Angeles TV and radio for a few decades starting in 1967, when he joined Channel 9 (then KHJ-TV) as the city's first Chinese-American TV news reporter. He was a soccer booster in LA before the sport was cool and a founder of AYSO. Girls play soccer today because of Mario Machado, a friend posted on Facebook.

Clippers eliminate themselves, season is over

clippers-espn-screen-crop.jpg After winning the first two games of their NBA playoff series, the Clippers dropped four straight — including an immature loss tonight that ended their NBA season. The Memphis Grizzlies won 118-105 with the Clippers taking a bunch of bad late fouls, committing goaltending repeatedly and just generally fumbling.

Kareem: 20 things I wish I'd known when I was 30

Kareem-lakers-uni.jpg Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a few regrets and what sounds like genuine awareness of flaws in his game — the game of life. Some are about being aloof when he was younger, some are about being bad with money and tools, some are from the dating wars.

Ducks win, Kings and Clippers lose, Psy sings

psy-dodgers.jpg The Clippers have lost three straight to Memphis and could be out of the NBA playoffs by the weekend. The Ducks got off to a good start in the NHL, but the Kings did not look like Stanley Cup contenders.

X Games leaving Southern California after 10 years in LA

Is this more fallout from the turmoil at Anschutz Entertainment Group? Next year's X Games won't be local.

Jason Collins raises hand, comes out as first gay player in NBA

si-cover-jason-collins.jpg Collins, who played at Harvard-Westlake School here in Los Angeles, played this season for the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards. He says today in Sports Illustrated that the Boston Marathon bombings accelerated his decision to tell the sports world he is gay.

Four and out for the Lakers season

lakers-grab-finalgame2013.png The Lakers put up almost no fight Sunday against the Spurs at Staples Center. Dwight Howard got tossed for picking up two technical fouls, and Pau Gasol spent the last few minutes sitting on the bench next to Kobe Bryant, who was in a suit and on crutches. The season, and possibly an era, is over.

Leiweke moves to Toronto, will compete with Anschutz

Thumbnail image for anschutz-at-kings-blues-noahgraham.jpg Tim Leiweke, who helped build the Anschutz Entertainment Group brands in LA — Staples Center, the Kings and Galaxy, plus more — was named president and chief executive of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. That's the company that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL team, its arena, the NBA's Raptors and FC Toronto of Major League Soccer.

Boston hockey fans sing the national anthem (video) *

boston-national-anthem.jpg Wednesday night's Boston Bruins game, first since the Boston Marathon bombings. As the Hawaiians say, chicken skin.

Lakers win in overtime, avoid Thunder in playoffs

The Lakers get San Antonio in the first round of the playoffs, starting Sunday. The Clippers open Saturday at Staples Center against the Memphis Grizzlies after winning the Pacific Division.

Floor waxer for the MTA lives a dream with Real Madrid

rodriguez-mourinho.jpg Abel Rodriguez would drive from his home in Fontana to chase balls for free at Madrid's summer practices at UCLA. On a lark he flew to Spain last month and sat in the snow beside the team's training complex for hours — until his luck changed. "Amigo! What are you doing here?" the coach asked.

Quentin won't play at Dodger Stadium tonight

robinson-johnson-davis-dodgers.png Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin dropped his appeal Sunday and began serving an eight-game suspension by baseball for charging and tackling Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke. Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis urged calm in a tweet. And the team tried to turn the focus to Jackie Robinson Day, celebrated across baseball today.

No Kobe? No problem for Lakers

Thumbnail image for kobe-fb-profile.jpg Not that it was easy, but in their first game in awhile without Kobe Bryant in the lineup the Lakers defeated San Antonio on Sunday 91-86. The magic number for a playoff spot is one: one win by the Lakers or one loss by Utah. Meanwhile, Bryant's surgeon says all went well.

Kobe vents on Facebook at 3 in the morning: 'This is such BS'

kobe-fb-profile.jpg "All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I've done millions of times!" Bryant writes and ponders if this "is how my book ends." In seven hours, 328,565 Facebook users had liked the post and 70,608 had shared it. Plus: The history of NBA recoveries from torn Achilles tendons is not good.

Carlos Quentin suspended 8 games as Greinke heads for surgery

dodgers-padres-brawl-grab.png The fallout from Thursday night's costly little skirmish in San Diego is starting to become clear. Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, the $147-million arm who is just starting his first season with the team, has to undergo surgery to stabilize his broken left clavicle. The guesstimate on a return to the mound is eight weeks. Plus more.

Kobe leaves game with 'probable torn Achilles' *

kobe-on-floor-achilles-lal.jpg The initial commentary has Bryant missing the playoffs (if the Lakers get in) and doubtful for the start of next season — if an MRI expected Saturday confirms the diagnosis. A very downcast Bryant told the media he knows: "I was just hoping it wasn't what I knew it was." A torn Achilles at age 34 can be bad, folks.

Greinke breaks collarbone in fight with Padres

dodgers-padres-fight-espn.png The Dodgers dominant pitching suddenly no longer looks so deep. Think months not weeks for Zack Greinke to be out.

Dodgers unveil their new era

koufax-dodgers-2013opener-gl.jpg Dodger Stadium showed off some improvements, Sandy Koufax made his return to Chavez Ravine to throw out the first pitch, and Clayton Kershaw shut out the Giants for the first win of the season — going all the way with just 94 pitches and no walks on opening day. Kershaw even clubbed his first career home run. Final score: 4-0.

Dodgers in race to finish stadium work by Friday

dodger-stadium-marketplace.jpg Dodger Stadium hosts its first exhibition game on Friday night against the Angels. Then on Monday the season starts against the Giants. The $100 million-plus renovation isn't quite done. On "Marketplace," Kai Ryssdal takes a tour with project manager Janet Marie Smith, the Dodgers' senior vice president of planning and development.

Photo: LA Kings with President Obama and the cup

kings-obama-cup.jpg The Kings and the Galaxy both brought their 2012 championship trophies to the White House on Tuesday. I'm seeing mostly hockey types in this photo from the Kings, including retired Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille, captain Dustin Brown and general manager Dean Lombardi.

Magic Johnson on what's wrong with the Lakers (video)

Magic was on Conan O'Brien's show last night. No real deep thoughts about the team, but here's a clip. "It's blowing my mind that a team with this much talent...," he says. "The Lakers have not jelled as a unit yet."

Forbes on what happened between Anschutz and Leiweke

anschutz-at-kings-blues-noahgraham.jpg Mike Ozanian, a Forbes staff writer on the business of sports, writes that the real reason billionaire Philip Anschutz terminated the sale of AEG — and parted ways with his longtime LA honcho, Tim Leiweke — involved a dispute between the men over how that sale was proceeding. Ozanian's backup for his report is unnamed sources "very close to the situation."

'60 Minutes' does the Brian Banks story

brian-banks-cbs.jpg In between pieces on Pussy Riot and Anderson Cooper diving with Nile crocodiles, tonight's "60 Minutes" reported on the former Long Beach Poly High football player who served several years for a sexual assault he did not commit.

Dodgers lose a key piece for two months

Thumbnail image for dodger-dogs-sign-lao.jpg Hanley Ramirez will have surgery Friday for a torn ligament in his thumb. Not until June will the Dodgers find out whether he can play a passable shortstop anymore and whether he's still the premium hitter they hoped he would be when the team traded for him last summer.

Lakers lose by 23 to Phoenix

The Lakers answered a big question tonight. Q: What kind of team are they without the injured Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, playing the second of back-to-back games, against an almost last-place team? A: A bad team.

Woman wins LA Marathon in her first marathon

mavillaraigosa-marathon-winners-2013.jpg Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa congratulates the winners of the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday. But wait — is that....? Yes it's Frank McCourt, the former Dodgers owner who retained his participation in the marathon.

Geez, now Anschutz is everywhere

anschutz-dustin-brown.jpg Last week there were the media interviews and the promise to be more visible in LA's contemplations over NFL football. And tonight, Anschutz and his wife Nancy sat courtside as the Lakers defeated the Sacramento Kings.

Villaraigosa statement on changes at AEG

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office issued the following statement regarding AEG Chairman Phil Anschutz's decision to not sell the company. Villaraigosa does not address the departure of the top Anschutz executive...

Kobe sprains ankle in Lakers loss to Hawks

kobe-down-hawks-espn.jpg Kobe Bryant was listed as out indefinitely after turning his ankle on the last shot of Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. X-rays were negative but ESPN LA called Bryant's injury a severe sprain. He did leave the arena on his feet, limping but without crutches.

Lakers come back from 25 down to beat lowly Hornets

lakers-espn-grab-3613.jpg If the Lakers had lost to New Orleans, it would have been bad. The comeback was their biggest in 10 years and brings the Lakers back to .500, but still out of the NBA playoffs.

Yahoo Sports: Downtown stadium 'essentially dead'

Thumbnail image for farmers-field-overview.jpg Mayor Villaraigosa "missed signals" from the NFL indicating problems with the AEG stadium plan, says a Yahoo football writer. "The problems with the plan are numerous, but the most essential one is the economics."

Stanley Cup the top LA sports moment of 2012

Thumbnail image for dustin-brown-family-cup.jpg This could not be a surprise. Over at the Beverly Hilton tonight, the Los Angeles Sports Council named the LA Kings' Stanley Cup win last June the top local sports moment of 2012. Jonathan Quick was named the sportsman of the year, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings the sportswomen of the year.

Jerry Buss, Lakers owner was 80

jerry-buss-smiling.JPG Jerry Buss grew up in Depression-era Wyoming and moved to Southern California in 1953, worked for awhile in aerospace plants then made money in real estate — a West LA apartment building originally. He bought the Los Angeles Strings of the World Team Tennis league in 1974, and in 1979 was ready when Jack Kent Cooke, in the midst of a nasty divorce, needed to sell the Forum and his prize, the Los Angeles Lakers. Buss died today of kidney failure after fighting cancer.

What became of Lindsey Jacobellis (video)

The American snowboardcross champion who fell at the Vancouver Olympics (and disappointed some in the media) is doing just fine. Jacobellis lives at the beach in Encinitas now.

This should be required reading for Lakers

eleven_rings_g_mp_400.jpg Grantland runs an exclusive first look at the cover of Phil Jackson's new book, coming in May.

Lakers show some life, beat OKC

lakers-espn-la-grab12713.jpg They actually played together on offense and defense and defeated the NBA-best Oklahoma City Thunder 105-96.

Sacramento likely to lose its NBA team

chris-hansen-mug.jpeg The owners of the Sacramento Kings, the Maloof family, made official what has been talked about and feared by many around the state capital. They are selling the team to a group headed by Seattle investor Chris Hansen, who hopes to move the team by next season and call it the Sonics.

Rick Reilly now knows he was Armstrong's chump

Sports writers, of course, aren't the only journalists who claim to know that their favorite sources and heroes are honest and, above all, wouldn't lie to them. The big sports stories of this week serve as painful reminders that the media are all too willing to build up people they know know little about for the sake of the story — and it's only getting worse as more web "content producers" get rewarded for eyeballs and going viral but not for, you know, being right. Today it's Rick Reilly's turn to admit that when he was defending Lance Armstrong through the years, he didn't actually know bupkus.

LA Times posts a Sports reporter opening *

This one is open to staffers and non-staffers. "Someone who is as comfortable and proficient writing for the front page of the paper as for the Sports section," says the sports editor. "Skill in all aspects of digital journalism and a strong background in social media are required."

Big hoax in college football with a local angle

manti-deadspin.jpg Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o came close to winning the Heisman Trophy with an inspiring backstory about his Stanford girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, dying tragically of leukemia. Deadspin says she never existed, but instead was the creation of a former Lancaster area prep football player who used the Facebook photo of a South Bay woman to perpetrate a massive Internet and media hoax.
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for lance-armstrong-bw-hissite.jpg It sounds as if one of the great lying acts in the history of sports will come to an end in Oprah Winfrey's televised interview with Lance Armstrong.

Fans get out early for hockey's return to LA

kings-camp-crowd-11312-lao.jpg The Los Angeles Kings hit the ice Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup last June. A couple hundred fans were at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo to watch the first formal workout of pre-season training camp and hook up with friends.

NYT observes Huell, Kobe, Glorya Kaufman

huell-rabe.jpg Big weekend for Angelenos in the New York Times, including an obituary of Huell Howser. Plus: Kobe and Vanessa back together.

Lance Armstrong to confess some to Oprah, reports say

Thumbnail image for lance-armstrong-bw-hissite.jpg Discredited cycling champion Lance Armstrong reportedly will tape an interview with Oprah Winfrey in Texas on Monday and "give a limited confession to Winfrey and will not provide details of the doping that antidoping officials have said occurred throughout his cycling career," reports the New York Times reporter who got the scoop last weekend that Armstrong was considering changing his tune.

Junior Seau had traumatic brain disease

Thumbnail image for Screen shot 2012-05-02 at 12.40.32 PM.png Scientists who did not know they were studying the brain of retired football star Junior Seau concluded that he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease typically caused by multiple hits to the head.

Dodgers list stadium fixes: wi-fi, sound, new boards and more

Dodger Stadium Improvements 2013.jpg A lot is being done before the season opens in April, the Dodgers said in detailing work that will relocate some seats, create new walking and viewing areas, modernize the bathrooms and finally give spectators reliable wi-fi and cellphone connections.

Kings could finally hang Stanley Cup banner this month

dustin-brown-family-cup.jpg The National Hockey League and players announced a tentative deal this morning that could end their sport's shutdown after more than three months. Training camps could open this week, and a shortened season could start as soon as Jan. 15.

Lance Armstrong reportedly may do the mea culpa

Thumbnail image for lance-armstrong.jpg The New York Times is reporting that Lance Armstrong "has told associates and antidoping officials that he is considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career."
helen-hunt-sessions.jpg Times columnist Bill Plaschke made a guest appearance yesterday on "Petros and Money," the talk show on Fox Sports Radio. His opening four-minute admiration of naked actresses, hotel room porn and especially the nudity of Helen Hunt in "The Sessions" has got the sports media chattering. Deadspin files the story under its "Gross" category and includes the audio.

LA Times loses sports writer to Boston

The Celtics lost Thursday to the NBA-best Clippers, but they did gain a new beat writer from LA.

Dodgers sign ex-Angel Zack Greinke, officially

greinke-angels-espn-grab.jpg The Dodgers make the biggest splash in baseball off-season's free-agent signing pond, for better or worse. He will be introduced Tuesday.

Galaxy wins MLS Cup again

galaxy-win-cup-2012-grab.jpg Nice win by the Los Angeles Galaxy this afternoon at Home Depot Center. The Houston Dynamo scored first, then the Galaxy took over the second half of the game.

DA drops murder case against tennis umpire

Los Angeles county prosecutors said only that new information led them to dismiss the murder charge against Lois Goodman over the death of her 80-year-old husband, Alan Goodman, in the couple's Woodland Hills condo last April.

David Courtney, LA sports announcer was 56 *

courtney-cup.jpg David Courtney, the arena announcer for the Los Angeles Kings and Clippers at Staples Center and the stadium announcer in Anaheim for the Angels, has died at age 56. No cause was given by the Kings, but Courtney had tweeted yesterday that he was at a hospital awaiting an angiogram.

Former Angel Doug DeCinces indicted on insider trading charges

doug-decinces-card.jpg A federal grand jury in Santa Ana today indicted retired baseball star Doug DeCinces and three associates "for allegedly using non-public information regarding a takeover bid to purchase stock in an Orange County-based medical device company – stock that dramatically increased in value when the takeover bid was publicly announced.

Beckham to play final game for Galaxy

beckham_tweet_instagram.jpg David Beckham announced Monday that the LA Galaxy's Dec. 1 match for the MLS Cup will be his last game with the team. He was in Los Angeles for six seasons.

Theo Ehret accolades continue

ehret-m-ramos-1.jpg This past September, David Davis contributed at our Native Intelligence blog a lovely piece on the legacy of Theo Ehret, his friend who was the house photographer at the Olympic Auditorium. A show of Ehret's boxing and wrestling photos is now on display downtown.

UCLA 38, USC 28

ucla-beats-usc-2012-espn.jpg Another year of the cross-city football rivalry is in the books. Yes, that's right: UCLA won.

Rose Bowl warns fans: no umbrellas

rosebowl-game-file.jpg Bring ponchos to the UCLA-USC game, says the city of Pasadena. "Umbrellas are prohibited from the stadium, as they block the view if those behind them,'' said William Boyer, a...

Nate Silver got one big race wrong

Thumbnail image for mike-trout-mlb-com.jpg The New York Times statistical guru made a strong case at FiveThirtyEight for the Angels' Mike Trout to win the American League's Most Valuable Player Award.

Stanley Cup in council chambers

cup-council-garcetti.jpg Spotted on Councilman Eric Garcetti's TwitPic page, from last month but worth a reprise.

Jackson denies contract demands, says Lakers not a title team

Thumbnail image for phil-jackson-exit-interview.jpg Jackson says the call waking him to say he didn't get the job was "slimy." He says the Lakers might have the talent to win the West, but not necessarily the East.

Monday holiday notes

mike-trout-mlb-com.jpg Mike Trout wins some hardware, a new co-anchor for 'ET,' remembering the colorful Art Snyder, Manhattan Beach's sand, a memorial for John Retsek and more.

Lakers reject Phil's demands, hire D'Antoni *

dantoni-kobe-espn-grab.jpg The Lakers signed a big-name coach on Sunday night, but it's not Phil Jackson. When talks with Jackson bogged down, despite his all-out endorsement by Kobe Bryant and the Staples Center fans, the Lakers quickly gave a multi-year deal to Mike D'Antoni.

Mike Brown gets votes of confidence -- so yeah, he's fired

Media sources are reporting that the Lakers have fired coach Mike Brown after opening the season an ugly 1-4. No replacement leaked yet.

Dodgers confirm hire of Mark McGwire as hitting coach

mark-mcgwire-iooss-si.jpg Mark McGwire, the Pomona native who starred for USC before setting the major league record with 70 home runs in the 1998 season, will be sitting in the Dodgers dugout next year. Too bad about all that steroid baggage.

Tonight, we share some love with Brooklyn

nets-raps-110312-014.jpg Before Saturday night's first game of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, former Dodgers and the son of Gil Hodges came down to the floor and exchanged jerseys with the players. Nice touch.

How about those Lakers?

The Lakers record fell to 0-3 after they lost to the Clippers, 105-95, on Friday night. Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 21 points off the bench.

Dodgers to give fans a Magic Johnson bobblehead

magicdodgers.jpg Next season's roster of Dodger Stadium bobblehead giveaways includes a bit of a surprise. Here's the list.

Giants win their second World Series in three years

giants-celebrate-102812.jpg San Francisco swept the Detroit Tigers four games to none to win the series — again. They beat the Texas Rangers in 2010.

Photos: New Pauley Pavilion

pauley-pavilion-front-sign.jpg If you remember Pauley Pavilion as dark and dated, look again. UCLA's renovated arena reopens in November, newly encased in glass and bathed in light. LA Observed photos.

NFL back in thrall with Dodger Stadium's open spaces?

dodger-stadium-parking-lots.jpg According to a report at CBS Sports.com, NFL owners have expressed new doubts about the AEG-City Hall plan to build a stadium at LA Live and revived their lust for the parking lots and abundant space around Dodger Stadium. Also: no team before 2014 at the earliest.

League interference helped push Hammond out of Kings

richhammondnew.jpg The three-year experiment in which the Los Angeles Kings paid reporter Rich Hammond to cover the team wasn't all smiles, according to Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth. He writes that the league demanded that a story Hammond recently posted about the current labor dispute with players be taken off the web, citing his employment status with the Kings.

Register hires Rich Hammond from the Kings

richhammondnew.jpg Rich Hammond broke new ground when he left the Daily News three years ago to blog about the Los Angeles Kings for the Kings. He was the first journalist locally to be employed by a team to report independently on the team.

LAT's Lakers blogger jumps to newly digital LANG

Mark Medina has been overseeing the Lakers blog at LATimes.com, one of the site's biggest draws, for the last couple of years.He will now be covering the Lakers as a best writer and multimedia reporter for the Los Angeles News Group and its papers.

Dodgers and Angels both miss the playoffs

The Dodgers' trades during the season for a gazillion dollars in fat contracts wasn't enough for them to make the post-season party. In fact, they played worse with Adrian Gonzales, Hanley Ramirez and Josh Beckett than they did in the first two months of the season. But the Angels' failure is likely to be more painful.

The Stanley Cup, now with names

stanley-cup-with-names.jpg The names of Phil Anschutz, his wife Nancy, and co-owner Ed Roski have been inscribed on the Stanley Cup. Oh, and some hockey players too.

Report: Dodgers have secret deal to protect revenue *

Bloomberg News says that an agreement between Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball limits how much of the Dodgers' revenue from a new TV deal has to be shared with other teams.

Jamie McCourt sues to get more of Dodgers sale cash

Thumbnail image for frank-jamie-mccourt-star.jpg Before the Dodgers were sold, Jamie McCourt agreed to a divorce settlement with ex-husband Frank McCourt that gave her $131 million. Now that he has received considerably more than previously expected in the team's sale, she has sued and alleged Frank committed fraud by understating the team's value.

Eric Gagne says 80% of Dodgers used performance drugs

eric-gagne-glasses.jpg In a new biography, the relief pitcher who starred for the Dodgers early last decade says again that he used performance-enhancing drugs — and this time he alleges that so did most of his Los Angeles teammates.

Magic Johnson says he put $50 million into Dodgers deal

HBO's "Real Sports" on Tuesday night is a double Dodgers episode, with Magic talking about his role with the team and an update on Bryan Stow, the firefighter and Giants fan who was left brain damaged by a beating in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

Whatever happened to... Sasha Vujacic

sasha-vujacic-haircut-fb.jpg He's at basketball training camp — in Turkey — and announced on Facebook this morning that he has a new haircut. What he doesn't have any more is a professional tennis player for a fiancee.

Dodgers spin their wheels as the days flit away

Thumbnail image for dodger-dogs-sign-lao.jpg They played a 4½-hour game out at Dodger Stadium Sunday and it went better than the LA team could have expected, given that ace Clayton Kershaw missed his start with a bad hip and a rookie pitcher was on the mound. But the Cardinals still leave town ahead of the Dodgers for the last National League playoff spot.

Dodgers get the big interleague boys next season

dodger-stadium-seats-left-=.jpg They will host the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays at Dodger Stadium — the first visit ever to Chavez Ravine for the Tampa Bay team. And the Dodgers will make their return to Yankee Stadium, scene of so many great World Series battles. And Vin Scully should go.

Dodgers add two City Hall types to the staff

dodgerstadium_thefostercity.jpg Renata Simril, deputy mayor for economic development when James Hahn was in the corner office, will be the team's new senior vice president for external affairs. The new director of community relations comes from the Villaraigosa Administration.

Dodgers go into SF and blow the math exam

dodger-dogs-sign-lao.jpg Time is running out for the Dodgers to win their division. They went to San Francisco Friday with a chance to cut deeply into the Giants' 4½-game lead over LA in the west this weekend. Instead, the Dodgers leave town tonight trailing the Giants by 5½ games.

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl returns to the ice

minsk-ceremony.jpg Friday is the anniversary of the airplane crash in Russia that killed nearly all members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team. Tonight in Yaroslav, the newly reconstituted Lokomotiv played their first game back in Russia's KHL. They won 5-2.

Dwight Howard era in LA sports commences

kaj33-dwight-howard-twitter.jpg Does this make it semi-official?

New sports editor -- and four open jobs -- at LA News Group

Gene Warnick, the sports editor at the Daily News, will expand his duties to oversee sports across the Los Angeles News Group papers. His appointment follows the promotion of Daily News opinion editor Mariel Garza to a similar LANG-wide role. Also announced by Michael Anastasi, the group's new vice president and executive editor, is that LANG will fill four reporters jobs in sports, including Lakers beat writer. Read the memo.

Kareem to get that statue he's wanted

kareem-sportingnews.jpg The Lakers will erect a statue honoring NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar outside Staples Center this season, the LA Times reports. This is newsworthy because Abdul-Jabbar last year said in a huff that he was through with the Lakers in part because they had no plans to honor him with a statue — but had honored Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Chick Hearn. Kareem is the NBA's all-time leading scorer.

The case against Lance Armstrong's accusers

Thumbnail image for lance-armstrong-bw-hissite.jpg LAT columnist Michael Hiltzik argues that the anti-doping system "is the most thoroughly one-sided and dishonest legal regime anywhere in the world this side of Beijing," a position directly opposed to the case made here last week.

Venus and Serena get the cover of NYT magazine

venus-serena-williams-nytmagcover.jpg The headline of the piece is "Venus and Serena against the World." It's thrust is that the tennis stars have come a long way from Compton to dominate the sport, with a close look at mom and dad. May be some new stuff in there even for those familiar with the Williams' story.

Vin Scully to return for 64th season

vin-scully-lifemag.jpg Dodgers fans can breathe easy for another year. Check out our new story on Scully's five most memorable calls, by guest author Paul Haddad.

Gonzalez comes to Dodgers, homers in first time up

adrian-gonzalez-homer.jpg Baseball was still reeling at the arrival of the new high-spending Dodgers when the biggest name in Saturday's trade, Adrian Gonzalez, homered dramatically in his first at-bat (on his second pitch seen) in the LA uniform. The Dodgers got him to hit home runs, and maybe draw more Latino fans to the stadium, and the San Diego-born Mexican-American got off to a good start. He's wearing number 23, same as Kirk Gibson.

Dodgers pull Loney from lineup, Red Sox pull Adrian Gonzalez

All signs point to the Dodgers being close to acquiring Boston's slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzales, the former Padre. If the talk among the baseball writers is accurate, and it sure seems to be, it would be a huge deal bringing several highly paid Red Sox to Los Angeles in exchange for young Dodgers pitcher Rubby De La Rosa and more.

The case against Lance Armstrong

Thumbnail image for lance-armstrong-bw-hissite.jpg Alan Abrahamson, the veteran Los Angeles journalist behind 3Wire Sports, calls Lance Armstrong's decision to stop contesting the doping allegations against him "a defining moment in our sports history." But Abrahamson says the proceedings against Armstrong by the US Anti-Doping Agency are legitimate.
lance-armstrong-bw-hissite.jpg Facing a Thursday deadline to take the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to arbitration, Lance Armstrong announced he would no longer fight the body's move to impose severe sanctions for use of banned substances. Armstrong, who has vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs or ever testing positive, said his surrender was not an admission of guilt. Late in the day the agency moved to strip Armstrong of his Tour de France wins and said it would ban him for life.

Register's new owner gives OK to hire a Dodgers writer

dodger-stadium-seats-left-=.jpg The newly acquired Register has put out the word that it wants to staff the Dodger Stadium press box again. But there are some requirements, and a strong preference for Spanish fluency. And yes, they know it's near the season's end.

Video: Misty May-Treanor with Jon Stewart

The undefeated Olympic champion shows she can handle 'The Daily Show' too. The episode re-airs tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Summer of Cup Love: Mt. Benedict, B.C.

cup-mitchell-mtbenedict.jpg Willie Mitchell, the oldest of the Los Angeles Kings players at 35, spent part of his day with the Stanley Cup on a peak in British Columbia.

Dodgers playoff chances get a boost thanks to Melky Cabrera

melky-cabrera-grab.jpg The San Francisco Giants have this outfielder, Melky Cabrera, who has been hitting much better than at any time in his career. Today he was suspended for the rest of the regular season after testing positive for a banned substance.

Susan Stratton's Emmy honor - in the refrigerator

susan-stratton-emmys.jpg At Saturday night's local Emmy awards, the Governors Award for lifetime achievement went to Susan Stratton, Chick Hearn's producer on Lakers broadcasts for most of three decades. In the station count, NBC4, ABC7 and KTLA5 each won seven Emmys. Link to full list of winners inside.
dwight-howard-magic-200.jpg Kobe Bryant looks to have some fine new shoulders to ride with. The Lakers have agreed to acquire Orlando's Dwight Howard in a complicated deal that would send Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Three-peat for Misty and Kerri

missy-kerry-win-gold,jpg.jpg Two years ago, Misty May-Treanor wasn't sure she would even try out for the London Olympics. On Wednesday, she and Kerri Wash Jennings completed their stunning run through three Olympic Games, never losing a match — and only dropping one set. They beat the American team of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross to claim their third gold medal.

Olympics spoiler: Women's volleyball semi-finals *

Thumbnail image for treanor-walsh-london-sleeves.jpg Click inside if you want to know what happened in today's match between China and the U.S. team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings.

O'Malley group reaches deal to buy SD Padres

hof_omalley_6.jpg Former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley and members of his family are key players in a group that has agreed to purchase the San Diego Padres for a price believed to be about $800 million. O'Malley, who sold the Dodgers to Fox in 1998, had tried to re-buy the team this year but was bumped from the bidding early.

Gold medal in online newspaper info graphics

nyt-graphic-usain-bolt.jpg The New York Times graphic comparing Usain Bolt's run in the Olympics 100-meter race to previous winners — back to 1896 — is something to see. Watch 'One Race, Every Medalist Ever'

Morgan scores [very] late, puts U.S. women in soccer final

oly_u_alexmts_576.jpg Extra time. The U.S. and Canada's women, bitter soccer rivals, are tied at 3-3. In the 123rd minute, just seconds before the game goes to penalty kicks, Alex Morgan scores off a header. The jubilant Americans go into the final on Thursday against Japan, a rematch of the last World Cup final.

Serena Williams, May and Walsh all crush in London

serena-williams-london.jpg Serena Williams absolutely dominated Russian Maria Sharapova to win the gold medal in women's tennis this weekend. How about 6-0, 6-1 — impressive enough for you? And in Sunday's beach volleyball match, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh literally reduced one of their Italian opponents to tears with a smothering attack.

WSJ puts the bad in badminton

"NBC paid over $1 billion to broadcast the London Olympic Games. The Wall Street Journal paid...less than that."...

City Hall workers told to stop watching Olympics on the net

olympic-gymnast.jpg All that live streaming on the job threatens to melt down the city's computer system, so please stop, LA's chief technology officer pleads.

Guy Adams returns to Twitter after NBC retracts complaint *

guyadams.jpg "Did I miss much while I was away?" the Los Angeles bureau chief for The Independent tweets after Twitter lifted his suspension. Twitter sent an email notifying Guy Adams that NBC had dropped its complaint about Adams posting the email address of a network executive as part of an Olympics rant.

Dodgers acquire OF rental Victorino from Phillies *

Shane Victorino, who the Dodgers let go for nothing several years ago, has been the starting center fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies. He comes to the Dodgers for the rest of this season, likely to play left field, in a trade for reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league pitching prospect Ethan Martin, the Dodgers first-round draft pick in 2008.

Dodgers trade for a pitcher, and secrets of the deadline

brandon-league-mariners.jpg The Dodgers picked up Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Brandon League tonight in a trade for two minor league prospects, and they may have other deals working. Plus: Ex-GM Dan Evans shares some secrets of baseball's trading deadline.

New biography praises the late, great Jim Murray

jim-murray-cosell.jpg Jim Murray, writes reviewer John Schulian, "made the sports page seem as if it should have a $10 cover and a two-drink minimum...Even when he railed against the carnage at the Indianapolis 500, there was a laugh, however dark, in his outrage: 'Gentlemen, start your coffins.'...By the time he died, in 1998, he was one of those rare ink-stained wretches who fly with the eagles."

May-Treanor and Walsh go for long sleeves *

treanor-walsh-london-sleeves.jpg When they played their first match of the London Olympics the other night, beach volleyball legends Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings eschewed their usual competition bikinis. It was 11 p.m., after all — and in London. "It's cold," Walsh Jennings said.

US women's soccer opens Olympics with a win

alex-morgan-uss.jpg Alex Morgan, who graduated from Diamond Bar High School and UC Berkeley, scored two goals today as the American women came from behind to defeat France 4-2.

Dodgers reportedly land a very big fish *

hanley-ramirez-to-la-espn.png Media reports say LA has acquired Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins at the minor cost of rookie pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and a prospect. Ramirez has been in a hitting funk this season and last, and he's a potential head case, but he's young and before that he was a more dangerous offense weapon than anyone the Dodgers have other than Matt Kemp.

Ichiro takes the field in Seattle — as a Yankee *

ichiro-yankee-carig.jpg No Los Angeles angle. Just a sports moment.
 
Video add: Ichiro bows to the fans.

Stanley Cup hits the farm belt

Cup-sutter-brothers-fsw.jpg First there was a visit to Los Angeles Kings executive Ron Hextall's farm in Manitoba. Then this weekend the Stanley Cup was in Viking, Alberta to be celebrated by the clan of Kings coach Darryl Sutter.

Angeleno athletes all over ESPN's Body Issue

volleyball-team-espnmag-body.jpg Candace Parker of the Sparks and Carlos Bocanegra, the former UCLA player who is a defender on the U.S. national soccer team, are among the local figures featured prominently in ESPN The Magazine's annual issue devoted to the (nude) bodies of top athletes. Art Streiber's strategic positioning (and lighting) of the U.S. women's volleyball team has to be worth some kind of prize.

Ex-Dodgers farmhand gets arty

wakamatsu-calligraphy.jpg Don Wakamatsu, a former major league baseball manager (Seattle Mariners) who is now a coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, is getting some attention up there for the stylish calligraphy he applies to his lineup cards.

Lenny Dykstra pleads guilty to federal charges

dykstra-feature.jpg The personal fall of ex-New York baseball star (and SoCal financial whiz) Lenny Dykstra continues. The former outfielder for the Mets and Phillies, already in state custody on earlier convictions, pleaded guilty today to bankruptcy fraud and other federal charges for selling items "pilfered from his mansions in Ventura County," the feds said.

Blake Griffin out of Olympics with knee injury

Griffin has a torn medial meniscus in his left knee and will have arthroscopic surgery, probably early next week, the Clippers announced. He should be ready for training camp in the fall.

More nice Stanley Cup photos from Slovenia

kopitar-grave-gauthier.jpg The Stanley Cup is making the rounds of LA Kings homes in Canada and on the East Coast this week, but a wonderful new gallery of photos from last week's visit to Slovenia and the home village of Anze Kopitar has been posted on the Los Angeles Times website. Must see: Kopitar with the Cup at the grave of his grandmother.

Jerry Buss hospitalized with dehydration

The Lakers put out a statement after TMZ reported that team owner Jerry Buss was rushed from home to a hospital last night by LAFD ambulance. The TMZ report says that Buss, 78, is suffering from extreme dehydration.

Lance Armstrong's suit rejected the same day

Thumbnail image for lance-armstrong.jpg The cyclist's lawsuit filed Monday in Austin that sought to block the United States Anti-Doping Agency from punishing Armstrong for doping violations was dismissed within hours by a federal judge. "This court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong’s desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement or vilification of Defendants," the judge wrote.

Anze Kopitar brings the Stanley Cup home to Slovenia

kopitar-cup-crowd.jpg Anze Kopitar's privilege to spend 24 hours with the Stanley Cup might be a tad more meaningful for him than for some of the other Los Angeles Kings. He left Slovenia as a teenager to live in Canada and work hard to become his country's first NHL player. On his day with the Cup, he made sure thousands of Slovenians got to see the trophy.

Lakers acquire Steve Nash from the Suns

nash-kobe-espnillo.jpg Even though Nash is 38, the basketball media is calling the longtime star with Phoenix the point guard the Lakers need to stay competitive the next few years. Nash says he got Kobe Bryant's blessing before okaying the trade. The Lakers gave up draft picks to get him. Here are three views from the Lakers beat.

Felix to run 100m in London; Dara Torres retires

allyson-felix.jpg Los Angeles sprinter Allyson Felix got the last spot in the 100 meters race at the London Olympics when her training partner, Jereba Tarmoh, decided not to take part in a special runoff race arranged to settle their tie finish at the Olympic trials last month.

Jim Drake, father of windsurfing was 83

jim-drake-windsurfing.jpg Jim Drake is another example of an aerospace industry worker who pioneered the Southern California outdoor sports scene. Drake, an engineer who worked at RAND and elsewhere, didn't invent the sailboard, but he and a partner, Hoyle Schweitzer, perfected the design and got a patent for the Windsurfer.

Summer of Stanley Cup joy about to hit the road

cup-hermosa-crowds-breeze.jpeg The Stanley Cup takes off next week for its trans-Atlantic tour of the homes of each member of the Los Angeles Kings. Here's the schedule, some pics and video. Before the Cup departs, Dustin Brown will visit Children's Hospital.

Former LA media scribe announces a game at Fenway

gordon-edes-fenway.jpg Gordon Edes, ex-national baseball writer for the Los Angeles Times (and before that beat writer on the Dodgers and Kings), did an entire Red Sox game at the mic.

If it seems that Vin Scully repeats himself, well he does

vin-scully-lifemag.jpg A writer at the Baseball Prospectus website has logged how many times Vin Scully has told the same story abut Giants catcher Buster Posey in the last four years. The most recurring anecdote has come up eleven times. Some others as many as nine or ten. But so what?

No NBA ring this time for Derek Fisher (or Westbrook)

The Miami Heat blew out the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight to win the NBA championship. Up in Seattle, the jilted fans of the Supersonics could be celebrating along with Miami.

LeRoy Neiman, artist was 91

The painter mostly of sports scenes and the Olympics, and a longtime contributor to Playboy magazine, died today, his publicist told AP.

Follow the Stanley Cup all summer

cup-on-venice-beach.jpg One of the other charming little hockey things that happens is the winners of the Stanley Cup get to take the trophy pretty much wherever they want for a day. For many that means taking the Cup home to small-town Canada (or Slovenia) for what can sometimes turn into very emotional celebrations with the folks you grew up with. But first, Venice Beach. Here are some links that let you follow along.

Manny's comeback hits a snag

manny-espn.jpg The snag: nobody wants him after seeing Ramirez play a few weeks in the minor leagues. He was released by the Oakland A's and is heading home to Florida. Plus: the Dodgers are still the best team in baseball, and ESPN Magazine puts Matt Kemp on the cover.

Plaschke finally gets it

As he stood in Staples Center on Monday night and absorbed the emotion in the building, and truly realized what the Kings accomplished, the LA Times' Bill Plaschke got religion.

Stanley Cup glow continues in LA

cup-dodger-stadium.jpg Kings and the Cup at Dodger Stadium, the best video of the Kings celebrating the Cup, and more.

Anschutz steps out of the shadows for the Stanley Cup *

anschutz-team-getty.jpg Yes, that was the elusive Kings owner and Los Angeles power figure celebrating on the ice — his ice — with the Stanley Cup on Monday night. Some 18,000 Kings fans and a live television audience got their first looks at possibly the most powerful man in Los Angeles. Nice looking guy — let's see more photos and video of Phil Anschutz.

Lance Armstrong faces new doping charges

lance-armstrong.jpg The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has notified Lance Armstrong of formal doping charges that could cost him his seven Tour de France titles, the Washington Post reports today, adding that he is immediately banned from triathlons. "I have never doped," Armstrong said in a statement. Read more

TV ratings for Cup final down across US, way up in LA

NBC's telecast of the Stanley Cup winning game on Monday set a new record for a hockey game in the Los Angeles market, with a 13.6 local rating. (Duh.) Nationally, though, the game was down from last year's Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Final series.

Hockey is a family affair

dustin-brown-family-cup.jpg The Kings began partying a few seconds before the final buzzer at Staples Center on Monday night and may not have stopped yet. Many of the players brought their children, wives, parents and friends on the ice for the post-game celebration.

Bob Miller lifts the Stanley Cup *

bob-miller-cup.jpg Longtime Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Bob Miller got his turn with the Stanley Cup last night at Staples Center. More celebration photos from Rich Hammond at LA Kings Insider.

Kings captain Dustin Brown receives the Stanley Cup

By hockey tradition, the captain is the first to accept the Stanley Cup. Dustin Brown takes the Cup from National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman. After skating with the Cup, Brown handed it to Willie Mitchell, the team's veteran defenseman and the survivor of a serious concussion.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter, one of six brothers to play in the National Hockey League, on the fun of seeing the eyes of his younger players as they realized in the final minutes of Monday's game what they had accomplished.

Kings will show the Stanley Cup to LA Thursday at noon

brown-cup-kings.jpg Parade starts at Figueroa and 5th Street, proceeds to Staples Center. There will be a ticketed rally inside the arena.

Free tix: Frank Deford in conversation with John Salley

Frank-DeFord-book-jacket.jpg Frank Deford, the senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated and weekly commentator for NPR’s “Morning Edition” — he recently read commentary number 1500 — will be in town this week to talk about his new memoir, "Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter."

Kings try for the Cup again in New Jersey *

hammond-kings-nj-berger.jpg No real news out of the morning skates in Newark. Both the Kings and the Devils warmed up their legs and had media sessions. Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final airs on NBC starting at 5 p.m., with the puck dropped about 5:15.

First woman to run a U.S. marathon: Culver City, '63

joan-benoit-lapl.jpg History has tried to forget that Merry Lepper was the first woman to run a marathon in the United States, 21 years before Joan Benoit won Olympic gold. Women could legally vote for president long before they could officially enter a marathon. David Davis met up with her in Tucson and sets the record straight.

A Kings fan's need for the Stanley Cup

kings-scfgame3-inside-rinkrat.jpg Eric Nusbaum, a staffer at The Classical website, tries to explain why he flew down from Seattle for Wednesday's first chance ever for his Los Angeles Kings to skate the Stanley Cup. For survivors of the team's four decades of wandering in the weeds of the hockey world, the "palpability of the wanting" was everywhere inside Staples Center. "The Cup was in the goddamn building and so were we."

Kings lose, but now LA knows what to expect with a Cup

I went downtown to LA Live with a friend to observe what happens when Los Angeles has a chance to win the Stanley Cup. First, the bottom line: the Kings lost 3-1 and go back to New Jersey to try again on Saturday to grab the Cup. Outside, it was a party atmosphere.

Keeper of the Cup has his gloves ready

gloves-cup-pritchard.jpg Philip Pritchard, the keeper of the Stanley Cup on behalf of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, tweets the photo and this: "Game day...this could be the day?"

Kings ratings down, Game 4 on pay cable, Miller to record *

miller-fox.jpg For whatever reasons, NBC is sticking with its original plan to broadcast Wednesday's Game 4 only on NBCSN, the cable channel formerly known as Versus that is only available to most Angelenos on a premium tier on Time Warner Cable or the satellite dishes. But for Kings fans, Bob Miller and Jim Fox will record an account of the game.

Tom Lasorda has heart attack in New York

lasorda-mattingly-soohoo.jpg The former Dodgers manager is recovering in a New York hospital. He is expected to be released on Wednesday.

Clippers general manager flees LA

Neil-Olshey-blazers.jpg Neil Olshey, who's been getting so much attention for his role in building the Clippers as VP of basketball operations, backed out of an agreement in principle to stay with the team and will become general manager of the division-rival Portland Trailblazers.

Kings swamp New Jersey 4-0, need one win for the Cup

dustin-brown-exults.jpg The Kings needed heroic saves from goalie Jonathan Quick for the first half of Game 3, then the momentum turned their way. They ended up scoring four goals and shutting out the very frustrated New Jersey Devils. It the was largest crowd ever to see a hockey game at Staples Center — and the first Kings home game in 15 days — and they had a blast. Watch video of Justin Williams' goal.
pia-toscano-kings.jpg I kind of wondered if the Kings would go for a big name for their first Stanley Cup Final game at Staples Center, as well as the first-ever to be played in the city of Los Angeles. Nope. They are staying with the voice who brung them. Here is video of Toscano from the Canucks series in April.

Kings game tonight only on pay TV, with lineup change

Fans who have gotten used to watching the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final on NBC will possibly be disappointed tonight. Game 3, starting at 5 p.m., will be only on the NBC Sports Network, which is a completely different animal.

How Dodgers' Sue Falsone got to the stadium

Sue-Falsone-in-room.jpg Sue Falsone is getting some attention this season as the first female head trainer for a major league baseball team. As she says, she's always been female. So it's only new for the people who are hearing about her for the first time.

'You were lucky, Hershiser'

si-hershiser.jpg Josh Suchon, the former post-game broadcaster for the Dodgers, is now blogging with a friend in Northern California. He tells a nice story on himself that along the way sheds some light on the relationships between fans, reporters and sports figures.

Kings win in OT - again - now lead 2-0

kings-win-ot-game2.jpg Jeff Carter, the Kings' big late-season acquisition from the east, scored in overtime tonight to give the Kings a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. This is huge in multiple ways.

What do LA hockey players do with free time in NYC? Comedy

zamboni-newjersey-game2.jpg The Kings and New Jersey Devils take the ice about 5 p.m. for today's second game of the Stanley Cup Final. Game 2 will be televised nationally by NBC and be on the radio here on AM 1150 and AM 570. No lineup changes for either team — not even the anthem singer. Official game notes

Dodgers lose Matt Kemp for at least four weeks this time

falsone-on-kemp-53112.jpg Head trainer Sue Falsone explains that outfielder Matt Kemp, just back from a hamstring muscle strain, has reinjured the area of the first injury and has a second strain as well. Both are grade one strains, she said, meaning they are at the less severe end of the scale. Data from other players calls for a "best case" return to play in four weeks, she said.

NHL and Kings deny the team is for sale

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman gets snarky over New York Post report that the Los Angeles Kings are for sale. Plus: the Anschutzes attend Game 1.
darryl-sutter-finals-grab.jpg The Kings won tonight's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Newark, New Jersey — 8:13 into sudden-death overtime — on a very sweet breakaway goal by Anze Kopitar, the NHL's first player from Slovenia. The Kings as a team kind of sucked all night, with errant passes, fanned-on shots and slow feet, and got lucky when the shooters for the New Jersey Devils missed several open nets. But they ended regulation time tied, and in the overtime period the Kings had their best scorer in the right place when it counted. Plus: A New York Times essay on Kings fandom.

Dodgers show off Vin Scully bobblehead

Vin-Scully-Bobblehead.jpg The Dodgers yesterday afternoon kindly sent out PR images of the first Vin Scully bobblehead doll. Here you go - bigger inside.

Kings head east to begin the Stanley Cup final

quick-jersey.jpg The Los Angeles Kings practiced over the weekend before large crowds at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo then flew east on Monday. They open the final round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. All games are at 5 p.m. LA time.

US Soccer honors Grahame Jones

The Los Angeles Times' longtime soccer writer, Grahame L. Jones, gets a nice honor this week from the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

USA Today sports jobs: specialization now the rule

Dave Morgan, the former LA Times and Yahoo sports editor who has just overseen a massive change in personnel at USA Today, explains that it was about getting the right kinds of journalists in the right places for the future.

Staples Center insiders make music video

Arena staffers and a few media types take part in a video to "Call Me Maybe" to commemorate the playoff weekend. Workers clocked in 55,000 hours over the four-day weekend siege of games, Staples says. Watch the video inside.
SIcover-magic-kemp.jpg The hed and deck to Lee Jenkins's piece called La La Palooza: "For a 78-hour stretch Los Angeles was, finally, the sports capital of the world: 300,000 fans, 10 events, four teams, three playoff series, 110 cyclists. And an eclipse. Results be damned, it was a good four days." Read an excerpt

Fans greet Kings at LAX in the middle of the night

I understand the emotion of Kings nation, and the passion of hockey fans generally. Still, I'm surprised by this turnout. Click to watch.

Kings leave Arizona with a trophy *

kings-trophy-2012.jpg Actually, they may leave the NHL's Western Conference championship hardware behind. Kings captain Dustin Brown didn't even look at the trophy after the Kings beat Phoenix tonight 4-3 in sudden death overtime to reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 1993.

LAT's Randy Harvey leaves for sports job in Houston *

The Houston Chronicle announced this morning that Los Angeles Times associate editor Randy Harvey is joining the paper as sports columnist. Harvey was a longtime sports writer, editor and columnist before becoming a masthead editor under Russ Stanton at the LAT.

Time lapse: Weekend at Staples Center

Between Thursday and Sunday, the Kings, Lakers and Clippers played six games in 72 hours before 110,000 fans at Staples Center. That's tough on the arena staff. Getty Images put together a time lapse of the weekend.

Lakers lead! For awhile! Then they lose, season over

lakers-out-kobe-2012.jpg The Lakers never had much of a chance of beating the ascending Oklahoma City Thunder. And they went pretty meekly, losing 4 of 5 games.

Dodgers release statement on latest parking lot beating

The Dodgers are concerned enough about Sunday night's parking lot incident — and the memories of last season's Bryan Stow assault — to put out a statement this afternoon. Full statement
kings-info-graphic.jpg Sure, a lot of Angelenos have no interest in hockey and no idea about the Kings, the Ducks or anyone else. But the local team is the hottest thing in the sport right now, their games are on national television, and they pack more fans into Staples Center and downtown bars than the Clippers do. So what's the local sports media's excuse? Here's a little infographic to help them.
dt-streets-parking-52012.jpg Both LA basketball teams are on the brink of elimination, but Staples Center is warning of major traffic and parking issues around Sunday's noon-start Kings game.

Kings win, Clippers lose

kings-win-king.jpg The Kings lead their playoff series 3-0 (again.) The Clippers trail theirs 0-2.

For many LA fans, the Kings play tonight for Tanner *

tannerheads.jpg Tucked in among the purple and yellow and white Kings jerseys filling Staples Center tonight, there will also be small cardboard likenesses of a smiling fan. Tannerheads, the fans call them. Here's the backstory, via Toronto. [Update: Kings win]

Does anyone care where Jim Rome does his gabbing?

jim-rome-faux-set.jpg Sports talker Jim Rome's CBS Sports TV show depicts him in front of a window that appears to look down on Staples Center and across at the Los Angeles downtown skyline. As if he were in the Marriott or one of the other buildings at LA Live. Well, he's not. Daily News sports columnist Tom Hoffarth is concerned enough about this to do some checking.

Kings take a 2-0 series lead — again

dustin-brown-51512-grab.jpg OK, right about now the hockey fans of North America have to be getting a little itchy. Confused. Not sure they understand what they're feeling, but maybe just because they have never seen it before. Post-game video

USC control of the Coliseum approved

The Coliseum Commission voted 8-1 Monday to give up day-to-day control of the historic facility to neighboring USC. Commissioner Bernard Parks, the City Council member who has been skirmishing with the commission for years, voted no.

Lakers have a very bad first night in Oklahoma

The Thunder led by as many as 35 points and finished up by 29, winning 119-90 on Monday night in the opening game of the NBA Western Conference semifinals. Also: The Dodgers put Matt Kemp on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and the Angels excused outfielder Torii Hunter for an undisclosed amount of time after the arrest of his son in Texas.

Kings finish LA's weekend sweep

doughty-kings-phx-lak-getty.jpg After the Lakers and Clippers won their game sevens to advance in the playoffs, the Kings skated to a win in Arizona tonight to begin round three of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Kings captain Dustin Brown scored the game-winner in the third period. An empty-net goal in the final minute put the game away, 4-2.

Lakers lose ugly in Denver, now face a seventh game

The Lakers had another chance to close out the Nuggets and advance to the next round of the NBA playoffs. Didn't happen: 113-96 final.

Kings get a date and a video re-airing *

kurri-gretzky-mcsorley-si.jpg The Kings open Sunday evening in Arizona. Tonight, Fox Sports West will re-air the two most memorable games from the only time the Kings ever made it to the third round of the Stanley Cup finals before.
metta-elbow.jpg World Peace says he was "over-excited" when he smashed the head of James Harden of the Oklahama City Thunder. Officials of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health are forgiving of their very public partner.

Lakers come close, but can't finish off Nuggets

Kobe Bryant almost single-handedly brought the Lakers back from a big deficit in the final minutes of tonight's game at Staples Center, sinking three-pointers one after another. But Denver hung on to win 102-99 and stay alive in the best-of-seven playoff series. Game 6 is in Denver on Thursday.

Clippers go up 3-1, could reach new heights

griffin-clippers-espngrab.jpg The Clippers beat the Grizzlies in overtime on Monday night at Staples Center — 101-97 was the final score. One more win and the Clippers will reach the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2006.
giovanni-ramirez-dailynews.jpg When Giovanni Ramirez attended the first game at Dodger Stadium in April — his first ever — fans asked for his autograph or to take a picture with him. A television crew taped an interview. "Of the all the 56,000 fans who bought tickets for opening day at Dodger Stadium," writes J.P. Hoonstra in the Daily News, " it's possible that none were treated as well" as Ramirez.

Albert Pujols finally hits a home run for the Angels

pujols-graphic-mlb.jpg Pujols went 111 at-bats into his 10-year, $240-million new life in the American League before finally clubbing a home run on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim. It was the longest homerless drought in his career. When he got back to the dugout, his Angels teammates were nowhere to be found.

Kings sweep away the Blues

kings-clinch-blues-grab.jpg The LA Kings' amazing playoff run continues. They swept out the St. Louis Blues on Sunday afternoon, winning 3-1, and are now 8-1 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Kings are going to the third round, the Western Conference finals, for the first time since Wayne Gretzky led the team in 1993. Inside: Photo of Phil Anschutz at the game, ticket info for round three, video of the handshake.

Kings have a good night — and How

kings-blues-focus-hhow.jpg They got to play at home Thursday night for the first time since forcing their way into the second round of the NHL playoffs — and they didn't disappoint the standing-room crowd of screaming fans at Staples Center. You know who also had a great night? Photographer Harry How of Getty Images.

Junior Seau, former NFL and USC star, possible suicide at 43

Screen shot 2012-05-02 at 12.40.32 PM.png A 911 call came from Seau's Oceanside home about 10 a.m. Responders found Seau dead of a gunshot wound that appears to be self-inflicted.

Dodgers press conference to air live on LA television

kemp-lopes-homerun-42812.jpg High fives all around — the McCourt pox has passed from Dodger Stadium. The new owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers will be introduced Wednesday at 10 a.m. in center field.

Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius

RalphLawler-kcrw.jpg Here's a side of Clippers' play-by-play man Ralph Lawler that you probably didn't know. The 1960s stage musical "Hair" changed his life. He's this week's guest DJ on KCRW.

Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way

dodger-stadium-42812-srr.jpg I caught a great night at Dodger Stadium, with plenty of interesting little plot turns and a walk-off home run to send everybody home happy. Plus the Kings win game one in St. Louis and the Lakers and Clippers prepare to start their playoffs.

Bill Skowron, ex-Dodger and Angel was 81

bill-skowron-card.jpg Back when most baseball players were lean and a little mean, Bill Skowron looked like his nickname: Moose. He was big and muscular, but he actually got the name in childhood because somebody thought he resembled the Italian dictator Mussolini. Obit material

One of those special athletes retired Monday

ivan-rodriguez.jpg Ivan Rodriguez arrived in Texas from Puerto Rico as a 19-year-old kid with a special arm. He was feted, back in Texas, as the man who caught the most games in the history of baseball.

World Peace suspended for seven games, into playoffs

metta-gives-elbow.jpg The Lakers will be without Metta World Peace for the final game of the season and the first six games of the NBA playoffs, if they get that far. MWP was suspended for his unprovoked elbow to the head of Oklahoma City's James Harden, sidelining him with a concussion.

When Muhammad Ali boxed in LA - and posed for pictures *

clay-yorty-lapl.jpg I woke up this morning to an LA history story of a sort by Nick Roman of KPCC. He reported on the Los Angeles debut 50 years ago this week of the young heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay. Two years later, as Muhammad Ali, he joined the leader of the Nation of Islam on stage at the Olympic Auditorium.

Kings win in OT, advance to second round of NHL playoffs

kings-win-inot.jpg The Kings will get several days off before opening round two in St. Louis. The Kings had the worst record of any western team in the playoffs, so this is a major upset. Story and video clip

Kings go for sweep on bi-national TV *

richard+carter+lakings.jpg The Kings have wrapped up their morning skate in El Segundo and tonight try to upset the NHL's top team and advance to the next round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Local TV will only be on NBC Sports Network on cable, reportedly with a Canadian feed.

Kerri Walsh, now a mother of two, is back to try it again

Video: Two-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh of Manhattan Beach tells NBC 4 that she and beach volleyball partner Misty May-Treanor are going for the gold again in London.

Crazy: the Kings lead a playoff series 3-0 for the first time

kings-canucks-41512-lak.jpg The Los Angeles Kings have been around for 45 years without doing hardly anything to make a lasting impression in the hockey culture. (Except trade for Wayne Gretzky, 24 years ago.) But they're getting noticed now.

Greuel audit and the Coliseum's response

Coliseum-postcard.jpg "Management controls over Coliseum spending were weak or nonexistent," the city controller finds, but the Coliseum Commission dings her for not doing her job.

Here's why Kobe Bryant went to Germany for treatment

The reason that Kobe Bryant is having such a good season for the Lakers may be the 34-year-old's experimental Regenokine treatment on his arthritic right knee in Germany. Grantland digs...

Kings take 1-0 lead in NHL playoffs

canucks-fan-41112.jpg The Los Angeles Kings went into Vancouver tonight and upset the number-one seed, winning 4-2 and pretty much dominating.

Register's Angels mob shows results

Those plans we told you about last month to swarm the Angels' season opener with a "news mob" turned out just fine.

Vin Scully misses Dodger Stadium opener

vin-scully-lifemag.jpg The Dodgers put out the word that 84-year-old broadcaster has a cold and isn't at this afternoon's first home game of the season. First time since '77.

Lamar Odom is having a really, really bad year

It wasn't that long ago that Odom was thought to be the best sixth man in the NBA. Now the Mavericks just want him to leave.

Kings playoff dates announced

richard+carter+lakings.jpg By losing their final two regular season games, the Kings draw the worst playoffs matchup they could have imagined.

Kings lose, clinch playoff spot and get robbed

A player on the opposing San Jose Sharks bench interfered with the puck while the Kings were making a rush that could have won the game. “It’s a shame that a guy can cheat and get away with it in a game this important,” AEG chief Tim Leiweke said afterward.

Happy opening day

Fernando_cover.jpg To welcome the new Dodgers season, here's a gem of an audio clip of Vin Scully from early in the 1981 season — the year of Fernandomania.

Anschutz shifts into higher gear on NFL

anschutz2008reuters.jpg The seldom-seen head of the AEG empire says if necessary he will buy an NFL team himself and move it to Los Angeles.

Bryan Stow a year later: 'we try not to cry in front of him'

stow+and+kids.jpg Bryan Stow's family website marked Saturday's anniversary of the attack outside Dodger Stadium that left the father of two and Giants fan from Northern California brain-damaged and unable to live outside a care facility.

Derek Fisher returns to Staples Center tonight

Fisher did not take questions from reporters at the Thunder's practice, but he did make a short statement.

LA Times editor praises his team's Dodgers sale coverage

On the night the Dodgers sale was announced, I noted how it was unfortunate that the LA Times website was a little behind the news after baseball writer Bill Shaikin...

LA Sketchbook: Magic Dodgers

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Dodgers announce sale to group that includes Magic Johnson *

"This agreement...assures that the Dodgers will have new ownership with deep local roots, which bodes well for the Dodgers, its fans and the Los Angeles community," Frank McCourt says in statement.

OC Register plans to "news mob" the Angels opener

Read the memo about the newspaper's unprecedented mobilization for Albert Pujols' first day on April 6.

Dodgers bidding down to three

Bill Shaikin of the Times has the list.

New first place team in LA tonight

richard+carter+lakings.jpg The LA Kings have been having some fun since trading in late February for Jeff Carter.

Derek Fisher moves up to first place *

The ex-Laker will try to win his sixth NBA championship ring with the Oklahoma Thunder.

Hollywood sign can stay on Kings goalie's mask

Bernier-mask-hwdsign.jpg Jonathan Bernier can keep playing without paying royalties to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Stanley Gold and Disneys back in the Dodgers bidding

frank-mccourt-happy.jpg A mediator has restored Los Angeles investor Stanley Gold and the family of Roy Disney to the pool of bidders from which Frank McCourt can choose a buyer, Bill Shaikin says in the LA Times.

Vin Scully to do fewer games, less travel

vin-scully2010-dn.jpg Scully, who at 84 will be broadcasting his 63rd season, will drop the Colorado trips this year.

Lakers trade Derek Fisher, Luke Walton

In separate deals, Fisher goes to Houston (for power forward Jordan Hill) and Walton to Cleveland (for point guard Ramon Sessions), CBS reports. Draft picks and minor players are also...

That Dodgers buyer with the gold mines? Hahahaha

macciello-weekly-crop.jpg Only the LA Weekly's Gene Maddaus demanded proof, called people on their bluffs and came up with a heck of story.

Shout out to KCRW's music from unexpected source

LA Kings players like NPR and call out "Morning Becomes Eclectic" on KCRW.

Magic Johnson group is high bidder for Dodgers, say reports

magicdodgers.jpg Frank McCourt can choose from any of the approved bids, now down to four according to media reports.

Planning ahead: street closures for the LA Marathon

LA-Marathon-2012-Flyer.jpg Sunday's Los Angeles Marathon again begins at Dodger Stadium and runs to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

Dodgers bidders down to six, LAT says

Beverly Hills real estate developer Alan Casden did not make the cut of potential Dodgers buyers invited to Monday's meetings major league baseball's owners.

Kobe to wear black mask tonight

kobe+mask+lakers.jpg Kobe Bryant will take on the superhero look to protect his injured face in tonight's game against the Pistons in Detroit. Check it out.

Lenny Dykstra sent to prison for three years

si-cover-dykstra.jpg Former baseball player Lenny Dykstra, who once made so much money as a financial adviser he bought Wayne Gretzky's Ventura County mega-mansion, was taken into custody Monday after being sentenced for a scheme to lease cars using fraudulent paperwork.

In the Clippers v. Clipper Darrell, Plaschke sides with...

LA Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke takes the team's side in its snit with unofficial fan Clipper Darrell, which has been a small media boomlet this week.

Clipper Darrell 'devastated' the Clippers want their name back

clipper-darrell-cd.jpg Darrell Bailey, the super fan of the Los Angeles Clippers who has become an unofficial mascot for the team, writes on his website that the suits have told him to stop using the Clippers name.

Sports Illustrated lands big story on UCLA basketball

George Dohrmann, the Pulitzer-winning senior writer for Sports Illustrated, has a story in the March 5 issue detailing alleged recreational drug use and other disciplinary problems he says were allowed to fester in recent years in the UCLA men's basketball program.

Couple of good stories out at Staples Center last night

richard+carter+lakings.jpg The Kings won 4-0 on LA ice, but the score alone doesn't tell the better backstory of Saturday night's hockey game.

Pujols to Angels: Please don't call me El Hombre

El_Hombre_espnla.jpg Says Angels VP Tim Mead: "We're more aware of his feelings about that now."

Video: Gary Carter tribute on ice in Montreal

The Montreal Canadiens of hockey crossed over the sports lines to put on a classy pre-game tribute to Gary Carter the other night.

Manny Ramirez gets one more last chance

Thumbnail image for mannyfrank.jpg Former Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez has signed a minor-league deal worth $500,000 with the Oakland A's and will report to spring training later this week in hopes of winning a job.

Gary Carter, catcher was 57 *

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, born in Culver City, played one season with the Dodgers near the end of his career

Naming LA's football team: not the SigAlerts

Coliseum-postcard.jpg Zocalo Public Square ran a contest to solicit some favorite names for an NFL team in Los Angeles, in advance of a Friday night panel on the NFL and LA.

Bill James makes a good case for the Valley's Dwight Evans

dwight-evans-1986-topps.jpg Dwight Evans is one of the most underrated players in baseball history, the godfather of baseball stats writes to the sport's hall of fame, urging enshrinement for the retired Chatsworth High alum.

Irwindale raceway cancels season, ending local stock cars

The cancellation of the Irwindale Speedway season marks the end of stock car and NASCAR-sanctioned short track racing in Los Angeles County.

Jill Kinmont Boothe, L.A.-born ski racer and teacher was 75*

mccoykinmontsm.jpg I didn't really know the Jill Kinmont story until reading today's LA Times obituary, but it has so many noteworthy elements. I've spent an hour reading about her.

Vin Scully on working: 'I don't want to lose my friends'

vin-scully-golf-digest.jpg The Dodgers announcer on golf, books and why he can't retire at age 84 in an interesting interview in Golf Digest.

Soon-Shiong getting in on Dodgers

The only question, apparently, is which bid to buy the Dodgers will LA's richest man join.

Clippers lose Chauncey Billups for the season

chauncey-billups-down.jpg The Clippers' special season so far just became a little less magical.

Case of the Tongan luger with the underwear name

bruno-banani-spiegel.jpg Germany's Der Spiegel investigates the amazing coincidence that Bruno Banani, the only luge racer from the island of Tonga, shaes the exact name of a fashionable German underwear brand. The questions lead to L.A.

LA at the Super Bowl: flying saucer edition

spaceship+river+superbowl+ef.jpg Los Angeles is likely to be well represented in the commercials that air during Sunday's Super Bowl. Like this one showing a flying saucer crash near Downtown.

Feds end doping investigation of Lance Armstrong: no charges *

lance-armstrong.jpg No charges to be filed after lengthy grand jury and justice department inquiry, U.S. Atty Andre Birotte Jr. says.

Convention Center designs released to mixed reviews

lacoex-rendering.jpg Councilmembers Jan Perry and Bill Rosendahl reacted generally positively to the design, while Councilman Ed Reyes said the project should include more benefits for the area's residents.

Loney won't be charged in freeway crash

Tests for drugs and alcohol came back negative, so Dodgers first baseman James Loney won't be charged in his November 14 crash on the Ventura Freeway.

Phil Jackson writing memoir of his coaching years

phil+jackson+nytcrop.jpg The former Lakers coach is writing "Eleven Rings" with Hugh Delehanty, the co-author of Jackson's previous bestseller, "Sacred Hoops." Penguin has agreed to publish.

NPR: 'Good time to be a Clippers fan'

clipper-darrell-cd.jpg Today's "Morning Edition" has a feature all ready to go on LA Clippers superfan Darrell Bailey, better known as "Clipper Darrell."

Dodger Thoughts blog goes indie

jon+weisman+mug.jpg Jon Weisman's "outlet for dealing psychologically with the Los Angeles Dodgers and baseball" has left ESPN for life on its own.

Whoa, the Clippers just beat the Thunder

clippers-beat-thunder.jpg The Clippers took on the NBA's best team tonight at Staples Center, built a first half lead and hung on to win.

Vin Scully collects another trophy *

Scully-miller-scsb-hoo.jpg Mister Los Angeles, getting ready for his 63rd season in the Dodgers press box, is the local sports broadcasters' choice for best radio play by play. Oh, you think?

Dodgers derby loses some players, gains some

Bill Shaikin of the Times reports that the finalists include a team of Santa Monica financier Tom Barrack and Leo Hindery, a New Yorker and founder of the Yankees' cable channel.

Kings players give shoutout to the Easy Reader

Los Angeles Kings players Jarrett Stoll and Matt Greene let a video camera ride along as they drove from Hermosa Beach to a game at Staples Center.

Dodgers receive more than ten offers by Monday deadline

magicdodgers.jpg As of Monday's soft deadline to float a non-binding bid to buy the Dodgers, the players include Magic Johnson, Peter O'Malley, Rick Caruso and Joe Torre, Mark Cuban, Steven Cohen, Stanley Gold and the family of the late Roy Disney plus others.

Joe Paterno, former football coach was 85

The Penn State football legend who was fired last year over a child sex scandal involving an assistant died Sunday, his family announced. CBS Sports apologized for posting an erroneous news story about his death on Saturday.

Phil Jackson not looking to coach Knicks or anybody else

phil+jackson+nytcrop.jpg Phil Jackson, the ex-Lakers coach, sat down for lunch by the beach on Thursday and talked with Mark Heisler, the ex-LA Times basketball columnist now writing hoops for the New York Times.

Sarah Burke, Winter X Games champion was 29

angela-ruggiero-uni.jpg The 29-year-old freeskier from Canada who suffered a head injury and brain damage during a Jan. 10 training run on the superpipe at Park Mountain Resort in Utah, died this morning. Her organs and tissues were donated in accordance with her wishes.

Manny wants to play, cries about his family

manny-espn.jpg Manny Ramirez sat down for an attempt at image rehab with ESPN and vowed that if someone will just let him play baseball this season, he'll be a good role model.

Some guy in the Valley wants to buy the Dodgers *

dodgers-buyer-stree-sh.jpg Sports talk has been putting Josh Macciello on the air to plead his case, so Ramona Shelburne of ESPN LA went over to talk to him at his rented house in Studio City.

Dodgers and Fox make up, clearing way for sale

The Dodgers won't try to sell the team's television rights now, and Fox agrees not to object to the settlement between baseball and Frank McCourt.

Vin Scully gets a bobblehead night

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The reigning Mister Los Angeles will be the subject of the last bobblehead giveaway of the coming season at Dodger Stadium.

LA Observed on KCRW: The mystery billionaire of downtown

In my weekly commentary segment tonight with Lisa Napoli, we talk about media-shy Colorado mogul Phil Anschutz and his local right-hand, Tim Leiweke.

The New Yorker on Anschutz: 'The Man who Owns L.A.'

leiweke+spread+tny.jpg Connie Bruck's profile of Philip Anschutz, Tim Leiweke and their empire in downtown Los Angeles — Staples Center, L.A. Live, the Los Angeles Kings, the proposed Farmers Field football stadium and more — is behind the magazine's pay wall. Here's a brief pre-look.

Beckham not going to Paris, wants to stay in LA

David Beckham won't be joining the Paris Saint-Germain soccer club after all, and that team says he will be staying in Los Angeles with the Galaxy.

Villaraigosa pops up at Broncos-Patriots game

mav-in-denver.jpg Getty Images photographed Villaraigosa on the Denver sideline with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Volleyball women win UCLA's 108th national title

ucla-wvb-fingers.jpg Tonight at the Alamodome in San Antonio, UCLA's women's volleyball team beat Illinois to win the NCAA national championship.

Bryan Stow speaks on camera for first time

bryan-stow-tv-grab.jpg NBC bills it as an interview with the Santa Cruz paramedic who was beaten at Dodger Stadium on opening day of the past season, possibly because he was a Giants fan.

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant to divorce

It's her move, says TMZ, which reported that Vanessa Bryant cited "irreconcilable differences" in Friday's Orange County filing and that a source says "the last straw" was infidelity.

Bonds gets 30 days at home in Beverly Hills, plus probation

Baseball's all-time home run leader can appeal before serving his sentence.

In the end, Clippers land Chris Paul

chris-paul-clippers-grab.jpg The point guard the Lakers coveted is coming to L.A. anyway, he just won't have the nice dressing room.

Baseball's new media dress code (mostly for women and bloggers)

heidi-androl-handzus-eyes.jpg Major League Baseball and its partner association of sportswriters have become the first major sport to issue dress guidelines for the media working games. It applies to camera people and...

Kings fire their coach

terry-murray-kings.jpg And just because it's been one of those sports weeks, the Los Angeles Kings have removed coach Terry Murray — "relieved him of his duties," in press release speak.

As the L.A. sports world turns

And we thought the Frank and Jamie McCourt melodrama was intense.

Kobe, other Lakers really won't like this *

world-peace-jersey-duran.jpg Sunday was media day at the Lakers training camp in El Segundo. Then the Clippers traded (apparently) for Chris Paul.

Lakers trade Odom to Mavericks, Times says

The Lakers get a first-round pick in 2012 from Dallas for Lamar Odom, who came back to the team after his trade to New Orleans (with Pau Gasol for Chris Paul) was voided by the league.

ESPN Films does Todd Marinovich story

The producers of the documentary on the troubled life of USC football phenom Todd Marinovich premiering tonight on ESPN write that "for six months we tried to track him down and were greeted with radio silence."
pujols-signs-with-angels.jpg Fans are invited to today's 11:30 a.m. press conference at the stadium in Anaheim where the Angels will show off the newest SoCal megastar.

Loney says he wasn't loaded or arrested

Dodgers first baseman James Loney says he remembers colliding with the first car on the 101 freeway on Nov. 14, and hitting his head, then nothing more until he woke up in the hospital and was sent home.

Odom says he'll be NBA fan 'from a distance' for awhile *

Lamar Odom was a no-show at Lakers camp today and from the sounds of it, he doesn't intend to make an appearance any time soon.

So, just to review on James Loney

Even the janitors at the New York Post and NY Daily News are probably having a good laugh about La-La-Land and the "citizen journalism" power of Twitter and cellphone cameras.

NBA kills trade for Chris Paul, and Odom asks 'now what?'

Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol now have to report to Lakers camp on Friday.

Whoa, Lakers deal for Chris Paul on hold - maybe dead

gasol-archbishop-cardinal.jpg A wild twist to an already topsy-turvy day, says the L.A. Times reporter.

Meanwhile, Dodgers' first baseman arrested after crash

James Loney allegedly hit several cars, exhibited strange behavior and was taken to the hospital and put in leg and arm restraints after last month's crash, TMZ reports.

Angels sign Albert Pujols for ten years

pujols-signs-with-angels.jpg Baseball's biggest free agent, possibly ever, is coming to play in Los Angeles of Anaheim.

Neuheisel out at UCLA

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero relieved football coach Rick Neuheisel of his duties this morning.

USC 50, UCLA zippo

neuheisel-lao-file.jpg The Los Angeles Newspaper Group papers are reporting, based on "multiple sources close to the program," that UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel will be let go after the Pac-12 Conference championship game on Friday.
lakersbookcover.jpg The agreement still has to be approved by the league's owners and by the players association, but negotiators for both shook hands on a tentative deal.

Bryan Stow has Thanksgiving with family

bryan-stow-tksgiving.jpg Bryan Stow's familyposted a photo showing the Dodger Stadium beating victim surrounded by smiling relatives and friends on Thanksgiving.

Galaxy win the MLS Cup

mlscup_champs.jpg Landon Donovan scored in the 72nd minute at Home Depot Center and that was all the Galaxy needed to top Houston and win the championship of Major League Soccer.

Friday desk clearing

Lowering expectations on Natalie Wood case, tearing down the 6th Street bridge, media notes and a local sports death.

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw wins top pitching award

kershaw-mlbcom.jpg Kershaw, at 23, is the youngest Dodger since Fernando Valenzuela (20, in 1981) to win the National League's Cy Young Award.

7 of 10 most congested freeway segments are here

405-looking-north.jpg The worst of the bunch, in the latest Texas Transportation Institute study, is supposedly the stretch of the 110 Freeway from Interstate 10 to the Dodger Stadium exit at Stadium Way.

Farmers Field: New artist renderings

farmers-field-field-open-roof.jpg AEG and Gensler released fresh looks at the proposed Downtown football stadium.

McCourt apologizes to fans, talks about future

Could it be the Dodgers owner is a stand-up guy after all?

What the heck is going on at ESPN?

erin-andrews.jpg On Nov. 5, ESPN Senior VP Joan Lynch woke up in her home to find a front tire of her vehicle slashed. This is notable for two reasons.

Weekend desk clearing

pomonacollegebowl.jpg Romenesko, the Geffen Playhouse, Evelyn Martinez, Haskell Wexler, Winston Doby and more.

Jordan Farmar on playing hoops in Israel

Jordan Farmar, the former Laker and UCLA Bruin, is one of a only a few NBA players who are Jewish.

Sandy Koufax is still number one to Angelenos

greenberg-koufax.JPG Readers of the LAT's Fabulous Forum sports blog voted Sandy Koufax the greatest figure in Los Angeles sports history.

Magic Johnson and HIV, 20 years later

Monday is the 20th anniversary of the shocking afternoon press conference, on live national TV from the Forum in Inglewood, when Magic Johnson announced that he had been infected with the AIDS virus and would be retiring from the Lakers, effective immediately.

Galaxy advance to MLS final

donovan_dunivant_RSL.jpg Mike Magee scored the go-ahead goal (on a pass from David Beckham) in the 58th minute, helping the Los Angeles Galaxy drop Real Salt Lake 3-1 on Sunday at Home Depot Center.

Garfield 29, Roosevelt 15

Another East Los Angeles Classic is in the books.

And up in Mammoth...

MammothNov. 4 .jpg The folks at Mammoth Mountain must want people to come ski and board, since they send out pics like this.

An artist's take on McCourt news

dodgers-rapeport.jpg From Stuart Rapeport in Highland Park.

Simers: O'Malley would be the wrong choice of Dodgers owner

Former owner Peter O'Malley might be a sentimental fan's favorite to re-take the Dodgers, but T.J. Simers makes a point somebody had to raise.

Reaction to McCourt's surrender pouring in

mannyfrank.jpg As you could guess, people are generally thrilled that Frank McCourt has agreed to put the Dodgers up for sale. The excitement is tempered by the realization that last time...

Our long civic nightmare may be over *

LAT-mccourt-banner.jpg Frank McCourt has agreed to baseball's pressure to put the Dodgers up for auction, Bill Shaikin reports tonight for the Los Angeles Times website

McCourt 'appears close' to agreeing to sell the Dodgers

dodgers-gate.jpg The LAT's Bill Shaikin reports tonight that a resolution to the Dodgers drama could be near. Owner Frank McCourt, the paper says, "appears close to agreement with Major League Baseball...

Roger Angell blogs on last night's World Series game

roger-angell-ws-scorecard.jpg "Yes, a great game and never mind the early stuff," says the New Yorker writer.

Doug Krikorian set adrift by Press-Telegram

doug-krikorian.jpg The longtime L.A. sports figure has been laid off.

Quite a tumultuous UCLA game in Arizona

First a fake referee stops play and takes off his clothes, then UCLA and Arizona players brawl on the field.

At least Staples Center being used for something

staples-ice-level.jpg Staples announcer David Courtney tweets his excitement for tonight's Kings opener.

Driver talked about Vegas race before his death

Tom Hoffarth of the Daily News wrote, after talking to Dan Wheldon, "So how much is it really worth for last May's Indianapolis 500 winner to risk his neck maneuvering from the last spot of a 34-car field to win this 200-lap, season-ending race?"

McCourts reach settlement that takes Jamie out of Dodgers *

Frank and Jamie McCourt have reportedly reached a divorce settlement under which she would get about $130 million and relinquish any claim to the Dodgers.

Galaxy finishes season unbeaten at home

barrett_goal_chivas.jpg A goal in the 53rd minute by Chad Barrett gave the Galaxy a 1-0 victory tonight over Chivas U.S.A. on the soccer field the teams share in Carson.

Writer stumbles home with the Kings

The Los Angeles Kings began the NHL season with two games in Europe, which meant a first time overseas for Rich Hammond, the traveling beat writer who the Kings employ.

Free tix: Jerry West in conversation with Peter Guber

jerry-west-logo.gif Live Talks Los Angeles is offering LA Observed readers tickets to see NBA legend Jerry West talking about his life (and new autobiography) with producer and author Peter Guber.

Time to break up Caltech

caltech-water-polo.jpg This time the water polo team has broken a nine-year winless streak.

Blake Griffin gets naked for ESPN

gretchen-bleiler-espn-grab.jpg Clippers fans get a treat in the Body Issue of ESPN the Magazine: Blake Griffin nude, along with more than a dozen other sculpted athletes, including snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler at the Chateau Marmont.

Ever seen under a hockey arena?

The Los Angeles Kings opened their regular season a long ways from L.A., with games Friday in Stockholm (they beat the New York Rangers) and today in Berlin (they lost...

Al Davis, owner of Raiders was 82 *

al-Davis-halloffame.jpg The last owner of an NFL team in Los Angeles died this morning at home in Oakland.

The winter of Jerry West

jerry-west-logo.gif The former Lakers star and general manager admits in a profile at Grantland that he's still uncomfortable with his fame. Maybe more now, at age 73 and apparently taking stock of his life.

Candaele brothers discuss 'Moneyball'

Q: Did you really take batting practice naked when you were with the Astros?

Dodgers jump to Clear Channel, AM 570

The Dodgers finally announced their deal to move games to Fox Sports station 570 next season and to enter into an "integrated marketing and broadcasting agreement" with Clear Channel Communications.

Kings announce 8-year deal with Drew Doughty *

The Kings said they have a verbal agreement with the 21-year-old defenseman, reportedly eight years at $7 million per.

Somebody will write a book on baseball's greatest day ever

The headline is a line from Buster Olney, the former New York Times baseball writer who's now a go-to baseball guy at ESPN — and who in a fashion foresaw last night's historic turns in the sport.

Baseball closes with an incredible night

matt-kemp-crop.jpg Here are the highlights you need to know to appreciate how your friends, spouse, squeeze or co-workers are feeling after "the most shocking, unbelievable, thrilling night in baseball history."

Diana Nyad ends second swim after more stings

nyad-stops.jpg Nyad got out of the water at about 8 a.m. Pacific time, after swimming 67 nautical miles from her starting point in Cuba.

Nyad stung multiple times, still swimming

nyad-in-water.jpg Diana Nyad ran into some Portguese Man-of-War and endured several stings, but her team says she is still swimming toward Florida and gaining strength.

Bryan Stow able to carry on a conversation

Stow, the victim of the Opening Day assault at Dodger Stadium, progressed this week to speaking with relatives and asking to see his children.

Sunderlands in the media again

Zac Sunderland, the Southern California sailor who navigated solo around the world at age 17, and his father Laurence will be on the new season of the CBS reality show,...

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw wins his 20th game

Two things have gone right for the Dodgers in what has basically been a lost season: pitcher Clayton Kershaw and centerfielder Matt Kemp have turned the corner and become elite...

Did Heisler scoop the Times on Marinovich?

mikhail-marinovich-200.jpg A bit over a month since Mark Heisler was excused as the Los Angeles Times' NBA columnist, his byline showed up on a story in the New York Times on Mikhail Marinovich. A few days before the LAT ran a story.

Artest, Ron is now World Peace, Metta

artest-psa-shoot.jpg Mr. World Peace also intends to switch to number 70 on his Lakers jersey.

Lewis Brown, basketball star featured in NYT, dies on streets

Back in May, New York Times bureau chief Adam Nagourney wrote about Lewis Brown, a homeless former star for Verbum Dei and UNLV who roamed the streets of Hollywood.

'The Shame of College Sports'

Cover story in The Atlantic by Taylor Branch is the longest piece the magazine has run in four years.

Dodgers PR exec jumps to Arizona

Josh Rawitch, the Dodgers' vice president of communications, is moving up in the standings by taking the position of senior vice president for communications with the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks.

Manny Ramirez arrested, domestic abuse case

The former Dodger's wife called police Monday and said he slapped her face during an argument.

Belarus honors a hockey team

minsk-ceremony.jpg Tears, candles and a moving display as each player from the Minsk team knelt at a photo of a deceased counterpart, then skated a solitary puck the length of the ice.

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl website fades to black

lokomotiv-website.jpg HCLokomotiv.ru...

On the relationship between beat writer and athlete *

Nice blog post on Ruslan Salei, the former Ducks player who died today in the Russia plane crash, of the L.A. Times.

Former L.A. hockey players presumed dead in Russia crash *

Former Kings forward Pavol Demitra and former Ducks defenseman Ruslan Salei.were believed to be on the plane.

Lessons on science from Sandy Koufax

Wesleyan biology professor Frederick M. Cohan and his Little League pals sat in the stands at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 9, 1965 and watched Koufax pitch a perfect game.

Enviro attorney: build that stadium

On tonight's "Which Way, L.A.?" on KCRW, lawyer David Pettit of the Natural Resources Defense Council introduced his comments about AEG's bill in Sacramento by saying that he — and NRDC — want the downtown NFL stadium to be built.

Just another ballplayer, up close and personal

Sometimes Angels bench warmer Reggie Willits is now 30, has never stuck in the major leagues, and probably never will.

Viewing Bill Burke and the Dodgers through smoggy eyes

Chip Jacobs, the co-author of "Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles," observes on Burke being partners with the world's worst air polluter.

Farewell email from LAT 40-year man and soccer writer

Grahame L. Jones, the Los Angeles Times' longtime soccer writer, was among the last of the 40-year newsroom presences. He began on the news side as a reporter and editor...

AEG stadium a tough sell in Sacramento

There are the San Diego folks, who are protective of the Chargers, and then a broader problem: the rest of the state don't much like L.A.

Artest, other NBA players in pickup games at UCLA

The Lakers' Ron Artest and former Clippers star Elton Brand are among the NBA players taking part in informal workouts this summer.

Magic Johnson announces grandson on Twitter

He's actually Magic's second grandchild.

Javaris Crittenton arrested at John Wayne

Former Laker Javaris Crittenton was taken into custody tonight at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after checking in for a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta.

Andre Ethier sounds like the next Dodger to escape

MoonShotsCover.jpg The Dodgers have approximately two hitters on their roster who would be everyday players on a good team, and the one that isn't Matt Kemp appears to be burning his personal bridges.

Vin Scully announces he will return next season

The Los Angeles corner of Twitter (and my email box) just lit up with the news.

Let Artest (still) be Artest

The court said Ron Artest of the Lakers can't change his name to Metta World Peace until he pays off his traffic warrants first.

Sports Illustrated: The day that damned the Dodgers

SI's Lee Jenkins has landed a major piece reconstructing the day when Bryan Stow was attacked at Dodger Stadium, and analyzing how it became such a big story both for Dodger fans and the culture.

LA Sketchbook: L.A. Football

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Heisler on Tribune, Zell and the L.A. Times

Former NBA columnist's comments on earlier sports deadlines are interesting,

Dodgers play to half-full stadium — literally

In testimony this morning in federal court, the head of a company that handles merchandise for the Dodgers says this season's actual turnstile count at Dodger Stadium (not the bogus number the team announces) will be between 2.2 and 2.3 million.

With Nyad at sea: 'Her constant moans were discomforting'

nyad-goggles.jpg Diana Nyad was almost 24 hours into her Cuba to Florida swim and losing the battle with the Gulf Stream. An inside look.

Diana Nyad ends Cuba to Florida swim

nyad-cnn.jpg Nyad was vomiting when she was pulled onto her support boat at 12:45 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday.

LA Observed on KCRW: On downtown stadiums

safeco-field.jpg On my trip to Seattle, my hotel room window looked out at the baseball stadium. We got to our seats in five minutes.

Diana Nyad is in the water, swimming toward Florida

nyad-cnn.jpg Nyad, the KCRW columnist and extreme swimmer, played "Reveille" on a bugle then at 4:45 p.m. L.A. time plunged into a Havana marina to begin swimming from Cuba to Florida.

Ex-King Sean Avery arrested by LAPD

Avery, who plays the role of agitator in hockey and has been run off a couple of teams by his own teammates, was arrested this morning on suspicion of battery against a police officer. He has since been released.

Mark Heisler's last day at the L.A. Times

heisler-last-day.jpg The paper's award-winning pro basketball writer sent along this write-up of his experience going into the Times to check out after 32 years in Sports.

NFL star Bubba Smith found dead in L.A. home

No official word on cause of death, but police believe it was natural causes.
Actually, he was well down the list, which was topped by businessman Malcolm Glazer.

Key witness in Bryan Stow beating case suddenly dies

Matthew Lee, who was with Stow for the Dodgers home opener and had been considered an important witness, died Sunday after an allergic reaction to nuts.

NFL in L.A.? Deja vu all over again.

When dealing with pro football, don't ever assume anything.

Dodgers' slooooow fade

There's nothing like a late-season trading deadline to separate baseball's haves and have-nots.
He calls the arrest "regrettable," but also defends the decision to bring in Ramirez.

*Downtown stadium hearing under way

Don't expect too many surprises at City Hall.

Former Yankee pitcher found dead in Rancho Palos Verdes

Authorities are investigating Hideki Irabu's death as an apparent suicide and hanging.
You have to wonder whether it's worth all the time, effort and political maneuvering.

Case of the anti-stadium lobbyist from Texas

Does Billy Bob Barnett want to protect the citizens of Los Angeles, or is this political payback? You decide.
There never was any physical evidence linking Giovanni Ramirez to Dodger Stadium or the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, just weak eyewitness IDs, says an L.A. Times story. Then...

Two Inland Empire men charged in Stow beating

Prosecutors today charged two Rialto fathers, Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, with felony mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury in connection with the opening day attack on Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium.

Angeleno weekend in Cooperstown

Rich and Bert.jpg Bert Blyleven, Pat Gillick and blogger Rich Lederer will stand up at the baseball Hall of Fame in upstate New York.

Plaschke: Bynum suffers from 'a disability of maturity'

This week's photos of Lakers center Andrew Bynum parking in a disabled spot weren't the first time he's been caught.

New Dodger Stadium suspects arrested, parolee exonerated

The L.A. Times story saying Giovanni Ramirez is off the hook in the Bryan Stow beating is attributed to an unnamed law enforcement source

Garcetti poses some 'principles' on AEG's stadium

Whether Garcetti can deliver on any of the conditions is an open question, but here is his letter addressed to CAO Miguel Santana and the council's legislative analyst, Gerry Miller.

Andrew Bynum caught parking in disabled spot *

Bynum+parking_Logo1a.jpg Lakers center Andrew Bynum was videotaped parking his BMW across two marked disabled spots at the Bristol Farms store in Westchester.

Armstrong's new lawyers go after the feds

Lance Armstrong's new legal team, led by John W. Keker of San Francisco, has filed a brief alleging the government has been leaking damaging information to "60 Minutes" and others about the former bicycling champion.

A Dodgers LA-ment

la-ment.jpg Eddie North-Hager spotted this sign under a display of Dodgers bobbleheads at King of New York Pizza in Koreatown.

Kareem: We Dodger fans 'deserve better'

kareem-dodgers-espn.jpg Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar cried when Walter O'Malley's Dodgers left Brooklyn, and he's not much happier about Frank McCourt's team now.

Dodgers season hits a new low

With tonight's defeat, the Dodgers now have reached 50 losses at the earliest date in any of the team's seasons since 1979.

LA Observed on KCRW: A city's Dodger blues

matt-kemp-ondeck-cropped-la.jpg The Dodgers are in last place on July 4, and the media pile on.

Rarity tonight: L.A. vs. L.A. on the field

The Dodgers and Angels have played each other many times in inter-league play. But tonight's game in Anaheim is the first time they will face each other in a game that counts while both teams wear L.A. on their caps.

Boston pities us for what McCourt has done to Dodgers

Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan says the happiest thing for a Boston sports fan these days is that Frank McCourt is L.A.'s problem now.

Another ex-supporter who wants McCourt gone

Bob Daly, the Dodgers' managing partner when Frank McCourt got to town, rues the day.

Hey, Dodgers could get used to this Chapter 11 stuff

In their first game as a legally bankrupt club, the Dodgers on the field went out and just had some fun tonight against the Minnesota Twins

Dodgers: The view from Canada

Jeff Blair, a columnist in Toronto, briefs readers of the Globe and Mail on WTF's going on down in Los Angeles.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig released a statement in reaction to today's bankruptcy filing by the Dodgers.

Dodgers bankruptcy 'very sad,' says Roz Wyman *

Make that "very, very sad," says the woman who as a young city council member in the 1950s played a key role in closing the deal to bring the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

Manny is the top Dodgers creditor

mannyjg120.jpg The Dodgers' bankruptcy filing this morning lists Manny Ramirez as the club's leading creditor, owed $21 million.

Steve Soboroff resigns from Dodgers

Civic leader Steve Soboroff was brought in as vice chairman of the Dodgers two months ago and became, for a short time, Frank McCourt's most vociferous public defender.

Ron Artest files to change his name

In papers filed in L.A. Superior Court, the Laker requests to change his name to Metta World Peace.

Lonnie White: I took cash while playing at USC

lonnie-white-wearesc.jpg Former L.A. Times sportswriter Lonnie White has posted a remarkable first-person story for Fox Sports disclosing for the first time how he accepted a brown bag with $5,000 cash — and took a total of $14,000 — while he was a star wide receiver and kick returner for the Trojans in the 1980s.

Bryan Stow breathing, moving, upgraded to 'serious'

Guarded good news out of San Francisco on Bryan Stow, the victim of that brutal assault at Dodger Stadium on this season's opening day.

Why McCourt must go, from one baseball blogger

mccourts-chart.jpg Many kudos on baseball websites today for blogger Larry Behrendt's detailing of the case against Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.

McCourt's reaction to Dodgers-Fox ruling by Selig

As Mark noted earlier at LA Biz Observed, baseball commissioner Bud Selig has rejected Frank McCourt's longterm deal with Fox Sports for the future broadcast rights to Dodgers games. Here's a statement from lawyer Steve Susman on behalf of McCourt

The story behind Vancouver riot photo of kissing couple

vancouver-riot-kissers.jpg Scott Jones, an Australian, and Alex Thomas, a Canadian, had been at the Stanley Cup finals seventh game and were caught in the post-loss rioting in downtown Vancouver.

McCourts have a deal, says LAT *

Frank and Jamie McCourt have reached a divorce settlement, according to three people familiar with the case, says the LAT's Bill Shaikin. They are in court this morning to inform...

Judge extends McCourt talks, deal might be close

Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon on Thursday rescinded his finding that Frank and Jamie McCourt were at an impasse in their settlement talks, and he set a hearing for later today to determine if a deal had been reached.

FBI looking into incident between Lance Armstrong and accuser

lance-armstrong.jpg Tyler Hamilton, the former bike racer who said on "60 Minutes" that he took banned substances with then-teammate Lance Armstrong and knew of a positive drug test that was covered up, had words with Armstrong at a bar in Aspen on Saturday night.

Noted: NBC pledges to air Olympics live (somewhere)

As part of the deal NBC agreed to with the International Olympic Committee last week, NBC says it will start with the 2014 Olympics to make every event available live on one platform or another.

Kemp must not miss Rihanna that much

matt-kemp-ondeck-cropped-la.jpg A season after seeming to lose his focus, the Dodgers' Matt Kemp leads the National League in home runs.

LAT sources: bloody jersey not linked to Bryan Stow

The L.A. Times has been reporting all weekend that anonymous "law enforcement sources" are contradicting NBC 4's report that blood stains on a Dodgers jersey match Bryan Stow's blood.

Blood-stained Dodgers jersey linked to Bryan Stow **

NBC 4 reports tonight that police have a jersey with blood stains that was dropped off at a cleaners.

Visiting blogger: Why the U.S. sees the Olympics last

Ron Rapoport, the author and former sportswriter and columnist, stops in as an LA Observed visiting blogger on the occasion of Dick Ebersol leaving NBC and the network getting the rights to keep airing (on delay) the Olympic Games.

Coliseum's event manager sure had a lot of side deals

Todd DeStefano, who resigned in January as the Coliseum Commission's long-time events manager, "collected tens of thousands of dollars in private payments from liquor and soft drink companies, television and...

Gidget goes paddleboarding

1938-paddleboard.jpg Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman, Gidget herself, will be a guest of honor at Saturday's Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival.

LA Sketchbook: Dodger Stadium attendance

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Friday desk clearing

Mayor names new DOT head, stadium suspect stays in custody, Greuel on TV, James Arness dies and more.

Times eliminates outdoors blog

Outposts will drop from the L.A. Times blogroll due to "committee" decision, blogger Kelly Burgess says in her final post.

Lance Armstrong attacks '60 Minutes,' but CBS hangs tough

lance-armstrong.jpg Armstrong's lawyers reportedly demanded that "60 Minutes" make an on-air apology for last month's report, and called the story "extraordinarily shoddy to the point of being reckless and unprofessional, or a vicious hit-and-run job."

Shaq retires from the NBA

shaq-on-tout.jpg Shaquille O'Neal announced his retirement from basketball today, via the social media tool Tout: "We did it. Nineteen years baby."

NYT Magazine on Bill Simmons

Los Angeles-based Bill Simmons is "the most prominent sportswriter in America," this Sunday's New York Times Magazine says in a profile pegged to Simmons getting a ton of ESPN cash to headline his own website.

Book note: Driving Mr. Yogi

Harvey Araton's February column in the New York Times about the spring training friendship between Yogi Berra and former Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry is heading to bookshelves.

Mike Brown: Lakers are still Kobe's team

Bryant is "one of the best ever" and his role will not change under the Lakers new offense, coach Mike Brown said at his introductory presser today in El Segundo.

Jim Buss: we wanted Phil Jackson to stay

Jim Buss, the son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, sat down with the Times' T.J. Simers to do damage control about the hiring of Mike Brown as coach.

Dodger bats fiddle as stadium burns

dodger-stadium-fire-donna.jpg When a fire broke out tonight at Dodger Stadium, fans joked about Frank McCourt burning the place down for the insurance.

Weekend obits

Gil Scott-Heron, Jeff Conaway, Margo Dydek, Irene Gilbert, Don Kubly, Dana Brand, Tom West.

Q: How badly is the Lakers' choice of Mike Brown going over?

Pretty badly. Mark Heisler, the L.A. Times' longtime NBA writer, isn't impressed by the growing role of Jerry Buss' son, Jim, or his pick of Brown to coach Kobe Bryant.

McCourt says he will make Dodgers payroll

McCourt needs to pay out about $9.8 million to avoid baseball stepping in. The bill goes up next month when Manny Ramirez has to be paid.

Case against Stow suspect needs more time

Authorities are using a parole hold to keep Giovanni Ramirez in custody, without criminal charges, while the police investigation continues.

Bryan Stow family to sue the Dodgers

bryan-stow-kids.jpg The beating victim's family will sue today in L.A. Superior Court, the Daily Journal says in a story.

Correction o' the day

The Robert Redford myth that refuses to die, this time in the Los Angeles Times.

Armstrong grand jury 'may change history of sports'

Actually, tonight's "60 Minutes" says it's the testimony of Lance Armstrong's former teammate and confidante, Tyler Hamilton, that threatens to rewrite the story of bike racing and its biggest American legend.
OK, the statement shapers got their work done in time for the LAPD to announce this afternoon they have formally arrested a 31-year-old man in the Bryan Stow beating.

Police detain suspect in Bryan Stow assault*

stow-suspects-lapd.jpg A suspect was extracted from an East Hollywood apartment building in a SWAT operation this morning, the LAPD says.

Kareem calls himself an ex-Laker

kareem-sportingnews.jpg Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he's moved on from the Lakers. At least one letter writer has moved on from him.

Ex-basketball phenom roams Hollywood streets

Lewis Brown played high school ball for Verbum Dei and starred for the UNLV team in Las Vegas. The 6-11 former center has been living on the streets of Los Angeles for ten years.

Jamie McCourt expected to ask for immediate sale of Dodgers

She will apparently send her lawyers to court tomorrow to argue that ex-husband Frank McCourt has endangered the value of the Dodgers, and set her up for a big loss should Commissioner Bud Selig seize the club.

Taking the train to Dodger Stadium is possible

Inland empire columnist David Allen got to Monday night's Dodgers game in the second inning and left in the eighth, but he can say he successfully took MetroLink and the Union Station shuttle.

Play based on Marichal & Roseboro opens here tonight

marichalroseboro.jpg We first told you about Roger Guenveur Smith's one-man show, which traces its roots to the summer day in 1965 when San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal conked Dodgers catcher John Roseboro's head with a bat, back in 2009.
The Northern California paramedic severely injured in a beating at Dodger Stadium in March was flown from Burbnank today.

Kendrys Morales to miss second Angels season

kendry-moralies-goes-down.jpg The Angels' home plate celebration last May 29 of Kendrys Morales' game-winning grand-slam home run must be the most costly walk-off party in the history of pro sports.

Highlights from Phil Jackson's exit press conference

phil-jackson-exit-interview.jpg He goes out as one of the most interesting — and most successful — sports figures we've ever had in L.A.

Bynum suspended for five games next season

Andrew Bynum's dumb elbow to the upper body of Dallas guard J.J. Barea in the Lakers' final playoff game will cost him $702,272, including the five-game suspension and a $25,000 for taking off his jersey as he left the court.

Can the Lakers rise to the challenge? No.

Final score 122-86. The Lakers are swept out of the NBA playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks, and manage to look unclassy doing it.

Ethier streak ends at 30

Andre Ethier went 0 for 4 Saturday night against Mets pitchers, ending his quest for the longest hitting streak in Dodgers history. They lost 4-2 to the Mets....

Double uh-oh: Lakers down 0-3

No NBA team has come back from a three-game deficit in the playoffs, according to the TV broadcast.

Ethier extends hitting streak to 30

ethier-streak-swing.jpg That gives him the second-longest hitting streak in Dodgers history, L.A. or Brooklyn. Former centerfielder Willie Davis holds the top spot at 31 games.

McCourt corrects Soboroff's comments on KPCC

Dodgers owner apologizes for untrue comments about Tom Scheiifer, MLB's monitor at Dodger Stadium.

Bryan Stow needs new brain surgery

The Giants fan who was beaten into a coma in the Dodger Stadium parking lot has been experiencing major seizures.

Soboroff gets feisty with Larry Mantle

It's not very often that you hear a guest on KPCC's "Airtalk" get almost snarky with host Larry Mantle, but these are desperate times at Dodger Stadium.

Uh-oh: Lakers go down 0-2 in NBA playoffs

Final score tonight: Dallas 93, Lakers 81.

McCourt's rehab tour, Ethier's streak continue

ethier-streak-swing.jpg Frank McCourt took questions on ESPN 710 AM on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning he'll be on KTLA.

LAT Magazine 'discovers' James Goldstein

james-goldstein-crop.jpg It's hard to imagine anyone close to the nexus of L.A. fashion and celebrity not being familiar with James Goldstein, the older (shall we say) man who dresses in python skin suits and hats and who has been a fixture for years at Lakers games and around the edges of the L.A. fashion scene.

Lakers advance, to face Dallas

The Lakers eliminated the New Orleans Hornets 98-80 and will open the second round against Dallas at home on Monday.

McCourt defiant, says he's not going anywhere

After his Dodgers picked up a nice win in Florida, Frank McCourt met with baseball officials in New York and came out swinging in remarks to reporters.

Kings go golfing

The Kings were eliminated from the NHL playoffs by the San Jose Sharks on Monday night, so the hockey season in SoCal is officially over.

LA Observed on KCRW: Dodgers mess bruises LA's psyche

Frank McCourt's path back to civic grace is tough to see because in screwing up the Dodgers he didn't just disappoint, he offended.

Kings live to skate another day

Actually, that day will be Monday for game 6 of the Stanley Cup playoffs round.

Today in the Dodgers debacle

I was quoted on camera in the "NBC Nightly News" story about the Dodgers mess Saturday, plus other news of the day.

As the McCourts Turn: what happened Thursday

Analysis and reaction as Frank McCourt gears up to fight baseball's decision to take control of the Dodgers.

LA Sketchbook: McCourt hook

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McCourt responds, mildly defiant

The Dodgers just released a statement from Frank McCourt. Short and sweet.

Dodgers takeover: bullet points

Man, so many wrinkles and angles and reactions to the stunning news that baseball has taken over control of the Dodgers from Frank McCourt.

Baseball takes over Dodgers from McCourt

"Pursuant to my authority as Commissioner, I informed Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt today that I will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the Club."

'One of the worst playoff losses in history'

That's how Fox Sports announcer Patrick O'Neal summed up tonight's L.A. Kings game.

Dodgers rookie gets a hit his first try

jerry-sands-first-game.jpg Jerry Sands, the outfield prospect the Dodgers called up hoping he can add a little spark to the lineup, stroked a double to right field in his first time up in the major leagues.

Bryan Stow put back in coma after seizures

bryan-stow-kids.jpg The San Francisco Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium was placed back in a medically induced coma after suffering seizures Saturday.

Lakers lose ugly to start the playoffs

The New Orleans Hornets came into L.A. and humbled the defending champions.

Kings come up real big, tie playoff series

kings-sharks-41611-2.jpg Underdogs for a reason and already down one game to none, the Kings played perhaps their best game of the season and tied their Stanley Cup playoffs series against San Jose.

McCourt takes loan to cover Dodgers payroll (this month)

frank-mccourt-happy.jpg Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times says Frank McCourt borrowed $30 million from Fox to cover the Dodgers' first payday on Friday.
City News Service now says there were 46 tickets written by the LAPD and no arrests at last night's game.

Dodgers won't include beer on half-price days

As part of the response to the Bryan Stow beating, the Dodgers had been thinking about whether to exclude alcohol from the half-price promotions offered at six day games this season.

Parsing the new lawsuit against Frank McCourt

The suit against the Dodgers' top McCourt-in-residence, by the Boston-based law firm that made the big gaffe enshrined in McCourt v. McCourt, "is the strangest damned thing to read," writes Gene Maddaus of the LA Weekly.

Tonight in San Francisco

dodgers-giants-41111.jpg Before the game in San Francisco, the Giants and Dodgers gathered on the field to stand for a moment of silence in honor of injured fan Bryan Stow. Then the players spoke to the fans.

New twist for NFL stadium: the county may get a say

stadium-first-look-gensler.jpg The county Board of Supervisors might just have some surprise jurisdiction over AEG's plan for a football stadium next to Staples Center, a Times reporter found.

Meanwhile, Dodgers push half-price beer

Stay away from Chavez Ravine on these half-price beer days, says Oscar Garza.

Manny Ramirez abruptly retires from baseball

It appears that Manny Ramirez got caught on a drug test again this spring. Facing a 100-game suspension, he retired from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Dodger Stadium atmosphere a big media event *

mav-dodgers-4811.jpg It's confirmation, if you needed any, that the beating of a Giants fan and the spreading perception of a violent tone at the stadium is a big issue that City Hall and the Dodgers hope to contain.

Dodgers hire Bratton as security consultant *

bratton-cropped.jpg It's hard to know whether ex-LAPD chief William Bratton and Kroll, where he is chairman, will be actual security advisers or they are there as Frank McCourt's latest in a series of image consultants.
opening-day-2011-ted-soqui.jpg Los Angeles and San Francisco leaders issue a joint statement, but will it be enough to assure fans who are leery of Dodger Stadium violence?

Lakers cover all the bases

gasol-archbishop-cardinal.jpg Archbishop Jose Gomez and Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru visited Lakers practice this week for chats and pictures with Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson.

Mattingly undefeated as Dodgers manager *

mattingly-opening-day-2011-grab.jpg Today at Dodger Stadium, all was sunshine and warm breezes. Plus a media note.

Giants pitcher Barry Zito in WeHo car accident

Zito, who has a home in the Hollywood Hills, was taken to Cedars-Sinai after a two-car crash tonight near Sunset Blvd. and Sunset Plaza Drive. He was released from the hospital.

Anschutz assurances on stadium less than on Staples Center

stadium-first-look-gensler.jpg Bloomberg moved a story tonight saying that AEG's financial guarantee to the city on the NFL stadium the company wants to build near L.A. Live "falls short" of the assurances offered on Staples Center 13 years ago.

AEG makes it official: Gensler to design stadium

stadium-first-look-gensler.jpg If AEG gets the go-ahead to build its NFL stadium and events center on the footprint of the existing Los Angeles Convention Center, L.A.-based Gensler will be the designer.

The Valley as cricket mecca

cricket-espn.jpg ESPN Los Angeles discovers the Woodley Park cricket field in the Sepulveda Dam Basin, "a Shangri-La to cricketers around the world."

L.A. Marathon goes off in the rain

la-marathopn-2011-flickr.jpg Markos Geneti of Ethiopia, running his first marathon, set a course record 2 hours, 6 minutes and 35 seconds. It's the fastest marathon ever run in California and the second fastest in the world this year.

Politics of football on 'SoCal Connected'

Times columnist Steve Lopez plays TV reporter on tonight's "SoCal Connected" on KCET for a story billed as a look at the politics of bringing the NFL back to a new L.A. stadium.

Kim Ng leaves Dodgers front office

kim-ng-espn.jpg The Dodgers' assistant general manager has been talked up through the years as a viable candidate to be the first woman to run a major league team's baseball side. She'll go work for Joe Torre at Major League Baseball.

Duke Snider was a mensch

Ralph Branca met Duke Snider in the spring of 1947, when they were both trying to make the Brooklyn Dodgers club. It was the year that Jackie Robinson was being...

Dodger Stadium shuttle bus back for another season

Shuttles between Union Station and Dodger Stadium will begin with the March 28 exhibition game. Buses will run 90 minutes before games and 45 minutes after the final out. Dodger...

Impersonating Pau Gasol at $600 an hour

gasol-impersonator.jpg Michael Fanter is tall and hairy and looks enough like Pau Gasol, especially when he wears a Lakers jersey, that he's been turning heads.

Serena Williams recovering from pulmonary embolism

The tennis star had treatment last week at Cedars-Sinai, and on Monday was treated on an emergency basis for a related hematoma.

Dodgers get a whole new infield

dodgers-new-turf.jpg Yesterday was turf-laying day at Dodger Stadium.

Jane Russell, movie sex symbol was 89

jane-russell-hurrell-1941.jpg Jane Russell is probably best known as the busty actress whose cleavage Howard Hughes exploited so flagrantly in "The Outlaw." Her life story, though, runs through several other prominent Los Angeles threads.

Duke Snider, Boy of Summer was 84

duke-snider-lad.jpg The Dodgers' all-time leader in home runs and runs batted in and a Hall of Fame icon of the 1950s died this morning in Escondido. Snider grew up in the Los Angeles area and starred at Compton High School.

With Pauley closing for awhile, UCLA looks far afield

pan-pacific-hoops-lapl.jpg Venues being considered include Staples Center, Honda Center, the Sports Arena — plus Ontario, Bakersfield and San Diego.

Clippers trading Baron Davis to Cleveland

They will get back Mo Williams and Jamario Moon, sources tell ESPN and LAT's Lisa Dillman.

Caltech wins! No prank

caltech-celebration.jpg Caltech broke its 310-game losing streak with a one-point win tonight over rival Occidental in the final game of the season. It's the Beavers' first basketball win in the conference since, oh, 1985.

Afternoon news and notes

Coliseum manager out, Villaraigosa appoints to the DWP commission and more.

Picking apart the city's stadium panel

In a story exploring the bios of the group appointed by Mayor Villaraigosa to report to him on the wisdom of AEG's downtown stadium, the Associated Press's Jacob Adelman cuts to the chase right in the lede.

Leiweke: 'It’s easy to take shots'

AEG chief Tim Leiweke kept to the us versus them message in remarks today to reporters asking him about public doubts over his company's NFL stadium plans for Downtown.

LA Observed on KCRW: Downtown football stadium

'm getting used to the idea that there might be a football stadium dropped behind Staples Center, but if Phil Anschutz and friends want Angelenos to buy into the idea, they better come up with some better assurances — and drop the classless us versus them attacks.

Sacramento a key next step for AEG

stadium-slider-1.png Tim Leiweke met this week with Speaker John Perez, and with labor's backing for Farmers Field I have to bet Perez will give the Anschutz company whatever it wants.

Hiltzik on the stadium show: televised 'flapdoodle'

The biggest political threat to the AEG stadium deal might be skepticism among die-hard Angelenos (and sports fans) who have heard it all promised before.

Full-court press on AEG's stadium

Pardon my mixed sports metaphors. After this morning's pep rally for the Downtown NFL football stadium, Mayor Villaraigosa announced the members of a "blue ribbon commission" to evaluate the proposal...

AEG hits Roski where it hurts

Mark's right over at LA Biz Observed. AEG's stadium show this morning, officially to announce the naming of Farmers Field but more importantly staged to make the downtown NFL stadium...

AEG bids with the naming rights card

Phil Anschutz' football stadium at L.A. Live would be called Farmers Field under a $700 million naming-rights deal with Farmers Insurance to be announced tomorrow.

Now it gets interesting for the McCourts

mccourtslogo.jpg After a procedural gathering of the city's most fortunate lawyers — those with a piece of the McCourts divorce proceedings — a couple of things became clear.

Hoffarth riles up the motocross crowd

In writing about Dodger Stadium's turf being converted to a Supercross course last weekend (while the baseball groundskeeper sounded like he wanted to cry), Daily News sports columnist Tom Hoffarth threw around some cultural stereotypes. They noticed.

Wayne Gretzky at 50

wayne-gretzky-SI-1988.jpg Gretzky's milestone birthday will be noted with some wistfulness in Canada, where they have been following his feats since he was about four. He's also the top pro athlete in any sport to play for an L.A. team.

Blogger meets Blyleven

Rich and Bert.jpg Thirty minutes before Bert Blyleven's Hall of Fame election became public, he called L.A. blogger Rich Lederer with the news. The two later met in Florida.

Milton Bradley arrested in the Valley

Troubled ex-Dodger Milton Bradley looks to be in trouble again. He was booked into the Van Nuys jail today on suspicion of making criminal threats, reportedly involving a woman in...

Clippers beat Lakers this time

Clippers rookie phenom Blake Griffin schooled the Lakers Sunday night at Staples Center, a game won by the Clips 99-92.

McCourt case ruling now final

Jamie McCourt, who gets substantial ammunition to argue that she remains co-owner of the Dodgers, also shared the same room today as Roz Wyman, the former City Council member who played a key role in bringing the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles.

Stop the presses: Clippers beat the Heat

The Miami Heat came to town on a 13-game road win streak. They had LeBron James and friends, and they were playing the Clippers. Clips win 111-105.

Leiweke's stadium push picks up speed

stadium-first-look-gensler.jpg Bunch of developments in the campaign by AEG's Tim Leiweke to rush through approval of a football stadium next to Staples Center and, he hopes, secure an NFL team to play there before Ed Roski's proposed stadium in Industry gets one.

Dodgers will open at home March 31

The Giants will come to Dodger Stadium and open the 2011 season against the Dodgers on Thursday, March 31.

Blogger's reward: Blyleven elected to Hall of Fame *

rich-lederer-fox.png Ex-Angel pitcher Bert Blyleven was elected today to the baseball Hall of Fame, and he has Los Angeles blogger Rich Lederer to thank for it.

Another brutal night for Lakers

The Lakers continued their funk with a blowout loss to the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. As the game wound down, KCAL and ESPN radio sportscaster John Ireland tweeted: "Never heard the Lakers booed this loudly at home."

Diana Nyad pays tribute to 'mentor' Bud Greenspan

In her KCRW column airing tonight at 6:44, swimmer Diana Nyad calls the late documentarian Bud Greenspan "my long-time, dear friend...and he was far and away THE number one mentor in my career."

LA Sketchbook: Koufax turns 75

greenberg-koufax.JPG Steve Greenberg notes that today is the 75th birthday of Sandy Koufax.

Rihanna and Matt Kemp go their separate ways

matt-kemp-and-rihanna.jpg US Weekly reports "exclusively" that the Dodgers can have their centerfielder back this coming season.

Koufax perfect game in gingerbread

koufax-gingerbread.JPG The blogger at Bottom of the Fourth was invited to join his roommates' holiday tradition of commemorating some big Jewish event in gingerbread. He chose Sandy Koufax' 1965 perfect game against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium.

Behind the scenes of Artest's PSA for mental health

artest-psa-shoot.jpg The county's Department of Mental Health released a public service announcement yesterday that stars the Lakers' Ron Artest urging people to seek help.

Graig Woodburn, hockey writer was 50

The Kings' press box crowd is mourning the death of their friend Graig Woodburn, a Los Angeles attorney who by night covered the Kings and Ducks for the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Associated Press and The Sporting News.

Hawthorne on stadium proposals: feh

If the three competing designs for Phil Anschutz's downtown football stadium were an NFL division, LAT architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne says "they'd be the NFC West."

First looks at AEG stadium designs

stadium-first-look-gensler.jpg Right about now, at 5 p.m., AEG is formally unveiling prospective designs for the Downtown stadium it wants to build in place of the Convention Center's West Hall.

Russell Martin good enough for Yankees, but not Dodgers

Which team do you think expects to win more games next season?

In praise of Long Beach Poly football

Current TV has a new docu-series coming next year called "4th and Forever," on the football program at Long Beach Poly — the U.S. high school that has sent...

Questions for L.A. to ask about a downtown stadium

Two experienced downtown planners from Michigan and Florida argue on the Times op-ed page that fooitball stadiums tend to be a bad choice for downtowns.

Inside Ron Artest's head may be a scary place

artest-kimmel.jpg ESPN's Rick Reilly spent a day tooling around L.A. in Ron Artest's Cadillac Escalade, talking about the Lakers, therapy, and a bunch of other things.

AEG's stadium has three design finalists already

ports architects HKS and HNTB and L.A. Live designer Gensler are the three finalists to plan the stadium, says Sports Business Journal.

Steve Garvey interested in buying the Dodgers

The ex-first baseman with the checkered financial record said he has assembled a group of three to five investors from the business and entertainment communities, all "deeply rooted in Southern California."

Angels lose out on Carl Crawford

The Angels made outfielder Carl Crawford their top free-agent target this baseball winter, but he has signed tonight with the Boston Red Sox.

LA Sketchbook: McCourt cut

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Jamie McCourt wins, back in Dodger blue

ESPN reporter Molly Knight is the first to tweet from today's hearing that the judge has sided with Jamie McCourt and thrown out the disputed marital agreement with Frank McCourt.

LA Observed on KCRW: A downtown stadium

Going on the air in about 20 minutes to talk about AEG's proposal for a Downtown football stadium. The piece airs at 6:44 p.m. (my usual Monday spot) and is...

USC 28, UCLA 14

And with that, the Pac-10 is history.

Stadium talk featured on WWLA tonight

I guess our NFL stadium item this morning sparked some media followup.

NFL stadium plot thickens *

All of a sudden, the intrigue swirling around AEG's wishes to build a football and soccer stadium in place of part of the Los Angeles Convention Center has gotten more interesting.

Some notable L.A. deaths to acknowledge

Jose Rodriguez, Harold Katz and Danny McDevitt.

Film on Glenn Burke the gay Dodger debuts

glenn-burke-dodgers.jpg A documentary called "Out: The Glenn Burke Story" aired last night on Bay Area television.

DePodesta, the Dodgers' ex-GM, goes to Mets

The Harvard economics graduate who figured in the Michael Lewis book "Moneyball" will be a VP for the Mets.

Representing the United States

cammi-hhof-group.jpg This weekend in Toronto, U.S. Olympic champion Cammi Granato joined Canadian legend Angela James as the first women received in the Hockey Hall of Fame. They picked up their rings...

Garfield 13, Roosevelt 3

Another East Los Angeles Classic is in the books.

Kings best in NHL, but not on Channel 2

cammi-granato.jpg With the L.A. Kings' 1-0 win tonight, they remained the top team in the National Hockey League. Which makes the sports report by Jim Hill tonight on Channel 2 that much more ragged.

George 'Sparky' Anderson, Hall of Fame manager was 76 *

sparky-anderson.jpg Anderson was the first baseball manager to win World Series titles in both leagues, with the Reds and Tigers. He played ball at Dorsey High School.

Three words: Fear the beard

fear-the-beard.jpg Gov. Schwarzenegger's tweeter just posted a pic of the governor congratulating the world champion San Francisco Giants.

Cooley taking big donors to Lakers game

Steve Cooley is going ahead with plans to host 20 or so big contributors in a luxury suite for tonight's Lakers-Kings game in Sacramento.

Mays, McCovey, Bonds... Renteria

The San Francisco Giants won their first World Series tonight on a clutch three-run home run by a new Bay Area hitting star, Edgar Renteria.

Giants get a shutout from 21-year-old

With a 4-0 win pitched by rookie lefthander Madison Bumgarner, the Giants are one victory away from their first World Series championship since coming west with the Dodgers in 1958.

When Fernando owned L.A.

Here's the trailer for ESPN's Fernando Nation, the 30 for 30 documentary directed by Cruz Angeles that debuted tonight.

Can't do any worse than the McCourts

magicdodgers.jpg With the McCourts wearing out their civic welcome, Councilwoman Janice Hahn's public ownership idea being possibly the worst idea in the history of municipal ideas, and a certain ex-jock in the market to buy something, artist Stuart Rapeport has a suggestion for a new owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Magic Johnson sells his Starbucks too

A day after selling his 4.5% share of the Lakers to L.A. billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, Magic Johnson reportedly has divested his interest in 105 Starbucks franchises.

Angels franchise better than Dodgers, says LAT's Dwyre

This sentiment from L.A. Times columnist (and former Sports Editor) Bill Dwyre would have been unthinkable before the McCourt era at Dodger Stadium.

Wooden, Kemp and Jon Weisman

jon-weisman-young.jpg ESPN's Dodger Thoughts blogger, Jon Weisman, ties together his adoration of John Wooden, his mixed feelings on the play of Matt Kemp since becoming Rihanna's boyfriend and some self-reflection on his life into a readable closer on the Dodgers season.

Great day for a hockey game in L.A. *

kings-opener.jpg In the 90s inland, 80s at the coast — the kind of day when some fans attending tonight's Los Angeles Kings home opener will likely show up in shorts and flip-flops.

Dodgers president is out, McCourt back in charge

Dennis Mannion had been the guy the McCourts brought in to have an actual executive in charge of the team. He came in as chief operating officer in 2007 and...

How bad was the Dodgers season?

Juan Pierre, now on the White Sox, reached base far more than any Dodger hitter — and with a better on-base percentage than Matt Kemp, James Loney or Casey Blake.

Scully love (and L.A. love) at Sports Illustrated

Stylish blogger Joe Posnanski came to town and spent a little time with Vin Scully at the stadium, and more time listening on the radio as he rode around Los Angeles, and spins out a a nice piece exploring the origins and meaning of L.A. culture's most enduring relationship.

Soboroff endorses McCourt, chides naysayers

Steve Soboroff and Frank McCourt share a PR rep and a mutual admiration, apparently.

NFL in Spanish irks some L.A. viewers

futbol-americano.jpg NBC is airing tonight's football game between the Jets and the Dolphins with some production graphics in Spanish. Those graphics and some commercials in Spanish have apparently sparked a bunch of complaints to KNBC.

McCourts seem closer to settlement after lawyer testifies

Once Larry Silverstein gets done testifying, the two sides will go into mediation, reports say.

From law school to the McCourt trial

joshua-fisher-nyt.jpg Joshua Fisher, the 24-year-old University of Minnesota Law School student who started DodgerDivorce.com, is back in town covering McCourt v. McCourt, which resumed today with Jamie on the stand.

Going to be a long 'long time' for McCourt

If Frank McCourt does manage to own the Dodgers for a long time to come, as he vows, he's in for some rough pubic relations. He's already lost the Times, if Plaschke's column is any indication.

Yeah, Joe Torre's escaping the mess at Dodger Stadium *

Dodgers manager Joe Torre will announce this afternoon that he is stepping down at the end of the season, to be replaced by Don Mattingly.

Tide turns swiftly against the McCourts

frank-jamie-mccourt-star.jpg Nobody wants the McCourts to keep the Dodgers, it's beginning to sound like — including Bud Selig and Peter O'Malley.

ESPN's Jay Mariotti charged with 7 misdemeanors

The City Attorney's charges against Mariotti stem from a domestic violence incident last month with his girlfriend at their condo in Venice.

Weekend news and notes

Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," a forthcoming film set mostly at the Chateau Marmont, won the top Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival. LAPD chief Charlie Beck said the...

Brutal take on McCourts at ESPN *

Bryant_Howard_35.jpg If this is really how the McCourts and the Dodgers are viewed around the sport, the media in this town — and ESPN at all levels — has done one horrendous job of reporting up to now.

Dodgers use cease-and-desist on Los Doyers

los-doyers.jpg One of the websites that was selling Los Doyers t-shirts before the Dodgers trademarked the phrase has taken its merchandise off the market. Latin Lingo Clothing got a cease-and-desist letter...

'Los Doyers' trademarked by the Dodgers *

los-doyers.jpg In August the Dodgers filed paperwork to trademark the use of the phrase Los Doyers on clothing and souvenirs for sale and in media.

McCourt trial, and L.A., beckon to ESPN writer

Molly Knight says that Joan Didion speaks for her on why L.A. has it all over New York, fo rher.

Inside the talk of a Lance Armstrong investigation

lance-armstrong.jpg In today's Los Angeles Daily Journal, reporter Gabe Friedman says that "as federal prosecutors ramp up the high-profile criminal investigation into alleged doping by U.S. pro cyclists, including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, two questions have stumped observers: Why here? Why now?"

Frank McCourt admits 'family' image was BS

Might be fun for somebody to go back and look at which print columnists and which Dodgers-hypers in broadcast media bought into the myth that the McCourts were a return to O'Malley-style family ownership.

Manny reverts to Spanish for White Sox media

manny-in-chisox.jpg When Manny Ramirez met the media for his debut moment with his new Chicago team, the graduate of New York public schools answered in Spanish through coach Joey Cora.

Dodgers debt worse than we thought

The Times used an outside accountant to look at the mounds of financial information that has become publicly available as part of the Frank and Jamie McCourt divorce action. The...

Twitter saves LA Observed author from ink-nominy

scoresheet-timmermann.jpg Bob Timmermann likes to keep score when he's at a baseball game, but Monday night at Dodger Stadium — horrors — both of his pens ran dry. Twitter to the rescue.

New sign spotted at Dodger Stadium (not)

Jamiewood.jpg With Mannywood a thing of the past, artist Stuart Rapeport suggests a new use for the left field corner seats. Jamiewood! Day 2 of McCourt vs. McCourt: Law student Josh...

McCourt vs. McCourt in photos

mccourts-alcorn.jpg Photographers Jonathan Alcorn (top) and Ted Soqui (bottom) were both out waiting for Frank and Jamie McCourt to come and go from court on Monday..

Another 'ugly end' for Manny

Perusing the baseball media reaction to Manny Ramirez leaving the Dodgers via ejection and waiver claim, after three trips to the disabled list this season and being unofficially benched by manager Joe Torre.

Manny goes out sitting

mannyjg120.jpg ESPN and the Times are reporting, based on an unnamed baseball source, that the Dodgers will send Manny Ramirez to the Chicago White Sox on a waiver claim Monday. If...

Frank McCourt gives Dodgers tix to cops

Frank McCourt brought more than himself when he accepted an award from the Los Angeles Police Protective League’s charitable Eagle & Badge Foundation.

Elin talks to People about Tiger

elin-people-cover.jpg Elin Nordegren broke her silence on the end of her marriage to Tiger Woods in an exclusive interview that runs in Friday's People magazine.

Manny placed on waivers by Dodgers

mannyjg120.jpg Both ESPN and the L.A. Times have confirmed with baseball sources that the Dodgers have asked waivers on Manny Ramirez.

Vin Scully, and Dodgers, in focus

vin-scully-lifemag.jpg Sports Illustrated.com has posted a gallery of photos spanning the career of Vin Scully, who the magazine notes was the youngest announcer to work a World Series at age 25 in 1953.

Vin Scully to announce plans on Sunday **

vin-scully2010-dn.jpg He wouldn't say on Saturday what he will announce, but the 82-year-old voice of the Dodgers since the Brooklyn days dropped a hint to TJ Simers: "I know what I...

One-liner o' the day

Jerry Crowe's Text Messages From Press Row column in the L.A. Times Sports section.

Jamie McCourt's lawyers drop a bombshell

In a brief filed today, Jamie's lawyers produce a version of the famed marriage agreement that specifically says the Dodgers were not to be solely owned by Frank in the event of divorce.

Manny's exit drumbeat continues

mannyjg120.jpg Speculation continues about Manny Ramirez packing his bags even before the Dodgers are officially out of the pennant race. Today: Buster Olney of ESPN.

Dodgers change course and sign top draft pick

The Dodgers surprise a lot of people and give a young prospect the team's biggest signing bonus ever.

Journo launches new Olympics website

Alan Abrahamson, who covered the Olympics and international sports for the Los Angeles Times and NBC, has started 3 Wire Sports in Los Angeles.

McCourts' web of companies is dizzying

It turns out that the Frank and Jamie McCourt Dodgers, which own the stadium and parking lots and pay their property taxes under various company names, charge themselves $14 million in annual rent.

Some serious ugliness settles around the McCourts' team

On a bad day all around, the story is in the ledes.

View from the announcer's booth

courtney-twitpic.jpg Angel Stadium announcer David Courtney just posted this photo.

What isn't unwell with the Dodgers these days? *

The Dodgers are playing about as well as you'd expect from a team that devotes three of its lineup spots to Jamey Carroll, Ryan Theriot and Scott Podsednik — and...

Phil Jackson likes his off-seasons on the slow slide

Jeanie Buss, the longtime girlfriend of Lakers coach Phil Jackson, tweeted just now about a text message from her man.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in town

cristiano-ucla-gossipgirls.jpg Ronaldo just finished up his first press conference at UCLA's Morgan Center. At least 15 TV cameras were there, more than a dozen still photogs rushed the stage when he came out, and a roomful of media types fired courteous questions.

Roski won't talk about Downtown NFL stadium

Ed Roski, the real estate developer who wants to build an NFL stadium in the City of Industry, made his first comments to the media since a rival stadium project emerged in Downtown Los Angeles.

Umpires erred in last night's Dodgers loss *

It turns out the Dodgers' Jonathan Broxton should not have been forced to leave last night's game when substitute manager Don Mattingly visited the pitching mound twice during the same inning.

Dodgers find, truly, a new way to lose

Dodger Thoughts has the whole sordid story: "If you thought the collapse against the Yankees was a nightmare, if Sunday's meltdown at St. Louis brought you to your knees, those games have nothing on tonight's 7-5 loss."

USC names Pat Haden to be athletic director

The former Trojan and L.A. Rams quarterback takes over from Mike Garrett on Aug. 3, the same day that USC's new president takes office.

Kings lose out on big free agent they craved

Big-time scorer Ilya Kovalchuk is going back to the New Jersey Devils, spurning a lengthy courtship by the Los Angeles Kings.

Dodgers have an ugly weekend in St. Louis

This shaming won't be soon forgotten. "This one was tough, very tough," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said after Sunday's loss.

The McCourts: It's worse than you think *

"They hated each other from the moment they set foot in Los Angeles," a former high-ranking Dodgers official tells ESPN the Magazine. Good. Stuff.

Joe Torre on the passing of George Steinbrenner

joe-torre-sitting.jpg “I will always remember George Steinbrenner as a passionate man, a tough boss, a true visionary, a great humanitarian and a dear friend," Dodgers manager Joe Torre says in a...

Derek Fisher stays with Lakers

Who knows whether that whole trip to Miami thing was a bluff, but Fisher announced he's signing a three-year deal to remain with the Lakers. "I have decided to continue...

Sunkin's pay at Dodgers' charity hits the news

The New York Times has a story about Howard Sunkin, the Dodgers senior vice president for public affairs, being paid $401,395 in 2007 by the Dodgers Dream Foundation — at a time when the team charity's budget was only $1.6 million.

Best LeBron newspaper page

lebroncleveland.jpg Visualeditors.com gathers up a bunch of today's LeBron James pages and nominates the Cleveland Plain Dealer's as best of show. Note the pointer to James' fingers and the label...

Phil Jackson: I shall return

Count me in for one last season, the Lakers coach says after giving it some thought in Montana.

Downtown stadium side meets with legislative leaders

The powwow with AEG representatives included Speaker John Perez, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg and Maria Elena Durazo, head of the L.A. County Federation of Labor, James Wagner reports in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

'Today' show gets the access to Abby

NBC's "Today" show packaged footage of Abby Sunderland at home in Thousand Oaks with a lengthy interview this morning at the studios in New York.

Next up for Abby: driving *

Abby Sunderland told her news conference in Marina del Rey this morning that, now that she's home, she'll concentrate on school and getting her driver's licen

Abby Sunderland sleeps at home tonight

The teenaged sailor arrived home in Thousand Oaks late Monday evening.

L.A's NFL aspirations dissed by...Jacksonville?

Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars have reacted to talk of their team fleeing west by launching a website called No Way L.A.

Jack Nicholson flies his Yankee colors

jack-dodgers-yankees.jpg For Yankees weekend the Dodgers began plying media and blogs with photos of celebrities in the field-level seats.

Is Joe Torre a reluctant Dodger?

joe-torre-sitting.jpg With the Yankees in town this weekend a much better team than the Dodgers, the LAT's Bill Plaschke observed that Dodgers' manager Joe Torre looked a little older.

Mexico, England eliminated from World Cup *

Argentina sent Mexico home with a 3-1 win this afternoon, after Germany had taken care of England 4-1.

Abby had privacy & slept a lot, says Osiris captain

osiris-captain.jpg While Abby Sunderland was on his boat chugging toward Reunion for more than a week, says Jacques Deshayes, the 16-year-old had her own cabin and access to a phone and mailbox. She sat up on the bridge sometimes, but she also slept a lot and after dinner would return to her room and they wouldn't see her again until 8 in the morning.

Landon Donovan ties it at 1-1 for U.S. **

ktown-game.jpg Ghana scored five minutes in. Then in the 61st minute, Landon Donovan comes through again, on a penalty kick. Match is tied at the end of injury time. Now into...

Abby Sunderland reaches La Reunion *

zac+and+abby+2.JPG Sailor Abby Sunderland arrived on the French island of Reunion a few minutes ago. She was greeted by her brother Zac then met the media briefly before the two teenagers...

Abby Sunderland to reach land Friday night *

abby-sunderland-pete-thomas.jpg News out of Reunion tonight is that the French vessel carrying 16-year-old Abby Sunderland will dock at 8:30 Saturday morning local time. (Reunion is 11 hours ahead of Los Angeles.)

Meet your tennis marathon blogger

xanpic_bigger.jpg Xan Brooks, the Guardian's associate editor who made a new name for himself live-blogging yesterday's mega-match at Wimbledon, is making his mark today in Los Angeles media.

Yay, we're not the only sports goons

violence-in-paris.jpg lgerians (apparently) in Paris rampaged after today's U.S. victory in the World Cup, smashing windows and igniting or flipping over 20 cars.

That will teach a reporter to live-blog a tennis match

Xan Brooks began blogging for The Guardian from Wimbledon at 10:45 a.m. His last post of the day went up at 9:25 p.m., showing definite signs of distress: Last thoughts...

Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer retires

The leader of the Ducks' Stanley Cup winning team just announced he's done. Nice 20-year hockey career.

Oops - at least they were half right

On page 12 of today's Lakers special section in the L.A. Times, J.C, Penney congratulates the Lakers and offers a free replica of the championship trophy to customers who make a $50 purchase of NBA merchandise.

Lakers fans versus taxicab

This unedited and graphic video released by the Los Angeles Fire Department shows the crowd in Downtown attacking that taxi after the Lakers championship victory.

Rafael Furcal's father dies in the D.R.

furcal-jumps.jpg The reason Rafael Furcal left the Dodgers a couple of days ago was to be with his father, who had suffered serious injuries when kicked by a horse on the family farm in the Dominican Republic.

Lakers, city cheap out on Coliseum party this year

Here's how the mayor's press release glosses over that the Coliseum won't be opened at the end of Monday's Lakers championship parade. The Coliseum party, open free to anyone who could get in — the place filled to capacity — was the high point of last year's celebration.

Ron Artest news conference: 'I've got Wheaties!'

Best part of the NBA Finals, says ESPN's J.A. Adande....

Bradley ties it for U.S. 2-2, ends in a draw *

U.S. earns a draw with Slovenia.

Here's the toll the morning after

At least 38 were arrested, an LAPD officer and a sheriff's deputy were hurt, an unknown number of others were injured, three vehicle fires were set, and some shops and restaurants had their windows broken or stuff stolen.

Lakers victory parade will be Monday

This year's parade to celebrate the Lakers' NBA championship is scheduled to begin Monday at 11 a.m. at Staples Center, according to media reports.

Lakers win the title! *

Ron Artest handled the first three quarters, then Kobe and Gasol took over. Rough, intense game.

Lakers fans lined up '200 deep' at L.A. Live sports bar

espn-zone-lakers-linder.jpg So much for the LAPD's threat to check tickets as a measure to keep Lakers fans from crowding the Staples Center neighborhood.

Those cheers you heard? Yeah, Mexico won.

Geez, a guy can't even go to lunch in this town without Mexico beating France 2-0.

Manny talked about exemption for testosterone drug

mannyjg120.jpg The New York Times reports today that Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez and his representatives twice approached baseball last season about permission to use a banned drug that would boost his testosterone levels.

Whitman buys on Mexico-France match

meg-whitman-finger.jpg Meg Whitman's first general election campaign ads targeting Latinos will run later today during the Mexico-France match at the World Cup.

Mayor: I'll be at Game 7 — 'officially' *

Mayor Villaraigosa just met the media under the stands at Staples Center and confirmed he will attend Game 7 of the NBA Finals, but declined to say in what official capacity he would perform.

Abby visited by Child Protective Services before she sailed

abby-sunderland-pete-thomas.jpg A representative, presumably from Ventura County, met with Abby Sunderland at home for two hours before she sailed from Marina del Rey on her attempt to circle the world. More from blogger Pete Thomas, who sailed with Sunderland.

Industry stadium effort loads up on PR

Ed Roski Jr. and Majestic Realty Co. have hired Ben Porritt, who was a spokesman for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, to help work on the project to build an NFL stadium in the City of Industry.

Lakers title worth $2 million to Phil Jackson *

If the Lakers grab the NBA championship in Thursday's game 7 TV ratings extravaganza against the Celtics, coach Phil Jackson will get a $2 million performance bonus, ESPN says citing "NBA coaching sources."

Lakers take 20-point lead into the half **

Game 6 began with a rafter-shaking Star-Spangled Banner from Christina Aguilera, then the Lakers began sinking everything and getting to most of the loose balls.

LA Sketchbook: USC's bowl chances

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Joe Torre refuses to talk about the McCourts' psychic

Times beat writer Dylan Hernandez had an amusing exchange with the Dodgers manager about Vladimir Shpunt, the Russian healer who may have been paid six figures by Frank and Jamie McCourt to beam good vibes toward Dodger Stadium from his TV room in suburban Boston.

Abby thanks rescuers, was prepared to drift for weeks

In her latest blog post from the French fishing ship Ile de la Reunion, Abby Sunderland said she's in awe of the efforts undertaken to rescue her in the southern Indian Ocean.

Celtics bring series lead back to L.A.

The Lakers missed nine free throws, including two by Ron Artest in the final minute with the Celtics guarding a five point lead.

Les Richter, ex-Rams linebacker was 79

After an All-Pro career in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams, Richter went on to run Riverside International Raceway and Auto Club Speedw

England takes early 1-0 lead. Real early. **

Over in Rustenburg, South Africa, Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard scored in the fourth minute of the big World Cup showdown between the U.S. and England. "It's not good to fall behind that early -- in any game let alone the first game of the World Cup," ABC's announcer said.

Abby now on board French ship

abby-vcstar.jpg Sixteen-year-old sailor Abby Sunderland was rescued this morning by a French fishing vessel, in a delicate operation that included overhead aircraft and the French captain falling into the sea.

McCourts hire phrenologist to evaluate Dodgers

Everyone who works for us should have their heads examined, say Frank and Jamie, by way of eTrueSports.

Sailor answers the radio: 'This is Abby'

abby-adrift.jpg Abby Sunderland's blog carries an update from her team, pa