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The U.S. Olympic Committee today chose Boston as the nation's candidate for the 2024 Summer Games, opting not to push Los Angeles to get the Olympics for the third time.
The best pitcher the Dodgers developed between Koufax and Kershaw becomes only the second Dominican elected to Cooperstown. Remember the trade?
Los Angeles magazine profiles Kings coach Darryl Sutter, who might be the most entertaining coach of any pro team in Los Angeles now that Phil Jackson is gone.
There are recurring rumbles of more prominent departures from the Los Angeles Times as the year comes to a close. Streeter has written often about sports for the Times.
The Dodgers makeover continues as Andrew Friedman makes more bold transactions that should setup the team well for the future.
They remake the infield and trade away Dee Gordon, but it's the pitcher who got away who wins the day on Twitter.
The Dodgers made two bold trades today that helped them get younger and deeper. While the trades may confuse fans, they can trust Andrew Friedman has the organization on the right path, says Phil Wallace.
Robbie Keane scored the winning goal late in the second period of extra time to give the Los Angeles Galaxy the championship over the New England Revolution.
Even fans in LA can appreciate the emotion about Pablo Sandoval leaving the Giants, and a third-base coach deciding to leave the game.
The Dodgers' shortstop and best hitter for the last couple of years is taking his bat to the Red Sox at $22 million a year for four years.
"I have been an openly gay man for approximately three percent of my life. I have been a professional basketball player for almost half of it."
Vice recalls the abuse that Saxon took covering the Angels and Dodgers for the Daily News when there were few women on the beat. Reggie Jackson gave her such trouble that other Angels stood up for her.
After getting dropped after one column by the LA Times, Heisler will now cover the NBA for the competition. His column in the Times, by the way, paid all of $200.
Heisler, laid off sort of famously in 2011, wrote one NBA piece last week then was dropped. He says he wasn't told why.
The Lakers' top draft pick this year, 19-year-old Julius Randle, broke his right tibia midway through the fourth quarter while driving to the basket in his first NBA game.
Expansion team to be announced Thursday will reportedly be owned by an investor group led by Vietnamese-American businessman Henry Nguyen and include Peter Guber. Team won't play until 2017.
Stow welcomes the fans and kicks off the game with "play ball!" The Giants won 11-4 to even the series.
Photographer Al Satterwhite shot Ali in Miami during his training sessions for both the Jerry Quarry and Joe Frazier fights. Now based in Redondo Beach, Satterwhite is facing a Kickstarter deadline to publish a book of photographs of Ali from that time, many never seen before.
The Dodgers have hired baseball's best GM, says Phil Wallace, who used to work for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Andrew Friedman is a golden boy in the baseball world, but how will he fare with LA's older fashioned baseball scribes?
As the Dodgers end another season with a disappointing playoff loss to the Cardinals, Phil Wallace looks at what they should do for next year.
A Freeway Series. It could happen.
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.
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.
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.
Time Warner Cable will allow KDOC 56 to broadcast the last games of the season, starting with the Giants series next week.
The ranks of veteran newspaper writers just keep shrinking. This is the second we've posted about today.
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.
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.
Richards hurt his left knee making a play at Fenway Park in Boston. The seriousness of the injury is being evaluated.
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.
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.
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