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Dodgers go young and tall at shortstop tonight

seager-meets-the-media.jpg Corey Seager, the system's top prospect, will wear number 5 and start over Jimmy Rollins at San Diego.

Los Angeles becomes the official U.S. bid for 2024 games

garcetti-beach-house.jpg The U.S. Olympic Committee designates LA after the City Council takes a 15-0 vote in support.

Vin Scully undecided yet about next year

vin-scully-2008-crowd-beck-si.jpg Selfishly I hope he returns. But you know -- maybe it's time we all embrace our lifelong friend in whatever he wants to do.

Don Drysdale threw his last pitch on this day (videos)

drysdale_portrait-lad.jpg The LA Dodgers' first locally born star left the 1969 game with a sore shoulder and announced his retirement within the week. Some video memories.

Very nice standing O for Jimmy Rollins in Philly (video)*

jimmy-rollins-returns.jpg As he approached home plate in another uniform for the first time, Philadelphia fans showered him with love.

Dodgers make brilliant trade; LA media complains

dodgers-kasten-right-lao.jpg Despite an MLB-record payroll, a budding farm system and a trade that brought in five useful players, some in the media are still upset.

15 minutes with Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi (video)

zaidi-molly-knight-grab.jpg Molly Knight interviews Zaidi on stage at the Doha Goals Forum here in LA.

Boston drops out of Olympics running, so LA may be in

olympics-sussman.jpg As LA-based 3 Wire Sports urged last month, Boston is no longer an obstacle to Los Angeles getting the 2024 Summer Games.

Secretary by day, sumo wrestler by night

Jenelle-Hamilton-sumo.jpg Jenelle Hamilton is a local secretary, grad student, single mom and Girl Scout leader. And a sumo fighter.

Special Olympics re-lights the Coliseum cauldron

oly-caludron-burns.jpg The Special Olympics World Games are here all week: 6,500 athletes from 165 nations, the largest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics.

Pete Rose and the best 20 minutes in baseball

pete-rose-asg.jpg Rose did his time and that should be enough, says the former baseball columnist.

USC to let Fox Sports sell naming rights to LA Coliseum

coliseum-early-lapl.jpg Fox Sports has been tapped to sell naming rights, for the first time, to Los Angeles' most historic sports venue, according to a report.

Author interview: Molly Knight on the Los Angeles Dodgers

EE0cdfoN.jpg Molly Knight didn't set out to write a behind-the-scenes book when she began covering the divorce proceedings between Frank and Jamie McCourt for ESPN. But the self-confessed Dodgers fan realized she had a story with more plot twists than a soap opera. Her summertime read goes down as easily as a sudsy beer in the bleachers.

Lakers, Angels have analytics allergy

Both the Lakers and Angels seem to be operating without a clue. The Lakers can't convince any top free agent to come to LA, while the Angels just had GM Jerry DiPoto resign after a feud with Mike Scioscia.

LA disarray: Puig, Angels, Kings, Clippers...

puig-espn-mag-grab.jpg Yasiel Puig is thoroughly disliked in the Dodgers clubhouse, a new book says. And the Angels' general manager, Jerry Dipoto, may have cleaned out his office and left.

LA's forgotten Jewish soccer dynasty

los-angeles-forgotten-jewish-soccer-dynasty-1435124242.jpg At Vice Sports, Jonathan Zeller goes deep on the story of Maccabi Los Angeles.
triangle-offense-book-nyt.jpg An NYT editor explains how writer Nicholas Dawidoff came to go do deep on a subject no one was curious about: "They just might fall in love with this truly bizarre corner of the sports landscape, as I had."

How Jon SooHoo got the Dodgers shot of the year

fan-baby-jonsoohoo.jpg Everything came together for the Dodgers photographer to nab a shot of the Chicago fan clutching his baby while interfering with the play at Wrigley Field.

Dodgers go meekly again, but the baby lives

dodgers-baby-jsh.jpg Wrigley Field has a new goat or hero, depending on your view. Plus two new books on the Dodgers.

Los Angeles may have a shot at the 2024 Olympics after all

olympics-sussman.jpg Under pressure from Olympics officials, the U.S. committee may be looking to drop Boston and put up LA for its third summer games.
clippers-logo-griffin.jpg The Clippers new logo is like a failed Microsoft product launch. The Lakers should seriously look at D'Angelo Russell.

Dodgers shamed into keeping Nancy Bea and her organ*

nancy-bea-twitter.jpg After she takes her frustrations to social media, and Bill Plaschke takes up the cause, the Dodgers pledge more respect.
brand-chastain-deadspin.jpg David Davis revisits when Brandi Chastain won the World Cup at the Rose Bowl and tore off her shirt.

Because breathing underwater is a skill in baseball

amphibious-pitcher.jpg Check out a headline that needed a copy editor.
police-van-fifa.jpg Sepp Blatter, longtime president of the soccer federation, was not among those charged. The U.S. will seek extradition from Zurich.

Dodgers say so long to Juan Uribe*

uribe-kiss-kemp-nlds-grab.jpg There were some good times, but he's 36 and heading to free agency, while the younger guys have to play. Uribe "choked up when asked what he would miss about the Dodgers and walked away."

Charter to add Dodgers channel before TWC takeover

dodger-stadium-fans.jpg The CEO of Charter Communications says the company will start to offer Sports Net LA within a few weeks, while its $56 billion deal for Time Warner Cable proceeds.

Lakers can't afford to screw up No. 2 pick

Jahlil-Okafor-twitter.jpg The Lakers front office has a chance to take a superstar in next month's NBA Draft. But if recent history is any guide, there's a strong possibility that they'll take a complete bust.

Sign of the times: Dodgers job openings

dodger-stadium-fans.jpg The team is hiring a "data scientist" and a senior developer for the research and development team.
sports-arena-render-becket-lapl.jpg Partner Magic Johnson calls the 22,000-seat, $250 million home for an MLS expansion team a jobs plus for South LA.

Welcome to the show, Carlos Perez

carlos-perez-alex-curry.jpg In his first game in major league baseball, the new Angels catcher won the game with a walk-off home run.

When Paul Olden asked Lasorda about Kingman's homers (audio)

paul-olden-vblue-nyt.jpg The iconic 1978 tape made by KLAC's reporter is revived in Sunday's New York Times. Olden is now the Yankee Stadium announcer.

Rachel Robinson and Sandy Koufax

LAO_RobinsonKoufax.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears weekly at LA Observed.
 
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Secretary by day
Jenelle-Hamilton-sumo.jpgSumo fighter by night. Story
Kings take Cup to the beach
kings-cup-on-beach.jpgThe first tweet of the summer from the keeper of the Stanley Cup is a Kings family photo on the beach in South Bay. Bigger
Doyenne of LA ice skaters
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No more, no less
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Outdoor ice hockey
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Behind the scenes at Santa Anita
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Warriors dancing with death
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Hollywood Park and the NFL
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ESPN's nudes
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Phil and Jeanie
jeanie-buss-phil-vibiana.jpgJeanie Buss of the Lakers posted to Twitter this photo of her and boyfriend Phil Jackson goofing at Vibiana, the former cathedral.
LA legends
puig-koufax-soohoo.jpgYasiel Puig and Sandy Koufax at Dodger Stadium. Jon SooHoo/Dodgers
Hollywood Park
hollywood-park-gates.jpgIconic race track will close after 75 years. Read more
June Mountain
june-mountain-run.jpgEastern Sierra ski area to reopen next season. Story
Opening day

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Day one of the new baseball season looked swell for LA. Story

Obama and the Kings
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The Kings brought the Stanley Cup to the White House on Tuesday. The Galaxy were also there, but I'm seeing mostly hockey types in this photo from the Kings. Bigger
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