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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.

What's next for the Lakers?

dantoni-kobe-espn-grab-thumb-300x211-16907.jpg With the Lakers worst-ever season in Los Angeles ending this week, it's time to look ahead. What should the Lakers do next to reverse their fortunes?

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 "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.

Jobe's death sheds light on MLB's pitching problem

tommy-and-frank-bone.jpg Dr. Frank Jobe saved the careers of hundreds of pitchers, but many top arms continue to break down. It's not good for baseball, and MLB needs to look into better injury prevention mechanisms.

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."

I guess we have to pay attention to the Lakers now

wilt-si-cover.jpg The Olympics are over. Baseball is still a ways off But when Ron Rapoport covered sports for the LA Times, the paper didn't bother going on road trips with the Lakers.

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.

Catherine Machado: LA ice queen talks Olympics

gaby-machado-dd.jpg Chado is the doyenne of the Southern California skating scene. She started taking lessons at age 7 at the Ice Palace in Westwood, then at the legendary Polar Palace in Hollywood. She became the first Latina to represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics. (In Sochi, she loved Italian Carolina Kostner.) Since 1969, Chado has taught at the Culver Ice Arena.

Sports Beat - February 21, 2014

Phil Wallace comments on the demise of Chivas USA, the Lakers at the trade deadline, and the Dodgers and Angels in spring training.

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.

The team is colder than the frozen broadcast

Midway through the first quarter, Time Warner Cable's Super Bowl broadcast went black. As if that's a bad thing.

LA Sports Beat - January 31, 2014

Despite numerous injuries to Lakers players, Mike D'Antoni deserves criticism for his coaching job this season. Don't get too excited about Stan Kroenke's land purchase. And Petros Papadakis is worth listening to at a USC basketball game. Phil Wallace looks at those issues and more around the LA sports scene.

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.

Blame Jerry Buss for the Lakers' woes; maybe Phil can save them

It's baffling that Jerry Buss made his son Jim the "Owner/GM" of the team, when he should have known better. Now that the Lakers are failing under Jim's leadership, it's time to transfer control of basketball operations to future brother-in-law Phil Jackson.

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.

UCLA basketball and me: drifting further apart

pauley-pavilion-front-600.jpg Once I was a big UCLA basketball fan. I'm still big, but the whole sport of college basketball has gotten small.
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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
Santa Anita morning exercise5 930 am.JPGEllen Alperstein keeps her eye on the barns.
Warriors dancing with death
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Hollywood Park and the NFL
Thumbnail image for hollywood-park-casino-front.jpgTwo NFL teams have reportedly contacted Hollywood Park about building a stadium there. Does it have any chance of happening? Phil Wallace
Vinny's least favorite game
scully-ovation-grab.jpgVin Scully Bobblehead Night at Dodger Stadium. Video inside
ESPN's nudes
kerri-walsh-espn-nudes.jpgSoCal is well represented, as usual, in ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue. Video, pics and links
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

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

Obama and the Kings
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
Girl can fly

lindsey-jacobellis.jpgLindsey Jacobellis, the American snowboardcross champion who fell at the Vancouver Olympics, is doing just fine in Encinitas. Video

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