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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.

Adrian Gonzalez is off to a hot start for Dodgers

adrian-gonzalez-homers.jpg The Dodgers first baseman clubbed three home runs on Wednesday night and has five already this season.
1969-Thunderbirds.jpg If you remember the names Ralphie Valladares and Shirley Hardman, this post is for you. Whoa, Nellie!

Opening Day for the Dodgers: The Padres are coming

puig-espn.png The Padres make another big trade Sunday that has some picking San Diego to be better than the Dodgers, who start with the sport's biggest payroll. Plus: Ozzie Smith's backflip.

Billy DeLury, Dodgers link to Brooklyn, was 81

vin-and-billy-soohoo.jpg Vin Scully had to announce another death in his Dodger family on Sunday, the day before the season opens at Dodger Stadium.

Steve Nash retires from the Lakers and NBA

Steve_Nash-kids.jpg In a personal note posted on the web, Nash says "In my nearly three years in L.A., I’ve never met anyone who didn’t show me anything but love and support for my efforts."

LA Times goes for digital innovator in new sports editor

angel-rodriguez-twitter.jpg Angel Rodriguez is deputy editor for mobile innovation at the Washington Post. He had been in sports roles previously.
frank-mccourt-happy.jpg In an interview, former owner (who retains an interest in the parking lots) says "Chavez Ravine has always been a preferred location for the NFL."

Tom Hoffarth remembers Joe McDonnell

joe-mcdonnell-hamilton.jpg On Hoffarth's annual opinionated lists of the top LA sports radio talkers, McDonnell was an easy number one.

Joe McDonnell, 58, longtime LA sports media figure

mcdonnell-laradio.jpg McDonnell died today at Good Samaritan after a brief illness. He "worked at almost every sports outlet on the local radio dial," LA Radio's Don Barrett said.

Author interview: Mort Zachter on Gil Hodges

gil-hodges-cover.jpg Zachter follows up 'Dough' with a biography of the Dodgers' 'Boy of Summer' -- 'a mensch who is unknown to most people under forty.'

AEG pulls the plug on NFL stadium for downtown

farmers-field-overview.jpg The company told the LA Times that it's no longer pursuing the Farmers Field project.

There's a new Furillo on the sports beat

andy-furillo-twitter.jpg The son of the late Bud Furillo is transitioning to sports up in Sacramento.

Alex Johnson, 1942-2015

alex-johnson-cover-si.jpg Johnson won the batting title with the Angels in 1970, but baseball did not know how to handle his mental illness.

How to fix the Lakers

With the Lakers winding down a lost season, Phil Wallace offers five ways that the team can get back on track.
 
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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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Vinny's least favorite game
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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

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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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