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Kobe Bryant announces retirement his way*

kobe-dear-basketball.jpg He will finish out his 20th season with the Lakers. "Dear basketball," he writes in poem. " I’m ready to let you go."
gabe-kapler-grab.jpg Ten years ago, Phil Wallace suggested that Andrew Friedman hire Joe Maddon as manager in Tampa Bay. He has a recommendation for the Dodgers.

Revisiting Mike Penner and Christine Daniels

Former LA Times sports editor Randy Harvey remembers his friend and colleague in the context of Houston's vote over transgender use of bathrooms.

Jury awards T.J. Simers $7.1 million from LA Times

simers-register-pic.jpg Wow. This caps an interesting day for the LA Times. When you go to trial, anything can happen.

Closing arguments in Simers suit against LA Times

Thumbnail image for simers-register-pic.jpg The six-week trial is wrapping up with the ask for damages dropping -- to just $12.3 million.

Grantland site killed by ESPN

grantland-grab.jpg It's effective immediately. Bill Simmons calls callous treatment of staffers "simply appalling."
wnt-at-white-house-2.jpg The World-Cup winning U.S. national soccer team was honored at the White House today.
dodgers-friedman-zaidi.jpg Blame focused on Friedman for the Dodgers' early playoff exit is misplaced. Friedman is the man who will take the Dodgers to the next level.

Mattingly leaving the Dodgers

mattingly-colletti-nickut.jpg The departure of the Dodgers manager is being described as a mutual decision. Sounds like he didn't really want to stay anyway.

Paul DePodesta's revenge

mattingly-grim-grab.jpg Ten years after Paul DePodesta was fired for trying to hire Terry Collins as manager of the Dodgers, the DePodesta and Collins-led Mets ousted LA. What they need to do for next season.

Dodgers season ends with whimpers

nancy-bea-retires.jpg Expensive does not equal championship quality and there are questions about the future of Mattingly and others. One longtime player is gone for sure.

Dodgers live to play another day

box-score-dodgers-mets4.png That day is Thursday at Dodger Stadium for the fifth and final playoff game with the Mets. Winner plays the Cubs.

Lamar Odom found unconscious in rural Nevada brothel

lamar-odom-tmz.jpg The former Laker and Clipper is "fighting for his life" in a Las Vegas hospital. Ex-wife Khloe Kardashian is reported to be with him.

Dodgers lose big in New York: 13-7

box-score-dodgers-mets3.jpg Just like that, the Dodgers face elimination Tuesday night after blowing an early 3-0 lead and letting New Yorkers blow off steam about Chase Utley.

Chase Utley suspended for two playoff games

chase-utley-reacts.jpg If upheld, the Dodgers will play Games 3 and 4 against the Mets one man down.

Vin Scully 'resting comfortably' after medical procedure*

Thumbnail image for vin-scully-lifemag.jpg Scully will miss the postseason that begins Friday night. He "is looking forward to returning in 2016," the Dodgers said.

T.J. Simers being cross-examined in LA Times suit

simers-register-pic.jpg Trial continues in the retired sports columnist's $18 million claim of age discrimination and retribution for writing critically about the publisher's friends.

From Ramona Gardens to Fenway Park

now-ramirez.jpg Noe Ramirez is the 18,548th player to appear in a major league baseball game, but he's almost certainly the first from the Ramona Gardens projects.

Vin Scully literature: Koufax perfect game 50 years ago today

koufax-pg.jpg "There’s 29,000 people in the ballpark and a million butterflies...All the boys in the bullpen straining to get a better look as they look through the wire fence in left field..."

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.
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