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dick-enberg-old-ucla.jpg Ron Rapoport: One thing Dick would want us to remember, that it all started at UCLA.

Volleying with Rosie Casals

Rosie Casals2 9-29-17 - Copy.JPG Former tennis pro Rosie Casals opines about "Battle of the Sexes" and about what it was -- and is -- like for female athletes.

Sometimes the experience doesn't have to be televised

There was the solar eclipse, and there's the Dodgers having the most fun season since 1974.

A bout last night

fight3 Lomachenko Marriaga judge 8-5-17 - Copy (2).JPG Seeing professional boxing live for the first time affirms that it embraces the best, the worst and the goofiest of humankind.

Tracking the distant signals of the Dodgers

Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 8.32.31 AM.png Just who are those guys playing baseball just north of Downtown Los Angeles?

Last hurrah

LAO_VinScullylastHurrah.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Overheard at the BNP Paribas Open tournament in Indian Wells

BNP flowers 3 3-17 - Copy.JPG Things we heard from players and fans at the tennis tournament.

The greening of tennis

BNP flowers Spago succulent wall - Copy.JPG Plant managers for the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden ensure that the venue is appropriately accessorized with flowers.

First-stringers in tennis

bnp racket string2 3-16 - Copy.JPG Stringing rackets for the pros at a major tennis tournament is not a job for the weak, the slow or the inexperienced.

Jeanie Buss hands the Lakers ball to Magic Johnson

jeanie-buss-magic-johnson-g.jpg Johnson, the new president of basketball operations, has already made a trade and hired a general manager.
Ring-Lardner-320.jpg Rapoport and David Davis discuss the first book that collects Lardner's daily journalism.

LA's football follies

rams-unis-gold.jpg The Chargers move to LA on the same day that the Rams hire the youngest head coach in NFL history. Meh.

The Rams were the original 'Hollywood's Team'

bob-waterfield-lapl.jpg The Rams' return to LA has been a disaster, but a new book by Jim Hock remembers when the NFL team's relationship with the city was something special.

Scully, Abdul-Jabbar, Gehry and more to get White House honor

vin-scully-twitter.jpg It's the Presidential Media of Freedom for Vin Scully and 20 others. Watch the call from the White House.

When Ring Lardner covered the Cubs

Ramiro-Gomez-watches-cubs.jpg He put poetry in the players' mouths, invented feuds and covered baseball in a manner never attempted before and never dared since.

For Ernie, and for Harry and Mike and Studs

ernie-banks-tight.jpg Former Chicago columnist Ron Rapoport sees a tinge of sadness among Cubs fans as the reality sinks in.

Dodgers advance in a game for the books

dodgers-clinch-2016-soohoo.jpg It took four and a half hours and 41 players to decide, but the Dodgers' season continues.

Dee Gordon is trending for a reason

deegordon-stanton.jpg The former Dodger strikes a blow for the ages for his friend Jose Fernandez.

Bill Dwyre: Arnold Palmer will never be gone

arnold-palmer-1975.jpg So many people, in sports and in life, achieve a great deal and then fade from memory. Arnie will never fade.

Vin Scully tribute to air live across SoCal

vinscullyweekend_960x540_mp.jpg Friday night pre-game ceremony at Dodger Stadium will air at 6:30 on KTLA Channel 5, SportsNet LA and KLAC radio.

Sports Museum of LA has closed after two months

sportsmuseumla-front.jpg The museum holding the collection of Gary Cypres had just opened to the public in July.

KTLA will air Vin Scully's final six games

vin-scully-lifemag.jpg The station will also air live the pre-game tributes at Vin Scully Appreciation Day on Sept. 23.

Baseball strikes out in Bakersfield after 75 years

DSC_0220.jpg Minor league baseball is leaving the city where Don Drysdale and Mike Piazza perfected their games.

Mary Decker and 'the perfect image of Olympic pain'

mary-decker-down-david-burn.jpg With the Rio Olympics fully involved in track and field this week, LA sports historian and journalist David Davis revisits one of the most emotional moments — and photographs — of the 1984 Los Angeles games.

On sharing the sports beat with Joe Jares

kirk-gibson-homer.jpg The writer and Joe Jares were both columnists for the Los Angeles Daily News.

Change on the Lakers beat at LA Times

tania-ganguli-320.jpg Mike Bresnahan goes to TWC Sportsnet and Tania Ganguli joins the LA Times from

Dodgers demoting Puig after failing to trade him

dodgers-mannequins-puig.jpg He's not on the road trip and looks headed for Oklahoma City in the minor leagues.

Bill Dwyre remembers sports editor Dave Moylan

dave-moylan.jpg The second of the two people most responsible for the acclaim received by the Los Angeles Times for its 1984 Olympic coverage died this week.

Melvin Durslag, 95, longtime LA sports columnist

durslag.jpg Durslag wrote about sports for the Hearst newspapers in Los Angeles from the time he was a freshman at USC in 1939 until the HerEx closed in 1989.

Sports Museum of LA opens to the public

sportsmuseum-jerseys.jpg Gary Cypres' shrine to sports history (mostly baseball) is right up there with Eli Broad's Grand Avenue temple of art as proof of one man's passion.

For sale: Innards of one Sports Arena

sports-arena-seats.jpg The furnishings, seats, office equipment, scoreboard and even the hockey dasher boards of the old LA Sports Arena go at auction on Wednesday.

How Vin Scully's team works in the booth

scully-boyd-ib-booth-jsh.jpg Scully's secret weapon is stage manager Boyd Robertson, who stands to his right and has been with Scully 28 years.

Muhammad Ali, 74

ali-nationofislam-olympicaud-lapl.jpg Muhammad Ali, who died today at age 74, had a lot of connections to Los Angeles.
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Vin Scully's 67th opening day
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Kings take Cup to the beach
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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
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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
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Opening day

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