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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 ESPN.com.

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.

SI: The finest baseball announcer that ever lived

si-cover-vin-scully-crop.jpg This is the piece you want to read as the games tick away in our time with Vin Scully.

Elysian Park Avenue name change

LAO_Vin Scully Av.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs on Thursdays at LA Observed.

Kobe goes out with 60 points and a Lakers win

kobe-magic-nbae.jpg In his final game, Bryant scores the most in the NBA this season and the most ever in a farewell. He ends 20 years as a Laker at #3 all-time in points.

Dodger Stadium gets a new street and address

dodger-stadium-address.jpg Change of Elysian Park Avenue to Vin Scully Avenue opens the home season -- Scully's 67th and final year.

Beginning of the end for us and Vin Scully

vin-on-plane-jonsoohoo-dodgers.jpg Dodgers official photographer Jon SooHoo begins to chronicle the final season.

4 suggestions for the new LA Rams

rams-unis-gold.jpg Phil Wallace says the Rams should appear on HBO's "Hard Knocks," among other ideas to help reintroduce their brand to Los Angeles.

Sharapova fails drug test, faces possible ban of years

sharapova-grab.jpg She discloses the news at DTLA press conference.

Erin Andrews wins $55 million in damages over nude hotel video*

erin-andrews-civil-trial-cnn.jpg Other female reporters tell Sports Illustrated a depressing story of hyper-vigilance, fear and never feeling truly safe in their rooms.

Eddie Einhorn, 80, left his mark on sports and media

eddie-einhorn-book.jpg Einhorn brought college basketball, especially UCLA, to TV audiences. He later became co-owner of the Chicago White Sox.

How the NFL really decided on a future in Inglewood

inglewood-stadium-hks.jpg The in-fighting between owners was "bloody and bitter," says ESPN the Magazine in a long takeout.

Did someone mention a lake?

stadium-site-satellite.jpg Some environmentally conscious ideas for the NFL stadium planned for Inglewood.

Lindsey Jacobellis wins her 10th X Games gold

lindsey-jacobellis-10th.jpg The American snowboarder who we like at LA Observed added Sunday to her legacy as the woman with the most X Games medals.

Kings broadcaster Bob Miller out for heart surgery*

bob-miller-leave.jpg Miller is in his 43rd season, second to Vin Scully among local play-by-play guys.
 
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Vin Scully's 67th opening day
vin-scully-opener-2016-ocampo.jpgNo words needed.
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
gaby-machado-dd.jpgDavid Davis called Catherine Machado to get her reaction to the figure-skating results at the Sochi Olympics. Native Intelligence
No more, no less
speed-limit-14mph.jpgDodger Stadium parking lots have a very specific speed limit posted.
Outdoor ice hockey
winter-classic-rink-graig-abel.jpgKISS to play at Dodger Stadium hockey game. Conditions should be warmer here. Post
Behind the scenes at Santa Anita
Santa Anita morning exercise5 930 am.JPGEllen Alperstein keeps her eye on the barns.
Warriors dancing with death
indy-cars.jpgThe Indycar series is perhaps the most beautiful and terrible type of racing in North America, says our author. Native Intelligence
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
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

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