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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.

How Metro rail could reach the new NFL stadium someday

inglewood-nfl-googlemap.jpg There could be a train to the Inglewood stadium but the current earliest date is 2035.

Small, quirky fixes that might help us get around

bike-path-santa-monica.jpg A bike ferry across Marina del Rey? A pedestrian entrance to Dodger Stadium? Might work!

An LA King and his abusive dad

patosullivan-blackandblue.jpg "From the moment I got my first pair of hockey skates at five years old, I got the living shit kicked out of me every single day." No one intervened.

Rams back in LA: NFL makes the right decision

rams-grafic-nfl.jpg Phil Wallace praises the bold stadium vision from Stan Kroenke, as well as his deep pockets.

Judge now vacates ALL of T.J. Simers' jury award

simers-howard-grab.jpg Judge William A. MacLaughlin apparently didn't get to finish his thought when he vacated part of the $7.1 million award against the LA Times on Monday.

Raiders, Rams and Chargers formally ask to move to LA

stadium-inglewood-hks.jpg This is the first time since LA's National Football League teams left town that things have actually gotten this far.

Judge cuts $2.1 million from TJ Simers' jury award

simers-howard-grab.jpg The LA Times remains on the hook for $5 million, even though the judge found there was no evidence that the sports columnist was forced out.

Dear Chargers: If you move to LA, please change your name

carson-stadium-render1.jpg Here are some suggestions for a fresh start in LA.

Chris Dufresne's final LA Times column: not about football

chris-dufresne-lat.jpg 'My first recollection of the Los Angeles Times is my dad parking his delivery truck outside our house,' says the paper's departing college football writer.

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.
 
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Vin Scully's 67th opening day
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Secretary by day
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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
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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