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Coliseum restoration celebration

LAO__coliseum-ribboncutting .jpg Civic officials and USC unveiled the newly remodeled Memorial Coliseum.

Jury speaks loudly in Simers v. The Los Angeles Times

simers-register-pic.jpg Ellen Alperstein: After six years and two trials, the jury delivers a jaw-dropping verdict in former sports columnist T.J. Simers' lawsuit against the Los Angeles Times.

Dodger Stadium unveiling

LAO__Dodger_AllSrar.jpg Vin Scully and Mayor Eric Garcetti helped the Dodgers unveil the logo for next year's All-Star game to be held in Los Angeles.

Partner practice makes perfect

Cenzano HP3 3-19 - Copy.JPG Ellen Alperstein: A tiny group of hard-hitting unknowns help the top tennis players in the world sharpen their game at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Their compensation? A sandwich and a pat on the back.

Local kid makes an impression at the BNP Paribas Open

Collins DeGier6 3-7-19 - Copy.JPG Ellen Alperstein: As always, the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells draws big crowds and big action. New this year are a few winged creatures.

Now who do I root for? World Cup down to its final eight

world-cup-grab.jpg The FIFA World Cup has now been winnowed down to just eight teams. There are just seven matches left that...
CroatianKit-620x400.jpg Four years ago, I was writing an overly long World Cup preview on this site. And I included this passage:...

Dodger Stadium announcement

LAO__2020AllStar.jpg The Dodgers and the stadium will host baseball's 2020 All-Star Game.

The night Kirk Gibson made deadline

kirk-gibson-bobble-grab.jpg Ron Rapoport: Gibson performed two heroic acts that night he hit THE home run in the World Series.

They said it in Indian Wells

images.jpg Post-match news conferences at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells seldom yield insight or surprise. But you might get a traffic report.

The kids on court at Indian Wells

BNP Paribas 3-14-18 R Federer and ball kid5 - Copy.JPG The pros at the BNP Paribas Open this week in Indian Wells play a highly refined game of tennis. And the scurrying children who attend to them are also at the top of their games.

Venus rising

Serena v Venus8 3-12-18.JPG Venus and Serena Williams at Indian Wells--the sequel.

USC sells Coliseum name to United Airlines

coliseum-1932oly-lapl.jpg Gag on this, Angelenos: United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.
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.
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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
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

Day one of the new baseball season looked swell for LA. Story

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