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Vincent Bonsignore, Los Angeles Daily News

UCLA's Huge Deal Won't Help Athletes

Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times

NFL Owes L.A. a Super Bowl

Vincent Bonsignore, Los Angeles Daily News

Good Timing for Lincecum, Angels

Zachary D. Rhymer, Bleacher Report

Lakers Get First Post-Kobe Win

Ryan Phillips, The Big Lead

In distance, the space separating Casey Wasserman from the hotel ballroom he was leaving to the one is was headed was no more a 15 or 20-yard slant pattern. In time, well, he might...(full article)

The center photograph celebrating UCLA’s record $280-million shoe and apparel deal with Under Armour  on Tuesday was poignantly missing someone. On one side was smiling Bruins A...(full article)

CHARLOTTE — If you are keeping score at home, and I most certainly am, National Football League owners have directly or indirectly used the threat of moving their teams to Los An...(full article)

On today's episode of "Things That Were Meant to Be," we have the Los Angeles Angels and Tim Lincecum. A deal between the Angels and the two-time Cy Young Award winner had been in ...(full article)

Los Angeles Lakers fans breathed a huge sigh of relief Tuesday night as the 2016 NBA Draft lottery landed in their favor. While the Lakers didn’t win it, they wound up with the s...(full article)

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Why in the world would Tim Lincecum consider signing with the Angels, of all teams?  At first glance, it might not make much sense. As the two-time Cy Young winner has be...

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For Mychal Thompson, Sons Are Rising

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Trade Trout? What Are You Smoking?

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Lakers Preparing for Bad Luck in Lottery

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Key Upperclassmen Set to Break Out

The NFL Draft is over, and annual spring scrimmages have already been played which means college football teams are officially ready to begin preparing for next fall. And, of c...

History Says Lakers Should Keep Pick

The Lakers might be considering trading a top 3 pick (if they retain it in the lottery) for a veteran player like DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George or Jimmy Butler, according to multip...

Usual Playoff Implosion Threatens Clippers

It's nearing 10:30 p.m. on April 17, a pleasant spring evening in downtown Los Angeles, and the locker room that houses theClippers basketball team looks like a daycare center. Se...

Lakers Won't Regret Hiring Walton

This column was originally about my favorites in the Laker coaching searchamong Luke Walton, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin Ollie, Ettore Messina, David Blatt, John Calipari, Jay Wright, R...

Breaking Up Clippers No Easy Task

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How Walton Romanced the Lakers

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Lakers Go Back to Future With Walton

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Lakers Forced to Speed Up Firing

The Lakers wanted to ease into their decision on Byron Scott, let the emotions subside from a scarred season before plunging into whether he would stay or leave as their coach. The...

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Time for Jeanie Buss to Boot Her Brother

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Once Star-Laden, Clippers Now Star-Crossed

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Lakers Should Unify Behind Walton

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40 Years Ago, a Ballplayer Saves the Flag

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Lakers Begin Fumigation, Fire Scott

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Basketball Over, But Kobe Just Starting

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Browne Not Clearly USC's Heir Apparent

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Trout's Future Withering in Los Angeles?

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Kobe Farewell a Hollywood Tale

Going home without my sorrow, going home sometime tomorrow, going home to where it’s better than before/Going home without my burden, going home behind the curtain, going home wi...

Finale a Perfect Metaphor for Kobe

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Kobe Standing Tall (at Least Standing)

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Overwhelming Offensive Numbers Define Kobe

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Kings Searching for Answers

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Devils Chipping Away at History

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Kings Look to Brown to Make Impact

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Kings Remain Businesslike

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Depth Has Kings on Brink of Title

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The Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils were going to be a tough sell as a Stanley Cup Final. Neither team has the enormous national fan support that Pittsburgh, Detroit, Phil...

Kings' Domination by the Numbers

It was not the start the New Jersey Devils wanted. On home ice to start the Stanley Cup finals, the Devils were tentative in the first period and overwhelmed in the second, with t...

Devils Rue Missed Opportunities

Zach Parise sat his locker, head hung low, recounting how close he and his teammates came to grabbing a late lead Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings o...

Keys to the Series

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Kings Take 1st Step Toward Cup

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Gretzky Impressed by Kings' Run

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Clippers Hope to Find Answers in L.A.

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Kings Refuse to Look Ahead

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Lakers Confident Despite History

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Gritty, Satisfying Win for Thunder

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Kings on Remarkable Playoff Run

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Spurs in Groove, Clippers Out of Gas

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Right Now, Kings the Team to Beat

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Nuggets Must Get Tougher vs. Lakers

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Only 1 Good Opening-Round Series

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How Will Grizzlies Respond?

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New Blood in Western Semis

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Clippers' Loss Is Lakers' Gain

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Spurs Gain Revenge on Lakers

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Determined Kings Take 2-0 Lead

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Angels Have Potential Flaws

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Bynum Dominates in Win Over Spurs

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Canucks Outclassed by Kings

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Beckham Olympic Role in Jeopardy

David Beckham's dream of representing Great Britain in this summer's London Olympics could be in jeopardy due to his disappointing start to the Major League Soccer season with th...

Lakers Prove Superior to Clippers

The Lakers and Clippers have settled into who they are. At this point any change in personality would be as jarring as Kanye West releasing a country album. And Wednesday night's...

Handicapping the MVP Race

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Title Now Distant Memory for Galaxy

There have been three home defeats—three more than L.A. suffered last year—and 11 goals conceded across five games. Elimination by Toronto FC from the CONCACAF Champi...

Clippers Suffering Growing Pains

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