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Blue breakthrough: Roberts hired as Dodgers’ skipper

Posted November 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Los Angeles Dodgers have hired the first minority manager in the baseball club’s 100-year-plus history.
Numerous media organizations are reporting that Dave Roberts – a former player for the team – has accepted the job. A formal announcement is expected today.
Roberts’ father is African American and his mother Japanese. He grew up in Japan and San Diego. His hiring comes almost 70 years after the …

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2 daily fantasy sports sites call audible on opponents   

Posted November 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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As New York moves to ban daily fantasy sports, the fate of the online practice in California – which ranks second behind the Empire State in the number of players – is still very much in the air.
Two of the industry’s leaders, FanDuel and DraftKings, on Friday sent emails to its players in California urging them to speak out against a push from state …

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Talented Clippers gunning for first NBA championship

Posted November 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
DeAndre Jordan and the rest of the Clippers franchise have high hopes for the season. Photo: Keith Allison/CC

The Los Angeles Clippers are off to a hot start this season.
It’s only been a year since the Clippers were put in an unflattering spotlight because of racially-charged comments made by former owner Donald Sterling and it’s been about six months since the team’s spectacular playoff collapse against the Houston Rockets.
But all that seems far in the past.
Sterling is gone — billionaire Steve Ballmer now owns …

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Are the Lakers on the road out of oblivion?

Posted October 30, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Kobe Bryant will retire at the end of this season, his 20th with the Lakers.  Photo: Keith Allison/Wikimedia

The Lakers stumbled in their first game of the season, blowing a lead and losing by a single point to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not a great start, but after the two worst seasons in the history of the storied franchise, there does appear to be a reason for some optimism.
We’re not talking about a championship. In fact, most NBA watchers say it is highly unlikely …

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Trojans’ turmoil continues

Posted October 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Happier times in the Los Angeles Coliseum in 2006 when the Trojans went 11-2, winning the Pac-10. Photo: Bobak Ha'Eri/Creative Commons

This was supposed to be the year that USC football returned to national prominence.
One year after tough sanctions that were imposed by college football’s governing body ended, the Trojans opened the season in the Top 10 in the polls, with high hopes of qualifying for college football’s four-team playoff.
But not much has gone right for USC.
Coach Steve Sarkisian was fired after he behaved erratically …

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Vin Scully is heading into final inning for the Dodgers

Posted August 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The end of an era is coming…
Okay, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, we all knew that Vin Scully could not go on forever. Now it’s official, or at least semi-official.
Scully thrilled Dodger fans when he announced that he’ll be back for the 2016 season, his 67th with the club. But the joy in Dodgerville was tempered when, a day later, the …

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Does L.A.’s 2024 Olympics plan rely on fuzzy math?

Posted August 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Let the budget games begin.
The committee responsible for deciding if L.A. will make a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games is holding its first meeting today. And there will be a lot to consider. A new report from the city’s top budget officials sites a number of potential problems, including possible cost overruns building housing for athletes.
The report from City Administrative Officer …

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Mixer: LA’s gold medal push

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles has a lot going for it as the potential host of the 2024 Summer Games.
The city hosted the Games back in 1932 and 1984, and there are stadiums already built for another summer games event around the area.
U.S. Olympic Committee officials want an official bid to send on to their international counterparts within the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, the USOC says there is …

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L.A. back in play as host of 2024 Summer Olympics

Posted August 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Los Angeles is getting ready for another Olympics, or at least an Olympic bid.
Mayor Eric Garcetti says L.A. is nearing a deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee to be this country’s candidate for the 2024 Summer Games. Unlike Boston – which recently dropped out of the bidding – Garcetti says L.A. would be willing to guarantee that the city will cover any cost overruns …

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Dodger blue is incredibly green

Posted July 24, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]

The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to top the National League West this season, albeit barely.
And, really, it didn’t matter that they topped the NL West at the end of last season, because they blew it in the playoffs.
But with the biggest payroll in the major leagues, an ownership group that paid $2 billion for the team a few years ago, and an $8 billion deal …

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Beyond sports, how the Special Olympics serves its athletes

Posted July 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Special Olympics World Games kick off Saturday July 25 with 6,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing in sports ranging from swimming to rollerskating.
There are also 30,000 volunteers who are helping to run the event. Organizers say it’s the biggest sporting event to be held in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics.
Here’s a schedule.
KCRW spoke with Jeff Carr, Chief Operating Officer of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games about the …

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New soccer club makes a pitch for Sports Arena site

Posted May 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Los Angeles Football Club won’t field a team until 2018 – but today the fledgling soccer team is announcing plans for a $250 million, 22,000-seat stadium that would replace the L.A. Sports Arena.
The complex would include a conference center, restaurants and a soccer museum, and it would be the country’s most expensive privately funded soccer stadium.
Construction would be financed by the team’s celebrity-heavy …

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Failed cable merger may keep Dodger fans in the dark

Posted April 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Comcast and Time Warner Cable officially called off their planned $45 billion merger this morning in the face of skepticism from U.S. media regulators.
The question now in Southern California is how that decision will affect the long-running impasse over the Dodgers TV channel.
Dodger officials had said that the merger of the cable giants would smooth the way to a solution to the TV mess, …

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Foes targeting transgender rights law, once again

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

If at first you don’t succeed…Opponents of a two-year-old law that allows transgender students in California to choose which school bathrooms they use and the gender of the sports teams they join are trying once again to take their fight to voters.
Activists with a group called Privacy for All are collecting signatures for what they call the Personal Privacy Protection Act: a proposition proposed …

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It’s no day in the park for tailgating Dodgers fans

Posted April 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Dodgers season got off on the right foot as they staged a late comeback to beat the San Diego Padres at Chavez Ravine. But the experience wasn’t so pleasing for some fans who complained of a heavy-handed police presence during traditional Open Day tailgating parties in Elysian Park and extended waiting at the turnstiles.
The club and the LAPD have put extra security measures …

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Mixer: Dodger Blues

Posted April 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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First pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine is Saturday evening at 6:10 PST, when they’ll play the Angels in a Spring Training ‘freeway’ matchup.
They’ll start the season on Monday for the official home opener against the Padres.
And they’ll be looking to advance further into the playoffs than they did last year, when they came up short.
But most fans who want to see …

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Dodgers are flush, but blackout has fans seeing red

Posted April 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

As the Dodgers prepare to begin their 57th season in Los Angeles, the team is flush with cash and staring down the barrel of an escalating PR nightmare.
For the second straight year, it appears a majority of fans in the region won’t be able to watch Kershaw, Puig, Gonzalez et al. when the games begin because of an ongoing pricing dispute between Time Warner …

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Loving L.A.: $$ signs point to return of NFL in 2016

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The much-discussed return of professional football to Los Angeles continues to pick up steam. NFL owners are holding their annual meeting this week in Phoenix, and several are saying that the league will probably kick off games here in 2016.
NFL owners are considering three stadium proposals as they meet in the Arizona desert. The one generating the most buzz is a plan by St. …

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Yet another NFL stadium proposal…still no team

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 4 Comments | ]

Is it real, or merely a last-ditch attempt to extract concessions from the citizens of San Diego and Oakland?
The Chargers and the Raiders football teams say they’re making plans to build a shared stadium in Carson. The clubs are bitter rivals on the gridiron. Their business partnership stems from each team’s inability to get a stadium built in their home cities. The teams say …

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Deja-blue: Another year without the Dodgers on TV?

Posted January 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

L.A. baseball fans could be in for another blue bummer this year.
Far from being resolved in the offseason, the dispute that’s kept Dodgers games out of about 70 percent of the region’s homes has become increasingly tangled.
Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter says there have been no new negotiations to end the pricing tiff between Time Warner Cable and other TV providers. Time Warner owns the …

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