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Whicker: The real season begins, and maybe the Lakers do, too

By Mark Whicker|

Patrick Long continues GT rivalry with Alvaro Parente

Veteran driver Patrick Long from Manhattan Beach will resume his intense GT sports car rivalry with Alvaro Parente this weekend in the fourth and fifth rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. Fo...

By Louis Brewster|


  • Columnists

    Ward boxing’s new dragon tamer

    LAS VEGAS >> Twenty rounds ago, Sergey Kovalev was boxing’s pre-eminent dragon, a beast who bloodied people for sport. Two fights with Andre Ward have not only tamed Kovalev. They have reduced him. On Saturday night he was on one knee as referee Tony Weeks waved his hands in adjournment, and Ward kept the three light-heavyweight championships he took from Kovalev last November. Kovalev had little to say afterward. The people around him did. Promoter Kathy...

    Mark Whicker

  • Sports media

    KLAC’s Vassegh touches all the bases with dad and Dodgers duties

    By the time Dodgers’ charter lands at LAX on Sunday night following the team’s week of work in Cleveland and Cincinnati, KLAC/570 team beat reporter David Vassegh will still need a couple more hours to get to to his West Hills home figuring his 4-year-old daughter Adriana and 1 1/2-year-old son Joseph will be long asleep. But he won’t have missed out on Father’s Day. The Vassegh family strategy was to celebrate it a week earlier. On the Sunday...

    Tom Hoffarth

  • Lakers

    Heisler: Lakers still look fixated on Lonzo Ball, for better and worse

    To Ball or not to Ball? For the Lakers, that is the question. Unfortunately for Lonzo and his father, LaVar, who announced the Lakers are their best fit, they’re not running the draft. Magic Johnson is and he has questions about Lonzo, not to mention the three-ring circus around him with LaVar as ringmaster. If this is Lonzo’s pro debut, it’s Magic’s, too, as head of the Lakers’ basketball operation. For Lonzo, it’s win-win since...

    By Mark Heisler @MarkHeisler on Twitter|

  • Angels

    Whicker: Yesterday’s gone, so let’s appreciate the Warriors as they are

    They have won 207 regular season games in the past three regular seasons. They have played in three consecutive NBA Finals and won two. They have won 11 playoff series, and their flamboyantly communal style has put NBA TV ratings into new orbits. But it isn’t enough to ask the Golden State Warriors to beat all their contemporaries again and again. Now we ask them to face ghosts. We say they wouldn’t beat the 1996 Bulls, the 1985 Lakers, the 1967 Sixers, any...


  • Boxing

    Boxing: Sergey Kovalev will have his hands full in Andre Ward rematch

    Andre Ward does not hit that hard, but he is difficult to hit cleanly. Even if you don’t think he beat Sergey Kovalev in November, he was at least close because of that ability to evade the worst a punch has to offer. Ward was decked in the second round, but by the second half of the fight he fought like he had figured out Kovalev, and took the decision by a point on all three cards. This newspaper had Kovalev winning by a point, but Ward earned respect here. Since...

    Robert Morales

  • Clippers

    Heisler: Jerry West coming home — almost

    If Lakerdom loved the idea of bringing Jerry West back to the team he played for so brilliantly and ran so expertly, he missed by about 50 feet, which is how far their dressing room is from the Clippers’ in the Staples Center hall. Who’d have thunk it? Not me. I wrote a lot of columns suggesting the wisdom of bringing West back before and after the Lakers fired Mitch Kupchak (oh yeah, and Jim Buss). As good a nuts-and-bolts GM as Kupchak was, it would have...

    By Mark Heisler @MarkHeisler on Twitter|

  • Boxing

    Whicker: Andre Ward knows the dangers of boxing’s ring of fire

    LAS VEGAS >> This is Day 6 of the darkness for Daniel Franco. On Saturday night, a right hand by Jose Haro punched his face in. They took Franco to a hospital in Sioux Falls, Iowa, and performed emergency brain surgery. On Monday they did it again. This time the doctors said they were going to leave off part of his skull, to alleviate pressure. On Tuesday, Franco’s father Al said his son’s temperature was normal again. On Thursday, Al said they had cut down...

    Mark Whicker

  • College

    Miller: Cal State Fullerton baseball has ‘I’ in the sky

    He had passion, spirit and a commitment that could survive any amount of extra innings. But Ira Goldstein also was blessed with the greatest of gifts for the super fan. A pair of mitts capable of producing thunder that could fill an entire ballpark. “He had a big set of hands,” said Steve DiTolla, Cal State Fullerton’s senior associate athletic director. “They were as big as his heart.” Everyone had just seen him on Sunday in Long Beach,...

    By Jeff Miller @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

  • Los Angeles Rams

    Greg Robinson trade illustrates a new way of thinking by the Rams

    The writing was on the wall well before the Rams traded Greg Robinson to the Detroit Lions early Thursday morning for a sixth-round draft pick. So we won’t give them too much credit for acting decisively and wisely in completing the trade, which puts to rest the inglorious three-year Rams career of a player of whom so much was expected after he was selected second overall in the 2014 draft and yet so little was delivered. The former Auburn star was supposed to lock...

    Vincent Bonsignore

  • Motorsports

    Ventura Raceway hosts National Speedway Motorcycle Championships

    The first of four rounds for the National Speedway Motorcycle Championship is set for Saturday night at Ventura Raceway. Fans of the sport will remember the event in the 1970s and 1980s when tracks in Costa Mesa, San Bernardino, Santa Maria and Victorville held weekly shows. There were also tracks in Carlsbad, Glen Helen, Paso Robles and Lake Perris This year, just four rounds will determine the state champion. Billy Janniro is the defending series champ and winner of the Ventura...

    Louis Brewster

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