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Billie Jean King and her emotional journey back to ‘Battle of the Sexes’

By Tom Hoffarth|

Whicker: Penny Chenery and Secretariat lived beyond their years

The story of Secretariat is timeless. Those who wrote it are not. Penny Chenery, the owner, died on Saturday at 95. Trainer Lucien Laurin passed away in 2000.  Eddie Sweat, the groom whom Secretariat followed like a dog trailing...

By Mark Whicker|


  • Horse Racing

    Gun Runner coming on as Horse of the Year candidate

    In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new sheriff in town. His name is Gun Runner, and even though he’s come up empty in two races against Arrogate in his career, he’s the current frontrunner for Horse of the Year. Back in July, before Arrogate flopped as the 1-20 favorite in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, the son of Unbridled’s Song was an odds-on choice to win Horse of the Year, an award he narrowly lost last year to California Chrome after a...

    Art Wilson

  • Motorsports

    NASCAR, NHRA championship runs get underway this week

    It’s just a coincidence both the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup and NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will start the championship portion of their respective schedules this week. NASCAR will be in Chicago for the beginning of its 10-race schedule that will finish Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which escaped major damage from the recent Hurricane Irma. Sixteen drivers are in the playoffs and four are eliminated after three-race segments until the surviving quartet battle for...

    Louis Brewster

  • Soccer

    Toronto FC allows Galaxy fans to watch best team in MLS

    The best reason to watch the Galaxy game in Carson this weekend (7:30 p.m. Spectrum SportsNet) is not to see L.A., plumbing new MLS depths, but to take in all-conquering, MLS-leading Toronto FC, already being talked about as the best team ever in MLS. Toronto (17-3-8) became the first MLS team to qualify for the playoffs last weekend, with U.S. international Jozy Altidore scoring twice in a 4-0 rout of San Jose on the same day his girlfriend, tennis star Sloane Stephens, captured her...

    Nick Green

  • College football

    Wolf: Pac-12 football gets scary after dark

    It’s only two weeks into the season and the catch-phrase “Pac-12 after dark” is already scaring fans brave enough to watch. The Conference of Champions offered San Diego State pummeling Arizona State, Houston holding off Arizona and Minnesota routing Oregon State on Saturday night. All home games, by the way, for Pac-12 teams. Washington State trailed Boise State, 31-10, but came back and won in triple-overtime or the night would have been a complete embarrassment...

    Scott Wolf

  • Los Angeles Rams

    Jared Goff and the Rams delivered more than a win on Sunday, they created hope

    LOS ANGELES >> Just before Rams quarterback Jared Goff disappeared into the Coliseum tunnel late Sunday afternoon to celebrate his first win as an NFL quarterback, he paused, peeked over to a hundred or so fans shouting his name from the stands and raised his right arm to the sky. The roar that immediately erupted was unlike anything we’ve heard from the Coliseum for an NFL team in what seems like forever. Not two minutes before, 31-year-old Rams head coach Sean...

    Vincent Bonsignore

  • Dodgers

    Whicker: LA Dodgers’ parachute still won’t open

    LOS ANGELES >> On Aug. 25, when the Dodgers were 91-36, they risked depression to realize they would soon be 0-0. Now 0-0, and the promise of a reset, looks like two heavenly beacons on the shore. Winning baseball games used to be like waking up in the morning. The same team that couldn’t lose for winning finds itself bound to a parachute that won’t open. They have lost 10 consecutive games for the first time since 1992, when they went 72-90. They were...

    Mark Whicker

  • Los Angeles Rams

    Rams, Sean McVay take a knee and everything else they want vs. Colts

    LOS ANGELES >> His play-calling was measured, effective and, at times, even inspired. At the end, it was something else completely, something shocking after witnessing the Rams mostly depress all of last season. Sean McVay’s play-calling, to cap his head-coaching debut Sunday, was celebratory. He ordered his team to assemble in victory formation and his backup quarterback to take a clock-emptying knee … still with two minutes...

    By Jeff Miller @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

  • Columnists

    Play It Forward: Charging to the end of NFL Week 1 with fidget spinners and throw pillows for Bolts fans

    Ranking the top 10 sports events Sept. 11-17 you won’t want to miss: NO. 1: NFL WEEK 1: CHARGERS at DENVER Details/TV: At Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Monday at 7:20 p.m., ESPN and Ch. 7 Bed Bath & Beyond can sell you all sorts of stuff with NFL licensed logos attached to them – from towels to tumblers to all your toiletry-related needs. A recent shopping trip showed more what “beyond” really...

    Tom Hoffarth

  • USC

    Trojans refuse to repeat Cardinal sins

    LOS ANGELES -- Rasheem Green said it was a week of sacrifice. Maybe you don’t take that post-practice nap. Maybe you realize that the  XBox will still be there after Saturday. Maybe you go to the computer and cue up the tape and try to find the keys to the kingdom, try to learn why Stanford’s offense looks so old and yet works so new, sort of like USC Village. Only the fourth and fifth-year players at USC knew how it felt to beat...

    Mark Whicker

  • Los Angeles Rams

    The ‘Fight for L.A.’ between the Rams and Chargers begins ... now

    My oh my, how the NFL landscape has seismically shifted in Los Angeles over the last 20 months. The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers? Yup, that really happened. And Year One of their co-existence begins Sunday. The Rams host the Colts at the Coliseum. The Chargers will be in Denver for “Monday Night Football” against the Broncos. The Fight for L.A. is on. For real. Crazy, right? We went 21 years without pro...

    Vincent Bonsignore

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