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LAst Night's Action: Outdoor Hockey at Dodger Stadium

LA Clippers defeat LA Lakers 109-95. Kobe Bryant (LAL): 25 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists. Chris Paul (LAC): 24 points, 5 rebounds, 12 assists, 3 steals. Blake Griffin (LAC): 24 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists.

Goldencents Is Gold at Santa Anita Derby

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was quite a busy man on Saturday. You can almost understand why his team didn't look 100% sharp in their Final Four game against Witchita State in their 72-68. It wasn't the absence of Kevin Ware on the floor. I suspect he had more than a passing interest in what was going on at Santa Anita. As RAP Racing, Pitino owns a small stake in the Doug O'Neill-trained Goldencents running in the $750,000 Grade I Santa Anita Derby.

A Quick Selfish Recap of the Dodgers 1-0 Victory

The Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0. It was a small miracle that I was able to witness the entire game. I had to skip out of the press conference for the Goldencents team at Santa Anita just to ensure I would get to the Ravine in time.

LAst Night's Action: Kings Score Another Dominating Win

LA Kings defeat Edmonton Oilers 4-1 Kings: Mike Richards (9, 1:38 1st), Jeff Carter (22, 15:35 1st PP), Slava Voynov (5, 8:21 2nd PP), Drew Doughty (2, 19:11 3rd EV-EN) Oilers: Magnus Paajarvi (8, 2:18 2nd PP)

It's a Laugher at the Ravine

"There are a thousand people who want to be comedians," Don Mattingly told me. "That's what my dad told me when I was being..." Mattingly's voice trailed off with a smirk. He didn't need to finish the sentence. Snarky, sarcastic, a jackass. Whatever. I deserved it. I was being snarky.

LAst Night's Action: Big Scratch in Santa Anita Derby

LA Lakers defeat Memphis Grizzlies 86-84. Kobe Bryant: 24 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal. Mike Conley: 21 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals.

The Kings Are Rounding Into Playoff Form

Last night it over three hours to see the Dodgers lose to the Giants. Today it took just over three minutes for the Kings to effectively knock the new-look Minnesota Wild out of the game the Kings ultimately won 3-0.

LAst Night's Action: Kings Auction Lucky Dinner and Ring

Cincinnati Reds defeat LA Angels 5-4. W: Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 4.50 ERA). L: Joe Blanton (0-1, 7.20 ERA). S: Aroldis Chapman (1) Joe Blanton: 5IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 1BB, 4K, 3HR, 89 pitches/63 strikes. Bronson Arroyo: 6IP, 8H, 3ER, 1BB, 5K, 93 pitches/62 strikes. HR: Choo Shin-Soo (1), Todd Frazier (1), Chris Heisey (1)

A Whole New Blue?

It's a whole new blue according to the Dodgers new marketing slogan. A new season, a new ownership group (for a full season, that is), a new paint job, some new bells and whistles at the park. But underneath that veneer if you look closely you realize it's the same old Dodgers.

LAst Night's Action: Clippers Get Win No. 50

LA Clippers defeat Phoenix Suns 126-101. DeAndre Jordan: 20 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block.

San Francisco Avenge Their Opening Day Loss against the Dodgers

That was a willie-shrinker, wasn't it? After all the hysteria from Clayton Kershaw's home run in the season opener died down, the Dodgers followed up with a 3-0 two-hit shutout to the San Francisco Giants.

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Retire Shaq's 34

Scoreboard San Francisco Giants defeat LA Dodgers 3-0. Lakers defeat Dallas Mavericks 101-81. Phoenix Coyotes defeat LA Kings 3-1. Legendary Numbers The Lakers retired Shaquille O'Neal's No. 34 jersey during halftime of their game against the Mavericks. Radio Korea The Dodgers announced an partnership with Radio Korea AM 1580 just in time for Ryu Hyun-Jin's Major League debut. Radio Korea will broadcast 60 regular season games. Kings Moves With the NHL trade deadline set...

A Magical Opening Day for Kershaw and the Dodgers

"Opening Day is a special day no matter what," Dodger manager Don Mattingly said. After the Dodgers 4-0 win over the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants, it became clear that sentence was an understatement.

Dodgers Season Preview: Big Payroll Still Leaves Questions Unanswered

The enthusiasm by Dodger fans can be seen on Twitter. New ownership brought about a projected opening day roster to cost in excess of $212 million, the most in baseball history. But you know what Biggie Smalls said: Mo Money, Mo Problems. And the Dodgers aren't dodging that mantra by any means.

US Withstands Mexico in World Cup Qualifier

You would think that a surging Dallas Mavericks trying to challenge the Lakers for a playoff spot would hold my attention given they were hosting the Clippers on TNT. But no. A little game involving kicking a ball that was played to a scoreless draw in Estadio Azteca in Mexico City was the game of the day.

Kings Come Up Empty on Milestone Day

On March 23, 1994, Wayne Gretzky scored his 802nd goal surpassing Gordie Howe's NHL record. The goal was scored against Kirk McLean and the Vancouver Canucks. So what better way to commemorate the occasion and rebound from a bad loss to the Dallas Stars all at once than to play the Canucks?

Excitement in Tournament, Not So Much on the Ice

The tension was palpable all across the country. It almost happened. A No. 16 seed was on the verge of upsetting a no. 1 seed for the first time in the history of the NCAA Tournament.

It's Time for Madness!!!

The real March Madness begins in earnest tomorrow, and it's that time of the year when everyone in your office, domicile, collective or whatever fills out a bracket and pretends to be interested in men's college basketball.

Some History for the Kings and Coyotes

History was riding on this game between the Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes. The final score read 3-2, but there was a little more than met the eye.

Kings High On Purple in Penultimate Purple Crown Game

Li'l Wayne was released from Cedars-Sinai today, so it's time to finally move on and get on with our lives with or without the purple drank, sizzurp, whatever. In other things purple, the Kings have decided to retire their purple crown uniforms that served them from 1998 until 2011. They were demoted to third-uniform status last season in favor of the all-black duds, and seeing how they won the Stanley Cup without the purple crown it seems they have decided to completely eliminate them.

Lots of Ugly with the Lakers and the Clippers

Since my return from vacation, it's been horse racing and hockey. A lot of hockey, really, for which I'm unapologetic. But with the Kings on the road, I finally have time to watch our local basketball teams. And boy were they some ugly games.

What AEG Not Selling Means For The Future of Football in L.A.

Anschutz Entertainment Group will not be for sale and CEO Tim Leiweke will be stepping down, the Anschutz Company announced today in a press release.

Dwight Howard Makes Free Throws in Return to Orlando

People in Orlando were keyed in for Dwight Howard's return. Not only did he leave the Magic hanging in limbo for a couple of seasons wondering whether he would exercise his option, whether he really wanted to stay in Orlando, whether he could still play for Stan Van Gundy. For two seasons he said one thing one day, another thing another day in an effort to say what people want to hear.

Kings Show More Offense as Second Half Begins

With a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames, the Kings have now reached the halfway point of their season. After a slow start to the season the Kings are starting to round into a contender albeit a more offensive one than last season.

Hear the Ghost Gets Upset Win in San Felipe Stakes

Just when you thought you knew everything, you find out you know nothing. The Grade II San Felipe Stakes was billed to be a duel between Bob Baffert's horse Flashback and Doug O'Neill's horse Goldencents. Imagine everyone's surprise when Jerry Hollendorfer's Hear the Ghost charged on the outside to win the stakes and the 50 points in the Kentucky Derby points system.

A Whole New World for the Kings

Friday night the Colorado Avalanche served the Chicago Blackhawks their first regulation loss of the season. It took 25 games, more than halfway through the shortened season, for the Blackhawks to not earn a point in a game.

It's Bob Baffert v. Doug O'Neill in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita

Santa Anita is an integral part of the lead up to the Kentucky Derby on May 4. Saturday's Grade II San Felipe Stakes will play a big role in determining the field for the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.

No Third Period Magic for Kings

After scoring eight goals in the two third periods this week, the magic finally wore off for the Kings. Instead it was the worst period for the Kings as they gave up three goals in the Dallas Stars 5-2 victory.

Another Four-Goal Third Period Saves the Kings

I honestly don't know what to say. The Kings had no business beating the St. Blues tonight. But there they stood on the ice after 60 minutes having won the game 6-4 in a manic four-goal third period comeback.

Hats Off To Jeff Carter

The Kings went 6-1 losing only to the mighty Chicago Blackhawks on the road while I was on vacation. Their first game when I got back was an ugly road loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Maybe it's me? Well it wasn't. Jeff Carter's hat trick erased me off of the scape goat list in the Kings 5-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

Clippers Loss to Thunder Answers Questions

Matinee games are rough. Kings head coach Darryl Sutter likes to call them "pajama parties." The Clippers certainly played like that against the Oklahoma City Thunder throughout most of the game.

Redemption Finds Game On Dude in Historic Performance in Santa Anita Handicap

How many times do you have to disappoint until people give up on you? Game On Dude proved that patience is virtue in a record-breaking win in the $750,000 Grade I Santa Anita Handicap.

Clippers and Ducks Unchanged After Two Weeks

What the hell have I missed the last couple of weeks while traipsing across the country on a road trip? Aside from the Kings starting to win games, nothing much has changed.

Battle of Six-Year-Olds Highlight Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday

It's no longer the "Hundred-Grander". Back in 1935 when the race was first held that was a staggering amount of money. Almost 80 years later, the ten-furlong Grade I Santa Anita Handicap now boasts a purse of $750,000 for the four-year olds and up. The 2013 edition of the race features some drama. The last two winners of the Big 'Cap, Bob Baffert's Game on Dude and Bill Mott's Ron the Greek both six-year olds, will be facing off on Saturday.

Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Has Died

Jerry Buss, longtime owner of the Lakers, has died at the age of 79 of complications from cancer.

Clippers Show No Love to the Lakers

The Clippers showed no love to the Lakers on the last NBA game before the All Star handing out a 125-101 beatdown on Valentine's Day.

Ducks Inch Towards the Top

The Ducks were not the first team to hand the Chicago Blackhawks their first loss in regulation, but they did the next best thing. They went to Chicago and won the game in a shootout 3-2.

Things Looking Up for the Clippers and Kings

Things are starting to look up for the Clippers and the Kings, but how long will it last? Injuries started piling on the Clippers. Chris Paul with the bruised knee. Chauncey Billups with tendinitis in his left foot. Blake Griffin with a strained left hamstring. That explains as they lost eight of 11 games including horrible losses to Toronto, Boston and Washington that just left you shaking your head.

Lakers and Kings Get Much Needed Road Wins

Tuesday night saw two Los Angeles teams desperately needing wins getting them. It sounds strange to say that the Lakers were desperate for the win since they have gone 2-1 on this Grammy road trip entering play tonight. But coughing up leads in those three games and being four games under .500 makes every game crucial for the Lakers. This was especially true in Brooklyn tonight with tricky games in Boston, Charlotte (yes, Charlotte) and Miami set to close out the road trip.

Clippers Keep Losing and Losing and Losing

Thanks to the Lakers and the Super Bowl, the spotlight was taken off the Clippers for a little bit. But as we rolled around today in our own preservative filled post-Super Bowl hangover of discarded pig intestines and processed dairy products and assorted amalgamations of sodium-enhanced legume mixtures, it was hard not to take a look at the Clippers tonight.

The Ugliness Continues for the Kings

That was a painful hockey game to watch. There weren't any fights or broken bones (that I know of). There were no torn knee ligaments. The game just wouldn't end. Not in regulation, not in overtime, not even in the required three rounds of the shootout. In the eighth round of the shootout Simon Gagne couldn't win it for the Kings. Instead Sergei Kostitsyn did the honors for the Nashville Predators to give them a 2-1 victory, their first shootout victory in four chances this season.

Lakers and Clippers Have Different Starts to the Grammy Road Trips

What a difference a week makes. One week ago the Lakers finished up a completely woeful three-game road trip in Memphis losing their fourth straight game 106-93. The cries of "Trade Dwight!" and "Trade Pau!" and "Fire D'Antoni!" and "Kobe is a ballhog!" erupted in a symphony of cacophony throughout the Southland.

The Little Kings That Could

They thought they could. They thought they could. The game wasn't pretty. "It's not pretty," Simon Gagne confirmed. "We still have a lot of work to do." They do. Missed passes. Linemates skating at different speeds. Coverages busted. Pucks given away in the defensive zone. Five games into the new season things are still looking rough for the Kings. But once the final horn sounded, the scoreboard read a 3-2 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Dodgers, Time Warner Cable Announce SportsNet LA

It's a regional sports network! The Dodgers announced they will be launching their very own RSN SportsNet LA in an agreement with Time Warner Cable.

Manti Te'o and the Fake Girlfriend: The Final Movement

I was ready to watch Manti Te'o's confessional with Katie Couric. I had my snacks and refreshments laid out in front of me. I turned off my phones. I made sure my laptop was out of reach. It took me three minutes before I switched over to SportsCenter and moved on with my day.

The Powerless Kings Still Winless

The game between the Kings and the Edmonton Oilers was a deep study of the rulebook, ineffective power-plays and patience. At times it was like watching the Lakers playing the Washington Wizards. Unfortunately for the Kings, the results are starting to look Laker-like as they fell to the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in overtime.

Reality Bites the Kings

Three minutes, 41 seconds. That's the time it took for the reality to hit the Kings, the reality of having to defend a championship. Reality bit the Kings as they lost their season opener 5-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Actual Sports

Beards and dope. The spotlight in sports this week has been focused on everything but sports itself. Thankfully we have the Clippers and the Lakers here in Los Angeles to focus on, for one day at least.

Want To Celebrate a Stanley Cup?

I'm an awful person. I haven't been to Kings practice at all this week save for their STAPLES Center exhibition which made me question my existence. So I'm going to jump into the season headfirst tomorrow morning. Irish coffee anyone?

Manti Te'o, JT LeRoy and the Confusing Tale of Lennay Kekua

In the late 1990's and early 2000's, JT LeRoy was the hot young author. His harrowing works included the novel Sarah and short story collection The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things and detailed child molestation and rape, prostitution, drug abuse that struck a nerve with the public. His fans included Dennis Cooper, Gus Van Sant, Shirley Manson of Garbage. Even Asia Argento directed and starred in a film adaptation of The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things in 2004.

Notre Dame Stands By Their Man and the Lies They Told Us

I have a big problem with Notre Dame and their credibility issue. Their policy of protecting its football players at all costs makes their defense of Manti Te'o and his fake girlfriend ring very hollow.

Kings Announced Truncated Schedule

Sunday evening the NHL and the NHL Players' Association officially signed all the documents needed to end what was perhaps the most idiotic lockout in sports history. That meant the Kings were finally able to officially release their 48-game schedule.

Steady Will (Hopefully) Win the Race for the Kings

The NHL already killed off nearly three months of the season, so what's another several days? The Kings held a press conference this afternoon at STAPLES Center to help kick off the new season which is set to drop on January 19. For the Kings, stability and familiarity will be the key to get through the truncated 48-game season sprint.

Corrections and Backpedaling

I've been sloppy lately. It seems like I have to make some corrections and retractions. 1. Dodger Stadium renovations update. A Dodgers spokesman contacted me today and emphasized that in order to widen concourses and add seating areas for fans in wheelchairs, seats will not be removed from the Top Deck section. The last two to four rows will be removed from the pricier Reserve, Loge and Field levels to widen their concourses. They also reiterated that no decisions have been made on where to place the remaining seats.

Dodger Renovations Don't Quite Add Up

The Dodgers unveiled their upgrades to Dodger Stadium to us unsavory media types today. Something about the renovations left me scratching my head.

No New Hall of Famers for Baseball

The Baseball Writers Association of America elected no one into the Hall of Fame. Enshrinement requires 75% of the vote of which first-time nominee Craig Biggio came closest with 68.2% of the vote. This is the eighth time that the BBWAA did not elect anyone, the first time since 1996.

The Clippers, US Junior Hockey and NHL. Oh My!

This weekend provided us some very unexpected results that were alternately great and frustrating. From the NBA to World Junior Hockey to the NHL, they demanded to be noticed from the juggernaut that is the NFL playoffs.

YOU Can Help Save Pau Gasol

Poor Pau Gasol. The Spaniard big man for the Lakers have suffered the humiliation of this 15-18 Laker season. He's averaging a career-low 12 points per game. He's been told by Kobe Bryant to put on his "big boy pants." His knees are shot. He's been turned into a jump shooter. His teammates won't give him the damn ball.

Clippers Halt Losing By Holding Off Lakers

The Clippers found the magic pill that cures a basketball existential crisis: play the Lakers. The Clippers beat the Lakers 107-102

Rough Road for the Clippers This Year

The Clippers finally lost. In a lackluster performance in Denver, the Clippers lost to the Nuggets 92-78 and with it their 17-game winning streak. Now after losing to the Golden State Warriors 115-94, the Clippers have hit their first rough patch since late November when their streak began.

Santa Anita Opens Winter Meet Tomorrow

We've suffered the disappointment of the apocalypse not happening. We've had to endure a traumatic meal with our family both extended and nuclear. Thanks to the folks at Santa Anita, they are helping us all in Southern California avoid a third-strike trauma of dealing with after-Christmas sales and shoppers.

Top Five Sexiest L.A. Sportswriters

It's easy to do a "Top 10 LA Sports Moments of 2012" list or something equally asinine, although I won't say that I won't do the same exact thing in the final weeks we have in 2012. So I decided to do a top-five list of the sexiest sports writers in Los Angeles.

Have the Tides Changed in the Southland's Sports Landscape?

The folks at KPCC allowed me to pollute their airwaves this morning traveling at 89.3 megahertz through the Los Angeles skies this morning. In the final segment of "Take Two" the suave A. Martinez and I discussed whether what the Angels and the Clippers are doing will make a dent in the Dodgers and Lakers hegemony.

Magic Johnson and Much Ado About the Lakers

Sayeth Magic Johnson at Dodger Stadium on Monday, "We have got to get back to playing solid defense. That will make the offense go." It wasn't the Dodgers he was talk about either.

Dodgers Acquire Skip Schumaker from Cardinals for Minor Leaguer

As if Ryu Hyun-Jin and Zack Greinke weren't enough, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reported that the Dodgers have traded for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and second baseman Skip Schumaker pending a physical. According to Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness the Dodgers will be sending minor league shortstop Jake Lemmerman in exchange.

All Smiles at Dodger Stadium, For Now

To steal from the GEICO commercials, Dodger fans are happier than a witch at a broom factory, a slinky on an escalator. After what had been a quiet offseason, the Dodgers exploded all over baseball signing free agent right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke on Saturday and South Korean southpaw Ryu Hyun-Jin on Sunday. Including the posting fee for Ryu, the Dodgers spent more than $210 million in two days for the two starting pitchers.

Dodgers Win the Zack Greinke Sweepstakes

All of the future television money has finally landed the Dodgers one of the more coveted free agents this offseason. The Dodgers will be signing former AL Cy Young Award winning starting pitcher Zack Greinke.

Korean Drama and the Dodgers

The Dodgers and South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin were unable to agree to a contract agreement. After the Dodgers won exclusive negotiating rights with the pitcher by posting a bid north of $25 million last month to the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization, the two sides had 30 days to reach a contract agreement.

Screw the NHL

After the latest breakdown of talks between the NHL and the NHL Players Association, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters that he was disappointed beyond belief. NHL executive director Donald Fehr looked shocked in his own press conference.

Despite Milestones, Lakers a Hodgepodge

Is it too late for the Lakers to go back to Bernie Bickerstaff? Things are not all right, the Lakers unable to hold onto fourth quarter leads. A lot of fingers are pointed at Dwight Howard's shitty free throw shooting.

LA Public Address Announcer David Courtney Passes Away

According to the Los Angeles Kings, public address announcer David Courtney, 54, died. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

The Ridiculousness of the NHL Lockout

On Friday the NHL canceled games through December 14 and the All Star Weekend set for Columbus, Ohio on January 26 and 27. And so the lockout drags on.

UCLA Rules Los Angeles on a Wild Saturday

For the first time since 1961 raindrops were spotted during the annual USC-UCLA game. It seems like it has been just as long since the Bruins beat the Trojans. But as the rain was pouring onto the Rose Bowl turf on a day with bizarre results, the scoreboard left no room of incredulity in the Bruins 38-28 victory over the Trojans giving them the Pac-12 South title.

Is This UCLA's Year?: College Football Schedule

These are strange times for college football in Southern California with things looking bright for UCLA. UCLA comes into Saturday with an 8-2 record while USC is 7-3. UCLA (17, AP; 16, USA Today; 17, BCS) comes into the matchup ranked higher than USC (21, AP; 21, USA Today; 18, BCS) for the first time since 2001 when the 20th ranked Bruins met the unranked Trojans in the Coliseum. This has all the makings of one of the classic rivalry games which has a lot of people taking note.

The Clippers Championship Caliber and the Lakers Lame?

The Clippers last night convincingly beat the Miami Heat at STAPLES Center 107-100 to run their record up to 6-2. The Clippers have beat the Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs and the Heat all in convincing fashion.

Lakers Focused Despite the Chaos and Loss to the Spurs

Phil Jackson wanted too much money, didn't want to travel, wanted to skip morning shootarounds and wanted to drag Jim Buss by the scalp through L.A. Live during the unveiling of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's statue in front of STAPLES Center much akin to the stonings from the days of yore.

Mike D'Antoni to Coach the Lakers

According to LA Times' Mike Bresnahan and ESPN's J.A. Adande, Mike D'Antoni will be the next head coach of the Lakers. The Lakers fired head coach Mike Brown on Friday after starting the season 1-4.

Trojans Deflated Balls: Plus College Football Schedule

Things just kept piling on for the USC Trojans this week. You really can't make this up. On Wednesday night, USC announced one of their student managers for the football team had been fired for deflating game balls during the Trojans game against the Oregon Ducks.

Who Will Be the Lakers' Next Head Coach?

Five games into the season, the Lakers have to start over from scratch after firing head coach Mike Brown. The Lakers started a disappointing 1-4 with calls for Brown's head coming from fans all through social media.

Clippers Open Eyes While Fans Wish Their Eyes Were Closed Watching the Lakers

There is some good news for the Clippers. There is some bad news for the Clippers. The good news is that they resoundingly beat the previously undefeated San Antonio Spurs 106-84. After back-to-back home losses against the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, there seemed to be some let down after emotional wins to start the season against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Lakers.

Game On Dude Choke Paves Way for Fort Larner in Breeders' Cup Classic

Everything was set for Game On Dude after last year's disappointment in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. With the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park where Game On Dude was undefeated in five races, the stage was set for his atonement.

Drama and Upsets Headline First Day of Breeders' Cup Races

All of the drama and excitement anticipated from the Breeders' Cup came to fruition in the first day of the races with Royal Delta being the only favorite to win a Breeders' Cup race in the $2 million Ladies' Classic, the final race of the day.

College Football Listings Week 10: The SEC Monster Won't Die

It's that time of the year that everyone in the South has waited for: the LSU-Alabama rematch. People down in Baton Rouge are so happy, they have planned to brush their tooth Saturday morning to commerate the occasion.

Clippers Issue the Opening Salvo to the Lakers

The Battle of Los Angeles was an incident that occured over the skies of Los Angeles just months after Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan in World War II. It ended up being a false alarm. Somehow that does seem like an appropriate metaphor for this Lakers-Clippers slap-and-tickle fight.

Game On Dude Highlights a Drama-Filled Breeders Cup

The Breeders' Cup Championship returns to Santa Anita Park after two years at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. Although there is no Zenyatta like the last time the Championship was here, there is no lack of excitement for the two days of races.

Nothing Comes Up Roses for the Lakers

Steve Nash told reporters after the Lakers opening night loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday that things would get uglier before they got better for the Laekrs. He was right. The Lakers were charitable to the Portland Trail Blazers coughing up the ball 25 times en route to their 116-106 loss.

A Lot of Patience Is Required for the Lakers

Much has been made of the Lakers hiring Eddie Jordan as an assistant coach and installing the Princeton offense. The results throughout the 0-8 preseason looked rather lackluster and continued into the regular season opener as the Lakers fell to the Dallas Mavericks 99-91.

Giants and Tigers Game 2: A Lonely Fister in San Francisco

It was a rough evening for Tigers starter Doug Fister in the second game of the World Series in San Francisco. The Giants won 2-0 in the pitchers' duel to take a 2-0 lead in the series as it heads to Detroit for three games.

Giants and Tigers Game 1: New Narratives Needed

The clicking you heard throughout the evening were narratives that had to be rewritten as the first game of the 108th World Series got underway in San Francisco. We were supposed to marvel and salivate over Justin Verlander, or Mr. Kate Upton as he may be known in some corners, and his wafer-thin 0.74 ERA in three games this postseason.

Friday Night Lights: The Narbonne Edition

So we're not in Dallas, Texas, home to the Allen High School $60 million football stadium and have a network prime time television show dedicated to the drama of high school football, but among us lives one of the best high school programs in the nation.

Lucky Primo Headlines Cal-Bred Winners at Santa Anita California Cup Day

It wasn't the 95-degree day that I've been accustomed to dealing with in my last several trips to Santa Anita Park. But that made it a perfect setting for showcasing the best of the California-bred horses on the 23rd annual California Cup Day.

Who Needs Hockey? Here's the College Football Television Listings!

You should be reading about the Kings raising a Stanley Cup Championship banner at STAPLES Center, a sold-out crowd of 18,118 on their feet while the Kings have their final public celebration of the franchise's first championship. Finally above the retired numbers and the cringing embarrassment of their 1990-91 Smythe Division and 1992-93 Campbell Conference banners, they have a real banner up there in the rafters.

Time Warner and Lakers: A Marriage Made In...?

No Dwight Howard, no Kobe Bryant, no interest. It didn't really matter that the Lakers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 93-75 especially since from the sound of the outrage on the interweb the only people who witnessed the game were the people at Citizen's Bank Arena in Ontario.

Good Night Dodgers

Dodger reliver Kenley Jansen's 94 mph fastball low and outside to the Giants Xavier Nady got him swinging and missing for strike three. That's how the Dodgers season ended, a 5-1 victory over the Giants.

It's Over for the Dodgers

Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. It was quite the warm night the Dodgers were going into as they tried to heed the advice of Dylan Thomas as told by Vin Scully. Refusing to succumb to their deficiencies the Dodgers flailed and kicked and refused to go quietly "into that good night", but finally came up short in Game 161, a 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

The Dodgers Won't Die

Standing in the way between the Dodgers and a postseason berth are the St. Louis Cardinals, the San Francisco Giants and time. The Cardinals magic number to clinch the final National League wild card spot was two heading into play on Monday. And all three obstacles nearly eliminated the Dodgers Monday night. Nearly.

Dodgers Sweep the Rockies, Remain Two Games Behind Cardinals

Against all odds, common sense, logic and what not, the Dodgers are still in contention for the final wild card spot. Coming into Sunday's game the Dodgers trailed the St. Louis Cardinals by two games for that final spot with four games left.

Rafael Bejarano Heats Up on a Hot Day at Santa Anita

The big opening Saturday to start the Autumn Meet at Santa Anita, like last year, was a scorcher with the mercury reaching the 95-degree mark. Even hotter than the weather was jockey Rafael Bejarano who rode three horses into Breeders' Cup qualification including the intriguing Game On Dude.

College Football Listings Week 5: Beware of the Upset

Looking at the schedule of games below, it looks like a wading pool of shit for Week 5. LSU playing Towson? What the hell is a "Towson"?

Dodgers Hang Another Eight Runs

It was a laugher at Dodger Stadium and not only because the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 8-0.

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