Results tagged “Jimmy Bramlett”

The Ballad of Casey Blake's Elbow

Blake was sent to the hospital during the Dodgers’ game against the Florida Marlins on Monday for what seemed like a swollen bursa sac on his elbow - olecranon bursitis to be exact. Not only did it swell, like a “big squash” according to Conte, but Blake came down with a fever of 102 degrees that would not go away.

Dodgers Cough One Up Against Padres

Sometimes art imitates life. If playing the game of baseball can be construed as art, well the Dodgers did a good job of imitating their life in their 5-2 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Dodger Players Sign On To Aid the South

On this May Day, the Dodgers plan to answer the mayday call from the states affected by the storm- and tornado-related disasters in the South. Headed by Dodgers’ reliever Lance Cormier whose family resides in Tuscaloosa, Ala. that was particularly hard hit, he and other players, coaches and Manager Don Mattingly will take part in autograph sessions today in Lot 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and on Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in Lot G in Autograph Alley outside of center field.

Dodgers' Monitor Outlines His Job

“I’d prefer not to be called Monitor Schieffer,” Major League Baseball trustee and former U.S. Ambassador to Australia and Japan Tom Schieffer clarified to reporters on Friday at Dodger Stadium. And that was not the only clarification he made to reporters on Friday in the field level seats at Dodger Stadium as he went into more detail of his job function in his ever-present genteel Texas demeanor.

Dodgers Make Things Interesting, Hang On To Defeat Padres

As chaotic as things have been for the Dodgers, at least on Friday night there were some shining moments to report on from the field. Even another wild fishing trip from closer Jonathan Broxton searching for the third out in the ninth inning couldn’t spoil what the Dodgers accomplished: they flashed some power against a pitching staff with the best ERA in the National League as they defeated the San Diego Padres 3-2.

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Squash Hornets, Advance to Second Round

LA Lakers defeat New Orleans Hornets 98-80. After the Hornets stunned the Lakers in Game 1, this was supposed to be the team that gave the Lakers a lot of problems as a lot of pundits said. Well the problem was downsized to a whimper in Game 6. “It took us a considerable amount of time to figure out this team,” head coach Phil Jackson said. “But tonight was our best defensive effort.” That’s...

The Battle of Dodger Stadium Just Getting Started

Like sand through the hourglass, so are the days at Dodger Stadium. On Wednesday we were treated with dueling press conferences between Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt in New York City and Major League Baseball representative Tom Schieffer who was appointed by Commissioner Bud Selig to oversee finances and operations of the Dodgers. At the end of the day nothing seemed to be what it was.

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Swat Hornets To Take Series Lead

LA Lakers defeat New Orleans Hornets 106-90. After a first quarter where the Hornets got anything they wanted and led by nine, it seemed unlikely the Lakers would get the win much less give the fans their tacos. But it was the bench that sparked the comeback early in the second quarter coupled with Hornets errors that gave them the win.

Kings Fight Until Bitter End

With one swing of the stick from Joe Thornton 2:22 in overtime the Kings’ season was done. The San Jose Sharks ousted the Kings 4-3 in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in six games.

There's Still Life in the Kings

I believe the words I used after Game 4 were, “Done and over. Like an overcooked steak.” Geez the Kings really know how to make me look like a jackass. Getting three goals in their first four shots, goaltender Jonathan Quick allowed that score to hold on saving 51 shots on 52 Saturday night in the Kings’ 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5.

Defense Falters Again as Kings on the Brink of Elimination

Done and over. Like a piece of overcooked steak, so are the Kings hopes in this first-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. After blowing a four-goal lead on Tuesday to lose 6-5 in overtime, the Kings lost their poise down the stretch as they lose 6-3 and trail the series three games to one with Game 5 in San Jose.

The Empire Strikes Back: Dodgers Edition

The empire has struck back in the land of Dodger blue. Major League Baseball will oversee all aspects of the business and day-to-day operations of the club in addition to continuing the investigation of the operations and finances of the Dodgers during owner Frank McCourt’s reign.

Garland Goes the Distance

Frankly there has been a storm of diarrhea raining down upon Dodger Stadium recently. With Giants’ fan Brain Stow remaining in a coma, an awful bullpen and Major League Baseball yoinking the team away from owner Frank McCourt, they needed this.

Kings Keep Looking Ahead

How do you come back from one of the epic choke jobs in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs? By doing your best impression of the chorus line from Annie. In the day after the San Jose Sharks capped a four-goal rally to defeat the Kings 6-5 on a Devin Setoguchi overtime goal at 3:08 the Kings are determined not to look back.

Steve Soboroff Responds to MLB Takeover of Dodgers

A day after Major League Baseball took over the operations and finances of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Soboroff came out swinging on behalf of beleaguered owner Frank McCourt calling the move “irresponsible.” Soboroff was especially vocal in his belief that this move was indeed a coup d’état by MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

11 on 11th as Kings Choke 4-0 Lead to Sharks

A little tiny hockey game played on 11th and Figueroa turned into the game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs so far. It was the 11th goal of the game on 11th street that cause the Kings to choke a 4-0 lead early in the second period to lose to the San Jose Sharks 6-5 in 3:09 in overtime. The Sharks now take a 2-1 series lead in this best-of-seven playoff series.

Major League Baseball Takes Over Dodgers

The end is near. Major League Baseball released an official statement at 5:04 p.m. ET that the league will take over finances and operations of the Dodgers. Says Commissioner Bud Selig in the release,

Jerry Sands Makes Major League Debut with Dodgers Tonight

“He’s like a Holliday,” Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly said. Of course the Holliday he’s referring to is the St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Holliday. The subject of the quote is Jerry Sands, the left fielder the Dodgers called up from Triple-A Albuquerque. Great job of keeping the pressure off the kid before his first Major League appearance Donnie.

Dodger Stadium Turns Into a Sands Lot

The Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2, but that’s not the story of the game. No, the Dodgers might have finally found something to fill the void left by Mannywood: the Sand Box. Making his Major League debut, left fielder Jerry Sands dazzled not only the announced crowd of 28,292 that didn’t pass over Dodger Stadium but a worldwide audience on Twitter.

Kemp Punctuates Pitching Duel with Walkoff

Pitch after pitch, zeroes after zeroes, it really was a shame the game had to end. On this warm Sunday afternoon both starters dominated the opposition inning after inning. When it came down to the battle of the bullpens, the St. Louis Cardinals struck first but the Dodgers and Matt Kemp had the last laugh walking off to a 2-1 victory in the bottom of the ninth.

LAst Night's Action: Chris Paul and Hornets Sting Lakers in Game 1

Normally a Laker loss in the playoffs isn’t cause for concern, but losing Game 1 to a seven-seed? Maybe a little alarming. The last time the Lakers lost Game 1 at home was on May 4, 2009 when the Houston Rockets beat the Lakers 100-92 in the Western Conference Semifinals. It was a tough series filled with a lot of Aaron Brooks and Luis Scola, but the Lakers eventually prevailed in Game 7 en route to the first of the repeat championships.

Kershaw Can't Stem the Losses as Dodgers Lose Five in a Row

Things are starting to get dark at Dodger Stadium. There is a 9.2% decrease in overall ticket sales after their seventh home game (324,989 in 2010; 294,723 in 2011.) The Dodgers have lost five of their last six games. So what better remedy for one night than a healthy dose of Clayton Kershaw who seemed ready for the challenge?

Angry Birds Attack Dodger Stadium

64 years ago Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he crossed the line at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, NY. Aside from every player wearing the number 42 and a nice pregame video presentation complete with Don Newcombe throwing the ceremonial first pitch, the game didn’t have a ceremonial vibe their 11-2 loss against the St. Louis Cardinals notwithstanding.

Kuroda Untamed in Dodgers Loss

What was a wild, wild, wild night for Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda turned out to be a snooze for the St. Louis Cardinals as the Dodgers lost the first game of their eight-game home stand 9-5. Not only did Kuroda (L, 2-1) make a career-high three wild pitches, the second of which allowed Lance Berkman to score from third base in the fifth inning to give the Cardinals the 6-3 lead, but he gave...

LAst Night's Action: Predators Beat Ducks' Quack

Nashville Predators Anaheim Ducks 4-1. Back in 2003 the then-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim rode goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere into a game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Ducks probably never wanted to be on the other end of things, but Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne’s 27 saves helped give the team the early 1-0 series lead over the Ducks. The tempo was started when Preds’ defenseman and captain Shea Weber knocked Teemu Selanne on the...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Overwhelm Spurs' Reserves, Bynum Injured

LA Lakers defeat San Antonio Spurs 102-93. With the Spurs sitting their starters in favor of the Austin Toros, the Lakers had a surefire game to break their five game losing streak and puff their chests out a little as they head into the playoffs. Well it turns out Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich decision to sit his starters was the smart one since none of them got hurt. Meanwhile Andrew Bynum left the...

Kobe Calls Ref a Maggot?

Via Deadspin and Last Angry Fan comes a video clip of Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant assessed a technical foul by referee Bennie Adams. Bryant was clearly not happy about getting his 15th technical foul of the season and decided to let Adams know.

Kobe Loves Maggots After All!

Apparently Kobe Bryant does love faggots like me after all. He released a brief statement: What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.

Hockey Nights in California

For the first time all three NHL franchises in California made it into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the same season, and for the first time since the Anaheim Ducks entered the league in 1993 have both Southern California teams made the playoffs in the same season. In fact with only the Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens representing the great north, there are more playoff teams in California than in Canada.

LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Ring Giants

LA Dodgers defeat San Francisco Giants 6-1. The Giants yet again play defense best suited for the Benny Hill Show. In the second inning after Matt Kemp walked the Giants had him picked off attempting to steal second. Shortstop Miguel Tejada dropped the ball as he applied the tag. To make matters worse James Loney hit a line drive to second baseman Freddy Sanchez who couldn’t cleanly catch it. The ball dribbles off to...

Ducks Clinch Home-Ice Advantage While Kings Slip

Stop the presses! Oh wait, this is a blog. Never mind that. Call ESPN! Get Rachel Nichols! Get Colleen Dominguez! Pedro Gomez! Ed Werder! The Los Angeles Kings scored a power-play goal! Yes these Los Angeles Kings who haven’t scored with a man-advantage since their best player Anze Kopitar went down two weeks ago scored an actual goal in a regulation game on the power-play! Not that it helped them win their final regular...

LAst Night's Action: Ducks' Finn Helps Clinch Playoff Berth

Anaheim Ducks defeat LA Kings 2-1. Thanks to Teemu Selanne’s two goals, the Ducks clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And for the very first time both the Ducks and the Kings make the playoffs in the same season. Also another interesting note: with the San Jose Sharks also in the playoffs, California has more playoff teams (3) than Canada (2, Vancouver Canucks; Montreal Canadiens.) Go figure. Things looked good for the...

Kings Prolong Clinching Playoff Berth As Long As Possible

Two stinking points - that’s all the Kings have needed since after their Saturday afternoon victory over the Dallas Stars to clinch a playoff berth for the second consecutive season. After they got the snot beat out of them in San Jose on Monday to the tune of a 6-1 loss, the Kings tortured the sold-out STAPLES Center crowd of 18,118 into the shootout. But they prevailed with a 3-2 win to clinch a playoff...

Dodgers Saw London, Dodgers Saw France...

Men are known to keep their underwear way past its expiration date. Until the darn thing disintegrates in the wash we will keep it in our rotation, holes and frayed elastic be damned. Well someone in the Giants’ clubhouse should alert right fielder Aubrey Huff that his magical red thong that mysteriously propelled the Giants to their World Series Championship last season has outlived its usefulness as evidenced by the Dodgers' 7-5 victory over...

Dodgers Unable Against Cain

I never thought I would ever live to see the day when the chants of “Beat L.A.” from San Francisco Giants’ fans would drown out the boos from the Dodger fans at Dodger Stadium. But in the middle of the Giants’ three-run two-out rally in the fifth inning that helped them to their 10-0 win, that’s exactly what happened. In fact it started after Aaron Rowand singled and took second on Ted Lilly’s balk....

Baseball's Oblique Multi-Million Dollar Injury Bug

Jon Garland pitches for the San Diego Padres in 2010. Garland is currently on the Dodgers' 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) Looking up and down the injury lists of Major League Baseball the word “oblique” is as omnipresent as the word “the.” Today the Tampa Bay Rays’ third baseman Evan Longoria and the Atlanta Braves’ starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens were placed on the 15-day disabled list with...

Mattingly Keeps It Cool

Say what you will about the Dodgers lineup and how bleak it may seem. As people start filing into Dodger Stadium for Game No. 1 there is always a newfound sense of hope and renewal. “I’m definitely excited,” manager Don Mattingly said hours before managing his first Major League game that counts. “I’m a little better than I thought I would honestly. I thought I’d be a little bit more edgy.”

Dodgers Run and Accept Gifts from Giants

What in the holy name of Davey Lopes is going on here? It’s one thing for Dodgers’ starting pitcher Chad Billingsley (W, 1-0) to take third on the fly ball to right field and taking leads off the bases as if he were an everyday player. “Oh yeah, tagging bases,” Billingsley joked when asked about his running performance. “Just trying to do the little things right. I don’t get a chance to do it...

On a Wave of (Dodger Stadium) Hysteria

On June 9, 1945 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, NY, Dodgers’ manager Leo Durocher had police officer Joseph Moore bring down a heckling fan John Christian below the stands. Christian, a Dodger fan just back from the war, loved heckling Durocher - as Durocher testified in his trial, “He had a tremendously loud voice…. He used to holler at my players. ‘Bums,’ that’s all right. But ‘thieves’ and ‘crooks’ are not.” What happened was...

Dodgers Squeak Past World Champs

Dodgers vs. Giants. Clayton Kershaw vs. two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum. That pitching duel was as spectacular as could be envisioned with neither ceding anything through five innings. But a stupid mistake by Giants’ catcher Buster Posey in the sixth inning helped buoy the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory. Kershaw seemed to have the upper hand in the matchup striking out eight through the first five frames while Lincecum was a...

Baseball Season Preview: Will Dodgers Pitching Come Through?

With the moves the Dodgers have made this offseason, on paper it seemed their pitching would bail them out of their offensive schizophrenia. After all with Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley leading the rotation along with Ted Lilly, the re-signed Hiroki Kuroda and the return of Jon Garland, that’s a formidable quintet. “I think our biggest strength will be our pitching,” manager Don Mattingly assessed. “Day in, day out we have a chance to...

Dodgers Announce Opening Day 25-Man Roster

And here we are finishing up the final game that counts for squat with the Dodgers pummeling the Seattle Mariners 8-1. Starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa turned heads at the Stadium with his 5 2/3 innings of a two-hit shutout striking out six batters. Right fielder Jerry Sands also made some spectacular plays. Too bad neither of them made the opening day 25-man roster. “They told me to practice my delivery more,” De...

A Learning Experience for Donnie Baseball

Dodger manager Don Mattingly enters his first year at the helm of a baseball team much less a Major League team. After managing in the Arizona Fall League and one spring training almost under his belt, there is still one thing Mattingly can’t get used to.

No Ninth Inning Lead Is Safe for Dodgers

Tell me if you’ve heard this story before. The Dodgers go into the ninth inning with a slim 4-3 lead. They bring in their closer All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton who whether by errors, walks or hits blows the save and the opponent gets a 5-4 win. Well in his first closing opportunity of spring training, that’s exactly what Broxton did against the Angels. The most disconcerting part of this outing wasn’t the blown save...

Can the Kings Cope-itar?

With one twist of an ankle the mood at STAPLES Center went from hopeful to grim. At 15:39 of the second period with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan O’Byrne and Kings’ All-Star center Anze Kopitar fighting for the puck on the boards, Kopitar landed awkwardly on his right leg falling into a heap on the ice.

Kings Sink Sharks in a Shootout (AKA There's Something About the STAPLES Center)

With the Western Conference standings tighter than a stuffed sausage, it’s inadvisable to give away a point especially to a team six points ahead of you in the standings. The Kings did just that as they let a 3-2 lead slip away in the final five seconds of regulation against the San Jose Sharks on Patrick Marleau’s goal, however they managed to win the game in a shootout 4-3 despite some controversy.

LAst Night's Action: Ducks White Dwarf Stars

Anaheim Ducks defeat Dallas Stars 4-3 (OT). The Ducks trailed 3-2 with seven seconds left in the game which was disappointing since a turnover in the blue line of the Stars’ zone led to the go-ahead goal 13:21 in the third. But the Ducks pulled goalie Ray Emery and at that point, 19:53 in the third, their oldest player Teemu Selanne sent the game to overtime. Standing in the left circle away from all...

LAst Night's Action: Third Time's the Charm for Lakers to Chill Suns

LA Lakers defeat Phoenix Suns 139-137 (3OT). Who would have thought NBA players really care about a regular season game? I suppose if you’re the Suns, then you would want to make a dent in the 2 ½ games between you and the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth spot in the West. And if you’re the Lakers, you’d want to keep hold of the second seed. Put all of it together and you get...

Kings Ice Flames in Shootout

What’s black and purple and as effective as a wet towel? If you answered the Kings power-play then you deserve a cookie. But for one sweet moment in the 73rd game of the season in their 2-1 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames, they executed it to almost-perfection.

BNP Paribas Open: Djokovic Doesn't Djoke Around in Indian Wells

With cloudy skies draping Stadium 1 of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Novak Djokovic pounced on the world’s top player Rafael Nadal’s second serve in the third set to win the 2011 BNP Paribas Open 4-6; 6-3; 6-2.

BNP Paribas Open: Nadal Sets Up for Djoke

The tennis gods looked down on the BNP Paribas Open and smiled. For the first time since 1995 in Indian Wells, all four men’s semifinalists have a Grand Slam title to their name. Specifically the last four men’s Grand Slam champions are represented dating back to Rafael Nadal winning his first French Open championship at Roland Garros in 2005.

BNP Paribas Open: A Straight Forward Affair

Out in the Southern California desert, the women's semifinals, men's quarterfinals and men's doubles semifinals were completed at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

NCAA Basketball: The Tears of Madness

After the field of 68 college basketball teams was announced yesterday for the annual Tournament, almost on cue was the annual backlash against the committee’s decisions. They weren’t arguing about the No. 1 seeds mind you - almost universally Ohio St., Pittsburgh, Kansas and Duke were accepted as among the best four teams in the country. All of this hubbub has been saved for Virginia Tech and Colorado. Prior to Selection Sunday almost all...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Torch Atlanta

LA Lakers defeat Atlanta Hawks 101-87. Poor Moses Malone. On Monday Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love tied his record of 51 consecutive double-doubles and looks poised to break the record on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers. And now? Well Kobe Bryant surpassed him for sixth in the NBA all-time scorers when making three free throws with 2:05 left in the first half en route to his 26 points. While Kobe is as magical as we’ve...

Kings Power-less Against Stars

The Kings power-play was awful. That +1 was the shorthanded burst from Jamie Benn stealing Drew Doughty’s pass to Jarret Stoll, taking it down the ice and shooting it past goaltender Jonathan Bernier at 5:20 in the third period to tie the game at 3-3. What had been a pretty listless game by the Stars up to that point helped turn the tide to lead them to a 4-3 overtime win over the Kings.

LAst Night's Action: Clips Snip 'Cats

LA Clippers defeat Charlotte Bobcats 92-87. It was a close game, but the Clippers emerged and held on to a lead in the waning minutes. Blake Griffin and Mo Williams led the Clips with 17 points while Griffin added 15 rebounds. Chris Kaman had a double-double off the bench with 16 points and ten assists while point guard Eric Bledsoe had 13 points from the bench. Dallas Stars defeat LA Kings 4-3 (OT). Read...

Lakers Start To Get Things Rolling

As for our heroes the Lakers, it was a rousing start of a four-game road trip that takes them through playoff contending teams. And like NASCAR the big one led off the trip - the NBA leading Spurs who are the twinkle of every basketball loving person’s eyes. What was alarming wasn’t the fact that the Lakers won. While the final score seemed a bit respectable 99-83, it was in reality an evisceration.

Controversy Mires Kings 3-1 Loss To Canucks

To say this game had a playoff atmosphere is a huge understatement. Emotions, hits and even the crowd were running high with the NHL-leading Vancouver Canucks in town for a normally staid matinee game. A controversial Daniel Sedin goal 11:36 in the third period helped give the Canucks the 3-1 victory and irked head coach Terry Murray.

Kings Outlast Coyotes in 1-0 Victory

It was not a pretty game by any account unless you love a game filled with checks and blocks limiting scoring chances. For reference think of the Detroit Pistons-San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals of 2005. But the Kings players reveled in the challenge as Jarret Stoll’s power-play goal from deep down Figueroa at 12:13 in the third period was the lone score in the their 1-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes while tying a season low of 18 shots-on-goal.

Penner's First Practice with Kings

“We’re not asking him to be the savior of the franchise,” Kings head coach Terry Murray told reporters today after morning practice at the Kings’ practice facility in El Segundo, Calif. Of course by “him” Murray is referring to the 6-foot-4, 240 pound left winger Dustin Penner whom the Kings acquired on Monday before the trade deadline from the Edmonton Oilers for minor-league defenseman Colton Teubert, a first-round draft pick in 2011 draft and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2012.

Kings Sink Against Red Wings

The Kings made the biggest splash of trade deadline day getting Dustin Penner from the Edmonton Oilers for a minor leaguer and two draft picks. Yet if it were possible to sink in ice, the Kings did just that as they fell to the Detroit Red Wings 7-4 as the Wings fans serenaded their team on in the final period. “They kicked our ass,” defenseman Jack Johnson said after the game. It was really...

Last Week & The Lakers: What Me, Worry?

A week ago Lakers fans while enjoying the All Star festivities still were a little apprehensive after three consecutive losses on the road to Orlando, Charlotte and Cleveland. Maybe apprehension isn’t the right word for it. Panic. Yes, that’s it. A wave of hysterical panic made its way all throughout the Southland from the deserts to the valleys to the beaches to even the isles.

Kings Acquire Dustin Penner at Trade Deadline, Re-Sign Williams

Edmonton Oilers forward Dustin Penner joins the ranks of Sean O'Donnell, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma, Lubomir Visnovsky and Kyle Calder: players who have played for both the Ducks and the Kings. The Kings acquired the 28-year old Penner from the Oilers in exchange for a minor-league defenseman Colten Teubert, a first-round pick in the upcoming draft in June and a third-round pick in 2012. Penner has two seasons left on his five-year...

Kings Hang On In Face Of Avalanche

One would think that a 4-0 lead with 10:00 left in the game would be a laugher of a game. But as the game devolved with penalty after penalty being called, the Kings barely skated off the ice with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

The Duke Goes to the Big Dodger in the Sky

Duke Snider with current Dodger manager Don Mattingly at Dodger Stadium. (Los Angeles Dodgers/Jon Soo Hoo, used with permission) A true Dodger great has left us today. Edward Donald "Duke" Snider passed away this morning at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondito, Calif. Funeral arrangements are pending, and no cause of death has been released. Nicknamed "Duke" by his father at the age of five, Snider is long known for being part of...

Simmonds, Kings Tame Wild 4-2

It had been nearly a month, since Jan. 26 to be precise, since the Kings have played at STAPLES Center. And while things were not so hot during that long January home stand, the team finally figured things out on the road going 6-1-3 getting 15 out of a possible 20 points to reestablish themselves into the playoff race. The Kings continued that trend in their first game home with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

McCourt's Loan from Fox Rejected By MLB

I’m getting my seat warmed at STAPLES Center last night watching the Kings play in their first home game since Jan. 26, click on Google Reader and look what was there: the L.A. Times’ Bill Shaikin and his report that MLB commissioner Bud Selig rejected Fox’s loan to Dodger owner Frank McCourt.

Cleveland Gets a Beard

Clippers guard and Los Angeles native Baron Davis introduced as a Clipper in 2008. (AP File Photo) According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Clippers have agreed to trade guard Baron Davis and a first-round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon. The first-round draft pick is for this year's draft and is not lottery protected according to Spears....

An All Star Coronation

Rain is a sign of a new bright future, washing away the old in preparation of the new. As each drop poured from the heavens little did I realize what we were watching was the baptism of Blake Griffin into a national notoriety, the crowning of the start of his reign in the world of advertising, CPM's and Q-ratings. Of course the stage was perfect despite the rain. The entertainment capital of the world,...

Santa Anita Jockeys and Basketball for Charity

On Thursday, the jockeys of Santa Anita will face off against the Holy Angels School basketball team at 7:00 p.m. at La Salle High School in Pasadena. Admission is $5, and all proceeds go to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF.) Legendary hall of fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye, Don Pierce, Laffit Pincay Jr., Gary Stevens and Mike Smith will serve as honorary captains and will be on hand to autograph memorabilia from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the La Salle High gymnasium.

Blake Griffin Tainted?

So there were a lot of whispers during All Star Weekend about Los Angeles Clippers' forward Blake Griffin's slam dunk title being rigged. The NBA issued a press release hours before the competition announcing the events for the NBA Jam Session for Sunday. In it: Five middle school students will showcase their dunking talents in front of 2011 NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Contest winner Blake Griffin. The NBA quickly corrected that press release and...

LAst Night's Action: Kings Tie Franchise Points Mark in Shootout Loss in NY

It wasn't a win, but it did give the Kings a point to tie a franchise record. After a goal by Arten Anisimov with 3:08 left in the gave to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead, it looked like the Kings wouldn't be able to tie their 1974 mark of getting a point in 11 consecutive games. But the Kings finally did what teams had done to them all season long - come right back and score. Just 47 seconds later, Dustin Brown from behind the goal line stuffed the puck in the net past goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Chivas USA and Corona Sitting in a Tree

The dreaded word fans hate to hear: rebuilding. It has a tone of resignation and grasping at straws, a built-in excuse for having a poor product. But there it was as Chivas USA announced their new multi-year sponsorship deal with Corona, the first time Corona has sponsored a team in the United States. Rebuilding the team. Rebuilding the jerseys which were unveiled at The Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night.

LAst Night's Action: Kings Continue To Make Road Kill

LA Kings defeat Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 (SO). Sitting at STAPLES Center night after night during their awful January homestand, it was hard to imagine the Kings getting their act together. Their blue line was awful and their offense went MIA in spurts. But here they are on game seven of their franchise-long 10-game road trip, and they have now gotten 12 out of the possible 14 points in the standings. In fact they...

LAst Night's Action: Road Kill

Charlotte Bobcats defeat LA Lakers 109-89. “I just have this to say. I'm very disappointed in our performance tonight. I'm embarrassed about what we did. That's it.” And with those 21 words the normally gregarious Phil Jackson tersely spoke with reporters and headed back to the locker room. The Lakers looked awful, not like the defending champs, especially as the Bobcats were pulling away in the third quarter. The Bobcats shot 51% with Gerald...

LAst Night's Action: Knicks Foye-d

LA Clippers defeat New York Knicks 116-108. It looked like another fourth quarter swoon as the Clippers saw their 20-point third quarter lead shrivel up to only three points. But Randy Foye's timely three-pointers allowed the Clips to surge ahead late in the fourth quarter to win only their fourth road game of the season and first since Dec. 27. Perhaps most impressive was the six Clippers scored in double-digits with Foye leading the way...

A New Reality for the Dodgers

Welcome to Season 2 of everyone’s favorite reality show: WHO THE HELL OWNS THE DODGERS! It would be nice to incarcerate Frank and Jamie McCourt to the bowels of the Jersey Shore house in New Jersey. Perhaps have them compete week in and week out to see who gets the plastic surgery of week in Dodgerplasty? Or have them cameo on the Bravo “hit” show The Millionaire Matchmaker where in a cruel twist of fate Patti Stanger sets the two of them up on a date.

Melo Will Not Be a Laker No Matter How Much ESPN Wishes

While we're at it, let's bring over LeBron James for Lamar Odom, the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders for the Lakers girls and Eva Longoria for Khloe Kardashian. For all the Lakers fans with visions of Melo in their heads: don't. This is not going to happen.

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Shut Grizz

LA Lakers defeat Memphis Grizzlies 93-84. It wasn't a pretty game by any means, but the Lakers defense helped lead the Lakers to a 2-0 start to a road trip in Memphis. It didn't start that well with the Lakers allowing the Grizz to shoot 60% in the first quarter. In the second quarter a switch was flipped where the Lakers then allowed only 33% shooting for the remainder of the game.

Was Dallas a Swan Song?

Another Super Bowl has come and gone with the Green Bay Packers winning the hardware and the glory. Another Super Bowl has come and gone where I sit through all the annoyance of the ancillary entertainment surrounding the spectacle. Another Super Bowl has come and gone with the inane questions fielded by once-a-year viewers such as, “Why are they kicking the ball,” or, “How do you tell the teams apart? They’re wearing the same...

LAst Night's Action: Bulls Clip Clippers Home Win Streak

Chicago Bulls defeat LA Clippers 106-88. The Clippers came into the game with a Los Angeles record nine-game winning streak at home. But the impressive Chicago Bulls came into STAPLES Center and avenged their Dec. 18 loss. Blake Griffin had an All Star first half scoring 25 points going 11-for-18. However he all but disappeared in the third quarter scoring only two points as the Bulls started to push their lead to double-digits. Part...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Squeak by Rockets

The Houston Rockets are at best an inconsistent team that is struggling to get into the playoff race. The Lakers are a team that have lost two straight at STAPLES Center. So of course even an extraordinary night by Lamar Odom for the Lakers couldn't stave off the Rockets in regulation. Odom in the starting lineup with Andrew Bynum sitting out, started the game shooting 3-for-11. However in the second half he upped his game and ended up with his second career 20-20 night with exactly 20 points and 20 rebounds. Kobe Bryant also had a double-double with 32 points and 11 assists.

USC Quarterback Mitch Mustain Arrested

Perhaps schools should be focused on their actual student athletes rather than today's national signing day. AM 830 KLAA's Roger Lodge reported that USC Trojan's backup quarterback Mitch Mustain was allegedly arrested in the West Valley last night for selling an Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder drug to an undercover officer. Bail is set at $30,000. More information on this as it comes....

Rah NFL Stadium Rah!

"It will be paid for by the private sector Mayor, I promise.” And so Anschutz Entertainment Group President and CEO Tim Leiweke opened his remarks announcing the 30-year partnership with Farmers Insurance for the naming rights of the proposed football stadium in Downtown Los Angeles. “And I want to repeat that because some people don't seem to get this. This is about the community that it will be paid for completely, privately, I promise.”

LAst Night's Action: Celtics Outlast Lakers

Boston Celtics defeat LA Lakers 109-96. The last time we saw the Lakers and Celtics play was that awful Game Seven where Ron Artest's 20 points helped save the Lakers at home to win their second consecutive NBA Championship. In their first meeting of the season we see the Lakers trying to come back from an inexplicable five-point loss at home to the Sacramento Kings and the Celtics trying to recover from a 34%...

Kings Streak into All-Star Break

This game against the division rivals San Jose Sharks was really important to the Kings. For one, they had just started to come out of their awful January having won their last two games. Also a win in regulation would allow them to vault over the Sharks in the standings. However most importantly they wanted to keep the momentum going for the last game before the All Star Break and their subsequent 10-game road trip which will keep them away from STAPLES Center most of February. And in a playoff type atmosphere, the King came back to win the game in a shootout 3-2.

Kings Put Together a Winning Streak

"That game in Phoenix as sloppy as it was at times just getting that win puts a lot of guys at ease, let's the guys relax a little bit,” defenseman Matt Greene said. And against goalie Tim Thomas who owns the best goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts in the NHL, the Kings decided to put in a full 60 minutes to gain the 2-0 shutout win against the Boston Bruins.

Bears Vs. Packers: Ready for a Mauling?

Allowing a Cheesehead to invade here and write down his thoughts have now counted as my charitable deed of the year. It feels good to get that out of the way so early in the year. The Chicago Bears won't be feeling that charitable tomorrow. While Monty did have an impressive list of facts to support his assertion that the Bears are merely lucky, one detail he failed to delve into was the last meeting between the two team.

Kings Sing the Blues

Perhaps being in the midst of losing six of their last seven games was not the time to bring in the Dodgers mojo, but on it went with manager Don Mattingly dropping the ceremonial puck to start the game. So it really came as no surprise to see the Kings lose to the St. Louis Blues 3-1. But the Kings continued to show no sense of urgency with the looming February roadtrip as they were outplayed by the Blues who were trying to break their own five-game losing streak. But don't tell that to the team.

LAst Night's Action: Clippers Chill Heat

LA Clippers defeat Miami Heat 111-105. If before the season you would have placed money on which game the Miami Heat would lose when they came to town, I don't think anyone would have figured that this would be the game. But it's hardly surprising. The Clippers beat the New Orleans Hornets when they had the best record. Ditto San Antonio Spurs. And the Heat just become another notch in the Clippers bedpost. And...

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Created History Against Cavs

LA Lakers defeat Cleveland Cavaliers 112-57. I guess that LeBron James fellow makes a difference. With the Cavaliers having gone 7-2 against the Lakers in their past nine games, without James that streak was definitely not going to continue. The Lakers set a franchise record with fewest points allowed in the regular season game (the previous record was 66 points), and their 55-point margin of victory was the third highest in franchise history. Both...

Kings Hang On To Break Five-Game Slide

A win is a win is a win. Never mind that the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets have lost the first three games of their road trip crescendoing in a Wagnerian loss 6-0 in Anaheim Friday night. Never mind that their star defenseman Mike Commodore has now been a healthy scratch in nine of his last ten games as he is being shopped around by the Jackets. Never mind that the Kings built a 4-0 lead in the second period only to see it almost slip away thanks to Rick Nash.

Kings Hunted by Preds 5-2

The Kings have been consistent lately. Consistently bad that is. Despite head coach Terry Murray's shake up of the lines, the Kings continued to spiral downward in their embarrassing 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators. “We're not competing, we're not doing those little things and our work ethic is low so that's going to be the result,” captain Dustin Brown said. It's hard to argue with him.

LAst Night's Action: Clippers Shoot Nuggets

The most entertaining basketball team in Los Angeles did it again. They held the Denver Nuggets who averaged 106.7 points per game to only 93 points. Particularly helpful was DeAndre Jordan's six blocked shots. But Jordan also got it done on the glass with 20 rebounds - only the second time in his career he reached that mark - to go along with his 14 points. Blake Griffin also had a double-double with 22 points and 18 rebounds. The play that really got a rise out of the crowd was when Griffin in a change of pace threw the alley to Jordan's oop in the fourth quarter.

LAst Night's Action: Lakers Blow Out Pistons

LA Lakers defeat Detroit Pistons 108-83. If one hasn't watched the Lakers in the past couple of weeks, nothing would seem amiss after watching the Lakers beat down the Pistons. The fourth quarter resembled a mausoleum at STAPLES Center as even the tacos were all but guaranteed midway through the fourth quarter. The bench kept hitting their shots. The stars did what they do. Perhaps the only excitement in the game was Luke Walton...

Luck and Consistency Not on Kings Side

It shouldn't have come down to a lucky rebound late in the third giving the Chicago Blackhawks the 4-3 win and the season sweep over the Kings. But when Jonathan Toews, in his first game back after missing two games with a shoulder injury, got that puck past Jonathan Quick for the game winning goal all the air left STAPLES Center. “That's bad luck,” head coach Terry Murray said. “I guess when you're the Stanley Cup Champion you probably get breaks, you probably get lucky bounces like that.” Indeed it was lucky. From the back of the net Quick made the save, but as Drew Doughty tried to clear the puck it hit Toews' leg going into the net for the game winner at 14:33 in the third period.

Kings Big Second Period Downs Ducks

The last time we saw the Anaheim Ducks at the STAPLES Center, it was the preseason and they had their bills handed to them losing to the Kings 8-3. It seemed that the Ducks had their blue line issues worked out - after all they bodied up on the Kings down low during the first period preventing the Kings from getting to rebounds. In a scoreless first period the Kings barely outshot the Ducks 9-8 with both teams recording ten hits while the Kings gave the puck away six times to the Ducks none.

Santa Anita Opens Winter/Spring Meeting on Sunday

Horses practicing on the new dirt track at Santa Anita Park. (Benoit Photography/Used with permission) With the post-Christmas sales going on, Santa Anita Park is hoping people will bypass the capitalistic orgy of spending and falling prey to corporations' predatory pricing practices and instead put some money down on the horses. But it should be noted in the press release I received they made sure to note that the new Westfield shopping mall has...

Kings Fight Through Shootout for Win Over Oilers

All of the signs were pointing to a Kings win. The flashing red goal light behind the Oilers net malfunctioning, flashing constantly during a stretch in the second period. The net caving in over the Oilers net-minder Devan Dubnyk surrounding him like a cocoon in the third period. Oilers Center Colin Fraser almost falling through the door to the Kings bench late in the third period. Kings head coach Terry Murray looking to be...

LAst Night's Action: The So Cal Hockey Suckage Edition

St. Louis Blues defeat LA Kings 6-4. The game didn’t go to a shootout, but it certainly was a shootout at the Scottrade Center in the Gateway to the West. The Blues offensively was on their game in the first two periods outshooting the Kings 24-17, yet it was tied 4-4. The Kings remarkably scored twice on the power-play in six chances, however both came due to a five-on-three situation: the first goal by Ryan Smyth at 16:59 in the first period while officially on a five-on-four situation came just as Dave Scatchard came out of the penalty box. The other was by Anze Kopitar 2:00 in the second period to take the 2-1 lead.

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