Los Angeles Times

Lisa Dillman

Writer

Lisa Dillman is a sports reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She has covered the Kings, the Ducks, the Clippers, professional tennis, soccer and Olympic sports at five Summer Games and two Winter Games for the newspaper since 1992. With business reporter Jim Bates, she was honored by APSE, finishing second in the investigative category with a series of reports detailing the rise and fall of Kings owner Bruce McNall into bankruptcy and the subsequent federal investigation. More recently, she covered the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup in 2012. She plays tennis much better than she skates.

Recent Articles

  • Simone Biles leads at championships

    Simone Biles leads at championships

    Whether it was the post-competition arena noise — preteen girls were doing their squealing best to honor their gymnastic idols or something else — but Martha Karolyi didn’t quite hear the question from an industry publication.  “We don’t need more all-around,” said Karolyi, the U.S. women’s national...

  • Pressure is on at the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials

    Pressure is on at the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials

    Coping mechanisms at the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials might as well be featured in a menu filled with abundant, even lavish, choices. The section could fill a few pages. The men stepped up first — starting with Thursday’s first day of competition here — and their ways of handling the pressure...

  • Dog attack doesn't keep key gymnast from competing at trials

    Dog attack doesn't keep key gymnast from competing at trials

    The image could have been from a slasher movie. Gymnastics coach Yin Alvarez finished pouring himself a cup of coffee after a training session here Wednesday and showed a reporter a disturbing video of his stepson’s left calf after a dog attack. Danell Leyva, bronze medalist in the all-around competition...

  • Germans turn to analytics as they try to get the edge in Olympic sailing

    Germans turn to analytics as they try to get the edge in Olympic sailing

    The only Summer Olympics Toni Wilhelm did not participate in during the last 12 years were in China in 2008, and the German sailor watched those proceedings from afar. One problem: He got bored.   “Even me, being a sailor, sailing was not very interesting,” he said. “I remember watching when I...

  • Hockey world pays homage to Gordie Howe

    Hockey world pays homage to Gordie Howe

    The bond between Red Kelly and Gordie Howe goes well beyond winning the Stanley Cup four times as teammates with the Detroit Red Wings. Kelly brought it up in the first few minutes of a conversation about his former roommate and teammate, the legendary Howe, who died Friday at 88. “He was the reason...

  • There's a youthful look in pro teams' front offices — take Coyotes GM John Chayka

    There's a youthful look in pro teams' front offices — take Coyotes GM John Chayka

    The man who once held the distinction of being the youngest NHL general manager secured the job with an 18-page rundown of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. The team’s cantankerous and often unpredictable owner, 85-year-old Harold Ballard, had wanted to hear from his longtime employee Gord...

  • What happened 50 years ago during L.A. Kings expansion draft

    What happened 50 years ago during L.A. Kings expansion draft

    Fifty years ago, the first selection of the NHL Expansion Draft by the Los Angeles Kings was a future Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk. The final choice, by the St. Louis Blues, was winger Max Mestinsek, who would never play a game in the NHL. From the legendary Sawchuk to Mestinsek — and...

  • Anze Kopitar may be in, and Dustin Brown out, as Kings captain

    Anze Kopitar may be in, and Dustin Brown out, as Kings captain

    There were smiles and polite words about group leadership, and the coach said the captain had been asked to relinquish his position to a teammate and, as “a gentleman,” he had agreed to do so. Was this all about Kings captain Dustin Brown stepping aside for his friend and teammate, $80-million...

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