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Bill Plaschke

Bill Plaschke has been an L.A. Times columnist since 1996. He has been named national sports columnist of the year seven times by the Associated Press, and twice by the Society of Professional Journalists and National Headliner Awards. He is the author of five books, including a collection of his columns entitled, “Plaschke: Good Sports, Spoil Sports, Foul Ball and Oddballs.’’ Plaschke is also a panelist on the popular ESPN daily talk show, “Around the Horn.’’ For his community service, he has been named Man of the Year by the Los Angeles Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and has received a Pursuit of Justice Award from the California Women’s Law Center. Plaschke has appeared in a movie (“Ali”), a dramatic HBO series (“Luck’’) and, in a crowning cultural moment he still does not quite understand, his name can be found in a rap song “Females Welcome’’ by Asher Roth. In case you were wondering – and he was – “Plaschke” is rhymed with “Great Gatsby.’’
The stars did not align for L.A. this All-Star game

For the first time in 22 years the NBA All-Star game will be played without a representative from either of the L.A. teams. How did it come to this?

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts doesn't shy away from rethinking his decisions in the World Series

Before the first game of last season’s World Series, Dodger Manager Dave Roberts walked alone to center field at Dodger Stadium and carefully pulled a small vial out of his pocket. Across the deep green grass, he scattered some of his father’s ashes.

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