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Column | Don't bet against Magic Johnson turning the Lakers around

Four months ago he walked into a conference room at Lakers headquarters, plopped down at the front of a table occupied by several media members, and emptied his emotional pockets. “I’m putting it all on the line. . . . I’m a risk taker. . . . If I didn’t think we could turn this around, you think...

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  • MLB draft will be front-loaded with Los Angeles-area talent

    MLB draft will be front-loaded with Los Angeles-area talent

    The Cincinnati Reds have the second pick in this year’s Major League Baseball draft, putting them within arm’s reach of local phenom Hunter Greene, the Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High pitcher and shortstop who is expected to be among the top three picks on Monday. Long and lean and just 17, the 6-foot-4,...

  • Shirley brothers would be part of 'something great' if selected in same MLB draft

    Shirley brothers would be part of 'something great' if selected in same MLB draft

    Brandon and Dustin Shirley grew up in Ladera Heights, where many of their friends chose to play basketball and football. The brothers would have joined them, except when Brandon was 8 and Dustin was 6 a family friend signed them up for Little League baseball after seeing them constantly hitting...

  • The Times' final 2017 high school baseball rankings

    The Times' final 2017 high school baseball rankings

    A final look at the top 25 baseball teams in the Southland: Rank. | SCHOOL | record; division finish; previous rank 1. | EL TORO | 27-7-1; SS Div. 1 champion; 6 2. | ETIWANDA | 27-3; SS Div. 2 champion; 5 3. | HUNTINGTON BEACH | 28-5; SS Div. 1 quarterfinalist; 1 4. | CORONA | 24-10; SS Div. 1...

  • The Times' high school all-star baseball team

    The Times' high school all-star baseball team

    The Los Angeles Times’ 2017 high school baseball all-star team, as selected by Eric Sondheimer: Pitcher: Jake Jackson, El Toro, Sr. The Nevada signee led the Chargers to the Southern Section Division 1 championship. He had a record of 12-1 with a 0.61 ERA and walked just seven batters in 92 innings....

  • Times' player of the year: Hagen Danner delivered for Huntington Beach in more ways than one

    Times' player of the year: Hagen Danner delivered for Huntington Beach in more ways than one

    Back when Hagen Danner was 12 years old and hitting a home run on national television at the Little League World Series, many people were predicting greatness in the years ahead. Except there’s no guarantee that youth phenoms will live up to expectations. People catch up to them and have their...

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