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Letters: More like a bad dream for Clippers and Rockets

The lack of control demonstrated by the Clippers and Rockets, these highly paid, supposedly professional athletes, was appalling. First of all, they all were wearing "I Have A Dream" T-Shirts to honor Dr. King's legacy. Yet they proceeded to turn the contest into a Crips vs. Bloods-type confrontation....

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  • Dodgers Dugout: Clayton Kershaw still isn't over Game 7

    Dodgers Dugout: Clayton Kershaw still isn't over Game 7

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I’m wishing the weather in L.A. would decide to be either cold and rainy or warm and sunny. Kershaw speaks Clayton Kershaw gave an interview to Texas radio station KTCK (Kershaw lives in Texas during the offseason,...

  • Dodgers and Rockies take different approaches to building a better bullpen

    Dodgers and Rockies take different approaches to building a better bullpen

    The Colorado Rockies have not been subtle about their winter game plan: dramatically improving their bullpen in order to challenge the Dodgers in the National League West. If your intuition says that makes sense because Coors Field is such a miserable place to pitch that the Rockies have to fill...

  • Rams have a chance to make Los Angeles their own

    Rams have a chance to make Los Angeles their own

    The USC and UCLA football teams are not only done for the season, but their star quarterbacks are already gone for good. The Lakers are essentially done for the season, even in the middle of their season, losing so often and awfully that one of their players has publicly called them quitters. The...

  • Dodgers acquire reliever Scott Alexander in three-team trade

    Dodgers acquire reliever Scott Alexander in three-team trade

    The Dodgers have acquired groundball specialist Scott Alexander in a three-team trade with the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox, according to people familiar with the situation. The Dodgers will send right-handed pitcher Trevor Oaks to Kansas City, while the White Sox will receive Dodgers...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Who is the greatest Dodger of all time?

    Dodgers Dugout: Who is the greatest Dodger of all time?

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I’m hoping everyone has a better year than last year. The greatest of all time Who is the greatest Dodger of all time? Jackie Robinson? Sandy Koufax? Vin Scully? Pedro Baez? The list is endless. So, I am asking...

  • Dodgers hire Mark Prior, former Cubs All Star and USC All-American, as bullpen coach

    Dodgers hire Mark Prior, former Cubs All Star and USC All-American, as bullpen coach

    Mark Prior, a former All-American pitcher at USC and an All-Star for the Chicago Cubs, will be the Dodgers bullpen coach in 2018, according to people familiar with the situation. The organization is expected to announce Prior’s hiring on Wednesday. Prior will replace Josh Bard, who departed manager...

  • Dodgers acquire right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker

    Dodgers acquire right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker

    The Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker from Milwaukee in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later. The Brewers designated Baker for assignment on Dec. 21. The team had claimed Baker from Cleveland in November. With the acquisition of Baker, the Dodgers’ 40-man...

  • Letters: Dick Enberg never lost his touch

    Letters: Dick Enberg never lost his touch

    When I first heard of Dick Enberg passing away, it brought back terrific memories of many sporting events he was a part of over the years. His versatility as a broadcaster was second to none. He was like a great point guard who made everyone around him better. Dick Enberg seemed to have so fun...

  • Dodgers claim pitcher Henry Owens

    Dodgers claim pitcher Henry Owens

    The Dodgers claimed left-hander Henry Owens on waivers Friday, adding a fallen prospect to their stash of pitching depth. The Boston Red Sox selected Owens out of Huntington Beach Edison in the first round of the 2011 draft, ahead of outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Owens twice was ranked among the...

  • Dodgers season-ticket holders receive the gift of higher-priced seats

    Dodgers season-ticket holders receive the gift of higher-priced seats

    The Dodgers sent their season-ticket holders a holiday present, a mug decorated with the team logo and the words “National League Champions 2017.” For some of those fans, the Dodgers also sent a bill with a steep price hike for the 2018 season. The bills arrived late last week, with price increases...

  • USC's and UCLA's seasons of hope have become a distraction

    USC's and UCLA's seasons of hope have become a distraction

    So much for the idea that local college basketball teams could provide a distraction from the mediocrity of the Lakers and Clippers. USC was a projected top-10 team with UCLA close behind, but their seasons haven’t unfolded as they anticipated, with both teams unranked, still weighed down by the...

  • If the year in L.A. sports had a name, it'd be Yu Darvish

    If the year in L.A. sports had a name, it'd be Yu Darvish

    The jagged 2017 Los Angeles sports landscape can best be painted by an early November evening at Dodger Stadium. For one brilliant moment, as a city breathlessly awaited the first pitch of Game 7 of the World Series between the Dodgers and Houston Astros, this was the greatest sporting spot on...

  • A $300-million team? Don't expect the Dodgers to have a payroll like that again

    A $300-million team? Don't expect the Dodgers to have a payroll like that again

    If the acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez five years ago marked the beginning of the most extravagant era in Dodgers history, his departure last week signaled its end. The Dodgers have paid a record amount in luxury taxes the past five years, nearly $150 million. They will spend again, but not like...

  • MLB: Adrian Gonzalez released by the Braves

    MLB: Adrian Gonzalez released by the Braves

    First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was released by the Atlanta Braves, who acquired him Saturday in a five-player trade with the Dodgers. Gonzalez, 35, waived his no-trade clause with the understanding that he would be cut loose by the Braves and become a free agent. The five-time All-Star was limited...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Breaking down the Adrian Gonzalez-Matt Kemp trade

    Dodgers Dugout: Breaking down the Adrian Gonzalez-Matt Kemp trade

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I’m wondering if Rihanna is happy Matt Kemp is back in L.A., if only for a short time. Big deal So Saturday brought some big news. The Dodgers traded Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir and Charlie...

  • What the Dodgers salary-dump trade means to the star-studded 2018 free agent market

    What the Dodgers salary-dump trade means to the star-studded 2018 free agent market

    What would you do with $100 million? The Dodgers could use it as a down payment toward signing two of the three most dominant players in the star-studded free-agent class next winter. The Dodgers’ payroll-driven trade Saturday — in which they exchanged players with troublesome contracts for a player...

  • Relax, the Dodgers' trade for Matt Kemp isn't nearly as dramatic as it seems

    Relax, the Dodgers' trade for Matt Kemp isn't nearly as dramatic as it seems

    All I want for Christmas is … Matt Kemp? Three years after he was controversially dumped in the first big trade of the Andrew Friedman era, the polarizing slugger returned Saturday in a deal seemingly even more confusing when considering the cost. To acquire him, the Dodgers traded four players...

  • Dodgers trade Gonzalez, Kazmir, McCarthy and Culberson to Atlanta for Matt Kemp

    Dodgers trade Gonzalez, Kazmir, McCarthy and Culberson to Atlanta for Matt Kemp

    In an unforeseen move that reset the organization’s luxury-tax payroll, secured a temporary reunion with one of their finest hitters in recent memory and positioned the organization as a significant player for the free-agent craze next winter, the Dodgers reacquired outfielder Matt Kemp from Atlanta...

  • Dodgers close to signing Tom Koehler to help bullpen

    Dodgers close to signing Tom Koehler to help bullpen

    The Dodgers are close to an agreement on a major-league contract with right-handed pitcher Tom Koehler, who could aid the team’s bullpen while providing insurance for the rotation. Koehler, 31, was non-tendered by Toronto earlier this month. He will still be under team control and eligible for...

  • Dodgers pitcher Brandon Morrow close to signing with Cubs

    Dodgers pitcher Brandon Morrow close to signing with Cubs

    Brandon Morrow, the right-handed reliever who emerged as one of the Dodgers most reliable arms in the 2017 postseason, is close to signing a two-year agreement with the Chicago Cubs, according to people familiar with the situation. The people requested anonymity because the contract was pending...

  • Dodgers don't get Giancarlo Stanton. Why the surprise?

    Dodgers don't get Giancarlo Stanton. Why the surprise?

    Five years and one day ago, the Dodgers signed Zack Greinke. The contract guaranteed him the most money of any right-handed pitcher. Ever. Guggenheim Baseball Management was seven months into its ownership of the Dodgers. It already had committed close to $300 million to get Adrian Gonzalez and...

  • For Shohei Ohtani, it's about wanting to win a certain way

    For Shohei Ohtani, it's about wanting to win a certain way

    You heard it when Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani informed the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox he wouldn’t sign with them. You heard it again Friday when Ohtani decided to sign with the Angels instead of the Dodgers or Chicago Cubs. Doesn’t Ohtani want to win? Of course he does. He just...

  • Letters: Balls say bye-bye to the Bruins

    Letters: Balls say bye-bye to the Bruins

    Under the expert tutelage of their star-maker father, I cannot wait to see LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball when they turn pro. Hopefully they will remember to hold the onions on my Big Mac. Mike Gamboa Buena Park :: Now that LiAngelo Ball has been pulled out of UCLA by his shy and demure father LaVar...

  • Mariners trade for Dee Gordon, and for the money to make the largest bid to Shohei Ohtani

    Mariners trade for Dee Gordon, and for the money to make the largest bid to Shohei Ohtani

    The Miami Marlins officially ignited their latest fire sale Thursday, trading Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners for three minor leaguers. The Mariners also got $1 million in international bonus pool space from the Marlins, the second time in two days they have traded minor league talent to increase...

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