1989 Wayne Gretzky becomes the NHL's all-time leading point scorer during a 5-4 win over his old team, Edmonton.
1990 Loyola Marymount's Hank Gathers collapses on the court during a West Coast Conference tournament game and dies. The high-scoring Lions then go on a sensational NCAA tournament run to the Elite Eight.
1991 Magic Johnson announces his retirement from the Lakers because he is HIV-positive.
1992 The Golden Boy: Lightweight boxer Oscar De La Hoya of East L.A. wins a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics, fulfilling a promise to his dying mother.
1993 The Kings defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs to reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time. They go on to lose to the Montreal Canadiens in five games.
Former Heisman winner O.J. Simpson leads police on a low-speed chase to his home in Brentwood. He is charged with double murder, but found not guilty in 1995.
The United States defeats Colombia, 2-1, at a World Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl. Brazil would go on to defeat Italy in the final at the Rose Bowl.
The Rams play their final game before moving to St. Louis and lose to the Redskins, 24-21, in front of only 25,705 at Anaheim Stadium. The Raiders lose to the Chiefs, 19-9, at the Coliseum. They would return to Oakland in 1995.
1995 Tyus Edney goes the length of the court in 4.8 seconds as UCLA defeats Missouri, 75-74, in the second round of the NCAA tournament. UCLA, under Coach Jim Harrick, defeats Arkansas, 89-78, to win the Bruins' first NCAA basketball title since John Wooden's retirement.
1996 Magic Johnson comes out of retirement and nearly has a triple-double against Golden State. He averages 14.6 points in 32 games.
The Los Angeles Galaxy makes its debut in Major League Soccer and attracts 69,255 to the Rose Bowl to see a 2-1 victory over the MetroStars.
The Lakers trade Vlade Divac to Charlotte for the rights to high schooler Kobe Bryant. July 18: Jerry West gets his man, as the Lakers sign free agent Shaquille O'Neal to a $121-million contract.
1997 California Speedway opens in Fontana.
1998 The Dodgers are sold to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., ending 40 years of O'Malley family ownership in Los Angeles.
1999 Brandi Chastain scores the clinching penalty kick in front of President Clinton and another 90,184 fans at the Rose Bowl as the United States edges China, 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie, to win the women's World Cup.
Staples Center, new home of the Lakers and Kings, opens with a Bruce Springsteen concert.