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Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin deal 'very close,' executive says

The president of Canelo Alvarez’s promotional company said Monday that talks to stage a rematch against Gennady Golovkin in May are “very close” to a conclusion. Eric Gomez told The Times by text message Monday morning that he has only “a few items left to discuss with” Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler...

  • MMA rankings: Francis Ngannou earns a bout with Stipe Miocic

    MMA rankings: Francis Ngannou earns a bout with Stipe Miocic

    A look at the Times’ MMA rankings for December, as compiled by Todd Martin. Heavyweight 1. Stipe Miocic 2. Francis Ngannou 3. Alistair Overeem 4. Fabricio Werdum 5. Cain Velasquez 6. Junior Dos Santos 7. Vitaly Minakov 8. Mark Hunt 9. Derrick Lewis 10. Alexander Volkov Francis Ngannou scored one...

  • Cowboys edge Raiders by slimmest of margins

    Cowboys edge Raiders by slimmest of margins

    Dallas kept its playoff hopes alive by the slimmest of margins after Dak Prescott converted a fourth-down sneak by the width of an index card to set up Dan Bailey's go-ahead 19-yard field goal, and Derek Carr fumbled the ball inches from the goal line with 31 seconds left to give the Cowboys a...

  • College basketball: No.7 North Carolina rallies for win at No. 20 Tennessee

    College basketball: No.7 North Carolina rallies for win at No. 20 Tennessee

    Carolina passed the kind of road challenge it wanted to face before starting Atlantic Coast Conference competition. Kenny Williams sank a go-ahead 3-pointer with 35 seconds left as the seventh-ranked Tar Heels rallied past No. 20 Tennessee 78-73 Sunday. This was the first game North Carolina (10-1)...

  • USC's offense runs through Jordan McLaughlin in 98-87 victory over UC Santa Barbara

    USC's offense runs through Jordan McLaughlin in 98-87 victory over UC Santa Barbara

    It was as if basketballs needed to touch Jordan McLaughlin’s generous hands before they could pass through Galen Center’s nets. The senior guard had two hands in half of USC’s converted field goals Sunday. His 19 assists in the Trojans’ 98-87 win over UC Santa Barbara broke by three the university’s...

  • Ducks prepare for road game against New Jersey Devils

    Ducks prepare for road game against New Jersey Devils

    DUCKS UP NEXT AT NEW JERSEY When: 4 p.m. PST. On the air: TV: KCOP-13 Radio: 830 Update: The Ducks’ overtime woes continued with a 3-2 defeat to the Washington Capitals on Saturday, and they remain winless in four such games (they’re 2-4 in contests that extend to a shootout). Hampus Lindholm returned...

  • The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    A look at the top 25 high school boys' basketball teams in the Southland: Rk. School (W-L) Next opponent (last week’s ranking) 1. BISHOP MONTGOMERY (7-0) at Mission Prep tournament (1) 2. MATER DEI (5-0) at City of Palms tournament (2) 3. WESTCHESTER (7-1) at Tarkanian Classic 3) 4. RANCHO CHRISTIAN...

  • NBA: LeBron James’ triple-double sparks the Cavaliers

    NBA: LeBron James’ triple-double sparks the Cavaliers

    LeBron James had 20 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Washington Wizards 106-99 on Sunday night for their 18th victory in 19 games. James had his fourth triple-double in the last five games despite being called for four fouls in the final quarter. Kevin...

  • Rams defense looks impressive against Russell Wilson and Seahawks

    Rams defense looks impressive against Russell Wilson and Seahawks

    After capitalizing on nearly every opportunity, the Rams defense didn’t want to miss a final one. As the clock ticked toward the two-minute warning Sunday, players gathered on the sideline and posed for a photo to commemorate a performance they won’t soon forget. The Rams shut down Seattle Seahawks...

  • Todd Gurley runs wild as Rams make statement by delivering beatdown at Seattle

    Todd Gurley runs wild as Rams make statement by delivering beatdown at Seattle

    The rout already was in progress, the statement well on its way to being made. So when Rams running back Todd Gurley took a handoff late in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, it was a chance to not only run for another touchdown, but also to do it in style. Gurley blazed 57...

  • Changing of the guard begins in NFC West with Rams' blowout win over Seahawks

    Changing of the guard begins in NFC West with Rams' blowout win over Seahawks

    There came a point Sunday when this showdown of NFC contenders was no longer Rams versus Seahawks. It was Rams vs. Record Books. “They beat us pretty good today,” quarterback Russell Wilson said after the 42-7 Rams victory. “They scored in every fashion you can imagine.” Todd Gurley turned in a...

  • Chargers try to regroup after disappointing loss to Chiefs

    Chargers try to regroup after disappointing loss to Chiefs

    Inside the visiting locker room at Arrowhead Stadium, wadded-up athletic tape covered chunks of the floor, a reminder of how the Chargers’ hopes were unraveling. Before Saturday night, players had a clear vision of how this season was going to go, a triumph in resiliency. From winless to AFC West...

  • Pharoh Cooper's big returns unlock Rams' offense in rout of Seahawks

    Pharoh Cooper's big returns unlock Rams' offense in rout of Seahawks

    Pharoh Cooper showed Sunday why fans made him a leading vote-getter as a return specialist for the Pro Bowl. Cooper returned a punt 53 yards and consistently gave the offense superior field position in the Rams’ 42-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. He averaged 18.3 yards...

  • John Stevens returns to Philadelphia, where his coaching career began

    John Stevens returns to Philadelphia, where his coaching career began

    It’s become almost tradition for John Stevens and Paul Holmgren to get together here, an annual meeting of hockey lifers. Every summer, Stevens and Holmgren have breakfast at the Jersey Shore. Only about four miles on the waterway separate them — Stevens in Sea Isle City and Holmgren in Avalon....

  • Kobe Bryant returns to Staples Center for jersey retirement, but he never really left

    Kobe Bryant returns to Staples Center for jersey retirement, but he never really left

    Toward the end of Kobe Bryant’s career, Rob Pelinka decided he had to save Bryant from himself, and, well, save himself from Bryant. So he pulled out a copy of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement and scoured the uniform player contract for language that would keep Bryant from jumping out...

  • Clippers' Milos Teodosic is eager to play more minutes

    Clippers' Milos Teodosic is eager to play more minutes

    The Clippers are starting to learn that Milos Teodosic can deliver in the game’s most tense moments. They are beginning to see that Teodosic is willing to step into the void when the game hangs in the balance. On a night when his shot betrayed him through the first three quarters, Teodosic refused...

  • Soccer star Kaka announces retirement

    Soccer star Kaka announces retirement

    Former Ballon d'Or winner Kaka says he is retiring from soccer at age 35. Kaka, who played for Brazil, AC Milan and Real Madrid, told Brazil's Globo TV on Sunday that “my last word is that the cycle of my career as a player ends here.” “I needed time to think and take a decision calmly,” Kaka said....

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers' 90-85 loss to the Miami Heat

    Five takeaways from the Clippers' 90-85 loss to the Miami Heat

    Five things we learned during the Clippers’ 90-85 loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday: 1. Nearly lost in the tough Clippers defeat to the Miami Heat was another double-double by DeAndre Jordan. Jordan collected 20 rebounds and added 12 points. He had eight offensive rebounds, which gave the Clippers...

  • Golf: Justin Rose wins easily in Indonesia

    Golf: Justin Rose wins easily in Indonesia

    Justin Rose played 30 holes on Sunday in the weather-delayed Indonesian Masters, closing for a final-round 10-under 62 and an eight-stroke victory at Royale Jakarta Golf Club. The Englishman was 10-under after 13 holes in the final round and looking like he could achieve a 59, but bogeyed the par-4...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders

    What we learned from the Kings' 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders

    The Kings are stuck in a New York state of grinding their gears. They got the start they wanted, only to give it up. They made a play on a penalty kill, only to have it turn into a goal. They ultimately got one point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Saturday,...

  • Clippers cry foul after 90-85 loss at Miami

    Clippers cry foul after 90-85 loss at Miami

    Lou Williams sat in the locker room, his frustrations clear as he described the defining play that eventually sent the Clippers to an agonizing 90-85 loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday night. Both Williams and Clippers coach Doc Rivers directed their ire at the officiating during and after the...

  • Chargers blow their best playoff shot after another step back against Chiefs

    Chargers blow their best playoff shot after another step back against Chiefs

    “Where are you going?” It didn’t take a professional lip reader to see that’s what Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers yelled in exasperation near the end of the third quarter Saturday night. Rivers could have been berating himself. The Kansas City Chiefs had just intercepted his pass into double...

  • Kings suffer loss of confidence in defeat by Islanders in overtime

    Kings suffer loss of confidence in defeat by Islanders in overtime

    Technically, it will go down as a point in the standings. Specifically, it was a point earned with seconds left in regulation Saturday. But the state of the Kings was measured psychologically by Anze Kopitar following a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders. “I just think we’re not a confident...

  • Chargers turnover their playoff chances in loss to Chiefs 30-13

    Chargers turnover their playoff chances in loss to Chiefs 30-13

    This was the big game the Chargers needed, the night to control their destiny. But instead of seizing the moment Saturday night in Kansas City, the Chargers got caught in a spiral of missed chances, failing bodies and plenty of disappointment. Needing a win to grab control of the AFC West and to...

  • NBA roundup: Knicks top Thunder in Carmelo Anthony's return

    NBA roundup: Knicks top Thunder in Carmelo Anthony's return

    Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the New York Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-96 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 points in place of injured Kristaps...

  • New Mexico Bowl: Marshall holds Colorado State 31-28

    New Mexico Bowl: Marshall holds Colorado State 31-28

    Keion Davis rushed for 141 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown run, and Marshall had two other big scoring plays in a 31-28 victory over Colorado State on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl. Chase Litton threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Thundering Herd (8-5) hold off the Rams (7-6)....

  • Rams look to contain Russell Wilson in NFC West matchup with Seahawks

    Rams look to contain Russell Wilson in NFC West matchup with Seahawks

    Russell Wilson was asked this week to describe how the Seattle Seahawks offense has improved or evolved since a Week 5 victory over the Rams. The quarterback led the Seahawks to a 16-10 win at the Coliseum. “It’s been impressive just to see how far we have really come and grown since the last time...

  • 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...

  • Trojans aim to avoid slip-up against UCSB

    Trojans aim to avoid slip-up against UCSB

    Top teams don’t generally lose three consecutive games in college basketball, especially not in the fall. There, though, is where the USC Trojans found themselves last week after succumbing to Texas A&M, Southern Methodist and Oklahoma in a 12-day span. The former two defeats were by large margins,...

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