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It's a bittersweet and emotionally charged day for Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig couldn’t maintain his composure. His faint smile disappeared. His eyes turned red, his nostrils flared. Soon, tears were cascading down his face. Puig lost a friend Sunday. Jose Fernandez was dead. The 24-year-old All-Star pitcher of the Miami Marlins was killed in a boating accident...

  • Dodgers provide the drama, Scully the tears as L.A. wraps up fourth straight NL West title

    Dodgers provide the drama, Scully the tears as L.A. wraps up fourth straight NL West title

    The farewell to the baseball rocked Dodger Stadium with cheers. The farewell to Vin Scully drowned it in tears. In what was arguably the most perfect moment at Chavez Ravine since Kirk Gibson’s 1988 home run, the Dodgers ended a sweaty Sunday afternoon with a stirring two-part final act that could...

  • Marlins ace Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident; death stuns a team and a sport

    Marlins ace Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident; death stuns a team and a sport

    Jose Fernandez, the pitching ace who as a teenager survived a harrowing escape from his native Cuba to become one of the brightest young stars in baseball, was found dead early Sunday morning after a boat crash on the jetty rocks off Miami Beach. He was 24. Fernandez, a two-time All-Star and the...

  • Brian Quick scores Rams' first touchdown of the season

    Brian Quick scores Rams' first touchdown of the season

    Brian Quick had a rough start to the season. The Rams receiver struggled with drops during training camp and the exhibition season, Coach Jeff Fisher twice calling out the fifth-year pro to hold on to the ball. Quick made a huge play Sunday, catching a 44-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum early...

  • Goalie Jeff Zatkoff takes a full-circle route back to L.A. Kings' net

    Goalie Jeff Zatkoff takes a full-circle route back to L.A. Kings' net

    Sometime in the near future, Jeff Zatkoff will put on a Kings jersey in a game that has true meaning. It’s a moment a decade in the making. Zatkoff previously spent five years in the organization but never made it into a regular-season game. He was stuck low on the goalie ladder and vaguely remembers...

  • Rams flip the script by finishing Week 3 with a winning record

    Rams flip the script by finishing Week 3 with a winning record

    The Rams have been 1-1 every year under Coach Jeff Fisher. In each of the last four years, they lost in Week 3 to drop to 1-2. With a win at Tampa Bay on Sunday, they flipped the script. Maybe that won’t mean much at the end of the year. Maybe this team is fatally flawed, destined to finish at...

  • Broncos, Eagles, Ravens, Vikings stay unbeaten; Redskins, Bills and Dolphins get first wins

    Broncos, Eagles, Ravens, Vikings stay unbeaten; Redskins, Bills and Dolphins get first wins

    Trevor Siemian threw a career-high four touchdown passes in his first road start and was nearly perfect under fourth-quarter pressure on Sunday, rallying the visiting Denver Broncos to a 29-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.  The defending Super Bowl champions are 3-0 under Siemian, who took...

  • Rams' defense comes up big against Buccaneers' Jameis Winston

    Rams' defense comes up big against Buccaneers' Jameis Winston

    Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston was carving up the Rams early in the fourth quarter Sunday, driving the Buccaneers to the brink of a go-ahead touchdown when the massive right hand of Rams defensive end Robert Quinn and the lumbering legs of lineman Ethan Westbrooks intervened.   Winston connected...

  • The Times' top 25 high school football rankings

    The Times' top 25 high school football rankings

    A look at the top 25 high school football teams in the Southland: Rk. School (W-L) Result | Next game (last week’s ranking)  1. MATER DEI (5-0) def. Edison, 42-0 | vs. Santa Margarita at Santa Ana Stadium, Oct. 7 (1)  2. ST. JOHN BOSCO (4-1) def. Stockton St. Mary's, 55-16 | at Servite at Cerritos...

  • Galaxy unable to clinch playoff berth as they fall, 4-2, to Sounders

    Galaxy unable to clinch playoff berth as they fall, 4-2, to Sounders

    Over the last five years no MLS team has finished the schedule as strong as the Galaxy, who have lost less than a quarter of their games in the final two months of the season. That didn’t do them much good last fall though, when they won just one of their final eight games to tumble from the top...

  • Rams withstand Buccaneers and lightning delay for 37-32 win

    Rams withstand Buccaneers and lightning delay for 37-32 win

    The Rams traveled across the country in search of their first touchdown. They wasted no time reaching the end zone, did it four more times and then weathered a threat from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a late delay because of lightning en route to a 37-32 victory on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium....

  • Clippers' window as NBA title contenders is still open, but for how long?

    Clippers' window as NBA title contenders is still open, but for how long?

    The championship window hasn’t closed on the Clippers. But the core group of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan might not have much time left to claim the opportunity before them. Still, it’ll be a tall task for the Clippers in the still-competitive Western Conference. The Golden State...

  • Colts rally in final minutes to stop Chargers, 26-22

    Colts rally in final minutes to stop Chargers, 26-22

     Andrew Luck shook off a sore throwing shoulder, then watched T.Y. Hilton break a tackle on a 63-yard touchdown pass with 1:17 to play Sunday, giving the Indianapolis Colts a 26-22 victory over the San Diego Chargers.  It's the second time this season Luck has produced a late score to give Indy...

  • Team Europe believes it can surprise Canada in World Cup of Hockey championship series

    Team Europe believes it can surprise Canada in World Cup of Hockey championship series

    A team that has no history to draw on and no future to build for, a team that was expected to be cannon fodder for the big boys under the contrived format of the World Cup of Hockey and was mocked with the newspaper headline “Euro trash?” after stumbling through its first two exhibition games,...

  • College football: A look ahead this week

    College football: A look ahead this week

    Three thoughts for the coming week of college football: 1. A gutty win at Michigan State has boosted surprising Wisconsin to No. 8 in the Associated Press poll. We’ll find out whether the Badgers are for real as their brutal midseason stretch continues with matchups against No. 4 Michigan and No....

  • Early letdowns lead to early shakeups, including firing of LSU's Les Miles

    Early letdowns lead to early shakeups, including firing of LSU's Les Miles

    In the dazed, chaotic moments after his Louisiana State team lost to Auburn on the last play of the game, Coach Les Miles did his best to stay optimistic. Asked about the future, he answered: “Take it one game at a time and try to work hard.” But when the Associated Press poll came out on Sunday,...

  • Solo home runs lead Astros to 4-1 win over Angels

    Solo home runs lead Astros to 4-1 win over Angels

    Defensively speaking, the Los Angeles Angels showed up to play Sunday.  The same could not be said of the offense.  Starter Daniel Wright gave up two home runs, and the Angels' bats fell flat in a 4-1 loss to the Houston Astros that ended a four-game winning streak.  “Defensively, we played a very...

  • Rory McIlroy wins Tour Championship and claims $10-million FedEx Cup bonus

    Rory McIlroy wins Tour Championship and claims $10-million FedEx Cup bonus

    Rory McIlroy finally won the FedEx Cup when he least expected it.  McIlroy was three shots behind with three holes to play Sunday in the Tour Championship. Nearly two hours later, he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole to win at East Lake in a playoff and claim the $10-million...

  • Kevin Harvick earns second round playoff spot after win at New Hampshire

    Kevin Harvick earns second round playoff spot after win at New Hampshire

    Kevin Harvick has thrived as NASCAR's version of a Game 7 master, steeling his nerves and flourishing in those win-or-else races that kept a championship push alive.  His Chase off to a rocky start, Harvick injected the Chase again with a rousing finish that eliminated a must-win race for him and...

  • UCLA's run game fell short of expectations in loss to Stanford

    UCLA's run game fell short of expectations in loss to Stanford

    Kennedy Polamalu earned a promotion earlier this year, becoming UCLA’s offensive coordinator while retaining his previous role coaching the running backs. He suggested Saturday that maybe his dual responsibilities have resulted in a more-is-less approach, at least as they pertain to the Bruins’...

  • Running back rotation has vexed USC

    Running back rotation has vexed USC

    Ronald Jones II isn’t sure what it is. “Could be the dreads,” said the closed-cropped Jones ruefully, as he stood outside USC’s locker room on Friday night in Utah. All Jones knows is that he can’t seem to find open space. Last season, when the then-dreadlocked Jones broke USC's freshman rushing...

  • Raiders get defensive in 17-10 win over the Titans

    Raiders get defensive in 17-10 win over the Titans

    Derek Carr threw for 249 yards and a touchdown, and the Oakland Raiders beat the Tennessee Titans 17-10 Sunday with their defense finally coming up with some big plays.  The Raiders (2-1) forced three turnovers and had a sack after coming into this game having given up more yards than any team...

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