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Angels look to make tweaks at MLB winter mettings

The Angels lost 88 times this year and have committed only about $15 million to new acquisitions this off-season, but they do not have many traditional holes to fill in the two months that remain until spring training begins. They have starting pitchers they favor for next season’s starting rotation;...

  • Clay Helton often goes unnoticed, but he deserves credit for USC's success

    Clay Helton often goes unnoticed, but he deserves credit for USC's success

    Earlier this fall, like any good college father, Clay Helton rushed out of work to attend his son’s USC freshman orientation. He showed up still wearing his football coaching attire, and his wife, Angela, was aghast. “Babe, this is orientation, you’re a Dad, you’re not supposed to be the head coach,” she...

  • College football: Alabama routs Florida for SEC title; Oklahoma captures Big 12 crown

    College football: Alabama routs Florida for SEC title; Oklahoma captures Big 12 crown

    Alabama showed off all its weapons in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Now, the Crimson Tide can expect a return trip to Atlanta for the College Football Playoff.  The nation's No. 1 team scored off a blocked punt and an interception return Saturday before wearing down No. 15 Florida...

  • No. 11 UCLA knocks off the top-ranked Wildcats in Kentucky

    No. 11 UCLA knocks off the top-ranked Wildcats in Kentucky

    Long after Rupp Arena had emptied, fans streaming through corridors in quiet resignation, Bryce Alford lingered in a corner of the 40-year-old building with his immediate and extended family. There were hugs, handshakes and smiles all around. Alford accepted congratulations from UCLA boosters and...

  • Dodgers making progress on reunion with Rich Hill as winter meetings approach

    Dodgers making progress on reunion with Rich Hill as winter meetings approach

    On the eve of the winter meetings, the Dodgers appeared on the verge of re-signing the pitcher they viewed as the best of this free-agent class. The team was believed to be making progress toward a multi-year reunion with Rich Hill, according to people familiar with the situation. The people requested...

  • CFB notes: No. 13 Western Michigan beats Ohio, 29-23, in MAC title game

    CFB notes: No. 13 Western Michigan beats Ohio, 29-23, in MAC title game

    Robert Spillane intercepted a pass with 51 seconds remaining, and No. 13 Western Michigan remained undefeated, holding off Ohio 29-23 on Friday night to win its first Mid-American Conference title since 1988.  The Broncos (13-0, No. 17 CFP) led 23-7 at halftime, but Ohio rallied and had the ball...

  • College basketball: No. 13 Indiana cruises to sixth victory

    College basketball: No. 13 Indiana cruises to sixth victory

    Juwan Morgan scored a career-high 18 points and finished with 10 rebounds, De’Ron Davis scored 14 points and No. 13 Indiana rolled to an 83-60 victory over Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Friday night.  Indiana’s bench out-scored SIU Edwardsville’s, 34-12, and the Hoosiers dominated the glass,...

  • Clippers beat Pelicans, 114-96, to end trip with back-to-back wins

    Clippers beat Pelicans, 114-96, to end trip with back-to-back wins

    At the start of this six-game excursion, when the Clippers were still on a high because of their optimized play, none of them would have imagined that by the end they’d just be hoping the salvage the trip. But that was the fate they had to accept after a 114-96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans...

  • Lakers never recover after slow start and lose to the Raptors, 113-80

    Lakers never recover after slow start and lose to the Raptors, 113-80

    It took almost two minutes of playing time for the Toronto Raptors to score on Friday night, but their first bucket began an avalanche that buried the shorthanded Lakers. Toronto (13-6) won its fifth consecutive game, a 113-80 defeat of the Lakers (10-11). The Raptors made 75% of their second-quarter...

  • USC gets its third big test of season with a big hole in its lineup

    USC gets its third big test of season with a big hole in its lineup

    USC has spent the last two days of practice confronting an uncomfortable reality. The Trojans’ best offensive player, forward Bennie Boatwright, is expected to miss six weeks because of a sprained knee ligament. But Coach Andy Enfield said he hasn’t agonized over how USC (7-0) will fill Boatwright’s...

  • Redick is latest Clipper to get forced rest

    Redick is latest Clipper to get forced rest

    J.J. Redick got the tap on the shoulder this time, getting informed by Coach Doc Rivers and his basketball support staff that the 6-foot-4 guard wouldn’t be playing against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night because of rest. Redick said that he wants to “play every night,” but he also knew...

  • Baseball report: Padres trade Derek Norris to Nationals

    Baseball report: Padres trade Derek Norris to Nationals

    The Washington Nationals have reacquired catcher Derek Norris from the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo announced the trade Friday.  Norris, a 2007 first-round pick of the Nationals, hit .186 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs last season...

  • Angels' Albert Pujols has foot surgery, expected to be out four months

    Angels' Albert Pujols has foot surgery, expected to be out four months

    Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols underwent surgery on his right plantar fascia Friday, after a conservative approach to his painful injury failed to produce positive results. The tense ligament bothered him for much of the year, but particularly after August, when he wore orthotics that had...

  • Dodgers cut ties with reliever Louis Coleman

    Dodgers cut ties with reliever Louis Coleman

    The Dodgers declined to tender a contract to right-handed reliever Louis Coleman, who was the lone casualty at Friday’s deadline to offer contracts to players eligible for arbitration. The Dodgers tendered contracts to the six other players who were arbitration-eligible: catcher Yasmani Grandal,...

  • Kase striking the right notes with Ducks

    Kase striking the right notes with Ducks

    Ondrej Kase was such an unknown player for the Ducks that it wasn’t until recently that the correct pronunciation of his last name was learned.  Asked about it before a Nov. 26 game, Kase told Ducks television broadcaster John Ahlers that it’s pronounced “Kaw-shah,” and not “Kah-sey” as originally...

  • LA 2024 releases revised budget for Olympics, revenue to equal $5.3 billion in costs

    LA 2024 releases revised budget for Olympics, revenue to equal $5.3 billion in costs

    In an era when the Olympics have become synonymous with cost overruns and massive deficits, the private committee seeking to bring the Summer Games back to Southern California has released what it calls a “no-surprises” balanced budget. LA 2024’s latest proposal, issued on Friday, estimates that...

  • UCLA says it will embrace the pace set by No. 1 Kentucky

    UCLA says it will embrace the pace set by No. 1 Kentucky

    It will be a Kentucky Derby, run indoors. The participants will wear high-end sneakers. They might feel like being put out to pasture after what could be the fastest 40 minutes in sports. A possible documentary title: Thirteen Seconds or Less. That’s the average amount of time both UCLA and Kentucky...

  • Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama tied for lead at Hero World Challenge

    Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama tied for lead at Hero World Challenge

    Dustin Johnson wasn't even expecting to be in the Bahamas for the Hero World Challenge. He was tied for the lead Friday with Hideki Matsuyama, who has reason to expect being at the top of any tournament he plays. Six shots behind was Tiger Woods, who shot a seven-under 65.  Johnson ran off three...

  • MLB puts a price on winning the All-Star Game

    MLB puts a price on winning the All-Star Game

    You can put a price on victory: $20,000. That’s the bonus that each player on the winning All-Star team will earn starting next season, one of a host of details unveiled Friday when Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Assn. confirmed and announced a new collective bargaining...

  • Quarterback Trevor Siemian to miss Broncos' game against Jaguars

    Quarterback Trevor Siemian to miss Broncos' game against Jaguars

    Trevor Siemian's biggest takeaway from his career-best performance wasn't the masterpiece of pinpoint passes in the face of heavy pressure but a sprained left foot he sustained during one of five sacks.  It will sideline him this weekend.  The Denver Broncos ruled out Siemian for Sunday's game...

  • Water polo final could be a grudge match for USC, UCLA

    Water polo final could be a grudge match for USC, UCLA

    Adam Wright has coached UCLA to national men’s water polo championships in each of the last two seasons. But if that’s given the Bruins a little extra confidence heading into this weekend’s NCAA Final Four in Berkeley, Wright is doing his best to dismiss it. “We don’t put too much credence in that,”...

  • Tiger Woods avoids mistakes and posts a 65 in his second round back

    Tiger Woods avoids mistakes and posts a 65 in his second round back

    Tiger Woods saved par from the dunes with a shot so good that two spectators ran over and scooped up sand for a souvenir. It also served as motivation Friday at the Hero World Challenge in Albany, the Bahamas. The tee shot on the par-3 eighth that landed next to a bush was so bad that Woods said...

  • Letters: New or old, Rams don't look like winners

    Letters: New or old, Rams don't look like winners

    Are you kidding me that Bill Plaschke honestly thinks these aren’t the L.A. Rams? This is just a new version of the losers who left this city 22 years ago. The L.A. Rams never won anything and please don’t count that lone title in the ’50s; the NFL was a joke back then.  It’s the same old, same...

  • Broncos LB Von Miller sends a bottle of wine to every player in the AFC West

    Broncos LB Von Miller sends a bottle of wine to every player in the AFC West

    Denver linebacker Von Miller leads the NFL with 12.5 sacks, which probably doesn’t help his popularity among players on the other three teams in the AFC West. But here’s something that will — he just gave them all free wine. According to the Denver Post, Miller sent out a bottle of wine to every...

  • Ex-NFL star Johnny Manziel reaches agreement to dismiss domestic violence charge

    Ex-NFL star Johnny Manziel reaches agreement to dismiss domestic violence charge

    Prosecutors say they have reached an agreement with troubled former NFL star Johnny Manziel to dismiss his domestic violence charge. According to the Dallas Country district attorney’s office, the former Cleveland Browns quarterback reached a conditional dismissal agreement from his case in which...

  • WBC champion Francisco Vargas returns to the ring Jan. 28 in Indio

    WBC champion Francisco Vargas returns to the ring Jan. 28 in Indio

    Mexico’s super-featherweight world champion Francisco Vargas will open the new year with a Jan. 28 bout at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio. Vargas (23-0-2, 17 knockouts), the World Boxing Council champion, will meet countryman Miguel Berchelt (30-1, 27 KOs), the World Boxing Organization’s...

  • Pick with (or against) the college football experts

    Pick with (or against) the college football experts

    Each week, the Los Angeles Times’ college football experts — it’s how they refer to themselves — will make choices on a variety of games. Warning: If they could accurately predict results, they wouldn’t be reporters or editors. Their picks: :: Ben Bolch Wisconsin vs. Penn State: Penn State, 27-14...

  • Skepticism abounds after Conor McGregor obtains California boxing license

    Skepticism abounds after Conor McGregor obtains California boxing license

    Conor McGregor’s ability to obtain a boxing license from the California State Athletic Commission this week may tweak his UFC bosses’ noses and generate headlines. But it’s not going to get Floyd Mayweather Jr. into the ring. At a Thursday boxing news conference in Los Angeles, two of the men who...

  • Former USC star Joe McKnight shot to death in streets of Louisiana

    Former USC star Joe McKnight shot to death in streets of Louisiana

    Former USC running back Joe McKnight was shot and killed in Terrytown, La., outside New Orleans, on Thursday afternoon, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. The killing is being investigated as a possible road rage incident, said sheriff’s spokesman Col. John Fortunato. Fortunato....

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