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  • USC assistant Beth Burns wins wrongful-termination lawsuit against San Diego State

    USC assistant Beth Burns wins wrongful-termination lawsuit against San Diego State

    Former San Diego State women’s basketball coach Beth Burns won her wrongful-termination trial against the university Wednesday, receiving a $3.35-million judgment from a San Diego Superior Court jury for whistle-blower retaliation after complaining about potential Title IX violations.          ...

  • NCAA pulls championship events from North Carolina over transgender bathroom law

    NCAA pulls championship events from North Carolina over transgender bathroom law

    The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games, for the coming year because of a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people. In a news release Monday, the NCAA said the decision by its board...

  • Dick Enberg is rounding third and heading home after a glorious career

    Dick Enberg is rounding third and heading home after a glorious career

    He flips his scorebook to a blank page, then gazes at the empty ballpark in front of him, his daily moment to dream. After eight decades on this planet and six in front of a microphone, he still arrives four hours before game time, still tickled by the anticipation of a new game and what it might...

  • UCLA's Lonzo Ball wants to generate more than hype

    UCLA's Lonzo Ball wants to generate more than hype

    One word followed the UCLA basketball team on its recent exhibition tour of Australia, from Sydney to Melbourne to Brisbane. “Lonzo! Lonzo! Lonzo!” The chants reverberated even though the point guard had never played a collegiate game. “Lonzo! Lonzo! Lonzo!” They persisted even though he made only...

  • Full UCLA basketball schedule released

    Full UCLA basketball schedule released

    UCLA will play USC on Jan. 25 at the Galen Center and on Feb. 18 at Pauley Pavilion as part of the Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball schedule released Thursday. The Trojans won three consecutive meetings between the teams last season for the first time since 1942. The Bruins will play defending...

College Football

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  • Has USC's depth improved from when it was under sanctions? Clancy Pendergast doesn't think so

    Has USC's depth improved from when it was under sanctions? Clancy Pendergast doesn't think so

    The last time Clancy Pendergast coached USC’s defense, the Trojans had only 70 players on scholarship, 15 fewer than is usually allowed. NCAA sanctions had wiped out the team’s depth, which tightened rotations on both sides of the ball and made for heavy legs late in games. After that season, Pendergast...

  • Former Corona Santiago star Blake Barnett leaves Alabama

    Former Corona Santiago star Blake Barnett leaves Alabama

    Alabama redshirt freshman quarterback Blake Barnett, a five-star recruit from Corona Santiago High, has left the program and withdrawn from school.  Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban announced Barnett's departure in a statement Thursday. Barnett started the opener against USC for No. 1 Alabama.  Since...

  • UCLA defense seeks to continue its upward trajectory

    UCLA defense seeks to continue its upward trajectory

    UCLA’s defense needs an updated resume. Move your cursor or pencil over to the start of the next paragraph and strike through the entire chunk of words. Rarely blitzed. Couldn’t stop the run. Gave quarterbacks more time than Odysseus at sea. After the last two games, those faults no longer apply....

  • College football TV guide: Three top-10 matchups highlight weekend of games

    College football TV guide: Three top-10 matchups highlight weekend of games

    Break out the chips and cold drinks but let Mike Hiserman handle the remote. The Times’ deputy sports editor handicaps what’s worth watching, and skipping, on the weekend’s menu of college football games. FRIDAY No. 7 Stanford at No. 10 Washington, 6 p.m., ESPN Christian McCaffrey will have the...

  • Former Santiago star Blake Barnett might be transferring from Alabama

    Former Santiago star Blake Barnett might be transferring from Alabama

    Alabama Coach Nick Saban says he doesn't know if backup quarterback Blake Barnett remains with the team.  Saban says the redshirt freshman came to see him before Wednesday's practice “with some concerns about his future.” He says he hasn't received a final decision on Barnett's plans.  A report...

Soccer

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  • Undercover sting leads to multiple English soccer coaches being fired

    Undercover sting leads to multiple English soccer coaches being fired

    A British newspaper investigation led to a second soccer coach getting fired in England on Thursday.  Two days after Sam Allardyce lost his job as England manager following an undercover operation by the Daily Telegraph, second-tier club Barnsley fired assistant coach Tommy Wright.  Wright was...

  • 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...

  • Super-sub Alan Gordon is giving the Galaxy a going-away presence

    Super-sub Alan Gordon is giving the Galaxy a going-away presence

    Alan Gordon has survived 13 seasons of professional soccer, and he’s approached most of them the same way he’s played this one. “I’ve taken this year as my last,” the Galaxy forward said. “That’s always been the plan. One year at a time. So as of right now, this is my last year.” Gordon has pondered...

  • Alianza gives young Latino soccer players a platform — and a chance

    Alianza gives young Latino soccer players a platform — and a chance

    Sofia Alcaraz has waged a lonely, years-long campaign to get the Tijuana Xolos to notice her son Ricardo Villalba, a talented 17-year-old goalkeeper who plays high school soccer just six miles from the border. “They said, ‘You’re very good. We’ll call you.’ But they never do,” Alcaraz said of her...

  • Landon Donovan scores in Galaxy's 2-2 draw at Sporting KC

    Landon Donovan scores in Galaxy's 2-2 draw at Sporting KC

    Landon Donovan scored two minutes after entering as a second-half substitute to help the Los Angeles Galaxy tie Sporting KC, 2-2, on Sunday.  Donovan entered in the 74th minute and scored with his left foot after a give-and-go with Robbie Rogers.  Los Angeles (11-4-15) moved into second place in...

Golf

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  • Phil Mickelson is the center of attention at the Ryder Cup

    Phil Mickelson is the center of attention at the Ryder Cup

    He’s one of 12, a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team. In truth he’s one and only, a chance-taker, a champion, a right-hander who plays left-handed. Phil Mickelson will take a swing at anything, literally with a club — it’s only 230 yards across the water — or figuratively with his suggestions. The...

  • SoCal golfers earn trip to Augusta National

    A group of Southern California youth golfers have qualified for the Drive, Chip and Putt National finals to be held on April 2 before the start of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. For girls, the participants are Kristina Xu of Claremont (age 7 to 9); Lucy Yuan of San Diego...

  • Phil Mickelson tries to put an end to Ryder Cup controversy: 'I was totally in the wrong'

    Phil Mickelson tries to put an end to Ryder Cup controversy: 'I was totally in the wrong'

    Phil Mickelson brought back some bad feelings from the 2004 Ryder Cup on Wednesday when he criticized decisions made by then-U.S. captain Hal Sutton during a news conference as part of this year's event. By nighttime, with Sutton threatening to not take part in any Ryder Cup festivities the rest...

  • Oh, brother: The trash-writing starts early at the Ryder Cup

    Oh, brother: The trash-writing starts early at the Ryder Cup

    A school teacher in England, Peter Willett, or P.J. Willett in his Twitter feed, is known both as the brother of Masters champion Danny Willett and a bit of satirist. Also an antagonist, depending on one’s sense of humor. If Peter gained a measure of fame for his tweets as Danny played the final...

  • 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...

Tennis

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  • Young German Alexander Zverev tops Stan Wawrinka to win first tennis title

    Young German Alexander Zverev tops Stan Wawrinka to win first tennis title

    Promising German 19-year-old Alexander Zverev won his first tour title Sunday, beating U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka in a tight battle in the St. Petersburg Open final.  Zverev took the first set before Wawrinka responded to draw level. The German was a break down in the decider, but fought...

  • Croatia to play Argentina in Davis Cup final

    Croatia to play Argentina in Davis Cup final

    Marin Cilic swatted aside Frenchman Richard Gasquet in straight sets on Sunday in Zadar to send Croatia into the Davis Cup final for only the second time.  The 2014 U.S. Open champion won, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5, to give Croatia an unassailable 3-1 lead with one singles rubber left to play. Croatia lost...

  • Stan Wawrinka beats Novak Djokovic to win U.S. Open title

    Stan Wawrinka beats Novak Djokovic to win U.S. Open title

    Stan Wawrinka’s tennis career has been a textbook study of persistence and patience, with his Grand Slam championship success delayed until age 28 and continuing into his 30s. That was once the tennis version of middle age. Those virtues served the Swiss veteran well Sunday in the U.S. Open men’s...

  • Santa Barbara girl wins U.S. Open juniors title

    Santa Barbara girl wins U.S. Open juniors title

    Southern Californian Kayla Day celebrated two milestone achievements on Sunday, Sept. 11, in New York City. The 16-year-old Day, the No. 5-seed from Santa Barbara, defeated the No. 13-seed Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia, 6-3, 6-2, on the Grandstand Court at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center...

  • Angelique Kerber wins U.S. Open women's title, her second major title of the year

    Angelique Kerber wins U.S. Open women's title, her second major title of the year

    A transformative tennis flashback: The first round of the first Slam in 2016 and Angelique Kerber was preparing to exit the Australian Open, saying later in interviews that she had one foot on the plane. But Misaki Doi’s inability to convert a match point kept Kerber on the ground in Melbourne....

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