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  • Muhammad Ali dies at 74; boxing champion became worldwide celebrity

    Muhammad Ali dies at 74; boxing champion became worldwide celebrity

    After defeating Sonny Liston in 1964, an ecstatic Muhammad Ali declared: "I shocked the world." Thrusting his arms into the air, he treated the victory as if it had been a knockout. Never mind that Liston denied him that honor by refusing to step into the ring for a seventh round. Ali's win gave...

  • Boxing world, and the world at large, react to Muhammad Ali's passing

    Boxing world, and the world at large, react to Muhammad Ali's passing

    The enormity of Muhammad Ali’s death reverberated Saturday in the impact felt by the millions he touched, especially those in the fight game. Manny Pacquiao said his decision to pursue a life in public service as a senator in the Philippines after winning a record eight division belts was influenced...

  • To Muslims the world over, Muhammad Ali was '#TheGreatest'

    To Muslims the world over, Muhammad Ali was '#TheGreatest'

    Sitting in the office of a boxing gym on a crowded Kabul street, Hayatullah Osmani listens as his students throw punches, grunting with each hit. The compact space, painted blue and red with punching bags and tires hanging from the walls, is full of young men, some barely teenagers, learning to...

  • For a kid from Louisville, there was no one like Muhammad Ali

    For a kid from Louisville, there was no one like Muhammad Ali

    The static-streaked words tumbling out of the old transistor radio turned the tiny bedroom into a raucous arena. It was a Monday night in March of 1971, my hometown hero was fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world, and I had a ringside seat. While Muhammad Ali slugged it out with...

  • Ranking the top 10 boxers in California

    Ranking the top 10 boxers in California

    California is loaded with boxing star power. The Golden State not only boasts a slew of native boxing talent, it also has new residents such as Kazakhstan’s three-belt middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who resides in Los Angeles and trains in Big Bear, and former two-division champion Canelo...

College Basketball

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  • Lonzo Ball and UCLA win a late-night affair in basketball opener in Australia

    Lonzo Ball and UCLA win a late-night affair in basketball opener in Australia

    Late night with Lonzo Ball started shortly before 3 a.m. Los Angeles time on Tuesday. The prized UCLA freshman had ventured halfway around the world to make his Bruins debut against Sydney University as part of his team’s three-game, late-summer tour of Australia. Ball entered the exhibition game...

  • UCLA guard Prince Ali has knee surgery

    UCLA guard Prince Ali has knee surgery

    UCLA sophomore guard Prince Ali underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee after suffering the injury July 8 while playing in an open gym. Ali, who averaged 3.9 points in 11.8 minutes per game last season, will be reevaluated in four months and could miss only a few...

  • Adoree' Jackson, USC's jack-of-all-trades, begins to specialize

    Adoree' Jackson, USC's jack-of-all-trades, begins to specialize

    Adoree’ Jackson gives the feeling of a shark in water, in constant motion. Smiling, with a belly full of McDonald’s (he’d ordered his regular on Wednesday night: four sandwiches, a large fries and a large sweet tea), he strutted into the main room at Pac-12 Conference media days on Thursday, patting...

  • Larry Brown to step down as SMU basketball coach

    Larry Brown to step down as SMU basketball coach

    Hall of Famer Larry Brown is resigning as head basketball coach at Southern Methodist University, he told ESPN on Friday. "I'm stepping down," he said, adding, “I've got nothing else to say right now. I have to text the parents of my players." When asked if the decision had anything to do with...

  • Letters: Readers are stunned by Lakers' first free-agency move

    Letters: Readers are stunned by Lakers' first free-agency move

    Just off the top of my head, I can think of 64 million reasons why it is time for Jim Buss to step down from running the Lakers. Joe Nadeau Santa Clarita :: Mozgov? $64 million? You've got to be kidding. I looked it up and Mozgov means "Robert Sacre" in Russian. Looks like Mitch Kupchak has been...

College Football

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  • USC cornerback Jack Jones is a Heisman Trophy candidate, says Jones

    USC cornerback Jack Jones is a Heisman Trophy candidate, says Jones

    USC’s freshman cornerback Jack Jones thinks Heisman Trophy handicappers have made an oversight. In their preseason predictions, he says, they’ve overlooked an important player: Jones himself. “I expect myself to win the Heisman this year,” Jones said. “I know that’s pretty big for a freshman to...

  • Freshman kicker J.J. Molson chose UCLA's Mora over Alabama's Saban

    Freshman kicker J.J. Molson chose UCLA's Mora over Alabama's Saban

    Tension hung in the air like Texas humidity as J.J. Molson lined up for the first field-goal attempt of UCLA’s training camp. “Hey, no pressure, J.J.,” one of his teammates bellowed, “except for in the game.” Molson took a few quick steps forward and booted the ball through the uprights. It wasn’t...

  • How Notre Dame plans to plug and play both Kizer and Zaire at quarterback in the Texas opener

    How Notre Dame plans to plug and play both Kizer and Zaire at quarterback in the Texas opener

    With the clocking ticking on Notre Dame’s college football opener at Texas, Irish Coach Brian Kelly recently addressed the question that had been hanging over his team for months: Who will play quarterback, incumbent junior DeShone Kizer or now-healthy senior Malik Zaire? His answer: both. Kelly...

  • For the first time since Reggie Bush and Lendale White, two USC backs eye 1,000 yards

    For the first time since Reggie Bush and Lendale White, two USC backs eye 1,000 yards

    Justin Davis is used to answering the questions of his fellow running backs. Davis is reliable and experienced, USC’s only senior tailback. Running backs coach Tommie Robinson calls him “the old man, he’s the gray beard guy,” and the younger teammates seek out his counsel. When Davis has a question,...

  • There's a youth movement in UCLA's kicking game

    There's a youth movement in UCLA's kicking game

    One is tasked with upholding a tradition and the others with reestablishing one. UCLA kicker J.J. Molson is replacing Ka’imi Fairbairn, the Pac-12 Conference’s all-time leading scorer. Meanwhile, long snapper Johnny Den Bleyker and punter Austin Kent will try to elevate the Bruins’ punting game...

Soccer

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  • Hope Solo suspended from national team for six months

    Hope Solo suspended from national team for six months

    U.S. women's goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended Wednesday for six months by U.S. Soccer for disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans' early departure from the Rio Olympics. Solo called the Swedes “a bunch of cowards” for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time...

  • Zardes, dos Santos lift Galaxy to 2-2 tie with Fire

    Zardes, dos Santos lift Galaxy to 2-2 tie with Fire

    Giovani dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes scored and the Galaxy tied the Chicago Fire, 2-2, on Wednesday night.  Dos Santos tied it in the 69th minute. Sebastian Lletget dumped it to Alan Gordon on the right side of the box. Gordon fed it to dos Santos, who chipped it in high with the outside of his...

  • Galaxy's unbeaten streak ends at nine with 1-0 loss at New York City FC

    Galaxy's unbeaten streak ends at nine with 1-0 loss at New York City FC

    David Villa scored in the sixth minute and New York City FC stretched its undefeated streak to four games, beating the Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0, in their first trip to Yankee Stadium on Saturday.  The Galaxy (9-4-11 had their nine-game unbeaten streak snapped. Eastern Conference leader New York...

  • In European leagues, the more things change, the more they stay the same

    In European leagues, the more things change, the more they stay the same

    Here’s a tip for anyone seeking a coaching job with a major European soccer team: When looking for a place to live, rent, don’t buy. The average stay for a coach in one of Europe’s top five leagues was between nine and 16 months last season, according to a study by the Swedish-based International...

  • Up next for the Galaxy: New York City FC on Saturday

    Up next for the Galaxy: New York City FC on Saturday

    GALAXY ON SATURDAY AT NEW YORK CITY FC When: 12:30 p.m. PDT Where: Yankee Stadium On the air: ESPN Records: Galaxy 9-3-11, New York City FC 10-7-8 Record vs. New York City (2016): 0-0 Update: This is the first meeting of 2016 between the Galaxy and the Eastern Conference’s leading team. Robbie...

Golf

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  • Si Woo Kim gets first PGA Tour win at Wyndham Championship

    Si Woo Kim gets first PGA Tour win at Wyndham Championship

    Si Woo Kim had a productive week at the Wyndham Championship. He claimed one tournament record, a share of another — and, most importantly, his first PGA Tour trophy.  The 21-year-old South Korean player closed with a three-under 67 for a five-stroke victory Sunday. He had a 21-under 259 total...

  • Gene Sauers wins the U.S. Senior Open with a final-round 69

    Gene Sauers wins the U.S. Senior Open with a final-round 69

    A decade after battling a rare illness that nearly killed him and kept him off the golf course for seven years, Gene Sauers celebrated his first victory on the senior tour.  Sauers closed with a one-under-par 69 and took advantage of another collapse by Miguel Angel Jimenez to win the rain-delayed...

  • No question about it, golf should stay in the Olympics

    No question about it, golf should stay in the Olympics

    With one tweet, Jordan Spieth said what we all suspected. He congratulated medal winners Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar, adding it “will be a goal to represent [the U.S.] in 2020.” In other words, and we’re reading between the characters here: I messed up. Should have made the trip...

  • Golf roundup: Ryan Moore's 67 gives him a two-shot win at John Deere Classic

    Golf roundup: Ryan Moore's 67 gives him a two-shot win at John Deere Classic

    Ryan Moore won the John Deere Classic for his fifth PGA Tour title, closing with a four-under-par 67 for a two-stroke victory over Ben Martin.  The 33-year-old Moore finished at 22-under 262 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., playing the final 46 holes without a bogey and making only one in 72 holes....

  • Golf roundup: Wesley Bryan finishes strong to take lead at John Deere Classic

    Golf roundup: Wesley Bryan finishes strong to take lead at John Deere Classic

    Wesley Bryan took the lead in the rain-delayed John Deere Classic, five days after earning a PGA Tour card with his third Web.com Tour victory of the year.  Bryan played 26 holes in 10 under Friday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., birdieing three of the final holes to finish off a first-round...

Tennis

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  • Olympic champion Andy Murray still on a roll

    Olympic champion Andy Murray still on a roll

    Andy Murray followed up his second Olympic singles title with a second-round victory Wednesday night in the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. The top-seeded Scot beat Argentina’s Juan Monaco, 6-3, 6-2, to set up a match against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, a 6-2, 6-4 winner over 13th-seeded...

  • Roger Federer will miss the Olympics, says he's done for the year after knee injury

    Roger Federer will miss the Olympics, says he's done for the year after knee injury

    Tennis star Roger Federer’s season came to an unexpected close when he announced on Facebook on Tuesday that he would miss the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the rest of the year. Federer said he was shutting himself down for the rest of 2016 on the advice of his doctors in order to extend...

  • No 'Brexit' for Andy Murray, who wins second Wimbledon title in 4 years

    No 'Brexit' for Andy Murray, who wins second Wimbledon title in 4 years

    While his devoted fans covered every inch of Wimbledon’s grass slope that bears his name, Andy Murray reached the tennis mountaintop Sunday by winning the storied tournament for the second time in four years. Murray, a Scotland native embraced by all of Great Britain, used an impenetrable defense...

  • Tennis legends are coaching Wimbledon finalists Andy Murray and Milos Raonic

    Tennis legends are coaching Wimbledon finalists Andy Murray and Milos Raonic

    Thirty-three years ago, John McEnroe played Ivan Lendl in the Wimbledon men’s singles semifinals. Sunday, they’ll meet in the finals. Actually, it’s Scotland’s Andy Murray playing Canada’s Milos Raonic for the championship on Centre Court, but they are coached by tennis legends. Lendl is one of...

  • Meet Wimbledon's guardians of the court

    Meet Wimbledon's guardians of the court

    They’re closer to the Wimbledon action than anyone but the players, but they’re doing their job when they’re all but unnoticed. They are the blue-clad ball boys and ball girls, and theirs are coveted and competitive positions. “They’re very much the guardians of the court,” said Sarah Goldson,...

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