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  • 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...

  • Big 12 moves closer to expansion. Or not

    Big 12 moves closer to expansion. Or not

    The muddle surrounding the Big 12 and its anticipated expansion has grown a little clearer. But only a little. The University of Nevada Las Vegas no longer is in the running to join the Power 5 conference, the school has announced. In a joint statement, UNLV’s president and athletic director said:...

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  • Notre Dame fires defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder after loss to Duke

    Notre Dame fires defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder after loss to Duke

    Hours after an embarrassing 38-35 home loss to Duke, Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder following a 1-3 start.  The school tweeted a new release saying VanGorder is being replaced by defensive analyst Greg Hudson. Hudson previously served as defensive coordinator...

  • UCLA can't escape its past in stunning loss to No. 7 Stanford, 22-13

    UCLA can't escape its past in stunning loss to No. 7 Stanford, 22-13

    It happened again. How could it happen again? For all but the final two minutes Saturday night, UCLA did everything in its power to break an eight-game losing streak to a Stanford team that has long occupied its nightmares. Then it happened again. Somehow, it happened again. Stanford got tough....

  • UCLA suffers cruel loss to No. 7 Stanford, 22-13

    UCLA suffers cruel loss to No. 7 Stanford, 22-13

    Stanford quarterback Ryan Burns lofted a pass into the air, toward the corner of the end zone, and it felt like more than a game hung in the balance. The Cardinal’s nearly decade-long mastery of UCLA was on wobbly footing. Bruins Coach Jim Mora was closing in on what could have been the signature...

  • Wisconsin routs Michigan State; Ole Miss, Tennessee and Auburn get key SEC wins

    Wisconsin routs Michigan State; Ole Miss, Tennessee and Auburn get key SEC wins

    Leo Musso returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and No. 11 Wisconsin turned its early-season showdown with No. 8 Michigan State into a rout, beating the Spartans, 30-6, on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.  Redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook threw for 195 yards and a touchdown...

  • Bruins had plenty of rushers but not enough yards against Cardinal

    Bruins had plenty of rushers but not enough yards against Cardinal

    UCLA’s running game featured something new Saturday. Everyone was present and accounted for among the tailbacks and fullbacks. Soso Jamabo played during the Bruins’ 22-13 loss to No. 7 Stanford at the Rose Bowl after missing the previous week. Nate Starks was there too, back for a second consecutive...

Soccer

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  • 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...

  • For European superclubs, winning doesn't relieve the pressure

    For European superclubs, winning doesn't relieve the pressure

    Xabi Alonso has survived 16 seasons in European soccer’s top three leagues. By itself that rare blend of talent and longevity marks him as one of the top players of the modern era. Yet that’s actually the least of his accomplishments. Because in that time  Alonso has endured just one losing season...

  • Up next for the Galaxy: Sunday at Sporting Kansas City

    Up next for the Galaxy: Sunday at Sporting Kansas City

    When: Sunday, 11 a.m. PT Where: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kan. On the air: TV: Fox, ESPN Deportes Radio: 1220 (Spanish). Records: Galaxy 11-4-14, Sporting Kansas City 11-12-6. Record vs. Sporting Kansas City: 0-0-2 Update: Things are looking up for the Galaxy: Robbie Keane will rejoin...

Golf

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  • Dustin Johnson, Kevin Chappell tied for lead at the Tour Championship

    Dustin Johnson, Kevin Chappell tied for lead at the Tour Championship

    Dustin Johnson made one mistake that suddenly put some intrigue into the final day of the PGA Tour season — the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.  Johnson clipped a tree trying to get out of the rough on the 17th hole and made double bogey, and only a birdie on the final hole at East Lake on...

  • Dustin Johnson has one-shot lead at halfway point of Tour Championship

    Dustin Johnson has one-shot lead at halfway point of Tour Championship

    Dustin Johnson is playing better than anyone in the world, and Kevin Chappell can't wait to watch him at the Tour Championship.  Even if that means having to beat him.  Johnson powered his way down the fairways and occasionally out of the brutal rough at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Friday...

  • Dustin Johnson in three-way tie for first-round lead at Tour Championship

    Dustin Johnson in three-way tie for first-round lead at Tour Championship

    Dustin Johnson was in trouble from the start Thursday, just not for very long. The game feels easy for the U.S. Open champion, who began his bid for the FedEx Cup title on Thursday with a four-under 66 to share the lead at the Tour Championship.  Johnson had 165 yards from the sand and worried...

  • In Gee Chun wins Evian Championship in record 21 under par

    In Gee Chun wins Evian Championship in record 21 under par

    In Gee Chun clinched the Evian Championship in record-breaking style on Sunday, winning by four shots to secure her second major with the lowest 72-hole score in a major in golf history.  The 22-year-old South Korean sank a difficult 10-feet putt to finish on 21 under, breaking the record for men...

  • In Gee Chun leads Evan Championship by four strokes after three rounds

    In Gee Chun leads Evan Championship by four strokes after three rounds

    South Korea's In Gee Chun shot a six-under-par 65 in the rain Saturday to extend her lead to four strokes with one round left in the Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France.  Chun had a 19-under 194 total in the last of the LPGA Tour's five major championships. The 22-year-old Chun won the...

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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