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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...

  • Jesus Soto Karass-Yoshihiro Kamegai rematch added to Sept. 10 'Chocolatito' card at Forum

    Jesus Soto Karass-Yoshihiro Kamegai rematch added to Sept. 10 'Chocolatito' card at Forum

    The rematch of a record-setting punch-fest that ended in a draw between Jesus Soto Karass and Yoshihiro Kamegai in April at a downtown L.A. club has been promoted to an HBO co-main event at the Forum. The rematch will precede the super-flyweight main event between super-flyweight champion Carlos...

College Basketball

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  • 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...

  • Freshman guard Kobe Paras withdraws from UCLA

    Freshman guard Kobe Paras withdraws from UCLA

    The Kobe Paras era at UCLA appears to have ended before it began. The incoming freshman guard, who was conditionally admitted to UCLA, has withdrawn from the university after failing to meet certain academic requirements, the school announced Wednesday. See the most-read stories in Sports this...

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Soccer

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  • Galaxy end Timbers' nine-game unbeaten streak with 2-1 victory in Portland

    Galaxy end Timbers' nine-game unbeaten streak with 2-1 victory in Portland

    If the Galaxy make another deep run in the MLS playoffs this fall, they’re likely to look back on gut-checks like Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers as an important another step on that journey. Playing the defending champions under difficult conditions before a hostile crowd, they raced...

  • Seattle running out of patience with Schmid and floundering Sounders

    Seattle running out of patience with Schmid and floundering Sounders

    Here’s how bad things have gotten for Sigi Schmid in Seattle: After his Sounders missed on 22 shots in a shutout loss to the Galaxy earlier this month, he was booed off his home field by 40,000 fans, then escorted into a news conference where a reporter challenged the coach to resign. On social...

  • U.S. women rout Costa Rica in final Olympic soccer tuneup

    U.S. women rout Costa Rica in final Olympic soccer tuneup

    Crystal Dunn scored in the 15th minute and Carli Lloyd had her 88th career goal to help the United States women's team beat Costa Rica, 4-0, on Friday night in its final game before the Rio Olympics next month.  Mallory Pugh and Christen Press also scored. The U.S. will face New Zealand on Aug....

  • Improved Galaxy defense a case of addition and subtraction

    Improved Galaxy defense a case of addition and subtraction

    Steven Gerrard didn’t want to point fingers. But he wasn’t about to pull any punches either. So when he was asked about this year’s Galaxy defense, which has given up the second-fewest goals in MLS, and last year’s, which collapsed down the stretch and finished third-worst in the Western Conference,...

  • Galaxy advances to U.S. Open Cup semifinals with 4-2 win over Sounders

    Galaxy advances to U.S. Open Cup semifinals with 4-2 win over Sounders

    Bruce Arena has coached in a World Cup quarterfinal and three MLS Cup championship games in the last two decades. Where he hasn’t been since 1997, however, is to the final four of the U.S. Open Cup. That skid ended Wednesday when Arena’s Galaxy twice overcame deficits to beat the Seattle Sounders,...

Golf

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  • Jhonattan Vegas rallies from five shots down to win Canadian Open

    Jhonattan Vegas rallies from five shots down to win Canadian Open

    Jhonattan Vegas rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour victory, birdieing the final three holes at Glen Abbey in Oakville for an eight-under-par 64 and one-stroke victory.  The 29-year-old Venezuelan Olympic player began the day five strokes behind leader Brandt Snedeker...

  • Brandt Snedeker is tied with amateur Jared du Toit at Canadian Open

    Brandt Snedeker is tied with amateur Jared du Toit at Canadian Open

    Brandt Snedeker overpowered the par-five 18th hole Saturday in the Canadian Open to take a one-stroke lead over Canadian amateur Jared du Toit.  Snedeker hit a 378-yard drive and 121-yard approach to set a 7 1/2-foot eagle putt that he holed for a six-under-par 66. He had five straight birdies...

  • Dustin Johnson, Luke List share lead at Canadian Open

    Dustin Johnson, Luke List share lead at Canadian Open

    Dustin Johnson started and finished the day tied with Luke List for the Canadian Open lead. The U.S. Open champion had to make up a lot of ground to do it.  Johnson had a double bogey and two bogeys on his first holes Friday in windy conditions at sun-baked Glen Abbey at Oakville. He rebounded...

  • Dustin Johnson has share of Canadian Open lead after first-round 66

    Dustin Johnson has share of Canadian Open lead after first-round 66

    Dustin Johnson made a 10-foot eagle putt on the par-five 18th hole Thursday for a six-under 66 and a share of the Canadian Open lead with Luke List.  The U.S. Open champion set up the eagle with a 364-yard drive and 150-yard approach. In windy conditions at sun-baked Glen Abbey in Oakville, Johnson...

  • No rest for Phil Mickelson, who is hoping to stay sharp for upcoming PGA championship

    No rest for Phil Mickelson, who is hoping to stay sharp for upcoming PGA championship

    Phil Mickelson will not have much time to stew about what will be remembered as one of the most confounding major losses of his career. He shot 63 in the first round and 65 in the last and still lost the 145th British Open Championship by three shots to Swede Henrik Stenson, who played out of his...

Tennis

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  • 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,...

  • Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams to meet in rematch of Australian Open final

    Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams to meet in rematch of Australian Open final

    The casual tennis fan might be disappointed that Saturday’s women’s singles final at Wimbledon doesn’t feature sisters Serena and Venus Williams. But the more discerning observers know that the better matchup prevailed: Serena Williams versus Angelique Kerber of Germany. Theirs is a rematch of...

  • Scotland's Andy Murray will face Canada's Milos Raonic in Wimbledon final

    Scotland's Andy Murray will face Canada's Milos Raonic in Wimbledon final

    The Wimbledon gates opened Friday morning and, despite admonishments over the public-address system not to run, thousands of well-heeled fans charged up a hillside like a scene from “Braveheart” to claim a prime piece of real estate. Those who had grounds passes – but not coveted Centre Court seats...

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