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  • Lakers' three first-round picks all sit out

    Lakers' three first-round picks all sit out

    As the Lakers took the court Monday night, fans began chanting for the player who has drawn record crowds to the Las Vegas Summer League. “We want Lonzo!” came a chorus from somewhere around section 105. “We want Lonzo!” echoed a group near section 119. Point guard Lonzo Ball sat on the bench...

  • Sindarius Thornwell’s tack is to attack

    Sindarius Thornwell’s tack is to attack

    Sindarius Thornwell made a surprising request before the Clippers played their first Summer League game here Friday against the Lakers. Thornwell, drafted 48th by the Clippers after he capped his four-year career at South Carolina by leading the Gamecocks to their first NCAA Final Four appearance,...

  • Lonzo Ball struggles with his shot in Summer League debut, a 96-93 loss to Clippers

    Lonzo Ball struggles with his shot in Summer League debut, a 96-93 loss to Clippers

    Less than half a minute into his first game as a Laker, Lonzo Ball provided a tantalizing glimpse of the future. He threw a lob to second-year forward Brandon Ingram, who dunked the ball, sending the heavily pro-Lakers crowd at the summer league game into a frenzy. “Perfect play,” Ball said. “It...

  • Summer league gives Lakers' Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram chance to show what they can accomplish together

    Summer league gives Lakers' Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram chance to show what they can accomplish together

    A year ago this was Brandon Ingram’s stage, his NBA debut in Las Vegas as the Lakers’ No. 2 overall pick. Ingram has had plenty of opportunity to share his expertise with his young teammate Lonzo Ball in the week leading up to Las Vegas Summer League. Their lockers are right next to each other...

  • USC basketball completes its best recruiting week in years with another major commitment

    USC basketball completes its best recruiting week in years with another major commitment

    Kevin Porter Jr., one of the top-rated recruits at shooting guard in the West, announced on Sunday that he has committed to USC, marking the Trojans’ third major commitment in the last week. The commitment of Porter, who is from Seattle’s Rainier Beach High, completes USC’s best week of recruiting...

College Football

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  • Can USC raise the South to top of Pac-12 football?

    Can USC raise the South to top of Pac-12 football?

    Someone will win the Pac-12 Conference’s South Division. The question is whether that football team can prevail in the game that really matters in early December at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Since the first Pac-12 championship game was staged in 2011, the North has gone 6-0. If the South intends...

  • New powers in Pac-12 North come from ... well, the far north

    New powers in Pac-12 North come from ... well, the far north

    The tectonic plates of the Pac-12 Conference’s North division have been shifting for several seasons, but mostly under the surface. As Stanford and Oregon dominated the division and the rest of the conference — winning every Pac-12 football championship from 2009 until last season — Washington...

  • USC seems to be unwavering in its fond remembrance of former Trojan O.J. Simpson

    USC seems to be unwavering in its fond remembrance of former Trojan O.J. Simpson

    If his past is any indication, O.J. Simpson will soon be paroled into a world of questionable friends, nasty onlookers and only one consistently reliable and historically deep outside connection. The most notorious athlete in U.S. history can count on the fact that he’ll always be a USC Trojan....

  • Hugh Freeze abruptly resigns from Mississippi after school finds 'pattern of personal misconduct'

    Hugh Freeze abruptly resigns from Mississippi after school finds 'pattern of personal misconduct'

    Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday after university officials found a “pattern of personal misconduct” that they found unacceptable. Freeze's resignation brings a stunning end to a five-year tenure that saw a Sugar Bowl victory, but also a wide-ranging NCAA investigation...

  • Legendary former Arizona State coach Frank Kush dies

    Legendary former Arizona State coach Frank Kush dies

    Frank Kush, the fearsome coach who transformed Arizona State from a backwater football program into a powerhouse, has died. He was 88. Arizona State confirmed the death on Thursday. “Coach Kush built ASU into a national football power,” ASU President Michael M. Crow said in a statement. “He taught...

Soccer

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  • The Gold Cup is often a springboard to the World Cup for best U.S. players

    The Gold Cup is often a springboard to the World Cup for best U.S. players

    Stuart Holden has a soft spot for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. “I love this tournament,” the Fox Sports broadcaster and former national team midfielder said. “Any time you put on the national team jersey, it’s an opportunity.” Holden’s first opportunity came in the 2009 Gold Cup and he made the most...

  • Manchester City bets big on global expansion of its brand and sport

    Manchester City bets big on global expansion of its brand and sport

    When Claudio Reyna played for Manchester City more than a decade ago, it was less a soccer club than a disaster. Just two years removed from the second-tier Football League when Reyna arrived, City lost 48 times in his three full seasons there, narrowly escaping relegation again in 2006. So it...

  • Jamaica’s best shot is stunner for Mexico

    Jamaica’s best shot is stunner for Mexico

    For a decade and a half, the U.S. and Mexico have been the region’s unchallenged soccer powers. The Americans have won the last three World Cup-qualifying tournaments, a competition Mexico leads this year. Mexico has won three of the last four Gold Cups, beating the U.S. in the final twice. But...

  • Manchester City FC hosts Manchester City Soccer Festival in East L.A.

    Manchester City FC hosts Manchester City Soccer Festival in East L.A.

    Manchester City FC made a stop in East Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, hosting the Manchester City Soccer Festival. Hundreds of fans flocked to McDonnell Avenue to compete in skills competitions, win prizes and potentially catch a glimpse of their favorite Manchester City star. Members of the...

  • U.S. to play for Gold Cup title after Dempsey sparks win

    U.S. to play for Gold Cup title after Dempsey sparks win

    Quietly, quickly and methodically, Bruce Arena has remade the U.S. national team in his image. Eight months into his second term as coach, the dispirited team Arena inherited is now resilient, confident and more than a little bit cocky. But most of all it is successful, with Saturday’s 2-0 victory...

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  • Spieth, Koepka and Kuchar share the lead after first round of British Open

    Spieth, Koepka and Kuchar share the lead after first round of British Open

    It’s OK for a professional athlete to take an occasional hiatus. Didn’t we learn that lesson when a fresh and rested Roger Federer won Wimbledon last weekend? Reminders cropped up Thursday on the first day of the British Open, when the leaderboard was populated with Americans Jordan Spieth and...

  • With drug ban behind her, Maria Sharapova determined to get career back on track

    With drug ban behind her, Maria Sharapova determined to get career back on track

    Maria Sharapova walked out to the court dressed all in white but this clearly wasn’t Wimbledon, not with music blasting as fans carried wine glasses toward seats that surrounded a multicolored court. In actual miles and in the current state of her career the five-time Grand Slam champion was far...

  • Wimbledon notes: Cilic hampered by blister in final loss to Federer

    Wimbledon notes: Cilic hampered by blister in final loss to Federer

    Marin Cilic was bothered by some type of medical issue during his match against Roger Federer on Sunday. Turns out, it was a blister on the ball of his left foot. At one point, with Federer leading in the second set, 3-0, Cilic was in tears in his courtside chair between the first and second set,...

  • Roger Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon championship

    Roger Federer wins record eighth Wimbledon championship

    Another record for the great Roger Federer. He has now conducted the most expensive tennis clinic in history. The frustrated student Sunday was Croatia’s Marin Cilic, playing in his first Wimbledon final. Federer, a veteran of 11, coolly dispatched him, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4, making it look less like a...

  • Thousand Oaks' Claire Liu wins Wimbledon girls' singles title

    Thousand Oaks' Claire Liu wins Wimbledon girls' singles title

    Somebody from Southern California is going to bring a Wimbledon singles title home after all. Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks beat fellow American Ann Li 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in the girls’ singles championship match Saturday at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. It was the first time in 25 years the female...

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