| Jan 24, 2013
| 10:45 PM
The words, spoken by a glowing superstar at the end of a giddy tournament, formed an outline of hope. Five months later, into this same blueprint a despairing team buries its head.
It was Kobe Bryant talking about Dwight Howard. It was the caretaker of...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 8:55 PM
When you think of Mark McGwire, you think of numbers, but not those numbers.
You don't think of 583 career homers, or 70 homers in 1998, or one homer in every 10.61 at-bats.
You think, instead, of 19.5.
That is the percentage of baseball Hall of Fame...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 7:25 PM
I'm playing hooky. It's Thursday around noon, and a column is due, but it's 1970 and I'm playing hooky.
I'm watching baseball. Gloriously sunny, rapturously dramatic, midweek playoff baseball. I'm sitting in my living room in the middle of the day...
| Oct 13, 2012
| 10:00 PM
SEATTLE -- In one wide-eyed moment, cutting through this hostile waterside swatch of football field like a fog horn, Matt Barkley was leading USC to another resounding victory.
The next minute, as if swallowed up by the gray chill, he was gone....
| Sep 21, 2012
Earlier this week, angered by a question about the return of an injured player, Lane Kiffin stormed out of a daily news conference after less than 30 seconds.
I don't need that long to give him some advice.
Chill out, dude. Stop sweating the small...
| Sep 22, 2012
| 9:45 PM
The storm may have passed, but the rumblings persist.
You could feel them in the frustrated waving of Matt Barkley's arms. You could see them in the balls dropping from Curtis McNeal's and Robert Woods' fingers. You could hear them in whistles for helmet...
| Sep 26, 2012
Go ahead. Stop watching the NFL. I dare you.
Go on, change the channel. Live up to all the threats I've read on Twitter pages, the ranting I've seen in the blogs, the national cries for a fan boycott that would hasten the end to this zebra madness. Start...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 8:56 AM
In the summer of 2004, Laker owner Jerry Buss was faced with an extremely hard decision: Kobe Bryant or Shaquille O'Neal.
The two superstars were feuding and Buss had to choose one Hall of Famer over another.
Buss chose Bryant, a decision that Los...
| Feb 19, 2013
The beloved mentor and his favorite student spent their final hours together holding hands on a hospital bed.
Jerry Buss was entering the final stage of his life after a long battle with cancer, and he wanted to spend some of it with Magic Johnson.
| Jan 30, 2013
| 5:22 PM
NEW ORLEANS — Barely two months ago, Alex Smith stood alone under center as the NFL's hottest starting quarterback for one of its best teams.
One concussion later, he is lost in the crowd.
At the San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl media day this...
| Jan 18, 2013
This country's most inspirational sportsman is exposed as a cheat. Two of the greatest players in baseball history are denied entry into the Hall of Fame because they are cheats. The NFL spends the first three weeks of the season using fake referees. A...