The first stunner came when Oakland, the team the Angels are chasing in the American League West, acquired Boston ace Jon Lester for left fielder and cleanup batter Yoenis Cespedes, giving the Athletics a formidable rotation that includes Sonny Gray, Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir.
Del Mar track officials announced Thursday turf racing has been suspended for this weekend after another horse was injured while racing on the new turf course. It is the second time in the 11-day meeting the track has suspended turf racing.
USC is ranked No. 15 in the coaches preseason college football poll administered by USA Today.
UCLA will open the season as the seventh-ranked team, according to the USA Today/Coaches Poll.
Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan has been a movie fan since his days as a kid in Brooklyn, when he had to sneak into the theater to avoid the wrath of his father. In his new book, "Not to Be Missed: Fifty-four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film," he shares the backstage stories about how they were made and why he likes them so much. Turan talked about the book and how he winnowed the list down to 54 in a conversation this week. You can watch the discussion in the video above. "One of the things I discovered about my own taste in putting this list together was that I'm really a classicist," Turan said. "I like story, I like character, I like plot. I...