| Oct 21, 2013
| 9:17 PM
Bill Sharman is 87 years old. Saturday afternoon, he had a mild stroke. These things hit us like lightning bolts of reality.
Los Angeles has more than its share of sports legends. We are blessed. We thought John Wooden would live forever. We were wrong....
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:51 PM
Joel Rosario fits on the back of a racehorse as perfectly as a carrot fits in a snowman's face.
He is Nicklaus with a five-iron in his hand, Crenshaw with a putter. If this were hockey, he'd be the Great One.
He is fast becoming that in horse racing....
| Nov 1, 2013
| 8:54 PM
Once the Southern California hope for the Triple Crown, Goldencents emerged again spectacularly in the $1-million Dirt Mile on Friday in the opening day of the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.
The Doug O'Neill-trained horse, under a strategically perfect...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 7:14 PM
Common sense would dictate that the horse who wins the biggest 2-year-old race of the year would then be destined for greatness six months later in the Kentucky Derby.
But when did common sense and racing ever go together?
Instead, it has been more of...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 4:38 PM
Most people think next weekend's horse racing extravaganza at Santa Anita is the Breeders' Cup. It's actually the Mike and Gary Show.
They are Mike Smith and Gary Stevens, the Peyton Manning and Tom Brady of their sport. They are long in experience...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 8:48 PM
Acclaimed translator of
prominent Italian writers
William Weaver, 90, one of the world's most honored and widely read translators, who helped introduce English-language readers to the works of Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino and many other...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 11:00 AM
Rory McIlroy birdied the 18th hole to beat Adam Scott at the Australian Open on Sunday, winning for the first time in 2013 and denying Scott the Triple Crown of Australian golf.
McIlroy started the last round four shots behind Scott, but drew even...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 8:26 PM
NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect eighth inning in his final All-Star appearance, Jose Bautista, J.J. Hardy and Jason Kipnis drove in runs to back a night of pulsating pitching, and the American League beat the National League 3-0...
| May 18, 2013
| 9:42 PM
BALTIMORE — Chances are, the horse racing public will get it wrong again.
When Oxbow went wire-to-wire in Saturday's Preakness, again ruining a chance for a Triple Crown, it is likely to prompt hand-wringing among those who see it as the...
| May 23, 2013
| 5:55 PM
Santa Anita came away the big winner Thursday when the California Horse Racing Board tentatively approved racing dates for 2014 and 2015 in response to the pending closure of Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 22.
Santa Anita will expand its usual fall...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 4:53 PM
The comeback of Gary Stevens was never intended for a real Triple Crown race aboard a horse named Oxbow.
No preconceived game plan put him in the winner's circle at the Preakness last month, much less on his way to Saturday's Belmont Stakes.