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Year in Review: Times photographers capture the highs and lows of Los Angeles sports in 2017

Year in Review: Times photographers capture the highs and lows of Los Angeles sports in 2017

From first pitch to the final buzzer, Los Angeles Times photographers captured the triumphs and defeats of local athletes and teams.

The year began with a dramatic, game-winning field goal by USC kicker Matt Boermeester in an all-time classic Rose Bowl contest. The Dodgers were the talk of the summer, but their remarkable run came to a heartbreaking end in Game 7 of the Fall Classic. And while the Clippers and Lakers have struggled through transitional periods, the Los Angeles Rams have been a revelation in 2017.

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Below are some of the best staff photos from an exciting year in L.A. sports.

(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Cal State Fullerton players form a dogpile after beating Cal State Long Beach 2-1 at Blair Field to win the third and final game of a super regional and advance to the College World Series in Omaha.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

UCLA kicker Andrew Strauch warms up before the Bruins' rivalry game against USC at the Coliseum.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Stephen Seiver cheers on a fellow athlete competing in the NBC production of "American Ninja Warrior" at Universal Studios.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers prays before a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford falls on Memphis Grizzlies forward James Ennis as they dive for a loose ball at Staples Center.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell celebrates with teammate Ryan Getzlaf after scoring the tying goal with only seconds left against the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff at Honda Center.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Clippers players scream in an effort to distract Washington Wizards forward Mike Scott as he shoots a three-pointer in the second half at Staples Center.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Chargers receiver Tyrell Williams is upended by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry celebrates a touchdown catch with teammates Keenan Allen and Mike Williams in a game against the Washington Redskins at the StubHub Center.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney tackles Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley during the first quarter in their game at the Coliseum.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

USC kicker Matt Boermeester celebrates with holder Wyatt Schmidt after making a game-winning 46-yard field goal as time expired to beat Penn State, 52-49, in the Rose Bowl.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

UCLA guard Aaron Holiday is called for a charging violation as he drives to the basket against Washington's Dan Kingma at Pauley Pavilion.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish fetches a ball before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw warms up in the bullpen before a game against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

A member of the ground crew pours sand on the infield before a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw carries his son, Charley, after the Dodgers won the National League pennant at Wrigley Field.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

With pine tar covering his helmet, Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal prepares to bat at Dodger Stadium.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig celebrates in the locker room at Chase Field after the team defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Joc Pederson homers in the seventh inning in Game 6 of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Justin Turner is struck by a pitch in the third inning of Game 7 of the World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig exults after sliding into third past the tag of Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Adam Rosales for a triple during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Dodgers jump from their dugout seats as Enrique Hernandez hits a run-scoring single in the 10th inning to tie the score in Game 2 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Brian McCann of the Houston Astros celebrates with Derek Fisher, who scored the winning run to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park.

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