Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Copy Link URLCopied! Print A collection of some of the best Los Angeles Times sports stories from the past week. Tokyo Summer Olympics Tokyo Olympics teeter on the edge of being both a psychological and political drama A Tokyo Games mired in controversy could cast the Olympic movement into a void that could have consequences that reach all the way to Los Angeles. Dodgers Plaschke: Vin Scully tries to make most of each day while mourning loss of wife Vin Scully, legendary voice of the Dodgers, honestly speaks about the January death of his wife, Sandi, with the same elegant grace he delivered on broadcasts. Tokyo Summer Olympics U.S. women’s water polo team carries legacy of triumph and tragedy into Olympics One player’s mother had a stroke. Another was a survivor of a mass shooting. Overcoming tragedy has strengthened the U.S. women’s Olympic water polo team. Sports Commentary: Surprise! Pac-12 can be a winner in this round of conference realignment The Pac-12 Conference, unlike the Big 12, won’t be decimated by any potential moves Texas and Oklahoma make to the SEC. Tokyo Summer Olympics Eddy Alvarez took an unconventional path to being a U.S. Olympic flag bearer Eddy Alvarez won a silver medal as a speedskater at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. He’s back in the Olympics representing the U.S. as a baseball player. Sports Hernández: From Shohei Ohtani to Naomi Osaka, Japanese athletes dominate during golden era This is their moment: Shohei Ohtani, Naomi Osaka, Hideki Matsuyama, Naoya Inoue and more Japanese athletes shine in unique ways on the global stage. Tokyo Summer Olympics Quantifying greatness: What makes Katie Ledecky the most dominant Olympic swimmer? Katie Ledecky’s seemingly effortless excellence leaves some of the most experienced people in swimming grasping for the secret to her dominance Sports Ex-Trojan Chris Brown drowned in a Malibu pool; his death opened a window into his life Two months after former USC and Loyola High lineman Chris Brown died, his family continues to mourn and celebrate a life that extended far beyond football. Angels Beyond sobbing girls and screaming homers, Angels see another side of Shohei Ohtani Even before Shohei Ohtani became the star of baseball this season, his teammates knew there was something special about him on and off the field. Sports A Warrior fallen: The life and death of onetime Hawaii football star Colt Brennan Colt Brennan was a star football player at Hawaii who finished third in Heisman Trophy voting before years of substance abuse problems cost him his life.