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 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 27, 2015

How Good Will USC Be?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Cody Kessler compiled impressive statistics last season as the USC quarterback. Impressive enough that you’d think NFL teams would want him. But the NFL was only...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 20, 2015 

Hundley Is Gone, Can Rosen Be UCLA's Next Savior?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When Brett Hundley enrolled at UCLA three football seasons ago he was walking on campus when a coed called out “here comes the savior.” The incoming freshman...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 20, 2015 

Dodgers Will Chase A Championship With Utley

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Realizing they're in a torrid stretch drive to complete the 2015 season, the Dodgers traded for second baseman Chase Utley on Wednesday. The 36-year-old Utley has...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 13, 2015

Kobe: Retire Or Play Abroad A Year From Now?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor In a few months Kobe Bryant will begin the 20th season of his remarkable Laker career. Next season he won’t have a contract. So what does he do? There are four ways...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 6, 2015

So Many New Dodgers: Where's The Chemistry?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor As a baseball season goes along players often grow together as a unit. A team can flourish as individuals learn each other’s skills and weaknesses. I’m reminded...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 30, 2015

Improved Angels Make Bid For Playoffs

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The last time I wrote about the Angels I realized they weren’t playing well but said it was too early to count them out. Since then they’ve made a dramatic bid...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 23, 2015

Signing Josh Smith Means The Clippers Are Real Serious Now

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Clippers had a humiliating end to their recently completed season when their second unit couldn’t contribute enough to succeed at the most crucial time in the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 23, 2015

DeAndre Did The Right Thing In The Wrong Way

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor DeAndre Jordan was lured to a contract agreement with the Dallas Mavericks by the team’s aggressive recruiting during the NBA’s free agent signing period....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 9, 2015

Lakers; Good or Bad? You Decide

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor A sports columnist usually takes a stand on issues. The hope is the column will be read and whether or not the readers agree with the point they’ll have something...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 25, 2015

Father Of UCLA Football Player Arrested For Assaulting Coach

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Well, here’s a most unusual story to begin the 2015 college football season. Hip hop music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, the father of UCLA defensive back Justin...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 25, 2015

Lakers Agonized Over Draft Day Selection

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When I realized the deadline for this week’s paper was Wednesday and the NBA draft was Thursday I was quite disappointed. I wouldn’t be able to comment on the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 25, 2015

Padres Fire Manager As They Chase Dodgers

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Padres were on the verge of beating the Dodgers Sunday in San Diego. With the winning run on base in a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning Juston Upton hit a drive to...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 25, 2015

Congratulations, Warriors: What About Next Year?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Okay, this season is over. The Golden State Warriors are champions – well deserved because they had the best regular season record with 67 wins and then proved in...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 11, 2015

Sorry, Lakers, Kevin Love Isn't Coming Here

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Lakers have apparently lost a piece they were counting on to solve the puzzle created by compiling the worst record in their history. Kevin Love, the former UCLA...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 4, 2015

Warriors vs. Cavaliers: A Classic NBA Final

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor There’s a suggestion going around on radio sports talk shows that LeBron James should play for a different NBA team every year to spread out the championships. It’...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 4, 2015

Angels Haven't Clicked But They're Not Far Behind

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Because this newspaper is on the Westside we tend to care more about the local teams. More Dodgers coverage than Angels, for example. But it was different last year...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 28, 2015

Dodgers Need A Pitcher; Perhaps Cole Hamels

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor It was my first Dodger game of this season and on Sunday I knew I’d see many old friends in the press box. The first one to greet me was Vin Scully, who I’ve...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 21, 2015

Clippers Are On Their Way But Not There Yet

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor They blew it. There’s no denying that. The Clippers had an excellent chance to end 31 years of falling short but couldn’t hold a 19-point lead in the final...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 21, 2015

Lakers Get No. 2 Lottery Pick

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When the Lakers moved up from their original No. 4 slot in the NBA draft lottery Tuesday to No. 2 Kobe Bryant made an observation. 'We played like crap this season so...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 14, 2015

NFL Makes Its Point With Brady

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The National Football League was far too lenient in punishing Ray Rice for domestic abuse. Commissioner Roger Goodell took a beating from the national press and...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 7, 2015

Lakers-What Might Have Been

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor As the Houston Rockets begin play in the second round of the NBA playoffs I can’t help wondering what might have been for the Lakers. You see, Dwight Howard...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 7, 2015

Clippers Need Paul To Continue Sudden Surge

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor How surprising. The Clippers went to Houston with short rest, learned that Chris Paul couldn’t play and proceeded to win Game 1 of their second round playoff...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 30, 2015

Angels Will Pay Hamilton $70 Million To Play For Texas

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When an arbitrator ruled that Josh Hamilton would be entitled to his full 2015 salary from the Angels despite a relapse of cocaine addiction the club responded with...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 30, 2015

Clippers Can't Match Spurs' Reserves In Game 5 Loss

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Clippers were dazzling in the first quarter of Game 5 Tuesday night. They raced to a 28-13 lead over the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs at Staples...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 30, 2015

LAKERS: Anatomy Of A Disaster – Part 3

(Editor’s Note: Three seasons ago, after the Lakers were swept out of the NBA playoffs in the first round a summary of their troubles was analyzed in part 1 of this series. I didn’t plan on a...

 

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