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 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 11, 2016

A Very Bad Day For Cam Newton

Right after the Carolina Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 last Sunday the quarterbacks met on the field. “I know how hard this is,” Payton Manning told Cam Newton. “I’ve...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 4, 2016 

Clippers Have A Dilemma With Griffin

As the Clippers ponder their decision about Blake Griffin they have to take into account the franchise’s history. They cannot escape the reality that there’s been a lot of trouble in the past...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 28, 2016

Clippers Statement on Blake Griffin

It has been reported that Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered a broken hand from punching a member of the team's training staff in a restaurant in Toronto on the team's current trip. The...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 28, 2016

Are Rams Being Accepted In LA? I Think So

For at least 15 years I tried to ignore rumors about the National Football League coming back to Los Angeles. We’re busy here at the Observer Newspapers. We don’t have time or newspaper space for...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 14, 2016

WELCOME HOME, LA RAMS

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Have you ever had a close relative or a favorite neighbor who broke your heart by moving to another city? And then came back for a joyous reunion? Los Angeles football...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 7, 2016

Now Those Daffy Clippers Are Winning

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Clippers have earned a reputation for being a talented team that can’t close out games. They blew a 19-point second half lead in their second round playoff...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 7, 2016

Lakers' Recent Winning Streak Weakens Their Lottery Position

By Mitch Chortkoff It's not a pleasant subject among NBA folks. But it can't be ignored. Teams hopelessly out of playoff contention can benefit from falling even further behind because the lower they...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 31, 2015

NFL May Decide LA Situation January 12

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor This could be it. Or maybe not. Well, they’re saying it is going to happen. So perhaps. I’m writing about the possibility that on January 12 we’re going to find...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 31, 2015

Jerry West: Still Going Strong at 77

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Basketball fans admired Jerry West when he was in his 20s and 30s. First, he and Elgin Baylor were superstars who introduced the NBA to Los Angeles. Then in 1972 he...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 31, 2015

My 20-Year Memories Of Kobe Bryant

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor It was 1996 and I was in Honolulu covering the Lakers' training camp. It was an especially important one because General Manager Jerry West had made a spectacular...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 24, 2015

Pete Rose Has Only Himself to Blame

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Pete Rose’s appeal for reinstatement was denied by new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred last Monday. Rose, 74, hoped for the opposite result. But it’s time for...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 10, 2015

Dodgers Eye Fernandez But There's Strong Competition

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Dodgers, who have lost out on David Price and Zach Greinke, would like to add 23-year-old Jose Fernandez to their starting pitching rotation. The trouble is...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 3, 2015

Former Laker Luke Walton Coaches Warriors To NBA Record

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Kobe Bryant and Luke Walton were teammates on the Lakers for nine years. Bryant says he's not surprised that Walton has done so well this season filling in for Steve...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 26, 2015

The Dodgers' Only Goal: Win The World Series

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Dave Roberts, welcome to the Dodgers and you’d better win a World Series during the next three years. That is plainly what the new Dodger management expects from the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 19, 2015

Angels Pay Heavily But Get Talent Upgrade

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor A new season, a new general manager, new hopes. That’s what was behind the Angels’ surprising trade last weekend which resulted in the acquisition of Andrelton...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 12, 2015

Clippers Close Gap On Warriors

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor It's rare that an NBA game so early in the season would attract the attention this one did. But I decided to devote my entire column to the Clippers' 112-108 loss to...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 5, 2015

Lawndale Self-Reported Violations To The CIF

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The reason Culver City High is suddenly close to becoming the 2015 Ocean League football champion is that Lawndale High has forfeited four victories, including league...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 5, 2015

LA Sports Fans: Can It Be This Bad?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor This is Los Angeles. The Lakers have won 16 NBA championships. The Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 1988 but they’ve won their division the last three...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 29, 2015

CLIPPERS PREVIEW: Is This The Year?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor We all know about the Clippers' history. They took a back seat to the Lakers for so many years. The Donald Sterling era was forgettable. But in the last few years...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 29, 2015

LAKERS PREVIEW: Playoffs are Unlikely Again

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Lakers’ annual goal used to be winning the NBA championship. They succeed 16 times to become one of the elite franchises in league history. That was then and thi...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 22, 2015

Dodgers: Don't Blame Mattingly, Blame The Front Office

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor So the Dodgers didn't reach the World Series and speculation immediately mounted that Don Mattingly would be fired. What about the new guys in charge who ripped apart...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 15, 2015

The Pressure Mounts On Haden

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor As the athletic director at USC Pat Haden was giving Stave Sarkisian every opportunity to solve his drinking problem. Was he being a good boss? Or was he ignoring the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 1, 2015

How Long Will Laker Fans Accept This Rebuilding Plan?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor At the start of another Laker season General Manager Mitch Kupchak told the media last week this would be a season of laying a foundation. “Every season the Lakers...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    September 24, 2015

Who's Going To Win The World Series?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor I’ve gone through most of the baseball season believing the Dodgers have too many question marks to win the World Series. Too many players coming and going...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    September 24, 2015

Farewell to NBA Greats Darryl Dawkins, Moses Malone

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Before another NBA season begins soon let’s pause and honor two great players who helped make the league what it is today. Darryl Dawkins and Moses Malone died in...

 

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