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 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...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 23, 2015

Can The Clippers Eliminate The Defending Champion Spurs?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When Doc Rivers found out the Clippers would be playing the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in the first playoff round he asked ‘this is what we get for...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 23, 2015

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 part 2...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 16, 2015

Angels Must Pay Hamilton And They're Not Happy

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Major League baseball has announced it won’t investigate the Josh Hamilton case, and that means the Angels are stuck with his sizeable contract for this season....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 9, 2015

I Like Wooden Best, But Krzyzewski Is Getting Close

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor John Wooden guided UCLA to 10 national championships and there’s a solid case that he’s the greatest coach in college basketball history. But if you’re a fan of...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 2, 2015

Warriors End Clippers' Seven-Game Winning Streak

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor So many times during the Lakers' feat of winning 16 NBA championships I've been in the building, feeling the excitement, eager to do my work and being thankful I'm in...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 2, 2015

UCLA's Two Tournament Wins Salvage Some Credibility

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When John Wooden was coaching 10 UCLA basketball teams to national championships there was no ESPN. Times have certainly changed. Now the schools best identified with...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 2, 2015

UCLA Announcer Roberts Retires

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor UCLA’s loss to Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 last week was the final game for Chris Roberts, who has broadcast Bruin football and basketball for the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 26, 2015

Champion Giants Struggle In Spring Training

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor How important are the results in spring training? The popular belief is the results aren’t very important since minor leaguers often replace major leaguers in the la...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 19, 2015

Lowly Knicks Add To Lakers' Troubles

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Lakers and New York Knicks are the richest franchises in the NBA, but this season they’re two of the worst teams. The Knicks arrived at Staples Center last...

 

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