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 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 13, 2014 

New NBA Season Brings Early Surprises

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The NBA season began only two weeks ago but already there have been numerous surprises. The biggest one is the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 1-3 start and apparent friction...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 13, 2014 

Father Of Laker Ellington Shot To Death

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The father of Laker guard Wayne Ellington was shot to death in a car in Philadelphia last week. Ellington has been granted a leave from the team. “He needs time to...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 13, 2014 

We're So Lucky To Have MVPs Kershaw, Trout

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Out of all the major league baseball players on teams throughout the land the MVPs have been chosen and they both play in Southern California. If you're a baseball fan...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 6, 2014

Kobe Says He's Staying Here

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Kobe Bryant has an answer for those who think he should request a trade from the Lakers. “I’ve heard the chatter that I should ask out and go to a contender for...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 6, 2014

WILL DODGERS LEARN FROM THIS WORLD SERIES?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The new owners of the Dodgers arrived with a plan – outspend every opponent and win the World Series pretty often. They have produced a couple of highly competitive...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 30, 2014

Rookie Randle's Broken Leg Devastates Lakers

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor He’s 19 years old, one of the most talented players the Lakers have and on the NBA season’s opening night Julius Randle broke his right leg. The Lakers figured to...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 30, 2014

Injured Nash Won't Play For Lakers This Season

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Steve Nash is one of the best point guards ever to play in the NBA. He's been MVP twice and ranks third all-time in assists. Unfortunately for the Lakers, Nash did his...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 23, 2014

Clippers Experiment and Lose Exhibition Games

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Many NBA coaches experiment with new players and new on-court ideas during exhibition games. The theory is that in the eight practice games permitted to each team...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 16, 2014

Lakers Bring Back Their Tradition With Scott

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor On the day Byron Scott became the new coach of the Lakers this summer three surprise guests attended the press conference. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 16, 2014

Dodgers Hire Friedman, Demote Colletti

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When the Dodgers were quickly eliminated from the current playoffs it was likely a major change was coming. It was a matter of who would be replaced by new owners who...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 9, 2014

Collapse

It looked for awhile like there could be a Freeway World Series this season. So, how can we explain that neither the Dodgers nor the Angels made it out of their opening playoff series? Well, we can...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 2, 2014

Dodgers Can Be Champs but Erratic Play Leaves Doubts

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor During most of my lifetime the New York Yankees have been baseball’s biggest spenders and often had the best team. They piled up World Series championships but in...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    September 25, 2014

Can Angels Succeed In Playoffs? I Don't Know

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Angels clinched their division championship the fastest of any team this season. That’s the good news for Angel fans. The bad news is the team that clinches...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    September 18, 2014

NFL Returning To LA? Maybe

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor After many years of rumors about the National Football League returning to Los Angeles it’s easy to dismiss such talk now. But one of these years an NFL may move...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    September 18, 2014

I See No Defense for Ray Rice

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor I never like to see anyone lose their job. If someone screws up I look for ways he or she can learn from a mistake. But this does not apply to Ray Rice, the Baltimore...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    September 11, 2014

Haden Fined $25,000; Sarkisian Takes the Blame

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor It’s been quite a start to USC’s football season. In the first game, before 76,000 in the Coliseum, new head coach Steve Sarkisian introduced a go-go offense that...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    September 4, 2014

NFL Gets It Right On Domestic Violence

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor It’s very unusual for the commissioner of a professional sports league to admit he failed in making a major decision. But National Football League commissioner...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    September 4, 2014

SURPRISE: USC SOARS WHILE UCLA STRUGGLES

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports editor The first weekend of the college football season brought a surprise to fans in Los Angeles. A heralded UCLA team looked ordinary in a 28-20 victory at Virginia, which...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 28, 2014

This Is One Of Best Baseball Seasons

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When major league baseball added a second wild card team to this season’s playoffs I wasn’t sure this was a good idea. But I was wrong. With more teams in contenti...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 28, 2014

Rivers Set With Clippers Until 2019

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Doc Rivers has proven himself over the years, most recently as coach of the Boston Celtics and then the Clippers. Obviously, new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 21, 2014

How Can Lakers Get Back To The Top?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Now that the Clippers have a new owner, a proven outstanding coach and two of the NBA's best players they seem equipped for an outstanding season. Where does that...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 14, 2014

Samohi's Skaggs to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Tyler Skaggs, the Angels’ 23-year-old starting pitcher, will undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of this season and most likely all of next season....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 14, 2014

A Woman Will Coach In the NBA

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The San Antonio Spurs are not only NBA champions they have the reputation of frequently being a few steps ahead of opponents in a variety of ways. I admire the Spurs...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 7, 2014

UCLA Can Play in Pauley Despite Flood

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When Pauley Pavilion was modernized two years go the UCLA basketball team played its home schedule primarily at the Sports Arena. Due to heavy flooding last week...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 7, 2014

Former Trojan Kiffin Becomes Alabama Assistant

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor With the college football season coming up, Lane Kiffin is my topic for the day. A brief resume: Kiffin has been head coach with the Oakland Raiders and with...

 

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