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Bogut Is An Important New Laker

The most publicized new member of the Lakers is Lonzo Ball, a slick ball handler who was the second pick in the NBA draft. I think he’ll be a key member of the franchise that’s been in terrible...

 

Lakers Fined $500,000 For TamperingNBA Takes This Offense Seriously

When I heard the NBA was going to investigate the Indiana Pacers’ claim that the Lakers had tampered with one of their players, Paul George I thought it was a weak case. My reasoning was that...

 

Sports World Mourns And Contributes To Houston

In doing my job I attend a lot of games and talk to a lot of people. Sometimes I hear folks say professional athletes make too much money It’s true that some of them make a lot more than star...

 

Dodgers Have Granderson: Really? REALLY?

I considered several topics for my column this week. Topics from different sports. Less than an hour into my thinking I had my answer. It wasn’t a difficult decision. In fact, it was ridiculously...

 

NBA To Begin Season Earliest Since 1980 It's For Real Oct. 17. On 19th Lakers vs. Clippers

In an attempt to slow down the coaches’ new trend of frequently resting players the NBA will start this season a couple of weeks earlier. The NBA and many fans want less times when uninjured...

 

Clippers Make Doc Rivers A Coach Only

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has decided that Doc Rivers should concentrate on coaching and has moved Lawrence Frank into the position of overseeing basketball operations. Rivers and Frank have a...

 

Baseball' s Don Baylor Dies At 68Cancer Claims Former Angels player and coach

At one time in his remarkable playing career Don Baylor played in the World Series three straight seasons. For three different teams. Baylor, who played for 14 different franchises, died Monday and...

 

Darvish Boosts Dodgers' Championship HopesFirst World Series Win Since 1988? We' ll See

We’ re a long way from the World Series. About 60 more regular season games, then the playoffs begin. But today I want to congratulate the Dodgers. After trying to succeed on the path to the World...

 

Darvish Boosts Dodgers' Championship HopesFirst World Series Win Since 1988? We' ll See

We’ re a long way from the World Series. About 60 more regular season games, then the playoffs begin. But today I want to congratulate the Dodgers. After trying to succeed on the path to the World...

 

Dodgers Consider Options With Kershaw Sidelined Will They Trade Or Not?

The trading deadline is Monday and it’s anyone’s guess if the Dodgers will acquire an established starting pitcher. Yu Darvish, Sonny Gray and a very expensive Justin Verlander are available for t...

 

Dodgers Extend Remarkable Streak To 11

Last weekend when the Dodgers made it 29 wins in their last 33 games Clayton Kershaw and Justin Turner asked the same question. “Has this been a five-week hot streak or is this who we are?”“Í...

 

Durant Gets His Championship And Shouldn't Be Criticized

Kevin Durant played for the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2008 through 2016. He was recognized as one of the NBA’s best players but he was never on a championship team. As a free agent last summer he...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 8, 2017

Pujols Reaches 600 Home Runs With Grand Slam

Nine players in the history of major league baseball have hit 600 home runs in their career But only one hit No. 600 with a grand slam. That happened last week when the Angels’Albert Pujols hit a...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 8, 2017

Jerry West To Clippers? It Seems Likely His Meeting With Clippers Owner and Doc Rivers Went Well

Magic Johnson trying to bring in players to the Lakers and Jerry West doing the same for the Clippers. That surely would appeal to fans of Los Angeles' NBA teams. It could happen. Johnson has already...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 1, 2017

What A Holiday Weekend; Dodgers Sweep The Cubs

The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs couldn’t score a run in their first two games of a series last weekend against the Dodgers. So I went to Dodger Stadium Sunday trying to learn what...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 1, 2017

Angels Star Mike Trout Out For 6-8 Weeks

With Mike Trout going on the disabled list for 6-8 weeks the Angels' chances of making the playoffs this season are dim. The 25-year-old outfielder has been American League MVP twice, including last...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 1, 2017

UCLA Loses Others But These Two Are Staying

UCLA stars Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf have decided to leave college to go into the NBA. And both are likely to be drafted quickly next month. Ike Anigbogu, a reserve center, is leaving too and is...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 18, 2017

It's Lakers vs. Celtics Again; This Time in Rebuilding

Draft Success Excites Lakers But Celtics Are Way Ahead Of Them By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Several years ago the Lakers and Celtics were terrible. Those championship battles in their history...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 18, 2017

Clippers Purchase Development League Team

As Clipper fans wonder what the team will do following its disappointing finish in the recently completed season the team took a step forward this week. The Clippers purchest a development league...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 11, 2017

The Yankees (21-9) Appear To Be For Real

This wasn’t supposed to be a special year for the Yankees, who have had so many of them in the past. But they’ve been winning a lot in the early part of the 2017 season and last weekend they captu...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 4, 2017

Do Dodgers Have Enough Pitching To Make A Championship Bid?

This was the question I asked last season. The answer was both yes and no. They lacked the elite starting pitching I thought was required. They fooled me by riding into the playoffs triggered by...

 

If Clippers Lose Will There Be A Big Shakeup?

As this paper goes to press the Clippers have lost Game 5 and have to win Games 6 and 7 to avoid elimination from the NBA playoffs. The Utah Jazz, who didn’t make the playoffs in recent years, have...

 

Clippers Go To Utah With Key Strategy

The Clippers lost their first playoff game on their home court but they developed a new strategy for the rest of their first round series. Attack the basket. Attack, then attack some more. And some...

 

Will There Be A Woman Coaching An NBA Team Soon?

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he will work hard to assure that a woman will become head coach of an NBA team while he is in office. “The physical difference between men and women makes no...

 

Dodger Fans Make Scully's Replacement Welcome

Dodger fans who attended the season opener last week should be proud of themselves. When new announcer Joe Davis was introduced prior to the game against the San Diego Padres he received a warm...

 

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