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 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    March 27, 2014

UCLA Fans Remain Spoiled by Wooden's Success

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The last of John Wooden’s 11 UCLA national championships was won 37 years ago. It’s too bad that Bruin fans remain spoiled. How else can we explain the lack of...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 13, 2014

What Might Have Been For UCLA Basketball

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor John Wooden won 10 national championships as the UCLA basketball coach from 1964 to 1976, the greatest dynasty in the history of the sport. Since Wooden retired, UCLA...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 6, 2014

I Like Richard Sherman a Lot More Now

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Super Bowl game was decided early as Seattle humiliated Denver. But the controversy surrounding Richard Sherman will linger for awhile. This was the featured...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 21, 2013

Ocean League Could Have a New Look

It’s been decided that El Segundo and Lawndale will join the Ocean League for the 2014-15 season while Inglewood and Morningside will move to the stronger Bay League. These will be the first...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 1, 2013

Will Alford Be Better Than Howland? Maybe

In today’s sports section we are running a column by respected local writer Steve Finley, who points out many of Ben Howland’s faults. I believe in presenting all sides of an issue even though I t...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 25, 2013

UCLA Fires Coach: It's a Sad Day

UCLA Fires Coach: It’s a Sad Day The UCLA men’s’ basketball team won the Pac-12 Conference regular season championship this season and reached the title game of the conference tournament. The...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 11, 2013

Injuries Have Yankees Scrambling For Help

There may be more worthwhile topics in sports today – college basketball’s March Madness, the upcoming NBA playoffs, NFL free agency, the resurgence of Tiger Woods – but the one that intrigues...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 5, 2013

Flacco, Rodgers: The New NFL Order

I’ve always been honest in telling readers the NFL ranks near the bottom of my sports interests. Most of my career has been in basketball, baseball and college football. So, I write about the NFL...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 29, 2013

Dodgers’ TV Deal Brings On Questions

When Frank McCourt owned the Dodgers I could never envision myself writing a column like this. But now it’s appropriate. The Dodgers have such a huge payroll for the upcoming season they’ll have...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 17, 2013

USC Fires Coach (Basketball, Not Football)

It’s been a terrible year for USC sports fans. The football team that was rated No. 1 at the start of the season slipped so far it wasn’t even rated at the finish. And it was lethargic in a Sun...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 3, 2013

Samohi Football Star LaRue Has New College Choices

Santa Monica High football star Sebastian LaRue verbally committed to USC and all throughout his senior Samohi season it was a foregone conclusion he would be with the Trojans in a year. But LaRue...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 3, 2013

USC’s Collapse Mars Pac-12’s Success Story

In the last few football seasons Oregon and Stanford have been the dominant teams in the Pac-12 Conference. There was no reason to think that would change this season, but somehow a USC team with an...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 27, 2012

Jenkins Succeeds As SMC Basketball Coach

Jerome Jenkins, who became the Santa Monica College men’s’ basketball coach in 2008, has settled nicely into the job. Jenkins stepped into the grand tradition of Corsair basketball which was...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 3, 2012

UCLA Can Celebrate Its Football Season

Before going any further I want to congratulate Jim Mora Jr. on waking up the UCLA football program which had been slumbering for a decade. The new coach raised the culture of UCLA football with his...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 28, 2012

USC Seems Likely To Keep Football Coach

A vote of confidence for a coach doesn’t often carry much weight. There are many examples of coaches being told they were safe only to be dismissed a short time later The latest example is Mike...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 17, 2012

UCLA Isn’t Elite But Can Be Dangerous

I was impressed by the large turnout for UCLA’s victory over Utah Saturday, and also the way the Bruins conquered a tough opponent. Coach Jim Mora has brought enthusiasm to the Bruins’ football...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 16, 2012

Voice Of Lakers Signs New Contract

If you’ve been to a Lakers’ game in the last 28 years you’ve heard the voice of Lawrence Tanter on the public address system welcoming the crowd and announcing the lineups for both teams....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 10, 2012

An Inspirational Day In Pro Football

It was the rarest of Sundays for me on October 7. I declined all invitations to do things because I wanted to watch all four major league baseball playoff games on television. What a treat I...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    September 25, 2012

NFL Needs To Get Officials Back Soon

Early in my sportswriting career several prominent coaches in different sports taught me a valuable lesson. They instructed their players and a few sportswriters to stop focusing on officiating....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    September 10, 2012

UCLA Bursts Into Top 25

When Brett Hundley arrived at UCLA a year ago as a heralded football recruit he was walking on campus when a coed recognized him. “Here comes the savior,” she said. A bit embarrassed, Hundley repl...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 31, 2012

Redd Leaves Penn State for USC

USC, which lost several football players two years ago when the NCAA penalized the Trojans, got one back this week. Silas Redd, a running back who gained 1241 yards and scored seven touchdowns for...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 12, 2012

Softball Legend, Near Death, Is Coming Back

In my younger days I played on a Slo-Pitch softball team at various local parks. It was a lot of fun and a few times we won the league championship. I was just average, but our pitcher, Dave...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 3, 2012

Getting Odom Means Clippers Are Serious

Are we ready to live in a world where the Clippers do things right and the Lakers fumble around like the Clippers did for decades? Well, we don’t yet know what the Lakers are going to do this...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 11, 2012

Reunion of 1972 Lakers Stirs Memories

Last Thursday and Friday evenings were special for me. The 1971-‘72 NBA champion Lakers were honored, first at the Manhattan Beach Marriott Hotel and then at halftime of the Lakers’ game at...

 

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