| Jan 30, 2013
| 5:22 PM
NEW ORLEANS — Barely two months ago, Alex Smith stood alone under center as the NFL's hottest starting quarterback for one of its best teams.
One concussion later, he is lost in the crowd.
At the San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl media day this...
| Jan 18, 2013
This country's most inspirational sportsman is exposed as a cheat. Two of the greatest players in baseball history are denied entry into the Hall of Fame because they are cheats. The NFL spends the first three weeks of the season using fake referees. A...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 7:25 PM
EL PASO — A football season that once swaggered through the warmth of a No. 1 ranking has curled up and expired in a cold, remote desert, buffeted by a chilled and foreboding wind.
The kid coach is bundled in a black hoodie and wearing sunglasses....
| Dec 10, 2012
| 10:33 PM
It was one of the only moments in Monday's Dodgers news conference that didn't require translation.
Shortly after Hyun-Jin Ryu was introduced as the newest Dodgers pitcher, General Manager Ned Colletti fell out of his chair.
| Dec 13, 2012
| 4:28 PM
Josh Hamilton? Are you kidding me?
Nobody makes a surprise splash like the Angels, but this was a flying cannonball into the middle of a Southern California pool that had been awash in Dodger blue.
Nobody breaks down the door in the middle of the...
| May 1, 2013
| 5:57 PM
"So what's Dwight gonna do?"
Like a bad fungus, it's a question that won't go away. Orlando suffered through repeated outbreaks during the 2011-12 NBA season, when Dwight Howard's indecision turned the Amway Center into the Waffle House.
| Nov 17, 2012
| 7:40 PM
Outside, amid the swaying and chanting of thousands of fans in soggy blue ponchos, shock pelted the Rose Bowl like the cold rain.
Inside, in an equally stunning turn of events, Lane Kiffin was safe and warm.
In answering a question about his job...
| Nov 10, 2012
| 7:17 PM
Deflate the balls until they are prunes, switch the jerseys until Lane Kiffin is wearing one, and it still won't detract from one undeniable USC truth.
Marqise Lee is the best college football player in the country.
Talk about firing the coach, rip...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 12:20 AM
SALT LAKE CITY — His Heisman Trophy gone, his team's national title hopes faded, Matt Barkley probably wondered what else could get snatched from him.
How about the football? By some runny-nosed Utah sophomore? On USC's second play of the game? How...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 8:55 PM
When you think of Mark McGwire, you think of numbers, but not those numbers.
You don't think of 583 career homers, or 70 homers in 1998, or one homer in every 10.61 at-bats.
You think, instead, of 19.5.
That is the percentage of baseball Hall of Fame...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 7:25 PM
I'm playing hooky. It's Thursday around noon, and a column is due, but it's 1970 and I'm playing hooky.
I'm watching baseball. Gloriously sunny, rapturously dramatic, midweek playoff baseball. I'm sitting in my living room in the middle of the day...