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  • Dwight Howard is at center of the Lakers' issue

    Dwight Howard is at center of the Lakers' issue
    The words, spoken by a glowing superstar at the end of a giddy tournament, formed an outline of hope. Five months later, into this same blueprint a despairing team buries its head. It was Kobe Bryant talking about Dwight Howard. It was the caretaker of...
  • Mark McGwire earns his chance for a new path with Dodgers

    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...
  • Manti Te'o hoax never should have gotten this far

    Manti Te'o hoax never should have gotten this far
    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...
  • USC's dreadful performance is perfect way to conclude imperfect season

    USC's dreadful performance is perfect way to conclude imperfect season
    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....
  • C'mon Lane Kiffin: Trojans are about swagger, not nitpicking

    C'mon Lane Kiffin: Trojans are about swagger, not nitpicking
    Earlier this week, angered by a question about the return of an injured player, Lane Kiffin stormed out of a daily news conference after less than 30 seconds. I don't need that long to give him some advice. Chill out, dude. Stop sweating the small...
  • USC is a long way from a preseason No. 1

    USC is a long way from a preseason No. 1
    The storm may have passed, but the rumblings persist. You could feel them in the frustrated waving of Matt Barkley's arms. You could see them in the balls dropping from Curtis McNeal's and Robert Woods' fingers. You could hear them in whistles for helmet...
  • The NFL is a habit America just can't kick

    The NFL is a habit America just can't kick
    Go ahead. Stop watching the NFL. I dare you. Go on, change the channel. Live up to all the threats I've read on Twitter pages, the ranting I've seen in the blogs, the national cries for a fan boycott that would hasten the end to this zebra madness. Start...
  • Dodgers show gambling side by rolling the dice on Hyun-Jin Ryu

    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. Seriously, literally,...
  • Angels paint the town red with Josh Hamilton

    Angels paint the town red with Josh Hamilton
    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...
  • Seeing positives in the Dodgers' done deal of a season

    Seeing positives in the Dodgers' done deal of a season
    They had their chance. For one prolonged, precious moment Tuesday night, the Dodgers had complete control of this crazy race for the National League's second wild card. The St. Louis Cardinals had just lost. The Dodgers needed only to win to push their...
  • The national pastime becomes a time machine

    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...