| Dec 5, 2014
| 4:10 PM
Each week during the college football season, national analyst Chris Dufresne will burn a timeout to answer questions and exchange opinions. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and reach him on Twitter: @DufresneLATimes.
| Feb 17, 2015
| 8:13 PM
John Lewis intended only to say hello to Amy Van Dyken and get his picture taken with the six-time Olympic swimming gold medalist when he saw her at the UCLA-USC women's swim meet last week.
A former competitive swimmer and the father of swimmers, Lewis...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 5:53 PM
It's the most exciting play in football, and it rarely works.
It's the "Hail Mary" pass, a term coined 39 years ago Sunday, when Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach heaved a 50-yard, desperation pass for Drew Pearson with 24 seconds left in an NFL...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 8:15 PM
The Southland's Super Bowl debate began a week early, at a church casino night in Baldwin Park, around a blackjack table with worthless chips and priceless banter.
On one side of the green felt, an esteemed member of St. John the Baptist Church was...
| Dec 6, 2014
| 4:00 PM
The most intriguing NFL matchup of Week 14 will start with headsets and end with a handshake.
It's Seattle's Pete Carroll versus Philadelphia's Chip Kelly, former college coaching rivals now among the league's most innovative defensive and offensive...
| Feb 1, 2015
| 11:05 PM
The ring was being fitted for his finger. The plaudits were being written for his resume. The skeptical football world had finally opened its arms and was prepared to embrace.
Then Pete Carroll was grabbed by ghosts.
The coach of the Seattle...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 5:56 AM
GLENDALE, Ariz. —Chris Matthews stole America's heart and Tom Brady stole it back. Jermaine Kearse pulled off a miracle on Malcolm Butler and, thanks to perhaps the worst decision in the history of sports, Butler pulled off an even bigger miracle to...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 7:58 PM
The Friday night lights bounce off the thick pine trees that ring the bayou football stadium, bathing the faded field in an eerie, murky glow.
Through the chilled mist descend the tiny bits of gravel that could only be the voice of Coach O.
| Nov 13, 2014
| 11:15 PM
USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor carefully restricted his vision while he prepared for the Trojans' rare Thursday night game against the Cal Golden Bears at the Coliseum.
His teammates had said their goal after beating Washington State was to go 3-0 for...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 7:52 PM
Melvin Gordon's remarkable day in Wisconsin's 59-24 win over Nebraska will be remembered, for many reasons, for many years.
The Badgers' star running back set a major college record with 408 yards rushing, accomplished in only three quarters.
| Nov 16, 2014
| 6:32 PM
Arizona State had everything to play for Saturday night against Oregon State — the lead in the PAC-12 Conference South Division, a higher place in the College Football Playoff ranking and another week as a national championship contender.