The deal was gargantuan enough to reshape the futures of two franchises, Albert Pujols bringing strength to the Angels’ lineup while weakening the Dodgers’ everything else.
One Southern California columnist wrote the free-agent signing “could change the local sports landscape forever.”
A commentator at ESPN said the addition of Pujols gave the Angels “the opportunity to take over Los Angeles.”
A Boston writer, labeling the deal a “complete knockout,” went on a national television show originating in L.A. to proclaim the Angels “own this town now.”
In the interest of full disclosure, I addressed Angels fans that day by writing “your halo should
LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers can’t lose for winning.
On Sunday they fell behind 5-0, largely thanks to Brandon McCarthy’s three wild pitches.
They were playing their second baseman (Logan Forsythe) at first, their first baseman (Cody Bellinger) in right, their super-utility man (Enrique Hernandez) at shortstop, their backup catcher (Austin Barnes) at second and a pedigreed shortstop (Chris Taylor) in left.
The day droned on, quiet and hot, and then you started seeing things..
The strike zone somehow contracted in the heat. Five Dodgers scored on wild pitches, which hasn’t happened since “baseball” was two words
Kenley Jansen, the closer, stroked a double
LOS ANGELES — The pitchers have been fine these days. It’s not like they have to be. They are pretty much a trigger mechanism. Get everything started, sit back and let the Dodgers’ hitters make it rain.
Alex Wood was the starter Friday night against Colorado, which was leading the Dodgers by 2½ games on June 9. He couldn’t pull the trigger immediately. Charlie Blackmon took him through an eight-pitch at-bat and dumped a single into center-field, and Wood wasn’t getting much leeway from home umpire Fieldin Culbreth. After that, defending NL batting champ David LeMahieu walked on four pitches.
EL SEGUNDO – The day began at 5 a.m. when Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka woke up so he could make phone calls with Eastern Conference teams starting their workday at more conventional hours.
The day ended with the Lakers experiencing the predictable and unexpected. To no one’s surprise, the Lakers selected UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with their No. 2 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. But Pelinka felt “gratitude,” because the team then added three more players by virtue of two trades.
The Lakers selected Utah forward Kyle Kuzma with the No. 27 pick, which they acquired from Brooklyn after
COSTA MESA – The two quarterbacks that will represent the South football team in the Orange County All-Star Game are big talents from small schools.
Joey Gutierrez of Brethren Christian and Cade Henjum of Saddleback Valley Christian were consistently atop the county’s passing leaderboards during the 2016 season. Now, both quarterbacks are excited to show what they can do against the best players in the county.
“We are kind of representing small schools,” Henjum said. “We get to show our talent with some guys from bigger schools. It’s a perfect time to showcase our talent.”
Pat McInally, Brethren Christian’s coach and the
LAS VEGAS — Twenty rounds ago, Sergey Kovalev was boxing’s pre-eminent dragon, a beast who bloodied people for sport.
Two fights with Andre Ward have not only tamed Kovalev. They have reduced him.
On Saturday night he was on one knee as referee Tony Weeks waved his hands in adjournment, and Ward kept the three light-heavyweight championships he took from Kovalev last November.
Kovalev had little to say afterward. The people around him did.
Promoter Kathy Duva, angrily facing a “press conference” that was populated with Ward fans, said it was “inconceivable” that Kovalev could lose on “all those low blows in a
Even after landing a coveted poker chip in the form of a No. 2 draft pick, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson did not allow that prize to add an extra tint to his purple-and-gold colored glasses regarding free agency.
“I don’t know if we’re going to be a major player this year,” Johnson said after the NBA draft lottery in May. “I’m really looking forward to next summer.”
This past weekend, the Lakers have a mix of optimism and uncertainty on those feelings. The Vertical reported that Indiana star forward Paul George informed the Pacers through his agent, Aaron
LOS ANGELES — After becoming the WNBA’s career scoring leader Sunday afternoon, Diana Taurasi was reminded that it could have come even sooner.
“Somebody told me that the other day: ‘You’re a year behind, actually,’ ” she said.
The pride of Chino’s Don Lugo High, the University of Connecticut and the Phoenix Mercury knocked Tina Thompson off the No. 1 spot with a simple layup, with less than a minute to go in the first half of the Mercury’s 90-59 loss to the Sparks. She finished with 19 points for the day and 7,494 for her career, as well as possibly