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Whicker: Paul Kariya’s fast ride on a bumpy road ends at the Hockey Hall of Fame

By Mark Whicker|

Whicker: Dodgers are taking advantage of the helium era

LOS ANGELES >> Grant Dayton, the Dodgers’ lefty reliever, got a nice harmless popup the other night from the Mets’ Michael Conforto. Or so he thought. He turned and watched the ball refuse to descend, like so many in 20...

By Mark Whicker|

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  • Motorsports

    Patrick Long continues GT rivalry with Alvaro Parente

    Veteran driver Patrick Long from Manhattan Beach will resume his intense GT sports car rivalry with Alvaro Parente this weekend in the fourth and fifth rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. For the past two seasons, Parente and Long have engaged in a duel for the class title. Last year’s contest went down to the last lap of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca when Parente secured not only the driver’s title, but the...

    Louis Brewster
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  • NBA Draft

    Miller: Lakers out to prove all things are possible again

    Fortunes can change quickly in the NBA, where, by rule, something has to happen at least every 24 seconds. Not even the reigning-champion Warriors, however, can break this fast, the landscape of opportunity around the league U-turning this week in a manner violent enough to cause spinal distress. Just a few days ago, the overwhelming consensus was that the rest of the NBA was kidding itself, that Golden State was unstoppably in position to win all foreseeable...

    By Jeff Miller jmiller@scng.com @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

  • International soccer

    Are big-name international stars ready for Galaxy or LAFC?

    With every passing week of the summer silly season it seems another outlandish rumor has an LA-based MLS club connected with signing bigger and bigger names. First it was newly-crowned El Tri all-time leading goal scorer Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez coming to expansion club LAFC or the Galaxy. Then it was injured out of contract superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic supposedly not returning to Manchester United and fleeing to MLS and the Galaxy to finish out his glittering...

    Nick Green
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  • UCLA

    Alexander: Mock drafts suggest gamble on UCLA’s Ike Anigbogu will pay off

    Ike Anigbogu learned quickly that the process leading up to the NBA draft is to the college recruiting period pretty much what a buyer’s market is to a seller’s market. “The main difference: You choose where you want to go” as a prospective collegian, Anigbogu said with a laugh. “And it’s kind of like, you’re dealing with coaches and programs and it’s in your hands. “Here, you’re trying to impress them, trying...

    By Jim Alexander jalexander@scng.com|

  • Columnists

    Whicker: Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor a fiasco? Bob Arum has seen worse

    Bob Arum is 85 years old. He has made boxing deals for 51 of them. He has dealt with Roy Cohn, the Nation of Islam and Don King. He once promoted Muhammad Ali against a Japanese wrestler. “Fiasco” is an eye-of-the-beholder term with Arum. With all the disaster movies boxing has endured, he says it will survive Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. “If people are going to watch this, you can’t put a gun to their head,” Arum said Tuesday.

    Mark Whicker
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  • Boxing

    Alexander: Garcia-Broner could be worth the hype

    LOS ANGELES >> Sometimes it takes more than than titles won or strings of knockouts or sublime skills to make an interesting fight. OK, scratch that. Most of the time it takes more. It takes contrast, hero and villain, controversy versus consistency, to have a shot at capturing the public’s attention. That brings us to the matchup between Mikey Garcia and Adrien Broner, a meeting of fighters who have held belts in multiple weight divisions. Technically, it will be...

    By Jim Alexander jalexander@scng.com|

  • Lakers

    Oram: Lakers trading D’Angelo Russell is fitting end to a flawed tenure

    Two years ago when the Lakers held the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, forgoing the predictable and safe pick of Duke forward Jahlil Okafor felt bold and daring in a way the Lakers, to that point, had not been. Their executives instead zeroed in on D’Angelo Russell. The way he commanded other players on the floor and his ability to whip hard passes through narrow corridors led then-coach Byron Scott to declare, “The last guy I saw do that … was...

    Bill Oram
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  • Columnists

    Why did the Lakers let their neighbor get away with buying that awesome classic car?

    What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here … • If you’re an older Lakers fan, Jerry West joining the Clippers is nauseating. Hey, if the favorite car you’ve ever owned is up for sale, and that car is in excellent condition at an affordable price and you could still use it, are you letting your neighbor outbid you for that car? • What or who kept the the Lakers from outbidding their neighbor? • Jerry West with the...

    By Steve Fryer sfryer@scng.com|

  • Lakers

    Whicker: Double-talk from Paul George, who wants to win but also wants to be a Laker

    Fans of the old “Patty Duke Show,” in which look-alike teenagers caused all kinds of mistaken-identity mischief, will recognize what’s happening with Paul George and the Lakers. Apparently there are two of him. There is the Paul George who says he wants to win. And there is also the Paul George who wants to be a Laker. One deals in hope, the other in fiction. But since they both scored 23.7 points a game last season, can the Lakers assemble a 1-2...

    Mark Whicker
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  • Clippers

    Miller: Jerry West says he’s ‘crazy,’ proves it by joining Clippers

    PLAYA VISTA >> Not to be overly sensational, but if this works out, they might want to consider using Jerry West’s silhouette as the logo for life itself. The most famous outline in NBA history and one of the league’s predominant championship architects, West has agreed to join a construction project still maddeningly incomplete after nearly five decades. “Fear of failure is the worst possible fear you can have,” West said Monday after being...

    By Jeff Miller jmiller@scng.com @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

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