Catcher wants to visit the mound? He might want to think twice.

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 10:20

For all the dramatics of the Dodgers’ World Series run, there was a metronomic ritual that tended to drive fans a bit batty: Yasmani Grandal, the catcher, called time out and visited his pitcher.

Again. And again. And again.

What Grandal did was within the rules last year, but it might not be this...

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LAFC is weighing options with the top pick in the MLS SuperDraft

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 10:15

Three days before the start of its first preseason training camp, the first-team roster for the expansion Los Angeles Football Club is just 12 players deep — enough to field a starting lineup, but not much else.

LAFC will add to those numbers Friday, when it picks first in each of the first three...

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Jeff Fisher has enjoyed watching success of his former QBs, the Vikings' Keenum and the Eagles' Foles

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 09:55

The viewing location has yet to be determined, but Jeff Fisher plans to be in front of a television for Sunday’s NFC championship game.

Case Keenum is the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, Nick Foles for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Both played for Fisher with the St. Louis Rams in 2015,...

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Beau Hossler's career hasn't gone as planned, but he's in contention at the CareerBuilder Challenge

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 09:50

He was a can’t-miss phenom as a teenager, a golf prodigy from Mission Viejo who qualified to play in three U.S. Open championships as an amateur before he turned 20.

Beau Hossler’s plan was written: He would turn professional after competing for Texas at the 2016 NCAA championships and begin a...

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Clippers point guard Milos Teodosic elevating his game

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 09:35

Milos Teodosic has had an awakening in recent Clippers games. His statistics have surged and he appears more comfortable in NBA surroundings.

In his last four games, after returning from a plantar plate injury to his left foot, Teodosic has taken his game to new heights.

In the process, the Clippers...

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Australian Open: Tennys Sandgren Takes Down Stan Wawrinka

US Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 09:33
Both ninth-seeded players lost on Thursday at the Australian Open: Wawrinka to Sandgren, ranked 97th, and Johanna Konta to Bernarda Pera, an American ranked 123rd.
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Ducks' Adam Henrique is already a big part of rivalry with the Kings

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 09:30

Adam Henrique is no stranger to bitter rivalry games.

He was a rookie in the 2011-12 season when he was introduced to one of the NHL’s most heated feuds, the Hudson River rivalry between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers.

It was during that same campaign — he finished third in Calder Trophy...

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Do You Have a Sublet Available for a Squash Legend?

US Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 09:20
Ramy Ashour is one of the most gifted and unorthodox players in history. He moves around a lot. On Friday, he’ll be playing at Grand Central Terminal.
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LeBron James and Stephen Curry to captain NBA All-Star teams

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 08:35

Although the NBA All-Star game on Feb. 18 at Staples Center will be played under a new format, most of the starters’ faces should be familiar after the league announced the top five vote-getters in each conference Thursday.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors guard...

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Miocic, Ngannou boast heavy artillery at start of UFC's needed strong year

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 08:20

Intent to avoid another year of disappointing cards, the UFC is opening 2018 with a doozy.

Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will try to become the first to successfully defend that belt three times when he meets Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC 220 at Boston’s TD Garden on Saturday.

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U.S.A. Gymnastics Cuts Ties With Karolyi Ranch Training Center

US Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 07:56
The ranch is one of the places where a former team doctor, Lawrence G. Nassar, sexually abused several members of the team.
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NBA: Magic's Arron Afflalo suspended two games for throwing a punch

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 07:30

Orlando's Arron Afflalo has been suspended two games without pay by the NBA for fighting with Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica.

Afflalo punched Bjelica in the head in the fight that took place with 7:28 left in the second quarter of the Magic's 108-102 victory on Tuesday.

Though both players were ejected...

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McKayla Maroney, Describing Sexual Abuse, Calls Larry Nassar a ‘Monster of a Human Being’

US Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 06:29
The Olympic gymnast is one of over 100 victims who submitted impact statements about abuse by Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, the former gymnastics team doctor.
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Amid sex abuse scandal, USA Gymnastics no longer will hold training camps at Karolyi Ranch

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 06:10

USA Gymnastics has severed its relationship with the famed Karolyi Ranch, which had long served as a national training center but also is the site where team doctor Larry Nassar is accused of molesting gymnasts.

Faced with concerns from gymnasts hesitant to return to the ranch, national gymnastics...

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Adrian Gonzalez Is Officially a Met, With Plans to Tutor Dominic Smith

US Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 05:44
Gonzalez, who turns 36 in May, said one of his big goals would be to help guide Smith, a fellow left-handed first baseman who turns 23 in June.
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One after another, victims speak up in Larry Nassar's sentencing, despite his complaints

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 04:25

Sitting in a Michigan courtroom, dressed in a blue jumpsuit, Larry Nassar on Thursday continued listening to scores of victims who are coming forward to speak at his sentencing.

The former Michigan State and U.S. Olympic team doctor pleaded guilty in November to seven counts of criminal sexual...

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Five takeaways from the Clippers' 109-104 win over Denver

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 03:30

1. His moment of truth arrived with 3:09 left in the game, when the Denver Nuggets began to intentionally foul Montrezl Harrell.

Yes, the Clippers backup center was now involved in the Hack-A-Harrell in the fourth quarter when the game hung in the balance.

It happened three consecutive trips down...

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Clippers! Opponents don't like it, but Clippers will remain a physical team

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 03:00

Hi, my name is Broderick Turner, and welcome back to the Los Angeles Times’ Clippers newsletter.

The Clippers are perfectly fine with how they play and how they are perceived as playing a tough brand of basketball.

They are devoid of the talent they have had in past seasons, and their best talent...

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Lakers! Beat-up Lakers head home from three-game road trip

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 03:00

Hi, this is Tania Ganguli, Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, here with your weekly newsletter.

When last we spoke, I was on my way to the airport — not for a Lakers road trip, but for a family gathering. Times staff writer Dan Woike covered the Lakers’ game last Thursday against the...

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Chael Sonnen's mouth is where the money's at in Bellator's heavyweight tourney

LA Times Sports - Fri, 2018-01-19 02:20

Chael Sonnen has never shied away from talking or a challenge, so now he’s ringing in age 40 by entering the Bellator MMA heavyweight tournament.

Sonnen (29-15-1) is the oldest man on Saturday’s Bellator 192 card at the Forum, and, of course, “The American Gangster” is not downplaying the situation.

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