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Thursday, May 24


Ed Carpenter, Danica Patrick among those with extra drive to win Indianapolis 500


The field for this year’s Indianapolis 500 is filled with drivers with points to prove beyond showing they can win the celebrated race.


LeBron James makes history by surpassing Kobe, Malone with 12th selection to All-NBA first team

Los Angeles Times

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been unanimously selected to a record 12th All-NBA first team, surpassing the 11 times former Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Utah Jazz Hall of Famer Karl Malone were chosen, it was announced…

New study: 'The MLB home run surge is not due to a juiced ball'


Attendance was down. The games were taking too long. But the balls were flying.


Lenny Dykstra accused of putting gun to Uber driver's head


Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra put a gun to the head of an Uber driver when the driver declined to change the trip's destination, police said the driver told them Wednesday.


Emails show deception by Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics in wake of sex abuse accusations


USA Gymnastics agreed to use false excuses in 2015 to account for the absence of sports doctor Larry Nassar, who had been accused of sexually abusing female athletes, according to emails obtained by a newspaper.


Carmelo Anthony thinks he's still a better NBA player than Kyle Korver


Carmelo Anthony was taken third overall in the 2003 NBA draft. He’s gone on to become a 12-time All Star but had a down year with the Oklahoma City Thunder this season.


White Sox catcher Welington Castillo suspended 80 games after positive drug test


For the second time in nine days, Major League Baseball has suspended one of its players 80 games because of a failed drug test.


Dodgers in the thick of mediocre division race

This is why a team should never be declared dead in the first six or seven weeks of a season.

MLB: Mariners extend stadium lease


The Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District has approved terms of a new 25-year lease with the Seattle Mariners for Safeco Field.

NBA playoffs: Celtics put LeBron James, Cavaliers in a bind


Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points, and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.


Kenta Maeda’s strikeouts have Dodgers in striking distance

Kenta Maeda balled his right hand into a fist and hopped off the mound. A scream escaped his lungs after he executed his 97th pitch of the evening, a well-placed changeup that resulted in his 10th strikeout, ended the top of the sixth…


NHL playoffs: Capitals blank Lightning in Game 7, will face Golden Knights for Stanley Cup


Alex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put a decade of playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern…

Angels' leadoff spot isn't getting the ball rolling

Wednesday marked the 45th time in 49 games this season that the Angels had one of the most dynamic and dangerous hitters in baseball batting second.

Angels come out on top of Blue Jays after dramatic ninth inning

Shohei Ohtani hit a tying two-run single in the ninth inning, Andrelton Simmons added another two-run hit and the Los Angeles Angels rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Wednesday night.


NFL raises flag of convenience on national anthem

This latest bit of football flag-wringing really isn’t complicated.

Dodgers send struggling reliever J.T. Chargois to minors


The Dodgers optioned reliever J.T. Chargois to the minors after Chargois, a darling of spring training, struggled to throw strikes in May. Chargois walked seven batters and permitted seven runs in 6 2/3 innings this month. Chargois will…


Warriors' Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala are questionable for Game 5 against Rockets


Fatigue was certainly a factor for the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter of the Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday, and an already thin wing rotation could be getting thinner.


Former UCLA coach Jim Harrick and former NBA player Mo Williams join coaching staff at Cal State Northridge


Former UCLA head coach Jim Harrick, longtime coach Jeff Dunlap and 13-year NBA veteran Mo Williams will join Mark Gottfried’s coaching staff at Cal State Northridge, the school announced Wednesday.

Doc Rivers, Clippers agree to a contract extension

The challenge now, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday after he agreed to a contract extension, is to build a sustainable future and culture.


USC receiver Joseph Lewis pleads no contest to two counts of domestic battery


USC wide receiver Joseph Lewis IV pleaded no contest Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to two counts of domestic battery with an injury relating to his February arrest.

UFC and ESPN have $1.5-billion deal in place starting in January


UFC and ESPN completed their bond beyond the one announced earlier this month on Wednesday, bringing all non-pay-per-view fights to the cable giant and its streaming arm, ESPN+, in a reported $1.5-billion, five-year arrangement.


NFL's new national anthem policy: Players must stand if on field but can opt to stay in locker room

NFL owners reached a consensus Wednesday on a policy governing players’ conduct during the national anthem, addressing a subject that drew harsh criticism from President Donald Trump after some players decided to kneel to protest the…

With Hunter Henry out for the season, GM Telesco says Chargers will 'look at all of our options,' including Antonio Gates


It’s difficult to quantify the loss of Hunter Henry, the Chargers tight end who tore a right-knee ligament while running a simple out route Tuesday and will undergo surgery that will sideline him for the 2018 season.

Wednesday, May 23


Mauro Ranallo calls some of combat sports' biggest events. But his real fight is against the stigma of mental illness

Los Angeles Times

Mauro Ranallo chuckled as he gazed down at the table. His iPhone lay before him, wrapped in a case with “Stigma Free” written across it. He uses words to make a living as a broadcaster, so he took a moment to gather them.


USC gets another shot against Alabama in 2020 football opener


USC and Alabama will open the 2020 college football season at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Chris Paul's improved play, and health, could give Rockets the edge over Warriors

James Harden rolled his eyes and sighed through the thick brush of beard hiding most of his face during the postgame news conference. Chris Paul shrugged off the injury question, but in private conversations, the veteran point guard…


U.S. sports leaders face angry questions at congressional hearing


In testimony that at times grew heated, the head of USA Gymnastics offered a long-awaited public apology on Wednesday, telling a congressional panel she was “appalled and sickened” by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.


Tom Brady, a no-show for OTAs, will attend Patriots' mandatory minicamp in June, owner Robert Kraft says


Tom Brady has been a no-show for the New England Patriots’ organized team activities this week.


Arizona and New Orleans land future Super Bowls; Nashville will host the 2019 NFL draft


Arizona and New Orleans will be hosting Super Bowls again, and Nashville is getting the NFL draft for the first time, the league announced Wednesday.


Dodgers go back-to-back to beat Rockies

Yasiel Puig took four steps out of the batter’s box, flipped his bat behind him and started his home run trot on a ball that left his bat at 109 mph and traveled 421 feet into Dodger Stadium’s left-field pavilion in the sixth inning…