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Parker Bridwell outduels Doug Fister in Angels’ win |Jun 25, 2017

BOSTON >> The Angels’ 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday was a testament to the front office’s ability to pluck pitchers out of thin air. The Angels finished off a series victory against the Red Sox with a game worked by three pitchers acquired for basically nothing.

Tyler Skaggs’ setback is ‘disturbing’ |Jun 25, 2017

BOSTON >> When Mike Scioscia was asked about the setback Tyler Skaggs suffered in his rehab from a strained oblique, the Angels manager’s answers were short, and ominous. “It’s disturbing,” Scioscia said.

Franklin Gutierrez lands on 10-day DL; Mike Freeman arrives from Triple-A |Jun 25, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers recalled utility player Mike Freeman from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday and placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 10-day disabled list with symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis.

Dodgers vs. Angels: 6 years later, nothing has changed |Jun 25, 2017

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.

Dodgers score wild win; streak goes to 10 |Jun 25, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> For the better part of four hours Sunday, the Dodgers and Rockies looked like two teams that couldn’t get out of their own way. More than a battle for first place, it was a battle of which catcher could keep the most baseballs from trickling to the backstop.

Magic Johnson says Lakers not close to another deal |Jun 25, 2017

EL SEGUNDO >> The crowd hovered around LaVar Ball, reporters and cameramen eager to document what Lonzo Ball’s outspoken father might say next. LaVar Ball never has shied away from his bold proclamations.

Jordan Spieth birdies 18th to keep Travelers lead |Jun 24, 2017

Jordan Spieth continues to play just a little better than anyone else at the PGA’s Travelers Championship. The 23-year-old Texan closed with a 20-foot birdie putt for a 4-under 66 on Saturday, giving him a one-stroke lead for the third straight round at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

Now in the Olympics: Could 3-on-3 basketball catch on in America? |Jun 24, 2017

The U.S. national 3-on-3 basketball team’s leading scorer has never played in an NBA game. He’s not a Drew League standout or a star on the streetball circuit. Dan Mavraides is, in fact, an investment portfolio manager in Beverly Hills.

Pepperdine’s 1992 baseball champs surprised everyone but themselves |Jun 24, 2017

By midseason it was apparent that Pepperdine had to win the 1992 College World Series. Only then would the Waves be spared another showing of the 1991 College World Series. All year long, a VCR played that tape in their  team room.

Heisler: It’s shaping up as Magic Johnson vs. Jerry West for grand prize, LeBron |Jun 24, 2017

Now, Duel of the Laker Titans. Popular as the NBA is here with two teams playing to packed houses and pulling down hundreds of millions in local TV revenue, it’s been a long time since we were actually relevant, with the Clippers still in eclipse while disappearing early in the playoffs and the Lakers coming off No.

Brandon McCarthy, Dodgers play at Rockies, Sunday, 1 p.m. |Jun 24, 2017

Rockies at Dodgers When: Sunday, 1 p.m. Where: Dodger Stadium TV: SNLA THE PITCHERS DODGERS RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 2.87) vs. Rockies: 2-3, 4.57 At Dodger Stadium: 8-2, 3.

Sunday media: The Drone Racing League propels ESPN into new definitions of sport |Jun 24, 2017

They called it “L.A. Pocalypse.” Converting the guts of an abused and abandoned former shopping mall in Hawthorne, with all its graffiti tagging, leaking roof and other sketchy surrounding, a quaint “Mad Max”-type TV venue was all there and more for the

Paul Bridwell, Angels play at Red Sox, Sunday 10:30 a.m. |Jun 24, 2017

ANGELS at RED SOX When: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. TV: Fox Sports West Where: Fenway Park THE PITCHERS ANGELS RHP PARKER BRIDWELL (1-0, 3.07) vs. Red Sox: First game At Fenway Park: First game Hates to face: None Loves to face: None RED SOX RHP DOUG FISTER (12-13, 4.

After opting out, Doug Fister gets his shot at Angels |Jun 24, 2017

BOSTON >> Doug Fister took a calculated risk, and now he has a chance to make the Angels pay. When Fister’s opt-out date arrived this week, he chose to exercise it rather than stay in the minors with the Angels.

JC Ramirez bounces back to pitch Angels to victory over Red Sox |Jun 24, 2017

BOSTON >> JC Ramirez showed up with just the performance he and the Angels needed on Saturday night. Ramirez gave up one run in six innings of the Angels’ 6-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Miller: LaVar makes Big Baller push for Lonzo, Lakers |Jun 24, 2017

EL SEGUNDO >> So, despite repeated claims to the contrary, LaVar Ball did have an impact on where his son was drafted. He helped Lonzo go higher. You know, maybe this one-man Mardi Gras parade, this boastful bag of gas, this big mouth everyone keeps telling to clam up, is more than just a burden on your mute button.

Ogwumike, Sparks spoil Fever’s Tamika Catchings night |Jun 24, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS >> Tamika Catchings was known as a hard worker during her playing career. But as hard as she worked in 16 seasons for the Indiana Fever, she had a tough time keeping up with her dad on Saturday night.

Alexander: For former UCR closer Frank, Lake Elsinore is nice, but ... |Jun 24, 2017

How long is too long to be playing at the high Class A level? Trevor Frank, as you might imagine, has feelings about the subject. The former UC Riverside closer turned 26 Friday. And he is in the midst of his third season in high A, one in which he is posting impressive numbers for the Lake Elsinore Storm.

Ducks select forwards Maxime Comtois, Antoine Morand with first two draft picks |Jun 24, 2017

As someone who cherishes his first-round draft picks, Ducks coach Bob Murray was in a unique place and not all that comfortable with it. The Ducks didn’t have one to use on the first night of the NHL entry draft at Chicago’s United Center and so they had to do all their heavy lifting Saturday, trying to unearth someone out of the five selections they had that could be a contributor down the line.

Nothing ordinary about Anderson-Dolan, the Kings’ second-round draft pick |Jun 24, 2017

Jaret Anderson-Dolan grew up on skates, which doesn’t make him all that different from most of Canada’s 35 million citizens. But he scored a hat trick in his first game as a 15-year-old with the junior-level Spokane (Wash.

Galaxy can’t overcome first-half mistakes in defeat to Sporting Kansas City |Jun 24, 2017

CARSON >> For a brief moment in the second half, the Galaxy had hope of another batch of late-game heroics. Dave Romney’s 77th minute goal cut Sporting Kansas City’s lead in half, leaving the Galaxy with a chance to steal a point.

Dodgers’ Corey Seager day-to-day with hamstring strain |Jun 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> For now, Corey Seager will avoid a trip to the disabled list. An MRI of Seager’s right hamstring on Saturday revealed he had suffered only a grade I strain, a positive development for the Dodgers’ star shortstop who was pulled from a 6-1 victory over Colorado the previous day after experiencing tightness.

Redlands’ Webster-Freeman competes at USATF Outdoor Championships |Jun 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO >> Two years ago, Juanita Webster-Freeman helped the Redlands High girls track team to the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championship. She signed to compete at Arizona State but that never materialized.

LSU upends No. 1 Oregon State to reach finals |Jun 24, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. >> Nothing LSU encounters in the College World Series championship series will be any more daunting than the task the Tigers had to complete to get there. The Tigers had to beat an Oregon State team that owned the most formidable record of any team in four decades, and they had to do it twice.

Kyle Larson takes pole for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Sonoma |Jun 24, 2017

Chip Ganassi likes winners, and his drivers have him in prime position to celebrate another victory. Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray swept the front row in Saturday qualifying at Sonoma Raceway to give Chip Ganassi Racing a 1-2 start for today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race on the wine country road course.

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw back on the beam in win over Rockies |Jun 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Clayton Kershaw was halfway between the mound at Dodger Stadium and the home dugout when he tilted his head up, raised his left arm and shook a closed fist. There was relief. In the top of the first inning, Kershaw threw 33 pitches, nearly a third of his total workload Saturday night, loading the bases with one out.

Trusting youth, system helps Galaxy overcome slow start |Jun 23, 2017

The Galaxy Academy and Galaxy II process is working, as evident by the number of minutes logged by former players of those programs on the current Galaxy roster. According to a report in Soccer America, 35.

Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Chris Paul decide to become free agents |Jun 23, 2017

The Clippers’ summer of uncertainty officially started Friday when Chris Paul and Blake Griffin notified the team they will opt out of their contracts to become unrestricted free agents. The moves, long expected, were first reported by The Vertical and ESPN.

NBA offseason: part circus, part masquerade Ball |Jun 23, 2017

About an hour after ESPN seemed to be done with its NBA Draft coverage Thursday night, ABC aired an updated version of “The Gong Show.” It was a seamless transition. A woman in a Bo Peep outfit shoving a tarantula in her mouth and playing a harmonica magnificently continued a narrative that began with Magic Johnson and his assistants sawing the Lakers in half and then pulling a string of college freshmen out of his jacket sleeve like handkerchiefs before trading them away to outposts unknown.

#RyseUp: Friends, family hold candlelight vigil to honor Ryse Williams, Redondo Union basketball player who died Thursday |Jun 23, 2017

Friends and family gathered Thursday night at Dominguez Hills Village basketball court in Carson, near the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus, to remember former Redondo Union High School basketball player Ryse Williams during a candleight vigil.

Angels at Red Sox, 4 p.m., Saturday, JC Ramirez vs. David Price |Jun 23, 2017

ANGELS at RED SOX When: Saturday, 4 p.m. Where: Fenway Park TV: Fox Sports West THE PITCHERS ANGELS RHP JC RAMIREZ (6-4, 4.19) vs. Red Sox: 0-0, 0.00 At Fenway Park: 0-0, 0.

Angels: International market tempts team |Jun 23, 2017

BOSTON >> The Angels are about to dive back into the international talent market. The international signing period begins on July 2, and the Angels can once again compete for the best players, now that they will be free of the Roberto Baldoquin shackles and operating under a new system.

VIDEO: Can Lakers make playoffs in Lonzo Ball’s first year? |Jun 23, 2017

Bill Oram, Mark Medina, and Jonathan Khamis of the Southern California News Group discuss what’s next for the Lakers, as Lonzo Ball was introduced. The press conference included statements from Magic Johnson, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, and Lonzo Ball.

Miller: Lonzo Ball brings a little magic with him to the Lakers |Jun 23, 2017

EL SEGUNDO >> He was called “a great leader” with an “incredible basketball IQ” who has “greatness written all over him.” In paying Lonzo Ball the ultimate compliment, Magic Johnson even likened the newest Laker to Magic Johnson.

Riverside’s Lorenz Larkin set for Bellator title shot vs. Lima |Jun 23, 2017

Lorenz Larkin has had his hometown of Riverside in his corner since the beginning of his mixed-martial arts career. The admiration is mutual, as Larkin is known for freshly shaving the city’s logo, the Raincross Bell, into the side of his head before fights.

Nneke Ogwumike, Sparks travel to play Indiana Fever, Saturday 4 p.m. |Jun 23, 2017

SPARKS (8-3) at FEVER (6-6) Tipoff: Saturday 4 p.m. TV: NBA TV, Spectrum Sportsnet Update: The Sparks take a four-game winning streak on the road to Indianapolis. The team is 6-0 at home but 2-3 on the road, a fact that irked Candace Parker.

Kings take forward Gabe Vilardi with first-round pick in NHL draft |Jun 23, 2017

EL SEGUNDO >> The Kings made no secret of their intentions going into the first round of the NHL draft Friday in Chicago. They wanted an offensive player, someone with the skills and creativity to help revive a team that ranked near the bottom of the league offensively last season.

Ducks re-sign Patrick Eaves to 3-year deal |Jun 23, 2017

In two short months, Patrick Eaves saw all that he needed to feel at home with the Ducks, and they saw enough from him to decide on his future with them. The Ducks agreed to terms with Eaves on a three-year contract extension Friday night after the veteran winger made an instant impact by scoring 11 of his career-high 32 goals with them and serving as an ideal fit on the right side of top-line center Ryan Getzlaf.

Nico Hischier chosen No. 1 by Devils in 2017 NHL draft |Jun 23, 2017

CHICAGO >> The New Jersey Devils grabbed Nico Hischier, and the Philadelphia Flyers felt quite comfortable with Nolan Patrick. It was all about the forwards at the top of the NHL draft. Hischier went No.

Blackhawks get Saad back, deal Panarin and Hjalmarsson |Jun 23, 2017

General manager Stan Bowman promised changes were coming after the Chicago Blackhawks were swept in the first round of the playoffs. Boy, he wasn’t kidding. Chicago re-acquired Brandon Saad and parted with Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin in a pair of surprising trades Friday, giving the Blackhawks a younger look and more cost certainty for their roster.

LSU beats Oregon State, ending Beavers’ 23-game win streak |Jun 23, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. >> Alex Lange limited top-seeded Oregon State to two hits over 7 1/3 innings, and LSU ended the Beavers’ 23-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory on Friday to set up a winner-take-all Bracket 1 final at the College World Series.

Jordan Spieth maintains his lead at Travelers Championship |Jun 23, 2017

Jordan Spieth played well enough in the second round of the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship to stay in the lead. Rory McIlroy played just well enough to stay in the tournament. Spieth shot a 1-under 69 on Friday morning, then watched as a windy afternoon kept anyone from overtaking him.

Upland’s Joseph Anderson qualifies for U.S. junior track and field team |Jun 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO >> It’s been quite a whirlwind recently for Upland High graduate Joseph Anderson. Two weeks ago, he swept the hurdles titles at the CIF State finals at Clovis, running the nation’s fastest time and setting a state record of 13.

Alexander: If you face Tyler Chatwood on the road, it’s a tall task |Jun 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Tyler Chatwood pitches against Clayton Kershaw Saturday night. And yes, Kershaw is still the best pitcher on the planet until proven otherwise, but this probably won’t be the mismatch the casual fan might expect.

Rough start costs Alex Meyer in Angels’ loss to Red Sox |Jun 23, 2017

BOSTON >> Alex Meyer is not one to simply shrug off a bad outing, certainly not until he’s at least had a night’s sleep to move past it. After the Angels’ 9-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday night, which was a setback in what had been an encouraging season of improvement for Meyer, he did not mince words about his performance.

Lakers’ Lonzo Ball reminds Magic Johnson of himself |Jun 23, 2017

EL SEGUNDO – Extensive research led Magic Johnson down a path that was not limited to watching Lonzo Ball play in person and on video. Johnson also traveled to Ball’s former high school in Chino Hills where the Lakers’ president of basketball operations asked detailed questions to his principal and four different teachers about the former UCLA guard.

Oram: Magic Johnson taking Lonzo Ball under his wing |Jun 23, 2017

EL SEGUNDO >> The first son born into a basketball family, Lonzo Ball was bred for stardom. What he knew about Magic Johnson, a superstar who last played in the NBA a year before he was born, came from the stories his father, LaVar, told and what he could glean from the grainy footage of games that replayed on cable television.

Dodgers’ Julio Urias needs shoulder surgery, will miss 12 to 14 months |Jun 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers signed Julio Urías when he was merely a boy, a 16-year-old throwing faster than some major league pitchers. They protected his golden left arm like no other, removing him from at least one no-hitter every year in order to limit the inherent harm of throwing a baseball.

Dodgers’ wins keep rolling |Jun 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Dodgers today under an unusual set of circumstances. He will not be required to halt a losing streak; the Dodgers’ 6-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday was their 14th win in their last 15 games.

Rockies at Dodgers, 7 p.m., Saturday, Tyler Chatwood vs. Clayton Kershaw |Jun 23, 2017

ROCKIES at DODGERS When: Today, 7:10 p.m. Where: Dodger Stadium TV: SportsNet LA THE PITCHERS DODGERS LHP CLAYTON KERSHAW (10-2, 2.61 ERA) Vs. Rockies: 20-6, 3.13 ERA At Dodger Stadium: 76-30, 2.