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It'll be a jam-packed Saturday with Southern Section and City Section semifinals taking place the same day

Oh, how much I miss the crazy days of last basketball season, when there were long lines and all 10,258 seats at USC’s Galen Center were sold out by 4:30 p.m. for the Southern Section Open Division semifinals featuring Chino Hills and the Ball brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo, against Santa Ana Mater...

The Times' preseason baseball rankings

THE TIMES' PRESEASON BASEBALL TOP 25 RANKINGS 1. HARVARD-WESTLAKE. Strong defense, clutch young hitters, ace pitcher. 2. CORONA. Exceptional pitching depth; performed well in fall ball. 3. SANTA ANA MATER DEI. Northern California transfer Vinny Tosti adds to talented hitting lineup. 4. ORANGE LUTHERAN....

NHL condemns fans chanting racial taunt against black player

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league condemns the behavior of four male fans chanting a racial taunt against a black player, and backs the Chicago Blackhawks for ejecting the offenders. Bettman says no one “should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games.” The NHL released Bettman's...

The Warriors-Cavaliers narrative is just that at the break: It's Raptors-Rockets time

Now that NBA All-Star weekend is winding down, the true hype can begin. Only seven weeks of play remain before the playoffs bring a Toronto-Houston matchup in the NBA Finals. Not what the hype machine is programmed to produce? Yet the NBA standings say take your Golden State assumptions and LeBron...

Roger Federer beats Grigor Dimitrov at the ABN AMRO World Tournament for 97th career title

Roger Federer came to the ABN AMRO World Tournament aiming to secure a return to the top of the world rankings. He achieved that goal Friday. On Sunday, he put an exclamation point on a remarkable week by winning the tournament for good measure. Federer overpowered an ailing Grigor Dimitrov 6-2,...

MLB: Eric Hosmer, San Diego Padres reach agreement on eight-year deal

Free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer has reached preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical, a person with direct knowledge of the deal says. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because there had been no formal announcement of Hosmer's...

What we learned from the Kings' 4-2 win over the Sabres

It really doesn’t come easily in Buffalo. The Kings took a four-goal lead into the third period and allowed the Buffalo Sabres to make it interesting with two goals before a 4-2 win at KeyBank Center that ended a 15-year losing streak in Buffalo. Losing to the Sabres would have been inexcusable,...

What's trending in the NBA: Ingraham tangle, Orlando oops and Warriors strategy

A look at what’s trending this week in the NBA: No, you shut up Rihanna had a hit with “Shut Up and Drive.” Walk the Moon made the charts with “Shut Up and Dance.” Laura Ingraham did not do as well with “Shut up and dribble.” LeBron James and Kevin Durant shared their opposition to President Trump...

Elijah Stewart unstoppable in USC victory over Oregon State

Elijah Stewart couldn’t miss. The senior guard knocked down five consecutive three-pointers and threw in a couple alley-oops Saturday as USC cruised to a 72-59 victory over Oregon State at the Galen Center. “You just hit this kind of mood,” Stewart said after the game. “Where everything just feels...

Nick Goepper is lone American on podium in slopestyle four years after U.S. domination

The American men knew it wasn’t going to be easy this time. Four years ago, they dominated the Olympic ski slopestyle, finishing in the top three spots. But key injuries and some new faces figured to level the field at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. “There are so many countries so competitive...

Danny Garcia stops Brandon Rios in 9th round

Danny Garcia stopped Brandon Rios with a right hand in the ninth round Saturday night in their WBC welterweight world title elimination bout. Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) beat Rios (34-4-1, 25 KOs) at Mandalay Bay Events Center to set up a potential rematch against WBC and WBA champion Keith Thurman or...

College basketball roundup: South Carolina holds on to upset No. 10 Auburn, 84-75

Frank Booker scored 19 points, and South Carolina built a 26-point lead before holding on to defeat No. 10 Auburn 84-75 on Saturday, ending the Gamecocks' six-game losing streak. The Tigers (23-4, 11-3 Southeastern Conference) had won seven of their past eight and were heavy favorites to keep that...

Mexico's Olympic team has north-of-the-border flavor

Robert Franco was born and raised in Northern California, the son of a Mexican father and Caucasian mother. He looks white, and has forgotten much of the Spanish he spoke as a child. But he does recall numerous trips to Jalisco and Guanajuato, the reunions with his tios and primos — uncles and...

Golden roar: Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu displays mastery in defense of his Olympic title

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu rose to the occasion to defend his Olympic figure skating title and American champion Nathan Chen nearly rose from the depths of 17th place to grab a medal, propelled to fifth place by a powerful performance that featured an Olympic-record five clean quadruple jumps. The men’s...

Lindsey Vonn's long road back to the Olympics ends with one bad turn

The final stage of Lindsey Vonn’s journey back to the Olympics wound past lonely farmhouses and ice-choked rivers along the narrow road up to the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. The most successful women’s skier in World Cup history waited almost eight years to return, suffering through heartbreak and...
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