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Braden Thornberry wins a U.S. Amateur match to remember at Riviera

By Mark Whicker|

No game-changing goals leading to dismal MLS season for LA Galaxy

“Goals change games” is a favorite Sigi Schmid aphorism. Winless in his three games in charge of the Galaxy so far — and having scored just one goal — Schmid has seen no game-changing moments from L.A. yet. And ...



  • Columnists

    Miller: Rams, Chargers bring the kid out of each other

    IRVINE >> The words came from a man being paid $16.7 million this season and were directed at a man in the middle of a four-year, $83.25 million contract. “He started it,” Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson said, and clearly no amount of money can buy the kid out of some grownups. A day later, it remained unclear if Johnson followed his remark by sticking out his tongue at the Chargers and threatening to give Dean Spanos a nuclear wedgie. In an...

    By Jeff Miller @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

  • Motorsports

    Irwindale Speedway unfortunately appears to be done

    Once again, and probably for the final time, Irwindale Speedway has announced it is closing. The half-mile oval dodged a similar bullet in 2011 when it closed for but reopened in 2013. It’s highly unlikely one of the best short tracks in the country will get another reprieve. Now, with the racetrack set to close in January, the question is what the new shopping area will be called. “In all honesty, we were here and in it for the long haul. In fact, we were in...

    Louis Brewster

  • Horse Racing

    Del Mar track safer, slower — and some don’t like it

    Sometimes you just can’t win. As the old saying goes, you can’t please all the people all the time. As we approach the halfway point of Del Mar’s 36-day summer meet, horse fatalities are down dramatically, from 17 last year to only two so far in 2017. While any number of fatalities is too high, Del Mar management, to its credit, realized last year’s travesty had to be corrected. They brought in highly respected track superintendent Dennis Moore, who...

    Art Wilson

  • Boxing

    Waisted time: Ronny Rios’ chance at a belt is finally here

    SANTA ANA >> Go ahead and say boxing has too many belts. Just make sure Ronny Rios, 27, is out of the room. “I’m barely into the prime of my career,” Rios said Monday, just leaving the ring at the TKO Boxing Club after two hours of work that encompassed 14 rounds of sparring. He smiled. “But it’s better late than never.” On Aug. 26, while Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor re-illustrate Solomon’s adage about fools and...

    Mark Whicker

  • Dodgers

    Miller: ‘Who We Are Dodgers’ haven’t forged their identity yet

    JeffMillerOCR on Twitter If the 2017 Dodgers don’t win the World Series, their historic season will be remembered as a failure. And if this is such a profound statement, how come that’s already the third time I’ve made some version of it? Folks, any chance I had of ever being considered profound ended years ago, on the occasion of making, in print, career joke No. 100 that used the word wiener. Please. The Dodgers, more than any of us, realize...

    By Jeff Miller|

  • Men's soccer

    Neymar, Pulisic, Ronaldo and Messi reasons to watch European football this fall

    With Neymar leaving Spain’s La Liga for France’s Ligue 1 as the world’s most expensive player and teenager Christian Pulisic fast emerging as a bonafide Bundesliga star in Dortmund, there are more reasons than ever for U.S. fans to tune into action from Europe’s top leagues on weekend mornings. And, of course, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi are still engaged in a furious La Liga rivalry at the peak of their already...

    Nick Green

  • USC

    Wolf: Unique players giving USC offense an identity

    LOS ANGELES >> Once you get past quarterback Sam Darnold, there are a few other unique parts of USC’s offense that sometimes get buried in the Heisman hype. Perhaps an underplayed identity of this team is that the Trojans feature two tailbacks who weigh more than 200 pounds and possess breakaway moves. Junior Ronald Jones teased fans the past two years but has not put a consistent season together. This could be the year but it really is not necessary because freshman...

    Scott Wolf

  • Dodgers

    Pantone 294 — a haven for Dodgers fans in a banner year

    LOS ANGELES >> It should be Dodger Purple by now. The bruises have accumulated for decades. Mike Piazza got traded. Fox, and then Frank McCourt, bought a golden franchise and used it to scrape dirt off their shoes. The McCourt Divorce chased RBIs and strikeouts off the sports page. The intricate strategy of getting in and out of Dodger Stadium, inspired by Dunkirk, has gotten no easier. Inside, the $14 beer is now offered without remorse. The stadium itself has become a...

    Mark Whicker

  • Columnists

    Waldner: Catching up with beach volleyball duo Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar

    Gather information, feed it into a computer, frequently utilizing proprietary software, and have it spit out information to provide an edge. Welcome to analytics. It dulls the sport for some baseball fans who scratch their heads about spin rates or exotic formulas purporting to explain why a right-handed left fielder with a red beard is three points better than the one with a black beard. Thank goodness for beach volleyball. All that matters on the sand is a limber,...

    By Mike Waldner Columnist|

  • Angels

    Whicker: Without Don Baylor, baseball misses its Groove

    Don Baylor and Bobby Grich grew up as Baltimore Orioles, playing on a legendary Rochester Triple-A team. “We had a mantra throughout that organization that I never heard anywhere else,” Grich said Monday. “We said, ‘If we win, everybody had a good year.’’’ If you played with Don Baylor, you had a good year. You generally won, too. From 1986-88, Baylor went to three World Series on three different teams. Bruce Hurst told him,...

    Mark Whicker

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