NBA

A Texas-Sized Whipping

Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. The Miami Heat received what they put out in Game 3 of the NBA Finals: a blank check they could not cash in after an embarrassing 36-point beatdown at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. . It was nice to see you. Now it’s […]

Sports

A Real (Sugar) Fight Against Juvenile Diabetes

SANTA MONICA-Sugar Ray Leonard used to counterpunch boxing opponents with dazzling ease. His ring showmanship was a spectacle to behold as he confounded the likes of legendary fighters Roberto Duran, Thomas “Hitman” Hearns and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler. These days, Leonard is hitting back at juvenile diabetes in much the same […]

NBA

The NBA’s Final Four

In a year full of injuries to high-profile players such as 5-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, 2008 Finals MVP runner up Rajon Rondo, 2011 league MVP Derrick Rose and 2012 Olympian Russell Westbrook, the NBA Finals seem to be up for grabs. The Los Angeles Lakers lost all hope for […]

Sports

Saying Good-Bye to the Blues

LOS ANGELES-Goaltender Jonathan Quick came into Game 6 of the NHL first round matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and the St.  Louis Blues stopping 146-out-of-155 goal attempts. He blocked 21 of the 22 shots that came his way Friday night. Quick’s defense would prove to be the deciding gamebreaker […]

Prep Spotlight

Streaking Towards the Finish Line

  LOS ANGELES-Track And field is one sport where you usually land on an island by yourself. Outside of the relay events, track and field is pretty much an isolated sport where you either stand alone in achievement or fall into relative obscurity. There are other individual sports, such as […]

NBA

Big Dogs Flex Their Muscles in Game 2

After close and disappointing losses in Game 1, all four of the teams on the losing end in the second round of the NBA playoffs, rallied this week to take Game 2 in their respective series. Whether it was strategizing in Game 1 to watch what strengths and weaknesses their […]

Sports

Kings Shake off the Blues

LOS ANGELES-The Los Angeles Kings finally got it going on the offensive end of things. They did it at the right time when they needed it most. The Kings had just scored three goals in three games coming into Game 4 of their NHL Western Conference first round playoff series […]

Sports

WISE Women Do Sports

LOS ANGELES-Women in sports have always had an uphill climb to match their male peers in acceptability and being taken as equal in the workforce. Whether it’s fighting for equal pay as coaches or sports administrators, having the same type of media access of male reporters in sports locker rooms […]

Prep Spotlight

Running With Fast Company

LOS ANGELES-Spring time is here. Summer is just around the corner. That means that the track and field season is winding down to a close at the high school ranks across the country. But here in Los Angeles, with its year-round sunny weather, track and field is a sport that […]

NBA

Breaking into the NBA Quite Nicely

NEW YORK – Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers is the recipient of the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, the NBA announced. Lillard was a unanimous selection, having totaled 605 points as he received all 121 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and […]

NBA

Homecourt Advantage

Playing in front of family, friends and a home crowd benefits teams with home court advantage, home court advantage has proven to be just that thus far by six out of eight teams who have  taken a early 2-0 lead  in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs. The […]

Sports

Burning Rubber in Long Beach

April 22 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LONG BEACH-Great things do come in small packages after all. The main event of the 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach proved as much. The IZOD IndyCar Series race also included a bit of historical footnote to boot. Takuma Sato, the only Japanese driver competing in the IndyCar Series […]

Sports

A Grand Prix Party in Long Beach

April 21 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LONG BEACH-The 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is alive and smoking with speed. The annual race weekend, structured along the shoreline of Long Beach, officially got going with the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race that was short in time but long in the drama department with a 360-middle-of-the race […]

Dodgers

Paying Tribute on Jackie Robinson Day

April 16 Dennis J. Freeman 0

LOS ANGELES-As she made her way through the throng of reporters, fans and well-wishers to celebrate her husband’s legacy, Rachel Robinson beamed a smile that illuminated joyous pride and humble honor.  While there was a game to be played at Dodger Stadium between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego […]

Dodgers

The Real Meaning of Jackie Robinson

April 15 Dennis J. Freeman 0

Jackie Robinson wasn’t bigger than life. He simply gave us a better perspective about it. Number 42 wasn’t the first person to illuminate bravery. But he painted a much clearer picture for us to understand what it is to have courage in the face of relentless adversity. A four-sport letterman […]