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Chargers go wide right in home opener

September 18 0

CARSON, CA-Wide right. Those are not the words that any football coach wants to hear at the end of a ballgame. But that was the call that Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn got when placekicker […]

Lynn and Chargers looking for offensive juice

August 21 0

Carson, CA-In the second preseason game of the season against the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Chargers held back on some key starters getting burn time. The Saints, whom the Chargers engaged with in two […]

Seahawks run away in Chargers debut

August 17 0

CARSON, CA-Things went off the right way for the Los Angeles Chargers in their 2017 preseason debut against the Seattle Seahawks. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers drove his team down the field 75 yards against Richard […]

Clippers

Clippers

Blake Griffin’s legacy now tied to Clippers

July 1 0

The Clippers knew they couldn’t afford to let Blake Griffin walk. Not with CP3 making trails to Houston. That would have been a disastrous kick in the gut for the franchise. Just a couple of hours before midnight […]

Clippers

Chris Paul and Lob City kiss LA good-bye

June 29 0

The Lob City era has officially ended in Los Angeles, with the Clippers sending All-Star Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets in a blockbuster deal. Paul will team with MVP runner-up James Harden, giving Houston […]

Clippers

Clippers re-branding now includes Jerry West

June 21 0

LOS ANGELES-The Golden State Warriors’ loss is the Los Angeles Clippers’ gain. Thanks to  the basketball savviness of Jerry West, the Warriors made it to the NBA Finals the last three seasons. West is now […]

Clippers

D-League team is new day for Clippers

May 16 0

CULVER CITY, CA-If there has been something missing from the Los Angeles Clippers the past couple of seasons, it has been a virtual absence of the youth movement. The Clippers have been reliant almost exclusively […]

Hard Count

The NFL’s flag problem won’t go away

September 7 0

The National Football League’s flag issue was supposed to disappear with Colin Kaepernick out of the league. The NFL thought wrong. The problem has only picked up steam and is gaining an unforeseen momentum that the league […]

McVay hopes Rams wide receivers catch on

August 7 0

IRVINE, CA-Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay was fortunate to have game-breaking wide receiver DeSean Jackson under his tutoring wing when he was offensive coordinator with the Washington Reskins last year. McVay, who served as the offensive coordinator […]

Chargers rookies get baptism by fire at mini-camp

May 13 0

SAN DIEGO-The overcast afternoon at Chargers Park wasn’t enough to dim the enthusiasm coming from Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn about what he saw on the first official day of the  team’s rookie min-camp. Lynn, […]

The Fastbreak

NBA

NBA stars go smashing at the Drew League

July 25 0

LOS ANGELES, CA-Basketball should be taking a backseat right now with football jump-starting. That’s not the case at the Drew League. Things are just heating up. The regular season has ended. The playoffs have begun. […]

NBA

Lakers now following the ‘Ball’ for success

June 28 0

El Segundo, CA-A remake of the front office. Excitement of over a first-round draft pick. A good kind of buzz has returned to Lakerland. That’s the way that Magic Johnson, president of basketball operations for […]

NBA

Lakers reboot is becoming a reality

May 22 0

When it comes to the NBA hierarchy, the Los Angeles Lakers have been used to sitting on that perch right along with the Boston Celtics. The Lakers and Celtics are both looking to reclaim the […]

NBA

Clippers cruise to star-less Cavs win

March 20 0

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Clippers were gift-wrapped a 108-78 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Shortly before the start of the game, the Cavaliers announced their star players would not be playing in […]

In the Spotlight

Unconventional fits Sy Smith’s music and style

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LOS ANGELES-Sy Smith doesn’t want her creative juices to ever get stale. That’s probably the chief reason why her  musical sound defies conventionality. Smith’s music is anchored in futuristic soul. She can do the neo-soul thing. [...]

Sports

  • Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. did it again. He got over on us. He played us the same way he toyed with Conor McGregor in their super-hyped mega-fight. Mayweather is laughing all the way to the bank [...]
  • SACRAMENTO, CA-Ameer Webb doesn’t want to be known as an average sprinter. He wants to be the best in the world. On Day 4 of the 2017 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, Webb took [...]
  • LONG BEACH-, CA-Team Penseke driver Helio Castroneves (3) lead the pack in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying race on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the 43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Castroneves [...]

Dodgers

  • Los Angeles Dodgers bright-eyed slugger Cody Bellinger has gone yard again. That’s nothing new for the rookie phenom. Hitting home runs seems like its what Bellinger is called to do. Bellinger continues to shatter through records [...]
  • LOS ANGELES-The Los Angeles Dodgers were the first team in Major League Baseball history to integrate. So it is fitting that the ballclub that brought us Jackie Robinson, would salute other African Americans considered to [...]
  • “If there’s a guy with the game on the line, I still trust him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts chimed-in about Logan Forsythe’s walk-off hit. “It takes a lot of mental strength to strike out four times, [...]

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Los Angeles Chargers star pass-catcher Antonio Gates (85) has his name officially in the NFL's record books, recording more touchdown catches by a tight end in the history of the league. Photo by Astrud Reed/News4usonline

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Performance

The Verdi Chorus: 34 years of good music

April 29 0

The Verdi Chorus continues their 34th season with their spring concerts entitled “All’s Fair in Love and War” at the acoustically-sound First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica on April 29 and 30. Their Founding […]

Performance

Pat Metheny wows with UCLA performance

September 22 0

LOS ANGELES-Jazz guitar virtuoso and living legend, Pat Metheny, was the chosen one to kick-off the 2016-17 season for the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA’s acoustically-sound Royce Hall on Thursday. He was […]

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Reel

Reel

“Divines” a film debut worth the buzz

November 28 0

HOLLYWOOD-The choices we make can either help us or derail us. The AFI Fest 2016 showcase of films, animation and movie shorts had plenty of good theatrical releases for people to view during its annual […]

Reel

Bradford Young unveils a new ‘Arrival’

November 23 0

LOS ANGELES-There is a lot of buzz going around with the new hit film “Arrival,” starring Amy Adams and Forest Whitaker. The sci-fi thriller, a Paramount Pictures film, has grossed over $45 million so far. […]

Reel

Amy Adams stirs aliens revival in ‘Arrival’

November 11 0

“Arrival” is an exceptional science fiction film that doesn’t rely on the played out destruction and chaos that alien movies typically fall victim to. Director Denis Villenueve did a wonderful job adapting Ted Chiang’s 1998 […]

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Former Laker Girl and current Los Angeles Chargers Girl Tiffany Daniels work it out during open auditions for the Purple and Gold. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman

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Howard University pulls off the upset for the ages

LAS VEGAS, NV-The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels just got their rear ends handed to them by the Howard University Bison football team. Howard who? Well, just in case you missed the memo, Howard University is the renowned historically black college in Washington, D.C., known more for its [...]

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Education hub keep students’ dreams alive

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September 20 0

LOS ANGELES, CA-The smiles greet you at the door. The studious activity in the computer rooms suggest work in progress. Outside on the basketball court where homework is getting done and a game of hoops […]

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NCAA

USC-Texas revisted: Trojans edge Longhorns this time

September 17 0

LOS ANGELES, CA-USC. Texas. Vince Young, Matt Leinart. Matthew McConaughey. Football in Southern California. Another nail-biter. What else would you expect? The USC-Texas football game didn’t have national championships ramifications riding on it as it […]

NCAA

Trojans turn the physical tables on Stanford

September 10 0

LOS ANGELES, CA-There was no Andrew Luck on the football field to worry about. Christian McCaffrey has officially taken his talents to the National Football League.  What’s left of the Stanford Cardinal under the David […]

NCAA

Are Bruins that good or are Aggies that bad?

September 6 0

What is there to make of the Texas A&M late-game meltdown against the UCLA Bruins? Was this a proponent of Kevin Sumlin’s team not finding the backbone to step on the Bruins’ throats and close […]

NCAA

Trojans’ defeat of W. Michigan cues up Sam Darnold

September 4 0

LOS ANGELES-, CA-USC found itself in an unexpected dogfight against Western Michigan in its season opener at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Quarterback Sam Darnold and the Trojans were locked up at halftime with the Broncos, 14-14. […]

NCAA

Sweet Sixteen is UCLA’s calling card

March 21 0

LOS ANGELES-Well, that was easy. Now comes the hard part for the UCLA women’s basketball team: UConn. The Bruins turned the first and second round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament into a walkthrough clinic of defense, […]

Sparks

Candace Parker answers title bell

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October 21 0
For the Los Angeles Sparks, the road to the WNBA championship would begin and end with Candace Parker. It started with Parker making the full-time commitment to attend training camp and seeing this season all the [...]

Lynx get one ‘Moore’ game

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October 17 0
LOS ANGELES-The Los Angeles Sparks played Game 4 of the WNBA Finals as if something was owed to them. As a result, the Sparks were handed the keys to a 85-79 defeat at Staples Center. [...]

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Hitting the road aboard the Megabus

Escape
May 30 0
LOS ANGELES- It’s that time of year again. Barbeque, picnics, plenty of sunshine, a couple of months of vacation days and an over abundance of  planned family reunions. Traveling to those family jaunts can be [...]