LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Widely viewed as the best team in the West, the Los Angeles Clippers harbor realistic hopes of winning their first NBA title this season with the championship pedigree of coach Doc Rivers now at the helm.
Acquired from the Boston Celtics in June in exchange for a future draft pick, Rivers has already made a big impression on the Clippers players since his arrival in Los Angeles, urging his new team to play with both freedom and responsibility.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Game On Dude has a chance to atone for last year’s disappointment after being installed as favourite to win Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, the feature event in the two-day racing carnival at iconic Santa Anita Park.
Twelve months ago, Game On Dude ended up a disheartening seventh out of 12 after a sluggish start out of the gate, having gone into North America’s richest horse race as a 6-5 favourite.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Game On Dude has been installed as the early 8-5 favourite and will break from the ninth post for the $5 million (3 million pounds) Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.
The Bob Baffert-trained gelding came desperately close to winning the race in 2011 before being run down by Drosselmeyer in the shadows of the post at Churchill Downs and had to settle for second place.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It was a case of so near and yet so far for the Los Angeles Dodgers after they fell just one step shy of the World Series this season, though they will certainly approach their 2014 campaign brimful of confidence.
Most of their big names will be back, and Dodgers fans can only hope that injuries will not be such a limiting factor next year when their team aims to win a first National League (NL) pennant and World Series crown since 1988.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mickey Mouse played a cameo role in the National League Championship Series on Wednesday when Adrian Gonzalez blasted two home runs to help the Los Angeles Dodgers stave off playoff elimination.
The big-hitting left-hander cupped his hands to his ears, mimicking the famous cartoon rodent, as he made his way to the dugout after his first homer had soared over right field in the bottom of the third inning to put the Dodgers ahead for good.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pitcher Zach Greinke survived a shaky start before dominating and Adrian Gonzalez powered two homers as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday to stave off playoff elimination.
With their backs to the wall going into a must-win Game Five at Dodger Stadium, the home team’s offense sizzled in bright afternoon sunshine as they trimmed the Cardinals’ lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Dodgers were given a welcome boost ahead of Wednesday’s Game Five against the St. Louis Cardinals when their hard-hitting shortstop Hanley Ramirez declared himself fit to play despite a broken left rib.
Ramirez, who suffered the injury after getting hit by a pitch in Game Two last week, struggled in Tuesday’s Game Four at Dodgers Stadium and left in the middle of the sixth inning after striking out three times.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Very little went right for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Four against the St Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, a pickoff of Nick Punto in the seventh inning proving to be one of their lowest points of the night.
The Dodgers were trailing 4-2 when Punto doubled on a fly ball with one out but soon after, with his eyes firmly focused on the allure of third base, he was smartly picked off at second by reliever Carlos Martinez.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly resisted the temptation to change his rotation for Tuesday’s Game Four against the St. Louis Cardinals and have ace Zack Greinke pitch on just three days’ rest.
Mattingly has instead kept faith with Ricky Nolasco, who will start for the Dodgers as scheduled, with Greinke set to pitch in Wednesday’s Game Five in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series which the Cardinals lead 2-1.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Of all the uncertainties facing the Los Angeles Lakers as they prepare for their season opener later this month against the Clippers the biggest is the timetable for Kobe Bryant’s comeback from injury.
The 15-time All-Star shooting guard has been sidelined since mid-April with a torn left Achilles’ tendon and only recently returned from Germany where he had an innovative procedure on his arthritic right knee.