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How the War for L.A. Was Won

Seth Wickersham, Don Van Natta Jr., ESPN

Kobe-for-LeBron Deal Debated in 2007

Brian Windhorst, TrueHoop

Clippers Fools to Think of Trading Griffin

Evan Fiala, The Sports Quotient

L.A. Quake: Angels Trading Trout?

Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register

One NFL owner called the meeting a "s--- show." A "nightmare," another said. Yet another described it as "the most contentious and polarizing" in decades. On Dec. 2 at the Four Sea...(full article)

You can see the problem with a Mike Trout trade. It's impossible to get fair value and make everyone happy. Trout is still the age of a prospect, and if you believe in WAR, he's wo...(full article)

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James play each other Wednesday night, Bryant's final game in Cleveland. Their matchup over the years has been one of cross-conference shadow boxing; inju...(full article)

The hardest thing to do in sports is win a championship, and the NBA is no exception in that regard. Succeeding in the 82 game regular season and then enduring three grueling se...(full article)

The latest shot was fired into the Angels farm system on Wednesday, with a jarring kicker. ESPN's Keith Law released his rankings of all 30 major league farm systems (for ESPN subs...(full article)

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Griffin Got What He Deserved From Clippers

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New L.A. Stadium Has Fundamental Flaw

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USC to Turn the Page on Haden

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Lakers Pulverizing Rookie Russell's Future

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Davis Can Stop Faking It, He Made It

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Clippers Would Regret Trading Griffin

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Trading Paul Makes Sense for Clippers

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Teasing Led to Blows From Clippers' Griffin

Blake Griffin and Clippers assistant equipment manager Matias Testi had some dinner companions they knew well over the weekend. One was Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and the other...

Clippers Must Severely Punish Bully Griffin

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Should Clips Trade Griffin After Blow-Up?

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Past Rules Present for Bryant, Wade

Kobe Bryant secured his 17th straight starting nod for the West while Dwyane Wade locked down his 10th start for the East in the last 11 seasons, according to&n...

Nobody in L.A. Wants Chargers

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Chargers Would Be Extras in L.A. Show

So the Chargers now face the choice of staying in a place where they are beloved or moving to a place where they would have to rally – fourth-quarter, two-minute-drill style ...

How Rams Won the L.A. Sweepstakes

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NFL Tells St. Louis to Stuff It

It's done. By a 30-2 final vote of his peers, Stan Kroenke is getting his wish. The Rams are destined for Inglewood, Calif., and once again St. Louis will not be a NFL city. Our ...

Raiders Used, Discarded in L.A. Machinations

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Chargers Left Running in Place

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Kiffin Not Over USC Airport Firing

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4 NBA Coaches Who Should Worry

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When Rotations Take a Left Turn

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Rams Make Most Sense for Los Angeles

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Separation Anxiety: Which City Gets Jilted?

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Kobe Will Be Fine, Though Not the Lakers

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Frazier Trade Improves White Sox, Dodgers

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Does Puig Have Any Friends Left in L.A.?

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Kobe's Self-Glorification Killing Lakers

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Lakers Switching to Princeton Offense

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Nash Brings Out Best in Teammates

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Kings Can Reload Under Cap

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Kings Controlling Play, Missing Target

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Devils Chipping Away at History

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Kings Searching for Answers

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Kings Look to Brown to Make Impact

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Kings Remain Businesslike

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Depth Has Kings on Brink of Title

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The Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils were going to be a tough sell as a Stanley Cup Final. Neither team has the enormous national fan support that Pittsburgh, Detroit, Phil...

Devils Rue Missed Opportunities

Zach Parise sat his locker, head hung low, recounting how close he and his teammates came to grabbing a late lead Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings o...

Kings' Domination by the Numbers

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Comes Down to Brodeur vs. Quick

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Do Lakers Have More in the Tank?

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Lakers Confident Despite History

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Kings Refuse to Look Ahead

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Gritty, Satisfying Win for Thunder

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Kings on Remarkable Playoff Run

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Spurs in Groove, Clippers Out of Gas

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Right Now, Kings the Team to Beat

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Coyotes, Kings Foster Healthy Hatred

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Lakers Must Improve 3-Point Shooting

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Nuggets Must Get Tougher vs. Lakers

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Only 1 Good Opening-Round Series

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How Will Grizzlies Respond?

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New Blood in Western Semis

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Clippers' Loss Is Lakers' Gain

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Spurs Gain Revenge on Lakers

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Determined Kings Take 2-0 Lead

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Angels Have Potential Flaws

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Bynum Dominates in Win Over Spurs

 This was the game Lakers fans had been awaiting, hoping their team could turn into something special.Shrug off a season of only mildly inspirational play. Win a big...

Canucks Outclassed by Kings

Daniel Sedin didn't play Wednesday night. At least he had an excuse. Many of his Vancouver Canucks teammates were also no-shows for much of their best-of-seven Western Conference...

Beckham Olympic Role in Jeopardy

David Beckham's dream of representing Great Britain in this summer's London Olympics could be in jeopardy due to his disappointing start to the Major League Soccer season with th...

Lakers Prove Superior to Clippers

The Lakers and Clippers have settled into who they are. At this point any change in personality would be as jarring as Kanye West releasing a country album. And Wednesday night's...

Title Now Distant Memory for Galaxy

There have been three home defeats—three more than L.A. suffered last year—and 11 goals conceded across five games. Elimination by Toronto FC from the CONCACAF Champi...

Handicapping the MVP Race

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Clippers Suffering Growing Pains

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers knows what Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro is going through. He knows what it's like to try to mold a championship team with a group of ...

L.A. Sports News

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