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2024 L.A. Olympics Would Blaze Trail

Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News

No-Hitter Just Latest Cubs Magic

Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sun-Times

UCLA Putting 'Chosen Rosen' in Spotlight

Tyler Dragon, Bleacher Report

Vin Says 67 Seasons Will Be Enough

Steve Dilbeck, Los Angeles Times

Giants Hold Key to Catching Dodgers

Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News

A Summer Olympics in 2024 in Los Angeles would look vastly different than its predecessors. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the team heading the city’s bid for the 2024 G...(full article)

The question isn’t how Jake Arrieta managed to throw a no-hitter Sunday night. The question is how the Dodgers managed to get a bat on a baseball. It wasn’t just over...(full article)

Josh Rosen is not your typical teenager. He is of a different breed—a star-studded prospect who's received an immense amount of hype.  Nicknamed by some as the “Chosen Rosen,...(full article)

A sweet moment with Vin Scully at his news conference Saturday to discuss returning to broadcast the Dodgers next year, suddenly took a dramatic turn to unwanted melancholy. It was...(full article)

Thursday afternoon, the Giants finished off taking two of three games in a series against the Chicago Cubs.   It felt more like a sweep.     "We're going through a lot right...(full article)

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