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How a good guy like Dee Gordon turned into a villain

How a good guy like Dee Gordon turned into a villain
latimes.com — When Miami Marlins Manager Don Mattingly spoke to reporters about Dee Gordon 's 80-game drug suspension for the first time, he didn't sound irritated, as he often does when questioned about something unpleasant. Mattingly was heartbroken. You could see it in his eyes, hear it in his voice.

After Dodgers, Don Mattingly finds joy as manager of the Miami Marlins

After Dodgers, Don Mattingly finds joy as manager of the Miami Marlins
latimes.com — When Don Mattingly started to appear on television in a Miami Marlins cap over the winter, something about him was noticeably different. His smile didn't feel as if it was forced, as it often did over the five seasons he managed the Dodgers. His body language was more relaxed.

Lakers' firing of Byron Scott shows how the business of sports entertainment works

Lakers' firing of Byron Scott shows how the business of sports entertainment works
latimes.com — The Lakers did Sunday what many troubled organizations do in crisis, and fired their coach. Tickets and merchandise have to be sold. Sponsorships have to be renewed. Television ratings have to be improved. The appearance of change was necessary, so they let Byron Scott go.

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa and Ducks are facing up to their responsibilities in first-round playoff series

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa and Ducks are facing up to their responsibilities in first-round playoff series
latimes.com — Kevin Bieksa is an educated man. The Ducks defenseman has a degree in finance from Bowling Green, having graduated with a 3.42 grade-point average. "So you're saying I should be smarter?" he asked. Well, yeah. Bieksa laughed. "It's a calculated risk," he said.

Dylan Hernandez: Lakers are in first place in these standings, but just barely

Dylan Hernandez: Lakers are in first place in these standings, but just barely
latimes.com — Evidently, it is worse for a team to finish in last place than it is to not have its games on television. While the Lakers remain the most popular Los Angeles-based professional sports franchise, their once-substantial lead over the Dodgers is diminishing, according to a report published by Loyola Marymount's Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles.

USC's hiring of Lynn Swann as AD is simple: football, football, football

USC's hiring of Lynn Swann as AD is simple: football, football, football
latimes.com — USC's hiring of Lynn Swann as the school's new athletic director was met with several questions. Why did USC hire another of its former football stars? What about Swann's lack of experience running an athletic department? Here's the reality: It doesn't matter.

Lakers' win transforms Kobe Bryant's send-off from scripted to spectacular

Lakers' win transforms Kobe Bryant's send-off from scripted to spectacular
latimes.com — From the way Kobe Bryant shot and shot and shot to the way the night was basically turned into a long Nike commercial, what unfolded Wednesday at Staples Center felt incredibly contrived. It was also spectacular. "I can't believe this has actually happened," Bryant said. Most of the night was scripted.

The skinny on pitcher Kenta Maeda: The Dodgers just might have made a good call in signing him

The skinny on pitcher Kenta Maeda: The Dodgers just might have made a good call in signing him
latimes.com — As Kenta Maeda reflected on pitching Tuesday in the Dodgers' home-opener defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks, he sounded as if he didn't know what to make of everything. He's still feeling out his catcher, as well as opposing hitters. The same with Los Angeles traffic.

Dodgers' iconic broadcaster Vin Scully holds audience captive during speech

Dodgers' iconic broadcaster Vin Scully holds audience captive during speech
latimes.com — As Vin Scully neared the end of his speech, his adoring audience started to chant. "One more year! One more year!" Scully smiled. "I've given it a lot of consideration," he said, "and, no, thank you very much." The crowd laughed. You can't blame the fans for trying.

Jered Weaver looks to Kobe Bryant for inspiration

Jered Weaver looks to Kobe Bryant for inspiration
latimes.com — When Jered Weaver wakes up every morning, he's presented with a new combination of physical impediments. Pain here, soreness there. Earlier this week, Weaver told reporters it was no fun dealing with his limitations or the resulting decrease in fastball velocity.
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May 02, 2016

At least one of these two publications got the story wrong ... pic.twitter.com/fYjiAck1gD

May 02, 2016

Professional athletes must be the unluckiest people on the planet. Incredible how many of them accidentally ingest banned substances.

May 01, 2016

One of the players just wrote everyone's lede. ... Adrian Gonzalez? A.J. Ellis? twitter.com/alannarizzo/st…

Apr 30, 2016

Guys, how did the #Dodgers do tonight? I don't have Time Warner Cable, so I couldn't watch.

Apr 29, 2016

RT @Lakers: OFFICIAL: Lakers Announce Agreement With Luke Walton to Become New Head Coach: on.nba.com/1Tkzx8N

Apr 29, 2016

RT @latimessports: How a good guy like Dee Gordon turned into a villain lat.ms/1XYTZQx


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