The Sports Report: Lakers feel ready to restart the season

Howdy, I’m your host, Houston Mitchell and we turn our attention to the NBA. Tania Ganguli takes a look at the Lakers: The Lakers will travel to Florida his week for the resumption of the coronavirus-suspended NBA season, which will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. They will […]

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Soccer newsletter: So, why are we playing again?

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the L.A. Times’ soccer newsletter. I’m Kevin Baxter, The Times’ soccer writer, and we start this week, once again, with COVID-19. When the nation awoke on the morning of March 12, 1,323 Americans had been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 38 people had died. The general concern and […]

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The Sports Report: Should the Indians and Redskins change their name?

Howdy, I’m your host, Houston Mitchell and we turn our attention to nicknames in sports. On Sunday, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said he believes the Indians need to change their contentious nickname. “I think it’s time to move forward,” Francona told the Associated Press. Advertisement Newsletter Go beyond the scoreboard Get the latest on […]

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The Sports Report: Who will show up for the Lakers at training camp?

Howdy, I’m your host, Houston Mitchell and, thank you for your good wishes and thoughts about my return. It is much appreciated. We start with Tania Ganguli and the Lakers, who aren’t sure exactly who will be showing up at training camp. Newsletter Go beyond the scoreboard Get the latest on L.A.’s teams in the […]

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Soccer newsletter: MLS has a lot riding on restart

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the L.A. Times soccer newsletter. I’m Kevin Baxter, The Times’ soccer writer, and we begin today with the MLS Covid Cup, scheduled to start in Orlando, Fla., next week. The 54-game competition — officially called the MLS Is Back tournament, about the lamest name possible — will mark […]

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The Sports Report: Lakers looking to sign JR Smith

Howdy, I’m your host, Houston Mitchell and, after some time off because of double pneumonia, we’re back!’ Tania Ganguli reports that the Lakers are working to sign guard JR Smith for the rest of the season, which would reunite LeBron James with his former Cleveland teammate as the Lakers head to Florida for the resumption […]

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Soccer! Orlando Pride’s cautionary tale

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the L.A. Times soccer newsletter. I’m Kevin Baxter, the Times’ soccer writer, and we begin today with COVID-19, because while professional leagues across the country seem to think they’re done with the pandemic, the virus is making it clear it is not done with sports. Newsletter All about […]

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‘I’m Suffocating’: Details of Chokehold Death in Paris Renew Scrutiny of Police

PARIS — “I’m suffocating.” Those are the words Cédric Chouviat called out seven times as police officers in Paris pinned him to the ground and put him in a chokehold, according to footage analyzed in an internal police report from April but revealed by French news outlets this week. The videos of Mr. Chouviat, who […]

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Soccer newsletter: Most popular sports league in history returns

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the L.A. Times soccer newsletter. I’m Kevin Baxter, The Times’ soccer writer, and today we begin with the return of the most popular sports league in history. And no, I’m not talking about the NFL. Newsletter All about the beautiful game Go inside the L.A. pro soccer scene […]

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The Sports Report: Baseball is making a big mistake

Howdy, I’m your host, Houston Mitchell and let’s take a look at how baseball seems in a rush to self-destruct. Bill Plaschke, on the horrible baseball negotiations: “Baseball could have announced its return Monday, the players throwing the owners a fastball down the middle by agreeing to come back to work immediately. Newsletter Go beyond […]

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The Sports Report: Will NBA’s return distract from more important matters?

Howdy, I’m your host, Houston Mitchell and some sports are getting very close to returning. As Tania Ganguli writes, while the NBA is attempting to restart its season amid nationwide protests against police brutality and racism, some players have expressed concern that basketball could prove to be a distraction. One of those is Lakers center […]

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The NFL. NASCAR. George Floyd has inspired a sports reckoning too. Will it last?

When it comes to playing pickup ball, I’m a habitual sizer-upper. As soon as I step onto the court and a guy picks up the rock, I’m asking myself a hundred questions: Which hand is the dominant one? Where do they like to shoot? Are the feet, hips and wrist aligned? How’s the footwork? What […]

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Soccer newsletter: MLS season is hanging in the balance

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the L.A. Times soccer newsletter. I’m Kevin Baxter, The Times’ soccer writer, and we begin today with MLS, which may or may not still exist by the time you read this. As the clock ticked toward midnight Monday the league appeared intent on destroying itself rather than joining […]

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‘I always wanted to be a singer’: Tracee Ellis Ross on singing in ‘The High Note’

Forty years ago, Motown legend Diana Ross sang “I’m Coming Out,” which would become one of her signature songs and a gay anthem. Now her daughter, “Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross, is coming out in her own way — as a singer — in the new film “The High Note,” which opens at home on […]

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I Look for Ways to Blow Up My Life During the Pandemic

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. “Mama, I’m afraid of the dark.” My son whispers this to me. He is curled up in his race car bed, his Indigo blue plaid blanket tucked up around his chin. He clings to his Dalmatian stuffy. His face is suffused with fear. My bike had been stolen […]

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Coronavirus, Michael Flynn, Federal Reserve: Your Thursday Briefing

Want to get The Morning by email? : As someone who regularly reports on internet garbage, I’m not shocked by much anymore. But then “Plandemic” — a documentary filled with anti-vaccine misinformation about the coronavirus — went viral on social media. It wasn’t just conspiracy theorists and virus contrarians posting it in my Facebook feed. […]

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Soccer newsletter: MLS could be back sooner than most other sports

Hello, and welcome to another edition of the L.A. Times soccer newsletter. I’m Kevin Baxter, The Times’ soccer writer, and we start today with MLS where, in the last six days, 11 of the 26 teams saw players return to their training centers for individual workouts under strict social-distancing rules. What are they training for? […]

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Magic vs. Jackie? Vin vs. The Fearsome Foursome? Vote in the Final Four of the Biggest Icon tournament

Howdy, I’m your host, Houston Mitchell. Let’s get right to the tournament. After almost a month of voting and about 250,000 ballots cast, we are down to the Final Four in our “Biggest Icon in L.A. Sports history” tournament. And what a Final Four it is. The winner of the basketball regional, Magic Johnson, takes […]

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