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  • • Scott Boras will honor one of Kobe Bryant’s last wishes, make Alexis Altobelli an intern
    One of the last things Kobe Bryant did before he died in a helicopter crash last month was try to use his connections to help a family friend, and MLB agent Scott Boras is going to make sure Kobe’s wish is carried out. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, who was best friends with Kobe and the godfather of Gianna Bryant, told a touching story at the memorial service for Kobe and Gianna on Monday ab...2020
  • • Kobe Bryant's widow files wrongful death lawsuit
    Vanessa Bryant and her family were on hand at the Staples Center on Monday to memorialize her husband and daughter, both of whom passed away back on Jan. 26 in a tragic Southern California helicopter accident. Kobe and Gianna Bryant were among the nine killed after a chopper piloted by Ara George Zobayan crashed outside of Los Angeles in horrible weather conditions. Still mourning her losses, Vane...2020
  • • Kobe farewell: Sports world paying tribute to Kobe Bryant
    It was less than a month ago that the world lost Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others in a tragic Southern California helicopter accident. Bryant’s death at the age of 41 was a shock to the entire sports world. Now on the day of the memorial for both Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, those around the sports world are already paying tribute. Hours before the memorial ...2020
  • • Avalanche win third straight for SoCal Sweep with 2-1 win over Kings
    Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images It took a trip to the skills competition to get the job done — and on a night full of high-scoring games, it took an elite goaltending effort instead. But for the Colorado Avalanche, all it took was a single successful shootout goal from Joonas Donskoi to help the team pick up a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. For an evening full...2020
  • • Cam Newton posts cryptic message as divorce with Panthers looms
    The Carolina Panthers are going to trade former NFL MVP Cam Newton at some point this offseason. The expectation is that a deal will be finalized shortly after the start of the new league year on March 18. Coming off a 2019 season that saw him miss all but two games with a Lisfranc injury, Newton took to social media on Wednesday to post a cryptic message. It could easily be seen as shade being th...2020
  • • Report: Rams promote Sophie Luoto to director of football operations
    Sophie Luoto has taken on a new gig with the Rams. Charles Robinson of Yahoo reports that the executive has been promoted to the role of director of football operations. Luoto was previously serving as the organization’s manager of football administration, a role she held since 2016. As Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk.com writes, Luoto earned wide praise “for her assistance to Rams’ employees ...2020
  • • Astros name, logo suspended from Pennsylvania little league district
    This comes after two Little Leagues in Southern California banned any teams from being named the Astros...2020
  • • Pennsylvania Little League district to ban use of Astros as team name
    In what may be developing into a trend, a Little League district in Pennsylvania is seeking to ban the use of Astros as a name in the wake of MLB team’s sign-stealing scandal and subsequent fallout. Little League director Bob Bertoni heads up the District 16/31 Little League, which oversees 23 leagues and 4,000 players in the Williamsport area. He is recommending that no team use Astros as its nam...2020
  • • Rams promoting Sophie Luoto to director of football operations
    The Rams are promoting Sophie Luoto to director of football operations, Charles Robinson of yahoo.com reports. Luoto previously served as manager of business and executive operations. She drew praise — and a game ball — for her assistance to Rams’ employees during the Southern California fires in 2018. The move makes Luoto one of the [more]...2020
  • • Watch: Kobe Bryant tributes were amazing leading up to the ASG
    The NBA is holding its annual All-Star game in Chicago Sunday night. While it promises to be a festive environment, there’s a sad backdrop to it all. Just three weeks ago, Los Angeles Lakers legend and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant passed away at the age of 41. Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a Southern California helicopter accident on Jan. 26. Since then, tri...2020

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  • • Avalanche win third straight for SoCal Sweep with 2-1 win over Kings
    Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images It took a trip to the skills competition to get the job done — and on a night full of high-scoring games, it took an elite goaltending effort instead. But for the Colorado Avalanche, all it took was a single successful shootout goal from Joonas Donskoi to help the team pick up a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. For an evening full...2020
  • • Cam Newton posts cryptic message as divorce with Panthers looms
    The Carolina Panthers are going to trade former NFL MVP Cam Newton at some point this offseason. The expectation is that a deal will be finalized shortly after the start of the new league year on March 18. Coming off a 2019 season that saw him miss all but two games with a Lisfranc injury, Newton took to social media on Wednesday to post a cryptic message. It could easily be seen as shade being th...2020
  • • Astros name, logo suspended from Pennsylvania little league district
    This comes after two Little Leagues in Southern California banned any teams from being named the Astros...2020
  • • Lakers’ star Anthony Davis sporting Aaron Rodgers jersey at Lambeau
    The stars appear to be out at Lambeau Field as the Green Bay Packers host the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game. That includes Chicago native and noted Green Bay Packers fan Anthony Davis. Check out the Los Angeles Lakers star sporting an Aaron Rodgers No. 12 jersey ahead of the game. Davis really got dolled up for his Pack. The yellow beanie is on fire. Heck, even his green...2020
  • • LeBron James, Anthony Davis listed as questionable for Christmas Day
    The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers are set to do battle in Southern California on Christmas Day. It’s the best matchup in what has to now be considered a watered-down holiday slate. This game could also end up being even more watered down. While it was reported that Lakers star LeBron James would play, he’s officially listed as questionable. The MVP candidate missed his first game of ...2019
  • • Five reasons to ignore the NBA on Christmas Day
    NBA Christmas Day action normally gives us a ton to look forward to. Elite matchups with stars going up against stars. Unfortunately, this year’s holiday action has given us nothing but coal after some unfortunate injuries took hold. We’re now going to have to watch Lonzo Ball star for the Pelicans rather than Zion Williamson. In San Francisco, the Warriors will do battle without both Stephen Curr...2019
  • • Winners and losers from Day 3 of the MLB Winter Meetings
    Day 3 of the MLB winter meetings in San Diego gave us a whole lot of rumors and some major news. The focus is obviously on the Los Angeles Angels landing NL MVP finalist, third baseman Anthony Rendon. However, a lot of other things happened with the meetings set to conclude on Thursday. Here, we check in on the biggest winners and losers from an eventful day in Southern California. Winner: Mike Tr...2019
  • • LaMelo Ball could be a top-pick for the Warriors
    Dealing with a rash of injuries we’ve scarcely seen around the NBA world, the five-time defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors are among the worst teams in the Association. Golden State is currently on pace to lose 68 games. It would represent one of the worst regressions in terms of records in NBA history. It also has the Warriors with a real good chance of landing the No. 1 ...2019
  • • Quick Hits: Hill, Wheeler, Twins, O’s, Rays
    Free-agent left-hander Rich Hill drew interest from ten teams at last week’s GM Meetings, he tells J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group (via Twitter). That interest was in spite of the primary revision surgery Hill has undergone this offseason, which will likely sideline him until at least June. However, Hill, 40 in March, has…...2019
  • • Injury Notes: Trout, Jeffress, Benintendi, Cobb, LeBlanc
    Angels megastar Mike Trout, who has been unavailable for several days due to a groin injury, has shown improvement and will rejoin the Angels for their series in Texas, per Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group. He remains day-to-day and it is yet unclear when he will be ready to return to the lineup,…...2019

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Southern California trade, contract, salary rumors

  • • Avalanche win third straight for SoCal Sweep with 2-1 win over Kings
    Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images It took a trip to the skills competition to get the job done — and on a night full of high-scoring games, it took an elite goaltending effort instead. But for the Colorado Avalanche, all it took was a single successful shootout goal from Joonas Donskoi to help the team pick up a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. For an evening full...2020
  • • Cam Newton posts cryptic message as divorce with Panthers looms
    The Carolina Panthers are going to trade former NFL MVP Cam Newton at some point this offseason. The expectation is that a deal will be finalized shortly after the start of the new league year on March 18. Coming off a 2019 season that saw him miss all but two games with a Lisfranc injury, Newton took to social media on Wednesday to post a cryptic message. It could easily be seen as shade being th...2020
  • • Watch: Former Red Sox star Mookie Betts thanks Boston in awesome video
    Mookie Betts will miss Boston. Red Sox fans will miss the former AL MVP. That’s the backdrop we have not heard a lot about since the blockbuster trade that sent the outfielder from Boston to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Betts spent six seasons with the Red Sox and almost a decade within the organization. As he embarks on the next chapter of his career, Betts took to social media Monday morning to than...2020
  • • Tom Brady has eye-opening response regarding Chargers moving on from Philip Rivers
    The NFL world got big news Monday when Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers agreed to part ways. Tom Brady certainly noticed. On social media Monday after the news broke, Brady “liked” an NFL Instagram post sharing the news that Rivers will not return to the Chargers in 2020. Now, that could be interpreted as Brady offering his support to Rivers. But considering all the rumors that Brady cou...2020
  • • Bucs, Colts favored to land Philip Rivers in free agency
    The Los Angeles Chargers officially declared that the Philip Rivers era is over on Monday, sparking an abundance of free agency rumors and odds. After the huge news broke, updated odds (h/t Action Network Odds) show that Rivers is now heavily favored to land with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+150) and Indianapolis Colts (+175) over any other team in the NFL this spring. The other teams’ odds to sign ...2020
  • • Report: Philip Rivers could be headed to Buccaneers in free agency
    Longtime Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers made waves this past weekend when he announced that he’s moving from Southern California to Florida. This seemed to be a suggestion that a 16-year marriage between Rivers and the Chargers could soon come to an end. An impending free agent, Rivers has noted that he’s open to playing for another team. Meanwhile, the Chargers would be smart to s...2020
  • • Auto Club Speedway offered Celebrate 48 ticket package to honor Jimmie Johnson's final start at the track
    Southern California NASCAR fans will be sending their farewell wishes to hometown hero and seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson as he races his last Auto Club 400 on March 1st as a full-time NASCAR Driver.  With only 48 days left until race day, Auto Club Speedway has released a special ticket package to […]...2020
  • • Angels sign two-time All-Star RHP Julio Teheran to one-year, $9M deal
    After making one of the biggest splashes of the offseason last week with the signing of superstar third baseman Anthony Rendon to a seven-year, $245M contract, the Halos are back at it. The Angels made their second notable rotation pickup of the offseason Thursday, agreeing to sign right-hander Julio Teheran to a one-year, $9M guarantee. Teheran and the previously acquired Dylan Bundy should help ...2019
  • • AL East Notes: Jays’ Rotation, Orioles, Rays
    While the Blue Jays weren’t known to be in pursuit of either Madison Bumgarner or Corey Kluber, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet explores how Bumgarner’s deal with Arizona and Kluber’s trade to Texas nevertheless impact Toronto’s search for rotation help. The Dodgers and Angels missed out on both pitchers, leaving both Southern California clubs with an…...2019
  • • MLB world reacts to Angels' blockbuster deal with Anthony Rendon
    The Los Angeles Angels have finally hauled in that big fish this winter, reportedly signing NL MVP finalist, third baseman Anthony Rendon, to a seven-year, $245 million contract. This is an absolutely huge deal for an Angels team that needed to make a splash after so many years of irrelevance. Rendon’s deal comes in at $35 million annually, just under what Mike Trout is earning per season in South...2019

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  • • 10 MLB stars on early MVP pace
    While some big-name players have struggled in the early part of the 2019 MLB season, others have made it their own. Defending American League MVP Mookie Betts has struggled. That’s true for many of his teammates. But one member of the Boston Red Sox has consistently performed. And while Betts has struggled, the reigning National League MVP has not. In Southern California, one star is right in his ...2019
  • Combine: Running backs the talk of Indy
    • Combine: Running backs the talk of Indy
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Quarterback is and always will be the marquee position in football. As such, it is the Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen-led group that will garner the most attention at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine this week. Heisman-winning passers Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson will be the talk of the town. But when a number of the coaches and GMs in Indianapolis this week were asked abo...2018

Southern California kids, wife/husband, girlfriend/boyfriend, father/mother

  • • Scott Boras will honor one of Kobe Bryant’s last wishes, make Alexis Altobelli an intern
    2020
  • • Kobe Bryant's widow files wrongful death lawsuit
    2020
  • • Pennsylvania Little League district to ban use of Astros as team name
    2020
  • • California Little League teams ban use of Astros nickname
    For an indication of just how angry the larger baseball world is with the Houston Astros, you need only look to a few youth baseball leagues in Southern California. Traditionally, youth baseball teams claim the nickname of an MLB team for league play. That won’t be happening this year in Long Beach, California, where the Astros nickname has not been used this season on the orders of the league’s e...2020
  • • Vanessa Bryant honors Kobe and Gianna by renaming foundation
    Vanessa Bryant continues to mourn the loss of her husband and daughter in a tragic helicopter accident. They were two of nine people killed after a chopper went down in Southern California on Jan. 26. As Vanessa and her family attempt to move forward, she has decided to rename the Mamba Sports Foundation to pay homage to her late daughter, Gianna. Mrs. Bryant made the announcement on Instagram wit...2020
  • • Morning Flurries: Is it Saturday yet?
    Feb 27, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) chases the puck against the Detroit Red Wings in the second period during a Stadium Series hockey game at Coors Field. | Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Final details for the Stadium Series game are coming together. Three. More. Days. #StadiumSeries #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/IJvEkaBZhe— Colorado Avalanche ...2020
  • • Kobe, daughter buried Feb. 7 near family's home
    Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were buried Friday in a cemetery near the family's Southern California home, according to death certificates....2020
  • • Darren Collison to decide future next week
    Free-agent point guard Darren Collison will meet with his agent, Bill Duffy, early next week to decide whether to come out of retirement, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. If Collison chooses to play, Duffy will set up meetings with the Lakers and Clippers, Wojnarowski said. Collison lives in Southern California and was spotted sitting next to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss at Thursday’s game against t...2020
  • • Vanessa Bryant releases statement following death of Kobe, Gianna
    Vanessa Bryant broke her silence Wednesday evening on Instagram, mere days after she lost her husband and 13-year-old daughter in a tragic helicopter accident in Southern California. Wife to Kobe and mother to Gianna, Mrs. Bryant thanked those who have wished the family well while paying homage to two loving souls who departed this life too early. ”My girls and I want to thank the millions of peop...2020
  • • Vanessa Bryant posts heartbreaking photo of Gianna and Kobe
    Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, has in large part been a private person behind the scenes. The mother of four lost her rock of two decades and her teenage daughter in Sunday’s helicopter accident in Southern California. It goes without saying that the sports world and broader United States has been thinking a lot about Vanessa. We can scarcely imagine what she’s going through on the heels of that un...2020

Top Southern California news

  • • Kobe, daughter buried Feb. 7 near family's home
    2020
  • Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash
    • Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash
    Kobe Bryant, the legendary Laker star who was saluted by LeBron James on Saturday night, has died in a helicopter crash in Southern California, sources have confirmed to NBC Sports. The crash took place in Calabasas, an area about 30 miles northeast of the Staples Center, where Kobe stared as a player for more than...2020
  • Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash
    • Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash
    Kobe Bryant, the legendary Laker star, has died in a helicopter crash in Southern California, sources have confirmed to NBC Sports....2020
  • • Astros name and logo banned from two Southern California little leagues after cheating scandal
    Two youth baseball leagues in California were harsher towards the Astros' mistakes than MLB was...2020
  • • Kobe farewell: Sports world paying tribute to Kobe Bryant
    2020
  • • Angels Have Met With Stephen Strasburg
    The Angels have often been connected to right-hander Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 free-agent starter available, but they’re considering the second-best starter on the market as a contingency plan. The club has held a face-to-face meeting with Stephen Strasburg, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Strasburg, like Cole, is a a Southern California…...2019
  • • California Little League teams ban use of Astros nickname
    2020
  • • Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash at 41
    Legendary NBA star Kobe Bryant has died. Bryant was among five people on a helicopter that crashed in Southern California. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that five people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday morning, though they did not mention Kobe’s name. There were no survivors in the crash. Bryant was just 41. The former Los Angeles Lakers star was known for...2020
  • • Combine: Running backs the talk of Indy
    2018
  • NFL Scouting Combine Day 3 Snap Judgments
    • NFL Scouting Combine Day 3 Snap Judgments
    2018

Southern California schedule, game

  • • Avalanche win third straight for SoCal Sweep with 2-1 win over Kings
    2020
  • • Darren Collison to decide future next week
    2020
  • • NBA players begin process of retiring Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers
    Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie recently opened up about a conversation he had with the late Kobe Bryant that resulted in Kobe telling Dinwiddie he deserves to be an All-Star. It’s one of hundreds of anecdotes from NBA players following Bryant’s tragic death on Sunday in Southern California at 41 years old. As the NBA world continues to mourn the loss of Bryant, his daughter and seven others...2020
  • • Lakers-Clippers game postponed following Kobe Bryant's death
    The death that shocked the sports world will now impact the Los Angeles Lakers' first game back on the court. One day after Lakers legend Kobe Bryant tragically passed away at the age of 41 in a helicopter accident in Southern California, the Lakers' game against the Los Angeles Clippers slated for Tuesday night has been postponed. Bryant, along with his teenage daughter and seven others, passed a...2020
  • • Clippers-Lakers game postponed following Kobe Bryant's death
    The death that shocked the sports world will now impact the Los Angeles Lakers' first game back on the court. One day after Lakers legend Kobe Bryant tragically passed away at the age of 41 in a helicopter accident in Southern California, the Lakers' game against the Los Angeles Clippers slated for Tuesday night has been postponed. Bryant, along with his teenage daughter and seven others, passed a...2020
  • • Watch: Rockets-Nuggets hold moment of silence for Kobe Bryant
    The NBA world and the broader sports world is dealing with a tragedy that is almost too surreal to believe. Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant passed away at the age of 41 after being involved in a helicopter accident in Southern California late Sunday morning. It goes without saying that the death of one of the NBA’s greatest ever impacted the sports world in a big way. The NBA itself was discuss...2020
  • • LeBron James, Anthony Davis listed as questionable for Christmas Day
    2019
  • • Five reasons to ignore the NBA on Christmas Day
    2019
  • • Angels sign two-time All-Star RHP Julio Teheran to one-year, $9M deal
    2019
  • • Winners and losers from Day 3 of the MLB Winter Meetings
    2019

Southern California rumors, scandals

  • • Pennsylvania Little League district to ban use of Astros as team name
    2020
  • • California Little League teams ban use of Astros nickname
    2020
  • • Astros name and logo banned from two Southern California little leagues after cheating scandal
    2020
  • • Angels trade 2019 first-round pick to Giants in cash dump
    General manager Billy Eppler and the Los Angeles Angels are apparently setting the stage for bigger things. Los Angeles reportedly dealt 2019 first-round pick Will Wilson to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday in order to dump the hefty contract of struggling infielder Zack Cozart. In return, Los Angeles picked up cash and a player to be named later. This is not your ordinary MLB trade. Teams very...2019
  • • Yankees dropping out of the race for Zack Wheeler?
    Things seem to be moving fast on the Zack Wheeler front with free agency really getting going around the MLB world. A report earlier on Tuesday noted that Wheeler could sign ahead of the start of the MLB Winter Meetings Dec. 8. Another report suggests that he’s looking at $100 million on a new deal. With Wheeler likely to leave the New York Mets in free agency, there was speculation that he could ...2019
  • Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II found guilty of rape, 2 other charges
    • Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II found guilty of rape, 2 other charges
    Winslow was accused of raping three women and committing other sex-related crimes in Southern California....2019
  • Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II emotionless as rape trial begins
    • Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II emotionless as rape trial begins
    Winslow is accused of raping three women and committing other sex-related crimes in Southern California....2019
  • • Watch: Chris Paul nails long-range buzzer beater against former team
    Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets were having none of his former Los Angeles Clippers team on the road Wednesday night. Already up 99-73 late in the third quarter, Paul took an inbounds pass and nailed a Stephen Curry-like 61-foot three-point shot as the buzzer sounded. Talk about giving it some English off the backboard. Paul hoisted up the desperation shot like it was nothing. A total of 61 fee...2019
  • • Former Patriot Brandon Browner blames CTE for no-contest plea
    Former Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner pleaded no contest to attempted murder charges in December. It stems from an incident in Southern California in which Browner was charged with breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s home and stole a Rolex. He was ultimately charged with attempted murder a few days later. Browner’s no-contest plea led to a sentence of ei...2019
  • • Former Patriot Brandon Browner blames CTE for attempted murder conviction
    Former Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner pleaded no contest to attempted murder charges in December. It stems from an incident in Southern California in which Browner was charged with breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s home and stole a Rolex. He was ultimately charged with attempted murder a few days later. Browner’s no-contest plea led to a sentence of ei...2019