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Dodgers have scaled many a mountain but Game 7 against Brewers will be the steepest

A struggling Hyun-Jin Ryu made it necessary, as he allowed a season-worst five earned runs in three innings. A spooked Manny Machado made it necessary, as he went hitless in four at-bats, never getting the ball out of the infield, failing to advance th…

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G League’s new path to the NBA intrigues coaches Doc Rivers and Billy Donovan

The NBA’s developmental league this week announced “Select Contracts” that will pay $125,000 to a small number of players who are 18 but not yet eligible to enter the NBA draft. The move will begin next summer and offer players other potential avenues of making money that are off-limits to NCAA players

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G League’s new path to the NBA intrigues coaches Doc Rivers and Billy Donovan

The NBA’s developmental league this week announced “Select Contracts” that will pay $125,000 to a small number of players who are 18 but not yet eligible to enter the NBA draft. The move will begin next summer and offer players other potential avenues of making money that are off-limits to NCAA players

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Football, NFL style, making inroads in U.K.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning had one of the worst games of his career, completing eight of 22 passes for 59 yards. Kickoffs, punts and field goals drew the loudest cheers in a country where soccer is king. Fans, unaware of the victory formation, booed when Manning took a knee for the game’s final

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Dodgers’ bullpen has been carrying less of a load, but they have been outperforming the Brewers’ relievers

Unabashed bullpenning stalwarts in October, the Milwaukee Brewers ratcheted their extremism up a notch with some gamesmanship in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday, when Wade Miley was pulled after one batter and later decla…

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1988 or 2018? Dodgers gave us a throwback to an old-school style of play in their Game 5 victory

In the eighth inning, the folks in the right-field pavilion used a cheer borrowed from the New York Yankees’ Bleacher Creatures by chanting the name of each Dodger on the field until that player recognized them with a wave. The players heard. All of them waved. It was that kind of endearing masterpiece

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Dodgers make Austin Barnes a Game 5 starter, and he starts it up nicely

Dave Roberts dispelled any uncertainty minutes before the Dodgers unveiled an atypical lineup for public consumption — and the accompanying intense scrutiny — on Wednesday morning. Austin Barnes was, indeed, his starting catcher for Game 5 of the Natio…

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Up next for the Ducks: Wednesday vs. New York Islanders

Update: Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has missed the last four games with a groin injury, but he skated in a full practice Tuesday and is poised to play. He worked on the top line between Rickard Rakell and Troy Terry. “At this time of year, it’s about not ever having setbacks, that’s the biggest

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NFL: Buccaneers fire their defensive coordinator

Riding a three-game losing streak and not showing any signs of being able to fix a porous unit that keeps undermining the team’s chances of winning, the Buccaneers dismissed the former Atlanta coach Monday after yielding 92 points in the first halves of consecutive losses to Pittsburgh, Chicago and

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What we learned in the NHL last week: Enjoy the increase in scoring because it probably won’t last

Some 7-6 and 8-5 outcomes suggested scoring is on the rise, but the uptick was typical of what happens early each season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, through the first 73 games the average number of goals scored per game was 6.22 (excluding t…

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The 5 biggest questions for the Lakers entering the 2018-19 season

The team LeBron James joined this summer is filled with second-year (Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart) and third-year (Brandon Ingram) players who will have important roles. Those young players have never had a teammate like James. And James has ne…

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NASCAR: Almirola advances in playoffs with Talladega win

The SHR Fords were untouchable all weekend. They swept qualifying, won every stage of Sunday’s race and used teamwork to pull away from the field. As the laps wound down, Kurt Busch led his three teammates in a straight line and pulled the train away from the pack, which couldn’t organize itself

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NBA preview: A look at how the Western Conference teams match up

The NBA’s defending champions added another offensive weapon in Cousins, one of the most skilled big men in the NBA. The Warriors landed him on a one-year, bargain deal as he works back from a torn Achilles tendon. If he regains form, the best team in the NBA should be even better and on their way

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NBA rules changes: What to expect for the 2018-19 season

“The rule hasn’t changed, they are just calling it more,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “So it is like anything, it’s habits. A lot of big players in the league just naturally do it, whether it is a hand on a hip. We’ve taught for years that if somebody is coming off a pick, get in front

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Here is the Dodgers’ Game 2 lineup

TOP OF EIGHTH: Xavier Cedeno now pitching. With the way the Dodgers are hitting tonight, they may as well bring in Xavier Cugat. Grandal singled to center. Pederson grounded to short, forcing Grandal at second. Joakim Soria in to pitch. Taylor singled …

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Dodgers vs. Brewers NLCS live: Clayton Kershaw vs. Gio Gonzalez in Game 1

For the first time in team history, the Los Angeles Dodgers are in the NL Championship Series for the third year in a row. This year they face the Milwaukee Brewers, who have home-field advantage thanks to having the best record in the National League….

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