1:55 AM EDT, Fri August 22, 2014

Sparks must rise above regular-season issues to beat Mercury in playoffs

The Sparks know heartbreak, and they know it at the hands of the Phoenix Mercury.

Dodgers' Stan Kasten nominates Mitch Kupchak for ice bucket challenge

On Tuesday, Stan Kasten, Dodgers president and chief executive, accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge after being nominated by the San Francisco Giants.

Slumping Angels slugger Josh Hamilton sits for second straight day

Josh Hamilton was not in the Angels lineup for a second straight game Monday night, but unlike Sunday, when the slumping slugger asked for the day off in Texas, this was Manager Mike Scioscia’s decision.

Kevin Sutherland shoots first 59 in Champions Tour history

Kevin Sutherland shot the first 59 in Champions Tour history Saturday at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

Carl Crawford reaches out to Jackie Robinson West Little League team

Carl Crawford watched them play last year, and they struck a chord. He was taken back to his own Little League playing days back in Houston.

Dodgers' pitching gets a little iffy

They were built around starting pitching. The Dodgers had all those pricey superstars in their everyday lineup, but if they were to reach baseball's Valhalla it would be behind their rotation.
Los Angeles Times Aug 15, 2014

Angels hold on for win over Texas Rangers, 5-4

Kole Calhoun had a tiebreaking, three-run homer among his three hits and Garrett Richards worked into the eighth inning for his 13th victory as the Angels held on to beat the Texas Rangers, 5-4, on Friday night.
Los Angeles Times Aug 15, 2014

Brittany Lincicome surges into LPGA Championship lead

Brittany Lincicome opened a three-stroke lead Friday in the wind-swept LPGA Championship, the tour's fourth major championship of the season.
Los Angeles Times Aug 15, 2014

Jimmie Johnson: Tony Stewart incident 'completely an accident'

Jimmie Johnson said Friday that he believes the fatal incident involving fellow NASCAR driver Tony Stewart "was completely an accident."
Los Angeles Times Aug 15, 2014

'No final decision' from Donald Sterling on state Supreme Court appeal

Donald Sterling hasn’t ruled out appealing the sale of the Clippers to the state Supreme Court.
Los Angeles Times Aug 14, 2014

Tony Stewart to skip second NASCAR race since Kevin Ward Jr.'s death

Hours after funeral services were held for Kevin Ward Jr., the 20-year-old driver struck and killed during a race by Tony Stewart's car, Stewart's team said the former NASCAR champion would skip his second consecutive NASCAR race this weekend.
Los Angeles Times Aug 14, 2014

Pirates get reliever John Axford from Indians in waiver deal

Cleveland Indians right-hander John Axford was traded to Pittsburgh on Thursday in a waiver deal as the Pirates look for help for their bullpen.
Los Angeles Times Aug 14, 2014

Carson Palmer hopes late run was no mirage

They are two old cowboys riding off into the sunset together. That's how Arizona Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians describes his working relationship with 34-year-old quarterback Carson Palmer.

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