Cody Kessler showed more trust in his skill players, and it resulted in a record-setting effort, Arash Markazi writes.
With a Stanley Cup ceremony to celebrate unrivaled recent success, the Kings reminded the town why they stand alone among L.A. sports teams, Arash Markazi writes.
The Angels have plenty of big contracts, but their glue guys keep them together.
The Los Angeles Clippers are a team that fans can be proud of now under the ownership of Steve Ballmer, whose energy and brashness are the foundation of the franchise's rebirth.
The Clippers have reason to celebrate their biggest win with Steve Ballmer in and Donald Sterling out.
Two months before training camp, in a courtroom two miles from Staples Center, the Los Angeles Clippers enjoyed their biggest win when a judge ruled the sale of the team can proceed.
Under Jim Mora's tutelage, UCLA has bigger things in mind than just being the best college football team in L.A.
Steve Sarkisian is certainly influenced by Pete Carroll, but he'll do things his way at USC.
The Los Angeles Kings' parade and rally may be signs of more titles to come, writes Arash Markazi.
Marian Gaborik proved to be a perfect fit for the Kings on their Cup run, writes Arash Markazi.
After years of suffering, two Cups in three years won't be taken for granted by Kings fans, Arash Markazi writes.
The Los Angeles Kings gravitate toward 37-year-old defenseman Willie Mitchell after he missed last season with a career-threatening knee injury.
The Kings have shown they continue to make all the right moves for a Cup run.
The Kings are finally the favorites in a series, and luckily, got comfortable just in time.
The Kings couldn't close out the Hawks and will need another Game 7 win.
After the Los Angeles Kings hugged the Stanley Cup in 2012, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 stung. L.A. wants to return the favor.
Under the tutelage of coach Darryl Sutter, the Los Angeles Kings remain even-keeled to overcome adversities, no matter how dire they might appear.
Doc Rivers finally was able to exhale after the Clippers' Game 7 win.
All of Donald Sterling's sins, which the Clippers franchise tried to forget, came flooding back in the wake of the TMZ report.
DeAndre Jordan has been a mainstay for the Clippers this season.
Stan Kroenke's purchase of land in L.A. could be a first step to move the Rams back.
Los Angeles has come a long way to embrace hockey since Wayne Gretzky's arrival.
USC's Las Vegas Bowl win capped a turbulent 2013 season that featured three coaching changes.
UCLA's latest win over USC is tangible evidence that change is occurring.
The Clippers are moving in the right direction thanks to new additions J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley.
With its loss to ASU, UCLA took another step back, but Jim Mora is confident his team will grow from the fight it showed.
After an upset Stanford, Ed Orgeron is the only choice to coach USC.
'Basketball reasons' prevented Paul and Howard from teaming up in L.A.
While not earning rivalry status yet, the Clippers and Warriors are headed there.
Despite back-to-back losses, the arrow is pointing upward for UCLA.
Mistakes vs. Notre Dame confirm Ed Orgeron not the long-term solution.
Twenty-five years later, Kirk Gibson's dramatic World Series homer endures.
Ed Orgeron has brought the fun back to USC and it shows on the field.
Pat Haden's decision to fire Lane Kiffin wasn't a hasty reaction to one game.
As USC athletic director Pat Haden has learned, things don't always go the way you plan them, and desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures.
Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast has simplified USC's attack.
UCLA's emotional win over Nebraska was dedicated to its fallen teammate.
After its loss to Washington State, it's clear USC is a team without a QB.
USC coach Lane Kiffin's handling of the QB situation has been a misstep.
Despite winning its season opener, USC's QB situation remains unresolved.
USC AD Pat Haden believes the Trojans have the football coach they need in Lane Kiffin.
USC quarterback candidates bring different strengths to the competition.
Expect the Lakers to surprise a lot of people and be better this year than last.
The Dodgers' turnaround is not being fueled by one star, but by a collection of players finally playing as one.
Lane Kiffin knows that on-field results are really all that matter for his future.
With Dwight Howard leaving, the Clippers are on the rise in this Lakers town
It should have been clear Dwight Howard was never the right fit for the Lakers.
Yasiel Puig completed an All-Star caliber month. But will it actually get him to the All-Star Game?
Acquiring head coach Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics will forever change the Los Angeles Clippers' image from cheap to contender.
The Kings' first home playoff loss this season has them in a hole against the Hawks.
The Kings can't explain it, but they used home magic to beat the Hawks in Game 3 and get back into the series.
The Kings realize they must win Tuesday's Game 3 and find a way to overcome their road slump in order to have a realistic chance of winning this series.
If the Kings are to repeat, they'll need to fix their road issues.
After being road warriors in the 2012 playoffs, the Kings are showing the same ferocity on home ice in 2013.
Expectations seemed to finally catch up with Vinny Del Negro, who was fired by the Clippers.
Comforts of home seem to suit the Kings during their 2013 playoff run.
Jonathan Quick shut out the Sharks in Game 1, but he already has moved on.
The Kings leave last year behind and show they have plenty this year too.
Depth was supposed to be key for the Los Angeles Clippers. So with Blake Griffin hobbled, who else is going to step up besides Chris Paul?
It was business as usual Monday for Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who played like the Sixth Man of the Year (even though he wasn't).
The Clippers have continued to grow, and their Game 1 win over Memphis shows it.
As it stands right now, the Clippers are too immature to win. To be contenders, they need to take responsibility.
With home court on line, Clips must treat the final 15 games like the postseason.
Clippers need to find intensity
With Tim Leiweke out, it will not be up to Philip Anschutz to set the tone for the return of football to L.A.
Clippers' best move would be no moves at the trade deadline
Chris Paul's non-trade to the Lakers has changed the L.A. basketball landscape.
Clippers find a different scene on the 2013 Grammys trip
With Paul and Billups back, the Clippers feel good about closing things out.
Clippers let loose against Trail Blazers while ending four-game slide.
The Clippers lost to the Thunder, showing they still have a ways to go.
For the Los Angeles Clippers, it's always a must-win game against the Los Angeles Lakers ... and they certainly played like it Friday.
Unlike other years in franchise history, this one came with pressure to win.
The tight-knit Clippers continue to roll along after their 14th straight win.
David Beckham's time in MLS will be measured in many ways beyond trophies.
Do the USC Trojans deserve better than Kiffin?
Head coach has been a distraction during Trojans' difficult season.
In the here and now, it's clear the Los Angeles Clippers are the best team in the city, regardless of the Lakers' past success.
The Lakers need to bring Phil Jackson back -- now.
After a wild loss to Oregon, USC's season is getting increasingly troublesome.
In his first full season in Los Angeles, the Clippers are very much Chris Paul's team.
Since the Chris Paul trade things are different in Los Angeles.
By adding Dwight Howard, the Lakers are suddenly the team to beat once again.
The Kings celebrated their first Stanley Cup in style with a packed house full of fans.
The Kings' first Cup was a long time coming and built on the work of so many.
Game 4 loss is disappointing for Kings, but they've proven well at bouncing back.
With these four guys, it's no wonder the Kings are a win away from the Cup.
They may have a lot to learn, but the Clippers overachieved this season.
However the Clippers finish, this season's a success thanks to CP3.
Clippers' collapse proves there's no rushing the growth process.
With Chris Paul and Blake Griffin ailing, it all turns very serious for Clippers.
The Clippers matched toughness with the Grizzlies, and it paid off in a thrilling win.
The Kings' failures in seasons past have helped fuel their remarkable playoff run.
Caron Butler's grit sets the tone for the Clippers' Game 3 win.
Ebanks and Hill are on a long list of L.A.'s surprising playoff contributors.
The Clippers hope to speed the process and make some noise in the playoffs.
Kings do a good job of changing the hockey culture in L.A.
Kobe Bryant didn't miss a step the game after a difficult shooting night.
There's just something not right about seeing Derek Fisher in an OKC uniform.
A promising season fades as the Clippers go through growing pains.
Chris Paul and his mask can't reverse the Clippers' losing ways.
Suddenly, the hottest team in L.A. is beginning to fizzle down the stretch.
Chris Paul won't soon forget what he calls the 'worst play' of his career.
Kobe Bryant's place atop the Lakers' history books is inevitable.
The Clippers shine in what could be the beginning of a rivalry with the Thunder.
The Clippers are fun and exciting, but it's clear they're still not quite there yet.
After a last-second loss to Minnesota, the Clippers react differently than before.
Galaxy no longer trying to change the world, but instead make the world notice.
A roster full of point guards helps the Clippers overcome an absent Chris Paul.
For the Clippers, talk of conference finals, and more, isn't out of the question.
After beating the Lakers, the Clippers are putting L.A. and the league on notice.
The Clippers are growing up early, beating the team to beat in the Heat.
In his first game for the Clippers, Reggie Evans seems to be what they need.
Whatever they're called, the Clippers are "tops" in town ... and the Pacific Division.
Joe Torre is the perfect candidate to be the Dodgers' owner.
The Clippers are starting to realize that becoming a team is a journey.
If anything, this season for the Lakers figures to be a lot of living and learning.
USC fans are happy Matt Barkley is returning, but he made his coach sweat.
The Clippers are hot, the Lakers are a mess. The script has flipped in L.A.
With Pujols and Wilson headed to L.A., the city focused on the CP3.
Orlando's Dwight Howard could fit in L.A., and L.A. could fit him.
Will the lure of a national title run be enough to pull Matt Barkley back to USC?
USC-UCLA is the only rivalry between two major schools in the same city.
If this was indeed David Beckham's final game in L.A., he went out in style.
UCLA looked confused and uninspired on its temporary home court, and it showed.
Slow-growing MLS rises a little higher and is actually beginning to thrive here.
David Beckham doesn't know what's next, but he's enjoying the moment.
At least for one night, the storm clouds around USC clear out for a while.
There are many holes in the City of Industry's NFL stadium plan.
Undrafted receiver Walters has done all he can to make the Chargers' roster.
Qualcomm Stadium is a relic and it's likely San Diego will not build a new one.
NFL's two temporary options in L.A. are the Coliseum and Rose Bowl.
The Chargers are doing their due diligence and weighing their options.
Group of die-hard fans wants to put the Los Angeles back into the Rams.
With the NFL lockout settled, it's time for L.A. groups to push hard again.
With the NFL lockout out of the way, let's focus on L.A. for a little bit.
Deacon Jones offers his opinions on the NFL's possible return to Los Angeles.
The ballpark at Chavez Ravine feels empty but so many memories remain.
The BCS football may be returned, but the Trojans know who won in 2004.
Shaq's unceremonious exit from L.A. will fade into the good memories over time.
By NCAA logic, USC should keep BCS trophy that is displayed in Heritage Hall
The Lakers' best offseason acquisitions might be rest and motivation.
Brian Shaw overcame tragedy to become the Lakers' heir apparent.
Shane Mosley's defeat signifies an end of an era in L.A. boxing.
Freddie Roach and Naazim Richardson have more in common than most
The Lakers had bouts of inconsistency before Games 1 and 2 against the Mavs.
Gasol and Bynum answer the challenge from the Hornets' Okafor and Landry.
Bryant's rolled ankle is a reminder that anything can happen in the playoffs.
Andrew Bynum's knee brace should get early MVP nod in playoffs.
To say Frank McCourt only hurt the team during his tenure would be shortsighted.
Pau Gasol didn't back down against the Hornets, but he didn't step up, either.
After their Game 1 win over the Lakers, the Hornets confidence is growing.
Laker Matt Barnes' special playoffs haircut is a tribute to his mother.
As the NBA's big-city franchises snatch up stars, OKC shoots for them
After losing their second game since the All-Star break, the Lakers aren't worried.
It's confirmed: Honda Center in Anaheim is a good venue for topflight hoops.
The Heat struggled mightily against elite NBA teams. Well, except the Lakers.
Ron Artest tells it like it is after his latest defensive domination against OKC.
Once again, Kobe Bryant fights through an injury to flatten an opponent.
An angry Kobe Bryant motivated the Lakers to beat the Blazers in Portland.
Lakers answer Kobe Bryant's 'roll call' in a decisive win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Blake Griffin didn't need the spotlight during the All-Star Game on Sunday.
Blake Griffin tried to pace himself as best he could to start a busy All-Star weekend.
Legends and lore helped shape Los Angeles into hoops heaven.
Shedding light on questions surrounding the NFL's possible return to L.A.
Casey Wasserman, the grandson of Hollywood mogul Lew Wasserman, might be the right man at the right time to own an NFL team in Los Angeles.
Competing NFL proposals pit familiar adversaries against each other in L.A.
Blake Griffin has all the star power of the league's elite and deserves recognition.
Without any help, Kobe Bryant didn't have a choice but to score 41 points.
Why is there no NFL team in Los Angeles, the country's second-largest market? It's a study of power brokers and bureaucratic morass stretching over 16 years.
One year after Carroll's departure, how does USC remember him now?
The Lakers had a rough December but the month ahead could be tougher.
After losing to Miami, the Kobe Bryant challenges his team to be professional.
Jackson has hinted at retirement after this season, but could he coach in Miami?
Trojans look toward future, NCAA appeal after season in limbo.
USC-UCLA rivalry is a family matter for the McDonald brothers.
USC is at a loss when trying to explain its inability to win in Oregon.
Oakland Raiders' resurgence is a team effort.
Shannon Brown and Lamar Odom have reinvented themselves for the Lakers.
Baron Davis may still be the key to the Clippers' fortunes.
Andrew Bynum should make sure to take his time and be healthy for Lakers.
Cain Velasquez's dominance in UFC 121 opens doors for the fighter and the sport.
The journey of Mike Williams is an examiniation of an athlete and the mind.
Taylor Mays is making things happen fast as a starter for the 49ers.
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was a keeper from start and is getting better.
Manny Ramirez's recent struggles have relegated him to a catchphrase.
Mosley, Mora draw fire for their draw at Staples, and rightfully so.
Pete Carroll's return to the NFL was an enthusiastic and victorious one.
Lane Kiffin refuses to take no for an answer
Not even Torii Hunter seems to have the belief that things will change.
Rays manager Joe Maddon learned under Mike Scioscia and is true to his roots.
Scott Kazmir is quietly turning around a rough season but needs some help.
It took some time, but Dan Haren finally gets a victory as an Angel.
No GM has been better at creating championships than Mitch Kupchak.
Chad Billingsley keeps the enthusiasm bottled up after quality effort.
The Dodgers would be best served if Joe Torre pulls a Phil Jackson.
Pat Haden is the perfect choice for AD as USC tries to move past the penalties.
Chris Bosh is clearly enjoying his newfound attention he lacked in Toronto.
The sometimes frustrating Fisher deserves to finish his career as a Laker.
If the Clippers want to sign LeBron, they need to court his friends as much as him.
In the end, Phil Jackson didn't really have any other choice but to stay.
Vladimir Guerrero's return to Angel Stadium is met with a deserved ovation.
Classy Clayton Kershaw shows poise despite the Dodgers' collapse
The Ducks' 29th pick grew up 20 minutes from the Honda Center
When the Lakers needed calm, unpredictable Ron Artest led the way.
After sitting in 2008, Andrew Bynum will do anything to play in 2010.
Lakers vs. Celtics in Game 7 of the Finals. Does it get any better than this?
Lamar Odom and Ron Artest are becoming liabilities for the Lakers.
Lakers show a narrow focus as Celtics reserves do a number on them.
Ron Artest isn't getting the credit he deserves for stopping Paul Pierce.
Lamar Odom proves once again that as he goes, so do the Lakers.
There's one surefire way for the Lakers to keep Phil Jackson in town ... just win.
Quite simply, the Lakers have wrapped up this NBA Finals series after one game.
Derek Fisher often has to defend himself, but when the playoffs arrive so does he.
All the time the Lakers spent shaking the "soft" label came crashing down.
The Game 3 loss to the Suns may be just what the Lakers needed.
Forget the Lakers you thought you knew; this is a different team.
Kobe-LeBron in the NBA Finals just doesn't seem to be in the cards.
For all the talk about sweeping, beating a team without losing is rare in L.A.
Jazz guard Kyle Korver has a career night, yet his team still loses.
The Jazz's Wesley Matthews barely remembers father and Lakers player Wes
The Jazz have dropped 16 straight to the Lakers, with no signs of change.
The Jazz did not learn last year's lesson in toughness after losing Game 1.
Shane Mosley knew what to do against Floyd Mayweather but just couldn't.
Westbrook, the Oklahoma City point man, plays with memory of a fallen friend.
Kevin Durant didn't need convincing to believe Kobe Bryant is still a force.
L.A. was unprepared to accept defeat, convinced they would win series.
Youthful Kings were exposed in Game 5 and shows how far they have to come.
The Kings' veteran players are not at all surprised they are in a tight series.
The Thunder's defensive effort was not enough as they head home winless.
Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson have been masterful on Kings' power plays.
After Terry Murray shakes up the lineup, the Kings figure it out and win.
There's no separating the Sedin twins, who continue raising their games.
Despite Game 1 loss, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick seems back on his game.
The Kings' youngsters finally get a crack at the playoffs with veterans in tow.
Clayton Kershaw is hard on himself after the Dodgers' home-opening win.
The Lakers' inability to mesh does not bode well for a repeat championship.
How the Lakers match up against the Trail Blazers (no curses involved).
Kobe Bryant's new contract probably means he'll play his career in one city.
If it wasn't already clear, the idea of a deep Lakers bench is a myth.
Kobe Bryant shows he's slap-happy as everything goes wrong for the Lakers.
Ron Artest sets the tone on defense and the Lakers follow right along.
Joe Montana is a fan of the next Montanas, his sons Nate and Nick.
Wesley Korir's marathon win was a world away from his humble beginnings.
There's probably never a good time for a strike. This one qualifies for MLS.
Pac-10 saves its best for last as Washington and Cal put on a show.
UCLA's Michael Roll did everything he could, but Cal's seniors were better.
The return of Reeves Nelson for UCLA was certainly a sight for sore eyes.
The Pac-10's worst showing in recent memory makes it hard to get excited.
CSUN's Michael Lizarraga is the only deaf player in D-I and an inspiration.
With six rosters in two years, Drew Gooden is a true NBA journeyman.
Ron Artest's defense makes all the difference in the Lakers' big games.
It's about time the distracted Lakers simply stop going through the motions.
With Kobe Bryant back, the other Lakers must adjust their roles accordingly.
The NBA regular season is a marathon for the players and coaches.
Clippers' latest moves give LeBron James something to think about.
Chris Kaman's first All-Star Game didn't come without sacrifice.
Brent Barry said it was a little bit 'strange' to relive his days as a Clipper.
It wasn't Eric Gordon's night, but he promised to enjoy his All-Star stay.
Lakers and Clippers All-Star Game trivia
The Kings made the right decision by not chasing winger Ilya Kovalchuk.
No matter what Phil Jackson does, Pat Riley is still the greatest Lakers coach.
The Lakers need the Ron Artest who showed up in Boston.
The Kings are finally understanding what it takes to win and reach the playoffs.
U.S. soccer player Jonathan Bornstein endures as a hero in Honduras.
USC self-imposes sanctions while Tim Floyd lobs complaints from far away.
John Mammoser, a 50-year-old comedy writer in Los Angeles, founded the Los Angeles Bills Backers in 1989.
Kobe Bryant says he finds inspiration off the court in soccer and martial arts
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez looks forward to the AFC championship.
A difficult season and history doesn't sway the Clippers' sense of calm.
Lane Kiffin certainly looks presidential, but we know who's running the show
Former USC players are more than thrilled by the hiring of Kiffin.
Pete Carroll won't enjoy the same popularity in Seattle he had in L.A.
Nothing but whispers and 'no comments' on USC campus, Arash Markazi writes.
Watching the BCS title game from the sideline was not Colt McCoy's plan.
Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy has California and Texas roots.
A heavily-sanctioned USC team plans to make the most of a bad situation.
Mike Garrett needs to answer questions about USC's self-imposed sanctions.
The Ohio State Buckeyes' Rose Bowl victory is a win for the Big Ten.
USC men's basketball coach O'Neill talks about a national championship.
Our guy takes Terrelle Pryor's seat at the annual Beef Bowl supper in Pasadena.
USC RB Joe McKnight's inactivity no surprise to a program under scrutiny.
The only ones holding a grudge are those who can't forgive Shaq for leaving.
Five things that went wrong in USC's disappointing football season.