MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams weathered a barrage of big serves and heavy groundstrokes in the first set before beating 19-year-old Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2 to set up an Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova.
SALT LAKE CITY – On a night where nothing seemed easy on offense, the Clippers needed to find another way to win.
Weeks ago, they wouldn’t have been able to do it.
If Anderson Silva isn’t the most accomplished fighter in MMA, then he’s right near the top of the list.
He made 10 successful title defenses of his UFC middleweight title and won 16 consecutive fights at one point.
The Angels signed David Freese to a one-year deal for $6.425 million on Wednesdsay, avoiding arbitration with their third baseman.
The settlement was reached at a figure exactly midway between the $7.6 million Freese requested and the $5.25 million...
INGLEWOOD – Inglewood city officials said Tuesday that they expect an initiative asking voters to approve plans for a $2 billion, 80,000-seat NFL-ready stadium at Hollywood Park to be on the ballot in time for a June 16 election.
LOS ANGELES – Anyone with plans after about 8:30 p.m. was safe. The Lakers were somehow cruising behind a new-look lineup of Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington.
No Kobe Bryant.
EL SEGUNDO – The Kings now hope to go onward (from Mike Richards) and upward (in the standings). The Kings, winners of the Stanley Cup twice in the past three years, are out of a playoff spot with 35 games left in the regular season.
Kings center Mike Richards passed through NHL waivers unclaimed Tuesday morning, as expected, which now gives the Kings the ability to assign Richards to their AHL affiliate.
Richards, 29, is a 10-year NHL veteran and a two-time Stanley Cup champion...
The Angels have decided not to bring highly touted Cuban shortstop Roberto Baldoquin to major league spring training, reversing what had been their stated plan since they agreed in November to sign him to an $8 million deal.
LOS ANGELES – Clippers coach Doc Rivers will make the calls. And the Clippers’ PR staff will put together the numbers and print the flyers touting his accomplishments this year.
LOS ANGELES – Pau Gasol knows he needs to stay focused Thursday night at Staples Center. His mind has to stay on the task in front of him and not what he left behind.
LOS ANGELES – When he arrived at The Sagemont School in Weston, Fla., two Augusts ago, Gyorgy Goloman couldn’t have weighed more than 180 pounds soaking wet. He was a lanky marvel – 6-foot-10 with long, twig-like arms and skinny legs.
EL SEGUNDO – Kobe Bryant is expected to be ready for the start of next season after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a torn right rotator cuff.
Each of Bryant’s past three seasons has now been ended by injury, muddling the 36-year-old...
EL SEGUNDO – Kobe Bryant will miss the remainder of his 19th season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff Wednesday morning, the Lakers announced.
According to the team, Bryant will miss approximately nine months, a longer...
LOS ANGELES – He jogged in a few minutes after stretches began, taking his place at the baseline, next to a row of sniggering teammates, all of them grinning as the ailing junior center made his dramatic, fashionably late entrance.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Frederik Andersen stopped 17 shots for his third shutout of the season and Matt Beleskey and Kyle Palmieri supported him with goals Tuesday as the Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, for their sixth straight win.
PHOENIX – It wasn’t the radio guy who had no apparent shame – or any pants – but was wearing a wooden barrel.
It wasn’t the reporter who had outfitted his body with five GoPro cameras, including one mounted on his football helmet.
The Angels added right-hander Frank Herrmann, who appeared in parts of three seasons with the Cleveland Indians, to their spring training roster on Tuesday. Herrmann signed a minor league deal.
PHOENIX – The football world is now descending upon this beautiful desert jewel, giddily anticipating the pageantry leading to the arrival of Sunday’s opening kickoff, secure in the knowledge that years have passed since anyone here has been...
LOS ANGELES – The percentages – at least not recently – weren’t in his favor.
But with Jamal Crawford, you can’t pay much attention to the percentages.
“I don’t get into percentages,” he said.
SAN JOSE – Possession, possession, possession.
In their two decades-plus as a playoff team and occasional Stanley Cup contender and winner, the Detroit Red Wings have always been about keeping the puck as much as possible.
PHOENIX – Here it is, another Super Bowl, more talk about the Inland Empire.
Bobby Wagner, for the second consecutive year, is proudly representing his hometown on the biggest sports stage in America.
ANAHEIM The final buzzer is about to sound for the Honda Center’s aging scoreboard. Beginning next season, in September, high-definition images and sound will blare from giant video screens on a new display board that will tally goals scored by the...
PHOENIX – He entered high school in northern California at 5-foot-2.
The first time his name appeared on a varsity football roster at Woodside High, he was listed at 5-6, 140 pounds.
LOS ANGELES – If USC really has improved, as Trojans players and coaches insist, that improvement will reveal itself against Colorado on Thursday.
The Buffaloes are the first team the Trojans will facefor a second time.
The in-house DJ at Staples Center has been trying to start a tradition in which Clippers fans stay on their feet until the team’s first score. It’s been met with mild enthusiasm.
Touring the sports world, here and there … Tom Brady will be MVP. Halftime performer Katy Perry will wear pants. And the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach will be orange.
EL SEGUNDO – It was a bold move, one that worked, at least until it didn’t. The Kings traded for Mike Richards in 2011. The next three years brought two Stanley Cup championships and a mountain of consternation.