Whicker: Trojans might be settling in for the season they visualized

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Whicker: Trojans might be settling in for the season they visualized
LOS ANGELES — De’Anthony Melton is not forgotten. He’s not gone either. The day USC announced Melton would be suspended for the whole season, he told Coach Andy Enfield he had an appointment but would be at practice as soon as he could get there. His absence would have been excused  by Enfield, but Melton […]
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Whicker: Ducks’ defense calms a wild night at Staples

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Whicker: Ducks’ defense calms a wild night at Staples
LOS ANGELES — Saturday night was fevered. Jonathan Quick played on a sub-Olympian level. Corey Perry somehow wheeled around to fire a puck from his own right circle to the faraway empty net. Those are extenuating circumstances, ones that can’t escape a team hungering for points and position. The Ducks won, 4-2, then wasted no […]
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Whicker: Goff couldn’t beat Atlanta from the sideline

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Whicker: Goff couldn’t beat Atlanta from the sideline
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, right, with quarterback Jared Goff (16) look on as a play is reviewed in the first half of a Wild Card NFL football playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 06, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena […]
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Whicker: Deep questions for a shallow UCLA team

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Whicker: Deep questions for a shallow UCLA team
LOS ANGELES — They used a Star Wars motif for this one, with the cheerleaders wielding lightsabers and with costumes all around. Right time, wrong team. UCLA was playing someone entirely too earthy. Related Articles Turnovers punish UCLA basketball in loss to Cincinnati Cincinnati’s “grown men,” as UCLA coach Steve Alford called them, don’t play […]
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Whicker: Lakers fall victim to Joel Embiid’s history lesson

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Whicker: Lakers fall victim to Joel Embiid’s history lesson
LOS ANGELES — It rhymes with indeed, or friend in need. The NBA has enough under-25 stars to fill up several red carpets. Maybe the league can loan Joel Embiid to the NFL, or some other distressed business that seeks a savior. On Wednesday night, in a building that has celebrated two NBA championships, two […]
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Whicker: With nine innings on his mind, Roy Halladay was the last of his kind

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Whicker: With nine innings on his mind, Roy Halladay was the last of his kind
Occasionally the manager will call a team meeting. Bad words will fly, feet will stomp, bile will be purged. When the Toronto Blue Jays needed a team meeting, there was always an obvious day. “You called it when Doc was getting ready to pitch,” Marty Pevey said. “That way, you could look pretty good.” Doc […]
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Whicker: Alex Wood turns a red-letter day Dodger blue

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Whicker: Alex Wood turns a red-letter day Dodger blue
HOUSTON — His parents got engaged on Oct. 28. His fiancee Suze was born on Oct. 28. His friend Chance Veazey, his roommate at Georgia who was supposed to walk on baseball fields with him forever, lost those dreams on Oct. 28, eight years ago. Alex Wood woke up Saturday with the date imprinted deep […]
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Whicker: Yasiel Puig goes from outcast to centerpiece in Dodgers’ room

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Whicker: Yasiel Puig goes from outcast to centerpiece in Dodgers’ room
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig watches his solo home run in the sixth inning of a National League Championship Series baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, right, watches his home run against the […]
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Whicker: Yu Darvish makes Diamondbacks look bad, Dodgers smart

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Whicker: Yu Darvish makes Diamondbacks look bad, Dodgers smart
PHOENIX — Back when they were going through the September shakes, and back when Arizona was using the Dodgers like a bucket of practice balls, Yasmani Grandal advised strongly against panic. “This is good,” Grandal said. “We’re getting more and more information.” The season played out, Arizona’s six-game late-season win streak over the Dodgers was […]
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Whicker: Dodgers limit Arizona traffic, rush to the NLCS

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Whicker: Dodgers limit Arizona traffic, rush to the NLCS
PHOENIX — Long after dozens of die-easy fans had walked up the aisles and toward the parking garages, Paul Goldschmidt had the tying run in his bat. It was the one confrontational moment of this Division Series. The Dodgers led by two with Kenley Jansen on the mound. The best reliever in the National League […]
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Whicker: Dodgers dodge the Death Ray (for now)

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Whicker: Dodgers dodge the Death Ray (for now)
LOS ANGELES — Robbie Ray had hooked the Dodgers to his joystick and pulled them wherever he wanted. Then the Arizona Diamondbacks asked Ray to try something different when the National League Division Series came around. They changed the settings a bit. And he lost. That was different. There was a bus outside Dodger Stadium […]
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Whicker: Dodgers had a right to party after 5th consecutive NL West title

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Whicker: Dodgers had a right to party after 5th consecutive NL West title
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Charlie Culberson, left, has beer poured on him by Josh Fields in the locker room after the Dodgers won the NL West title with a 4-2 defeat of the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig […]
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Whicker: Dodgers hope their playoff path avoids Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray

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Whicker: Dodgers hope their playoff path avoids Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray
SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers had no way of knowing they were in Robbie Ray’s sights. He didn’t know either. He was just trying to re-learn a curveball, which is a little different from riding a bicycle. Every other day last winter, in 50-pitch sessions, Ray tried to turn an unnatural pitch into second nature. […]
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