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Angels' Andrelton Simmons enjoys confidence at the plate

A year ago this week, Andrelton Simmons returned after missing more than a month because of a torn thumb ligament, the same injury to blame for center fielder Mike Trout’s continued absence. Simmons returned with a batting average in the low-.200s and fragile confidence. Both only worsened in his...
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On its 70th Independence Day, Israel frets about whether allies are doing enough to counter Iran
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0200
As Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independence this week, its leaders were voicing concern that the United States — which has always been its most important ally — was doing too little about what they view as a growing threat from Iran....
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The insanity of covering a $50,000 knee operation but not a relatively cheap injection
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0200
Why give someone with bum knees a once-a-year injection costing as little as a few hundred bucks when you can instead make them undergo complicated knee-replacement surgery costing tens of thousands of dollars? That, in a nutshell, is one reason the U.S....
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Trump sex scandals turn a harsh spotlight on this Beverly Hills lawyer
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0200
Most Beverly Hills lawyers are seldom accused of extortion. For Keith M. Davidson, however, it’s not so rare: He is fighting three civil suits by television personalities alleging extortion. Davidson is the attorney who negotiated payments to porn star...
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Brooklyn's Sunset Park, built and rebuilt by immigrants, sees change once again
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0200
Down at the water’s edge in southwestern Brooklyn, in a refurbished industrial building, lines spilled out the doorways of eateries peddling $7 avocado toast and $12 pulled pork sandwiches. On this cold winter’s day, families lunched at tables inside...
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Red Sox continue torrid hitting against Angels and complete three-game sweep
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:15:00 +0200
The Angels’ best day at the ballpark this week came when it was so cold that the infield frosted over and the game wasn’t even played. That was Sunday, back in 18-degree-wind-chilled Kansas City, the last place where this team appeared to feel comfortable,...
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NBA playoffs: 76ers roll as Embiid dazzles in his debut; Warriors, Pelicans go up 3-0
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:35:00 +0200
A masked Joel Embiid scored 23 points in his postseason debut, Marco Belinelli and Dario Saric each added 21 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Miami Heat 128-108 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Ben...
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MLB: Reds fire Price as manager after 3-15 start
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:10:00 +0200
The Cincinnati Reds fired fifth-year manager Bryan Price on Thursday because of a 3-15 start, the first managerial change in the major leagues this season. The Reds hadn’t changed managers so early in a season since Tony Perez was fired after 44 games...
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Golf: Crowd favorite takes early lead at L.A. Open
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:40:00 +0200
Inbee Park’s flirtation with retirement is in the rear-view mirror. Backed by a large contingent of South Korean fans, Park shot a five-under 66 for a one-shot lead Thursday in the opening round of the HUGEL-JTBC L.A. Open in the LPGA Tour’s return...
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All the calculations point to a lot of air time for the Rams and a lot of time in the air for Chargers
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:45:00 +0200
The Chargers are all over the map. The Rams are finally on the map. Coming off their first playoff appearance in 13 years, the Rams will get their turn in the spotlight this season with some high-profile games, including hosting the first Thursday night...
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NHL playoffs: Bruins beat Maple Leafs 3-1 in Game 4
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:25:00 +0200
Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Tuukka Rask made 31 saves as the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Thursday night to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk also...
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It's time for the Lakers to make a big move — for Kawhi Leonard
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:15:00 +0200
The action is bonkers, the drama is breathtaking, the nightly spectacle is the most magical stretch in sports. It’s the King versus mortality, the Beard versus doubt, the Dubs versus the world. Yet one of most intriguing subplots of these NBA playoffs...
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NBA playoffs: 76ers take series lead in Embiid's postseason debut
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:10:00 +0200
A masked Joel Embiid scored 23 points in his postseason debut, Marco Belinelli and Dario Saric each added 21 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Miami Heat 128-108 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Ben...
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Mike Scioscia won't blame sudden downtime for Angels' woes
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:55:00 +0200
They were playing with the unrestrained joy of children, these grown men frolicking among the flurries in Kansas City, all but making actual snow Angels. Then they returned home to discover a real chill. In dropping the first two games to Boston by a...
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Chargers open the 2018 NFL season at home against Kansas City
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:55:00 +0200
The NFL’s schedule makers did the Chargers an enormous favor in 2017, giving them three home games in the first four weeks of their inaugural season in Los Angeles. The Chargers responded by losing each of those games. This year, the NFL wasn’t quite...
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The more humans spread, the smaller other mammals get. Elephants, rhinos and hippos had better watch out
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:30:00 +0200
Thirteen thousand years ago Southern California was crawling with enormous mammals — all of which are extinct today. There were massive mammoths three times bigger than modern-day elephants, giant ground sloths up to 20 feet in length, and strange,...
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