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California's bail system punishes the poor, and it's time for the government to do something about it

It’s a recurring nightmare: You get busted, perhaps for drunk driving and causing an injury accident, or maybe on a bum rap. You’re jailed and can’t make bail. You’re shoved behind bars with a scummy cellmate. You can’t go to work. Bills go unpaid. And you don’t have any mobility to plan your defense....

Lakers' Ivica Zubac is effective as well as a 'bit tired'

Unlike the last two Lakers games in which he played, Ivica Zubac got meaningful minutes with the Lakers on Sunday. That was part of a plan.  “We’ve been talking as a staff to try and find some way to get Zu some minutes,” Lakers Coach Luke Walton said. “We feel like he’s earned them. He’s been...

NFL's final four get offensive to win playoff games

The Denver Broncos made their case last season that it takes a great defense to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. This season’s four remaining teams — New England, Pittsburgh, Green Bay and Atlanta — are proof that the Super Bowl pendulum tends to swing. While each of those teams has had its moments defensively,...

Ducks drop another game in overtime, 2-1 to the Blues

Patrik Berglund's second goal of the game, 51 seconds into overtime, lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night at Honda Center.  Carter Hutton stopped 22 shots for his second win in two nights for the Blues. Hutton made back-to-back starts for the first...

Head of Samsung Electronics charged in South Korean political scandal

South Korean prosecutors on Monday issued a warrant for the arrest of the Samsung group’s de facto leader — one of the nation’s wealthiest and most-powerful executives — in a bribery case related to last month's impeachment of the country’s president. Investigators allege that Lee Jae-yong, vice...

Lakers battle to the end but fall to the Pistons, 102-97

After two consecutive blowout losses, the Lakers were more competitive. Still, they fell to the Detroit Pistons, 102-97, and the Lakers’ record sank to 15-30 while the Pistons improved to 19-24. Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris led the Pistons with 23 points each while Andre Drummond had 17 rebounds....

Kings will honor Willie O'Ree, hockey pioneer and ambassador for NHL's diversity program

The first time Jordan Samuels-Thomas met Willie O’Ree, he really didn’t need an introduction. “I knew exactly who he was. I’ve known who he was since I started playing hockey,” said Samuel-Thomas, a forward with the San Diego Gulls, the Ducks’ American Hockey League affiliate. O’Ree became the...

USC has to rally (again) before beating Colorado, 71-68

Chimezie Metu scored a career-high 24 points, including a go-ahead hook shot with 29 seconds left, and No. 25 USC held off slumping Colorado, 71-68, on Sunday night.  Metu arched a shot over his defender moments after Xavier Johnson gave the Buffaloes a one-point lead on a three-pointer. George...

Monday's TV Highlights: 'The First 100 Days' on Fox News

SERIES The First 100 Days  Martha MacCallum anchors this new series premiering tonight and running through Donald Trump’s crucial first 100 days in office. 4 and 11 p.m. Fox News Channel Regular Show The comedy ends its run with three new episodes 6, 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. Toon Kevin Can Wait Kevin...

Basketball: Ayanna Clark, Kianna Smith make McDonald's All-American Game

Ayanna Clark from Long Beach Poly and Kianna Smith from Troy have been selected to play in the girls' portion of the McDonald's All-American Game on March 29 at the United Center in Chicago. Clark is headed to USC and Smith to California. There were no Southern California selections for the boys'...

The Times' boys' basketball rankings

A loook at the top 25 high school boys’ basketball teams in the Southland: Rk. School (W-L)  Next opponent (last week’s ranking)  1. CHINO HILLS (18-0) vs. Upland, Tuesday (1)  2. SIERRA CANYON (15-1) vs. La Lumiere (Ind.), Monday in Massachusetts (2)  3. BISHOP MONTGOMERY (16-1) vs. Montverde...

Justin Thomas finishes off Sony Open win in record-setting fashion

Challenged only by the record book, Justin Thomas won the Sony Open on Sunday with the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history.  Thomas capped off a week at Waialae that began with a 59 and ended with his second straight victory. He closed with a five-under 65 to set the record at 253. Tommy Armour...

Simona Halep upset by Shelby Rogers in first round of Australian Open

Shelby Rogers caused the first upset of the Australian Open on Monday, beating fourth-seeded Simona Halep, 6-3, 6-1, in the opening match on the center court.  Playing just her second match in the main draw at the season's first Grand Slam tournament, the No. 52-ranked Rogers broke the 2014 French...

Australia disappointed by Japan's continued whale hunt in Southern Ocean

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia said on Monday it was "deeply disappointed" Japan had continued whaling in the Southern Ocean after anti-whaling activists published a photograph of a dead whale and two days after Australian and Japanese leaders discussed the issue.

Boys' basketball: Sierra Canyon, Bishop Montgomery travel to Massachusetts

Sierra Canyon and Bishop Montgomery are playing in back to back games at the Hoop Hall Classic in Massachusetts on Monday. It will be a busy time for the assistant coaches who might want to scout each other for a possible meeting in the Southern Section Open Division playoffs. Both schools have...

UK climate scientists raise concerns about Trump presidency

LONDON (Reuters) - British climate scientists asked Britain's prime minister on Monday to press U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to acknowledge climate change risks and support international action to slow global warming.

NFL report: 49ers interview Tom Cable for head coaching position

The San Francisco 49ers interviewed Seattle offensive line coach and former Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable for their head coaching vacancy on Sunday.  Team CEO Jed York met with Cable as part of his search for replacements for fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke following...

College basketball: Ohio State gets first Big Ten win against Michigan State

JaQuan Lyle made five of seven shots from behind the three-point line and scored 22 points as Ohio State pulled away down the stretch and beat Michigan State, 72-67, on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio, for the Buckeyes' first Big Ten Conference win this season.  Marc Loving and Jae'Sean Tate each added...

Who needs the circus when you've got politics? Reaction to the pending closure of Ringling Bros.

Reaction to news that the 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will close in May often fell into two main categories Sunday: cheers from animal rights activists and, perhaps just as prominent, comparisons by both the left and right to America’s three-ring political landscape....

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