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For NHL stars, changes to Winter Olympic Games hitting home

The sight of then-20-year-old Drew Doughty waving the Canadian flag was one of the more endearing images of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Canada just beat the U.S. in the gold-medal game, under immense pressure to win on its home soil, and Doughty, the Kings defenseman, was the face of...

Angels introduce Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, their prized signing

Shohei Ohtani packed a warm velvet suit for this occasion. When the Japanese two-way sensation arrived in the United States last month, he was unsure what weather would await at his ultimate destination. More than two dozen Major League Baseball teams courted him in a circus-like environment, and...

China looks to nuclear option to ease winter heating woes

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - With its smog-prone north desperate to slash coal consumption, China is looking to deploy nuclear power to provide reliable winter heating, raising public safety concerns - though developers say the risks are minimal.

Africa’s giraffes are being slaughtered by Joseph Kony’s army

Elephants, giraffes, giant elands and chimpanzees are being decimated by poachers linked to violent militias in a lawless region of central Africa

In Alabama, Republicans fear a lose-lose in Roy Moore Senate race

With more than 48 hours of campaigning still left in Alabama’s scandal-shrouded U.S. Senate campaign — and the outcome far from clear — some Republicans have already conceded defeat. From their perspective, Tuesday will yield one of two unhappy results. Either voters will elect a Democratic U.S....

Clippers guard Lou Williams sparks win off the bench

DeAndre Jordan smiled as Lou Williams dressed next to him, the Clippers center obviously looking forward to taking a friendly jab at a teammate who had just carried L.A. in its desperate time of need. He referenced the Drake song “6 Man,” in which he raps about Williams. “Like a Lou Will — they...

Lakers pull away late against the Hornets to earn second consecutive road win

Jordan Clarkson drained a three-pointer with 2:28 left in the game and Spectrum Arena began to ring out with a “Let’s go Lakers” chant. Clarkson’s basket gave the Lakers a 15-point lead, their largest of the night on their way to a 110-99 win over the Charlotte Hornets. The Lakers went on a 12-2...

Lou Williams' three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left gives Clippers win over Wizards

The Clippers’ bizarre, last-second, too-close-for-comfort 113-112 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday afternoon was full of subplots that had to be explained by the officials postgame because of the unusual ending. This story will start with Lou Williams hitting what turned out to be...

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield goes from walk-on to Heisman Trophy winner

In a college football season full of surprises, the Heisman Trophy turned out to be utterly predictable. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield took the award as the 2017 season’s best player — as expected — at an award ceremony Saturday evening in New York. Leading the No. 2 Sooners to the playoffs,...

Here's why Luke Walton thinks Lonzo Ball can become a great scorer

Scoring hasn’t been Lonzo Ball’s forte at the start of his rookie season, but when Lakers Coach Luke Walton was asked if he thinks Ball can be a great scorer in the NBA, he answered affirmatively. “I do,” Walton said Saturday. “He has such a great feel for the game. You saw it [Thursday] night...

McKinzie wins Los Alamitos Futurity after Solomini disqualification

As expected, McKinzie won the $300,000 Los Alamitos Futurity on Saturday, but just not how you might think. “This has been a bizarre 20 minutes,” winning trainer Bob Baffert said. Here’s how it transpired. Solomini, also trained by Baffert, crossed the finish line first to seemingly win the Grade...

'Mr. President, we don’t need you in Mississippi.' Protesters gather as Trump speaks at new civil rights museum

President Trump made a brief visit to Mississippi’s capital on Saturday to attend the opening of a new civil rights museum as his presence sparked a boycott by lawmakers, civil rights icons and protesters who questioned his commitment to racial equality. “Trump does not care about human rights!...

Declaring 'liberation is now a reality,' Iraq's prime minister claims victory in war against Islamic State

Iraq’s prime minister declared victory Saturday over Islamic State, the extremist group that imposed its brutal reign on millions, saying government forces have driven the militants from their last footholds in the country after three years of grueling combat. In a televised address to the nation,...

'He chose the Angels!' Japanese Americans in Southern California can't wait to see Ohtani

The news spread as fast as they could read it on their phones. And inside bustling Mitsuwa Marketplace in Costa Mesa on Friday, shoppers waiting in holiday-season lines — purchasing geoduck, rice cookers and beribboned mochi sweets ready for gifting — started sharing it. “Did you hear? He chose...

Ex-NFL All-Pro Jon Dorenbos is appreciating life after it was nearly cut short

He could be on the Philadelphia Eagles. He could be on the New Orleans Saints. Thankfully for Jon Dorenbos, he’s on neither roster. Dorenbos, 37, a Pro Bowl long snapper entering his 15th season, saw his career come to an abrupt end in September when John Amoss, a doctor for the Saints, discovered...

Bob Seidemann, who shot iconic images of Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, dies at 75

The photographer and graphic designer was renowned for his 1960s era shoots and the controversial album cover for Blind Faith, which was banned in the U.S.

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