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Golfer Bill Haas released from hospital after car crash that killed driver

Collision killed driver of Ferrari golfer was driving inActor Luke Wilson escaped injury after clipping Haas’s carProfessional golfer Bill Haas was hospitalised but escaped serious injuries following a crash in Los Angeles that killed the driver of the…

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Los Angeles Lakers retire Kobe Bryant’s No8 and No24 jerseys in NBA first

Bryant becomes 10th Laker to have uniform number retired by teamGuard wore No8 for first half of two-decade career and No24 for secondAlthough Kobe Bryant has been asked many times, he still isn’t sure who would win a mystical game of one-on-one betwee…

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Romelu Lukaku reimburses police for Beverly Hills party callouts this summer

Lukaku, 24, had been arrested over noise complaints after $75m transferFootballer ‘deeply regrets’ behavior and was ordered to pay fines and feesManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku “deeply regrets” his behavior and has reimbursed police for repeate…

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‘Entitled’ Beverly Hills parents drive kids’ soccer ref to quit: ‘I despise you’

Avery Krut pens withering letter explaining his departure, saying parents are ‘disrespectful and damaging the children’ with their behaviourAvery Krut’s farewell letter to the parents of Beverly Hills is the literary equivalent of a flying kick to the …

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The NFL’s LA teams could bring empty stadium porn to a whole new level

America’s biggest league now has two Los Angeles teams. Judging from opening weekend, there may not be many fans to watch them

In American sports there seems to be an obsession with empty stadiums during games. It’s as if some secret mandate exists requiring fans to spend hundreds of dollars for tickets, drop $15 for a beer and then spend two hours trying to exit a postgame parking lot.

Nonetheless, sports writers – including this one at times – feel compelled to snap photos of empty stadium seats and share them on social media. These pictures usually include some snarky observation about the home team or a swipe at fans who left early.

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Los Angeles reaches deal over hosting 2028 Summer Olympics

  • Paris expected to land 2024 Games after Tokyo hosts in 2020
  • IOC president Thomas Bach welcomes LA’s decision

Los Angeles has accepted a deal to stage the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games – which means that the 2024 Games will be heading to Paris.

The Los Angeles Organising Committee confirmed that it had signed a contract with the International Olympic Committee that will see it given £1.8bn to compensate it for stepping aside until 2028 and to help it increase participation for youth sports programmes.

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OJ Simpson will not be welcome on USC campus after release from prison

  • USC football coach says Simpson ‘will not be a part of our functions’
  • Simpson won Heisman trophy as star running back at Los Angeles school
  • Ex-NFL star, now 70, will be released from prison on parole in October

OJ Simpson will no longer be welcome on the University of Southern California campus where he rose to national fame on the gridiron when he’s released from prison in October.

USC football coach Clay Helton said Simpson, who was granted parole last week in Nevada after serving nearly nine years in a Nevada prison for a botched robbery attempt, would not be permitted to attend a Trojans practice.

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Romelu Lukaku makes debut as Manchester United see off LA Galaxy

  • LA Galaxy 2-5 Manchester United
  • Mourinho rules out bid for Cristiano Ronaldo

After this stroll of a victory Jose Mourinho became the latest Manchester United manager to rule out a move for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Mission impossible” was how the Portuguese billed it. “We have never thought about it because he is such an important player for his club, of great economic power. I am not a defender of my club once you waste time on players who are mission impossible,” he said, and so United fans will have to put on hold their dreams of a romantic return of a player they still adore again.

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Paris Olympic bid chief: ‘Now or never’ as city vies with Los Angeles for Games

• Tony Estanguet says Paris will only bid for 2024 Games
• Only Los Angeles and Paris remain in contention as hosts

The Paris Olympic bid chief said on Tuesday he was not against the awarding of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics in the same session later this year, but ruled the French capital out of the latter Games.

Related: Japanese Olympics golf course bows to pressure on female membership

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Paris Olympic bid chief: ‘Now or never’ as city vies with Los Angeles for Games

• Tony Estanguet says Paris will only bid for 2024 Games
• Only Los Angeles and Paris remain in contention as hosts

The Paris Olympic bid chief said on Tuesday he was not against the awarding of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics in the same session later this year, but ruled the French capital out of the latter Games.

Related: Japanese Olympics golf course bows to pressure on female membership

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Philip Rivers says Chargers’ move from San Diego to LA has left him ‘numb’

  • Quarterback, who joined team in 2004, says move hasn’t sunk in yet
  • Chargers hire Anthony Lynn as head coach, replacing Mike McCoy

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has admitted the team’s controversial move from San Diego to Los Angeles has left him “numb”.

The team announced on Thursday it was leaving its home of 56 years to become LA’s second NFL team, after public officials in San Diego made it clear they were unwilling to spend taxpayers’ money to help finance a new stadium in the city. Owner Dean Spanos confirmed the Chargers would be moving in time for the 2017 season.

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San Diego refused to be bullied by the NFL and billionaire owners | Les Carpenter

The Chargers are moving to Los Angeles because the city chose to put its own needs before those of a sports franchise and its wealthy backers

Sooner or later the public welfare office for sports billionaires is going to close. American cities will look at the more than $7bn of taxpayer money spent in the last 20 years on football stadiums alone and say: “Enough!”

On Thursday, the San Diego Chargers announced they will be leaving the city where they have played for the last 56 years, and will move to Los Angeles. They are doing this because the politicians and voters in San Diego did not give Chargers owner Dean Spanos the same golden gift Minneapolis and Atlanta and Seattle and all the other capitulating municipalities gave their ridiculously wealthy teams’ owners.

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Leaders for Los Angeles’ 2024 Olympic bid downplay concerns after Trump win

  • Bid leaders says candidacy will continue to “celebrate our diversity”
  • Allyson Felix says city needs the Olympics “now more than ever”

Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid leaders on Tuesday sought to allay concerns within the Olympic movement following Donald Trump’s US presidential election victory, saying the candidacy would continue to “celebrate our diversity”.

Los Angeles, bidding to host the summer Games for a third time after 1932 and 1984, was seen as the front-runner in the race with Paris and Budapest until Trump’s election this month. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat, had warned that victory for Republican Trump would not help the bid given the makeup of the 98 voting members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) membership.

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Derrick Rose judge considers mistrial after criticizing plaintiff’s lawyers

  • Judge calls woman’s legal team ‘unbelievably careless’ in production of exhibits
  • Rose’s lawyers say they were not given text messages important to their case

A judge in the trial of a rape lawsuit against NBA star Derrick Rose and two other men said Tuesday that he’s considering a mistrial after criticizing lawyers for the plaintiff as “unbelievably careless” in production of exhibits.

Rose’s lawyers asked US district court judge Michael Fitzgerald to declare a mistrial because they had not been given three text messages important to their case until Friday, when Rose was on the witness stand.

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NBA star Derrick Rose takes stand at rape trial

New York Knicks player testified in the $21.5m lawsuit that he interpreted an ex-girlfriend’s text message as consent to have sex with her later that night

NBA star Derrick Rose testified Friday in a lawsuit accusing him and two friends of raping his ex-girlfriend, saying he interpreted a text message from the woman as consent to have sex with her later that night.

The New York Knicks player testified Friday in the $21.5m million lawsuit accusing him and two friends of sexual assault. The suit claims that the three men came to her apartment after an evening of drinking at Rose’s Beverly Hills mansion, and raped her while she was incapacitated.

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Derrick Rose rape trial: woman describes alleged assault by NBA star and friends

The New York Knicks player appeared in court for the first time to face lawsuit claiming he and two friends came to the woman’s apartment and raped her

A woman accusing NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends of rape testified Thursday in the trial of her $21.5m lawsuit against the New York Knicks player, who appeared in court for the first time.

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Derrick Rose rape trial: woman describes alleged assault by NBA star and friends

The New York Knicks player appeared in court for the first time to face lawsuit claiming he and two friends came to the woman’s apartment and raped her

A woman accusing NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends of rape testified Thursday in the trial of her $21.5m lawsuit against the New York Knicks player, who appeared in court for the first time.

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LA finds itself a contender in an Olympic lottery most cities want to lose

With Rome all but out of the bidding for the 2024 Games, Los Angeles is one of the few places in the world that could easily hosts an Olympics

So now that another city has all but dropped out of the running for the 2024 Olympics it is becoming more likely the Games will come back to Los Angeles (Paris still remains the favorite with the bookmakers). Maybe that’s just as well. LA may be one of the few places in the world capable of hosting an Olympics anymore.

Earlier this week, Rome became the latest major municipality burdened with debt and failing infrastructure to distance itself from the 2024 competition. Its mayor Virginia Raggi called a press conference and declared: “Our city is unlivable, we need to focus on that.” Rome now joins Hamburg, Boston and Oslo as cities that have decided that hosting an Olympics is a waste of money and resources. Who can afford to build stadiums that become irrelevant after the party has moved on? Rio built a whole Olympic park that has a dubious future and a train that connects a tourist enclave with a well-to-do suburb where residents live behind gates and travel in SUVs. It’s not surprising that most cities see little value in being hijacked in return for a few months of being a hashtag.

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Tremble before us, New York: LA may now be the best sports town in the US

Our reputation as a sports mecca is terrible. But now we’ve got the Super Bowl to add to the Lakers, Rams, Ice Cube and, of course, Vin Scully

Well, Los Angeles is really an NFL town again. Sure, the return of the Rams was a major milestone in welcoming back America’s most popular sport, but this week’s announcement that LA would host the 2021 Super Bowl truly solidified the NFL’s commitment to the city as a viable market. With all four major sports (plus soon to be two MLS teams), we’re a real sports town again.

I can hear you laughing from New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and St Louis — sorry St Louis, we took our team back. Our reputation as a sports mecca is about as poor as Donald Trump’s reputation as a feminist icon. There’s too many distractions, they say. We come to the games late and leave early. We’re bandwagon riders. The stereotype that we don’t really care about sports the way the east coast does has been hard to shake, but with the Super Bowl coming – plus the possibility of the Olympics and a Final Four in the future – you’re all going to have to come to visit sooner or later. It’s best that I disabuse you of your prejudices now, while your mind is still pliable. Here’s a few reasons why LA is not only a great sports town, but it might be the best sports town in the nation:

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Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles tabbed to host Super Bowls in 2019, 2020, 2021

Atlanta to host Super Bowl LIV in February 2019Miami to host Super Bowl LV in February 2020Los Angeles to host Super Bowl LVI in February 2021If you spend billions of dollars to build it, they will come.Three times over. Continue reading…