Rams have no regrets giving up No. 23 pick

The mood at Rams headquarters was light, if not busy, on Thursday night during the first round of the NFL draft. General manager Les Snead, coach Sean McVay and the scouting and personnel staffs ordered in sushi for dinner and watched as four quarterbacks were selected in the first 10…

Rosen says nine teams made mistakes by passing on him

It was surprising, but it wasn’t. If you’ve watched UCLA football for the last three years, you’ve seen this before. In Josh Rosen’s final play before becoming an NFL quarterback Thursday night, his protection collapsed, his coach offered no help, and the kid was sacked. The UCLA quarterback was…

Cleveland Browns make two surprising picks, taking Mayfield with the first and Ohio State’s Ward with the fourth

It was the head fake by the lake. The Cleveland Browns threw a couple of curveballs at the top of the NFL draft Thursday, taking Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield first (instead of USC’s Sam Darnold) and Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward fourth (instead of North Carolina State defensive end Bradley…

Investigators are digging in accused Golden State Killer’s backyard

Investigators were digging Thursday in the backyard of the accused Golden State Killer, who they say say killed 12 people from 1978 to 1986. By the early evening, investigators had not uncovered anything in Joseph James DeAngelo Jr.’s yard. They said they were “not really looking for anything specific.” …

NBA playoffs: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks beat Celtics 97-86 to force Game 7

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away late to beat the Boston Celtics 97-86 on Thursday night to force a Game 7 in the first-round series. Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon each added 16 points, with Brogdon hitting a momentum-swinging 3 from…

Friday’s TV highlights: ‘International Jazz Day From Cuba’ on PBS

SERIES MacGyver Mac and Riley (Lucas Till, Tristin Mays) head to Area 51 in the Nevada desert to investigate a strange object that landed in the region. Arye Gross guest stars. George Eads, Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton and Isabel Lucas also star. 8 p.m. CBS Blindspot The team must partner…

NHL playoffs: Penguins erase two-goal deficit, beat Capitals 3-2 in Game 1

Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel scored in a 4:49 span to help the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the second-round series. Down 2-0 early in the third period and playing without Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be at the World Cup but won’t be on the field

Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t play for Sweden in the World Cup this summer. But he won’t be with the Galaxy in June after the club gave its star forward permission to fly to Russia and make personal appearances on behalf of his sponsors, including Visa. Ibrahimovic isn’t expected to sit out…

Contrast of penalties against USC is focus of testimony in Todd McNair’s defamation lawsuit against NCAA

Ten minutes remained in Thursday’s session of former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair’s defamation trial against the NCAA when Bruce Broillet glanced at the clock on the wall of the fifth-floor room in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The veteran trial attorney representing McNair promised…

Bill Cosby’s third act: A guilty verdict for sexual assault

Bill Cosby remained stoic as a jury on Thursday pronounced him guilty on multiple charges of sexual assault. But it was apparent to many in the courtroom, and the millions who tuned in to the aftermath of the trial on television, that they were witnessing a watershed moment. Cosby, 80,…

At long last, Bill Cosby has been brought to justice

For Bill Cosby, the reckoning was a long time coming. Four years ago, a stand-up comedian joked that America’s favorite dad was a rapist. Women took notice, and began to step out of the shadows. They risked the abuse and scorn that comes with reporting ancient sexual assaults. But at…

Anderson’s ascent to the majors is worthwhile tale

They were the words of a T-ball coach, written to a 4-year-old on the occasion of the kid being named MVP. “See you in the big leagues,” read the inscription on a baseball that this week went from being a memento to being something monumental. Because, 21 years later, the…

Defense expected to request postponement in Ref Rodriguez trial

The defense team in the political money laundering case of Los Angeles school board member Ref Rodriguez will request a postponement that would push back the start of a trial, The Times has learned. Attorneys representing both sides declined to comment Thursday, but sources close to the case confirmed…

California Supreme Court clarifies use of testimony by young children

The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday that a father should not have been removed from his home based on his 3-year-old daughter’s claim that he had molested her. In a ruling written by Justice Leondra Kruger, the justices said a juvenile court judge should not base a decision…

Santa Ana to sue the other 33 Orange County cities over homelessness burden

Santa Ana officials moved Wednesday to take legal action against all 33 other Orange County cities, stepping up pressure on their leaders to help resolve homelessness across O.C. The City Council’s unanimous vote may clear the way for a federal judge to follow through on his threat to ban enforcement…

‘My Favorite Thing Is Monsters’ and ‘Monstress’ lead 2018 Eisner Awards nominations

The nominations for the 2018 Eisner Awards were announced Thursday, and a couple of “monsters” are leading the pack. Emil Ferris’ debut graphic novel, “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters,” and Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s fantasy comic book series, “Monstress,” are this year’s top nominees with five…

‘Zama’ and other movie picks for April 27

Movie recommendations from critics Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan. Annihilation Natalie Portman plays a biologist who joins an all-female expedition into the heart of an environmental disaster zone in this eerily beautiful and hypnotically unsettling mind-bender from “Ex Machina” writer-director…

Rami Malek says portraying Freddie Mercury in Queen biopic was a make-or-break move

In December, Bryan Singer was fired from his job as the director of the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the midst of the film’s production. But you’d never have known that just by attending 20th Century Fox’s presentation at CinemaCon on Thursday, where the movie was presented as the studio’s…

STX Entertainment files for planned IPO in Hong Kong

STX Entertainment filed preliminary paperwork for its planned initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Thursday, a move that could further solidify the Burbank-based studio’s close ties to the Chinese market. The young studio behind such movies as “I Feel Pretty,” starring Amy…

The entertainment industry reacts to Bill Cosby guilty verdict

Hollywood reacted swiftly to the shocking news Thursday when Bill Cosby, who was formerly one of the most beloved figures in Hollywood and an African American icon was found guilty by a Pennsylvania jury Thursday of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, a basketball…

Golden State Killer detectives used consumer genealogical website to identify suspect

The break that authorities said led them to the man accused of being the Golden State Killer came when they linked DNA evidence from the killings to genetic information contained on a consumer genealogical website, authorities said Thursday. Investigators knew the killer only through a string of…

Detectives used consumer genealogical website to help identify Golden State Killer suspect

The break that authorities said led them to the man accused of being the Golden State Killer came when they linked DNA evidence from the killings to genetic information contained on a consumer genealogical website, authorities said Thursday. Investigators knew the killer only through a string of…

LAPD officer arrested near Mexico border, accused of trying to bring two people into U.S. illegally

A Los Angeles Police Department officer has been charged with attempting to transport two people in the country illegally through an immigration checkpoint in Southern California. A federal court filing Wednesday said Mambasse Koulabalo Patara was arrested this week at a San Diego County checkpoint…

2018 Summer Movie Sneaks Guide

Commuters who drive alone in zero-emission cars will no longer get free trips in L.A.’s toll lanes

In a bid to reduce congestion in toll lanes on the 110 and 10 freeways, Los Angeles County Transportation officials on Thursday opted to end a program granting solo drivers of zero-emissions vehicles free access to the lanes. Drivers with state-issued clean-air stickers will be charged a toll starting…

Packers receiver Trevor Davis won’t be charged for allegedly joking about having explosives at LAX

Maybe now Green Bay Packers receiver Trevor Davis finally can laugh about his arrest over for an alleged joke at LAX earlier this month. After Davis met with the Los Angeles city attorney during an informal hearing, office spokesman Frank Mateljan said that no charges were filed against the player…

Latest ‘Uncle Drew’ movie trailer features Shaq dropping a Kobe line

When taking Kyrie Irving’s elderly character “Uncle Drew” from a successful run of Pepsi commercials to the star of a feature-length film, the creators gathered some Hall of Fame players as supporting actors. Shaquille O’Neal is the Big Fella, Reggie Miller is Lights and Lisa Leslie is Betty Lou….

Jeremy Denk plays with time, and the program, at the Wallis

When pianist Jeremy Denk says this is “one of the most conventional programs that I play,” you might be tempted to mentally add the words, “relatively speaking.” See, Denk made a good deal of his reputation on outlandish challenges — such as programming Ives’ cantankerous Piano Sonata No. 1 as…

There’s nothing super about comic convention spoof ‘Supercon’

It would have been intriguing to see what a filmmaker skilled in choreographing large ensemble casts could have done with the parade of true characters found at a comic book convention. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with the interminable “Supercon,” a crassly sophomoric spoof directed and cowritten…

With echoes of Boyle, ‘Jet Trash’ is a stylish thriller in its own right

In its visual approach alone — quick cuts, bold color and slow motion — Charles Henri Belleville’s directorial debut would remind audiences of Danny Boyle’s work as a whole. But “Jet Trash” takes the hero worship a step further, echoing the plot and themes of Boyle’s “The Beach,” with a…