MLB: Commissioner Rob Manfred likes pace of play

Commissioner Rob Manfred is encouraged by the pace-of-play changes in MLB games. Speaking in Toronto on Tuesday, Manfred said the new rules have sped up games without any disruption. Mound visits without pitching changes averaged 3.79 per game through Sunday, down from 7.41 last season. “Whenever…

Wednesday’s TV highlights: ‘Brockmire’ on IFC

SERIES The Blacklist A mysterious duffel bag of bones inspires a collision course between Liz and Red (Megan Boone, James Spader) in this new episode. Harry J. Lennix also stars. 8 p.m. NBC Empire Alfre Woodard and Forest Whitaker make a potent combination of guest stars, with Woodard playing Cookie’s…

NBA playoffs: Celtics beat Bucks 92-87 to take a 3-2 series lead

Al Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Marcus Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. Smart came off the bench and had nine points, five…

First day of testimony in Todd McNair trial focuses on NCAA liaison who labeled him a “lying, morally bankrupt criminal”

Fifteen minutes before the lunch break ended Tuesday, a juror dozed near the end of a quiet hallway in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The first day of testimony in former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair’s trial against the NCAA seemed to have taken a toll. Much of the day…

Zack Cozart is getting used to moving around the Angels’ infield

He was a shortstop for life, until he became a third baseman for the Angels, until the team was forced to move him to second. Except on Monday, when Zack Cozart was, out of necessity again, returned to short. That all this shifting around hasn’t been the slightest distraction for…

Dodgers send prospect Walker Buehler to minors but it might not be for long

After five scoreless innings in his first big league start Monday, Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler reported to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday as part of a procedural maneuver that lines him up to start again during a doubleheader Saturday in San Francisco. The Dodgers optioned Buehler to the…

HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours women’s homeless center on skid row

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson toured a homeless women’s center on L.A.’s skid row Tuesday as part of a fact-finding trip to local public-private partnerships and faith-based programs tackling homelessness and job training. Carson, whose agency provided a record $109 million…

An answer to the anti-science crowd, ‘Nova Wonders’ on PBS ponders big questions in a changing world

Once upon a time, right now, in a country called the United States of America, science was taking a beating from people who misunderstood or simply did not like science, scientists or the scientific method. Some regarded it as no better and possibly less plausible than witchcraft. Dark matter?…

Jobs and work support could curtail L.A.’s stubborn homeless crisis, study says

Providing jobs and other aid to Los Angeles County residents soon after they land in the streets could help prevent 2,600 to 5,200 people a year from falling into persistent homelessness, according to a new study from a liberal think tank. The “Escape Routes” study from the nonprofit Economic Roundtable…

Sinclair agrees to sell 23 TV stations to gain approval for Tribune deal

Sinclair Broadcast Group will divest 23 TV stations aimed at clearing the path for its merger with Tribune Media, the company announced Tuesday. The sale of the stations would occur after the close of Sinclair’s $3.9-billion acquisition of Tribune’s 42 TV stations. The deal would give Sinclair…

UCLA’s Cody Riley joins Kris Wilkes, Jaylen Hands in declaring for the NBA draft

Cody Riley could give new meaning to being one and done. The UCLA freshman forward who played in one exhibition game before a shoplifting scandal led to a season-long suspension was on a list of 236 players who filed as early entry candidates for the NBA draft, according to ESPN…

NBA draft early entry list

A look at the NBA draft early entry list for college underclassmen and international players. Players who do not sign with an agent have until June 11 to withdraw their names and retain their college eligibility. Players, School, Height, Year Deng Adel, Louisville, 6-7, junior Esa Ahmad, West Virginia,…

Bruce Miller leads ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ into new territory in Season 2

The Emmy-award winning drama starring a totalitarian society in which women are enslaved returns for its second season with showrunner Bruce Miller at the helm

‘Avengers: Infinity War’: a rousing Marvel mash-up, or a truly epic tease?

Before a recent screening of “Avengers: Infinity War,” my fellow audience members and I were asked not to reveal the secrets of what we were about to see. (I’ve done my best, but depending on what you consider a secret, you may wish to read no further.) This familiar studio…

Lana Del Rey, Desmond Child and Portugal. The Man receive honors at annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards

Also named were the year’s top pop composers and publishers. Steve Mac, Max Martin, Drew Taggart and Starrah all tied for pop music songwriter of the year.

Cavaliers point guard George Hill is questionable for Game 5 against Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill is questionable for Wednesday’s crucial Game 5 against Indiana because of back spasms. Hill has been dealing with back problems since the series opener, when he was flattened by an illegal screen of Pacers forward Trevor Booker. Cavaliers coach Tyronn…

L.A. ends its frequently porous economic boycott of Arizona

Los Angeles is ending its economic boycott of Arizona, which was launched eight years ago to protest a hotly contested law targeting illegal immigration and then repeatedly lifted as the city continued buying products from that state. The restrictions, backed by lawmakers in 2010, were supposed…

Meghan Markle has another big wedding day coming

The frenzy over the fairy-tale royal wedding of L.A. girl Meghan Markle has been building since her engagement and will likely be incessant until May 19 when she finally walks down the aisle at Windsor Castle in the 15th century St. George’s Chapel. But the soon-to-be duchess also has another…

College basketball could face significant changes starting this week

A special NCAA commission tasked with fixing the embattled sport of college basketball is scheduled to issue its recommendations on Wednesday morning. The group was formed last fall after federal prosecutors charged 10 people — including four assistant coaches — in response to allegations of bribes…

Chargers aren’t giving any hints about how they’ll approach NFL draft

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco opened his predraft news conference Monday afternoon with a plan. It was a chance to acknowledge the scouting department for the work it has done in the build-up to the 2018 NFL draft — a massive project full of nights in hotels, mornings on planes…

Motion picture academy announces new rules for documentary features

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a series of new rules for next year’s Oscars (the 91st) — most notably, a new regulation that could potentially expand the number of documentary features eligible for awards consideration going forward. Under the new rules, which…

Legally blind 76-year-old hiker missing in Joshua Tree National Park

Authorities are searching for a legally blind man who went missing after going for a hike in Joshua Tree National Park on Saturday morning. David Sewell, 76, appears to have left the Quail Springs parking lot and was headed for an “unspecified location” in Johnny Lang Canyon, the National Park…

Marshmello, Travis Scott headline new Hard Summer festival

Hard Summer may have parted ways with its founder, but the fest’s longstanding mix of EDM, hip-hop and underground electronic sounds will continue. Festival organizers announced its first post-Gary Richards lineup on Tuesday morning, and it mostly continues with the styles the event is long known…

Barstow police failed to render medical aid after Diante Yarber shooting, family lawyer alleges

An attorney for the family of a black man who was shot to death by Barstow police said that an independent autopsy reveals Diante Yarber was struck by at least 10 rounds before he asphyxiated on his own blood. Family attorney S. Lee Merritt also told reporters Monday that witnesses…

Rams exercise fifth-year options on Todd Gurley and Marcus Peters

With the NFL draft just a couple days away, the Rams made two moves Tuesday with ramifications for star players selected in the first round in 2015. The Rams exercised their fifth-year options on running back Todd Gurley, the reigning NFL offensive player of the year, and cornerback Marcus Peters,…

Boy reported missing in Santa Ana is found

A 12-year-old boy who went missing Monday in Santa Ana was found Tuesday morning by family friends. Josue Luciano’s family reported him missing at 8:26 p.m. Monday, according to the Santa Ana Police Department. Family friends found the boy about 9:30 a.m. near Fairview and First streets, said Santa…

Rams exercise fifth-year options on running back Todd Gurley and cornerback Marcus Peters

While in the midst of negotiating an extension for star defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the Rams took a step Tuesday that positions them for similar scenarios with running back Todd Gurley and cornerback Marcus Peters next year. The Rams exercised their fifth-year options on Gurley, the reigning…

MPAA CEO Charles Rivkin touts global box-office in first CinemaCon address, calls piracy fight ‘our top priority’

Motion Picture Assn. of America Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin highlighted global box office records in Tuesday remarks to cinema owners, saying the “heartbeat” of the film industry — putting movies in theaters — remains strong. In his first address at CinemaCon in Las Vegas since taking over…

Pete Rose makes more than $1 million a year but still owes money to casinos and IRS, his estranged wife says

Pete Rose makes at least $1.2 million a year, primarily from autographs and appearance fees, but is in debt to casinos and the IRS and repeatedly fails to make his support payments on time, his estranged wife claimed in court documents. Carol Rose’s allegations appeared in a filing made in…

Cut, folded, pasted: Photography takes a twist and turn in the Getty’s ‘Paper Play’

“Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography,” a delightful teaser of a show at the Getty Museum, divides neatly into two complementary halves.