USC’s Michael Norman Jr. has Olympic dreams and world record aspirations

Michael Norman Jr. will run in the Olympics. Everything points to that, from the indoor world record the 20-year-old USC sophomore set in the 400 meters last month to how he has looked like a man racing against boys this collegiate season. If the likes of Allyson Felix, Felix Sanchez,…

L.A. students join students nationwide in another walkout to stem future gun violence

Trinity Erazo and Yesenia Lopez are only 16. But already, they know what it’s like to hide in fear from a campus shooter. The University High School sophomores visited UCLA two years ago for their eighth-grade picnic. But they soon found themselves huddled inside a building and told to lock…

Does Bill Mechanic’s angry resignation reflect a deeper schism in the film academy?

When producer and former studio executive Bill Mechanic resigned last week from the motion picture academy’s board of governors, issuing a scorched-earth laundry list of gripes about its handling of some of the most thorny and sensitive issues it faces, it confirmed one of Hollywood’s worst-kept…

Cavaliers expect Kevin Love to play in Game 3; Stephen Curry cleared for modified practices

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tryonn Lue expects injured forward Kevin Love to play Friday in Game 3 at Indiana, while Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been cleared to take part in modified practices but will be out at least one more week because of a left knee injury. Love…

The city of L.A. is seeing an increase in revenue. Where should the money go?

Los Angeles’ economy is producing an increase in city revenue, largely from property, sales and hotel bed taxes. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a $9.9-billion budget that will rely on that revenue as well as taxes from marijuana and Airbnb sales, and the state’s gas tax. The budget will allocate…

LAFC’s Laurent Ciman prepares for his first return to Montreal, a place he never wanted to leave

When Laurent Ciman decided to leave Belgium for MLS four seasons ago, there was only one city where he considered playing: Montreal, where his autistic daughter, Nina, could get specialized care that wasn’t available at home. And she could get treatment in French, the language she was most comfortable…

Fun and head games, terror and bloody revolt in ‘Westworld’s’ smart, action-packed season two

Humans, beware. When “Westworld” returns Sunday with its highly anticipated second season, the gun-slinging robot thriller does so with a vengeance. And you’re the target. The mechanized hosts of this wild west theme park suffered every sort of humiliation, indignity and gruesome death imaginable…

Karen Gillan is red-hot thanks to ‘Jumanji’ and ‘Avengers,’ but her true passion? Directing

Karen Gillan has recently transplanted herself away from sunny Los Angeles to much-less-sunny New York City, and she couldn’t be happier about it. “It’s cool here! I find it really inspiring,” the actress turned filmmaker explained, FaceTiming in from her new digs on a crisp spring day. “I think…

The L.A. Phil’s Bernstein and Beethoven peace project

What goes with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony? We must be up to Example No. 2743 by now. Everybody’s a got a different idea, and some, such as Gustavo Dudamel, more than one. Last summer, with our contentious country in a stir, Dudamel asked the beloved sportscaster Vin Scully to recite Copland’s…

Rapper Aminé on pushing boundaries, wearing whiteface in the Trump era and his Coachella show

Alternative rapper Aminé is described as “stylistically left of center” in his Apple Music bio, news the 24-year-old greets with a laugh. “That needs to change soon,” he said still smirking. “I don’t know who made that to be honest. It’s a very funny bio; I love it. It makes…

‘Westworld’ enters a new world for its second season: The revolution will be televised

A surprising thing happened in the year and a half since the first season of “Westworld” confounded and attracted viewers with its knotted story of a futuristic android uprising at a patriarchal Western theme park. At the center of the revolt on different fronts were “hosts” Dolores (Evan Rachel…

Conte: Chelsea are not already in the FA Cup final

Antonio Conte insisted Chelsea are not already in the FA Cup final, despite playing relegation candidates Southampton in the semi-final.

Avicii was a dance-music futurist with deep ties to the past

As one of the biggest stars in electronic dance music, Avicii operated with an implied faith in the value of the future. “In the road of life, I tumble forward,” went the words to his song “For a Better Day” — lyrics that might have served as a kind of…

Joey Barton backed by Sam Allardyce after landing Fleetwood job

Barton was released by Burnley in May 2017, as he was banned from football for 18 months after admitting a Football Association charge in relation to betting. Joey Barton has taken on his biggest challenge yet by making the first step into management as head coach at Fleetwood, according to…

Tottenham’s curious relationship with FA Cup, Morata needs a goal, Liverpool’s revenge

After the Bournemouth win, the FC panel talk who’s in line to make the squad for Manchester United’s FA Cup semifinal against Spurs. W2W4 previews the weekend’s action by highlighting its most compelling storylines as Manchester United and Tottenham vie for a place in the FA Cup final, Alvaro Morata…

Mediapro reassures Serie A clubs over TV rights amid legal standoff

Juventus’ shock draw against Crotone opens up the door for Napoli in the Serie A title race. Gab Marcotti and the FC boys recap it all. Mediapro has reassured Serie A clubs that there is nothing to fear about its acquisition of the 2018-21 TV rights after Sky Italia obtained…

Avicii mourned: ‘I can’t even begin to comprehend this’

People were in shock Friday as news spread about the death of Swedish-born producer and DJ Avicii at 28. Friends and fans alike struggled to come to terms with the loss of the EDM phenom, who walked away from touring in 2016 but never turned his back on the music,…

Rangers can prevent Celtic achieving 10 titles in succession – director

Celtic brushed Rangers aside in the Scottish Cup semifinal. Rangers director Alastair Johnston has said it is not a foregone conclusion that Celtic will notch up 10 Scottish titles in a row. Celtic are one win away from a seventh successive Premiership title, 13 points clear of their Glasgow rivals,…

Chelsea, Southampton learn true value of a No. 9 in calamitous campaigns

The ESPN FC guys debate whether Alvaro Morata is overrated or just a bad fit for Chelsea. It could be their last meeting for years. Southampton and Chelsea are separated by 13 places now and could be divided by a division next season. Southampton have gone 42 years without a…

The best and the worst of OPS+

Welcome to a new weekly feature in which we use new-age baseball stats to take a look at baseball, either currently or historically. This week, we look at OPS+, which is a stat that measures a player’s contribution on offense and compares him to an average player that season. An…

Federal judge delays ruling in Stormy Daniels lawsuit against Trump and his personal lawyer

A federal judge postponed a ruling on a request by President Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for a 90-day delay of a lawsuit filed against them by porn star Stormy Daniels, noting that Cohen is now the subject of a federal investigation. U.S. District Court Judge S. James…

UCLA spring showcase might provide glimpses of new coach Chip Kelly’s plans

It could be more of a jam session than a full-on rehearsal. Significant band members will be missing. The lyrics are still being mastered. The date and location won’t be printed on the back of any T-shirts. “UCLA spring football showcase 2018, Drake Stadium” probably won’t closely approximate what…

Avicii had a reason for good feelings when he dominated the dance tent at Coachella 2012

Swedish-born producer and DJ Avicii was found dead at age 28 in Oman Friday. Among the many massive music festivals he played in his brief career, Avicii brought his signature song “Le7els” to the 2012 Coachella fest, where he sat down with LA Times reporter August Brown to discuss the…

Paula Patton stars in the surprisingly effective thriller ‘Traffik’

Once again, a distributor chose to hold back a film from reviewers that turns out to be better than its peek-a-boo marketing strategy implied. That movie, “Traffik,” is an effective weekend-from-hell thriller with a vital message, a terrific lead performance by Paula Patton and some unexpectedly…

As he closes in on 3,000 hits, Albert Pujols is a Hall of Famer on and off the field

The career is legendary, so the origin story might as well be too. Albert Pujols lets his bat speak for him. That Pujols could not secure his first major league roster spot until Mark McGwire spoke up for him must be myth. True story, McGwire says. Pujols was 21, and…

In ‘The Invisible Hand,’ a kidnapped American banker strikes a deal for survival

The color of money runs blood red in the Southern California premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s riveting hostage thriller, “The Invisible Hand.” A superbly cast staging by Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theatre Company further validates Akhtar’s reputation for storytelling that both engages and informs as it…

NAB approves probe into Musharraf’s disproportionate assets, misuse of authority

The National Accountability Bureau today approved a probe into former president Pervez Musharraf’s disproportionate assets and misuse of authority. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau today approved a probe into…

Students to walk out across the United States in call for gun reforms

LITTLETON, Colorado: Thousands of students across the United States will mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School by walking out of classes on Friday, in a show of unity intended to put pressure on politicians to enact…

MPA refuses to leave Sindh Assembly premises in protest of water deficit

 MPA Saifuddin Khalid on Friday announced that he would not leave the premises of the Sindh Assembly until Orangi Town is supplied with water. Photo: Geo News  KARACHI: MPA Saifuddin Khalid on Friday announced that he would not leave the…

Kulsoom’s chemotherapy treatment has ended: Nawaz Sharif

LONDON: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that the chemotherapy treatment of his ailing wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz has ended.The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz former president was speaking to media in London, where he informed them…