Stanley Cup playoffs: Lightning beat Devils to advance to second round

Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning are moving on in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Kucherov scored his 27th career postseason goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 26 shots as the top seed in the Eastern Conference beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Saturday to end the first-round series in…

NBA playoffs: 76ers outlast Heat to take 3-1 series lead

Ben Simmons had the first playoff triple-double by a rookie in nearly 40 years, JJ Redick scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Miami Heat 106-102 on Saturday to move within a victory of the second round. The 76ers lead the Eastern Conference series 3-1 and can close…

At Coachella, the future of rap is female

At the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, hip-hop has most certainly reigned supreme. Rap acts occupied a large swath of real estate in this year’s lineup with Eminem and young voices such as Post Malone, Migos and Tyler, the Creator billed high. But two weeks of catching sets in…

LAFC rallies from two-goal deficit for 5-3 victory over Impact

LAFC completed its six-game road trip to open the MLS season by erasing a two-goal deficit at halftime to defeat the Montreal Impact 5-3 at Stade Saputo on Saturday. The Impact led 3-1 at halftime thanks for a hat trick by Ignacio Piatti. LAFC missed an opportunity to make it…

Chargers explore all their options when scouting for a quarterback of the future

It’s the most important decision a NFL team will make. Who will be our quarterback, and how are we going to find him? If you have one, you’re on the hunt for the next one. If you need one, you’re in a free-fall until you find one. “With the quarterback…

El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills wins the 2018 U.S. Academic Decathlon

El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills has won the 2018 U.S. Academic Decathlon in Frisco, Texas, officials said. The winner was announced at a ceremony earlier Saturday. “Congratulations to El Camino Real Charter High School for another impressive victory,” said Vivian Ekchian, interim…

Three up, three down: Bartolo Colon is back, Bryan Price paid the price for Reds’ failures

THREE UP Bart Man: The roly-poly Bartolo Colon might be baseball’s most joyful sight, guiding 88-mph fastballs to the corners of the strike zone and frustrating opposing batters. Colon’s career appeared done last year, when no one pitched more innings and a higher ERA than his 6.48. But he promised…

Investigators enter Syria’s Duma, 11 days after suspected chemical weapons attack killed dozens

Almost two weeks after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed almost 40 people in Syria, a team of experts arrived Saturday at one of the sites of the alleged attack in the city of Duma. “Early on April 21, a special OPCW [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] mission…

Tens of thousands expected to attend annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which kicks off today

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend this weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the largest event of its kind in the country. The 23rd annual festival, which celebrates reading and storytelling, got underway at 10 a.m. Saturday at the USC campus near downtown L.A. Authors…

City councilman calls for marijuana ‘amnesty boxes’ at LAX

A Los Angeles City Council member wants to give travelers flying out of Los Angeles International Airport with marijuana in their possession the option to dump the legal drug in a so-called “amnesty box” before going through security. The effort by Councilman Mitch Englander touches on a sort of…

Child porn found at San Diego elementary school teacher’s home

A San Diego elementary school teacher was arrested this week on suspicion of distributing child pornography, authorities said. David Gordon Weaks, 59, a fifth-grade teacher at Rosa Park Elementary School in City Heights, has worked for the San Diego Unified School District for 21 years, according…

Colin Kaepernick receives award from Amnesty International for peaceful protests against racial inequality

Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality. The former San Francisco 49ers star was handed the award at a ceremony Saturday in the Dutch…

Rafael Nadal dominates Grigor Dimitrov to advance to Monte Carlo Masters final

Rafael Nadal remains on course for a record 31st Masters title after beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-1 in the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals on Saturday. The top-ranked Spaniard never looked in trouble as he beat the fourth-seeded Bulgarian for the 11th time in 12 career meetings. If Nadal wins…

NBA fines Heat’s Justise Winslow $15,000 for stepping on Joel Embiid’s mask

Miami’s Justise Winslow has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for attempting to damage Philadelphia center Joel Embiid’s facemask during Game 3 of their playoff series. Winslow intentionally stepped on Embiid’s mask after it had fallen onto the court with 7:51 left in the second quarter of the 76ers’…

U.S. takes 1-0 lead over France in Fed Cup semifinals

Sloane Stephens fought hard to beat Pauline Parmentier 7-6 (3), 7-5 to give defending champion United States a 1-0 lead against France in the Fed Cup semifinals on Saturday in Aix-en-Provence. The U.S. Open champion saved five set points serving at 5-4 down in the first set and rallied from…

Essential Arts & Culture: Getty Villa’s redo, speaker dresses and Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer — damn!

Hip-hop upends the Pulitzer Prize and a pair of musicians take to the stage in dresses made out of speakers. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s rocking culture news (and essential cumbia remixes): ESSENTIAL IMAGE The 2018 winner of the Pulitzer Prize…

Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968

Upsetting the modernist status quo in 1968 were Terry Riley’s transformative “In C,” Luciano Berio’s “Sinfonia” with a movement memorializing Martin Luther King Jr., Stockhausen’s mystical tune-in, turn-on “Stimmung” and Hans Werner Henze’s “The Raft of the Medusa,” dedicated to Che.

Rams don’t have picks in first two rounds of NFL draft, but many a star has emerged from Round 3

It felt like something of a slight to Jackie Slater. The offensive lineman from Jackson State had been led by some to believe he might be selected in the first round of the 1976 NFL draft. But he was not selected until the third round, when the Rams chose him…

Inside L.A.’s other cycling world — no helmet, no cars and not much money for repairs

Earl Garrett, 79, stopped by Paisano’s Bike Shop in South Los Angeles last week to get a new lock for a red two-wheeler that’s also a senior citizen. The Watts resident told me he hasn’t had a car since 1970 and uses his bike for work, like thousands of others…

O.C. anti-corruption task force collapsed amid infighting between federal and local investigators

Back in 2013, Orange County’s top prosecutor and federal authorities set up a task force to root out local political corruption. The timing seemed appropriate: A grand jury report had recently declared that misconduct was “actively festering” in the county’s halls of government. And the district…

If Max Scherzer were in Dodgers’ rotation, things might be different

It felt like October, sweaters, blankets, fans huddled and howling.It looked like October, Dodgers and Washington Nationals, Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, playoff shadows, Cy Young shine. Then the October game started, and the Dodgers fell flat back into April. Clayton Kershaw scuffling, bats…

Clayton Kershaw outlasts Max Scherzer, but Nationals still beat Dodgers 5-2

In the middle of the seventh inning of a 5-2 loss to Washington, Clayton Kershaw hunched on the bench inside his dugout. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts patted Kershaw on the leg and sat down next to him. Nationals ace Max Scherzer had already completed his evening. Kershaw’s night would end…

Giants knock around the Angels 8-1

Andrew McCutchen hit a towering, three-run homer, Mac Williamson hit a two-run homer in his first big league game this season and Nick Hundley also connected to back Jeff Samardzija in the San Francisco Giants’ 8-1 win against the Angels on Friday night. The Angels had only five hits, including…

Los Angeles Times book prizes awarded to literary veterans, emerging authors

Abortion, gun violence, the global refugee crisis and the degradation of the Great Lakes were among the subjects of books honored Friday at the 38th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The awards were presented at USC’s Bovard Auditorium on the eve of the two-day L.A. Times Festival of Books,…

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ picked up for 15th season

Olivia Pope and “Scandal” may have fought their final battle this week, but “Grey’s Anatomy” lives on. ABC announced Friday that the medical drama set at a Seattle teaching hospital will return for a 15th season next year. The series, which, like “Scandal,” was created by Shonda Rhimes, is the…

Saturday’s TV highlights and weekend talk shows: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ and more

SERIES Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World The veteran journalist visits Shanghai, then Accra, to talk with locals about romance and related issues in back-to-back new episodes. 7 and 8 p.m. CNN Ransom Eric and Oliver (Luke Roberts, Brandon Jay McLaren) try to rescue a CIA operative…

Word about Shohei Ohtani’s frustrating stuff is getting around

He wouldn’t name names, but Andrelton Simmons admitted that at least two opponents have expressed exasperation over Shohei Ohtani. “A couple of them have told me, ‘I’m over this guy already,’ ” the Angels shortstop said. “We’ve just laughed about it.” Those opponents almost certainly were Oakland…

Golf roundup: Moriya Jutanugarn moves into LPGA lead at Wilshire Country Club

Moriya Jutanugarn took the lead into the weekend at the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open in her latest bid to join younger sister Ariya as an LPGA Tour winner. Moriya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free five-under-par 66 on Friday at Wilshire Country Club to get to eight-under 134 in the LPGA Tour’s first…

Once more, L.A. school board decision on new leader seems to stall

After more than five hours in closed session, the Los Angeles Board of Education recessed its meeting Friday without announcing a new superintendent for the nation’s second-largest school system. The board is scheduled to resume deliberations May 1. Most of the speculation has centered on former…

Stanley Cup playoffs: Jets stomp on Wild 5-0 to advance to second round

Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia scored in the first 11:59 to chase Minnesota goalie Devan Dubynk and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Wild 5-0 on Friday night to win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his…