Albert Pujols gets his 2,992nd hit with two-run home run in Angels’ 4-3 win over Giants

The ball rifled off the bat of Albert Pujols at 104 mph and shot toward the gap in right-center field in the sixth inning Saturday night, easily clearing the wall for the 618th home run and 2,992nd hit of the Angels slugger’s career. Gone was a streak of 41 innings…

Buzz over Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a sight to see

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was everywhere Saturday night, the image of his face on the navy blue shirts worn by fans gathered at the gates of the StubHub Center two hours before the Galaxy’s scheduled kickoff Saturday night. One, two, three There was no point in counting. It looked as if every…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn’t score, so the Galaxy falls to Atlanta United 2-0

When the Galaxy added Zlatan Ibrahimovic to their roster last month, coach Sigi Schmid’s task was to find a way to integrate the Swedish superstar into the offense. Instead, Ibrahimovic has become the offense, scoring the team’s last three goals and leading the team in both scoring and shots on…

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitches seven scoreless innings in 4-0 Dodgers victory over Nationals

There might come a time this season when Hyun-Jin Ryu will be welcome to pitch the eighth inning. Or, frankly, there might not. Ryu has not lasted beyond seven innings in four years, in a game so long ago that Andre Ethier was the Dodgers’ center fielder and Cuban prospect…

Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea pitches no-hitter against streaking Red Sox

A’s lefty Sean Manaea pitched the first no-hitter against Boston in 25 years, with an overturned call preserving the gem Saturday night in Oakland’s 3-0 win over the sizzling Red Sox. Manaea struck out 10, walked two and threw 108 pitches to finish off Oakland’s first no-no since Dallas Braden…

Ducks enter the offseason looking to adjust to NHL’s evolving game

The Ducks enter a long offseason with question marks aplenty after a lethargic showing in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Coach Randy Carlyle’s crew was swept by the San Jose Sharks, and the Ducks didn’t put up much of a fight. It’s clear they must adjust to…

NASCAR: Kyle Busch pulls away in overtime for third consecutive win

Kyle Busch pulled away on a restart in a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish and won his third consecutive race in NASCAR’s Cup Series. Busch, who started 32nd but quickly worked his way into contention, outran Chase Elliott and teammate Denny Hamlin for his fifth career victory at Richmond…

Golf: Jutanugarn, Ko share 2-shot lead in LPGA Tour’s LA tourney

Moriya Jutanugarn overcame a poor start and birdied the 18th for a hard-earned 1-under 70 to tie Jin Young Ko at 9 under going into the final round of the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Ko shot a 66 at Wilshire Country Club on Saturday in her bid to become the year’s…

Angels designate Luke Bard, call up Eduardo Paredes

The need for a fresh bullpen arm outweighed the desire to keep a promising one, as right-hander Eduardo Paredes was recalled from triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday and Luke Bard, who was selected from Minnesota in the Rule 5 draft last winter, was designated for assignment. Bard’s selection cost the…

MLB: White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar has brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm

Chicago White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar was in stable but critical condition Saturday, a day after suffering a brain hemorrhage while in the dugout during a game. Farquhar passed out during the sixth inning Friday night after getting two outs against Houston. He was helped by team medical personnel…

Dodgers move Chris Taylor to infield to get Joc Pederson more at-bats

Chris Taylor was a career infielder until last year, when he staked his claim to the Dodgers’ center-field job. He played so well that the team insisted he would remain in center field, even though the Dodgers have abundant outfield depth and could have moved Taylor to second base when…

Aside from safety, Chip Kelly’s first UCLA spring game goes ‘according to plan’

The plays were basic, the pace s-l-o-w. The game ended after only two quarters and the quarterback who might throw UCLA’s first pass of the 2018 season was milling about in street clothes. In other words, the Bruins’ first spring football game under coach Chip Kelly was packed with more…

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…

MLS no longer a retirement home for aging European stars

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not your typical MLS player. And not just because he’s an international superstar who entered Saturday with three times as many goals as he’s had starts since joining the Galaxy last month. What really makes Ibrahimovic stand out is the fact he’s a 36-year-old Swede whose…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

NBA playoffs: Pacers rally to beat Cavaliers and take series lead 2-1

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points, leading the Indiana Pacers back from a 17-point halftime deficit for a 92-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night for a 2-1 lead in their first-round series. Cleveland was 39-0 during the regular season when leading after three quarters and kept…