Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu accepts qualifying offer, C Yasmani Grandal declines

LOS ANGELES — Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has accepted the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ qualifying offer, but starting catcher Yasmani Grandal has declined it. Ryu will return on a one-year, $17.9 million contract while Grandal will venture into the free-agent market, giving the Dodgers draft-pick compensation. The Dodgers will likely seek a catcher on a short-term deal to replace Grandal, in order to buy time before their promising prospects are ready to contribute at the major league level. With Ryu, the Dodgers have at least eight major league-ready starting pitchers heading…

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Smoke from Camp Fire visible in Sacramento Kings’ arena before game vs. Los Angeles Lakers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Smoke from a wildfire raging in Butte County — known as the Camp Fire — billowed into downtown Sacramento and was visible above the court at the Golden 1 Center before the Kings‘ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. “We are aware that there is a smoke problem,” a Kings spokesman told ESPN shortly before tipoff. In order to combat the conditions, arena workers manning the entrances when ticket holders arrived were instructed to keep the doors closed as much as possible during the pregame…

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Wildfires affect practices for Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders

7:04 PM ET Lindsey Thiry Close ESPN Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball Paul Gutierrez Close ESPN Staff Writer Covered Oakland Raiders for CSNBayArea.com and Sacramento Bee for eight years Member of Pro Football Writers Association Previously worked at Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sports Illustrated The Los Angeles Rams canceled practice and the Oakland Raiders were limited to just a walkthrough because of raging wildfires in California on Friday. The Rams’…

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Deontay Wilder Los Angeles Media Day Quotes & Photos

WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder Battles Lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury Saturday, December 1 On SHOWTIME PPV® From STAPLES Center in Los Angeles LOS ANGELES (November 6, 2018) – WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder held a jam-packed media day Monday in Los Angeles where he discussed his blockbuster matchup against lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury taking place Saturday, December 1 on SHOWTIME PPV® from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Wilder arrived in Los Angeles, along with trainer Jay Deas, to show off his skills in front of media at…

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Fixes for the struggling teams at the bottom of the standings, including Los Angeles Kings, Vegas Golden Knights, Detroit Red Wings

Every season, there are teams that get things turned around after a rough start. On Nov. 8, 2017, the Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild were 12th and 13th, respectively, in the Western Conference, and the St. Louis Blues were 12-3-1. By the end of the season, the Ducks and Wild were in the postseason, and the Blues were golfing. On that same day, Boston was a mediocre 6-5-1 and ended up finishing 50-20-12. Many teams at the bottom, however, did not have those types of turnarounds. Clubs like Arizona, Edmonton,…

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Tyson Chandler makes immediate impact in Los Angeles Lakers debut

LOS ANGELES — It was fitting that the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves of all teams Wednesday because their wildest stretch of the season to date — and yes, this is taking into account the fists that flew against the Houston Rockets — started just more than a week ago with a road loss to those very Wolves. That loss wasn’t just disturbing because of the way the Lakers failed to secure yet another close game down the stretch, or because they couldn’t execute simple defensive instructions like…

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Los Angeles Kings president Luc Robitaille explains why gambling revenue could affect NHL ticket prices

6:39 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The National Hockey League and its teams have been quick to embrace legalized sports wagering in the U.S. after the Supreme Court ruled in May that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 was unconstitutional. The league has partnered with MGM Resorts as its “official sports wagering partner,” and it announced on Monday that FanDuel is an “official sports betting partner of the league.” The New Jersey Devils have a sponsorship deal with FanDuel and two spaces that encourage wagering at Prudential Center…

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Tyson Chandler Signs With the Los Angeles Lakers

Want Marc Stein’s N.B.A. insights sent directly to your inbox? Sign up for our weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. ——- The veteran center Tyson Chandler cleared waivers Tuesday and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, who are counting on the 36-year-old to bring a much-needed boost to the Lakers’ ailing defense. Two clear needs have emerged as the Lakers have stumbled to a 4-6 start to the LeBron James era — more interior depth to address their defensive and rebounding woes and more dependable perimeter shooting. Chandler can’t help with the…

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Los Angeles Lakers sign Tyson Chandler

Center Tyson Chandler has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers after clearing waivers on a contract buyout with the Phoenix Suns, general manager Rob Pelinka announced Monday. The new contract for Chandler will pay him $2,109,867, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, with the Lakers incurring a cap hit of $1,333,140. Chandler agreed to shave $2.1 million off his $13.6 million salary with Phoenix. He is eligible to be traded Feb. 6, one day before the trade deadline. Chandler, 36, will be a backup to starting center JaVale McGee for the…

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Los Angeles Lakers 5-on-5 debate

Do the Los Angeles Lakers (4-6) need to make moves? How can LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Luke Walton right the ship? And how good is this team at its peak? Our NBA experts answer the big questions about L.A. 1. What’s your biggest takeaway from the Lakers’ first 10 games? Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN: We can talk about the palace intrigue, or whether a collection of vets on one-year deals could mesh with LeBron and the kids, but the truth is that for all the Lakers’ pomp and star appeal,…

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