Alice Coachman, who in 1948 became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, has died. 
During her youth in Georgia, she wasn’t permitted to use public sports facilities because of the color of her skin; to practice high-jumping, the event that later won her the gold medal, she used rope or tied rags together to substitute for crossbars. When she returned home from the London Olympics in 1948, her hometown gave her a celebratory welcome, but she wasn’t allowed to speak at the ceremony and the mayor did not shake her hand.
Photo: Coachman wins the 1948 Women’s National Track Meet in Grand Rapids, Iowa. Credit: Associated Press

Alice Coachman, who in 1948 became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, has died

During her youth in Georgia, she wasn’t permitted to use public sports facilities because of the color of her skin; to practice high-jumping, the event that later won her the gold medal, she used rope or tied rags together to substitute for crossbars. When she returned home from the London Olympics in 1948, her hometown gave her a celebratory welcome, but she wasn’t allowed to speak at the ceremony and the mayor did not shake her hand.

Photo: Coachman wins the 1948 Women’s National Track Meet in Grand Rapids, Iowa. Credit: Associated Press

Tim Howard could be U.S. Defense secretary, the real Defense secretary said today.
Photo: U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during the team’s World Cup game against Belgium yesterday. Credit: AP / Felipe Dana

Tim Howard could be U.S. Defense secretary, the real Defense secretary said today.

Photo: U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during the team’s World Cup game against Belgium yesterday. Credit: AP / Felipe Dana

The U.S. lost to Belgium today, but Team USA still had "a remarkable underdog run" at the World Cup. 
Photo: AP / Michael Conroy

The U.S. lost to Belgium today, but Team USA still had "a remarkable underdog run" at the World Cup

Photo: AP / Michael Conroy

The U.S. soccer team lost at the World Cup today, but it was still cause for celebration. Here’s how the team advanced even without a win or a draw.

The U.S. soccer team lost at the World Cup today, but it was still cause for celebration. Here’s how the team advanced even without a win or a draw.

How fans of the U.S. World Cup team showed their support as USA beat Ghana today, 2-1

See more fans and shots of the game here.

Photos: Top: Fans cheer for the U.S. team at a viewing party in Chicago (AP/Sun-Times Media, Chandler West). Middle left: U.S. fan arrives for the U.S.-Ghana game in Natal, Brazil (Getty Images/Diego Marcel). Middle right: U.S. fan celebrates his team’s victory (AP/Leo Correa). Bottom: Fan dressed as Elvis arrives for the U.S.-Ghana game in Natal, Brazil (Getty Images/Diego Marcel).

In basketball, when a player scores or flings a pass out of bounds, the other team gets the ball. After touchdowns in the NFL, there is a kickoff. Hockey is different.
No matter which team scores or commits a penalty, the puck goes up for grabs every time play resumes.
"You almost have that mind-set where you’ll do anything," Kings center Jarret Stoll says of the faceoff. Above, you can see that he’s been pretty successful at it. Sports writer David Wharton breaks down this unique and vital aspect of the game.

In basketball, when a player scores or flings a pass out of bounds, the other team gets the ball. After touchdowns in the NFL, there is a kickoff. Hockey is different.

No matter which team scores or commits a penalty, the puck goes up for grabs every time play resumes.

"You almost have that mind-set where you’ll do anything," Kings center Jarret Stoll says of the faceoff. Above, you can see that he’s been pretty successful at it. Sports writer David Wharton breaks down this unique and vital aspect of the game.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the L.A. Clippers. His $2-billion offer sets a record price for an NBA team. 
Photo: Kay Nietfeld / EPA

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the L.A. Clippers. His $2-billion offer sets a record price for an NBA team. 

Photo: Kay Nietfeld / EPA

This is an excerpt from a text-message exchange between an unidentified employee of the L.A. Clippers and V. Stiviano, onetime friend of Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The messages, from April 9, are included in the NBA’s formal case against Sterling, in which the league seeks to force him to sell the team. According to the NBA’s case, the attached audio file contains the conversation that was released April 25 by TMZ.
In hundreds of pages of documents, the NBA’s investigation reveals new facets of the scandal. Our James Rainey has an exclusive report.

This is an excerpt from a text-message exchange between an unidentified employee of the L.A. Clippers and V. Stiviano, onetime friend of Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The messages, from April 9, are included in the NBA’s formal case against Sterling, in which the league seeks to force him to sell the team. According to the NBA’s case, the attached audio file contains the conversation that was released April 25 by TMZ.

In hundreds of pages of documents, the NBA’s investigation reveals new facets of the scandal. Our James Rainey has an exclusive report.

The L.A. Kings beat the San Jose Sharks tonight, 5-1, becoming only the fourth team in NHL playoff history to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games. The Kings advance to play the Ducks in the second round in what will be the first postseason meeting between the two Southern California rivals.

Here’s reporter Lisa Dillman’s full story on the victory, more photos from the game and a preview of the upcoming Kings-Ducks playoff series.

Top photo: The puck flies over the head of Sharks goalie Antti Niemi on Kings center Tyler Toffoli’s goal during the third period of tonight’s game. Photo: Associated Press. Middle photo: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, top, celebrates the win with teammate Alec Martinez. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press. Bottom photo: Slava Voynov the Kings shakes hands with James Sheppard of the Sharks after the game. Credit: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

When you get this many Lakers to stand up for the Clippers, you know something big is happening in L.A.

American Meb Keflezighi won the men’s division of the Boston Marathon today. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the women’s.

Keflezighi is the first American man to win the race since 1983. Jeptoo captured back-to-back championships and became the seventh woman to win three marathon crowns.

As the winners crossed the finish, they were cheered on by spectators, many in yellow and blue “Boston Strong” T-shirts, who came to watch the race a year after a pair bombs exploded near the finish line. 

Photos: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images, EPA/C.J. Gunther

It’s not a mascot. It’s a unique performance character.
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Watch Nine Years of Olympic Preparation in Six Seconds
Before July 2005, when Russia bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi was one of the country’s largest resort towns, sitting on the Black Sea just 27 miles north of Georgia. These DigitalGlobe satellite images provided to TIME—snapped between April 2005 and January 2014—show what happens when $50 billion is suddenly invested to transform into an Olympic host city.

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Watch Nine Years of Olympic Preparation in Six Seconds

Before July 2005, when Russia bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi was one of the country’s largest resort towns, sitting on the Black Sea just 27 miles north of Georgia. These DigitalGlobe satellite images provided to TIME—snapped between April 2005 and January 2014—show what happens when $50 billion is suddenly invested to transform into an Olympic host city.

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Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seahawks scored 12 seconds into each half, and their defense didn’t give up a first down until the 20th minute of the game. “The Seahawks emphatically proved in a league in which offense and scoring is on the rise annually, defense still wins championships,” reporter Brad Biggs writes.

This is the Seahawks’ first NFL championship and its second-ever Super Bowl appearance. (Incidentally, L.A. Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer predicted this Super Bowl matchup and outcome back in September.)

Photos, from top: Seahawks mascot Taima the Hawk celebrates after the win. Credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, dumps Gatorade on head coach Pete Carroll during the second half of the game. Credit: Erik S. Lesser / European Pressphoto Agency. Wilson holds up the Vice Lombardi Trophy after the game. Credit: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images. Fans Annicka and Janet Pollack cheer as the Seahawks score a touchdown during the third quarter. Credit: Sofia Jaramillo / Associated Press. More photos from the game.

Building a hockey rink in Dodgers Stadium

Saturday, right in the middle of Dodgers stadium, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks will face off in the first NHL regular season game held outdoors west of the Rocky Mountains.

But beyond the technical feat of having an ice rink in the middle of a warm L.A. January, there’s an intangible joy to the project.

As Dan Craig, the man leading the icy project put it:

"The satisfaction for me will be when the guys skate out there. Nobody has to tell me.

I’ll know well ahead of them what they’re going to feel, and I’ll know from how I see them skate and how I see their eyes and the expression on their face. When you get guys from 19 to 39 just grinning from ear to ear and loving being out there, that’s what we do.”

Read columnist Helene Elliott’s full story right here.

Photos: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times, Nick Ut / Associated Press