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

The rise of futsal: A miniature form of soccer

To be honest, we had no idea what futsal was when we saw that reporter Paresh Dave’s story was in the pipeline. But now we’re hooked and need to give it a shot.

Just peek at the intro of Dave’s story:

he amber lights flicker on above the tennis courts at DeForest Park in Long Beach. The nets have disappeared. Tennis balls are nowhere in sight. This evening, people are playing with a different kind of ball.

On the chain-link fence that surrounds the courts, spray paint marks the goals. Shots whiz by like cars on a freeway.

English and Spanish blend as players chant “Corre! Corre!” (“Run!”) and “Mira! Mira!” (“Look!”). The murmurs from onlookers — “nice” and “wow” — swell after each dazzling play.

The matches on this concrete court are quick. The first team to score wins. Losers retreat to wooden benches, ceding to the next challenger.

Read more on the numerous demographic, financial and athletic reasons for futsal’s increasing popularity right here.

Photos: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

Meet the dentist salvaging an entire hockey team’s teeth

Dr. Bao-Thy Grant has a tricky job: Caring for the mouths of a crew of guys whose jobs include being smashed in the face on a regular basis. She’s responsible for injuries from the face up for the Anaheim Ducks, and that includes their frequently-busted teeth.

Goals and assists mean little to her. When the television shows highlights of players bashing into each other, drawing cheers from the crowd, she looks away. The Ducks who wear their mouth guards and clear plastic face shields are her favorites.

Grant seems more excited about Selanne’s use of protective gear than the goal he scores against the Oilers late in the second period.

Read reporter David Wharton’s profile of Grant in our latest Column One feature.

Photos: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times, Jim McIsaac / Getty Images

Meet the orthopedic surgeon to the stars
Dr. Neal ElAttrache has a simple practice - all he does with his surgical talents is regularly operate on athletes like Kobe Bryant and Zack Greinke, as the hopes and dreams of fans, and millions in team investment, sit anxiously in the waiting room.
And he isn’t limited to current athletes. Former governor, body builder and T-800 Arnold Schwarzenegger has strongly endorsed ElAttrache:

"Dr. ElAttrache is the real deal — one of the most talented surgeons I’ve met. He can fix what others say is unfixable. He is the ultimate asset for any athlete who goes to him because they need their bodies to perform at their best, whether it is on a football field or in the movies."

Learn how ElAttrache ended up as L.A.’s preeminent orthopedic surgeon in reporter Diane Pucin’s latest story here.
Photo: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Meet the orthopedic surgeon to the stars

Dr. Neal ElAttrache has a simple practice - all he does with his surgical talents is regularly operate on athletes like Kobe Bryant and Zack Greinke, as the hopes and dreams of fans, and millions in team investment, sit anxiously in the waiting room.

And he isn’t limited to current athletes. Former governor, body builder and T-800 Arnold Schwarzenegger has strongly endorsed ElAttrache:

"Dr. ElAttrache is the real deal — one of the most talented surgeons I’ve met. He can fix what others say is unfixable. He is the ultimate asset for any athlete who goes to him because they need their bodies to perform at their best, whether it is on a football field or in the movies."

Learn how ElAttrache ended up as L.A.’s preeminent orthopedic surgeon in reporter Diane Pucin’s latest story here.

Photo: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

The Cardinals beat the Dodgers for a place in the World Series

The Dodgers’ season ended with tonight’s 9-0 loss in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.

The Cardinals won the series, 4-2, and will play the winner of the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. (The Red Sox currently lead the series, 3-2.)

Game 1 of the World Series is scheduled for Wednesday.

Top photo: The Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Dodgers. Credit: Elsa / Getty Images. Bottom photo: Dodger Mark Ellis walks away after striking out to end Game 6. Credit: David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Dodgers top Braves, move on to NLCS

imageIt’s been a team effort, but obviously, plenty of credit has to be given to Juan Uribe for turning two failed bunts into a climactic two-run home run to win the game last night, sealing at least another playoff series for the Dodgers. And to think everyone was worried about Clayton Kershaw pitching on short rest.

For all your Dodgers news, check out our recap of last night’s game, see what columnist Bill Plaschke had to say about the team’s stunning win and check out r/Dodgers, where the amazing gif above originated from.