• Irvine’s Great Park balloon wrapped in logo honoring Kobe Bryant, others who died in helicopter crash

    Irvine’s Great Park balloon wrapped in logo honoring Kobe Bryant, others who died in helicopter crash
    A logo of Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy will float above the Orange County Great Park in Irvine for several days starting Friday, Feb. 14.
    Developer FivePoint Holdings has worked with the city to wrap the logo around the park’s signature giant orange balloon, which the company sponsors. Three lights will illuminate the balloon at night starting Saturday, Feb. 15, FivePoint CEO Emile Haddad said.
    The logo features the uniform numbers of Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and her Mamba
  • Laguna Beach girls water polo rallies past Foothill to defend CIF-SS Division 1 title

    Laguna Beach girls water polo rallies past Foothill to defend CIF-SS Division 1 title
    Laguna Beach players with their trophy after beating Foothill 7-6 during the CIF-SS Division 1 girls water polo championship game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 in Irvine.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)
    Laguna Beach coach Ethan Damato, right, and his team jump into the pool after beating Foothill 7-6 during the CIF-SS Division 1 girls water polo championship game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 in Irvine.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)SoundThe gallery will resu
  • La Habra boys soccer tripped up again in the CIF-SS semifinals

    La Habra boys soccer tripped up again in the CIF-SS semifinals
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowLA HABRA — After losing in the CIF-SS semifinals the last two years, the La Habra boys soccer team was looking to make their third time the charm.
    However, the luck seemed to be in the leg of Channel Islands of Oxnard midfielder Jose Ortiz, whose shot went through the legs of La Habra’s goalie and gave the Raiders a 1-0 victory in a CIF-SS Division 2 semifinal on Saturday at La Habra High.
    The vic
  • Servite soccer defeats Cathedral in Division 1 semifinals with clutch effort by David Mitzner

    Servite soccer defeats Cathedral in Division 1 semifinals with clutch effort by David Mitzner
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowANAHEIM – Servite senior goal keeper David Mitzner said one of his former coaches told him that he should always go into a game anticipating that he will have to make three big saves for his team to win the game.
    That wasn’t exactly true.
    On Saturday, Mitzner had to turn away five Cathedral shots for the host Friars to advance to their first CIF-SS Division 1 championship match since 2015.
    Servite
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  • Brewing Morris brothers ‘storyline’ is fine with Doc Rivers, Clippers

    Brewing Morris brothers ‘storyline’ is fine with Doc Rivers, Clippers
    LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers said, no, he would not have a problem with Marcus and Markieff Morris living together — if Markieff joins his twin brother in L.A. by signing with the Lakers, as reports indicate he is poised to once he clears waivers Sunday after agreeing to a buyout with the Detroit Pistons.
    Nope, no issue at all, Rivers insisted. Even if L.A.’s two NBA teams collide in the Western Conference Finals.
    “I wouldn’t care about that; let us be in the West Confe
  • Dodgers hit three homers, beat Giants in Cactus League opener

    Dodgers hit three homers, beat Giants in Cactus League opener
    THE GAME: Kike’ Hernandez, Max Muncy and Chris Taylor each hit home runs as the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 10-4 Saturday afternoon. The start of the Cactus League opener was delayed more than two hours by rain.
    PITCHING REPORT: Tony Gonsolin retired all three batters he faced in the first inning. … The only Giants hit through the first four innings was a home run by Mauricio Dubon off Josh Sborz.
    HITTING REPORT: Muncy hit the first of the Dodgers’ three home runs in
  • Horse racing: Keeper Ofthe Stars takes Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita

    Horse racing: Keeper Ofthe Stars takes Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita
    ARCADIA >> Jonathan Wong is known more in Northern California than he is in the Southland. He’s the leading trainer at Golden Gate Fields, winning at a 29% rate heading into Saturday’s action.
    But Wong, 31, is certainly no stranger to Southern California racing, and he showed again Saturday he can play with the big boys when he saddled Keeper Ofthe Stars, a 36-1 longshot, for a victory in the $200,000 Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita.
    The victory was Wong’s thir
  • ‘Why here?’ Costa Mesa, OC officials question feds’ plan for coronavirus quarantine site

    ‘Why here?’ Costa Mesa, OC officials question feds’ plan for coronavirus quarantine site
    Criticizing what one official called “a tremendous breakdown in communication,” Orange County local, state and federal elected leaders expressed their concern and frustration Saturday, Feb. 22, about the suggestion that coronavirus patients be quarantined at the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa.
    Costa Mesa officials learned late Thursday that federal and state agencies were discussing a plan to potentially use Fairview, a 60-year-old state-owned facility, to house recently
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  • Valor Buck wins 170-pound title and Servite finishes second at CIF-SS Masters Meet

    Valor Buck wins 170-pound title and Servite finishes second at CIF-SS Masters Meet
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowLA HABRA — Admittedly, Servite’s Valor Buck was a bit rusty going into his championship match at the CIF-SS Masters Meet on Saturday at Sonora High School.
    But Buck still displayed enough fortitude and savviness on the mat to win the 170-pound championship and earn upper-weight MVP honors in the process.
    Buck, who came in as the No.1 seed, led the Friars to a second-place finish in the tournament
  • Warm weather coming to Southern California after light rain, snow on Saturday

    Warm weather coming to Southern California after light rain, snow on Saturday
    Scattered showers brought less than an inch of rain to most parts of Southern California on Saturday, but mountains at about the 5,000-feet elevation and up were expected to see a few inches of snow overnight.
    But next week, the weather still start to heat up. Coastal, inland and valley areas could see temperatures rise to 80 degrees starting Tuesday, according to National Weather Service forecasts.
    Through early Saturday morning into the late afternoon, small showers and some isolated thunderst
  • Ducks use humor to block out worries as NHL’s trade deadline nears

    Ducks use humor to block out worries as NHL’s trade deadline nears
    IRVINE — Coach Dallas Eakins joked recently that he was never good enough as a player to be traded during his NHL career. Defenseman Korbinian Holzer cracked that since he had played with league’s most scrutinized team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, earlier in his career he had been traded 700 times.
    More seriously, newly-acquired center David Backes delayed his departure for Anaheim after Friday’s trade so that he could at least hug his wife and children who had gone to Florida fro
  • Rosary girls water polo knocks off M.L. King for first CIF-SS title since 1999

    Rosary girls water polo knocks off M.L. King for first CIF-SS title since 1999
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowIRVINE — Mia Solorzano said she and her teammates on the Rosary girls water polo team were more excited than confident for the CIF-SS Division 3 final Saturday.
    The Royals can relish in both feelings after defeating top-seeded M.L. King 9-7 for their first section title since 1999 when their team included future two-time Olympic medalist Natalie Benson.
    Behind a relentless 2-meter attack with multiple p
  • Daredevil ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes reported dead in rocket crash near Barstow

    Daredevil ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes reported dead in rocket crash near Barstow
    A rocket crashed in the San Bernardino County desert near Barstow on Saturday, Feb. 22, and TMZ is reporting that well-known daredevil “Mad” Mike Hughes, 64, perished in the accident.
    TMZ said Hughes was aboard the rocket when it plummeted straight down after the launch. A video on TMZ’s website shows a parachute separating from the vessel upon launch, then the rocket falling from hundreds of feet nose-down.Mad Mike Hughes just launched himself in a self-made steam-powered rock
  • Daredevil ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies in rocket crash near Barstow

    Daredevil ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies in rocket crash near Barstow
    Daredevil rocket-builder “Mad” Mike Hughes of Apple Valley died Saturday, Feb. 22, when the homemade steam-powered vessel he manned as part of a television series crashed in the San Bernardino County desert near Barstow, reports said.
    The Science Channel, which has scheduled the series “Homemade Astronauts” to premiere this year, and TMZ reported thatHughes, 64, was aboard the rocket and perished in the accident.
    A video posted on Twitter shows a parachute separating from
  • UCLA basketball rallies in 2nd half to beat No. 18 Colorado

    UCLA basketball rallies in 2nd half to beat No. 18 Colorado
    BOULDER, Colo. — The NCAA Tournament was unlikely for UCLA four games into the Pac-12 Conference schedule. With three games to go in the regular season, the Bruins are making a case to get there.
    “All that stuff takes care of itself if you win games,” coach Mick Cronin said.
    UCLA added another solid win to its resume, rallying from nine down to beat No. 18 Colorado 70-63 on Saturday. The Bruins tied the Buffaloes atop the Pac-12 standings.
    Tyger Campbell had seven of his 15 poi
  • Late strike lifts Harvard-Westlake girls water polo past San Clemente in CIF-SS Division 2 final

    Late strike lifts Harvard-Westlake girls water polo past San Clemente in CIF-SS Division 2 final
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowIRVINE — Don’t call Harvard-Westlake only a boys water polo school anymore.
    The school’s girls team reached new heights Saturday at the CIF-SS water polo championships.
    Just two seasons after losing in the section finals in a lower division, the Wolverines conquered Division 2 by edging San Clemente and high-scoring Alex Higginson 13-12 on a late strike by Juliette O’Brien at Woollett
  • Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses, takes national Democratic lead

    Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses, takes national Democratic lead
    LAS VEGAS — Bernie Sanders scored a resounding victory in Nevada’s presidential caucuses on Saturday, cementing his status as the Democrats’ national front-runner amid escalating tensions over whether he’s too liberal to defeat President Donald Trump.
    The 78-year-old Vermont senator successfully rallied his fiercely loyal base and tapped into support from Nevada’s large Latino community as the Democratic contest moved for the first time into a state with a significa
  • Young ballplayers swing for the fences

    Young ballplayers swing for the fences
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    The Angels have reported to the field for training and now Orange County’s younger ballplayers also are back for more of America’s pastime.
    Youth baseball and softball organizations around the county are starting their spring seasons.
    Teams have been practicing for a few weeks and now games are starting to be played. So grab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks and cheer them on.
    Related Articles First of Orang
  • Lakers stay tight-lipped as DeMarcus Cousins works on rehab at practice

    Lakers stay tight-lipped as DeMarcus Cousins works on rehab at practice
    EL SEGUNDO — It’s not quite accurate to say DeMarcus Cousins is an open roster spot walking.
    On Saturday afternoon, he was running. He was working with Lakers assistant coaches on plyometric drills, testing and recovering his torn left ACL which he’s worked to return from since August.
    Even though Cousins is widely understood to be the roster cut on Sunday when the Lakers expect to add power forward Markieff Morris once he clears waivers, the team and Cousins have so far procee
  • Play ball! But first, a parade, for kids in West Garden Grove Youth Baseball

    Play ball! But first, a parade, for kids in West Garden Grove Youth Baseball
    Click here if you are having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.
    They refused to let the threat of inconvenient weather rain on their parade.
    On Saturday morning, Feb. 22, more than 500 kids who play for West Garden Grove Youth Baseball proudly marched through the streets of their city.
    “It’s so fun to see the smiles and excitement on the kids’ faces,” Erin Fales, a volunteer with the group, said prior to the season-opening celebration.
    Baseball and softbal
  • UCLA gymnastics leads social media impression, leaves lasting impact at meets

    UCLA gymnastics leads social media impression, leaves lasting impact at meets
    Every day when Emma Andres comes into the Yates Gym for practice, she takes a moment to look around.
    She gazes up at the historic photos lined along the walls of past championships and former gymnasts. She notes the team’s matching Bruin blue warm up shirts all with the UCLA script big and bold on their chests.
    Lastly, she looks at her teammates. The faces and names she grew up admiring and looking up to now surround her.
    “The fact that I’m on the team is still so surreal to me
  • Clippers come out flat, lose to Sacramento Kings

    Clippers come out flat, lose to Sacramento Kings
    LOS ANGELES — They punched in on a Saturday afternoon, but the Clippers could have been diagnosed with a case of the Mondays early on in their 112-103 loss against the Sacramento Kings.
    In their first game back from the All-Star break, the Clippers were out of sorts and out of sync early, and they ultimately ran out of time to overcome such a tepid start in their first appearance at Staples Center with recent additions Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson.
    With Paul George (hamstring) and Patr
  • Orange County scores and player stats for Saturday (2-22-2020)

    Orange County scores and player stats for Saturday (2-22-2020)
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowScores and stats for the Orange County games on Saturday, Feb. 22.
    GIRLS WATER POLO
    CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
    Championship finals
    DIVISION 2
    Harvard-Westlake 13, San Clemente 12
    BASEBALL
    NEWPORT ELKS TOURNAMENT
    Westminster 6, Magnolia 0
    Wm: Avalos (W, 7IP 3H 0R 7K). Jara 3-4, 2B, 2R, RBI. Morales 2-3, 2B, 2R, 2RBI. Monroy 2-4, 2RBI. Bedolla 2-3, R, RBI.
    Savanna 5, Estancia 0
    Sav: Munguia (W, 7IP 1H 0R 13K). Monzon 2-3.
  • Rain delays Angels’ Cactus League opener

    Rain delays Angels’ Cactus League opener
    TEMPE, Ariz. — A rainstorm brought morning showers to Tempe Diablo Stadium postponing the home portion of the Los Angeles Angels split squad Spring Training opener against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday and canceling the away matchup against the White Sox.
    Players hit in the cages and some threw long toss in a light drizzle as most games across the greater Phoenix area were rained out with the Dodgers and Cubs getting their game started at 3:15 p.m. and the A’s and Cubs game to b
  • Marina girls water polo edges Flintridge Prep to win first CIF-SS title since 1998

    Marina girls water polo edges Flintridge Prep to win first CIF-SS title since 1998
    Marina High School girls water polo players, and coach Tamara Towgood, jump into the pool as they celebrate their CIF-SS Division 6 championship win over Flintridge Preparatory on Saturday, February 22, 2020. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
    Marina High School girls water polo players, and coach Tamara Towgood, jump into the pool as they celebrate their CIF-SS Division 6 championship win over Flintridge Preparatory on Saturday, February 22, 2020. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contr
  • 3 dead, 18 injured in bus rollover in San Diego County

    3 dead, 18 injured in bus rollover in San Diego County
    A charter bus rolled down an embankment off a San Diego County highway Saturday, Feb. 22, killing three people and injuring at least 18 others, authorities said.
    Emergency crews rescued several people trapped in the wreckage after the bus crashed around 10:20 a.m. on the southbound 15 Freeway south of the 76 Freeway, about 45 miles north of San Diego, the North County Fire Protection District said.
    The California Highway Patrol log said a person was still trapped at 11:16 a.m. and would not be a
  • First of Orange County’s new vote centers open ahead of March 3 primary

    First of Orange County’s new vote centers open ahead of March 3 primary
    Arash Namdari, right, helps a voter at The Huntington Beach Main Library, one of 39 vote centers in Orange County open on the first day of voting for the Primary Election.
    in Huntington Beach on Saturday, February22, 2020. (Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)
    One of several voting machines to assist voters with accessibility issues at the Huntington Beach Main Library, one of 39 vote centers in Orange County open on the first day of voting for the Primary Election.
    in Huntington Beach on Sat
  • Dodgers don’t seem to have room for top pitching prospect Dustin May

    Dodgers don’t seem to have room for top pitching prospect Dustin May
    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Barring injuries that change the makeup of the Dodgers’ pitching staff, it looks like top prospect Dustin May will be opening the 2020 season in the minor leagues.
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday May was not being evaluated for a bullpen role to start the season. With the starting rotation essentially set — Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Julio Urias and Alex Wood — May’s ticket to Oklahoma City seems punched.
    “I don&
  • XFL preview: Los Angeles Wildcats host QB Cardale Jones, DC Defenders

    XFL preview: Los Angeles Wildcats host QB Cardale Jones, DC Defenders
    DC Defenders (2-0) at Los Angeles Wildcats (0-2)
    When: Sunday, 3 p.m. PT
    Where: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson
    TV: FS1
    Line: Defenders by 8 ½ points
    Preview: Wildcats coach Winston Moss is glad wide receiver Nelson Spruce is on his side, but he wants the rest of the offense to step up. It’s going to take a collective effort for the winless Wildcats to upset the undefeated D.C. Defenders on Sunday. The Defenders lived up to their moniker by shutting out the New York Guardians 27-
  • Mike Trout and Justin Upton help Vegas couple with gender reveal

    Mike Trout and Justin Upton help Vegas couple with gender reveal
    Vince DeFiesta and his wife Laura, of Las Vegas, were hoping to get some help from the Angels with their gender reveal video. It couldn’t have gone any better. MVP Mike Trout enlisted fellow outfielder Justin Upton to help the couple make their social media dreams come true.
    “Do you want a boy or girl?” asked Trout. “We just want a healthy baby!” shouted Laura. Trout lobbed the “ball” to Upton, who smashed it into a could of pink dust to oohs and awws fr

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