FROM Randy Sklar
Will LeBron James be a game changer for the Lakers? LeBron James signed a four-year $154 million contract with the LA Lakers. The Lakers haven’t made the playoffs in five straight seasons. Will LeBron change that?
With pitcher Clayton Kershaw now injured, what's happening to the Dodgers? In basketball, the Golden State Warriors will face the Houston Rockets in the Conference Finals. It’s also hockey playoff time and the Las Vegas Golden Knights, who are in their first season have made it to the playoffs, and have kicked the LA Kings and the San Jose Sharks to the curb. In baseball, we’re about 35 games into the season, and the Dodgers have have not been looking good.
Laughing over 'Poop Talk' In the new documentary “Poop Talk,” actors and comedians -- including Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Carolla, and Nikki Glaser -- share funny stories about poop. It opens tomorrow at the Laemmle in Santa Monica. Randy and Jason Sklar are executive producers on the film.
Can the Rams make it to the Super Bowl this year? We talk about the Los Angeles sports team that’s winning the hearts of fans: the Rams. They’re in a playoff game tomorrow -- a reversal of last year’s misfortunes. They’ll be playing against the Atlanta Falcons at the Coliseum.
Is Lavar Ball ruining his sons' basketball careers? LiAngelo Ball had been suspended indefinitely from UCLA’s basketball team after he and teammates got caught shoplifting in China. Now LiAngelo’s dad, Lavar, says he’s pulling him out of UCLA to prepare him for the NBA draft. Lavar already pulled the youngest Ball -- 16-year-old LaMelo -- out of high school. Is this a good idea? Also, the LA Rams are leading their division with nine wins and three losses, so are they going to make it to the playoffs?
Will the Dodgers win the World Series? The Dodgers play the first game of the World Series at Dodger stadium Tuesday. Also, the Rams and the Chargers both won big this weekend. The Clippers are 2 and 0. The LA Kings have played seven games and still haven’t lost.
Winning Dodgers, losing U.S. men's soccer team, and angry NFL players The LA Dodgers will play the Chicago Cubs tomorrow for the National League title. The U.S. men’s soccer team won’t be playing in the World Cup in Russia next year. In the latest NFL national anthem saga, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said this week that he’d sit any players that don’t stand during the anthem. Meanwhile, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to all the teams saying players should stand.
Why aren't football teams signing Colin Kaepernick? The NFL season kicks off tonight. No teams have signed Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco quarterback who kneeled during the national anthem. Seattle Seahawks star Michael Bennett recently had a run-in with Las Vegas police who took him down and cuffed him. And in baseball, the Red Sox stole signs, and the Dodgers have lost 11 of their last 12 games.
Could Conor McGregor win the fight against Floyd Mayweather? We talk the Dodgers, who won again last night with a huge home run hit by the latest addition to the team, Curtis Granderson; Colin Kaepernick and NFL protests; and Saturday night’s fight between world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor.
Are the Lakers making a comeback? As Chris Paul leaves the Clippers for the Houston Rockets, the Lakers have Lonzo Ball signing on and Magic Johnson taking over the team. Also, the Dodgers are just a win or two away from the best record in baseball going into the All Star break.
NBA and hockey finals, and why the Dodgers are so good The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will face off Thursday as the NBA finals begin. The Stanley Cup finals began Monday between Pittsburgh and Nashville. And after last night’s Dodgers game, they’re now first in the division. Is it too soon for fans to get their hopes up?
Clippers and Ducks make the playoffs, Lakers and Kings don't? The Clippers will play the Sacramento Kings tonight, the last night of the regular NBA season. Win or lose, the Clippers will face the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. The NHL playoffs start tonight, and the Anaheim Ducks are a top seed.
March Madness: UCLA has serious shot to win The NCAA Tournament, also known as March Madness, has begun. UCLA will play its first game tomorrow against Kent State. UCLA hasn’t done very well in the tournament in recent years, but it has a strong team this year.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”