Starting Monday, the Los Feliz native will host Daily Wager, a daily program on ESPNews airing at 3 p.m. and available for streaming on the ESPN app.Its the first regularly scheduled program from the Walt Disney Co.s sports media behemoth solely dedicated to gaming-related information and data on upcoming contests, and it likely wont be the last as legal sports betting spreads throughout the country.The Supreme Court ruling in May that legalized sports betting is expected to be a boost for sports talk shows, which are the low-cost moneymakers for outlets that need programming to supplement their live play-by-play telecasts.,Open discussion of odds, point spreads and other analytical data related to wagering on pro and college games each night could potentially energize the format for an audience that has a financial stake in the outcomes.The changes in the law open up an entirely new genre of entertainment, said Patrick Rishe, director of the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis.Other sports networks are already on the bandwagon.,WarnerMedias digital sports website Bleacher Report announced last month that it is building a studio inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where it will produce gaming-related content.But as the countrys leading source of sports programming, ESPN, with its entry into gaming-themed shows, is marking the strongest indication yet of an attitudinal shift toward a once-verboten subject on which sports TV coverage has traditionally tread lightly.A daily ESPN show is an important milestone, said Lee Berke, president of the consulting firm LHB Sports, Entertainment Media.,ESPNs SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt has a popular segment called Bad Beats, which humorously focuses on heartbreaking, last-minute plays that result in teams failing to cover the spread.Van Pelt sidekick Steve Coughlin will be one of the contributors to Daily Wager along with ESPN radio host Chris The Bear Fallica, ESPN.com gambling industry reporter David Purdum, Las Vegas-based handicapper Preston Johnson, fantasy football analyst Anita Marks and sports betting expert Joe Fortenbaugh.Rishe believes programs that provide usable data for bettors have the potential to draw younger viewers who have drifted away from traditional TV for sports news.,After graduating with a degree in economics from Brown University, he immersed himself in the analytics and data related to gaming and became an expert as a sports journalist in Las Vegas, where the home team is betting, he said.While wager-related data crunched by ESPNs statistic and information group will line the screen during Daily Wager, Kezirian said the programs content will still be accessible to the non-betting fan.Were still in Year 1 of legalization and I think there is a new audience that is open-minded to the space, so we want to be inclusive, he said.

A legal settlement Friday between the NFL and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled during pregame national anthem ceremonies in 2016 as a protest against systematic racism, could speak volumes, experts said.,The undisclosed settlement ends a grievance filed by Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid that claimed NFL teams colluded to blacklist them.,Still, the NFL drew bad publicity in the lead-up to the Super Bowl, when Rihanna and Cardi B rejected offers to perform during halftime, reportedly because of solidarity with Kaepernick.,Los Angeles activist Najee Ali of the group Project Islamic Hope led a two-season boycott of local NFL teams over the kneeling controversy, but he said Friday he'll return to attending and watching Rams games now that the case is settled.,The settlement could close the chapter on the kneeling controversy, but it also leaves open the question of whether NFL teams colluded to keep Kaepernick from a paycheck.

The National Sports Media Association (NSMA) today announced that the legendary “Voice of the Clippers” Ralph Lawler has been voted by his peers as the 2018 California Sportscaster of the Year.,Lawler will be honored alongside all of this year’s NSMA award winners during the 60th annual NSMA Awards Weekend, June 22-24, 2019 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“I’m thankful to the NSMA for recognizing me with this award, to the Clippers and FOX Sports, and most importantly, to all of Clipper Nation for tuning in to see and hear me call 40 years of Clippers games,” said Lawler.,One of the NBA’s longest-tenured broadcasters, Lawler, 80, joined the then San Diego Clippers in the team’s first year in California, 1978, where he spent six years before moving with the Clippers to Los Angeles.,In addition to the California Sportscaster of the Year honor, Lawler’s commitment to his craft has been recognized with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Emmys, a Telly Award and inductions into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the California Sports Hall of Fame.,Familiar faces from the Clippers’ past and present are paying tribute to Lawler in his final season by joining him to provide game commentary throughout the season. read more

It was a good news/bad news situation for the Dolphins and their head coaching search Sunday:

The good news is the guy they expect to hire, Brian Flores, put on a clinic.,Flores, the Patriots’ linebackers coach and play-caller on defense, bewildered Philip Rivers and the Chargers’ offensive line Sunday, using a variety of blitzes and defensive looks to shut down Los Angeles’ high-flying offense.,Dolphins defensive tackle Davon Godchaux wrote on Twitter, when a Miami Herald reporter asked if he was impressed by the job Flores had done Sunday.,The Patriots swarmed the league’s No. 6 scoring offense, playing a near-flawless defensive game after the Patriots surrendered a touchdown on Los Angeles’ opening drive.,Sources say he might bring former Wisconsin and Arkansas coach Brett Bielema with him from New England; Bielema, a consultant for Bill Belichick, seems to be the front-runner to be the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator. read more

Roach has been there, as trainer of record, for most of it until July 2017, when Pacquiao fought Jeff Horn in Australia.I kept telling Manny that it wouldnt work, Roach said recently during an interview at his Wild Card Boxing gym in Los Angeles, that the political thing was messing us up.,We were living its inspiration.Headquarters was Pacquiaos home in General Santos City, a place few people outside the Philippines had heard of before Pacquiao laced on boxing gloves, even with its population of nearly 600,000.,In a cemetery not far from Pacquiaos home, those journalists were memorialized with a special walkway and signage, paid for by Pacquiao.Manny Pacquiao, right, works out with trainer Freddie Roach at a boxing club in Los Angeles, Wednesday.Koncz managed much of the news-gathering group.,They were now my allies.He defeated Roy Chiongbian, whose family had controlled that Sarangani congressional seat for years.Manny Pacquiao poses for photos at a boxing club in Los Angeles on Wednesday.Among the celebrants the U.S. journalists figured it was OK to celebrate a Philippine election was Pacquiaos boxing promoter Bob Arum, who loves politics, loved being on hand for the election and was treated like royalty by the Filipinos.,It will be Pacquiaos 70th professional fight, and when it is suggested it wont be his last he nods and smiles.For the moment, the oil and water of boxing and politics continue to mix nicely.Pacquiao trained much of early January at Wild Card Boxing gym, where he always trains for fights in the U.S. Most of the wall space in the gym is occupied by pictures of Pacquiao.

Lacking sufficient students willing and able to pay for costly basketball tickets to fill the new Pauley Pavilion, why should UCLA cough up millions any top-market basketball coach would feel himself to be worth?,How much did it cost UCLA to serve as an uncompensated NBA training camp?My vision of UCLA basketball is somewhat different from Plaschkes: Ticket prices reduced precisely because the coach is not being paid the stellar wage commensurate with a rock star status, and students cheering for actual student-athletes who might go into fields other than pro.,The simple fact is that UCLA does not have someone who knows what he is doing and therein lies UCLAs problem over the past 16 years of Dan Guerreros tenure.Success at the highest level in the two major sports, football and basketball, requires not onlya top-flight coach, but also a top-flight athletic director.,Trump U., for example.Michael JenningVan Nuys::Bill Plaschke, just what was the purpose of your hatchet job description of the UCLA basketball program in your column on New Years Day?,Of course, I was watching the Lady Bruins and their coach, Cori Close.Now that the mens program is looking for someone to take over for coach Alford, perhaps UCLA look no further than its own campus.Mike FeixChino HIlls::For front page news on New Years Day we are offered Bill Plaschkes lament on the failure of basketball at UCLA.

SALT LAKE CITY — As impressive as Donovan Mitchell has been so far with the Utah Jazz — his sophomore shooting slump notwithstanding — what the young NBA player has done off the court might be even more impressive.,It's one thing to enjoy watching sports figures and teams compete, especially when they do things we can't (see any dunk Mitchell has ever done), pile up the fun statistics and wins and provide hours of entertainment.,Mitchell has made as much of a name for the way he donates his time and Jazz merchandise to the community — from spending hours each month with students at Kearns High School, showing up at random Fourth of July barbecues, buying groceries and phones to help people out, attending local high school and college games to, as one writer on our staff described it, "bringing joy to thousands of people in the community.",And that just scratches the surface of an organization that makes sure its players visit hospitals, donate to charitable causes, give people in need gifts and tickets, and speak to students and other groups, among many other kind acts befitting of the late Larry H. Miller's mantra that suggested people, "Go about doing good until there's too much good in the world.",The former BYU star quarterback has become a legendary sports figure in New Orleans — he was already considered a saint in Provo for leaping over Texas — and, as Brandon Judd described, "has turned into one of the most intriguing players in the NFL."

Tara Campbell has worked behind the scenes as communications director for Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, responding to media requests and advising him on public safety, technology, policy and other topics.She stepped into the spotlight two years ago when she was elected to the Yorba Linda City Council.,And when she was elected to the council two years ago, she became the youngest person to ever help govern the citys 68,000 residents.Were seeing a lot of firsts for women, especially this year, Campbell said.,Im really proud to see more women are getting involved, but we have a ways to go.As of March, only 21.8% of mayors in cities with more than 30,000 people were women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.Numbers are still being tallied as new mayors are sworn in and city councils reorganize following the November election.Campbell, a native of Yorba Linda, credits her position to the elected women who came before.,During this same period, Yorba Linda was in political upheaval with a campaign to recall the mayor and a council member, partly because of their support of unpopular housing developments.I came back to my hometown, and its nonpartisan local government, and to see that there was gridlock on that level was really eye-opening, Campbell said.,There have been eight recall votes or attempted recall petitions of Yorba Linda City Council members or Water District board members in the last 15 elections, Campbell said.The dysfunction motivated her to throw her name in for council in 2016.

Engaging in sports can teach a person about themselves and many lessons that last a lifetime, according to Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, who was a wrestler and javelin thrower while a student at Iowa State.,Crow said that ASU tries to provide as many athletic opportunities as possible for its students — at every level.,ASU and adidas have formed a partnership that has led to the Global Sport Institute and other initiatives.,Using Athletics as a Research Lab Featuring adidas," at the ASU + GSV Summit 2018 in San Diego on April 18, 2018.,King was joined by ASU President Michael Crow; sportswriter Karen Crouse with the New York Times; and moderator Andrés Martinez, a Cronkite professor of practice.

The joy was to be short-lived as Sampras began his Wimbledon conquest in the following year, starting by defeating Jim Courier., Goran had a second chance at a Wimbledon crown in 1994, only to be brushed aside in straight sets by Sampras, who, despite having had 25 aces zip past him, still took the third set 6-0., The Sampras fortress was impenetrable the following year as well, as he took Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, Agassi on the receiving end in the latter., Sampras admitted after the game that “this could well be Goran’s year”, but after five gruelling sets, Goran, already spent after the epic semi-final, lacked the mileage to topple Sampras., The following year, even Agassi, his career reborn after briefly going off the rails, couldn’t outsmart Sampras, losing in straight sets at the Wimbledon final.