Mark Whicker


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Mark Whicker

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  • Los Angeles Chargers

    Whicker: Chargers’ defense plays well, until it has to

    CARSON >> On the north sideline, Kansas City’s’ Marcus Peters looked at the ground and held up a fist, with teammate Roy Miller holding up Peters’ arm.On the south sideline, five Chargers sat on a metal bench when the anthem was played, and Casey Hayward also raised a fist.Then the notes faded and a whistle blew, and chaos did not overrun the land.The Chargers (0-3) and Chiefs (3-0) went about playing the game the way they habitually do, the...

  • Boxing

    Golovkin’s draw with Canelo just raises the stakes

    LAS VEGAS >> The two top gunslingers in the sport of boxing got together and finally said, “Draw.”Twelve rounds later, so did the judges.A fight conducted at the highest levels of the sport wound up dead even between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, which means Golovkin keeps his three middleweight belts until they meet again.The only controversial aspect -- and, really, the only shadow on the night --  was a cockeyed 118-110 vote for Canelo...

  • USC

    Trojans refuse to repeat Cardinal sins

    LOS ANGELES -- Rasheem Green said it was a week of sacrifice.Maybe you don’t take that post-practice nap. Maybe you realize that the  XBox will still be there after Saturday.Maybe you go to the computer and cue up the tape and try to find the keys to the kingdom, try to learn why Stanford’s offense looks so old and yet works so new, sort of like USC Village.Only the fourth and fifth-year players at USC knew how it felt to beat...

  • Columnists

    Whicker: ‘01 Mariners are a warning for the Dodgers that nothing is guaranteed

    Sixteen years ago the Seattle Mariners were inevitable, too.They scored 300 more runs than their opponents. They had Ichiro Suzuki, the MVP and a Hall of Famer-to-be. They won 116 games, tying the record by the 1906 Chicago Cubs.“We were the Patriots before the Patriots, the Warriors before the Warriors,” pitcher Paul Abbott said. “Everything was clicking. I look at the Dodgers and they make it seem easy. It wasn’t easy, but we just never thought we...

  • Horse Racing

    Whicker: Songbird, ‘the total package,’ goes out on top

    It wasn’t good news, not exactly. But Mike Smith wasn’t singing the blues.Songbird retired at age 4 on Thursday. Doctors found problems with her “hind suspensories,” and owner Rick Porter asked Dr. Larry Bramlage for further tests.They saw a line in a bone in her leg, and when Bramlage did an MRI he still had doubts.So Smith will need another horse to ride in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar in November.Songbird won’t...

  • Angels

    Whicker: D.J. Peters could be key prospect for Dodgers

    RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Success, in the form of the California League MVP and Rookie of the Year awards, has a price.D.J. Peters can’t move pianos any more.“Actually I banned him a couple of years ago,” said his dad, Donnie. “Too many things can happen.”Donnie runs a piano-moving company. D.J., oldest of seven kids, often joined him on the truck. They’d drop by a gas station for some hot chocolate and a doughnut, and then...

  • Dodgers

    Jahmai Jones, an actual Angels prospect, comes into view

    RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Todd Hogan scouts Atlanta, among other places, for the Angels.He had been sending the home office rave reviews on an outfielder named Jahmai Jones.Now Ric Wilson, the scouting director, showed up at Wesleyan High for two games, to take a look.What happened next was the equivalent of spilling coffee all over the boss’ cellphone during the job interview. Almost.“The first five times Jahmai comes up, he strikes out,”...

  • Boxing

    Ronny Rios faces tall order in champion Rey Vargas

    CARSON — Rey Vargas is a human 2-iron.He is listed at 5-foot-9 in some places, 5-foot-7 ½ in others, but somehow makes the 122-pound super bantamweight limit.He also is known as the next man to take the baton at Nacho Beristain’s Gym Romanza in Mexico City, a place where 27 world champions have learned the boxing game. Vargas became the 27th on Feb. 25, when he won the WBC title over Gavin McDonnell.He brings a 29-0 record, with 22 knockouts, into his...

  • Lakers

    Whicker: Punishing the Lakers over Magic Johnson’s comment would be a late-night joke

    Tampering is an NBA problem, no doubt. Particularly when the tamperers and tamperees are one and the same.Paul George made it known, through the many media outlets and “industry sources” at his and his agent’s disposal, that he wanted out of Indiana and into Staples Center. His contract doesn’t end until next year.So now the NBA is investigating the Lakers for getting too public about George.This has become the definition of tampering,...

  • Golf

    U.S. Amateur: Doc Redman wins a stirring West Side story

    PACIFIC PALISADES >> Doc Redman is the U.S. Amateur champion.Just like Bobby Jones, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Mark O’Meara, Matt Kuchar, Craig Stadler and Lanny Wadkins.And just like David Gossett, Bill Sander, John Fought, John Harris, Bubba Dickerson, and Chris Patton.The guys on the first list are known for what they did after they won the Amateur. The guys on the second list are not. At Riviera on Sunday, Redman proved he...