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The Stanley Cup playoffs were contested in bubbles last season, but the NHL didn’t propose replicating that because players understandably don’t want to be separated from family for six months. Teams were temporarily aligned into geographically close divisions to minimize travel, and all sev…

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Almost all of NASCAR’s earliest races in 2021 will run with limited fans. As the pandemic rages on, individual tracks have reduced seating capacity, beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500. NASCAR has also already reconfigured its schedule once.

Tom Lasorda, who in 20 years as the Los Angeles Dodgers manager won two World Series championships, four National League pennants and eight division titles and always insisted that he bled Dodger blue out of loyalty to the organization, has died at age 93.

Out with the old and in with the new. Well, not so fast in the NFL, where some of the quarterbacks competing in the playoffs this weekend were born during the Carter Administration.

Amidst a day of violent insurrection on Capitol Hill, a basketball game was played in South Philadelphia. The 76ers, who entered the game with the NBA’s best record (6-1), met the Washington Wizards, a rematch of the Dec. 23 opener that the Sixers won 113-107.

Basketball in Indiana is cherished. It’s cultural. It’s spiritual. It’s serenity. It’s an identity. And as announced Monday, the state of Indiana will host every game in the 2021 NCAA Men’s Tournament, a turn-of-events that’s fitting and will give the tourney some pure allure.

It would be ideal if the winner of the Super Bowl was actually the best team in the NFL. That happens sometimes, but often there are other factors — injuries, the right path of opponents, a couple of key calls — that help determine the winner.

The playoff bye is precious. In normal times, it’s a sort of hall pass from the grind of professional football. Guys go home for a few days. They see old friends, walk the halls of their high schools, get treated like kings. An earned treat.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith on Tuesday pushed back against speculation over a possible postponement of the College Football Playoff championship game due to a rise in coronavirus cases within the Buckeyes’ program, saying the final remains on schedule for Monday night.

Basketball Hall of Famer Paul Westphal, the legendary player from Aviation High in Redondo Beach, who became an All-American at USC before a professional career as a player and coach, has died, it was announced Saturday by close friend and journalist Mike Lupica. Westphal was 70.

Whether using her laptop inside her Dassel, Minn., home or her voice outside the governor’s residence in St. Paul, football-mom-turned-activist Dawn Gillman has emerged as the face of a growing movement eager to restore high school athletes’ seasons.

In a league dominated by brutal injuries, NFL players have to be replaceable. Lost a step? Next man up. Nearly lost a leg? Next man up. Concussion? Next man up, now that we treat players for them.

In his memory, Tim Mead travels back to early October 1968. He’s 10 years old. It’s the World Series, Cardinals versus Tigers, and a teacher is wheeling a black-and-white television into the classroom at Ashlawn Elementary School in Arlington, Va., so the fourth-graders could watch.

Florida basketball player Keyontae Johnson has been diagnosed with acute myocarditis, a type of heart inflammation linked to COVID-19 infection, a week and a half after collapsing during the Gators’ Dec. 12 game at Florida State, according to the Gainesville Sun.

With just two weeks left to decide the NFL Most Valuable Player award, the winner is still up for debate. What’s going to separate Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers when voters have to choose?

All-Pro tight end George Kittle is going to come back from his foot injury and play against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday despite the 49ers being eliminated from postseason contention, the team announced Thursday.

On Oct. 28, 2018, C.J. Beathard had the 49ers set to win at Arizona, until Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen threw a go-ahead, last-minute touchdown pass.

Editor’s note: First in a series of Los Angeles Times sports essays looking at the some of the biggest sports moments and storylines of 2020.

Editor’s Note: College football has reached the bowl season, so here is a rundown of each postseason match-up leading up to the College Football Playoff national championship. Teams have opted out and bowls have been canceled for various reasons, including COVID-19 concerns.

Bubba Wallace is shown exercising alone in a dimly lit gym. The camera cuts to a small, static screen in the corner as a news reporter’s voice is heard saying: “Bubba Wallace asks for a ban on Confederate flags at NASCAR events.”

Florida Gators forward Keyontae Johnson was released from the hospital on Monday, the latest step in the rapid recovery of the basketball star following his scary collapse Dec. 12 at Florida State.

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Whew! For a sport that has essentially been in a renewed pandemic lockdown since the World Series, baseball just had quite a week in which MLB decreed the Negro Leagues will henceforth officially be classified as major leagues.

Calling unauthorized photographs of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and nine others “abhorrent and inappropriate,” the husband of one of the victims has sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Interim defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli took his unit to the movies as part of the Las Vegas Raiders’ preparation for a game Thursday night against the Los Angeles Chargers. 

The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether major colleges and universities are violating federal antitrust laws by refusing to pay the football and basketball players who bring in hundreds of millions of dollars to their campuses.

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High school sports in California will not start before Jan. 25, according to the updated youth sports guidelines posted to the state’s Department of Public Health website on Monday night.

At the old O-Pee-Chee’s bubblegum and trading card factory in the Canadian city of London, Ontario, the month of December was most employees’ favorite time of the year.