Mark Whicker, L.A. Daily News

Mark Whicker

L.A. Daily News

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Recent articles by Mark:

Whicker: 44 notes on 22 NBA teams, before the bubble season begins

How many offensive fouls did Kemba Walker have before the season began? Who are some of the mystery teams that managed to beat the Clippers? → Read More

Whicker: Delayed, shortened season won’t help MLB get more colorful – Orange County Register

The days of future major-leaguers comprising L.A. youth teams get more remote every year, and now we have an abbreviated season as organizations are shedding minor-league teams. → Read More

Marvin Pollard walks both sides of the blue line, says it’s thinner than it looks – San Bernardino Sun

Pollard, an L.A. County sherriff’s deputy and a Serra High assistant football coach, knows the concerns of his community and the conflicts of the police. → Read More

Whicker: Hockey folks show baseball purists that rule changes can be embraced

As radical as baseball’s rules changes seem, like putting a runner on second base to start extra innings, hockey went through more drastic ones and emerged as a better game. → Read More

Whicker: Dodgers’ scout finds fulfillment in a rescue operation – Press Telegram

Refuge for Women is helping troubled women get off the street, with an assist from Marty Lamb. → Read More

Whicker: Solution to statues is to quit building them

Money and debris would be saved if we quit erecting statues – the aspiration isn’t worth the demolition and neither is the hypocrisy. → Read More

Whicker: UCLA Bruins and the other players know that the virus is calling the shots

UCLA players seem to know that their season is endangered by a virus, not their opponents. → Read More

Whicker: Tiz the Law could be the people’s Triple Crown choice – Orange County Register

The bargain-basement colt, whose run-up to the Belmont reminds some of Funny Cide in 2003, is a big favorite at the Belmont Stakes. → Read More

Whicker: No baseball in 2020 better than MLB’s proposed nonsense – Orange County Register

While owners and players are running out of time, it’s hard to imagine the cynicism the owners are showing, using a pandemic to put the hammer down on players → Read More

Whicker: Willy T. Riggs greets the NASCAR flag ban with a caution flag of his own

Ribbs got a hostile welcome in his visits to NASCAR country. He hopes the flag ban is a step toward equality of opportunity. → Read More

Whicker: Jockey Mike Smith makes some noise at quiet Santa Anita

He’ll never forget Arrogate, the big-money horse who passed away on Tuesday, but Smith is in position to cash some big tickets later in this convoluted season. → Read More

Whicker: Donald Sterling documentary shows limited power of Clippers’ voices

Getting rid of an ignorant owner in 2014 took courage and boldness, as ‘Blackballed’ shows. It also was a happy accident, and it doesn’t mean all of the players’ voices are … → Read More

Whicker: Maddon looks forward to a stripped-down season

Maddon thinks teams will have to be light on their feet to compete, provided there is a season. → Read More

Dale Earnhardt’s death devastated NASCAR and, ultimately, improved it – Daily News

The deaths of Earnhardt and Ayrton Senna paved the way for the HANS restraint device, which has made it difficult to die in a race car. → Read More

Whicker: As good as the games are, they can’t heal what ails us now – Orange County Register

A pandemic and another example of police misconduct have made sports seem irrelevant and bizarre. → Read More

Jalen Ramsey and Cam Akers might make the Rams’ “draft” better than it looks

Akers didn’t get to participate in the winning that Ramsey did at Florida State, but he has a legendary past on which to lean. → Read More

Whicker: Every day was a little spicier when Pepper Rodgers was coaching

Rodgers was an entertainer who also coached two formidable UCLA teams in the early 70s. → Read More

Whicker: Rams hope new defensive boss Brandon Staley is a quick fixer

Brandon Staley reminds some coaches of Sean McVay as he prepares to coordinate Rams defense. → Read More

Whicker: Chargers QB Justin Herbert has shrugged off the storms so far

Not so long ago, Herbert was just as much of a pitcher as a quarterback, but he handled tough times at Oregon to become the No. 6 pick overall in last month’s NFL draft. → Read More

Whicker: Hockey needs to use its only timeout, then come back strong in the fall

By squeezing a season into a short time frame because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NHL risks damaging two seasons instead of one. → Read More