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...

  • Horse Racing

    Whicker: Penny Chenery and Secretariat lived beyond their years

    The story of Secretariat is timeless.Those who wrote it are not.Penny Chenery, the owner, died on Saturday at 95.Trainer Lucien Laurin passed away in 2000.  Eddie Sweat, the groom whom Secretariat followed like a dog trailing his master, left in 1998.The jockey, Ron Turcotte, lives in a wheelchair.Secretariat himself lived to 19 before a structural problem in his hoof defied treatment.Chenery was the stately woman in the sleeveless white print...

  • Boxing

    Judgment Day: A rogue scorecard shouldn’t overshadow Canelo and Golovkin

    LAS VEGAS -- What fight was Adalaide Byrd watching?Nobody in T-Mobile Arena really knew.“Terrible, unbelievable,” Gennady Golovkin said, after Byrd gave Canelo Alvarez a 118-110 edge in a fight that turned into a dead heat.“She can’t be that bad,” said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer.“I think everybody knows that 118-110 was off base,” said Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Canelo and spent several nights in...

  • 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...

  • Boxing

    Whicker: Golovkin carries belts and Kazakhstan’s hopes

    Kazakhstan was on the map all along. All Gennady Golovkin did was circle it.Only eight countries in the world are bigger. It squats in the middle of Central Asia, larger by itself than Western Europe.It also is the biggest country in the world without a coastline. Since it only gained independence in 1991, it had some ground to make up. Golovkin is the vehicle.Golovkin is the undefeated middleweight champion and meets Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night in the most...

  • Boxing

    Whicker: Alvarez vs. Golovkin is boxer vs. slugger, but which is which?

    Matador over bull, butterfly over bee, boxer over slugger.When everything else is as equal as Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin seems to be, that is normally the bet.The fact that Canelo is a matador with sharp horns, and that Golovkin is a .300 hitter and his victims have tremendous exit velocity, is why Saturday should be one of boxing’s indelible nights.Golovkin is 37-0 with 33 knockouts, mostly of the hey-watch-this variety. Canelo is 49-1-1. Floyd...

  • Dodgers

    Whicker: LA Dodgers’ parachute still won’t open

    LOS ANGELES >> On Aug. 25, when the Dodgers were 91-36, they risked depression to realize they would soon be 0-0.Now 0-0, and the promise of a reset, looks like two heavenly beacons on the shore.Winning baseball games used to be like waking up in the morning. The same team that couldn’t lose for winning finds itself bound to a parachute that won’t open.They have lost 10 consecutive games for the first time since 1992, when they went 72-90. They were...

  • 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...

  • Golf

    Whicker: Walker Cup wasn’t Tiger’s cup of tea

    The Walker Cup creeps into L.A. this weekend.It will not get a sideways glance from those whose Dodgermania has morphed into panic, from wary USC fans who watch Stanford invade, or from Opening Day NFL hopefuls who are hoping to avoid elimination by Halloween.It serves as our tranquility base. It matches the top amateur golfers from the U.S. against those from Great Britain and Ireland.It happens at Los Angeles Country Club, a hermit kingdom in the heartbeat of Century...

  • 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...