The best skaters make a short program or short dance feel too brief, turning it into a tantalizing glimpse of talent confined to a cruelly abbreviated format. The exquisite precision of world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China on Wednesday in the first phase of the Olympic pairs competition. (read more)

UCLA is getting an unusually early start to spring football practice under new coach Chip Kelly. The Bruins will open their spring practices March 6, almost a month earlier than they did last year under Kelly’s predecessor, Jim Mora. (read more)

In the era of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, no high school basketball team in America has more social media star power than Chatsworth Sierra Canyon. With four sons of former NBA players in the starting lineup, plus a fifth starter known for his crowd-pleasing dunks, Sierra Canyon. (read more)

Listening to the national anthem play for them, seeing the U.S. (read more)

Mikaela Shiffrin collected another stuffed Olympic mascot Thursday, the plush toy an IOU of sorts for the silver medal she will later receive. Shiffrin is one of the United States’ signature athletes and the Alpine combined is one of her signature events. (read more)

On property of the First United Methodist Church in San Gabriel stands a modest-sized house that serves as a Japanese school classroom. Notices to the parents of students are posted on a whiteboard near the front door. (read more)

In the same sprint free relay where Norway cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen became the most decorated athlete in Winter Olympics history, the U.S. (read more)

Twenty-six games remain in the Clippers’ regular season and coach Doc Rivers has already calculated how many he thinks his team needs to win in order to make the playoffs in the Western Conference. “Yeah, I think we’ve got to win 25 of them,” Rivers said, smiling. (read more)

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