New England quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick celebrate the Patriots' 34-28 overtime victory in Super Bowl LI // Getty Images

Olympics

In which LA karma meets Olympic dogma

The universe, if you are listening, speaks in whispers. There is karma, and it is real.

For the doubters, the universe offered a jolt of lightning proof Sunday that we are, indisputably, living in Donald Trump’s United States of America. The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in the NFL’s first overtime Super Bowl.

The cauldron is lit for your sunrise Olympic jam at the Coliseum's famed peristyle end

2024 Bid Cities

Straight talk from SoCal on 2024: it’s LA’s time

Dear friends around the world,

Hi from Los Angeles! It has been raining a lot here this winter, which is cool, because we need the water. That drought and everything. We got lucky Thursday morning. It was cool but dry — well, actually cold for us, about 56 degrees Fahrenheit, puffy down jacket weather unless you were dancing — as the local bid committee held a mellow, only-in-California sunrise party at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to mark the coming of the third and final phase of the International Olympic Committee’s campaign for the 2024 Olympics.

President Donald Trump speaks on the phone Saturday with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office. Also pictured at right, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon // Getty Images

Olympics

On Mr. Trump and double standards: let’s all chillax

Everybody: chillax.

And while you’re at it, the time has come for everybody — this means you, you and especially you — to start thinking, and hard, about why it is that there’s such an obvious, ridiculous and totally unfair double standard when it comes to evaluating American bids for events such as the Olympics and soccer’s World Cup.

Nick Symmonds after taking silver in the men's 800 at the 2013 IAAF world championships in Moscow //

Olympics, Track and field

Like life itself, no one owes you anything

Welcome to 2017. My friend of many years, Gianni Merlo, the Italian president of the international sportswriters association, keeps telling me to write shorter. In that spirit, here are 12 three-sentence nuggets (OK, some of them are long sentences):