Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Divison Series at Busch Stadium on October 7, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. (credit: Jeff Roberson - Pool/Getty Images)

Dodgers Season Comes To Close As Cardinals Take NLDS, 3-1

Clayton Kershaw, pitching off short rest, saw his 7th inning demons return to the mound, as Matt Adams’ go-ahead 3-run homer capped the St. Louis Cardinals rally to defeat the tired Dodgers 3-2 on Tuesday to eliminate LA from the playoffs.

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Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers strikes out swinging with the tying run on third base for the last out of Game One of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on October 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  The Cardinal won the game 10-9.  (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Dodgers Bench Puig For NLDS Game 4

Slumping All-Star Yasiel Puig was benched by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday for Game 4 of their NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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John Lackey To Face Hyun-Jin Ryu In Game 3 Of NLDS In St. Louis

John Lackey stepped to the podium, minus the obvious status symbols: his two World Series rings. No reason to brag.

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Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo homerun to lead off in the eighth inning of Game Two of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Kemp’s Clutch Homer Lifts Dodgers Over Cardinals 3-2, Ties NLDS 1-1

Matt Kemp hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers over the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Saturday night and evening their NL Division Series at a game apiece.

10/04/2014

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Kershaw Feels ‘Terrible’ About Game 1 Loss To Cardinals

Matt Carpenter hit a go-ahead, three-run double off a wilting Clayton Kershaw in an eight-run seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a fiery NL Division Series opener Friday.

10/03/2014

Triple Crown Hopeful "I'll Have Another" Will Not Run Belmont

Breeders Cup Bans Horse Trainer Doug O’Neil For It’s 2014 World Championships

The Breeders’ Cup banned trainer Doug O’Neill on Friday from entering horses in this year’s world championships after he was suspended and fined by New York racing officials when one of his horses had a positive drug test.

The ban is enforceable under the event’s convicted trainers rule, which prohibits trainers who have in the preceding 12 months been found by any racing regulatory agency to have violated rules forbidding the possession or use of any Class 1 or 2 substances.

Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel said O’Neill won’t be allowed to pre-enter horses in the event to be run Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Santa Anita in Arcadia, California, because of the recent 45-day suspension and $10,000 fine handed down by the New York Gaming Commission against the trainer.

“I accept the Breeder’s Cup decision that I will not be permitted to participate in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and I will not appeal it,” O’Neill said in a statement through his publicist.

Under a settlement with the New York Gaming Commission, O’Neill’s suspension begins Nov. 3 — two days after the Breeders’ Cup — and ends Dec. 18. O’Neill had earlier said he wasn’t in New York when the alleged infraction occurred in June 2013 and he’s confident that none of his employees or staff administered the substance to the horse that tested positive.

“I now realize that delaying the suspension so that I could participate in the Breeders’ Cup was a mistake,” O’Neill said Friday.

He said before the Breeders’ Cup ban, he had asked New York officials to move up his suspension so it begins on Monday.

“One of the reasons I wanted to resolve these allegations was to not be a distraction to the racing community,” O’Neill said. “I truly care about the horses under my care and the sport that we all love and do not wish for my suspension to do any more harm than it has already done.”

A spokesman said the California Horse Racing Board is aware of the New York ruling involving O’Neill and is investigating the matter. A Breeders’ Cup spokesman said it would be up to the CHRB whether to allow O’Neill on the grounds at Santa Anita during Breeders’ Cup week.

O’Neill, 46, is a high-profile trainer on the Southern California circuit with four Breeders’ Cup wins to his credit — the 2005 Juvenile, 2006 Sprint, 2007 Filly & Mare Sprint and last year’s Dirt Mile. He is ranked 15th nationally among trainers with purse earnings of $4,268,511 this year, according to Equibase.

Defending Dirt Mile champion Goldencents and Vosburgh winner Private Zone were among O’Neill’s contenders for this year’s Breeders’ Cup.

O’Neill trained 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another, who was scratched the day before the Belmont Stakes with an injury and subsequently retired.

In the New York case, the drug Oxazepam, considered a Class 2 sedative with muscle-relaxing properties, was found in the post-race sample of Wind of Bosphorus, who won a $35,000 claiming race at Belmont on June 2, 2013.

The gaming commission said the drug was administered within a week of the horse’s race, which violates the state’s racing rules. The owner had to give up the first-place purse of $24,600, and Wind of Bosphorus was relegated to unplaced.

During the 2012 Triple Crown, California racing officials suspended O’Neill for 180 days but stayed 135 of those provided he didn’t receive another medication positive at any racetrack in California, the rest of the U.S. or overseas involving a Class 1, 2 or 3 drug during an 18-month probationary period.

The punishment was the result of a positive test by one of O’Neill’s horses, Argenta, for a higher than allowed level of total carbon dioxide on Aug. 25, 2010, at Del Mar.

10/03/2014

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Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch during the Dodgers' 9-1 win over the visiting Giants on Sept. 24 at Dodger Stadium.  (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Dodgers’ Kershaw Wants To Erase Memories Of ’13 NLCS

The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs, Clayton Kershaw had a terrible outing and the Dodgers were bounced out of the postseason.

10/02/2014

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Dodgers’ Ryu Throws Simulated Game, Not Worried About Shoulder

Hyun-Jin Ryu has pitched three innings of a simulated game on the mound at Dodger Stadium.

10/01/2014

The Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 to win game four of the World Series on October 27, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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09/30/2014

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Giants Fan Bryan Stow Sues Dodgers Again

An attorney for Bryan Stow, the gravely injured Giants fan who won a multimillion-dollar damage suit against the Dodgers, has sued the team again, claiming it is trying to recoup $3.4 million in insurance payments from Stow for his medical care after a beating.

09/30/2014

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Dodgers Use Down Time To Heal Up For Playoffs

The Dodgers are heading into the postseason healthier than they were a year ago, and they hope it holds up.

09/30/2014

Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers points to the stands after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning during the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Dodgers Beat Rockies 10-5, Finish Regular Season With 5 Straight Wins

Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to finish with a major league-leading 116 RBIs, Matt Kemp added a two-run shot and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 10-5 Sunday for their fifth straight victory heading into postseason play.

09/28/2014

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

Van Slyke Scores Winning Run In 12th To Help Dodgers Win 4th Straight, Lock No. 2 Seed

Scott Van Slyke scored the winning run on Franklin Morales’ wild pitch in the 12th inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Saturday night.

09/27/2014

Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning of a game at Coors Field on September 15, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (credit: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Dodgers Defeat Rockies, 7-4, For Third Straight Win

Justin Turner’s two-run infield single highlighted a six-run sixth inning, and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 Friday night for their third win in a row.

09/26/2014

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