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2012 Sports Year in Review
By Jason Lewis (Sentinel Sports Editor)
Published December 27, 2012

Gabby Douglas stars at the Olympics


Gabby Douglas became the first African American to win the gold medal in the individual gymnastics competition.  She also won the gold as part of the US’s team that won the all-around competition.  Douglas captured America’s hearts as she was the star of the London Games.  Photo by The Associated Press


Lakers trade for Dwight Howard


For a second consecutive season the Lakers lost in the second round of the playoffs.  That led to the blockbuster trade that brought in All-Star center Dwight Howard (12), and shipped out All-Star center Andrew Bynum (17).  Photo by Jason Lewis


Taft wins the City title


Taft High School won the City Section boys championship, as Anthony January (above) dunked on everybody, including Crenshaw and Dorsey, on his way to being the City Section player of the year.  Photo by Jason Lewis


Dorsey wins their 15th track and field title


Rashard Clark (left) won the City title in the 400-meter dash for the second year in a row.  He also won the 200, and was on Dorsey’s winning 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay teams.  Dorsey swept the 110-meter hurdles, won the 300-meter hurdles and the high jump.  Photo by Jason Lewis


Williams sisters win numerous titles


The Williams sisters racked up a number of titles in 2012, especially Serena.  She dominated the fields at Wimbledon, the US Open, and she won the Olympic gold medal.  When she was paired with sister Venus, the two won the doubles title at Wimbledon and the gold at the Olympics. They have four Olympic gold medals each, more than any other player, male or female. Photo by The Associated Press


Magic Johnson joins group to purchase the Dodgers


When Magic Johnson sold his shares of the Lakers as well as other business interests, it appeared that he was joining a group to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles.  Instead he joined a group that purchased the Dodgers from Frank McCourt.  Dodger fans were more than happy to see McCourt go as the owner, and Johnson become the face of the new ownership group.  Photo by Joe Kohen (AP)



Kareem gets a statue


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who won six NBA championships (five with the Lakers) and six NBA MVP awards, was rewarded with a statue outside of Staples Center.  Photo by Ken Brooks



Narbonne wins the City title


Narbonne high school won their sixth City Section girls basketball championship, and their second under head coach Victoria Sanders.  Photo by Jason Lewis


UCLA has best season in years, and knocks off USC


It has been a long time since UCLA was looked at as a good program, and USC has had a football monopoly in Los Angeles.  But this past season UCLA has clearly been the best college football team in Los Angeles, and they defeated USC, as Johnathan Franklin (Dorsey High School) scored the game-clinching touchdown.  Photo by Jason Lewis


X Games


One hundred and fifty of the world’s best action sports athletes were on hand at L.A. Live at the X Games.  Photo by Jason Lewis


The Clippers become contenders


With the addition of All-Star point guard Chris Paul, the Clippers had one of their best seasons in franchise history.  They are now NBA Finals contenders.  Photo by Leon Bennett



Antron Brown- 1st African American to win an American auto racing title


Antron Brown became the first African American to win an American auto racing title when he won the Full Throttle Top Fuel World Championship.  The drag racer clinched the title at the Pomona Speedway.  Photo by Jason Lewis


Inglewood wins the Division II-AA title


Inglewood won their third Southern Section championship.  The first was in 1980, and the second was the 1994 Paul Pierce led team.  Photo by Ken Brooks


UCLA brings in a super star recruiting class


Since UCLA appeared in three consecutive Final Fours they have greatly under achieved.  To get back on track they brought in one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, led by Shabazz Muhammad (above).  Photo by David J. Phillip (AP)



Felix and Jeter bring home the gold


Carmelita Jeter (far left) and Allyson Felix (far right), both from the Los Angeles area, were stars at the London Olympics.  Felix won the gold in the 200-meter dash, and as a member of both the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay teams.  The gold medal 4×100 meter relay team, which Jeter was a part of, set the world record.   Photo by Matt Dunham (AP)


Narbonne wins second consecutive City title


Narbonne dominated high school football, as they defeated some of the best Southern Section teams, and ran the table in the City to win the championship.  They were one of the best high school football teams that the City has seen in years.  Photo by Jason Lewis


Long Beach Poly and Gardena Serra win titles


Long Beach Poly and Gardena Serra faced off earlier this season, with Serra winning a close game.  Poly bounced back and won the Southern Section PAC-5 (Division I) championship.  They made it to the State Bowl, losing by one point.  Serra won the Southern Section Western (Division IV) title, and went on to win the Division II State Bowl championship.  Photo by Jason Lewis


Robert Woods sets records


USC had a disappointing season, but Robert Woods (Gardena Serra High School) did his thing, as he broke USC’s record for career receptions.  Against Colorado, he set USC’s single game receiving touchdown record with four.  Photo by Jeff Lewis


Giants win the Super Bowl


The New York Giants barley made the playoffs, but when they did, they out muscled the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers (above), and New England Patriots.  Photo by Jeff Lewis


Terrel Williams’ early success


Los Angeles native Terrel “Tyger” Williams (left) is rising up the boxing charts early in his career.  He is 8-0 (seven knockouts), with four of those victories coming in 2012.  His first three fights of the year all ended in the first round, and the last fight rolled over into the second round.  Look out for him on local fight cards in Los Angeles in 2013.  Photo by Jason Lewis



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