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USL W-League Women's Soccer Championship Weekend Begins Tonight

khts_sportsThe start of a championship weekend begins today in the United Soccer League W-League. The semifinals of the W-League playoffs bring a doubeheader of games to Canyon High School.

The Atlanta Silverbacks, the champions of the Eastern Conference of the W-League, plays the Buffalo Flash, winners of the Central Conference, in the first semifinal at 5 p.m.

The Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues earned at an automatic berth in the semifinals by posting the best record in the W-League. They finished with an 11-1-0 record. The Quickstrike Lady Blues will play the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Western Conference champions, in the second semifinal game.

The championship game of the W-League is set for Saturday at Canyon High School. The game is scheduled to start at 7 and will be televised on the Fox Soccer Channel.

In the Valley Invitational Baseball League playoffs, West Ranch lost to Chatsworth, 1-0, in the semifinals.

West Ranch pitchers JC Cloney and Ryan Keller combined to throw a two-hitter. Cloney gave up the only run in the game in the second inning. He gave up one hit and struck out five in three innings. Keller pitched three innings of relief, striking out one and walking one.

In the other semifinal game, Moorpark beat El Camino Real, 5-2, to reach the championship game of the summer baseball league.

Moorpark will play Chatsworth on Friday in the championship game.

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In basketball, Lakers center Andrew Bynum had successful knee surgery and is expected to be ready to return the court by the start of next season.

Bynum averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season en route to the second straight NBA championship for the Lakers. Bynum tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee in the first round of the playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Bynum played in 65 game regular season games for the Lakers and averaged 24 minutes a game in the playoffs playing with an injured knee.

In baseball, the Angels made an offer for a power-hitting first baseman, but the deal did not go through.

Derek Lee, who won a batting title for the Chicago Cubs in 2005, rejected a trade offer that would have sent him to the Angels. Lee has a no-trade clause in his contract and decided to remain a Cub rather than be traded to Angels.

On the field, the Angels continued their slide in the American League West standings, losing to the Boston Red Sox, 7-3. The Angels have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight games.

The Dodgers traded for an all-star outfielder giving up a couple prospects for Scott Podsednik from the Kansas City Royals.

Podsednik, who was on the World Series champion Chicago White Sox in 2005, joins an outfield with all-star Andre Ethier in right and Matt Kemp in center. Manny Ramirez has been the regular left fielder for the Dodgers, but he is on the disabled list. Reed Johnson, who has been productive as the Dodgers fourth outfielder, is also on the disabled list.

The Dodgers gave up their top catching prospect, Lucas May, and Class A pitcher Elisaul Pimentel for Podsednik.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers lost to the San Diego Padres, 6-1. It’s starting to look like if the Dodger pitchers can’t throw a shutout, they aren’t going to win many games.

Padres starter Clayton Richard and four relievers combined to give up only four hits to the Dodgers. Jamey Carroll got two of those hits and drove in the Dodgers only run in the third inning.

The Dodgers conclude their three-game series with the first-place Padres today at Petco Park. It will be Vicente Padilla for the Dodgers against Mat Latos for the Padres. Pregame starts at 3 on AM 1220, KHTS.