The Dodgers were sold for a price that no one could have imagined even a year ago, the Kings finally won a Stanley Cup, the Galaxy repeated as MLS champion, the Lakers signed a couple of superstars, and the Angels signed one very big one.
The Clippers emerged as the dominant NBA team in town in the early going with a team of exceptional depth.
The London Olympics had a definite Southern California bias, with Carmelita Jeter, Allyson Felix, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings, and unparalleled shooter Kim Rhode all turning in gold-medal performances.
Those were some of big stories on the SoCal sports scene in 2012.
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