The Web sites of the region's pro sports teams in many ways reflect the franchises themselves some are great, while others fail to live up to expectations

Sports-related Web sites have become one of the stars of the Internet, and for true fans they provide instant gratification for news and stats about their favorite teams.

What was barely conceivable just a few years ago has become standard fare today, with computer access to ticket prices, schedules, photos and team history as well as video links.

Team web sites themselves, however, vary in quality and usefulness to the average viewer and hard-core sports buff.

L.A. professional teams are no different.

Here's an evaluation of the local clubs' sites, sorting them from the good to the not so good.

The Stars LOS ANGELES DODGERS
(dodgers.com)
WHAT'S THERE?:

Links to tickets, schedule, league standings, game-day lineups, up-to-date statistics and player profiles are joined by a "fan forum" message board and audio and video links. Other links include statistics catering to fantasy baseball league members, fan news, kid news, team history, a profile of Dodger Stadium as well as updates on the team's minor-league prospects. An outline of community outreach events and programs, shopping and auction information and job opportunities within the Dodger organization can also be found.

PROS:

Dodgers.com is a well-designed site. Information fans would seem to want most often is among the most easily accessible: standings, schedules, tickets, lineups and starting pitching matchups.

CONS:

Graphically, it doesn't hit a home run.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
(clippers.com)
WHAT'S THERE?:

Primarily a news-oriented site with the typical ticketing, scheduling and statistical information. It links to a chat room and a room that replays player highlights from the 2000-01 season and TV commercials featuring the team's stable of young talent. A link highlighting the Clippers' history is basically a rundown of the team's longstanding legacy as a near-perennial NBA doormat. Consequently, the site chooses to concentrate on the team's seemingly more promising future.

PROS:

Clippers.com is a concise, user-friendly site that offers a variety of team news with clarity. Multimedia room with highlights of team members' outstanding plays during the season is interesting. Considering that the Clippers' franchise has been sadly inept for the majority of its existence, the site does a good job of making the most of it.

CONS:

The site's copy is overrun with exclamation points. This is the Clippers. What is there to get excited about?

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