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Sporting News ranks Los Angeles as fifth-best sports city

October 7, 2009 |  8:50 am

Snm_101209_cvr It appears the Lakers' NBA title and the Dodgers' second consecutive playoff appearance has done a lot for Los Angeles as far as the Sporting News is concerned.

The magazine has released its rankings of the nation's top sports cities and Los Angeles was No. 5 on the list -- a jump of three spots over its 2008 ranking.

"The Lakers' bringing home the NBA title was the story in L.A., but look at what Joe Torre accomplished with the Dodgers and what the college landscape -- football and basketball -- has looked like there over the past 12 months," said Bob Hille, Sporting News' chief of correspondents.

As the cover indicates, Pittsburgh was named the top sports city thanks to the Steelers' Super Bowl triumph and the Penguins' Stanley Cup victory.

Philadelphia is No. 2, Boston No. 3 and Chicago No. 4. Los Angeles/Anaheim was named the best sports city in America in 2003. Here's this year's full list.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, left, and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the cover of the Sporting News.