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Alford's staying, but UCLA will go forward without several stars following elimination by Kentucky

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:50:00 PDT

It ended as it has ended every spring for the last 22 years.

College basketball’s greatest dynasty pushed around, shoved down, run over, knocked out.

UCLA basketball put to sleep early, 11 national titles dusted over quickly, a world of promise ended suddenly in a faraway gym amid boos and jeers.

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UCLA can't keep pace with Kentucky and is beaten at its own game in Sweet 16

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:40:00 PDT

They chased and chased, until there was no point in running anymore.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Lonzo Ball walked to one corner of the court and bent over, gripping his shorts. Bryce Alford hugged his older brother Kory, his college career over.

The team that had trampled others...

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Kobe and Shaq team up again at O'Neal's statue unveiling

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:20:00 PDT

The two of them sat next to each other on stage. They laughed, they joked, they acknowledged each other’s place in the franchise’s lore.

As they did it, a fraught chapter in Lakers history closed.

“Brother, thank you,” Shaquille O’Neal said to Kobe Bryant, standing on a stage at Star Plaza in front...

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Dodgers utility man Enrique Hernandez feels reinvigorated after World Baseball Classic

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:10:00 PDT

Inside a placid clubhouse at Camelback Ranch, moved by the memories of the World Baseball Classic and its importance to Puerto Rico, Enrique Hernandez showed his forearm to a small group of reporters.

“When you’re from there and you know what’s going on,” Hernandez said, “I mean, I’m getting goosebumps...

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Clippers and Utah Jazz ready for a Western Conference showdown

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:00:00 PDT

The Clippers admit Saturday afternoon’s encounter with the Utah Jazz at Staples Center is important for their playoff seeding. What they won’t admit, though, is that the outcome of the game will have significant impact on the outcome of the season.

The reality is that the game carries weight because...

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Angels outfielder Ben Revere finds his power in spring training

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:05:00 PDT

In the weaker half of two split-squad games Wednesday, while most of his major league teammates played at the Angels’ home base in Tempe, Ben Revere did something at the Peoria Sports Complex that he almost never does.

He homered.

The 5-foot-9 outfielder’s lack of power makes him unique among modern...

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Lakers dominate in overtime to defeat the Timberwolves, 130-119

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:25:00 PDT

On a day the franchise celebrated one of the greatest players in its history, the Lakers’ current players looked tired of losing.

They beat Minnesota, 130-119, in overtime Friday night at Staples Center, handing the Timberwolves their fifth loss in a row.

Jordan Clarkson set career highs in points...

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Clint Dempsey's hat trick leads U.S. to dominating 6-0 win over Honduras in World Cup qualifier

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:45:00 PDT

Bruce Arena said he didn’t have to agonize long over his decision to start Clint Dempsey in the United States’ World Cup qualifier against Honduras on Friday.

“We didn’t have anyone else,” said Arena, coach of the U.S. national team. “Made it easy for me.”

Then Dempsey made it look easy on the...

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Ducks stay hot, take out Jets, 3-1

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:40:00 PDT

The door to first place was wide open, and the Ducks pushed through and slammed it shut on the Winnipeg Jets.

Now they’re in the kitchen of the San Jose Sharks.

What was a seven-point gap between the Ducks and San Jose eight days ago closed Friday in a 3-1 win against Winnipeg at Honda Center.

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Battle-tested Eastvale Roosevelt wins Division I boys' state title over Union City Logan

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:35:00 PDT

Toughened by playing one of the most challenging schedules in Southern California high school basketball, Eastvale Roosevelt went to Sacramento on Friday to play in the CIF state Division I championship game prepared for anything.

That’s what happens when you’ve faced Corona Centennial five times...

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NCAA women's tournament: Stanford advances to Elite Eight

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:15:00 PDT

Erica McCall had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Karlie Samuelson scored 15 points and Stanford outlasted Texas for a 77-66 win on Friday night to reach the Lexington (Ky.) Regional final.

The second game this season between the schools ended with another Cardinal win despite the team shooting 42%...

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NBA: Suns' Devin Booker scores 70 points in loss to Celtics

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:30:00 PDT

Devin Booker scored 70 points, becoming the sixth player in NBA history to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics got 34 points from Isaiah Thomas and outlasted the Phoenix Suns, 130-120, on Friday night at Boston.

Booker, a second-year guard, joined Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson,...

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Windward beats McClatchy, 53-41, for CIF Division I title

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:15:00 PDT

It was a charismatic performance, one certainly worthy of her given name.

Charisma Osborne led the L.A. Windward Wildcats to a 53-41 victory Friday over Sacramento McClatchy in the CIF state Division I girls’ basketball championship game at the Golden 1 Center.

Osborne played all but 23 seconds...

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This is an NCAA tournament that could use a big finish

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:05:00 PDT

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was 17 when he moved from Cherkasy, Ukraine, to enroll at Kansas, the school currently rampaging through the NCAA tournament. Initially, he couldn’t understand a word his teammates said.

Three years later, the Jayhawks’ starting forward has learned to appreciate Applebee's,...

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Angels no-hit Mariners in 4-0 victory

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:05:00 PDT

The Angels no-hit a Seattle Mariners split-squad, 4-0, on Friday night at Tempe Diablo Stadium, improving their Cactus League record to 15-12. It was the Angels’ first spring no-hitter since March 16, 1996.

AT THE PLATE: In the second inning, shortstop Andrelton Simmons anticipated a breaking ball...

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UCLA women facing tall order vs. mighty UConn in regional semifinal

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:45:00 PDT

Several members of the Connecticut women’s basketball team fielded questions in a small locker room jammed with reporters on Friday. Meanwhile, an HBO television crew shadowed their coach and about half of the team sat around a table playing cards and laughing.

Just another day at the office for...

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Kurt Busch keeps turbulent times in rear-view mirror

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:55:00 PDT

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch spent this week touring the Southern California headquarters of two of his main sponsors ahead of Sunday’s Auto Club 400.

Busch signed autographs and took selfies with employees at Haas Automation Inc. in Oxnard and Monster Beverage Corp. in Corona.

“I want [the workers]...

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State basketball previews: How the teams match up in Saturday's championship games

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:30:00 PDT

A look at the CIF state basketball championships involving local teams to be played Saturday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento:

Boys

Open Division: Torrance Bishop Montgomery (30-2) vs. Roseville Woodcreek (32-2), 8 p.m.: Wins over Sierra Canyon, Chino Hills and Santa Ana Mater Dei (twice) in the...

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Football patriarch Clay Matthews Sr. dies

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:50:00 PDT

Former San Francisco 49ers lineman Clay Matthews Sr., who was the patriarch of a famous football family, has died. He was 88.

The 49ers said Matthews died Thursday. He had been dealing with a long illness.

Matthews was a two-way player for San Francisco for four seasons in the 1950s. He played...

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Logan Forsythe sparks four-run rally in Dodgers' 13-6 win over Arizona

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:50:00 PDT

The Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 13-6, on Friday at Camelback Ranch.

ON THE MOUND: Kenta Maeda continued a trend for members of the starting rotation by venturing to the back of the Camelback Ranch complex to face minor league hitters. Maeda struck out 10 Class-A members of the Texas...

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Jonny Brodzinski ready to make most of opportunity with Kings

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:30:00 PDT

Forward Jonny Brodzinski saw many familiar faces in the Kings’ locker room after he was promoted from Ontario (Calif.) of the American Hockey League on Thursday.

Brodzinski, chosen in the fifth round of the 2013 draft, felt comfortable after seeing forward Adrian Kempe, his linemate and roommate...

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Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson among survivors at WGC Match Play tournament

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:15:00 PDT

Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson showed the simple side to the Dell Technologies Match Play. For three straight days in warmth, wind or rain, they built early leads and never let anyone get close to them in advancing out of their groups to the knockout stage.

For just about everyone else, it was...

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College basketball: California promotes Wyking Jones to head coach

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:05:00 PDT

California promoted longtime college assistant Wyking Jones to head basketball coach Friday in place of the departed Cuonzo Martin.

Jones was an assistant under Martin the past two seasons and served as interim coach after Martin left to take the job at Missouri last week. Jones has also been...

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Letters: Will Steve Alford take, er, leave his Balls and go home?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:25:00 PDT

Did you hear the story of the extremely successful Los Angeles basketball coach who coached an extremely talented 6-6 point guard , the top point guard in the entire country? Who then surprisingly resigned so he could be closer to his home? Or maybe he resigned because he could not cope with the...

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Even UConn Coach Geno Auriemma is talking about LaVar Ball

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:25:00 PDT

There’s no escaping LaVar Ball.

Not even at a women’s NCAA tournament regional in Bridgeport, Conn.

On Friday, a day before top-seeded Connecticut and No. 4 seed UCLA meet in a regional semifinal, the topic of conversation turned to Ball, the outspoken father of UCLA men’s basketball guard Lonzo...

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