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How Kyle Kuzma found a path to the Lakers from a YMCA basketball court in Flint

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:10:00 PST

Outside of this castle made of washed aggregate cement with grayed seafoam green panels in between, rain spits on the broken asphalt.(image)

Patrick Beverley has strong words about Clippers' effort after ninth straight loss, 107-85 at New York

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:55:00 PST

Maybe the Clippers haven’t accepted losing, but it is clear that it has seeped into their collective systems following their ninth consecutive defeat.

The Clippers showed little fight Monday night, going down by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter of a dispirited 107-85 beating they suffered...


No. 23 UCLA's first loss comes against Creighton 100-89

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:15:00 PST

The second trip of the season for the UCLA men’s basketball team, a 1,600-mile journey to the Hall of Fame Classic, was considerably shorter than its season-opening trip.

UCLA trekked 6,500 miles to Shanghai, a trip more scrutinized for the detention of freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen...


Rams lose receiver Robert Woods for a few weeks because of a shoulder injury

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:25:00 PST

The Rams quickly grew accustomed to receiver Robert Woods making dynamic plays after catching short, midrange and long passes.

For at least the next few games, coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff must find other options.

Woods, the team’s leading receiver, will be sidelined because of a...


What we learned in the NHL: It seems the slashing crackdown has resulted in more goals

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:05:00 PST

Good sense occasionally prevails

General managers met last week in Montreal and reaffirmed their support for this season’s crackdown on slashes to players’ hands. There has been an adjustment period and there have been some seemingly petty calls but as with previous changes, players will adjust....


UConn women visit UCLA, but for once it's the Bruins who are looking to extend a winning streak

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:15:00 PST

UCLA’s aspirations against Connecticut’s women’s basketball team have gone from ending a streak to preserving one.

The Bruins became another notch in the win column for the Huskies last season before UConn’s record 111-game winning streak was snapped by Mississippi State in a national semifinal...


Streaking Ducks beat Sharks in shootout 3-2

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:05:00 PST

Antoine Vermette beat goalie Martin Jones in the ninth round of a shootout to give the Ducks a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.

Corey Perry, Cam Fowler and Brandon Montour also scored during the tiebreaker for Anaheim.

Joonas Donskoi, Tim Heed and Brent Burns had shootout goals...


College basketball: No. 6 Wichita State rallies to beat California 92-82

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:15:00 PST

Wichita State’s players looked stunned against California’s defensive pressure, throwing errant passes easily picked off, casting up rushed shots as their deficit climbed.

The Final Four? The Shockers didn’t look like they could get out of the first round in Maui.

With one necessary, tactical switch,...


Clippers' Danilo Gallinari isn't ready to return from a glute injury

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:55:00 PST

Danilo Gallinari eased down a hallway inside Madison Square Garden on Monday night, his sharp navy blue suit making him look more like a model than a basketball player sidelined because of an injury.

Gallinari stopped for a few minutes to listen to a reporter talk about Clippers point guard Patrick...


NBA: Kyrie Irving wills Celtics to 16th straight victory

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:40:00 PST

Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 47 points, including 10 in overtime, and the Boston Celtics rallied again from a double-digit deficit to beat the host Dallas Mavericks 110-102 on Monday night and extend their winning streak to 16 games.

The streak is ties the fourth-longest in franchise history.


Falcons escape Seattle with a victory over Seahawks 34-31

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:15:00 PST

Matt Ryan threw a pair of touchdown passes, Adrian Clayborn returned a fumble 10 yards for a score and the Atlanta Falcons held off a late rally to beat the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 on Monday night.

Atlanta stayed in the hunt for an NFC playoff spot thanks to its second straight victory and handed...


NFL: Denver Broncos seek fix by firing offensive coordinator Mike McCoy

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:20:00 PST

Vance Joseph’s switch of quarterbacks didn’t stop the Denver Broncos’ skid, so the rookie head coach changed offensive coordinators.

Joseph on Monday fired Mike McCoy, his first hire when he got the job, and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave.

“Moving to Billy I think we’re going...


Gesture will cost Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield his start Saturday

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:10:00 PST

Baker Mayfield’s on-the-field antics caught up with him this time.

Oklahoma’s senior quarterback will not start his final regular-season game Saturday at home against West Virginia after making a lewd gesture against Kansas. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley also stripped Mayfield of his captain status...


Jim Thome, Chipper Jones join Hall of Fame ballot; Dodgers make roster moves

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:55:00 PST

Third baseman Chipper Jones and first baseman-designated hitter Jim Thome are among 19 newcomers on the Hall of Fame ballot announced Monday.

Former San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who fell five votes short of election last year, and former Angels and Montreal Expos outfielder Vladimir...


Chargers' top pick Mike Williams is finally working his way into the game plan

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:25:00 PST

It has been nearly seven months since the Chargers took receiver Mike Williams with the No. 7 overall pick in the draft, and they’re finally beginning to see results.

Williams played a season-high 41 snaps Sunday in the Chargers’ 54-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills, catching five passes on eight...


What we learned from the Ducks' 3-2 win over Florida

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:15:00 PST

The Ducks, for only the second time this season, reeled off consecutive victories in regulation with a 3-2 defeat of the Florida Panthers on Sunday. Thanks in large part to their goaltender, John Gibson, who swatted away 50 shots, the Ducks are in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference...


NFL review and preview: Things are changing fast, especially in wild, wild AFC West

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:00:00 PST

The NFL these days is like a GPS device gone awry.

The Rams are on fire. Recalculating…

The Chiefs are running away with the AFC West. Recalculating…

Parity reigns. Recalculating…

Every week, it’s a course correction, and another one came Sunday with the Rams cooling in Minnesota, Kansas City mustering...


What we learned from the Kings' 4-2 loss at Las Vegas

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:55:00 PST

What we learned from the Kings’ 4-2 loss to the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday:

The Golden Knights aren’t the usual hapless expansion team

They’re pretty well balanced, led by James Neal’s 10 goals and William Karlsson’s nine; Reilly Smith has contributed 16 points, and David Perron has 17....


What we learned from the Chargers' rout of the Bills

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Here’s what we learned in the Chargers’ 54-24 victory Sunday against the Buffalo Bills:

1. The defense is not to be messed with

Cornerback Casey Hayward wasn’t as polite as the rest of his teammates. He didn’t hide the fact that he felt disrespected by the Buffalo Bills’ decision to bench Tyrod...


What we learned in the Rams' 24-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

What we learned in the Rams’ 24-7n loss to the Minnesota Vikings:

Case Keenum can be cool under pressure

Keenum consistently showed poise in 2016 — and throughout last week — when he was answering questions about Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

He demonstrated on Sunday that he also can keep his head...


Trump criticizes Marshawn Lynch for sitting during U.S. national anthem and standing for Mexico's

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:35:00 PST

Marshawn Lynch stood during the national anthem on Sunday for the first time all year. Only it wasn’t the U.S. national anthem.

The Oakland Raiders running back has taken a seat for “The Star-Spangled Banner” ever since coming out of retirement this season and has not given a reason why. He continued...


Lakers like Julius Randle's aggressive play in win over Nuggets

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:55:00 PST

Lakers coach Luke Walton considered the question.

Why was Julius Randle so effective on Sunday night in the Lakers’ 127-109 win over the Denver Nuggets? Why was he so aggressive and so active in the paint?

“I’m trying to figure that answer out,” Walton said. “When he plays like he did tonight he’s...


Golden Knights get the best of the Kings in new division rivalry

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:10:00 PST

Jonathan Quick’s teammates expect him to stop just about everything that comes his way, and for the first few weeks of this season he lived up to those expectations as he backstopped the impressive start that lifted the Kings atop the Pacific Division.

But they’ve been allowing too many dangerous...


Ducks beat Florida after pregame ceremony honoring two legends

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:55:00 PST

John Gibson continues to face a bevy of shots, but each and every night, he’s up to the task.

This time, he had a whopping 52 shots unloaded on him by the Florida Panthers, but it didn’t matter.

The goaltender swatted all but two away, and propelled the Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Panthers...


NBA roundup: Stephen Curry fouls out but Golden State hangs on to beat the Nets

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:45:00 PST

Stephen Curry had season highs with 39 points and 11 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors held on after he fouled out to beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-111 on Sunday night at New York.

A night after erasing a 22-point halftime deficit in Philadelphia, the Warriors built a 22-point cushion after...