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Big tension in Texas: College Football Playoff committee has a lot on its plate

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:45:00 PST

It sounds like the perfect weekend, everyone gathered around the television to watch football.

But, in this case, the 12 men and women of the College Football Playoff selection committee have convened in Grapevine, Texas, for some potentially headache-inducing work.

With conference title games...


Clippers beat Pelicans, 114-96, to end trip with back-to-back wins

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:10:00 PST

At the start of this six-game excursion, when the Clippers were still on a high because of their optimized play, none of them would have imagined that by the end they’d just be hoping the salvage the trip.

But that was the fate they had to accept after a 114-96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans...


Lakers never recover after slow start and lose to the Raptors, 113-80

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 20:50:00 PST

It took almost two minutes of playing time for the Toronto Raptors to score on Friday night, but their first bucket began an avalanche that buried the shorthanded Lakers.

Toronto (13-6) won its fifth consecutive game, a 113-80 defeat of the Lakers (10-11).

The Raptors made 75% of their second-quarter...


UCLA says it will embrace the pace set by No. 1 Kentucky

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:10:00 PST

It will be a Kentucky Derby, run indoors. The participants will wear high-end sneakers. They might feel like being put out to pasture after what could be the fastest 40 minutes in sports.

A possible documentary title: Thirteen Seconds or Less.

That’s the average amount of time both UCLA and Kentucky...


USC gets its third big test of season with a big hole in its lineup

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 19:25:00 PST

USC has spent the last two days of practice confronting an uncomfortable reality. The Trojans’ best offensive player, forward Bennie Boatwright, is expected to miss six weeks because of a sprained knee ligament.

But Coach Andy Enfield said he hasn’t agonized over how USC (7-0) will fill Boatwright’s...


LA 2024 releases revised budget for Olympics, revenue to equal $5.3 billion in costs

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:00:00 PST

In an era when the Olympics have become synonymous with cost overruns and massive deficits, the private committee seeking to bring the Summer Games back to Southern California has released what it calls a “no-surprises” balanced budget.

LA 2024’s latest proposal, issued on Friday, estimates that...


Bold move in second OT pays off for Sierra Canyon with a second consecutive section title

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 22:55:00 PST

The Chatsworth Sierra Canyon High football team ended an epic game with a gutsy call.

The move paid off big-time for the Trailblazers, and it resulted in their second consecutive CIF Southern Section title.

Bobby Cole ran up the middle for a two-point conversion in the second overtime to give top-seeded...


No. 4 Washington makes its case for the playoff with rout of No. 8 Colorado, 41-10, to grab Pac-12 title

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 22:45:00 PST

Washington did what it had to do Friday. Now the Huskies must wait until Sunday morning to see if what they did was enough.

With freshman safety Taylor Rapp intercepting two third-quarter passes, returning one for a touchdown, and sophomore quarterback Jake Browning throwing for two more scores,...


USC advances to College Cup final with 1-0 win over Georgetown

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 22:40:00 PST

Katie Johnson’s goal in the 60th minute Friday gave the USC women’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Georgetown and put the Trojans in the College Cup final for the second time.

USC (18-4-2) will face West Virginia on Sunday at Avaya Stadium. The Mountaineers defeated North Carolina, 1-0, in the...


NBA: Struggling Cavaliers fall to Bulls, 111-105, for third straight loss

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 22:25:00 PST

Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had 24 and the Chicago Bulls beat LeBron James and the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers, 111-105, on Friday night. 

Taj Gibson had a season-high 23 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, and Rajon Rondo had 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds as the balanced...


USC to the Rose Bowl? Examining how Colorado's loss affects Trojans' chances

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 22:05:00 PST

In the waning seconds of USC's 21-17 win over Colorado earlier this season, receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster made a crucial third-down reception and had nothing ahead of him but the end zone. He could've walked in for the score. Instead, he took a knee at the 14-yard line. It was the right decision,...(image)

CFB notes: No. 13 Western Michigan beats Ohio, 29-23, in MAC title game

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:30:00 PST

Robert Spillane intercepted a pass with 51 seconds remaining, and No. 13 Western Michigan remained undefeated, holding off Ohio 29-23 on Friday night to win its first Mid-American Conference title since 1988. 

The Broncos (13-0, No. 17 CFP) led 23-7 at halftime, but Ohio rallied and had the ball...


College basketball: No. 13 Indiana cruises to sixth victory

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:25:00 PST

Juwan Morgan scored a career-high 18 points and finished with 10 rebounds, De’Ron Davis scored 14 points and No. 13 Indiana rolled to an 83-60 victory over Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Friday night. 

Indiana’s bench out-scored SIU Edwardsville’s, 34-12, and the Hoosiers dominated the glass,...


'Very solid' Ingram a bright spot in Lakers' loss

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:20:00 PST

If there’s a silver lining for the Lakers in their spate of injuries lately, it’s that it’s afforded rookie Brandon Ingram the opportunity for more experience.

For the last two games, Ingram has started in place of shooting guard Nick Young, who is out because of a strained right calf muscle.



Rams clear things up with Eric Dickerson, but he still won't be going to games

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 19:15:00 PST

Eric Dickerson reversed field on one element of controversy, but the NFL Hall of Fame running back remained steadfast about another Friday as the Rams departed for Sunday’s game at New England.

After a meeting Thursday with Kevin Demoff, Dickerson said he no longer holds the Rams’ chief executive...


Redick is latest Clipper to get forced rest

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:35:00 PST

J.J. Redick got the tap on the shoulder this time, getting informed by Coach Doc Rivers and his basketball support staff that the 6-foot-4 guard wouldn’t be playing against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night because of rest.

Redick said that he wants to “play every night,” but he also knew...


Baseball report: Padres trade Derek Norris to Nationals

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:05:00 PST

The Washington Nationals have reacquired catcher Derek Norris from the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo announced the trade Friday. 

Norris, a 2007 first-round pick of the Nationals, hit .186 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs last season...


Angels' Albert Pujols has foot surgery, expected to be out four months

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:05:00 PST

Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols underwent surgery on his right plantar fascia Friday, after a conservative approach to his painful injury failed to produce positive results.

The tense ligament bothered him for much of the year, but particularly after August, when he wore orthotics that had...


Dodgers cut ties with reliever Louis Coleman

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:30:00 PST

The Dodgers declined to tender a contract to right-handed reliever Louis Coleman, who was the lone casualty at Friday’s deadline to offer contracts to players eligible for arbitration.

The Dodgers tendered contracts to the six other players who were arbitration-eligible: catcher Yasmani Grandal,...


Kase striking the right notes with Ducks

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:05:00 PST

Ondrej Kase was such an unknown player for the Ducks that it wasn’t until recently that the correct pronunciation of his last name was learned. 

Asked about it before a Nov. 26 game, Kase told Ducks television broadcaster John Ahlers that it’s pronounced “Kaw-shah,” and not “Kah-sey” as originally...


Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama tied for lead at Hero World Challenge

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:10:00 PST

Dustin Johnson wasn't even expecting to be in the Bahamas for the Hero World Challenge. He was tied for the lead Friday with Hideki Matsuyama, who has reason to expect being at the top of any tournament he plays. Six shots behind was Tiger Woods, who shot a seven-under 65. 

Johnson ran off three...


MLB puts a price on winning the All-Star Game

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:55:00 PST

You can put a price on victory: $20,000.

That’s the bonus that each player on the winning All-Star team will earn starting next season, one of a host of details unveiled Friday when Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Assn. confirmed and announced a new collective bargaining...


Quarterback Trevor Siemian to miss Broncos' game against Jaguars

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:55:00 PST

Trevor Siemian's biggest takeaway from his career-best performance wasn't the masterpiece of pinpoint passes in the face of heavy pressure but a sprained left foot he sustained during one of five sacks. 

It will sideline him this weekend. 

The Denver Broncos ruled out Siemian for Sunday's game...


Water polo final could be a grudge match for USC, UCLA

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:40:00 PST

Adam Wright has coached UCLA to national men’s water polo championships in each of the last two seasons. But if that’s given the Bruins a little extra confidence heading into this weekend’s NCAA Final Four in Berkeley, Wright is doing his best to dismiss it.

“We don’t put too much credence in that,”...


NFL players wear their hearts on their feet for My Cause, My Cleats campaign

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:05:00 PST

If you're a fan of the custom cleats players such as Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. have worn all season, then you're in for a treat this weekend. The NFL will allow players across the league to wear custom cleats in Week 13, but there's a twist. The cleats will reflect the players' commitment...(image)