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Falcons' season took dramatic turn after rout of Rams in Week 14

Are the Rams the reason the Atlanta Falcons are in the Super Bowl? Well, that might be overstating it. But some of the Falcons pointed to their 42-14 victory in Los Angeles in Week 14 as a turning point for a team that was coming off a 29-28 home loss to Kansas City. Since that defeat to the Chiefs,...

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  • Freeman Williams, one of the great long-range shooters, to be honored by City Section

    Freeman Williams, one of the great long-range shooters, to be honored by City Section

    In the history of basketball in Los Angeles, one of the greatest “playground legends” was Freeman Williams from Manual Arts High School. He was doing things in the 1970s long before the Ball brothers of Chino Hills came onto the scene. “In those days, there was no three-point line, but Freeman...

  • On high schools: Late bloomer KZ Okpala of Esperanza has a rosy future

    On high schools: Late bloomer KZ Okpala of Esperanza has a rosy future

    Play dance music and 6-foot-8 KZ Okpala will dance. Hand him a basketball and he’ll dribble between his legs like a Harlem Globetrotter. Tell to him improvise and he’ll respond with a shot straight out of a game of H-O-R-S-E. There’s something unusual about Okpala’s skills. It might be because...

  • Boys' basketball: Fairfax holds off Westchester, 60-57

    Boys' basketball: Fairfax holds off Westchester, 60-57

    When his Fairfax High basketball team opened a 19-point lead  Wednesday night, Coach Steve Baik was probably wondering what all the fuss had been about concerning the Lions’ rivalry with Westchester. He quickly found out. Spurred on by a loud, enthusiastic home crowd and strong play from Luis Rodriguez,...

  • The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    The Times' boys' basketball rankings

    A loook at the top 25 high school boys’ basketball teams in the Southland: Rk. School (W-L)  Next opponent (last week’s ranking)  1. CHINO HILLS (18-0) vs. Upland, Tuesday (1)  2. SIERRA CANYON (15-1) vs. La Lumiere (Ind.), Monday in Massachusetts (2)  3. BISHOP MONTGOMERY (16-1) vs. Montverde...

  • Jemarl Baker is proving you can go back home again

    Jemarl Baker is proving you can go back home again

    Back in July, news broke that could have profoundly changed the fortunes of two high school basketball teams. Jemarl Baker, a standout senior guard at Eastvale Roosevelt headed to California, was admitted to school at Santa Ana Mater Dei. A month later, when classes began, Baker showed up at Roosevelt....

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