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  • What we learned from the Ducks' 2-1 overtime loss to the Blues

    What we learned from the Ducks' 2-1 overtime loss to the Blues

    There were times when the Ducks looked like they had no business getting any points out of Sunday’s game. There were also times when they showed the mettle necessary to get through a tough part of their schedule against a punishing team. The dog days of the season are here, along with some observations...

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 102-97 loss to the Pistons

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 102-97 loss to the Pistons

    After two blowout losses, the Lakers faced an opponent less daunting on Sunday night. The Detroit Pistons hadn’t been playing defense especially well lately, and they were in the bottom half of the league offensively. The Lakers had several opportunities late in the game, but couldn’t capitalize....

  • Lakers' Ivica Zubac is effective as well as a ‘bit tired’

    Lakers' Ivica Zubac is effective as well as a ‘bit tired’

    Unlike the last two Lakers games in which he played, Ivica Zubac got meaningful minutes with the Lakers on Sunday. That was part of a plan.  “We’ve been talking as a staff to try and find some way to get Zu some minutes,” Lakers Coach Luke Walton said. “We feel like he’s earned them. He’s been...

  • Steelers silence the Chiefs, 18-16, to advance to the AFC championship

    Steelers silence the Chiefs, 18-16, to advance to the AFC championship

    His profession requires him to avoid distraction at all costs, so Chris Boswell unloaded his cargo with care, placing his white Beats by Dre headphones atop a pyramid created by his gym bag and backpack, before he noticed the crowd ahead of him. Inside a cramped cubbyhole in the lower confines...

  • Ducks drop another game in overtime, 2-1 to the Blues

    Ducks drop another game in overtime, 2-1 to the Blues

    Sometime down the line these lost points might cost the Ducks. If their overtime record were anywhere near .500, they would be miles ahead of the pack in the Pacific Division. Instead they fell to 1-8 in games that end in overtime this season with a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday that...

  • Chimezie Metu carries USC past Colorado, 71-68, ending Trojans' two-game skid

    Chimezie Metu carries USC past Colorado, 71-68, ending Trojans' two-game skid

    No. 25 USC didn’t have a long time to huddle, but it didn’t need long to draw up a play. Sunday evening’s officiating crew, maybe out of awe as much as precaution, was reviewing Colorado’s shot-clock-beating three-pointer to confirm that, yes, it had indeed daggered the Trojans with just 43 seconds...

  • NBA roundup: Bazemore, Dunleavy lead Hawks past Bucks

    NBA roundup: Bazemore, Dunleavy lead Hawks past Bucks

    Kent Bazemore scored 24 points, Mike Dunleavy added 20 and the host Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 111-98, on Sunday.  Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 33 points. He has scored at least 30 points in eight games. Atlanta has won eight of its last nine games. The Bucks have...

  • Kings will honor Willie O'Ree, hockey pioneer and ambassador for NHL's diversity program

    Kings will honor Willie O'Ree, hockey pioneer and ambassador for NHL's diversity program

    The first time Jordan Samuels-Thomas met Willie O’Ree, he really didn’t need an introduction. “I knew exactly who he was. I’ve known who he was since I started playing hockey,” said Samuels-Thomas, a forward with the San Diego Gulls, the Ducks’ American Hockey League affiliate. O’Ree became the...

  • Justin Thomas finishes off Sony Open win in record-setting fashion

    Justin Thomas finishes off Sony Open win in record-setting fashion

    One last putt. One more record. And two unforgettable weeks in Hawaii for Justin Thomas.  Thomas began the Sony Open with a 15-foot eagle putt on his final hole to shoot 59. He ended it Sunday with a two-putt birdie from 60 feet that gave him yet another entry in the PGA Tour record book for the...

  • 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...

  • Clippers will try to stop Thunder's Russell Westbrook, somehow

    Clippers will try to stop Thunder's Russell Westbrook, somehow

    Twice last week, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers was glued to his television to watch what is becoming the artistic masterpiece of work by Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook. Rivers viewed what the entire NBA has witnessed this season. “Westbrook is like a force of nature,” Rivers said. On Monday night,...

  • NFL report: 49ers interview Tom Cable for head coaching position

    NFL report: 49ers interview Tom Cable for head coaching position

    The San Francisco 49ers interviewed Seattle offensive line coach and former Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable for their head coaching vacancy on Sunday.  Team CEO Jed York met with Cable as part of his search for replacements for fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke following...

  • College basketball: Ohio State gets first Big Ten win against Michigan State

    College basketball: Ohio State gets first Big Ten win against Michigan State

    JaQuan Lyle made five of seven shots from behind the three-point line and scored 22 points as Ohio State pulled away down the stretch and beat Michigan State, 72-67, on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio, for the Buckeyes' first Big Ten Conference win this season.  Marc Loving and Jae'Sean Tate each added...

  • Former pro wrestling star Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka dies at 73

    Former pro wrestling star Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka dies at 73

    Former pro wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, who earlier this month was found not competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend, has died at his son-in-law's home in Florida. He was 73.  Attorney Robert Kirwan II said Snuka was taken Sunday to the home near Pompano Beach so that he...

  • 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....

  • Rory McIlroy, after runner-up finish at SA Open, to have aching back examined

    Rory McIlroy, after runner-up finish at SA Open, to have aching back examined

    One tournament into the new year, Rory McIlroy is going for tests on his back Monday to make sure he is fit enough to play Abu Dhabi without further damage.  McIlroy felt pain in his back before the second round of the South African Open, and it lingered throughout the final round, where he closed...

  • Lindsey Vonn finishes 13th in return to World Cup downhill competition

    Lindsey Vonn finishes 13th in return to World Cup downhill competition

    Christine Scheyer of Austria upset the pre-race favorites to win a women's World Cup downhill Sunday, while Lindsey Vonn placed 13th in her first race in nearly 11 months.  Not being able to push out of the start gate as usual, the American was more than half a second off the lead at the first...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets

    What we learned from the Kings' 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets

    The Kings tied the score late and ultimately won the game in overtime, 3-2, against the Winnipeg Jets at Staples Center on Saturday night. Jeff Carter lifted the Kings (22-17-4) with his 23rd goal and eighth game-winner of the season. The Jets (20-22-4) could not capitalize on strong special teams...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers win over Lakers

    Five takeaways from the Clippers win over Lakers

    The Clippers avenged their Christmas loss to the Lakers with a dominating 113-97 victory Saturday at Staples Center. Here are five things to take away from the game: 1. Austin Rivers keeps tearing it up on offense, dropping in shot after shot after shot. Rivers had 15 points on seven-for-14 shooting....

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 113-97 loss to the Clippers

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 113-97 loss to the Clippers

    Christmas Day seems so long ago. The Lakers stole one in their first meeting with the Clippers, but the rematch went to Staples Center’s other tenant. Here are five takeaways from the Lakers’ 113-97 loss to the Clippers. 1. There was a bit of a revenge factor for the Clippers after losing to the...

  • Former King Jari Kurri remembers L.A., and is fondly remembered here

    Former King Jari Kurri remembers L.A., and is fondly remembered here

    Jari Kurri played his last game with the Kings during the 1995-96 season, so the Finland-born right wing wasn’t sure what kind of reception he would receive Saturday at Staples Center when he was recognized by the Kings as part of their Legends Night series. Kurri, who scored 601 goals and 1,398...

  • NFL playoffs | Chiefs vs. Steelers: How they match up

    NFL playoffs | Chiefs vs. Steelers: How they match up

    This probably won’t be known as “Ice Bowl II,” since temperatures are not expected to dip below 32 degrees in Arrowhead Stadium.  That 1967 NFL championship game between Green Bay and Dallas in Lambeau Field kicked off amid temperatures of minus-15 degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like...

  • NFL playoffs | Cowboys vs. Packers: How they match up

    NFL playoffs | Cowboys vs. Packers: How they match up

    Some 15 minutes after Dez Bryant said he didn’t want to talk about “the catch that wasn’t,” the Dallas Cowboys receiver was still talking about the controversial play from the 2014 NFC divisional playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. “Even if we were to win four or five Super Bowls, people still...

  • Kings' Jeff Carter buries the Jets in overtime, 3-2

    Kings' Jeff Carter buries the Jets in overtime, 3-2

    Jeff Carter jumped off the bench, skated into open ice in front of the net and then buried a one-timer to give the Kings a 3-2 overtime victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.  The sequence was kick-started by Anze Kopitar — literally — as he shielded off a defender along the boards...

  • Serena Williams follows her recent engagement by solely focusing on Australian Open

    Serena Williams follows her recent engagement by solely focusing on Australian Open

    Serena Williams definitely doesn’t want to talk about the No. 23. She doesn’t really want to think about planning a wedding, either, while she’s pursuing a Grand Slam record.  Newly engaged Williams brushed off concerns about the 88 unforced errors she had in a loss in New Zealand last week in...

  • Pac-12 and Southland basketball: Cold-shooting Jabari Bird makes key shot for Cal

    Pac-12 and Southland basketball: Cold-shooting Jabari Bird makes key shot for Cal

    Even as Jabari Bird was mired in one of the worst slumps of his career, California Coach Cuonzo Martin encouraged him to keep shooting.  Bird followed the advice and came through with a pivotal three-point basket to keep the Golden Bears in the thick of things in the Pac-12 Conference.  Bird made...

  • NBA roundup: Devin Booker scores 39 again in Suns' victory over Spurs

    NBA roundup: Devin Booker scores 39 again in Suns' victory over Spurs

    Devin Booker scored a career-high 39 points for the second straight game in Mexico City and the Phoenix Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs, 108-105, on Saturday in the fifth regular-season game in the country.  Booker was 12 for 22 from the field, and Eric Bledsoe added 17 points and 10 assists. Coming...

  • Patriots outduel Texans, 34-16, to reach record sixth consecutive AFC championship game

    Patriots outduel Texans, 34-16, to reach record sixth consecutive AFC championship game

    The New England Patriots are headed back to a familiar spot: the AFC championship game.  Dion Lewis had a 13-yard touchdown reception , a 98-yard kickoff return for a score, and a late 1-yard touchdown to help the Patriots hold off the Houston Texans 34-16 on Saturday night and advance to an NFL-record...

  • Jonathan Bernier gets the shutout as the Ducks beat Coyotes, 3-0

    Jonathan Bernier gets the shutout as the Ducks beat Coyotes, 3-0

    Jonathan Bernier shook off the rust and earned his first shutout of the season.  Bernier, starting in goal for the first time since Dec. 20, had 26 saves in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.  Hampus Lindholm, Nick Ritchie and Ryan Kesler scored in the Ducks'...

  • Lakers Coach Luke Walton wants D'Angelo Russell to keep shooting despite recent slump

    Lakers Coach Luke Walton wants D'Angelo Russell to keep shooting despite recent slump

    Even when he hasn’t shot well, D’Angelo Russell’s overall play has impressed Lakers Coach Luke Walton this month. That changed a little bit on Saturday in the Lakers’ 113-97 loss to the Clippers. “I told him he’s been magnificent for us this whole month,” Walton said. “Tonight I didn’t think he...

  • UCLA erases nine-point deficit in second half to edge Utah, 83-82

    UCLA erases nine-point deficit in second half to edge Utah, 83-82

    The team known for its offense couldn’t win with its better half Saturday afternoon. UCLA needed a stop. First, the Bruins needed to disrupt. Trailing by a point in the final seconds, Utah inbounded the ball three times. Three times, UCLA fouled because the Bruins weren’t in the bonus and wouldn’t...

  • Justin Thomas keeps up record-setting pace to lead Sony Open by seven shots

    Justin Thomas keeps up record-setting pace to lead Sony Open by seven shots

    Justin Thomas made a 15-foot birdie putt on his final hole to tie the 54-hole record on the PGA Tour and build a seven-shot lead Saturday at the Sony Open in Hawaii.  No one has ever lost a PGA Tour event with a seven-shot lead, and Thomas has given no indication that will change.  His goal was...

  • Matt Ryan leads Falcons past Seahawks, 36-20, and into NFC championship game

    Matt Ryan leads Falcons past Seahawks, 36-20, and into NFC championship game

    All that talk of nasty playoff weather in Kansas City, and it was the Seattle Seahawks who ran headlong into an Ice storm. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, nicknamed Matty Ice, put on a frozen-in-time performance Saturday in what could be the last game in the 25-year history of the Georgia Dome....

  • DeAndre Jordan dominant in Clippers' victory over the Lakers

    DeAndre Jordan dominant in Clippers' victory over the Lakers

    Austin Rivers laughed as he scanned teammate DeAndre Jordan’s line on the scoresheet of the Clippers’ 113-97 victory over the Lakers on Saturday, the numbers seeming too absurd for Rivers’ mind to grasp what his eyes were telling him. “He was pretty much unguardable. Twelve for 13 from the field....

  • Rams agree to terms with Joe Barry to be linebackers coach

    Rams agree to terms with Joe Barry to be linebackers coach

    New Rams Coach Sean McVay is working quickly to put together his staff. Veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips already is in place, and people with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that Joe Barry has agreed to terms to become linebackers coach and assistant head coach. Barry, 46, was...

  • Clippers' Blake Griffin appears to be on track for return from surgery

    Clippers' Blake Griffin appears to be on track for return from surgery

    Clippers forward Blake Griffin has started to increase his workload as he prepares to return from right-knee surgery. Before the Clippers played the Lakers on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center, Griffin participated in sprinting and shooting drills that took him all around the court. The Clippers...

  • Clippers avenge Christmas loss with 113-97 victory over Lakers

    Clippers avenge Christmas loss with 113-97 victory over Lakers

    Redemption arrived for the Clippers borne by forceful offense and unrelenting defense against the Lakers. There was purpose in everything the Clippers did on Saturday afternoon as they throttled the Lakers, 113-97, at Staples Center. The Clippers played as if determined to extract payback for Christmas...

  • NFL report: Cowboys' Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott seek playoff history against Packers

    NFL report: Cowboys' Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott seek playoff history against Packers

    Aaron Rodgers has been unbeatable on a seven-game run that carried Green Bay to the divisional round.  So was Dallas rookie Dak Prescott for 11 straight in the regular season, a surge that ultimately benched 10-year starter Tony Romo and led to the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the quarterback's playoff...

  • College basketball: Louisville upends Duke; Gonzaga downs St. Mary's

    College basketball: Louisville upends Duke; Gonzaga downs St. Mary's

    Anas Mahmoud had a career-high 17 points and 11 rebounds, Donovan Mitchell added 15 points and No. 14 Louisville shot 59 percent in the second half to top No. 7 Duke, 78-69, on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.  Mitchell had the touch from beyond the arc, making consecutive three-pointers while scoring...

  • Kings forward Trevor Lewis is the most opportunistic player on his line right now

    Kings forward Trevor Lewis is the most opportunistic player on his line right now

    Trevor Lewis burst down the left wing with only St. Louis Blues defender Alex Pietrangelo separating the Kings’ forward from the goal.  But Pietrangelo was never fully focused on stopping Lewis. First Pietrangelo turned his head and pointed at Anze Kopitar, who was streaking toward the net across...

  • Connecticut women win 91st straight to break their own NCAA record

    Connecticut women win 91st straight to break their own NCAA record

    Top-ranked Connecticut broke its own NCAA record with its 91st consecutive victory, scoring the first 21 points and romping past SMU, 88-48, on Saturday.  Coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies (16-0, 4-0 AAC) broke the record of 90 wins in a row that his team first accomplished more than six years...

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