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Lakers beat Utah, finally show signs of life

Sun Oct 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES – It’s unclear if the Lakers’ record will mirror that of the franchise-worst achieved by last year’s squad, but by Sunday they were well on the way to equaling that team’s absurdity. Try this on: Ryan Kelly was to make his preseason debut Sunday after missing the first three weeks of training cam

Manning sets TD record in Broncos' victory

Sun Oct 19, 2014

DENVER — Peyton Manning’s receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL’s new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos’ emphatic 42-17 victory Sunday night. Manning went into the showdown two TDs shy of Brett Favre’s record of 508 and thre

USC seeking something special against Utah

Sun Oct 19, 2014

Win or lose this season, USC coach Steve Sarkisian has zeroed in on an area in need of improvement. One week it was running backs making tacklers miss beyond the line of scrimmage. Another week it was increased activity from the defensive front seven. This past week, against Colorado, it was quarterback Cody Kessler completing more deep

UCLA shows it can reach into pocket

Sun Oct 19, 2014

Through six weeks in which it racked up just seven sacks, UCLA might as well have invited opposing quarterbacks to sit in the pocket, kick up their feet, and stay a while. Before the season, there was no such concern about its pass rush, with UCLA’s defensive coaches sure that they could replace 22 of its 31 sacks from las

Alexander: Denver will soon tell Chargers fans how meaningul Sunday's loss was

Sun Oct 19, 2014

SAN DIEGO – Trend or outlier? The Kansas City Chiefs did to the Chargers on Sunday what San Diego had done to teams earlier this season: Control the ball, keep the defense on the field and capitalize on mistakes. And in sneaking away from Qualcomm Stadium with a 23-20 victory, on Cairo Santos’ 48-yard field goal with

Scant offense but Kings still winning

Sun Oct 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES – They aren’t doing much for the collective blood pressure inside Staples Center, but the Kings are finding ways to win their home games. The predictable combination of goaltending, special teams and scoring from the “70s’’ line carried the Kings to a 2-1 victory over Minnesota on Sunday and elev

Oram: NBA ponders getting shorter

Sun Oct 19, 2014

It's rare that we lay-folk find we have something in common with Kobe Bryant, the NBA’s highest-paid player whose opulent lifestyle involves Parisian getaways with his family and a helicopter shuttling him to Lakers home games. But Bryant describes himself as a traditionalist, and I think a lot of us can probably relate to that.

Oram: NBA ponders getting shorter

Sun Oct 19, 2014

It's rare that we lay-folk find we have something in common with Kobe Bryant, the NBA’s highest-paid player whose opulent lifestyle involves Parisian getaways with his family and a helicopter shuttling him to Lakers home games. But Bryant describes himself as a traditionalist, and I think a lot of us can probably relate to that.

Manning sets TD record in Broncos' victory

Sun Oct 19, 2014

DENVER — Peyton Manning’s receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL’s new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos’ emphatic 42-17 victory Sunday night. Manning went into the showdown two TDs shy of Brett Favre’s record of 508 and thre

Vatanen finds scoring touch on power play as Ducks beat Blues, 3-0

Sun Oct 19, 2014

ANAHEIM – If it had not been made clear before now, the Ducks’ Sami Vatanen showed Sunday night that he knows his way around a power play. Vatanen scored twice with the man advantage Sunday night to back goalie Frederik Andersen's first career shutout as the Ducks won their fifth straight, a 3-0 decision over the St. Louis Blu

Scant offense but Kings still winning

Sun Oct 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES – They aren’t doing much for the collective blood pressure inside Staples Center, but the Kings are finding ways to win their home games. The predictable combination of goaltending, special teams and scoring from the “70s’’ line carried the Kings to a 2-1 victory over Minnesota on Sunday and elev

Galaxy, Seattle draw in Donovan's final regular-season home game

Sun Oct 19, 2014

CARSON — Although Landon Donovan was grateful for an evening of tributes to his soccer career, his excitement was dampened when the LA Galaxy blew a two-goal lead and the chance to take control of the MLS regular-season race. So after his celebratory match ended in a draw, Donovan addressed the sellout crowd

Lakers beat Utah, finally show signs of life

Sun Oct 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES – It’s unclear if the Lakers’ record will mirror that of the franchise-worst achieved by last year’s squad, but by Sunday they were well on the way to equaling that team’s absurdity. Try this on: Ryan Kelly was to make his preseason debut Sunday after missing the first three weeks of training cam

USC seeking something special against Utah

Sun Oct 19, 2014

Win or lose this season, USC coach Steve Sarkisian has zeroed in on an area in need of improvement. One week it was running backs making tacklers miss beyond the line of scrimmage. Another week it was increased activity from the defensive front seven. This past week, against Colorado, it was quarterback Cody Kessler completing more deep

Versatile Beleskey off to a solid start for Ducks

Sun Oct 19, 2014

ANAHEIM – Some players might get irritated by their coach moving them about the team’s lineup. One night here and the next night there. Not Matt Beleskey. For one, the winger has become an everyday player in his seventh NHL season and it is his willingness to be effective in whatever role needed for the Ducks that keeps him i

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