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Clippers hold off depleted Thunder to win opener

Thu Oct 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Sometimes, you just have to get through it. Over the course of a season, a team isn’t going to play well. A team is going to miss open shots. A team is going to botch fast-break attempts. It’s unavoidable. In Thursday’s season-opener, the Clippers didn’t look their best, but mor

Kings are blanked in Pittsburgh, 3-0

Thu Oct 30, 2014

PITTSBURGH – Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves in his 30th NHL shutout, and Chris Kunitz had two goals in a three-point game to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-0 victory over the Kings 3-0 on Thursday night. Kris Letang scored his first goal of the season, and Evgeni Malkin became the fifth player in team history to register 400

Harmonson: California Chrome chasing redemption at Breeders' Cup

Thu Oct 30, 2014

ARCADIA – California Chrome is ticked off. He hasn’t won a race since May and he actually spent his summer on vacation instead of working like his competitors. One of his owners is even talking about retiring him and putting him out to stud, though he might not be all that bothered once he figures out what that entail

Ramirez leads group of Dodgers into free agency

Thu Oct 30, 2014

With the World Series completed, 121 players officially became free agents Thursday morning. The list includes seven Dodgers – and odds are none of them will be back with the team in 2015. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez and pitchers Roberto Hernandez, Paul Maholm, Chris Perez, Kevin Correia, Jamey Wright and Josh Beckett are officially f

Former Dodgers up for Hall of Fame review

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Two former Dodgers are among the 10 finalists to be reviewed by the Hall of Fame's Golden Era committee. Maury Wills and Gil Hodges will be among those considered for Hall of Fame induction in 2015 by a 16-member committee that includes Hall of Famers Al Kaline, Rod Carew, Jim Bunning, Joe Morgan, Don Sutton and Ozzie Smith as well as fr

Clippers 2014-15: Success will center on Jordan

Thu Oct 30, 2014

PLAYA VISTA – Chris Paul is as competitive as anyone in the NBA, and the point guard’s pursuit of a NBA championship is one reason to think the Clippers have a shot this season. Blake Griffin is as gifted as any young superstar in the NBA, coming off a season in which he made massive improvements. His continued development is

James 'glad it's over' after Knicks spoil mega-hyped return to Cleveland

Thu Oct 30, 2014

CLEVELAND – LeBron James shot miserably. His passes were errant. He didn’t look good doing much other than tossing powder in the air. His homecoming was horrendous. “I didn’t press,” James said, dismissing nerves as a factor. “I didn’t do much.” James struggled from the star

Haren to return to Dodgers after exercising option

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Dan Haren will be back with the Dodgers in 2015. Their seven players who became free agents Thursday probably won’t be. Haren officially exercised the option in his contract and will return next season with a $10 million salary. The clause in Haren’s one-year deal with the Dodgers last year vested when he pitched 180 innings

Haren will return to Dodgers in 2015

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Veteran right-hander Dan Haren has informed the Dodgers he will exercise the option in his contract and return for the 2015 season. Haren signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers last winter that included a clause adding a player option at $10 million for 2015 if he pitched 180 innings during the 2014 season. The 34-year-old Haren made 32

Scott, Bryant push Lin to take charge of Laker offense

Thu Oct 30, 2014

The Lakers’ list of early-season issues is long and growing. But in the game of Pick-A-Problem, none may be more pressing than the play of Jeremy Lin. Through two games the starting point guard has scored just 13 points. Wednesday in Phoenix he tallied just one assist. After the 108-90 loss, both Coach Byron Scott and Kobe

Clippers 2014-15: Player profiles

Thu Oct 30, 2014

22 MATT BARNES Pos.: SF Age: 34 Ht.: 6-7 Outlook: The Clippers need Barnes to be a tough, physical wing defender and an effective 3-point shooter when he’s open. After a rough preseason, will Barnes be able to find his rhythm whether it’s with the starters or second

Nearing 30, feisty Paul says he's still in his prime

Thu Oct 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES – It was a throwaway question near the end of shootaround, but it stuck with Chris Paul enough that he brought it up as he walked away. Someone mentioned that Paul would turn 30 this season, that windows in the NBA slam more often than they slowly close. “I’ve been trying to seize the moment since I

Saints top Panthers 28-10 to take NFC South lead

Thu Oct 30, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Drew Brees and the Saints proved they know how to win big games on the road. Brees overcame a shaky start and threw for one touchdown and ran for another and New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 Thursday night to take over first place in the NFC South. The Saints (4-4) piled up 375 yards to sna

Ducks caught 'standing still' by Blues

Thu Oct 30, 2014

ST. LOUIS – It was easy for the Ducks to get up to play Chicago on Tuesday. Who doesn’t get motivated to play a team that’s an annual Stanley Cup contender? The tough part arrived Thursday night. The Ducks, of course, have their own Cup visions, but they had to summon those same emotions against another who shares their

Trojans' Sarkisian has a plan to reign in the rain

Thu Oct 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Rain is in the forecast for Saturday’s game at Washington State, something USC coach Steve Sarkisian became accustomed to in five years with the Cougars’ top rival. Sarkisian came away from those experiences at Washington with a general game plan: The worse the weather, the more apt he is to rely on his mo

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