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Ducks notes: Vatanen making a powerful impact

Sat Oct 25, 2014

ANAHEIM – The fact Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen has been effectively scoring lately on power plays isn’t by design, luck or happenstance. It’s all about opportunity, and Vatanen is making the most of what comes his way. Entering Saturday’s games, he ledthe league in power-play points with seven. “Th

Late goals get Seattle past Galaxy, 2-0

Sat Oct 25, 2014

SEATTLE – — Two down, one to go for the Seattle Sounders. Second-half substitute Marco Pappa scored in the 85th minute and again in stoppage time, and the Sounders beat the Galaxy 2-0 on Saturday to win the MLS Supporters’ Shield for the first time in the six-year history of the club. The Sounders (20-10-4, 64 p

Royals' early lead holds up, they take 2-1 Series lead over Giants

Fri Oct 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – All season long and deep into October, the Kansas City Royals have relied on their winning formula of fundamental baseball: sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. It won them a wild card and the American League pennant. And now, it has Manager Ned Yost and his team on top in the World Se

Miller: Strange hue and cry over Seahawks QB

Fri Oct 24, 2014

At least his first publicly debated shortcoming was one we all could understand. It was as easy to grasp as reading the numbers on a tape measure. Russell Wilson isn’t tall enough. The 5-foot-11 quarterback proved that notion wrong by succeeding wildly in the big-men NFL and then buried the idea forever by helping Seattle w

Maddon opts out in Tampa, leading to Mattingly speculation

Fri Oct 24, 2014

In a surprise move Friday morning, Joe Maddon opted out of his contract to manage the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015, amping up speculation he could be the choice of new Dodgers decision-maker Andrew Friedman to replace Manager Don Mattingly. Friedman and Maddon worked together to great success with the Rays since 2006, netting five 90-win seaso

Maddon opts out in Tampa, leading to Mattingly speculation

Fri Oct 24, 2014

In a surprise move Friday morning, Joe Maddon opted out of his contract to manage the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015, amping up speculation he could be new Dodgers decision-maker Andrew Friedman’s choice to replace Manager Don Mattingly. Friedman and Maddon worked together to great success with the Rays since 2006, netting above-average wi

Reid: Oslo's olympic-sized snub of IOC a wake-up call

Fri Oct 24, 2014

All the makings of the ideal Winter Olympic wonderland were there. It had a rich history of Winter Olympic success, a cowbell-ringing nation obsessed with winter sports, a proven track record of hosting successful Games and other international competitions and some of the best snow-capped postcard visuals outside of British Columbia and

Kobe: Nash 'did everything possible' to get back

Fri Oct 24, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Playing without Steve Nash was nothing new for the Lakers. Since acquiring the two-time Most Valuable Player two summers ago, it has been the norm to expect his absence. But Friday was the first time the Lakers did so with knowledge he will not return. Even as the Lakers wrapped up the preseason with a 93-92 los

Clippers' coaching staff learning to work together

Fri Oct 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES – “It’s not football.” Jamal Crawford wasn’t just stating the obvious for a group of reporters before Friday’s 99-89 loss to Portland in the Clippers’ exhibition finale. No, Crawford was talking about the Clippers’ assistant coaches, and their willingness to collaborate.

USC's JuJu Smith is mature beyond his years

Fri Oct 24, 2014

USC expects Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium to be a madhouse Saturday night. Don’t expect the Trojans’ second-youngest scholarship player to be fazed by it. Freshman receiver JuJu Smith is unusually mature for a 17-year-old. He’s obviously big and powerful at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds. But it’s Smith’s approach

Bruins face a battle for momentum vs. Buffaloes

Fri Oct 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES – In any rebuild, big or small, momentum can be crucial. It’s important to know things are headed in the right direction. For Colorado, again at the bottom of the Pac-12 barrel, momentum has been difficult to come by. The Buffaloes have yet to win a conference game this season and their only victories have come ov

No. 20 USC at No. 19 Utah: Who has the edge?

Fri Oct 24, 2014

Breaking down No. 20 USC’s matchup against No. 19 Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City (Saturday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports 1): OFFENSE USC last week put together its most complete offensive game since the opener, threatening all portions of the field. The running game hit the 200-yard mark for the fourth

No. 25 UCLA at Colorado: Who has the edge?

Fri Oct 24, 2014

Breaking down No. 25 UCLA’s matchup against Colorado at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo. (Saturday, 11 a.m., Pac-12 Network): OFFENSE Like Cal quarterback Jared Goff, Colorado signal caller Sefo Liufau has, by all accounts, made a huge jump during his sophomore season. His completion percentage is up 6 percent

Gibson gets a win in return to Ducks' net

Fri Oct 24, 2014

ANAHEIM – The win streak for the Ducks is now at seven games and for the first time it was John Gibson that was basking in victory. Getting his first start since a rude season-opening visit to his native Pittsburgh, Gibson turned in a solid 16-save effort Friday night to help the Ducks keep rolling with a 4-1 win over the Columbus

Credit goes to Kings' defense for team's fast start

Fri Oct 24, 2014

They’re without a top defenseman, a top goal scorer and one of their best defensive forwards, and their goalie started the season with a wrist that wasn’t at 100 percent after summer surgery. These are the Kings, who are off to one of the best starts in franchise history. The Kings have a 5-1-1 record after Thursday&r

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