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UCLA faces familiar nemesis

Thu Nov 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Playing against Stanford often seems like a long game of chess, with slow and calculated moves and countermoves, each of which can turn the game on its head in an instant. In its three meetings with the Cardinal under Coach Jim Mora, UCLA has fallen victim to this chess match, succumbing to the physicality and discipl

Seahawks shut down 49ers, end five-game losing streak

Thu Nov 27, 2014

SANTA CLARA — Richard Sherman provided the moment of the game against the 49ers once again, a mere 10 months after his touchdown-saving deflection in the NFC championship that sent the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl. Sherman set up the only touchdown with another key defensive play in this heated rivalry, then made a second int

Clippers' Paul lifts spirit of grieving boy

Thu Nov 27, 2014

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Michael Gallagher carried a camera everywhere Wednesday, wanting something permanent to remember this day by. For the last year, his family had been living one moment at a time. This wasn’t some kind of affirmation or strategy for happiness. It was a cruel reality, a side effect of his wife, Lisa

Stanford will test UCLA's ability to be precise, disciplined

Thu Nov 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Playing against Stanford often seems like a long game of chess, with slow and calculated moves and counter-moves, each of which can turn the game on its head in an instant. In its three meetings with the Cardinal under Coach Jim Mora, UCLA has fallen victim to this chess match, succumbing to the physicality and discip

Johnson goes 'Wild' on Lakers defense

Thu Nov 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Every basketball player loves to score, to see their name in a box score as some sort of validation that they contributed to the outcome. Wes Johnson isn’t any different. But with so many offensive-minded players on the Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Jeremy Lin), the 6-foot-10 forward decided to have a hand in

USC playing for veteran leaders Pullard, Telfer

Thu Nov 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES – It’s reasonable to wonder what USC is playing for in its regular-season finale against Notre Dame on Saturday, considering it has four losses on its ledger. The most popular answer: Hayes and Randall. Linebacker Hayes Pullard and tight end Randall Telfer are the Trojans’ only fifth-year seniors who

Eagles beat Cowboys to move into NFC East lead

Thu Nov 27, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — LeSean McCoy threw open his arms just before crossing the goal line on a touchdown run that essentially put away another big win over the Dallas Cowboys. While Philadelphia didn’t walk off with a playoff berth in hand after beating the Cowboys 33-10 on Thursday, it was a sweet Thanksgiving for McCoy, Mark S

Tar Heels roll past the Bruins in the Bahamas

Thu Nov 27, 2014

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – UCLA’s night could be summed up in one sequence. Bruins guard Norman Powell stole the ball, found no one between him and the basket, then leaped with every intention of slamming the ball with such force that the UCLA faithful would surely have leaped from their seats. He missed. That

USC determined to get physical against Notre Dame

Thu Nov 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Whether you were watching the game or experiencing it in the trenches, it was clear that USC was less physical than UCLA last week. The Trojans are determined to make sure that doesn’t happen again against Notre Dame. They set a physical tone when practice began Tuesday and never let up throughout the week.

No. 9 UCLA vs. Stanford: Who has the edge?

Thu Nov 27, 2014

OFFENSE Since the beginning of Jim Harbaugh’s reign in Palo Alto, Stanford’s offense has prided itself on a consistent power run game. But Stanford finds itself in the middle of a below-average year on the ground, where its leading rusher has just 488 yards this season. Quarterback Kevin Hogan hasn’t done the ru

Reid: Fisher has enabled Winston's misbehavior

Thu Nov 27, 2014

In the spring of 1969, Oregon’s legendary track coach Bill Bowerman was repeatedly asked by his friends, his athletes and reporters why he hadn’t joined the parade of college coaches to Coos Bay, a logging and fishing town on the Oregon coast, to chase a hot shot high school runner named Steve Prefontaine. “Somebody sai

Lakers' Johnson goes 'Wild' on Lakers defense

Thu Nov 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Every basketball player loves to score, to see their name in a box score as some sort of validation that they contributed to the outcome. Wes Johnson isn’t any different. But with so many offensive-minded players on the Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Jeremy Lin), the 6-foot-10 forward decided to have a hand in

Johnson's two TD catches lead Lions past Bears

Thu Nov 27, 2014

DETROIT — After a week of questions about his limited production of late, Calvin Johnson lifted Detroit’s offense with an emphatic reminder that he’s still one of the game’s most dynamic players. Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 yards with a pair of first-half touchdowns, and the Lions boosted their postseason hop

Short-handed Lakers can't hold off Grizzlies

Wed Nov 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES – It’s understandable if these dark days of Lakers basketball have fans longing for an era that evoked a cheerier disposition. Wouldn’t it be nice, some are probably thinking, to experience Showtime basketball just one more time? It wouldn’t take a time machine. Byron Scott joked the Lakers are

Final: Grizzlies 99, Lakers 93

Wed Nov 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES - The Lakers led after the first period and maintained a five-point advantage at the half. They played efficiently Wednesday despite Kobe Bryant not taking a shot for the first nine-plus minutes. In the end, no matt

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