December 27, 2013 |
SALT LAKE CITY - This was supposed to be the easy part of the Lakers' schedule. Simple, really. Get closer to .500 with a slew of games against teams already deeply embedded in draft lottery odds. But the Lakers might be one of those lottery teams too. They lost to the Utah Jazz, 105-103, and fell four games under .500 for the first time this season. BOX SCORE: Jazz 105, Lakers 103 The Lakers couldn't stop anybody, as usual, letting the NBA's 27th-ranked offense blow past its average of 92.7 points before Friday.
December 20, 2013 |
UCLA's defense got a little weaker Friday. Linebacker Eric Kendricks had right ankle surgery, leaving the Bruins without their leading tackler when they face Virginia Tech on Dec. 31 in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Kendricks had surgery on the same ankle last summer, which kept him out of training camp. Still, he didn't miss a game during the regular season despite more injuries. He left the Stanford game Oct. 19 with a back injury and the Oregon game the following week with a shoulder injury.
December 18, 2013 |
The U.S. already has one Olympic megastar -- skier Lindsey Vonn -- battling injury. Now you can add snowboarder Shaun White to the list. White, who tweaked his left ankle in competition last week, was not expected to compete in the halfpipe qualifier at this week's World Cup snowboarding event in Colorado on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. However, the two-time defending gold medalist was expected to compete Thursday in the slopestyle, an event that will make its Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games.
December 14, 2013 |
Shaun White, the two-time reigning Olympic snowboarding gold medalist, finished second in the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships halfpipe event in Breckenridge, Colo., on Saturday after injuring his ankle on the first run. Greg Bretz took the victory with a two-run best total of 91.4 points, followed by White at 90.4 and Taylor Gold at 89.6. The Breckenridge event was the first of five U.S. qualifiers for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The second qualifier, next weekend at Copper Mountain, Colo., kicks off the U.S. Grand Prix schedule.
December 14, 2013 |
USC tailback Silas Redd is expected to sit out the Las Vegas Bowl because of a knee injury and tailback Tre Madden could be a game-time decision because of an ankle injury, interim Coach Clay Helton said Saturday. Neither Redd nor Madden practiced as the Trojans resumed workouts after three days off for finals. USC plays Fresno State next Saturday. Redd, a senior, led the Trojans in rushing in 2012 but suffered a left knee injury during spring practice. He was sidelined for much of the first part of the season while recovering from surgeries.
December 5, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant practiced for a third consecutive day Thursday and said he felt improvement in his left ankle. “It feels stronger this morning than it did yesterday before practice,” Bryant said, “and it's less sore now than it was after last practice, so that's progression.” KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? So, does that mean he will make his season debut Sunday when the Lakers play the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center? “I'm trying,” said Bryant, who has been sidelined since April by a torn Achilles' tendon.
December 3, 2013 |
Pau Gasol was clearly limited on Sunday night when the Lakers lost 114-108 to the Portland Trail Blazers. Hampered by a sprained ankle, Gasol scored just six points on 3-of-15 shooting while Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge dominated with 27. Fortunately for the Lakers, Gasol isn't expected to miss any games. An MRI of his right ankle on Monday didn't show any significant damage. MRI revealed a mild sprain, so good news. I will work in these next days in order to be ready to play for Friday's game in Sacramento.
December 1, 2013 |
Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill took part in the Lakers' Sunday morning shoot-around and were expected to play Sunday night against Portland, Coach Mike D'Antoni said. Gasol has a sprained right ankle and sprained left hand; Hill has a sprained left ankle. Gasol started slowly this season but has played better lately, averaging 19 points and 9.2 rebounds in his last five games. Hill, on the other hand, has been slumping after an initial burst when he was promoted to the starting lineup.
November 26, 2013 |
The first thing you'll probably notice about Aitor Throup's 23-piece debut collection of apparel and accessories are the skulls -- one out-sized, hollow-eyed and upside down, rendered as a black backpack big enough for a laptop computer, the second a satchel of gray melton wool the size of a cantaloupe that unzips across the mouth. Then your eye will probably wander to the trousers that don't end at the ankle, continuing on instead into Kevlar-soled foot covers that make the pants look like a Goth-Ninja version of footy pajamas.
November 21, 2013 |
UCLA probably will have running back Jordon James available for Saturday's game against Arizona State at the Rose Bowl. James, who was fifth in the nation in rushing when he injured an ankle in the Bruins' fourth game, made it through a full week of practice. "Last week when he was going to his left trying to catch a screen pass, he couldn't put his right foot in the ground and burst off it," said Coach Jim Mora . "This week, I haven't seen him limp or favor it at all. " James has 481 yards rushing - 424 in the three games before he was injured against Utah on Oct. 3. He sat out three games, then reinjured the ankle against Colorado.