November 8, 2012 |
SALT LAKE CITY — Can a bench be benched? Probably not. But the Lakers need to do something about their reserves after having been again pounded by an opponent. Utah won the battle of the backups Wednesday, 36-12, yet another reason the Lakers lost to the Jazz, 95-86. Lakers Coach Mike Brown insisted a day earlier that he still believed in the reserves, saying, "I am confident in the guys. " No reporters asked him about the second unit after Wednesday's game. And if they did, there was no way Brown could have answered with as much conviction.
September 21, 2009 |
Football is about tackling, blocking and executing fundamentals, but success also comes from the character of a team's quarterback, which makes Friday's showdown between No. 2 Anaheim Servite (3-0) and No. 6 Huntington Beach Edison (3-0) at Huntington Beach High so intriguing. Forget that Edison's Matt Viles passed for a school-record 485 yards last week against Dana Hills. Forget that Servite's Cody Fajardo has engineered consecutive victories over longtime powers Long Beach Poly, Fresno Clovis West and Encino Crespi.
September 20, 1996 |
Goaltender Guy Hebert is expected in camp today, the final arrival from the World Cup. The Ducks are the only NHL team that sent two goalies to the tournament, and since Hebert and Mikhail Shtalenkov were both backups, they're in shape but in need of game action. Ron Wilson--Hebert's coach in Anaheim and with Team USA--would like to put Hebert in the lineup right away for Saturday's exhibition against the New York Rangers in Las Vegas.
March 17, 1987 |
Raider officials huddled in a pool-side coffee shop with their St. Louis Cardinal counterparts Monday, trying to land Lionel Washington, a 27-year-old cornerback who had 18 interceptions in his 36 starts before losing his job last season under new Coach Gene Stallings. The Cardinals are asking for a middle-round draft choice. The deal would be contingent on getting Washington to sign a contract. Washington is a left cornerback, the position that Lester Hayes plays.
November 30, 1998 |
Forget the geriatric backups, the day belonged to the Atlanta Falcons' Jamal Anderson. Atlanta's Steve DeBerg, 44, the NFL's oldest player, had a marginal advantage over St. Louis Ram backup Steve Bono, 36, in the second half of the Falcons' 21-10 victory Sunday. But Anderson did the heavy work with a career-best 188 yards in 31 carries and a touchdown as the NFC West leaders clinched a playoff berth earlier than they ever have.
October 20, 2005 |
Senior Robert Cleary was listed as the starting weakside guard on UCLA's depth chart heading into the season, but by the first game he was a backup to sophomore Chris Joseph. It was a tough blow for a player who had hopes of finishing his college career on a strong note. But instead of sulking, Cleary worked harder than ever and when Joseph suffered a season-ending knee injury against California, he stepped right in.