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October 25, 2013 | By Claire Noland and Jerry Crowe
Bill Sharman, an All-Star guard for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s who became coach of the Lakers and led the team to its first NBA championship in Los Angeles in record-setting fashion, died Friday. He was 87. Sharman, who suffered a stroke last week, died at his home in Redondo Beach, said his wife, Joyce. Sharman was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1976 and as a coach in 2004, joining John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens as the only men honored in both roles, and in 1996 was selected as one of the 50 greatest players of the NBA's first 50 years.
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October 24, 2013 | By Chris Foster
California has shared two conference football championships since 1960. Its basketball team has won one title during that time. Now the Bears sit atop the Pac-12 Conference schools in the least desirable standings. Golden Bears athletes have the worst graduation rates in both sports, according to an NCAA report released Thursday. The Bears graduated only 44% of its football players who came to school from 2003-06. Only 38% of its basketball players had earned a degree in that time.
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October 4, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
USC freshman guard Kahlil Dukes from Hartford, Conn., and 7-foot center D.J. Haley, a senior from Palmdale who transferred from Virginia Commonwealth, missed practice Friday with minor injuries. The 5-foot-11 Dukes has a strained left hamstring and Haley a sprained neck. Coach Andy Enfield expects both to be ready by mid-to-late October. USC's opening game is at Utah State is Nov. 8. ALSO: Alex Rodriguez sues MLB, says Bud Selig is out to destroy him Angels slugger Albert Pujols sues Jack Clark over PED allegations Dusty Baker won't return as Cincinnati Reds manager, report says  
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October 4, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
The UCLA's women's basketball team lost a second key player for the season. Friday, the Bruins announced that junior forward Kacy Swain will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. UCLA Coach Cori Close said, "I am very pleased with the steps of growth that I saw in Kacy during the off-season. This makes her injury more disappointing and she won't be able to build on those steps this season. " Swain averaged 3.1 points and 3.0 rebounds last season and was second in blocked shots.
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August 22, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
LeBron James, the reigning MVP of the NBA, was asked to name the top three basketball players of all-time in a recent interview with Fox Sports.  At first, James struggled. "Michael Jordan," James said. "Uhhh, wow, Michael Jordan. [James then proceeded to make a chipmunk noise.] Ahh, this is tough. " After stalling, James decided on the next two players on his list: Dr. J and Larry Bird. "You give me three, oh my God," James said.  The interviewer then pointed out that James picked Bird instead of Magic Johnson, a controversial choice considering their rivalry.
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August 16, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Zach Hodskins, whose left arm ends at his elbow and who became a YouTube sensation after a video was posted of him playing basketball, has been offered a spot as a walk-on at the University of Florida by Coach Billy Donovan. Hodskins has played high school and AAU ball over the last few years. He hasn't decided yet whether to accept the offer, which would guarantee Hodskins a place on the team, but he won't get a scholarship. Before you cry out "gimmick for publicity," watch the video of Hodskins playing.
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August 5, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Austin Hatch, a teenager from Fort Wayne, Ind., who has survived two horrific plane crashes that killed five family members, is moving to Los Angeles to try to resume a basketball career he hopes will be continued a year from now at the University of Michigan. Hatch is relocating to Pasadena to live with an uncle for his senior year of high school and has enrolled at Los Angeles Loyola, which begins classes on Aug. 26. A 6-foot-6 forward, he committed to Michigan when he was a sophomore, before he suffered a serious head injury, broken ribs and a punctured lung during a plane crash on June 24, 2011.
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July 11, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Nike Global Challenge set to begin on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. will include three local players on the West team _ Daniel Hamilton of St. John Bosco, Stanley Johnson of Santa Ana Mater Dei and Kameron Chatman of Long Beach Poly. Gardena Serra's Dwan Hurt will be coaching the West team. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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July 9, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
It is has become almost a summer ritual keeping track of the many players switching schools in a variety of sports . Last school year, there were 14,918 sports-related transfers statewide. If this summer is any indication, there should be even more in 2013-14. As usual, basketball leads the way in impact transfers. Just last week, Kendall Small, a junior point guard at Huntington Beach Ocean View who averaged 20.8 points as a sophomore and has scholarship offers to several Pac-12 schools, transferred to Lakewood Mayfair.
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