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April 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The six brothers and sisters, with a gap of 31 years from eldest to youngest, gathered in the winter near the first anniversary of their father's death to discuss some problems about the family business. It's also the city's treasured sports team - the Lakers. The team was nose-diving in the standings, losing the interest of fans, and grinding toward its worst season since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1960. So Jeanie Buss posed an elementary question to her siblings: What was going on with the Lakers?
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April 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Junior point guard Max Hazzard of Los Angeles Loyola has picked up a scholarship offer from UC Santa Barbara. He is playing this spring and summer with the Oakland Soldiers, which is loaded with top players.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 18, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Coach Mike D'Antoni, along with General Manager Mitch Kupchak, met with the team's players over the past 48 hours for exit interviews at the Lakers' practice facility. The job status of D'Antoni, who is under contract for next season, wasn't discussed. "We haven't had a meeting yet," said D'Antoni.  "We're off for Easter vacation, and then we'll probably get together sometime [after]. " The Lakers finished with a 27-55 record after an NBA-high 319 player games missed due to injury, including Kobe Bryant, who made just six appearances, dealing with Achilles and knee issues.
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April 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Riverside King boys' basketball Coach Tim Sweeney Jr., one of the most successful in the Inland Empire, announced in a news release Friday he has been asked to step down by his school administration, and he cited issues involving the booster club as a key reason. Sweeney, the head coach for 14 years, won three Southern Section titles and a state title in 2002. His team won a Southern Section 1A title this last season, and he gave hints of issues at the winning news conference, saying he had been close to resigning.
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April 16, 2014 | By Gary Klein
USC guard Byron Wesley, the Trojans' leading scorer last season, announced Wednesday that he would transfer and play his final season at another school. Wesley said on his Twitter feed that he would graduate this summer and transfer. "We wish Byron well and we thank him for his valuable contributions to our program," Coach Andy Enfield said in a statement on USC's website. "We are happy for him that he will leave USC with his degree. "He had a very productive career here and I am sure he will do well wherever his career takes him. " The 6-foot-5 Wesley, who played at Etiwanda High School, averaged 8.6 points a game as a freshman and 10.2 as a sophomore.
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 At tiny Multnomah University in Portland, Ore., former Valencia guard Steven Sansone has been firing away from three-point range in large numbers. He made 157 threes in his junior season out of 423 attempts. He averaged 21.2 points. At Valencia in 2010, he averaged five points a game as a backup to now Boston College guard Lonnie Jackson. Here's the link to a story on Sansone.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Former Taft guard Bryce Jones and former St. John Bosco center Darien Williams have committed to Iowa State. Jones played last season at UNLV and will be graduating and eligible immediately. Williams played at a junior college in Iowa.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Chris Sandifer of Taft, headed to UTEP, received MVP honors on Saturday after scoring 27 points to help the West defeat the East, 128-125, in the Battle of the Valley at Valley College. Larry Bush of Calabasas added 25. Eric Patten of Crescenta Valley scored 23 points for the East and Brandon Boyd of Alemany had 20 points. Boyd was named MVP for the East team. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 13, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Guards Jordan Adams and Norman Powell have filed paperwork to determine their NBA draft status, leaving open the possibility that UCLA's basketball team could lose two more players. Guards Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine have already declared for the draft. Adams and Powell are seeking information on where they could be picked in the draft. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley filed similar paperwork for the NFL draft after the 2013 season. He decided to return for his junior season.
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April 12, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Battle of the Valley boys' and girls' all-star basketball games will be held on Saturday at L.A. Valley College. The boys' game is at 7 p.m. and the girls' game at 5:30 p.m. Among the scheduled boys' players are Evan Wardlow, Julian Richardson and Maleke Haynes of El Camino Real, Chris Sandifer of Taft, Jeremy Lieberman and Austin Smith of Calabasas, Brandon Boyd of Alemany, Devenir Duruisseau of Sylmar, Bryan Alberts and Bear Henderson of...
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