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December 30, 2012
LAKERS AT CLIPPERS, 7:30 p.m. Friday. TV: ESPN. The Clippers don't own Los Angeles, but they have inquired about a season-long lease. The city's allegedly lesser NBA team also happens to be the one with the league's best winning percentage and a franchise-record 16-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Lakers are happy to be back to .500 after two months filled with more turmoil than a Lifetime movie. They have won six of seven games, making their title hopes no longer seem quite so farfetched.
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February 2, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
CLIPPERS AT MIAMI: Friday at 5 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN. The Clippers are coming! The Clippers are coming! South Beach is on red alert over the arrival of one of the NBA's top teams, provided Chris Paul is in the lineup. The Clippers are 29-10 when Paul plays this season as opposed to only 5-5 when he has sat out because of a bruised kneecap. The Clippers split the first two games of a season-long eight-game trip without their star point guard, but hope to have him and injured shooting guard Chauncey Billups back before reaching Miami.
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November 21, 2011
When: 6:30. Where: Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Hawaii. On the air: TV: ESPNU. Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 0-2, Chaminade 2-0. Update: Chaminade is seeking its seventh victory in the 27-year history of the Maui Invitational after beating Oklahoma last season. The Division II Silverswords are trying to incorporate an up-tempo offense under Eric Bovaird, a first-year coach whose team at West Liberty (W.Va.) averaged 111 points per game last season.
SPORTS
November 3, 2012
Lakers tonight vs. Detroit Where: Staples Center. When: 6:30. On the air: TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 0-3, Pistons 0-2. Update: A matchup involving teams that are a combined 0-5 probably wasn't what Time Warner Cable executives envisioned when they gave the Lakers a deal that could pay them $5 billion over the next 25 years. Of course, Detroit was expected to be bad; the Lakers weren't. The Pistons are in full-fledged rebuilding mode, with one notable holdover in Tayshaun Prince.
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February 25, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Looking ahead CHICAGO AT SAN ANTONIO: Wednesday at 6 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN. It would have been laughable to predict this as a possible Finals preview a few weeks ago. Now it appears the joke is on the rest of the Western Conference. The Spurs got Manu Ginobili back following a long injury layoff and won 12 of 13 games (even while losing Ginobili again to a strained oblique muscle) and moved into the top spot in the Southwest Division. Though Chicago's rise to the top of the Central Division was widely expected, the Bulls showed some grit while persevering through Derrick Rose's five-game absence caused by back spasms.
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September 3, 2009 | Ben Bolch
Cody Fajardo may not need a reality television show to make a memorable first impression. The senior quarterback from Anaheim Servite High could help engineer a season-opening upset at 7 tonight when the Friars play Long Beach Poly at Long Beach Veterans Stadium in the first big game of the local high school football season. A victory over the Jackrabbits, two-time defending Southern Section Pac-5 Division champions and The Times' top-ranked team in the Southland, would go a long way toward helping Fajardo go down in Friars' lore.
SPORTS
February 9, 2013
Looking ahead CLIPPERS AT LAKERS , Thursday at 7:30 p.m. TV: TNT. There might be more than a few Stanley Roberts references going around this week. The burly center was the best player on the court the last time the Clippers secured a victory in a season series against the Lakers, their 101-93 triumph on March 30, 1993, at the Sports Arena giving them wins in three of five head-to-head meetings that season. The Clippers hold a 2-0 edge in the series this season heading into what will be a designated home game for the Lakers.
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February 19, 2009 | Ben Bolch
WEDNESDAY'S RESULT Huntington Beach Edison 54, Alta Loma 39 Leading contributors: Sophomore guard Dylan Garrity scored 23 points, junior center Ryan Walker had nine and junior forward Jeff Trojan eight for host Edison. Junior forward J.J. Obrien scored 11 points for Alta Loma. The scoop: Leading by one point entering the fourth quarter, Edison closed out its Southern Section Division II-AA first-round playoff victory with a 23-9 run. The Chargers made 15 of 15 free-throw attempts for the game and held Obrien, who had been averaging 27 points, to less than half his average with an assortment of double teams.
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October 31, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
With the rosters of both L.A. teams packed with stars, the gap seems to have closed between the Lakers and Clippers as far as local supremacy is concerned. In fact, the Clippers may have actually surpassed the Lakers in that regard -- at least for right now. So said Times NBA writer Ben Bolch in his Google+ hangout with Clippers beat writer Broderick Turner and deputy sports editor John Cherwa. Keep in mind, though, that Bolch was on hand for the Lakers' disappointing season opener Tuesday night at Staples Center, a 99-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
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