November 27, 2012 |
Despite their difficulties this season, including injured point guards and a coaching change, the Lakers (7-7) are just one game behind the Golden State Warriors and the Clippers for the best record (8-6) in the Pacific Division. The Lakers will have an opportunity to climb in the standings on Tuesday, hosting the Indiana Pacers (6-8) at Staples Center. The Pacers have struggled this season, playing without forward Danny Granger (knee). Though relatively strong at home (4-2), Indiana's performance on the road has been lacking (2-6)
November 27, 2012 |
According to his Facebook page, Kobe Bryant is "under the weather" hours before the Lakers host the Indiana Pacers. "Laid up in bed," reads Bryant's page. "Drinking a lot of fluids. Trying to shake the aches and chills thru rest, medicine and a lil Bob Marley on the speakers. " Apparently Bryant is a Marley fan, which may be new information on the Lakers All-Star guard. The Lakers, despite injuries and a coaching change, are 7-7 -- just one game behind the Pacific Division-leading Golden State Warriors and Clippers.
November 23, 2012 |
The last time UCLA and Stanford played when both were nationally ranked was 2001, when the No. 20 Cardinal beat the No. 24 Bruins, 38-28. Current UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was 8 years old. UCLA is ranked 15th and Stanford 11th heading into Saturday's game at the Rose Bowl. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the game's matchups and story lines: Coming up roses This game has Pac-12 Conference championship game implications for both teams, and might be a steppingstone to the Rose Bowl.
November 21, 2012 |
Kings 113 - Lakers 97 (final) The Lakers fall to 0-3 on the road, dropping their visit to the Sacramento Kings 113-97. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Lakers looked like they had tired legs. The team's bigs struggled on both sides of the ball. Pau Gasol scored just eight points on 3-10 shooting. Dwight Howard scored seven on 2-4. The Kings repeatedly and effectively isolated against Gasol late in the game. Howard is often the reason why the Lakers are a poor-free throw shooting team but he wasn't at fault Wednesday night.
November 16, 2012 |
UCLA's Terry Donahue and USC's John Robinson know the UCLA-USC rivalry, and each other, very well. Donahue coached UCLA for 20 years and had a 10-9-1 record against the Trojans. Robinson coached USC for 12 years in two stints. His record against the Bruins was 5-7. Head to head, Donahue and Robinson's teams were 5-5 against each other. This week, The Times asked the former coaches for their insights on Saturday's matchup at the Rose Bowl. Here, in part, is what they had to say: USC passing vs. UCLA defense Robinson: The most successful approach against any accomplished passing team is to go after the quarterback and make it difficult.
November 14, 2012 |
Matt Barkley's memories of three games against UCLA: "Crazy ending. Hurt Ankle. And Blowout. " USC's senior quarterback has known only victory against UCLA. As a freshman, Barkley passed for 144 yards in a 28-7 victory at the Coliseum that was punctuated by a last-minute 48-yard touchdown pass from Barkley to Damian Williams after then-UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel and then-USC coach Pete Carroll clashed over the timing of a UCLA timeout. Two years ago, Barkley passed for 198 yards and a touchdown in a 28-14 victory at the Rose Bowl, playing through an ankle injury that he suffered two weeks earlier at Oregon State.
November 3, 2012 |
Oh the luck of the Irish. Fourth-ranked Notre Dame committed three turnovers, came away without a touchdown on four trips inside the 10 yard line, missed a field goal, missed a point-after attempt, trailed by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and still had enough at the end to defeat Pittsburgh, 29-26, in three overtimes Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish trailed 20-6 in the fourth quarter, but rallied on a couple of big plays by quarterback Everett Golson - and because of a controversial pass interference call that they converted into a touchdown.
October 31, 2012 |
The University of Illegal Formations impaired its national title chances with an eight-penalty loss at Stanford and then abandoned the Bowl Championship Series ship with last weekend's 13-penalty defeat at Arizona. The team ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press poll currently ranks No. 120 in NCAA categories for penalties and penalty yards. You don't need a slide rule to draw that straight-line correlation. Although USC has not been able to control itself on the field, incredibly, it still controls a lot of things.
October 19, 2012 |
Good luck to quarterbacks who test the best cornerback tandem in the City Section. Crenshaw High's Dominique Hatfield and Mossi Johnson back down from nobody. On Friday night, in a neighborhood Coliseum League showdown against rival Dorsey, they combined for interceptions on three consecutive passes in the second quarter of Crenshaw's 34-14 victory. "I think they can play with anybody in the country," Crenshaw Coach Robert Garrett said. Hatfield finished with two interceptions, returning one 32 yards for a touchdown.
October 18, 2012 |
MORNING No. 6 Louisiana State (6-1) at No. 20 Texas A&M (5-1) 9 a.m., ESPN Call this a five-alarm, alarm-clock special. Texas A&M's electric offense, averaging 47 points per game, searches for crevices in LSU's stone-solid defense, giving up 14 points per game. The pregame visual is Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo chasing the Aggies' Johnny Manziel all over Kyle Field. Manziel, a redshirt freshman quarterback, is starting to receive Heisman Trophy notice after he set an SEC record with 576 total yards last week against Louisiana Tech.