May 3, 2013 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Matt Barnes was not going down without a fight. Barnes scored a playoff career-high 30 points in Game 6 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against Memphis on Friday night. He played small forward and power forward, often having to defend Memphis star Zach Randolph. Barnes made his first seven shots, including his first five three-point tries. Overall, he made 11 of 14 from the field, six of seven beyond the arc. He also had a team-high 10 rebounds in almost 37 minutes, but the Clippers were eliminated by the Grizzlies.
April 29, 2013 |
Steve Nash couldn't finish this season because of injuries, but he knew where to start next season. With Dwight Howard. Nash was "very hopeful" the soon-to-be free-agent center would return to the Lakers. "I think this is the place for him," Nash said Monday. "He's in the prime of his career. He's got his best years ahead of him. He can play for one of the greatest franchises in sports and an amazing city. This has got to be the place for him and I'm hopeful that he sees it that way. " Howard, 27, can sign a five-year, $118-million deal with the Lakers in July or a four-year, $88-million deal with another team.
April 27, 2013 |
UCLA needs 1,700 from a running back. Not on the SATs. On the ground. It doesn't take a Stanford degree to work this equation. Johnathan Franklin is gone. So too are his cuts, jukes and flat-out sprints that made quarterback Brett Hundley's life so much safer. Franklin gained a UCLA record 1,700 yards last season. The first phase of finding his replacement ended Saturday with the Bruins' scaled-back spring game in the Rose Bowl. "There was a calmness on the field that we had," Hundley said.
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April 27, 2013 |
Three decades ago, an east Texas singer named George Jones took on an impossibly melodramatic, shamelessly sentimental song about a man who desperately clutched at lost love until his dying breath. His 1980 recording of "He Stopped Loving Her Today" became one of the most revered songs in country music history. Singers Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard were known for the poetically crafted lyrics of their country standards. But Jones' anguish-drenched vocals elevated "He Stopped Loving Her Today" above its soap-opera lyrics in polls of the greatest country music songs.
April 26, 2013
Every game, someone different steps up for the Miami Heat. Well, someone different and LeBron James. Ageless Ray Allen scored 23 points, setting the NBA career playoff record for three-pointers in the process, and James had seven of his 22 points during a decisive run that closed out the third quarter — and maybe the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat's 104-91 victory Thursday night at Milwaukee gave the defending champions a 3-0 lead, with a chance to complete the sweep Sunday afternoon at the Bradley Center.
April 20, 2013 |
It's one thing to talk. The great ones back it up. In avenging his brother's loss and letting his fists fly against a respected, defense-based, unbeaten world champion, Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez unified the super-welterweight division Saturday night by defeating Austin Trout by decision. Before a massive Alamodome crowd that saw Trout knocked down for the first time in his career in the seventh round, the 22-year-old Alvarez (42-0-1) was given a unanimous decision by scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 118-109.