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January 25, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers fans might not be especially familiar with the NBA draft lottery. With multiple injuries and a 16-28 record, the Lakers have the seventh-worst record in the league. A full 8½ games behind eighth-place Dallas (25-20) -- technically 9½ since the Mavericks have the head-to-head tiebreaker -- the Lakers are a near-lock to miss the playoffs. On May 20, the NBA will hold the lottery, assigning 1,000, four-digit combinations to 14 teams. The franchise with the worst record will receive 250 combinations, giving it a 25% chance of landing the first pick and a 64.3% chance of at least getting a top-three selection.
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SPORTS
January 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The NFL mock drafts have begun to come out, and it's looking good for former players from Gardena Serra and Loyola. Linebacker Anthony Barr, from Loyola and UCLA, is tabbed as the No. 3 pick in a mock draft from NFL.com . Two players from Serra, receivers Marqise Lee and Paul Richardson, are picked at No. 16 and No. 23. Lee played at USC and Richardson at Colorado.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The Galaxy chose defender Kyle Venter of the University of New Mexico on Thursday as the team's first selection in this year's Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Venter, 22, was the 23rd pick overall in the second round of the 76-player SuperDraft held in Philadelphia. The Galaxy has one more pick in the fourth round (72nd overall) that will be held Tuesday. The 6-foot-3 Venter, a native of Aurora, Colo., was a four-year starter at the University of New Mexico, and in his senior season his Lobos team reached the Final Four of the 2013 NCAA College Cup. Venter said he felt "nothing but excitement to get out to L.A. " "It's an awesome organization," he told reporters on a conference call.
NATIONAL
January 8, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Seeking to make an overhaul of immigration laws a priority, House Speaker John A. Boehner vowed Wednesday that he would soon release a document of conservative "principles" on the issue intended to prod Republicans to pass a series of bills this year. The high-profile promise from the Ohio Republican, who is drafting a one-page list with his leadership team, comes as he is eager to press ahead on a topic that is important to his party's political future. But the speaker faces continued resistance from powerful conservative groups and an intractable flank of House Republicans who oppose citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.
SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
The Kings knew Hall of Fame talent when they saw it - even if it was talent for another sport. In 1984 they used their fourth-round pick and 69 th overall in the entry draft to select a Massachusetts high school hockey player of some note - a center named Tom Glavine. He chose baseball instead and on Wednesday was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. That same year, General Manager Rogie Vachon waited until the ninth round - 171 st overall - to select a high-scoring but raw left wing named Luc Robitaille.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
There's plenty of R-rated language among the locker rooms, sidelines and offices of the testosterone-fueled NFL, but a new film immersed in that world, "Draft Day," has pulled off a PG-13 rating. The upcoming football flick directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Kevin Coster, was initially slapped with an R rating for "brief strong language" by the Motion Picture Assn. of America, but rather than trimming the film or accepting the R, Reitman and Lionsgate successfully appealed the rating.
SPORTS
January 7, 2014 | By Gary Klein
USC tight end Xavier Grimble will forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. “I've been at 'SC for four years and have had a pretty productive career,” Grimble told The Times in a phone interview Tuesday night. “I'm healthy and just want to move on and give it a shot…. I feel like it was kind of my time.” The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Grimble is the fifth draft-eligible USC player to turn pro, joining receiver Marqise Lee, safety Dion Bailey, center Marcus Martin and defensive lineman George Uko. Grimble, who redshirted as a freshman in 2010, was slowed by several injuries during the regular season, but he caught 25 passes, two for touchdowns.
SPORTS
January 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Crenshaw running back De'Anthony Thomas of Oregon has announced he is making himself available for the NFL draft . He's a junior for the Ducks. Thomas is considered one of the most exciting football players ever to come out of the City Section. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
January 4, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The Kings' trade with the New York Rangers was not exactly big news. Kings left wing Daniel Carcillo, who had been used sparingly the last few weeks, was sent to the Rangers for a seventh-round choice in this year's draft. What is more important is that the move gives the slumping Kings more roster flexibility. It helps create a spot for one of the youngsters in the minors -- left wing Tanner Pearson or center Linden Vey -- and one of them could be recalled as early as Sunday from the Kings' American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H. "Danny needs to play so it's a good fit for them," said Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi on Saturday afternoon.
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