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March 30, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
In an agonizing overtime loss to the last-place Edmonton Oilers, Ducks star forward Corey Perry took seven shots, was around the net routinely and couldn't score a goal. "We've got to put those in … don't look for the easy outs," said Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau . "When he bears down on those, he usually scores. " Less than 24 hours later, with first place in the Pacific Division at hand against a Vancouver Canucks team clinging to playoff life, Perry bore down. He powered to the net again Saturday, took a Saku Koivu pass through traffic and banged at the puck until a clinching third-period goal seized the night.
March 30, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO - The game between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres on Sunday broke in Major League Baseball's expanded instant replay system. Well, kind of. Neither team challenged a call in the Padres' 3-1 victory. Manager Don Mattingly didn't sound particularly concerned with the implementation of the new technology, even though it wasn't available to the Dodgers until they hosted the Angels on Thursday in the opening game of the Freeway Series. The new system wasn't in effect for the Dodgers' season-opening, two-game series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
March 30, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SAN DIEGO - For seven innings, it was a game that glittered with the Dodgers' brightest hopes. Then, in what felt like seven minutes, it was a game that swallowed them up in their worst fears. What began as a nice first chapter highlighted by great pitching and smart hitting devolved into a woeful opening verse of lousy relief, shoddy fielding, managerial second-guessing and a giant poke in the belly of the $250-million beast. What began as a pleasant night at Petco Park suddenly became a raging storm that thundered with chants of "Beat L.A. " It was a sweet opener, until the Dodgers forgot to close it, losing a one-run lead in the eighth inning in a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday in baseball's first 2014 game on U.S. soil.
March 30, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Kaman found time to joke about his best game with the Lakers. The rest of the season, excruciating at worst and challenging at best, melted behind him. He had 28 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in an easy 115-99 victory Sunday over the Phoenix Suns. "I actually thought I had 30 because my career high was 29 a bunch of times. That last play, Jodie [ Meeks ] was open so I threw it to him," Kaman said. Had he shot it down low on that late fourth-quarter play, it probably would have gone in. Kaman didn't mind on a night he made 13 of 19 shots.
March 29, 2014
Re "Copyright law for the 21st century," Editorial, March 24 The Times' editorial rightly points out the significant burden placed on content owners to get unauthorized, online copies of creative works removed from illegal pirate sites. The current notice-and-takedown system is often compared to a game of whack-a-mole. The creative and tech communities should work together to come up with a more efficient alternative; it's in everyone's interest. In recent years, the entertainment industry has made dramatic improvements in how it delivers digital content to meet the changing viewing habits of today's audiences.
March 29, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
VS. PHOENIX When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 24-48; Suns 44-29. Record vs. Suns: 0-3. Update: The Suns have won six consecutive games, their longest winning streak in four years, and are staying ahead of Memphis and Dallas for seventh place in the Western Conference. The Lakers haven't been swept by the Suns in a season series since 2004-05. Phoenix guard Goran Dragic scored 18 points in the first quarter Friday against New York, left to get stitches over his eye after a collision, and finished with 32 points in 32 minutes in the Suns' 112-88 victory.
March 28, 2014 | By Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman
Call this the month of the one-goal game. Four of the Kings' last five games have been won by one goal. They beat Washington in a shootout at home last week and swept their three-game trip by one goal each, winning the second one, at Washington, again in a shootout. It's an admirable asset to have in the stretch run, gearing up for the playoffs and possessing the ability to perform in tight situations. "I think we're comfortable in those types of games," Kings captain Dustin Brown said after Thursday's 3-2 win at Pittsburgh in regulation.
March 28, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON - Blake Griffin seems to relish telling his critics how wrong they are about the perceived holes in his game. On Thursday night the Clippers power forward put the clamps on Dallas All-Star Dirk Nowitzki during the most important moments in the Clippers' 109-103 win over the Mavericks. Nowitzki missed all six of his fourth-quarter shot attempts, one of which was blocked by Griffin, who also pressured Nowitzki into throwing the ball into the backcourt for a turnover with 38.9 seconds left and the scored tied.
March 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
SACRAMENTO -- There are NBA and college players who have struggled trying to make shots in the challenging setting of Sleep Train Arena, but 17-year-old Michael Oguine of West Hills Chaminade calmly and confidently made big shots Friday night in the Division III state championship game. The 6-foot-2 junior guard scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half in Chaminade's 71-51 victory over San Anselmo Sir Francis Drake. He made three of five shots from three-point range and had 13 rebounds.
March 27, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
DALLAS  -- Danny Granger was the latest of the Clippers to go down, suffering a strained left hamstring in the fourth quarter that forced him from the game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. Granger said he will be reevaluated Friday and is listed as day to day. Granger was injured when Vince Carter came under him and forced the Clippers forward to twist his body. "He hit me and spun me sideways," Granger said. "I walked in the [locker room] and we tested it. It was strong, just some pain.
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