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March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The post-season playoff performances have only added to the dilemma and debate of trying to rank the best junior guards in Southern California. There's so many that college recruiters are going to have plenty of options for the class of 2015. Michael Oguine of West Hills Chaminade, Kendall Small of Mayfair, Sedrick Barefield of Corona Centennial, Stephen Thompson Jr. of Bishop Montgomery, Max Hazzard of Loyola, Tyler Dorsey of St. John Bosco are just a few who added to their already impressive resumes during the state playoffs.
March 31, 2014 | By David Wharton
The big man talks to himself. Cuss words. Which can be a problem in the team huddle. "I always put the towel over my mouth in timeouts," he says. If Frank Kaminsky has an unusual method of self-motivation during games, count that as one of his many uncommon qualities. The Wisconsin forward has led his team into the Final Four with a combination of inside and outside skills that make for a special kind of 7-footer. Strong moves equal tough baskets in the paint. A shooter's touch translates into points from the perimeter.
March 30, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Phoenix Suns were in town and handed the Lakers much more to ponder beyond another surprisingly rare and easy victory. The Suns couldn't control Chris Kaman, lost Sunday's game by a 115-99 score and offered the perfect time to explore some big-picture questions involving their past employees. What will the Lakers do with Coach Mike D'Antoni? BOX SCORE: Lakers 115, Suns 99 What will happen with Steve Nash, who won two NBA most-valuable-player awards in Phoenix under D'Antoni?
March 29, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
SACRAMENTO -- Let the trash talking begin in the Thompson household. Junior guard Stephen Thompson Jr. and his younger brother, freshman guard Ethan, haven't been able to challenge their father, Stephen Sr., who won two state titles at Crenshaw High in 1985 and 1986. On Saturday at Sleep Train Arena, the Thompson brothers came through with 20 and 14 points, respectively, to help Torrance Bishop Montgomery defeat Hayward Moreau Catholic, 85-44, in the Division IV state final. It was the largest margin of victory in state final history.
March 25, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Steve Fisher, San Diego State's basketball coach, peered down from the high heaven of an NCAA news conference platform last Saturday and remarked, "This is a funny business we're in. " Fisher's words came after Xavier Thames had scored 53 points in 48 hours to lead the Aztecs out of an NCAA sub-regional in Spokane. It wasn't funny if you were trying to stop the senior known as "X," who was definitely a factor in giving a point-guard tutorial against New Mexico State and North Dakota State.
March 25, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Dan Monson, the basketball coach at Long Beach State, will feel like a proud father this weekend in Sacramento as he watches not one, not two, not three, but four high school players he signed to letters of intent last November play for state championships. "I can cheer for every one of them because they're in four different games," he said. Shooting guard Deontae North of Corona Centennial, forward Jack Williams of West Hills Chaminade, point guard Justin Bibbins of Torrance Bishop Montgomery and power forward Temidayo Yussuf of Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame form a recruiting class like few others in 49ers history.
March 24, 2014 | By Chris Foster
There was something to be learned about Jordan Adams from the five words he said during a news conference Sunday after helping UCLA advance to an NCAA South Regional semifinal with a win over Stephen F. Austin. Adams and Kyle Anderson, teammates and roommates, were asked about the Bruins' making the tournament's round of 16 for the first time since 2008. Anderson, speaking first, answered by talking about how much the accomplishment meant to UCLA's basketball program, and how there was still plenty of work to be done.
March 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Point guards are the lifeblood of Coach Mike D'Antoni 's system, the heads of the snake that drive and score or kick out to open shooters in a perfect basketball world (see: Steve Nash , 2005). Too bad none of them can stay healthy on the Lakers. Nash has played only 11 games because of his chronically sore back, Jordan Farmar has played only 36 games and backup point guard Xavier Henry has spent more than two months on the sidelines. Kobe Bryant , a backup point guard for a while, lasted all of six games this season.
March 22, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A 40-year-old woman who became unresponsive Saturday morning while diving off San Clemente Island was airlifted by Coast Guard helicopter to San Diego for emergency care. The woman regained consciousness after being helped to the surface by other divers, but the group decided to call for help from the Coast Guard, officials said. Within minutes, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was hovering overhead and the crew hoist the woman aboard. She was flown to San Diego, where emergency medical personnel were waiting, the Coast Guard said.
March 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
J.J. Redick and the Clippers remain uncertain about when the shooting guard will return or whether surgery will be needed to treat the bulging disk in his back. Redick was encouraged after practicing Thursday and Friday, but he won't play Saturday against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. When asked if he would need surgery, Redick said, "I don't know. " "As long as I'm making progress, then we don't really have to worry about that," he said. "I think I've made enough progress that I'm hopeful that I'm going to be able to avoid that.
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