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March 20, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
When Montebello Cantwell-Sacred Heart holds its basketball awards banquet, Coach George Zedan should award a hard hat and lunch pail to senior guard Joey Covarrubias for his toughness in surviving a series of defensive assignments against players who one day we'll be watching on television in college or the NBA. "We ask him to do a lot," Zedan said. "We ask him to be our Swiss Army knife. " College recruiters might want to set up a one-on-one interview with Covarrubias to hear his personal scouting reports after guarding many of the top players in Southern California over the last four months.
March 20, 2014 | Salvador Rodriguez
The Holy Grail screen protector can defend against key scratches, scissor stabs and five-foot drops, but do not use it to stop a bullet. The accessory, created by Seattle company Sir Lancelot's Armor , went on sale this week. The company boasts that the Holy Grail, made from "bulletproof" laminated tempered glass, is the perfect defense for tablet and smartphone users looking for protection for their device without giving up style points by purchasing a bulky case. The Holy Grail is available for numerous top-flight devices, ranging from Apple's latest iPhone and iPads to Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones.
March 20, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Chris Paul pulled his right hand out of his pocket and looked intently at his thumb, almost as if he were trying to see beneath the skin. The Clippers' point guard sprained his thumb Feb. 21, adding to what has become a maddening succession of injuries. The sprain came after he separated his right shoulder Jan. 3 and sat out 18 games, but before the groin tweak he felt March 10 and the left ankle he rolled last Monday. "It's all right," he said of the thumb, though it probably isn't, at least not entirely.
March 19, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A Santa Ana charter school said it would keep an armed guard on campus at least until spring break after a student allegedly created a "hit list" of schoolmates and threatened to carry out a campus attack. The 16-year-old male sophomore at NOVA Academy Early College High School was arrested after he sent an email to a former girlfriend that contained a threat to shoot other students, Santa Ana police said. The student, whose name was not released because of his age, named 10 fellow students on his "hit list" and said he planned to recruit other classmates to help him carry out the attack, Santa Ana police said in a statement.
March 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers lost a game to the San Antonio Spurs, but it wasn't an entirely bad day for them. Kobe Bryant didn't throttle anybody when given the chance. He even showed some sympathy toward Coach Mike D'Antoni several hours before the Lakers lost to the Spurs, 125-109, Wednesday at Staples Center. Bryant was noncommittal when asked whether D'Antoni should return next season - "I don't know," he said on the Dan Patrick Show - but he acknowledged all the losing wasn't necessarily D'Antoni's fault.
March 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The seemingly never ending basketball season is nearing a conclusion _ or a beginning. As soon as the final games are completed on March 29, the club season will begin. Good luck on getting rest. But every game is an opportunity, and junior guard Max Hazzard of Loyola keeps building a resume. On Tuesday he gets to face junior guard Sedrick Barefield of Corona Centennial, an SMU commit, in a semifinal game of the Division I Southern California Regionals. Last week, Hazzard refused to let his team be eliminated.
March 16, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The stretch of days the Clippers have off this week may not be enough to help their injured players return any sooner. After the Clippers play Monday night at the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles has four days off before playing Saturday against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. The Clippers won't practice Tuesday or Wednesday. That time off still may not help guards J.J. Redick (bulging disk in back) and Jamal Crawford (strained left calf) return to play. "I don't think it will be because one of them or both of them may not be ready," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said.
March 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Jordan Gathers, who played basketball at Woodland Hills Taft and Los Angeles Loyola, hit a three-pointer at the buzzer on Friday to give St. Bonaventure a 71-68 win over Saint Louis in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament. Here's the link to a story on Gathers.  
March 14, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
SALT LAKE CITY - Darren Collison is listed as 6 feet tall and 175 pounds, but the Clippers point guard appears to be shorter and slighter. But Collison plays bigger than his measurements. Collison has been forced to start at shooting guard because 6-5 Jamal Crawford is out with a strained left calf and 6-4 J.J. Redick is out with a bulging disk in his back. "I think playing against bigger guards this year has been real helpful for me, in terms of improving my defense and getting me better any way that I can," Collison said.
March 12, 2014 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS  - Kyle Anderson has that look again, the one he wears as he warms up before every basketball game. It's a predator's glare. Hungry. Determined. A little angry. The sophomore guard's UCLA teammates say he is fun to be around. But as he prepares to compete, he doesn't look like fun. "He likes to dance," said guard Jordan Adams, his roommate. "His favorite is the Dougie. But that's for behind the scenes. " For public consumption, Anderson paces around the court like a boxer in a ring, just waiting to get at that other guy. His head typically down, his face stoic, a you're-dead-to-me look emanates from his eyes.
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