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February 5, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
  Clippers Coach Doc Rivers couldn't complain about his team's effort Wednesday night, not when he had Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford, DeAndre Jordan, Darren Collison and Matt Barnes all playing 37 or more grueling minutes. Rivers didn't like that his team turned the ball over 20 times and that the Clippers' defense came and went at times, leaving him to live with Los Angeles' 116-112 defeat to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Rivers' team was down by as many as 19 points in the second quarter and by 17 in the third but made a game of it by getting to within two points late before losing.
February 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
  If it was a Finals preview, you would want it to go nine games. Or maybe 11. There were times Wednesday when the Clippers and Miami Heat were as indistinguishable as actor Michael Douglas and Heat President Pat Riley, shown on the Staples Center scoreboard seated next to each other. There was highlight after highlight after highlight. And that was just the first three times LeBron James touched the ball. The Clippers' Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford kept the video replay crew busy with two-handed dunks and reverse layups and wild three-pointers while falling down.
February 5, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Scott Altenberg won't be winning any UCLA alumni awards any time soon. Altenberg, a UCLA graduate who is the football coach at Gardena Serra High, wins a lot of football games but can't seem to deliver to Bruins fans what they want - his star players in powder blue and gold. Altenberg's father, Kurt, caught one of most famous game-winning touchdown passes in UCLA history to beat USC, 20-16, in 1965. But what has Scott Altenberg done for us lately, Bruins fans want to know. Their complaining hit a fever pitch Wednesday when yet another blue-chip prospect, wide receiver and defensive back Adoree' Jackson, picked USC over UCLA.
February 4, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
CLIPPERS VS. MIAMI When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket, ESPN; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 34-17, Heat 34-13. Record vs. Heat: 0-1. Update: The Clippers have won seven straight games against the Heat in Los Angeles. The Clippers are 20-3 at home this season, and have won 12 of their last 13 home games. The two-time NBA champion Heat has the fourth-best record in the league, and second in the Eastern Conference.
February 3, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Former Republican state legislator Tony Strickland has launched the first radio ad in the race for an open Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley area congressional seat. And the narrator of the ad is none other than retiring Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), the man Strickland and several others want to replace. "Hi, I'm Congressman Buck McKeon, and I've been fighting liberals in Washington since before it was cool," the ad begins.  McKeon continues, saying nice things about Strickland, a former state senator from neighboring Ventura County, whom he endorsed when he announced his retirement last month.
February 2, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The bitterly cold winter weather has helped to chill sales for teen apparel companies, especially one with a focus on summer and surf clothes and that California lifestyle. For Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., the freezing temperatures that stretched across the country and deep into the South is putting the icing on a difficult fiscal fourth quarter, which ended Feb. 1. PacSun, as it is more familiarly known, sells branded and proprietary casual apparel, accessories and footwear for teens and young adults.
February 1, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
MIAMI AT CLIPPERS When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. TV: ESPN. The Clippers hope this isn't the last time they see the Heat this season. Another meeting could take place only in the Finals, foreign territory to the Clippers but somewhere Miami has been three consecutive times. The Heat beat the Clippers, 102-97, in the teams' first meeting this season by repeatedly trapping Chris Paul and forcing five turnovers. The Clippers won't have Paul this time because he is still recovering from a separated shoulder, but they have won 11 of their 15 games since he was sidelined.
January 23, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Miami Heat 109 - Lakers 102 (end of regulation) The Lakers made a game of it but the Miami Heat held off a Lakers' run, completing a two-game season sweep, 109-102. Chris Bosh had his jumper working all night, scoring 31 points on 15-of-22 shooting. LeBron James scored 27 points with 13 rebounds and six assists as Miami improved to 31-12 on the season. The Lakers got 22 apiece from Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks, along with 19 off the bench from Nick Young. Gasol also had a double-double with 13 rebounds.
January 22, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Dodger Stadium in mid-January is peaceful after sundown. The distinctive scoreboard is barely visible through the twilight, the air is cool, and the quiet is almost a presence itself. "We've heard coyotes howling late at night," Dan Craig says. A ballpark at rest is a pleasant place to be … except this one isn't slumbering. It has an NHL-size hockey rink set in the infield, a beach volleyball court in left field, a small pond in right field, an in-line/street hockey area, and two performance stages waiting to be completed.
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