February 16, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - Kobe Bryant cheerfully answered questions about his new line of shoes, a possible visit to India and his preference for old-school dunk contest rules. His joviality didn't quite carry over to the update on his injured left knee. The Lakers guard said before the All-Star game Sunday that his recovery was "coming slowly" and did not provide a timetable for a possible return from the injury that has sidelined him since Dec. 17. "I'm optimistic coming out of the break that I will have some improvements once I get back to L.A. and do a couple [of]
February 13, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Albert Pujols reported to spring training along with Angels pitchers and catchers Thursday, and his mood seemed to mirror his health. The left-heel injury that hobbled him for four months last season before giving out in late July is fully healed. The surgically repaired right knee that flared up several times in 2013 is sound. Pujols is seven pounds lighter than he was last September, his 6-foot-3, 236-pound frame lean and chiseled from a winter of workouts. And while he will never be compared to Mike Trout on the basepaths, Pujols is feeling as frisky as the 22-year-old speedster.
February 12, 2014 |
This is a important week for UCLA as the Bruins try to keep first-place Arizona within reach. This is also a vital week for UCLA's opponent Thursday, Colorado. As is next week, and the week after that, and so on. The Buffaloes enter their game against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion trying to gussy up their image. A month ago, they were ranked 15th in the nation and had the look of a serious challenger in the Pac-12 Conference championship race. Then star guard Spencer Dinwiddie suffered a season-ending knee injury.
February 10, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Just 17 years old, Sara Takanashi has a lot on her shoulders at these Winter Games. The Japanese teenager is favored in the historic ski-jumping competition on Tuesday, the first time the Olympics have invited women to compete in this sport. If she comes through, it would make her the youngest athlete - man or woman - to win the normal hill individual event. It would also make Japan the first country to win all four of ski jumping's events. FRAMEWORK: Best images from the Sochi Olympics So how has Takanashi been dealing with the pressure?
February 7, 2014 |
Moguls freestyler Heidi Kloser wasn't about to let a broken leg and torn knee ligaments stop her from marching in the opening ceremony at the Olympics. That's how much the moment meant to the 21-year-old from Vail, Colo. She ended up marching in the parade, on crutches, no less, on Friday. She tweeted a picture of herself, beforehand in Olympic garb, saying: "Excited that I still get to walk!" Just a day earlier, Kloser's Olympic dream came to an end as she crashed in a training run and had to pull out of the event not long before qualifying started.
February 6, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA - Swaggy knee? Nick Young was the Lakers' latest player to get hurt, taking away their second-leading scorer and nickname-bestowing personality. He will miss at least two weeks because of a non-displaced fracture in the patella of his left knee. Young, who averages 16.9 points, also sustained a bone bruise. Young was injured when Cleveland guard C.J. Miles grabbed him from behind on a fastbreak layup, forcing him to plant unsteadily in the second quarter of the Lakers' 119-108 victory Wednesday.