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March 8, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
It took all the Clippers had to escape with a 109-108 over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night at Staples Center. It took Atlanta's Jeff Teague making just one of two free throws with 1.2 seconds left and his team trailing by two points. It took Chris Paul, who had 19 points and 10 assists, making a bank shot to give the Clippers a 109-107 lead with 54 seconds left. BOX SCORE: Clippers 109, Hawks 108 It took the Clippers overcoming Blake Griffin missing two free throws with 13.4 seconds left that could have sealed the game and given Los Angeles a four-point lead.
March 7, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
When: 7:30. Where: StubHub Center. On the air: TV: TWC, TWC Deportes; Radio: 1330. Records (2013): Galaxy 15-11-8, Real Salt Lake 16-10-8. Record vs. Real Salt Lake (2013): 2-1-0. Update: This is the opening game of the Major League Soccer season for both teams, with the Galaxy trying to win a record fifth MLS championship. The Galaxy was knocked out of last year's playoffs by Real Salt Lake, which defeated the Galaxy 2-1 in aggregate in the two-game conference semifinals.
March 7, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The new 3D Greco-Persian epic from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures began its box office charge with $3.3 million in ticket sales from Thursday night showings in the U.S. and Canada. That's a strong start for the bloody $100-million sequel, which is expected to pull in roughly $45 million through Sunday. That would mark a solid domestic debut, though not as powerful as the 2007 original.  The first "300" opened seven years ago with nearly $71 million and went on to gross $456 million worldwide, with slightly more than half of the total coming from overseas.  PHOTOS: Box office top 10 of 2013 | Biggest flops of 2013 "Rise of an Empire" is expected to do well in foreign markets and bows in 58 countries this weekend.
March 6, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Officials from the Southern Section and California Interscholastic Federation have reached agreement to move the Southern Section Division 6 girls' basketball final between Shalhevet and Santa Maria Valley Christian to Monday at 5 Oxnard College. It was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but Shalhevet, an Orthodox Jewish school, cannot play from Friday afternoon to late Saturday night because of the Jewish Sabbath. Valley Christian can't play from late Saturday night through late Sunday night.
March 6, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
The ocean doesn't just moderate temperatures and influence weather in some of the world's biggest cities; it also has the power to cleanse the air, new research suggests. At night, the sea surface can absorb and remove up to 15% of smog-forming nitrogen oxides that build up in polluted air in coastal cities like Los Angeles, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers at UC San Diego came to that conclusion after deploying scientific instruments at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography pier last year to measure the exchange of trace gases between the air and the sea. The conditions were just right one night in February when winds blew a polluted air mass from the Los Angeles Basin along the coast and toward the sea, allowing the researchers to track what happened to the nitrogen oxide gases as they swept across the surface of the sea. Tim Bertram, an atmospheric chemist at UCSD who conducted the research with graduate student Michelle Kim, said the measurements taken that night provided one of the first real-world answers to a long-standing question: To what extent does the ocean surface remove the ingredients of smog?
March 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
When: 8. Where: Friel Court, Pullman, Wash. On the air: TV: ESPNU; Radio: 710 Records: USC 10-19, 1-15 in Pac-12; Washington State 9-19, 2-14. Update: It's been a long season, but the Trojans have something to play for against the Cougars. A USC victory would put the Trojans in a tie for 11th place in the conference and could help them avoid a last-place seeding in next week's Pac-12 Conference tournament. USC has lost 10 games in a row, including a 78-63 defeat by Oregon at the Galen Center on Saturday.
March 5, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TNT: Radio: 710, 980, 1220, 1330. Records: Clippers 42-20, Lakers 21-40. Season series: 1-1. Update: The Clippers have won five consecutive games, matching their season high. They are second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 107.2 points per game, and hold their opponents to 32.8% shooting from three-point range, tops in the league. The Lakers matched a team record with 19 three-pointers last week against Sacramento.
March 3, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
For all the famous names bandied about on Oscar night, the name on seemingly every other winner's lips might be foreign to the average moviegoer: David Heyman. He's not a famous actor or director, but Heyman, 52, has produced some of the most popular films of the past decade. Most recently, he produced "Gravity" with Alfonso Cuaron -- which is why you kept hearing his name, as the film won seven Academy Awards. "Gravity" marked the second collaboration between the British producer and the Mexican Cuaron, after "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
March 3, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers didn't overlook the Suns during their first meeting last December at Staples Center, but Los Angeles was surprised at just how good Phoenix was. The Clippers, who play the Suns on Tuesday night in Phoenix, recalled what happened during that 19-point loss to the Suns. "They killed us," Blake Griffin said after practice Monday. "They dominated almost every aspect. They got all the '50-50' balls. Offensive rebounds. Ran on us. Hit threes. Everything. " The Suns scored 107 points on the Clippers in that game and they shot 12 for 31 (38.7%)
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